Bob Feldman and Jerry Goldstein worked together as songwriters in 1959 and recorded a couple of non-charting singles as the duo “Bob & Jerry” in 1961 – 1962. They linked up with Richard Gottehrer in 1962, and writing hits for other artists including 1963’s “My Boyfriend’s Back” by “The Angels”. By 1964, the “girl group” sound in which they specialized was going out of fashion, due to the “British Invasion” style beat groups. In They “created” a ready-made foreign beat group themselves, pretending to be Australians. Their first single, “Love, Love (That’s All I Want from You)”, was released as the “Strange Loves” reaching Number 122 on the 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 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. The Strangeloves continued recording singles, with moderate American success, through 1968. Feldman and Gottehrer also issued a non-charting 1970 single “Right On” b/w “Shakey Jakes” as “The Strange Bros. Show”. This disc is in EXCELLENT condition – GREAT “Garage” with a Northern feel!!
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