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The Deepest Blue formed in Pomona, a town about halfway between Los Angeles and San Bernadino further inland. Members were Earl Shackelford on vocals, Russell Johnson on lead guitar and vocals, Ken Zabel organ, Rick Edwards rhythm guitar, Bruce Lavoie bass, and Russ ‘Soupy’ Morrow on drums. The band was actually known as the Doves, they only changed their name when releasing their 45, because they thought it sounded more commercial.

They played teen clubs in the area like the Oasis and Discoteen, and a couple shows on the Hollywood strip with the Leaves and the Seeds. Their repertoire was all covers, mostly influenced by the Stones and other English groups.

Russ Johnson and Earl Shackelford wrote two songs just for the recording session, the first originals the band had ever played. They recorded at 9th Street studio in LA in August of 1966, with Richard Delvy, drummer for the Challengers engineering. Vic Gargano financed the record - he also produced the Tomorrows’ La Do Da Da / Need Only You on Condor. Without the band’s knowledge Gargano had a studio musician add guitar parts to enliven the sound. Although this upset the group, the resulting single is fantastic.

Pretty Little Thing features Bruce’s sliding bass line, precise drumming from Soupy, and a raging organ solo by Ken Zabel. Earl’s vocal has elements of Jagger’s inflections but his voice is stronger. Somebody’s Girl is more subdued but also powerful. Despite the quality of the record, it received little airplay.


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  • iconan

    A spectacular mix, a magical whirlwind of sounds and colors, a pleasure that is renewed at every listening. -.-.-.-. om hari om .....

    14 Feb 2012 Reply
  • nuclearrabbit33

    where did anyone get any of their tracks? I only have one track: Pretty Little Thing. And it's the jam. Any help would be great.

    6 Mar 2008 Reply

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