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. “Right By My Side” is the A-side of the album’s second single issued by Verve (while his first single had been released, curiously enough, as simply by “Jameson” – no first name):
Bobby Jameson — “Right By My Side” — August, 1967
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 down, playing the mouth harp and doing a rudely abstract gesture with his middle finger, I kid you not.
Cubist cover for Jameson’s 1967 album on Verve
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. 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
Artist as Musicologist: Check out Bobby Jameson’s annotated chronological listing of his own vinyl releases from 1963-1977.
Unlikely +/- One-Off Songwriter Pairings
Thanks to Bill Hanke for one of my all-time favorite bits of Beatle trivia:
Q: Title of the only Harrison-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?
This just in! Check out the praise heaped on Bobby Jameson in the July 18, 1964 issue of Billboard by such music industry heavyweights as Jack Nitzsche, Casey Kasem & Marty Landau. Even better, browse the July 25, 1964 edition of Billboard and enjoy the special promotional section (pages 18-21) that shows photos of Bobby and guitar atop a police-escorted limousine — includes an itinerary of dates and US states.