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The Hollywood Argyles Import

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Marginal
  • ASIN: B0009A35O4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Some references refer to The Hollywood Argyles as a One-Hit Wonder, which perhaps is understandable when you see that name beside just one hit single, Alley-Oop, in the summer of 1960 on Lute 5905 b/w Sho' Know A Lot About Love. And it was quite a hit, rising to # 1 Pop Hot 100 and # 3 R&B.

But when you dig deeper you find that there were, in fact, no "Hollywood Argyles" when the song was recorded. Indeed, it was Gary Paxton who had already charted three times as Flip of the duo Skip & Flip for the Brent label, but since this song, written by Country star Dallas Frazier based upon a popular comic strip character, was recorded in the studios of Richard Podolor's American Recording Company, produced by then roommate Kim Fowley, and would be pressed by Lute Records while he was under contract to Brent, he had to find a way to get around that technicality. As he himself explains it "seeing that the studio was on the corner of Hollywood Blvd. And Argyle Street, I decided on Hollywood Argyles."

But in reality, the rest of the musicians on the cut were either friends or studio musicians, including Frazier and percussionist Sandy Nelson, paid something like $25 each for the session. And according to Nelson, everyone was higher than a kite on cider as the record was made! To his utter amazement, it took off, at which point he had to quickly assemble a group for personal appearances as "The Hollywood Argyles" - seen on the above cover.
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