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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 September 25, 2019: Testify! - The Neon Philharmonic and Other Worlds of Tupper Saussy

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments
Funky16Corners  Testify! Intro   Options Best of Funky16Corners Volume One  Funky16Corners  2017  MP3   
Tupper Saussy and the Wayward Bus  The Prophet (Predictions by David Hoy)   Options 45RPM Single  RCA  1968  45   
Tupper Saussy and the Wayward Bus  Love Hum   Options 45RPM Single  RCA  1968  45   
Tupper Saussy and the Wayward Bus  Edgar Whitsuntide   Options 45RPM Single  RCA  1968  45   
 
Neon Philharmonic  Morning Girl   Options The Moth Confesses  Warner Brothers  1969  LP   
Neon Philharmonic  Brilliant Colors   Options The Moth Confesses  Warner Brothers  1969  LP   
Neon Philharmonic  The Last Time I Saw Jacqueline   Options The Moth Confesses  Warner Brothers  1969  LP   
The Neon Philharmonic  Midsummer Night   Options The Moth Confesses  Warner Brothers  1969  LP   
The Neon Philharmonic  Morning Girl (Later)   Options The Moth Confesses  Warner Brothers  1969  LP   
Ray Stevens  The Earl Of Stilton Square   Options Even Stevens  Monument  1968  LP  Written and arranged by Tupper Saussy 
Gene and Debbe  Loan Some   Options 45RPM Single  TRX  1968  45  arranged by Tupper Saussy 
Mickey Newbury  Harlequin Melodies   Options Harlequin Melodies  RCA  1968  LP  arranged by Tupper Saussy 
Mickey Newbury  Organized Noise   Options 45RPM Single  RCA  1968  45  Arranged by Tupper Saussy 
Mickey Newbury  Weeping Annaleah   Options Harlequin Melodies  RCA  1968  LP  Arranged by Tupper Saussy 
Roy Orbison  Southbound Jericho Parkway   Options 45RPM Single  MGM  1969  45  Arranged by Tupper Saussy, produced by Don Gant 
 
Neon Philharmonic  F Scott Fitzgerald and William Shakespeare   Options Neon Philharmonic  Warner Brothers  1969  LP   
Neon Philharmonic  Harry   Options Neon Philharmonic  Warner Brothers  1969  LP   
Neon Philharmonic  No One Is Going To Hurt You   Options Neon Philharmonic  Warner Brothers  1969  LP   
Neon Philharmonic  Clouds   Options 45RPM Single  Warner Brothers  1969  45  non-LP 45 
Neon Philharmonic  Snow   Options 45RPM Single  Warner Brothers  1969  45  non-LP 45 
Neon Philharmonic  Heighdy Ho Princess   Options 45RPM Single  Warner Brothers  1970  45  non-LP 45 
Neon Philharmonic  Don't Know My Way Around My Soul   Options 45RPM Single  Warner Brothers  1970  45  non-LP 45 
Neon Philharmonic  Flowers For Your Pillow   Options 45rPM Single  Warner Brothers  1970  45  non-LP 45 
Neon Philharmonic  To Be Continued   Options 45RPM Single  Warner Brothers  1970  45  non-LP 45 
 
Penny Nichols  Rainy Days   Options Penny's Arcade  Buddah  1968  LP   
Fargo  Places Everyone   Options I See It Now  RCA  1969  LP   
Fargo  Robins, Robins   Options 45RPM Single  Capitol  1968  45   
Fargo  Talks We Used to Have   Options I See It Now  RCA  1969  LP   
Four Freshmen  Bitter Honey   Options Different Strokes  Liberty  1969  LP   
Cashman, Pistilli and West  Bound To Happen   Options Bound To Happen  ABC  1968  LP   
Cashman, Pistilli and West  The Awakening/Bound To Happen (reprise)   Options Bound to Happen  ABC  1968  LP   
Smokey and His Sister  For All Intents and Purposes   Options Smokey and His Sister  Warner Brothers  1968  LP   
Smokey and His Sister  Some People   Options Smikey and His Sister  Warner Brothers  1968  LP   
 
Rex Garvin and the Mighty Cravers  I Gotta Go Now (Up On the Floor)   Options 45RPM Single  Like  1966  45   

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:01pm chresti:

Hi testify!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:01pm Funky16Corners:

Hi Chresti!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:02pm Matt from New Orleans:

Hi Larry and my fellow listeners
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:02pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Matt!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:04pm Franco Twinkie:

