For those of you unfamiliar with my quaint little "Two-fer Tuesday" series on previous blogs, let me assure you I will never write extensively on the music, instead preferring to let the music speak for itself. Except sometimes. Sometimes there is a story, or ten, to tell. Sometimes the story holds the presented clips together. Other times it's simply my way of explaining why it matters to me. But mostly, I will try not to write endless paragraphs and I will try more to present you with two, three, four, five, or even eight videos that appeal to me come Tuesday morning.
Today, I will give you a little backstory and then skulk away while you judge my choices for the day.
Back in the '50s, the Addrisi Brothers, Don and Dick, left their Massachusetts family acrobatic troupe (for real, the Flying Addrisis), sought advice from Lenny Bruce, auditioned and were rejected by the original Mickey Mouse Club, and still have managed to become a part of our musical heritage.
Their first modest hit came in 1959 with "Cherrystone." Not a bad song for the time, but it certainly didn't set the world on fire. That said, I have a difficult time reconciling "Cherrystone" with their 1977 tune "Slow Dancin' Don't Turn Me On." That's a lot of growth there, my friends. I guess it's safe to say the brothers weren't afraid to go with the flow and get hip to the times. Enough babbling from me. Have a listen and you'll see what I mean (Keep in mind, their story doesn't end there).
Let's start at the beginning with "Cherrystone" from the late 50s. Sweet and innocent enough. Perfect for that era.
Then we jump ahead to 1977's "Slow Dancin' Don't Turn Me On," which isn't necessarily awful, especially if you dig a fine bassline. It's just odd when set side-by-side with "Cherrystone," don't you think?
Their greatest hits, though, came to them by way of a gentle TV family sitcom and a song given to another band. The minute you hear the theme song to Nanny and the Professor, you're struck by the gentle melody and brotherly harmonies. It's sweet, it's special, and it's as magical and the love that Nanny brings to the Everett family. A touching story in a single minute of television themery. Always loved it, personally.
But the biggest hit the Addrisi Brothers had came from a song they gave to The Association in 1967. A little song called "Never My Love." A song even my 14-year-old son knows. You've heard it. I know you have. Stuck on the elevator as you wait with others rushing off to see doctors and lawyers and mad ad executives with bombshell secretaries (okay, another show, another topic, another blog entirely). Or you hear the tune on road trips as you suddenly reach the land of "All the greatest hits of all time for the next 200 miles and you can't do anything about it" radio. You know this song. So join me and sing along.
Brother Don passed away in 1984 from cancer. I have no idea if Brother Dick is still out there writing music. If he is, I'd really like to hear what he's come up with.
And there you have it, boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen...my first Two-fer on Blinded By Sound. Rest assured there will be more to come.