I couldn’t help noticing that Bobby Jameson wrote the kick-off song on Michele O’Malley‘s Saturn Rings album. Curt Boettcher, interestingly, would be picked to produce Jameson’s second album — although the first “proper” album under his own name — Color Him In.
Cubist cover art for Jameson’s 1967 album on Verve
“Right By My Side“
Bobby Jameson (1967)
Produced by Curt Boettcher, Jim Bell & Steve Clark
It appears, however, that someone had forgotten to tell Cash Box about the song’s A-side status, as their singles reviewer in the September 30, 1967 issue had much to say about the anguished “Jamie” and not a single word about its ‘flip‘ mate, “Right By My Side —
Funky side with a misty rainy day mood for this solid somewhat soulful outpouring from Bobby Jameson. The side builds very nicely and packs a potent finishing punch. Flip: “Right By My Side”
Jameson’s outstanding first album, as it turns out, had been recorded under a pseudonym (Chris Lucey), and its cover, bizarrely, featured a photo of Brian Jones (!) — face completely obscured by hair — playing a mouth harp and doing a rudely abstract gesture with his middle finger, I kid you not.
Canada – 1965
For those not familiar with this stranger-than-fictional tale, Bobby Jameson’s debut album – Songs of Protest and Anti-Protest – is a set of songs that Jameson wrote to order based upon a supplied set of song titles! As Jameson himself reveals on his website, his artistically successful UK tour of 1964-65, where he appeared on Ready Steady Go and recorded with The Rolling Stones, nevertheless did little for his finances.
July 18, 1964
Thus, broke and hungry, Jameson was vulnerable when he agreed to take on the character of “Chris Lucey” and write new songs to substitute for those whose titles had already been printed on the album jacket for (the real-life) Chris Ducey, who fled to another label, where he was under contract. The songs, written over two weeks’ time and recorded with Marshall Lieb (Phil Spector’s bandmate in The Teddy Bears) are amazingly – given the circumstances – excellent and worthy of a world audience.
Obliquely Impolite Hand Gestures in the Annals of Pop –
‘Chris Lucey’ & Moby Grape
Unlikely One-Off (+/-) Songwriter Pairings
Thanks to Bill Hanke for one of my all-time favorite bits of Beatle trivia:
Q: What is the title of the only George Harrison-John Lennon composition?
A: 1961’s “Cry for a Shadow“
Bobby Jameson’s late 1964 single, “All I Want Is My Baby,” was co-written by Andrew Loog Oldham (manager of The Rolling Stones) and Keith Richards – one of two such songs by this unlikely pairing (the other being “I’d Much Rather Be With the Boys“):
Fuzz guitar (maybe) by Jimmy Page +
Backing vocals (possibly) by Mick Jagger
Unwashed masses, I turn to you –
Any other unlikely one-off songwriter pairings?
Artist as Musicologist:
Check out Bobby Jameson’s annotated chronological listing of his own vinyl releases from 1963-1977.
In the Maw of Pop’s Hype Machinery
June 13, 1964
July 11, 1964
July 18, 1964
(Thanks to Bryan Richardson for digitally stitching this 2-page ad)
July 25, 1964
(Thanks to Bryan Richardson for digitally stitching this 3-page ad)