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(DCC Compacts Classics) 26 tracks, original Demon and Arvee recordings, 1958-65, incl. unissued... more

The Olympics: All-Time Greatest Hits (CD)

(DCC Compacts Classics) 26 tracks, original Demon and Arvee recordings, 1958-65, incl. unissued material! Rare CD! Hully Gully Baby!

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Olympics, The - All-Time Greatest Hits (CD) CD 1
01 Good Lovin' The Olympics
02 Western Movies The Olympics
03 Big Boy Pete The Olympics
04 Private Eye The Olympics
05 Dance With The Teacher The Olympics
06 Hully Gully The Olympics
07 Dance By The Light Of The Moon The Olympics
08 Shimmy Like Kate The Olympics
09 Baby It's Hot The Olympics
10 The Slop The Olympics
11 Ain't No Big Thing The Olympics
12 Big Chief Little Foot The Olympics
13 Dooley The Olympics
14 Stay Away From Joe The Olympics
15 Workin' Hard The Olympics
16 I'll Never Fall In Love The Olympics
17 Scotch The Olympics
18 Bye Bye Baby The Olympics
19 Little Pedro The Olympics
20 Boo-Dee Green The Olympics
21 Shame, Shame, Shame The Olympics
22 Dodge City The Olympics
23 Big Chief Little Foot The Olympics
24 How Long Will It Take The Olympics
25 Peanut Butter The Olympics
26 El Pizza The Olympics
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The Ward brothers sang gospel back home in Mississippi, and continued to sing together after they arrived in Los Angeles in the early 1950s. Walter Ward attended Centennial High School in Compton alongside his cousin, Eddy Lewis, who was also from Mississippi. They added Charles Fizer and Walter Hammond, and began recording in 1956 for Melatone Records. Very quickly, they discovered that there was another group called the Challengers and so, in the year of the Olympic Games, they became the Olympics. In 1958, the truly ubiquitous Jesse Belvin introduced them to John Criner and his wife, R&B singer Effie Smith.

Criner became their manager, and got them on Si Aronson and Joe Greene's Demon label (distributed by Liberty). One of Demon’s A&R men was Effie Smith’s son, Fred, who had co-written a song with fellow Demon A&R man, Cliff Goldsmith. Their song, Western Movies, was much in the style of Leiber and Stoller and was, of course, about the vogue for TV westerns. The session was held in garage studio of jazz bassist Ted Brinson, who worked on the session together with Irving Ashby on guitar, and Effie Smith on piano. It became an R&B hit (#7), a pop hit (#8), and an overseas hit (#12 in England). There were changes in personnel and changes in labels, and along the way they recorded the original version of (Baby) Hully Gully, that inspired the Marathons’ hit Peanut Butter. Then they revived Don & Dewey’s Big Boy Pete, which is generally reckoned to be the inspiration for Jim Croce’s hit Bad, Bad Leroy Brown. There were more dance craze records, more novelties, and a few more hits.

There was also an unfortunate moment when the Olympics’ career bisected history-in-the-making. On the way to a rehearsal, Charles Fizer was shot to death during the Watts riots of 1965. They soldiered on, making records until 1973, and there’s still a group called the Olympics making personal appearances out there somewhere.

 

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Tracklist
Olympics, The - All-Time Greatest Hits (CD) CD 1
01 Good Lovin'
02 Western Movies
03 Big Boy Pete
04 Private Eye
05 Dance With The Teacher
06 Hully Gully
07 Dance By The Light Of The Moon
08 Shimmy Like Kate
09 Baby It's Hot
10 The Slop
11 Ain't No Big Thing
12 Big Chief Little Foot
13 Dooley
14 Stay Away From Joe
15 Workin' Hard
16 I'll Never Fall In Love
17 Scotch
18 Bye Bye Baby
19 Little Pedro
20 Boo-Dee Green
21 Shame, Shame, Shame
22 Dodge City
23 Big Chief Little Foot
24 How Long Will It Take
25 Peanut Butter
26 El Pizza