Album:The Red Bird Girls: Very First Time In True Stereo 1964-1966
Here's a very interesting one off girl group single that wasn't a hit but featured a singer who would go on to be famous in the 70s. It is also an early recording by a top producer of the 70s. Red Bird Records was founded by the legendary songwriting and production team of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller in 1964. Red Bird's big hits were Chapel Of Love by The Dixie Cups and Leader of the Pack by The Shangri-Las. In 1965, veteran record promoter George Goldner was brought in and he took over Red Bird in 1966. He needed a producer so he hired Richard Perry. Perry would go on to be one of the top producers of the 70s working with Nilsson and The Pointer Sisters. In 1966 he had worked with Goldie & The Gingerbreads and songwriter Kenny Vance. The Young Generation were three fourteen year old girls from New York City. Perry wrote The Hideaway with the songwriting team of Bobby Lance and Fran Robins who wrote songs for Maxine Brown and Goldie & The Gingerbreads. Artie Butler wrote the arrangement. The lead singer of The Young Generation was Janis Siegel who would become famous in the 70s as a member of The Manhattan Transfer and then a solo artist. The other two girls were Dori Miles and Rona Rothenberg. The problem was that Goldner had a gambling problem and he eventually lost Red Bird due to gambling debts. They went out of business soon after. Richard Perry would soon produce Tiny Tim's Tiptoe Through The Tulips and become an in demand producer. The Young Generation recorded a second single on Kapp Records called It's Not Gonna Take Too Long as The Loved Ones which was also produced by Perry. There was already an Aussie group called The Loved Ones. Janis says the girls drifted towards folk music and changed the group name to Laurel Canyon. You can get The Hideaway on this various artists comp. It's hard to believe this was sung by fourteen year old girls. Here's a video for The Hideaway by The Young Generation.