Spanky & Our Gang

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": 60s oldies sunshine pop classic rock pop soft pop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The original line-up of this engaging US harmony group - Elaine ‘Spanky’ McFarlane (19 June 1942; tambourine/washboard), Nigel Pickering (12-string guitar) and Oz Bach (stand-up bass/kazoo) - began performing together in Chicago’s folk clubs. Within months they were joined by Malcolm Hale (guitar/vocals) and John George Seiter (drums) and this restructured line-up shad a US Top 10 hit with its debut release, ‘Sunday Will Never Be The Same’. This evocative song bore traces of the Mamas And The Papas and the more conservative Seekers, a style maintained on its follow-up, ‘Lazy Day’. Bach was then replaced by Geoffrey Myers, who in turn made way for Kenny Hodges. Sixth member Lefty Baker (vocals/guitar) expanded the group’s harmonic range, but while the haunting ‘Like To Get To Know You’ suggested a more mature direction, Spanky And Our Gang seemed more content with a bubbly, good-time, but rather lightweight approach....

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