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A roadmap that reveals the highways, byways, ley lines and subterranean tunnels connecting rock, soul, pop, folk rock, R&B, garage, punk, funk, jazz, world music, and soundtracks from the twilight of the 1950s to the dawn of the 1970s. Larry Grogan is a DJ, writer, podcaster, collector, and the man behind Funky16Corners.


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Options April 10, 2019: Testify! Before They Were Bread Pt1 - Plus...

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments
Funky16Corners  Testify! Intro   Options Best of Funky16Corners Volume One  Funky16Corners  2017  MP3   
Gary McFarland  Fried Bananas   Options The In Sound  Verve  1966  LP   
Gary McFarland  80 Miles an Hour Through Beer Can Country   Options America the Beautiful  Skye  1969  LP   
Gary McFarland  On This Site Shall Be Erected   Options America the Beautiful  Skye  1969  LP   
Gary McFarland  Get Back   Options Today  Skye  1970  LP   
 
Jimmy Griffin  These Are the Times   Options 45RPM Single  Imperial  1965  45   
The Gentrys  Make Up Your Mind   Options 45RPM Single  MGM  1965  45  written by Jimmy Griffin w/Jack Brady 
The Astronauts  Main Street   Options Travelin' Men  Warner Brothers  1967  LP  Written by Jimmy Griffin and Michael Z Gordon 
The Doodletown Pipers  Image of You   Options 45RPM Single  Epic  1967  45  wr Griffin/Gordon 
Beethoven Soul  Dreams   Options Beethoven Soul  Dot  1967  LP  wr Griffin/Gordon 
Morning Glories  Love In   Options 45RPM Single  Warner Brothers  1967  45  wr Griffin/ TS Farthingsworth IV (Robb Royer, later of Bread) 
Morning Glories  You're So Young   Options 45RPM Single  Warner Brothers  1967  45  wr JJ Cale/Griffin/Gordon 
Lesley Gore  Brink of Disaster   Options 45RPM Single  Mercury  1967  45  wr Griffin/Gordon 
Sagittarius  Hotel Indiscreet   Options Present Tense  Columbia  1967  LP  wr Griffin/Gordon 
Surrprise Package  The Other Me   Options 45RPM Single  Columbia  1967  45  wr Griffin / Gordon 
Surprise Package  East Side West Side   Options 45RPM Single  Columbia  1968  45  wr Griffin/Gordon 
Harper's Bizarre  Jessie   Options Anything Goes  Warner Brothers  1967  LP  wr Griffin/Gordon 
 
James Griffin  The Light of Your MInd   Options 45RPM Single  Viva  1968  45  wr James Griffin/Robb Royer 
James Griffin  Thank You Love   Options 45RPM Single  Viva  1968  45  wr Griffin/Royer 
James Arthur Griffin  The Miracle Worker   Options 45RPM Single  Viva  1970  45  wr Griffin/Gordon 
James Arthur Griffin  Lookin' So Much Better   Options 45RPM Single  Viva  1967  45  wr Griffin/Gordon 
The Roosters  Love Machine   Options 45RPM Single  Philips  1968  45  wr Griffin/Gordon 
Michael J James  Get the Message   Options 45RPM Single  Uni  1969  45  wr Griffin/Gordon 
Bread  Could I   Options Bread  Elektra  1969  LP  wr Griffin/Royer 
Slade  Could I   Options Play It Loud  Polydor  1970  LP  wr Griffin/Royer 
Bread  The Last Time   Options Bread  Elektra  1969  LP  wr Griffin/Royer 
Bread  Call On Me   Options On The Waters  Elektra  1970  LP  wr Griffin/Royer 
The Carpenters  For All We Know   Options 45RPM Single  A&M  1970  45  wr Fred Karlin/James Griffin/Robb Royer 
 
David Bowie  Life On Mars   Options Hunky Dory  RCA  1971  LP   
David Bowie  Eight Line Poem   Options Hunky Dory  RCA  1971  LP   
Herbie Mann  Miss Free Spirit   Options Stone Flute  Embryo  1970  LP   
Bobbi Humphrey  Sad Bag   Options 45RPM Single  Blue Note  1971  45   
 
Rex Garvin and the Mighty Cravers  I Gotta Go Now (Up On the Floor)   Options 45RPM Single  Like  1966  45   

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 10:01pm chresti:

Hey Testify!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 10:01pm Funky16Corners:

Chresti!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 10:02pm Gary:

Larry!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 10:02pm Funky16Corners:

Gary!
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:03pm TDK60:

Wish I could stay long DJ Larry G., but tonight I really knead to get to bed early.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 10:04pm Funky16Corners:

Rest well then TDK60 and I'll catch you in the archives!
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:04pm northguineahills:

