The Hollywood Argyles Biography

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The Hollywood Argyles was a group assembled after a record, ‘Alley-Oop’, had already been released under that name. The song was written by Dallas Frazier and recorded by vocalist Gary S. Paxton and producer Bobby Rey while Paxton was a member of the Arizona-based duo Skip And Flip. Because that duo was contracted to Brent Records, and ‘Alley-Oop’ was issued on Lute Records, the name Hollywood Argyles was created for the occasion, named after the intersection where the recording studio was located, Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Street. When the Coasters -like novelty single made its way to number 1 in the US charts in May 1960, a group was created, including Paxton, Rey, Ted Marsh, Gary Webb, Deary Weaver and Ted Winters. Further singles by the Hollywood Argyles, on such labels as Paxley (co-owned by Paxton and producer Kim Fowley), Chattahoochie, Felsted and Kammy failed to reach the charts. Paxton later started the Garpax label, which released the number 1 ‘Monster Mash’ by Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett. More recently, as a born-again Christian, Paxton was rumoured to be romantically linked with fallen US evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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