July 14, 2014 I Don’t Love Ya Baby

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Telly Savalas, Who Loves Ya Baby, MCA-2160, 1976

Sometimes I really earn my pay…  Telly Savalas was a fairly large movie star who became a huge TV star in the 70s with the success of his police detective show Kojak.  In New York City, where the show was set, people of a certain age still call it a “Kojak” when they find a convenient free parking space, because Telly always found three empty spaces in front of where he was going.  After all, it’s not easy to park a brown Buick Century in Midtown.  I bring all this up because Detective Kojak had a catchphrase, like so many 70s characters had…”Who Loves Ya Baby”.

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The music is pretty terrible.  Telly really can’t sing, and his deep smoke clogged voice isn’t helped by the high octave of the background singers.  He gives a lot of spoken word intros, including one in front of Gentile On My Mind where he says “as a kid growing up in New York, ‘out west’ meant Jersey”.  There’s a lot of groovy 70s guitars, but the material just seems so out of place and, honestly, trying too hard.

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The record was only in VG condition, so somebody played this more than few times.  I just don’t know why anyone would do that to themselves, but I have the evidence.  I’m running short on Trying Too Hard records, but I do have a whole slew of treasures of albums made as a result being famous from a TV role.  Maybe this album is a nice transition to a new theme week…

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Cost: $2, $913 Remaining

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One thought on “July 14, 2014 I Don’t Love Ya Baby”

  1. “Trying too hard” basically defined Mr. Savalas’ entire music career. He had a minor hit in 1975 or so with a cover of Bread’s soft-rock ballad “If,” which he apparently half-spoke, half-sung (and no surprise, would have been a bigger hit in the UK). No doubt he was on MCA because its Universal Television sister entity produced his “Kojak” series. This album would have been the follow-up to his first – “Telly.”

    Also note the mastering credit on this – Brian Ingoldsby (signed his lacquers ‘B.D.I.’). MCA’s mastering department also, in the mid-1970’s, featured Don Thompson, who’d joined in 1973; prior to 1972 he was tape operator, co-engineer and mastering/cutting engineer at Columbia Records’ Hollywood studios. Mr. Thompson had replaced Darrell Johnson (signature a scripted ‘DWJ’) who’d left to join the mastering staff of JVC studios in Hollywood. Later Larry Boden (‘LB’) worked at the MCA mastering department.

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