1964 press shot
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The Strangeloves were a band created in 1964 by a New York based American songwriting production team who pretended to be from Australia.
Consisting of Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, and Richard Gottehrer, The Strangeloves' most successful singles were "I Wan't Candy," "Cara-Lin", and "Night Time".
Before the invention of The Strangeloves, the three-member team ‒ often going by FGG Productions ‒ had already scored hits for other artists including 1963's "My Boyfriend's Back" by the American female group, The Angles. Feldman and Goldstein had also recorded a couple of non-charting singles as the duo "Bob & Jerry" in 1961-62, and between 1959-61 had been members of various non-charting studio-based recording groups such as Bobbi and the Beaus, Ezra and the Iveys, and The Kittens. However by 1964, the "girl group" sound FGG Productions specialized in was going out of fashion, due to the prevalence of British Invasion-style beat groups. In order to keep up with market trends, FGG decided to "create" a ready-made foreign beat group consisting of themselves; deciding that they couldn't convincingly fake British accents, they opted to pretend to be Australians.
According to the press releases and publicity material issued about the group, The Strangeloves were three brothers named Giles, Miles, and Niles Strange who were raised on an Australian sheep farm. The brothers' fictional backstory involved getting rich with the invention of a new form of sheep crossbreeding (the long-haired "Gottehrer" sheep allegedly registered with the Feldman-Goldstein Company of Australia) which allowed them the time and financial freedom to form a band. The story did not exactly capture the public's imagination, but The Strangeloves' singles still performed respectably well, especially in the United States.
The Strangeloves' first single, "Love, Love (That's All I Want from You)", was actually released under the group name, Strange Loves, and only reached No. 122 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The group's subsequent releases were as The Strangeloves.
When their second single, "I Want Candy", became a hit in the middle of 1965, The Strangeloves found themselves in the unfamiliar and uncomfortable position of performing as live artists. This short-lived experience was followed by a road group composed of four session musicians who had actually helped to record The Strangeloves' songs. The musicians in the initial road group were bassist/vocalist John Shine, guitarist Jack Raczka, drummer Tom Kobus, and saxophonist/vocalist Richie Lauro.
In early 1966, the road lineup was replaced by a trio of FGG studio musicians that more closely adhered to the founding concept: guitarist Jack Raczka (Giles Strange), drummer/vocalist Joe Piazza (Miles Strange), and keyboardist/vocalist Ken Jones (Niles Strange). In 1968, bass player Greg Roman became an integral part of the band. All studio material continued to be performed by Feldman, Goldstein and Gottehrer, with additional session musicians as required.
While performing on the road in Ohio in 1965 as The Strangeloves, Feldman, Goldstein, and Gottehrer came upon a local band known as Ricky Z and the Raiders, led by Rick Derringer (known as Rick Zehringer at the time). Recognizing their raw talent, the producers immediately brought Derringer and his band to New York, recorded Derringer's voice over an existing music track from The Strangeloves' album, "I Want Candy", and released "Hang On Sloopy" as a single under the name The McCoys.
The Strangeloves' only LP, "I Want Candy", was released in 1965 on Bert Berns' Bang Records, with several of the album songs having been released as singles. Other singles by The Strangeloves appeared on Swan Records and Sire Records.
The Strangeloves continued recording singles, with moderate American success, through 1968. In their "home" country of Australia, they only scraped the very bottom of the singles charts, but interestingly, a real Australian group "Johnny Young and Kompany" had a hit in their country in 1966 with a cover of the Strangeloves' "Cara-Lin" (re-titled "Cara-Lyn").
The Strangeloves - Cara-Lin / (Roll On) Mississippi
UK Immediate IM 007 (1965).
Record produced by Feldman, Goldstein and Gotteher.
The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.
Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.
Both record centre labels has red biro mark around the edge, (see scan).
The A side record centre label has a black ink mark, (see scan).
The record comes with a company paper sleeve.