Escape from Cuba
The High & the Mighty Escape from Cuba b/w Trying to Stop Cryin' (ABC, 1966)
Before there were The High & the Mighty, there were the Reflections, a Detroit group who had a 1964 hit with the Nuggets classic "(Just Like) Romeo & Juliet." Though they released a scad of singles, the Reflections failed to hit again. When their contract with Golden World, ended they signed to ABC and ditched their name for The High & the Mighty. Their first single was this nice piece of propaganda pop.
"Escape from Cuba" is the only anti-Castro sunshine pop songs I've ever heard. Smack dab between The Rascals and Free Design, The High & the Mighty tell a tale of a young man rowing his fishing boat to the good US of A. Is it a good song. Let's say that the Cuba angle propels it to good enuf to chart in Miami for a couple weeks. The flip, which was the a-side outside of everywhere other than Little Havana, is a nice frantic pop number.