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Family Dogg

A British vocal group with an ambitious take on radio-friendly pop, the Family Dogg were formed in 1966 by producers, songwriters, and vocalists Steve Rowland and Albert Hammond. Rowland, born in Los Angeles in 1932, had already enjoyed a successful career as an actor in his teens before joining Los Flaps, a vocal group based in Spain. Rowland's work in Spain led him to the U.K., where he fell into record production, overseeing sessions for the Pretty Things, the Herd, and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich. Hammond, meanwhile, was born in British Gibraltar in 1944, and was a member of a band called the Diamond Boys that found an audience in Spain, where he and Rowland first crossed paths in 1964.

After Rowland formed a production company with Ronnie Oppenheimer, Double R Productions, he became reacquainted with Hammond, who was in England and eager to collaborate with Rowland. Teaming with vocalists Mike Hazelwood, Doreen De Veuve, and Pam "Zooey" Quinn, Rowland and Hammond formed the Family Dogg, and in 1967 made their recording debut with a single for MGM, toplined by a cover of "The Storm" by the Bee Gees. After a few unsuccessful sides recorded for Fontana and a single released as a Steve Rowland solo disc, the Family Dogg finally landed a hit in early 1969 with the song "A Way of Life," the group's first single for Bell Records. In the wake of the hit, the Family Dogg began work on an album; the studio musicians for the project included Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham, months before Led Zeppelin took off, and a pianist named Reg Dwight, who would soon be heard from under the stage name Elton John.

The debut album, A Way of Life, appeared in 1969, and was dominated by artful cover interpretations, despite Rowland and Hammond's talents as songwriters. After the album appeared, Doreen De Veuve and Pam "Zooey" Quinn both left the Family Dogg, with Christine Holmes and Ireen Scheer signing on in their places. By this time, Rowland and Hammond were spending more time working with other artists, writing and producing Oliver in Overworld for Freddie & the Dreamers and launching a solo career for Irene Scheer. In 1970, the group's name changed to Steve Rowland & the Family Dogg, and they scored a hit in the Netherlands with the song "Sympathy." By 1972, the band had essentially become Rowland's studio project, as reflected in the title of their second and final album, The View from Rowland's Head. The View included a handful of songs from Sixto Rodriguez, who years later would be the subject of the award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man; Rowland also produced Rodriguez's second album, 1971's Coming from Reality.

A final minor hit, 1976's "Uptown, Uptempo Woman," proved to be the group's last gasp. Hammond went on to a successful solo career as a performer and songwriter, while his son Albert Hammond, Jr. would also become a star as a member of the Strokes. Rowland, meanwhile, continued to work as a producer and label boss, and founded the dance music label Dr. Beat. A career-spanning Family Dogg collection, A Way of Life: Anthology 1967-1976, was released in 2014. ~ Mark Deming
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Definite 60's Volume 2

Disc 1

1. Jesamine

3. Shame Shame

4. Blackberry Way

7. Capital Punishment

8. One Road

9. Long Lonesome Road

10. Baby Make It Soon

12. Justine

14. At Last I've Found Someone To Love

Disc 2

1. Crimson And Clover

2. (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice

4. Don Juan

5. Where Do You Go To My Lovely

7. Goodbye

8. Boom Bang-A-Bang

9. Mendocino

10. Seasons In The Sun

11. Dizzy

12. The Israelites

14. Pretty Belinda

Disc 3

1. Think It All Over

3. Blowin' In The Wind

4. A Way Of Life

6. Make Me An Island

7. Hello Suzie

8. Curly

9. I Can Sing A Rainbow - Love Is Blue

11. Good Morning Starshine

12. Deep Water

13. Sugar Sugar

Disc 4

1. Teresa

7. The Flood

8. Marie Jolie

9. Jingle Jangle

10. Reflections Of My Life

11. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

12. Melting Pot

13. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head

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Track List: Greatest Hits Of The 60's

Disc 1

1. How Do You Do It?

2. I'm Telling You Now

4. Stay

5. Hanky Panky

6. I'm Into Something Good

7. High Time

8. A Whiter Shade Of Pale

9. Confessin' (That I Love You)

10. Sloop John B

11. Have I The Right

12. Blackberry Way

13. Out Of Time

14. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)

