10 May, 2012

SIDEWALK SKIPPER BAND - STRAWBERRY TUESDAY


SIDEWALK SKIPPER BAND - 'Strawberry Tuesday'/'Cynthia At The Garden' (Capitol 2127) March 1968

Although The Sidewalk Skipper Band only released three singles during their short lifetime in the late 60s they are rightfully regarded with high esteem among collectors of psychedelic records, especially the all time great psych pop mover 'Strawberry Tuesday.'

They hailed from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and first attracted attention at Marquette University where they had regular gigs...They managed to secure a recording contract with Capitol Records, who as a major label, had the necessary clout to get the group to a higher level but despite some promotion including a full colour sleeve showing The Sidewalk Skipper Band in their finest psychedelic gear, the record appears to have sank.

Despite this, a second 45 appeared on Capitol 'Seventeenth Summer'/'(Would You Believe) It's Raining Flowers In My House' during May 1968. According to information from an entry in Billboard, all four songs were recorded in February 1968 at Universal Recording Studios, Chicago.

All four songs were written by members Dave McDowell (lead guitar/vocals) and Rick Novak (12 string guitar). Other members included Brian Ballestrieri (hammond B3 organ) Joe Ballestrieri (bass) and Tom Jukem (drums)...

Recently and acetate of unreleased recordings has surfaced on the collectors market so they may be released at some point in time. Also, a recording of Sidewalk Skipper Band playing live on 'Night Talk', a radio show hosted by Doug Dahlgen is currently on YouTube. The group sound much 'heavier' with a more prominent hammond organ sound. It probably dates from 1969.

The Ballestrieri brothers also discuss the new business enterprise at their club called The Stone Toad.

This later line-up is without songwriters McDowell and Novak as well as drummer Tom Jukem as Bob West (guitar) and Marc Balzac (drums) are listed in their place.

According to reference guide 'Do You Hear That Beat' a third Sidewalk Skipper Band 45 was released in 1969 on Teen Town 'Sidewalk Skipper'/'Jeannie At The Circus'....

pic obtained from Gray Newell

    

3 comments:

  1. All four Capitol SSB sides can be found on Now Sounds' "Book A Trip: The Psych Pop Sounds of Capitol Records." The CD sourced all of the tracks from the original master tapes.

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  2. I recently found a 16mm film of the Sidewalk Skipper Band’s song, Strawberry Tuesday. Here it is transferred to video and online:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f3xfIOeVdo
    midionodera.com

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  3. Thank you very much indeed...AMAZING footage of a long lost psychedelic group.

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