To the girls in 'Frisco
To the girls in New York
To the girls in Texarkana
You gotta understand
Baby, I'm your man!
I once lived in San Francisco, and I've spent a fair amount of time in New York City, and I wouldn't hesitate to tell any woman from either place, BABY, I'M YOUR MAN!
I've never been to Texarkana. But if you're a girl from that fine city, you can best believe that BABY, I'M YOUR MAN, TOO!
I've always loved "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'," and I was thrilled when it popped up on my rental car's satellite radio while I was driving on Cape Cod a couple of weeks ago:
It's a glass-half-full song. . . maybe even a glass-three-quarters-full song. . . and an incurable optimist like me will always pick a song like "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'" over a glass-half-empty song like this one:
I heard Crazy Elephant's one and only hit single – which topped out at #12 in both the U.S. and the UK in 1969 – while I was on my way to the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth's trails for a walk with my dog, Lily:
The society is headquartered in this building, which once housed Benjamin Gorham's cobbler shop:
The Kelley Chapel (originally built in 1873) and an old blacksmith's barn stand at the beginning of the main trail. Both buildings were moved here from elsewhere to preserve them:
The trail circles Miller Pond, which is good-sized:
Part of the trail comes close to the old Cape Cod Railroad's tracks, which once ran from Boston to Provincetown. The Boston-to-Hyannis portion of the line is still used by commuter and excursion trains. Further east, the tracks were torn up and the right-of-way converted to a paved hiker-biker trail. But this stretch of the old tracks just sit there:
I almost walked by a large patch of lilies of the valley, but I noticed the wonderful fragrance emitted by those lovely flowers just in time:
In the late sixties, producers Jerry Kasenatz and Jerry Katz formed Super K Productions and released records by "bubble-gum" groups like the Ohio Express, 1910 Fruitgum Company, the Music Explosion, the Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Chorus, and Crazy Elephant. (Less successful Kasenetz-Katz group included Flying Giraffe, Lt. Garcia's Magic Music Box, J.C.W. Ratfinks, and the Rock & Roll Dubble Bubble Trading Card Company of Philadelphia 1941.)
Like some of the other Kasenetz-Katz groups, Crazy Elephants wasn't a real band, but rather a brand name used to release records by an ever-changing group of studio musicians. (The lead singer on another Crazy Elephant single was Kevin Godley, who later achieved fame as a member of 10cc.)
Here's "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'":
Click below to buy the song from Amazon: