9.29.2006

Baby Don't Cry




Sundae Times Baby Don't Cry b/w Aba-Aba 45 (Seville, 1968)

Pleasant surprise here! I bought this just because of the name. I was digging through a box at a pretty quick pace and didn't look at the label too carefully. The name made me think, "Sixties pop" - which is fine as I've been on a Sixties pop kick for a while now. Since I didn't know the name Seville, any doubt to spend $2 on this was shelved. I am always willing to check out a new record label. Had I looked a little closer at the label I wouldn't have done a double take when I heard the intro Baby Don't Cry and then the vocals. "Hot damn," I mumbled. "This sounds like the Equals." I look at the label. The songs are credited to and produced by an Edmund Grant. So Eddie Grant, the genius behind the Equals is behind this band! No wonder it sounds like Eddie Grant!

Though the Sundae Times was, no doubt, under Eddie's wing, they weren't an Eddie Grant band. Headed up by Calvin "Fuzzy" Samuel, the Sundae Times came about after the young Antiguan met Grant in England and started writing songs with him. He also jammed with future Wailer Junior Marvin, who gave Samuel the nickname Fuzzy because he played his bass through a fuzz box. Fuzzy joined up with Dell Richardson and Conrad Isadore (what a great name!) to form Sundae Times, the UK's first all Black pop trio. They made one album and some singles and then broke up. Richardson formed the Afro-fusion group Osibisa. Fuzzy went on to play with Stephen Stills, Jimi Hendrix, Ringo Starr, and later joined Manassass.

These two songs are aces. How they picked an A side I have no idea. Too bad they only managed one album. But it is still good to know that there was at least one band going in the Sixties who were hitting the same chords as the Equals.


Comments:
This record is on ebay for $15- the listing also mentions Grant as 'dj'. thanks
 
Cool stuff, I'll have to keep an eye peeled for this one.
 
Woooo! A couple of new Equals-esque tunes! Let's all join hands and bond in universal soul-groovery. Those chord changes in "Baby Don't Cry" sound real familiar...
 
Conrad Isadore later played drums in Manfred Mann, and also played on Stephen Stills' first two solo albums, as did Fuzzy Samuel.

Is Conrad any relation to Reg Isadore, the first drummer for Robin Trower?
 
Great post, I'll add this label and photo to Fuzz's website, www.fuzzysamuel.com

Any chance of posting me a good mp3 to add to his site and re-release, perhaps on a Fuzz label.

Fuzz is currently in Antigua. He expects to team up with P.P. Arnold in Spain when she is not on the road with Roger Waters, to review old tapes and try some remixes of their collaboration as the group AXIS among other groups and titles. They also produced a son, Calvin jr. "Kojo" who is a professional musician living in London. My space link under Kojo
Funk / Hip Hop / Other
"Professor K "
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=54700418
 
Check out Dell Richardson's new My Space page at http://www.myspace.com/digitalinterfaceband
 
I posted the spanish version of the single i you want see the cover

http://18rodas.blogspot.com/
 
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