June 28, 2016 An Artful Dodge

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Davy Jones, David Jones, Colpix CP-493, 1965

“I saw The Beatles from the wings of The Ed Sullivan Show and the girls were gong crazy.  I said to myself, this is it, I want a part of this”.  So said 18 year old David Jones about his February 9, 1964 appearance on what became the most watched show in TV history when it aired.  He was appearing on Broadway as The Artful Dodger in the cast of Oliver!, for which he would earn a Tony nomination.  With every American record company looking for British singing stars to sign in the wake of that night, it’s no surprise that young David Jones was signed to Colpix RecordIt was a fine pairing actually.  Colpix was the record division of Screen Gems, the television arm of Columbia.  In 1966, it would evolve into the Colgems label and sell a bazillion Monkees records.  But in 1965, Colpix’s new teen sensation was given some really lame material to try to sing.  None of these songs were ever performed on The Ed Sullivan Show.

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So imagine you’re an executive at Colpix Records, and your teen idol sensation of 1965 totally flops, but appears in 1966 as one of the brand new Monkees who quickly outsell even The Beatles.  This record did chart (#185) and produce a charting single (What Are We Going To Do? # 94), but it must have been a massive disappointment.  But hey, why not slap a big orange sticker on it and call attention to Monkee fans that, hey, here’s a Davy Jones record you don’t have!

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Of course, it didn’t work.  The record was quickly forgotten, rightfully so.  It’s a fun listen (once) just to hear Davy Jones singing Dylan’s It Ain’t Me Babe, but in all honesty, I blew $2 on it for the orange sticker.

Today’s Summary:

Cost: $2, $951 Remaining

 

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