Larry, I feel as though I need to know about anyone who is bold enough to call themselves Tupper Saussy.
Avatar 10:04pm Erica:

Hi testifiers
Avatar 10:04pm Jeff Ash:

My son drank a liter of Mountain Dew during his PhD class tonight and just tweeted that "now I can see sounds." I have a hunch this evening's program will leave me feeling much the same.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:05pm Funky16Corners:

Franco! Erica! Jeff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:05pm Funky16Corners:

@Franco - I will do my best to explain!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:06pm Franco Twinkie:

Jeff, Is he in a control group at Stanford?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:06pm Funky16Corners:

@Jeff - The ability to transcend reality will vary from person to person, but we always try!
Avatar 10:08pm Jeff Ash:

No, Franco, just your garden-variety history class at Maryland. Not all that far from Larry!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:09pm Franco Twinkie:

I get the feeling The Wayward Bus only has a glancing resemblance to John Steinbeck.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:11pm Franco Twinkie:

Okay, crank. Let's get that established right out of the gate.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:13pm Franco Twinkie:

Kmart Nostradamus.
Avatar 10:14pm Erica:

Kmart Franco?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:14pm Funky16Corners:

Here's the link to the article. Makes for fascinating reading: www.oxfordamerican.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:15pm Funky16Corners:

I think Franco is referring to David Hoy, the voice in the first record
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:16pm Franco Twinkie:

Yes.
Avatar 10:16pm Erica:

Oh. I thought he was talking about the department store. Haha!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:17pm Franco Twinkie:

To obtuse, I guess.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:21pm Funky16Corners:

If you guys sense any break in the stream please give me a heads up. They were having problems today.
Avatar 10:21pm Erica:

Oh not again Larry.
Avatar 10:21pm Erica:

We'll let you know.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:22pm Funky16Corners:

I know that the tech people were on the case.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:27pm Franco Twinkie:

Without delving into the article, I'll bet Mr. Saussy found employment scoring some less that epic projects on the sound stages of Hollywood.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:28pm Funky16Corners:

As far as I can tell, outside of some advertising work he never recorded outside of Nashville.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:32pm Franco Twinkie:

Wow, his talent is so outsized and worldly for such a provincial factory town.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:33pm Funky16Corners:

Yeah, thus my fascination with him, You expect this kind of thing out of NY or London. Not Nashville.
Avatar 10:33pm Erica:

When Ray Stevens tried to sound English.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:33pm Franco Twinkie:

Exactly.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:34pm Funky16Corners:

@Erica - This Ray Stevens album is pretty good, but this is the only thing on it that sounds like this
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:34pm doctorjazz:

Hi all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:35pm Funky16Corners:

It's also the only one with the involvement of Tupper Saussy
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:35pm Franco Twinkie:

This is real Stilton cheese!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:35pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Doc!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:39pm Franco Twinkie:

It's like if David Axelrod never went to the dark side....but apparently he did!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:40pm Funky16Corners:

Less funky than Axelrod, but equally far out
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:45pm Funky16Corners:

That Roy Orbison track I mentioned is up next
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:46pm Franco Twinkie:

It seems as if he had a whole universe banging around inside his head. Usually people who have a contained battle plan are the ones who go off the rails.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:47pm Funky16Corners:

Yeah. In the article there's a quote from someone that knew him who basically said he was too intelligent for his own good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:48pm Funky16Corners:

Like all that brainpower and creative drive and not enough legitimate artistic expression to use it all up.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:52pm Franco Twinkie:

Right. And probably a lot of self regard that was not properly acknowledged. But, they kept throwing money at him hoping for pay dirt.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:53pm Funky16Corners:

Yeah. He had one hit and he kept making records that must have cost a mint and brought in little money in return.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:00pm Franco Twinkie:

Mr. Business Man by Ray Stevens would not have been possible without Man In The Gray Flannel Suit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:01pm Funky16Corners:

True, and it's one of those records that was a hit but is kind of neglected by oldies radio.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:03pm Franco Twinkie:

It's to strident, I guess, But it could easily be applied to the young corporate strives of today.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:05pm Funky16Corners:

It's an evergreen sentiment
  11:07pm rw:

Good evening! Nice to see Franco and Funky getting along so well!
Avatar 11:07pm Erica:

Hi rw!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:07pm Funky16Corners:

Hey rw! Me and Franco get on like gangbusters!
  11:08pm rw:

Erica!
  11:09pm rw:

And sorry to interrupt. Just wanted to say hello!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:10pm Funky16Corners:

