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The Montanas

One of the more obscure bands that was part of the original '60s British Invasion movement, the Montanas are known primarily for their lone hit, "You've Got to Be Loved." The group originated in Birmingham in 1964 -- Bill Hayward, who'd previously played in other local bands like the Crossfires and the Connoisseurs, was the lead guitarist, Graham Crewe was the original drummer, and Ralph Oakley was the bassist, with John Jones as lead singer. The group had a very theatrical presentation, which included bits of comedy between the songs. The Montanas were managed by Roger Allen, who was able to get them a contract with Pye Records, which brought them under the wing of songwriters Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent. At the time, this probably seemed like a good move, and it was, as Hatch and Trent also wrote hits for Petula Clark (Hatch also produced Clark and the Searchers), who was a regular occupant of the top of the pop charts. The group also received a major boost in their musical resources in 1966 when Terry Rowley, the lead guitarist with the Mountain Kings, joined the Montanas. Rowley switched to keyboards in his new berth, but he was also a first-rate arranger and composer, and played a role within the Montanas similar to the one played by Paul Samwell-Smith in the Yardbirds.

They had three songs, "Ciao Baby," "You've Got to Be Loved," and "Let's Get a Little Sentimental," that were favorites among reviewers, and got very heavy radio play, all without scoring any major chart action in England. Somehow, however, "You've Got to Be Loved" managed to make the American Top 50 -- but they lacked the resources to come to the United States to promote the record, and watched as it rose and fell from the sales listings, all under its own power. Jake Elcock, formerly of the Strangers and Finders Keepers, joined on bass in 1967 along with Graham Hollis on drums that same year. Everyone who ever saw the Montanas perform live respected and admired them as one of the top bands in Birmingham; they were first-rate musicians and had a powerful sound playing live, and were deserving of a break and a hit. But even members of the band later conceded that for all of their musical excellence, the Montanas had some inherent flaws in their lineup and their music. Their reliance on outside songwriters, which had been a mere detail (and typical of many first-rate bands, including the Searchers) in 1965, had become a liability by 1967, and their records, for all of their excellence, didn't reflect the group's actual sound, which was a lot less pop-oriented than their singles would have led one to believe. By 1968, they were in a bind similar to the one faced by the Tremeloes, a somewhat similar pop/rock band with a much more substantial body of hits to its credit.

In 1968, Rowley and Jones left the group to join a band called Finders Keepers, which soon after became Trapeze. Ian Lees (known as "Sludge") and George Davies came into the lineup in time for "Let's Get a Little Sentimental" -- although Lees played bass, he was best known for providing the comedy between their songs. Rowley and Jones only lasted as members of Trapeze for the latter group's first album, and returned to the Montanas in 1970. The group lasted with this latter-day lineup through the mid-'70s, finally disbanding in 1978. The group's recording had disappeared with the advent of the CD era, but a 26-track compilation of their best work (sharing the same title as their aforementioned hit single) was released in 1998. Lees went on to become a top comedian in the Midlands, while Elcock went into talent management. ~ Bruce Eder & Greg Prato
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Call Me - The Songs Of Tony Hatch

Disc 1

1. Downtown

3. Sugar And Spice

5. Call Me

6. Don't Sleep In The Subway

8. Count On Me

9. Major To Minor

11. Run To Me

12. A Sign Of The Times

15. That's How It Goes

18. Life And Soul Of The Party

19. You've Got To Be Loved

21. I Know A Place

24. The Other Man's Grass (Is Always Greener)

28. Look For A Star

29. My Life

Disc 2

1. Joanna

2. Henry Hannah's 42nd Street Parking Lot

3. Round Every Corner

4. You're Making A Big Mistake

9. My Love

10. You'd Better Come Home

12. Send Her Away

15. A Step In The Right Direction

17. When Summertime Is Over

18. Who Am I?

20. That Boy Of Mine

23. Running To You

24. Tell Tale

25. Look What You've Done To Me

27. Happiness Tree

29. Harvest Of Love

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Track List: Haunted: Psychedelic Pstones, Vol. 2

