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Moore's Christmas record from 1967.
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to WPGC's 'Morning Mayor', Harv
Moore for the above.
1965 I was producing records for a band called 'Nobody's Children'.
I got the name from nationally renowned independent record promoter
Joe Cash. The band was originally called 'Adam's Apples'.
They were students at Suitland High School. I had them under contract
with United Artists Records for two years. Then I produced a re-make
of 'I Can't Let Go' (the Hollies hit), and placed
it with Neil Bogart at Buddah Records. So, 'Nobody's Children'
was then under contract for two years with Buddah.
had written a Christmas song called, 'I Told Santa Claus I
Want You' with a Beach Boys sound in mind, but I had no one
to record it. I rehearsed it with the guys from 'Nobody's Children'
who were still under contract with United Artists Records, and
we recorded it at Edgewood Studios in D.C. with engineer Ed Greene.
It was 'Phil Spector meets The Beach Boys'. I was a huge fan of
both. The kids did a helluva job on it. Lee Travers borrowed a
glocksenspiel from Suitland High School for the production. It
came out great.
sent it to Florence Greenberg at Scepter Records, and she loved
it. They released it just before Christmas in '67. Unfortunately,
that was the year that stations around the country had backed
off of Christmas songs. It did get played on WMCA in New York
though! And, of course, Cousin
Duffy played the hell out of it at 'PGC.
produced under the name 'Phil Music'- a play on words. Back in
the day we used to pad up to news time at the top of the hour
with instrumental 'fill music'. The labels on UA, Buddah / Bullet
and Scepter all read "Produced by Phil Music".
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