July 14, 2014 I Don’t Love Ya Baby


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”.


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.


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…

Today’s Summary:

Cost: $2, $913 Remaining


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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