2. Yellow Rainbow

3. Real Life Permanent Dream

4. Kaleidoscope

6. Suddenly Winter

8. Wicked Annabella

9. Spinning Wheel

10. Crazy Dreams

12. Auntie Nellie

14. The Flying Machine

15. Colour Sergeant Lillywhite

16. Only George

18. She's A Rainbow

21. Roundabout

24. Country Life

27. Phenomenal Cat

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Track List: Paisley Pop

1. The Quiet Explosion

2. The Bitter Thoughts Of Little Jane

3. Too Much On My Mind

4. I Wish I Was Five

5. All The Love In The World

6. You're All Things Bright And Beautiful

7. Blessed

9. Smile A Little Smile For Me

10. Dreamtime

11. Cave Of Clear Light

12. Lavender Popcorn

13. I Wonder Where My Sister's Gone

14. Black Veils Of Melancholy

15. Dreams Secondhand

16. A Good Idea

19. Major To Minor

20. Stop Look Listen

21. Captain Reale

22. Morning Way

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Track List: Rare Mod 3

1. Open The Door

2. No Matter How You Slice It

3. Baby I Need Your Loving

4. Think About Love

5. Life Is Just Beginning

6. Chicago Calling

7. Can You Think Of Another

8. Look For Me Baby

9. Desdemona

10. About My Girl

11. In The Midnight Hour

12. Sunflower

13. Dr Nero

14. Get Back To The One

15. Shatterproof

16. Such Is Life

17. Little Egypt

19. Verse One

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Track List: The Best Of 60s Mod

1. Tin Soldier

2. Till The End Of The Day

3. Do Anything You Say

4. My Friend Jack

5. Take A Heart

7. Hold On

12. No Good To Cry

13. Everything's Gonna Be Alright

14. The 81

16. Guns Of Navarone

17. Phoenix City

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Track List: We Can Fly Volume 2

Disc 1

1. Model Village

2. Try To Keep It A Secret

3. Pain Of My Misfortune

4. I Wonder Where My Sister's Gone

5. Mazy

6. Frederick Jordan

7. Looking Glass

8. I Lied To Auntie May

10. Mrs. Gillespie's Refrigerator

11. I Can See Her Face

12. Exploding Galaxy

13. That's What I Want

14. Supporters - Support Us

15. Trash Can

16. Real Life Permanent Dream

17. Castles

18. Garden Of My Mind

19. Running In The Water

20. We Can Fly

21. Mr. Carpenter

22. Hot Smoke And Sassafras

23. The Wall

24. Creation

25. Love, Hate, Revenge

26. The L.S. Bumble Bee

Disc 2

1. Trick Or Two

2. Amsterdam, The First Days

3. Hide If You Want To Hide

4. Love Love Love

7. Difference Of Opinion

8. Clever Little Man

9. All Day And All Night

10. Rabbits

11. Colour Sergeant Lillywhite

12. Fuzzy Patterns

15. Cave Of Clear Light

16. Conversations (In A Station Light Refreshment Bar)

17. Further Conversations

18. Original Sin

19. Colour Of The Sunset

20. Mr. Pseudonym

Disc 3

1. Painting On Wood

2. The Ballad Of The Soon Departed

3. I'm A Man

4. She Was Perfection

5. Monday Morning

6. Sospesa Ad Un Filo

7. Amelia Jane

9. She's Got The Time

10. Genuine Imitation Life

12. It

13. Wade In The Shade

14. Where Is My Mind

15. Sing Songs Of Love

17. House Of Delight

18. My Kind Of Feeling

19. Seek And Find

20. Alice Designs

21. Hey Conductor

22. Send Me A Postcard

23. Digger

Disc 5

1. Do You Dream?

2. How Do You Feel?

3. And Their Daddy Is A Millionaire

4. Teacher Of Electricity

5. The Rich Man

6. Shapes In My Mind

7. I Can See Through You

8. Second Fiddle

10. Lights

11. Radio City

12. Spare A Shilling

13. Anyone There

14. Friday I'm Free

15. Meditation

16. Follow Me

17. How Much Longer Must I Wait, Wait

18. Ballad Of Harvey Kaye

20. Salisbury Plain

21. City Life

22. I Got No Name

24. I Don't Know Why

25. Appleknockers Flophouse

26. Theodore

27. P.M.

29. Smokeless Zone

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Track List: We Can Fly, Vol. 2

1. Trick Or Two

2. Amsterdam, The First Days

3. Hide If You Want To Hide

4. Love Love Love

8. Difference Of Opinion

9. Clever Little Man

10. All Day And All Night

11. Rabbits

12. Colour Sergeant Lillywhite

13. Fuzzy Patterns

16. Cave Of Clear Light

17. Conversations (In A Station Light Refreshment Bar)

18. Further Conversations

19. Original Sin

20. Colour Of The Sunset

21. Mr. Pseudonym

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