Thursday, 8 June 2017

Before things start to get too serious here in the Jungle, thought I might fun them back up a bit with 3 Fonzie-obsessed gals... and taking centre stage are 50’s retro rock-n-roll/doowop group, The Heyettes!
While The Heyettes were not an actual band, the album Fonzie, Fonzie, He’s Our Man is in fact not associated with Happy Days in any official way, shape or form (nor even the title itself), although it was released at the peak of Happy Days fever. None of the sitcom’s cast or crew actually appear on the album – I would think any Fonzie fans out there will tell you: “Go pay Henry Winkler a visit then come back to see me”!
Most of the songs on the album (including every one about Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli) were written by Michael S. Fein, including "The Fonz Song", "Do The Fonz", "Fonzie For President" and "Sit On It". The album was produced by Jackie Mills, who also produced AND composed on The Kids From The Brady Bunch. Go figure.
Julia Tillman, one of the “voices of the Heyettes”, as stated on the back cover, performed backing vocals for many legendary artists including The Bee Gees on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, Leonard Cohen’s Death Of A Ladies’ Man, Neil Diamond‘s You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, Kim CarnesMistaken Identity and on Carole King's groundbreaker LP, Tapestry. In 1978, she reunited with fellow Heyette Maxine Willard to sing backup on former Kiss drummer Peter Criss' solo album.
Third Heyette Jessica Smith was a gospel-trained member of Hodges, James & Smith, a Motown creation that wound up signed to London in 1976. She was also part of The Ikettes, a female backing vocalist trio for Ike and Tina Turner (credited as Jessie Smith).
Seeing as I already came across a couple of scathing reviews on the album (LOL), I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and leave it up to the audience to decide with this download (London SPA-10329). FLAC
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