January 25, 2017 Can’t Help It I Wonder


Barry & The Tamerlanes, I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight, Valiant 406, 1963

Beginning with an aside, the actual Tamerlane was a Mongol warrior who in the 14th century had a dream of restoring the conquests of Ghangis Khan.  His armies swept across Asia, Africa and Europe and it’s estimated they devastated 5% of the world’s population.  So, it’s an odd choice of name for a Southern California vocal group.  This, their one album, came in the wake of the the middling success of the title track.  Both suffered sales-wise by their November 21, 1963 release date.  Not many new pop groups could break through in the wake of the Kennedy assassination.


Barry DeVorzon was the founder of tiny Valiant Records.  As such, when his one mildly successful group, The Cascades, passed on recording I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight, he could just record it himself and put it out.  The rest of the album sounds just the same as the hit, but this is one rare record.  My trusty Goldmine price guide values this record at $150. it would be worth double if it was the stereo version. Not too shabby for a $3 vintage store purchase.


Barry would later sign The Association to Valiant before selling the operation to Warner Brothers.  He would become a prolific writer for TV and films, with one of his creations, the theme from The Young And The Restless hitting the top 10 in 1976.

Today’s Summary:
Cost: $3, $458 Remaining