The Cryan' Shames
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Originally known as The Travelers, this Chicago-based act were clearly influenced by the British music invasion. Indeed, it was their cover version of Sugar And Spice, which had given The Searchers a big U.K. hit back in 1963, that attracted the attention of Columbia, leading them to take over the distribution of their 45. A later cover of Lennon-McCartney's You're Gonna Lose That Girl, which was probably intended as the follow-up, got lost somewhere in their switch from Destination to Columbia and was only aired much later when Happy Tiger included it on their Early Chicago compilation.Read More...
After signing to Columbia, they concentrated on putting out their first album, which had a considerable Byrds influence and some good original compositions, notably Jim Fair's Ben Franklin's Almanac. It also contained some well done cover versions of songs like Hey Joe, If I Needed Someone, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, We'll Meet Again and She Don't Care About Time. It peaked at No. 192 in the U.S. album charts.
Further 45s followed: another Jim Fair composition from their debut album, I Wanna Meet You, which became a minor hit, and Georgia, which was even less successful.
Gerry Stone was drafted and further line-up changes took place before they began work on a second album. The result was rather bland but a marked advance in terms of production and harmony. Commercially, it was more successful than their first, climbing to No. 156. Meanwhile they enjoyed a minor 45 hit with It Could Be We Are In Love - one of their more inventive singles. Like the follow-up, Up On The Roof, it made the No. 85 spot.
Their third album, Synthesis had strong material and lavish instrumentation but could only manage No. 184 in the album charts. For this release, Dave Carter joined from the recently disbanded Saturday's Children.
In 1969, Carter, Kerley, and Dawson joined with members of Aorta to do an album of Navy public service spots under the moniker Aorta/Cryin' Shames Ensemble. The following year the band called it quits.
Top SongsTotal plays on Last.fm over the last 6 months
- Sugar and Spice - 36,642 plays
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- Ben Franklin's Almanac - 4,875 plays
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- LyricsDidn't it seem right
To walk along the sand last night
And to gaze out at the night
Through your window
Just the way things are
- The Sailing Ship - 2,850 plays
- Mr. Unreliable - 1,701 plays
- I Wanna Meet You - 2,272 plays
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