15. It Might As Well Rain Until September

17. The House Of The Rising Sun

18. On The Road Again

Disc 2

1. Itchycoo Park

2. Tobacco Road

3. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

5. She's Not There

6. Going Up The Country

7. It's Good News Week

8. Happy Together

9. Do You Want To Know A Secret

11. Where Do You Go To My Lovely

12. God Only Knows

13. I'm A Tiger

14. 5-4-3-2-1

15. Dance On

16. Shakin' All Over

17. Hippy Hippy Shake

18. Telstar

Disc 3

1. Shout! Shout!

2. I Like It

3. Do Wah Diddy Diddy

4. A Little Loving

5. Bad To Me

6. You Were Made For Me

7. Venus

9. Lovesick Blues

10. Let It Be Me

11. Silhouettes

12. I'll Never Get Over You

13. Google Eye

14. Boom Bang-A-Bang

15. I'm Alive

16. A Salty Dog

17. Angel Of The Morning

18. Handbags And Gladrags

Disc 4

7. Put A Little Love In Your Heart

8. Ain't Misbehavin'

10. Tin Soldier

12. Hi Ho Silver Lining

13. Let's Go To San Francisco

14. Spooky

15. Time Of The Season

16. The Weight

17. I'm The Urban Spaceman

Disc 5

1. Working In The Coalmine

2. The Israelites

3. Wonderful World, Beautiful People

4. The Birds And The Bees

5. Good Vibrations

6. I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door

7. Melting Pot

9. Flowers In The Rain

10. It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'

11. A Must To Avoid

12. Carrie Anne

13. Anyone Who Had A Heart

14. Good Morning Starshine

15. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying

17. We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place

18. Little Green Bag

Disc 6

1. Bus Stop

2. Think

3. Mony Mony

4. She's Gone

5. Honey

6. Michael Row The Boat Ashore

7. I've Been A Bad Bad Boy

8. I Understand (Just How You Feel)

9. Apache

10. Pretty Flamingo

13. Way Of Life

14. Man Of The World

15. Little Children

16. Everyone's Gone To The Moon

17. Wonderful World

18. You'll Never Walk Alone

Disc 7

1. Johnny Remember Me

2. Leader Of The Pack

3. The Carnival Is Over

4. If You Gotta Go, Go Now

5. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

6. It Must Be Him

9. Crystal Blue Persuasion

10. Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow The Sun)

11. Jenny Take A Ride

12. Games People Play

13. Lazy Sunday

14. Maria

16. Go Now

17. America

18. Thank U Very Much

Disc 8

1. No Milk Today

2. If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody

3. Ferry Across The Mersey

4. You're No Good

5. Poetry In Motion

6. You're My World

7. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes

8. Tribute To Buddy Holly

9. All I Really Want To Do

11. On A Carousel

12. Elusive Butterfly

13. I'll Keep You Satisfied

14. Hello Little Girl

15. Lily The Pink

16. Bring It On Home To Me

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Track List: Swinging In The 60s Vol.2

Disc 1

1. For Your Love

2. Flash

3. Out Of Time

5. Lovers Of The World Unite

6. You Really Got Me

7. Take A Heart

8. Puppet On A String

9. Downtown

10. Dear Mrs. Applebee

11. Poor Man's Son

12. Even The Bad Times Are Good

13. Needles And Pins

14. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

15. Have I The Right

16. Sha La La La Lee

17. Ain't She Sweet

18. You Were On My Mind

19. Hitchin' A Ride

20. Yesterday Man

Disc 2

1. England Swings

2. That's Nice

3. Friday On My Mind

6. Blackberry Way

7. A Whiter Shade Of Pale

8. Winchester Cathedral

12. Leader Of The Pack

13. Will You Love Me Tomorrow

14. Telstar

15. Happy Together

16. My Friend Jack

18. Substitute

19. Sympathy

20. Baby Come Back

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Track List: Top 40 Hitdossier Collectables 70's Vol.1

Disc 1

1. Wandrin' Star

2. No Time

4. When Tomorrow Comes Tomorrow

6. Heighdy-Ho Princess

8. Overture From 'Tommy'

9. Man In The Fog

11. Whole Lotta Love

12. Hey Pleasure Man

13. Another Place, Another Time

14. No No No

16. Synthetic World

17. A Taste Of Honey

20. Mary In The Morning

21. Railroad Song

23. Ain't It A Sad Thing

Disc 2

3. The Lightning Tree

4. Miss America

5. My Boy

6. It's A Cryin' Shame

9. Another History

10. Mama Papa

11. Streets Of London

13. The Albatross

17. Delta Queen

18. Aubrey

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