Glad you're here!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:10pm Franco Twinkie:

Larry, that sentiment is kind of like the horrible insect that hibernates under the soil for fifty years then wakes up and nauseates everybody.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:10pm chresti:

Harlequin marmalade moth buses
Avatar 11:12pm Erica:

Speaking of horrible insects, it seems like everyone is fascinated by those spotted lantern flies.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:12pm Funky16Corners:

@Franco - As our current situation proves, greed never goes away. Sometimes it erupts like a volcano.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:14pm Franco Twinkie:

Erica, so the prognosis is this: No more plant life unless...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:15pm Funky16Corners:

@Erica - I hadn't heard about that. Creepy.
Avatar 11:15pm Erica:

Yeah I saw on the news that those lantern flies are being used as science projects and jewelry.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:16pm Franco Twinkie:

Can you cook them?
Avatar 11:17pm Erica:

Why would you Franco?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:19pm Funky16Corners:

Banjo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:22pm Franco Twinkie:

Erica, I don't know. But they say a neglected form of protein are bugs. I myself am not adverse to the occasional toasted grasshopper.
Avatar 11:23pm Erica:

Sorry Franco but I don't eat insects. I fear of getting sick or having parasites.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25pm Franco Twinkie:

I can see Ken Berry doing a little soft shoe while tapping a cane doing this 1970's material.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:26pm Funky16Corners:

I think that is spot on
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:28pm Franco Twinkie:

Erica, I hope I'm not around anymore when all of humanity is going backwards as it goes forward and is reduced to eating bugs.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:36pm Franco Twinkie:

Penny Nichols gets fourth billing on this concert poster below Traffic, Blue Cheer and H.P. Lovecraft.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:37pm Funky16Corners:

She was good friends with a young Jackson Browne and I think George Harrison as well.
Avatar 11:38pm Erica:

Fargo should've been bigger. Ever heard of "Sunny Day Blue"? I discovered the 45 rip from Little Danny's Office Naps blog.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:38pm Franco Twinkie:

She was also married to Harry Shearer.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39pm Funky16Corners:

Really?!?
Avatar 11:39pm Erica:

Ned Flanders Harry Shearer?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39pm Funky16Corners:

@Erica - This is the flipside to Sunny Day Blue
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39pm Franco Twinkie:

I read it, so it must be true.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:41pm Franco Twinkie:

Yes, Erica. Flanders.
Avatar 11:41pm Erica:

Cool Larry. Also, I wish to hear a clearer copy of that song. Danny's was not in the best shape.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:41pm Funky16Corners:

Harry goes back to the 50s in LA. He was on the Jack Benny show as a child actor
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:42pm Funky16Corners:

@Erica - I'll def play it sometime
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:43pm Franco Twinkie:

I use to see him preform at The Ashgrove.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:45pm Funky16Corners:

With the Credibility Gap?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:45pm Franco Twinkie:

Yup.
Avatar 11:46pm Erica:

While on the subject of the Neon Philharmonic, do you have this 45 Larry? Is it the same band or is it the other band, the Neon Philharmonic Orchestra? www.discogs.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:47pm Funky16Corners:

That's the band name after it was sold to someone else. No Saussy involvement as far as I know.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:48pm Matt from New Orleans:

Thanks Larry. Have a good night everyone. I’ve been listening but had stuff to do.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:48pm Funky16Corners:

Nite Matt!
Avatar 11:50pm Erica:

I am still curious to hear the A and b sides anyway Larry.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:50pm Franco Twinkie:

This is real nice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51pm Funky16Corners:

@Erica - Me too. I'll grab it if I see it somewhere.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51pm Funky16Corners:

@Franco - This whole album is really nice.
Avatar 11:52pm Erica:

There are a few copies on Discogs Larry, not sure if they're in good condition though.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55pm Franco Twinkie:

Well Larry, this show was quite a revelation. Now I have another under recognized crack pot to study up on.
Avatar 11:57pm Erica:

This show went bu quite quickly. I learned a bit tonight.
  11:59pm rw:

Thank you F16C! Wasn't paying much attention to the history, etc. this evening (even though it sounded interesting) but did enjoy listening!! Take care everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59pm Funky16Corners:

Thanks Erica!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:00am Funky16Corners:

@Franco - Under-recognized crackpots are a specialty of the house!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:00am Funky16Corners:

Thanks rw!
  12:00am rw:

And I think one of those spotted bugs just bit me on the elbow. Or maybe it was a mosquito.
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