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The Murmaids

The Murmaids can safely be classed as one-hit wonders -- but that one hit, "Popsicles and Icicles," not only characterizes an entire innocent era of pop music and the early phase of '60s girl-group music, but was a key early career jump for several of the participants. The Murmaids were Carol Fischer, Terry Fischer, and Sally Gordon of Los Angeles. They'd grown up together and had begun singing, and when the singing began to show promise in their mid- to late teens, the Fischer sisters' mother brought them into Chattahoochie Records, a tiny Los Angeles-based label, for an audition. The label's recording manager was Kim Fowley, who provided them with a song called "Popsicles and Icicles," composed by David Gates, an Oklahoman with musical aspirations who'd been knocking around Los Angeles for the last few years, writing songs and playing the odd session. The mix of dreamy melody and ethereal girl group voices was a quick chart success, "Popsicles and Icicles" scaling into the Top Ten in late 1963. It was, alas, to be the first and last time that the Murmaids were to occupy the attention of chart compilers. And, ironically, by the time the song was a hit, Carol and Terry Fischer had started college, and this was of much greater concern to them -- the trio did cut a few more songs in an effort to follow up on "Popsicles and Icicles'" success, but only "Heartbreak Ahead" in early 1964 managed to get any airplay. Without a full-time professional commitment to touring or personal appearance, the Murmaids proved a one-off success, "Popsicles and Icicles" disappearing, but not without leaving a lot of fond memories for radio listeners. Fowley kept working to get another chart hit, without success, and later Murmaids singles were very likely the work of other singers. The last Murmaids single appeared in 1968, by which time Fowley had begun working with the Clinger Sisters, a girl group (and former regulars on television variety shows, including Danny Kaye's program) who had turned toward a more rocking sound on Columbia Records. David Gates, whose song had given the Murmaids their one claim to fame, was taking his big steps to stardom around that time, forming the group Bread in 1969, which would bring him massive success both as a songwriter ("Make It With You," etc.) and as a pop/rock star during the early '70s. The Murmaids themselves remain a fixture of early- to mid-'60s girl group collections. Their records -- and they left behind the equivalent of about an album of surprisingly good material -- recall the Paris Sisters, the Fleetwoods, the Teddy Bears, and the rest of the innocent side of girl group music. ~ Bruce Eder
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Selected Discography

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Track List: '50s & '60s Lost & Found Records, Vol. 1

Disc 1

1. Hully Gully Guitar

2. Sweet William

3. A House, A Car And A Wedding Ring

4. It's Almost Tomorrow

5. A Very Precious Love

6. One More Sunrise

8. Fried Onions

9. Midnight Oil

10. Desafinado (Slightly Out Of Tune)

11. Cry

12. English Country Garden

13. Move Over Rover

14. Love Means (You Never Have To Say You're Sorry)

16. The Taste Of A Tear

17. My Three Sons Theme

18. No Arms Can Ever Hold You (Like These Arms Of Mine)

19. Milord

20. Take Me To Your Ladder (I'll See Your Leader Later)

21. From A School Ring To A Wedding Ring

22. Gidget Goes Hawaiian

23. At The High School Dance

25. I Like Your Kind Of Love

26. I've Got A Secret

27. If You Want This Love

28. All I Want To Do Is Run

29. Lonesome Heart

30. Yellow Dog Blues

31. Frankie And Johnny

32. Hello Josephine

33. Almost Paradise

34. Ballad Of The One Eyed Jack

35. His Lips Get In The Way

36. The Crusher

37. When I Saw You

38. I Don't Need Lottsa Money

40. Big Name Button

Disc 2

1. I'll Love You Forever

2. Two Little Fishies

3. I'm In Love

4. Shame On Me

5. Halfway

6. Soul Meeting

7. Jimmy Love

8. Johnny Willow

9. Midnight Beach Party

10. The Guns Of Navarone

11. Beaver

12. Heartbreak Ahead

13. Only Forever

14. Just Once More

15. Witchi Tai To

16. The Masquerade Is Over

17. Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor (On The Bedpost Overnight)

18. Boppin' In A Sack

19. The Happy Muleteer

20. What Are Boys Made Of

21. To A Soldier Boy

22. Old Payola Roll Blues, Pt 2

23. Don't Cross Over

24. One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)

25. A Million To One

26. Pretty Suzy Sunshine

27. Everybody Know Matilda

28. Sole Sole Sole

29. Sho, Know A Lot About Love

31. You're Gonna Pay

32. Feelin' No Pain

33. Banned In Boston

34. What Am I Gonna Do

35. Count Every Star

36. I'm Sorry

37. Watch Your Step

38. Blue Serge & White Lace

39. Ridin' The Wind

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Track List: Cesar Chavez (Original Soundtrack)

2. Moving/Driving/Fields 1

3. Beale Street Blues

4. Moving/Driving/Fields 2

5. Good Love

6. Start The Movement

7. Lazy Daisy Blues

9. Darktown Strutters Ball

10. March To Sacramento

11. If That Old Jukebox Could Talk

12. Fernando Moves Away

13. Estoy Perdido

14. Hunger Strike

16. Kennedy Is Dead

17. Amor Sin Medida

19. Selling Grapes To Europe

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Track List: Early Years 1962-1967

1. Popsicles And Icicles

2. Hey, Little Star

3. Without You

4. Don't Let Him

5. Cryin' On My Pillow

6. Pebbles

7. Football Season's Over

8. Ain't Gonna Cry No More

9. My One And Only Jimmy Boy

10. The Luckiest Girl In Town

14. Lost In The Wonderland

15. You Better Watch Out

17. Lonely Girl

21. Nothing Left To Do But Cry

25. Give Thanks To A Friend

26. Never Let Him Go

27. For My Sake

30. Standin' On The Corner

31. How Do You Say Goodbye

32. Youll Be Needin' Me

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Track List: Hard-To-Find 45s On Cd (Volume II) 1961-64

1. Wooden Heart

2. I Really Love You

3. Foot Stomping, Part I

4. Lover Please

5. Dear One

6. I Wish That We Were Married

7. Theme From Dr. Kildare (3 Stars Will Shine Tonight)

8. Little Red Rented Rowboat

9. Patches

10. Bobby's Girl

11. I Saw Linda Yesterday

12. I Will Follow Him (Chariot)

13. Young Lovers

14. Sugar Shack

15. You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry

16. Dominique

17. Popsicles And Icicles

18. Navy Blue

19. Diane

20. Little Honda

21. The Wedding

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Perfect song of those times.i got the 45 and love it
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Who know that David Gates from Bread wrote it for the one hit wondersend The Mermaids?
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My sister played it to death on 45! Now they're bringing back RECORDS???
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onegraygoose
IT is like having chocolate on my fingers!
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dekane54
Oh happy I am to get to sing with some of these fabulous older songs
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I love this song. It's my favorite girl group song. Listen to it forever
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I agree...more maids ...never can have enough maids...Mess y J e s s i e J a y m e s
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Love all these old songs
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gmood614
Girl group bubble-gum track.
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wjflynn23
Written by David Gates who went on to form the group Bread.
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popsicles & icicles...ab e a u t i f u l song from a warmer, friendlier time { compared to a lot of loud music of today
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johnandgina2 0 0 8
a really nic song from my past
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thehiebertco
I think Kim Fowley produced this record way before he put The Runaways together in the 70's.
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t_heath
Don't hear this too often, but a really neat song from years ago....
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Popsicles/Ic i c l e s THE GREATEST ONE HIT WONDER IN THE HISTORY OF MUSIC.

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