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Every Mother's Son

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Every Mother’s Son was a rock band formed in New York City in 1967. Brothers Dennis (born 22 November 1948) and Larry Larden (born 10 August 1945) had originally performed as a folk duo. In the formation of Every Mother’s Son, they were joined by pianist Bruce Milner (born 9 May 1943), drummer Christopher Augustine (born 25 August 1941) and bassist Schuyler Larsen (born 19 February 1947).[1]

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In early 1967, the group was signed to the MGM Records label (supposedly because management saw the band’s clean-cut image as an antidote to the hippie influx) and recorded a self-titled, eleven-song LP. The album contained the Wes Farrell-Jerry Goldstein composition “Come On Down To My Boat” (listed on the album as “Come And Take A Ride In My Boat”), which shot to #6 on the Billboard charts in July 1967. The song had first been recorded by another group (The Rare Breed) with the same producer. (Twenty years later, the tune was the first played by pirate station Radio Newyork International, which broadcast from a ship just off Long Island.)

Although the debut single was a hit, the group could not sustain its initial success. MGM quickly released a second album in the fall of 1967, Every Mother’s Son’s Back, which spawned three more singles that managed to make the charts, but at increasingly lower positions: “Put Your Mind At Ease” (#46), “Pony With The Golden Mane” (#93) and “No One Knows” (#96).

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  • Bolero_67

    The coolest straight guys ever!! I remember finding these guy in the local music store... thought I'd found gold!! :)

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