If I was going to do a program of remixed and mashuped Bread related tracks, I'd call, "The Best Thing since Sliced (and Diced) Bread".
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 10:04pm Funky16Corners:

NGH!
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:05pm Franco Twinkie:

Larry! Enfrente con platanos fritos
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 10:05pm chresti:

Harharr! TDK60, you're on a roll!
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:05pm Erica:

Here I am, ready for the Before Bread show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 10:05pm Funky16Corners:

Franco!
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:05pm TDK60:

yes, the archives, fresh on the shelves.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 10:05pm Funky16Corners:

Erica!
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:08pm TDK60:

the rolls, are they done?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 10:08pm Matt from New Orleans:

I’m done here. I hate terrible puns.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 10:09pm Funky16Corners:

Matt!
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:09pm TDK60:

really bye. heh...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 10:10pm Funky16Corners:

Nite TDK!
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:10pm Franco Twinkie:

Pun away, you yucksters!
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:11pm Erica:

Before they were Bread, when they were just ingredients to make dough.
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:11pm Erica:

Yeah that was too long of a pun.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 10:11pm Funky16Corners:

As the Freak Brothers would say, 'Dope will get you through times of no Bread better than Bread will get you through times of no dope.'
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:11pm Franco Twinkie:

Bada bing, Erica!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 10:14pm chresti:

Nite TDK60, you early "riser"
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:15pm northguineahills:

@Erica: and if they recorded an album w/ a single $10 mic in their bedroom, they'd be Flatbread. (I see the yeast joke sans or otherwise has already been made)
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:17pm northguineahills:

If Gary McFarland did a granulated synthesis composition, would he be Powdered Toast Man? (points for those who get that reference).
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 10:18pm fleep:

you folks have a rye sense of humor
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:19pm Erica:

Haha Ren & Stimpy. Good one ngh!
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:21pm northguineahills:

*ding ding ding* Erica w/ the points!
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:22pm Erica:

I keep on dancing...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 10:22pm Funky16Corners:

Fleep!
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:25pm Jeff Ash:

I also am here tonight, tripping through the meadow.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 10:26pm Funky16Corners:

Jeff!
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:29pm Erica:

Hi Jeff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 10:34pm Funky16Corners:

Note the co-writing credit on this one
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:34pm Jeff Ash:

Greetings from Wisconsin, Erica!
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:37pm Erica:

Lesley Gore's later stuff is underrated/unheard of compared to her hits from her early period. Sad she's no longer with us.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 10:38pm Funky16Corners:

Have you ever heard the soul recordings she made in Philadelphia with Gamble and Huff?
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:39pm Erica:

No Larry I haven't.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 10:40pm Funky16Corners:

I'll play them sometime here. They're good.
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:44pm Franco Twinkie:

Yesterday morning I got two loves of rustic sourdough at this upscale bakery in Pasadena called Seed. In the 70's at the same location was a take-out place called Bill's Chicken In A Bag. Bill was this skinny old man who looked like Hound Dog Taylor. The place was coated with grease inside and out. They had a great jukebox packed with Jimmy Reed, Bobby Bland and Etta James. I would go there when I was really high, get a bag of wings, which came with about five slices of white bread. I would drive around north Pasadena in my maroon VW, listening to the radio throwing chicken bones out the window. Life was sweet and care free. But having said that, now I truly love expensive crafted leavened bread and skinless organic chicken. But if I could go back...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 10:46pm Funky16Corners:

That sounds delicious!
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:46pm still b/p:

Got home and turned the computer to tune in, but got damned distracted with other damned computer biz and delayed the happy ears. I've lamented before the lack of a trained reminding monkey who'll move in and keep me on track! And will go out to fetch chicken.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 10:47pm Funky16Corners:

SBP!
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 10:48pm Erica:

I hate it when I get distracted from the music as well.
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:00pm Erica:

Now THIS sounds Beach Boys-esque in terms of the vocals
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 11:01pm Funky16Corners:

He was definitely listening closely to Brian Wilson
  Wed. 4/10/19 11:03pm rw:

Hello!

Franco, seems the times have been keeping up with you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 11:04pm Funky16Corners:

rw!
  Wed. 4/10/19 11:11pm rw:

I've been mostly distracted up 'til now but it's cool to hear the hooks getting progressively hookier.
  Wed. 4/10/19 11:12pm rw:

Or is that just me?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 11:12pm Funky16Corners:

The very Beatle-y side of Bread!
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:13pm Erica:

Fresh Bread, before they became too soft (yes that was another pun).
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:14pm Erica:

You know what I meant, this was before they had soft rock hits.
  Wed. 4/10/19 11:15pm rw:

Beatlebread.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 11:15pm Funky16Corners:

That first Bread album has some great songs on it
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:16pm Franco Twinkie:

