Session guitarist Mickey (“Love Is Strange“) Baker — whose work would grace dozens of releases by King Records and its subsidiaries — would end up being allotted exactly one solo album by the label as an artist in his own right: 1963’s But Wild.
Recorded in Paris in June of 1962, this album would feature Baker’s guitar (as Michel Ruppli’s King Label discography would seem to indicate) overdubbed onto instrumental tracks – licensed from the Versailles label – of French studio musicians.
Note the degree to which this rare King LP commands big bucks at auction, according to Popsike. One seller on Collector’s Frenzy describes But Wild as “Shadows/Ventures guitar instrumental rock.” In fact, “Zanzie” (along with “Gone”) would end up being rightfully pressed into service on King surf compilation album, Surfin’ on Wave Nine, a fairly obscure release that also changes hands at respectable prices:
“Zanzie” Mickey Baker 1962
Baker’s 2012 obituary in the New York Times notes, sadly, that he moved to France in the early 1960s and “rarely returned to the United States.”
King would eventually get around to issuing “Love Is Strange” in 1964, eight years after the song originally hit the charts.