Sir Douglas, Johnny, Flirtations & Waldo

Originally posted March 5, 2009

I found some interesting stuff at YouTube this morning:

Here’s a video of a live performance of “Mendocino” by the Sir Douglas Quintet. The viewer who posted it simply said it was from 1970. That’s close, but it’s actually from an episode of Playboy After Dark that was taped January 25, 1969. I had an inkling that it was from PAD just from the visual style, but a few glimpses of Barbi Benton throughout the video and the sight of Hugh Hefner dancing with Barbi in the last seconds clinched it.

(The Quintet also performed “She’s About A Mover” on the show. The rest of the show had Dr. George R. Bach, a psychologist who in 1969 published the book Intimate Enemy: How to Fight Fair In Love and Marriage; actor Michael Caine; actress and singer Meredith MacRae, who would perform “Goin’ Out Of My Head;” actor Greg Mullavey, who was in the 1969 film Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice; comedian Mort Sahl; comedian Sammy Shore; and the Clara Ward Singers, who would perform “Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”)

I couldn’t find any video of Johnny Rivers performing “These Are Not My People,” but here’s Rivers doing a pretty decent version of “Secret Agent Man” on a David Letterman episode that looks to have taken place while Letterman was at NBC years ago. (One note at YouTube says this performance was part of the July 19, 1989 episode on NBC. In the absence of anything else, I’ll accept that.)

Although I can’t post it here, I found an interesting video put together for the Flirtations and their hit, “Nothing But A Heartache.”

And I found a video with a very limited visual but an audio track that has Waldo de los Ríos doing for the Fourth Movement of Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor “From the New World” that he did for Mozart in the single I posted Tuesday. It comes from de los Ríos’ 1970 album, Sinfonias.*

Tomorrow, we’ll either dig into the Billboard Hot 100 from this week in 1977 or else take a look at another album by Jim Horn. In addition, I’m planning to repost a number of albums, based on some request I’ve gotten. If you have any requests, go ahead and leave them, and I’ll put them on the list. This is something I hope to do periodically. (Due to requests from some performers and/or copyright holders, there are some albums I will not repost.)

*The Waldo de los Ríos video posted here is different from the video originally posted. The visuals are less limited but nevertheless are rather odd. Note added March 16, 2012.

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