It's funny how I never heard any of this stuff when it came out. It was aimed at the radio like a heat seeking missile, but some how went off course?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 11:18pm Funky16Corners:

Do you mean Bread or the earlier stuff?
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:19pm Franco Twinkie:

Early, I should have clarified.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 11:21pm Funky16Corners:

I don't think any of that stuff got played much. There was so much great stuff in competition to get o the radio that you had to get lucky, even if you had great hooks and performances
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:21pm northguineahills:

I missed Bread the first time around for obvious temporal reasons, but I do have one of their LPs. I'm afraid drifting off (finally getting my circadian rhythms under control). Thanks Larry, cheers, y'all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 11:22pm Funky16Corners:

Nite NGH!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 11:22pm Funky16Corners:

A little surprise coming up next to close out the set.
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:23pm Franco Twinkie:

But regarding Bread. I don't remember them getting a lot of FM air play, even though this stuff was upper crust.(groan)
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:23pm Erica:

Better pun than mine Franco
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 11:24pm Matt from New Orleans:

Baby I'm-A Want You is getting reissued on vinyl by MSFL in May
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 11:24pm Funky16Corners:

@Franco - Once they started getting AM hits and moving more toward David Gates stuff FM looked the other way
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:24pm Erica:

Didn't expect to hear this one on Testify Haha!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 11:25pm Funky16Corners:

Griffin and Royer wrote the lyrics. It won them an Oscar for best original song
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:26pm Erica:

So this is from which movie?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 11:26pm Matt from New Orleans:

Whenever I hear the carpenters I think of Todd Haynes’ creepy movie Superstar about Karen Carpenter
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:27pm Franco Twinkie:

In L.A. the most discerning FM station, KPPC would play the hell out of the first Elton John album, for good reason! But Bread? no.
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:28pm still b/p:

Speaking of what gets on and played, saw the story yesterday of Youngbloods version of Get Together, not a hit until a couple years after initial release, not until a record guy with clout pushed his company to re-release it and, as Jesse Colin Young puts it, "The country was ready."
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:28pm northguineahills:

Radio, I don't need no stinin' (non-WFMU) radio! I play Harpers Bizarre everything all the time!
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:30pm Franco Twinkie:

Matt, along with Welcome To The Dollhouse, one of Todd Haynes best.
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:32pm Franco Twinkie:

Still b/p, Check out the original Get Together by Dino Valente. Rough and beautiful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 11:33pm Funky16Corners:

I think Welcome to the Dollhouse was Todd Solondz
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:33pm Franco Twinkie:

Right!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 11:35pm Matt from New Orleans:

It was. Here’s Superstar on YouTube
youtu.be...
It’s can’t be publicly exhibited yet somehow it’s managed to not be taken down from YouTube
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:35pm Erica:

So the last set is just gonna be Bowie or is it random stuff?
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:35pm still b/p:

Valente sold the rights to Get Together to get money to fight a drug rap! But got them back later.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 11:36pm Matt from New Orleans:

Don’t like surprises Erica?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 11:36pm Funky16Corners:

@Erica - A couple of different things
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:36pm Franco Twinkie:

You know the story.
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:36pm Erica:

Just wondering Matt.
  Wed. 4/10/19 11:38pm rw:

Hunky Dory is such a great record.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 11:38pm Funky16Corners:

Yeah, I love that early Bowie stuff.
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:53pm Franco Twinkie:

Back to bread for a minute: I think Jac Holzman saw a great opportunity in Bread to make wads of money for Electra Records without all the head aches of dealing with the type temperamental geniuses the label was known for.
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:53pm Erica:

Sounds like a deep scratch.
  Wed. 4/10/19 11:53pm rw:

Did we talk about where Bread got their name or is that a story?
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:56pm Franco Twinkie:

I was skeptical of Bowie for that reason....then I saw him. Everything changed.
  Wed. 4/10/19 11:57pm Dean:

I recall checking out from my high school library Bowie's Space Oddity, c. '75. It impressed me, but at the time I was aiming toward Renaissance and Medieval dance tunes. So I didn't buy into him at the time. And even now I love Rennaisnce and Medieval dance music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 11:59pm Matt from New Orleans:

Thanks Larry. Sleep well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 11:59pm Funky16Corners:

@rw - I'm not sure I know where Bread got there name
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/10/19 11:59pm Funky16Corners:

Nite Matt!
Avatar Wed. 4/10/19 11:59pm Erica:

Goodnight folks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/11/19 12:00am Funky16Corners:

Nite Erica!
  Thu. 4/11/19 12:00am rw:

It's just such a weird name. I wondered if there was a story.

Thanks Mr. Grogan! Super. Have a good evening everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/11/19 12:01am Funky16Corners:

Nite rw!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/11/19 12:14am chresti:

Good nite!
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