The Strangeloves Biography

Formed in 1964 in New York City, USA, the Strangeloves consisted of songwriters and record producers Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer. Although they left their mark under the name Strangeloves with only four singles and one album, their fascinating story extends both before and beyond the group’s brief tenure. Feldman and Goldstein had been childhood friends in Brooklyn, New York, and sang in street corner doo-wop groups. They began writing songs together and had their first success with ‘Big Beat’, which disc jockey Alan Freed used as the theme song of his television show. By 1960 they had recorded some unsuccessful singles as Bob And Jerry when they met Bronx native Gottehrer, who was also writing songs. Before long the trio’s compositions were being recorded by such major artists as Dion, Pat Boone, Freddy Cannon, Bobby Vee and the Jive Five. Their greatest success came in 1963 when Feldman, Goldstein and Gottehrer wrote and produced ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’, which became a number 1 hit for the Angels. By the following year, however, the landscape of pop music had changed with the arrival of the Beatles, and the trio had to rethink its approach. They created the Strangeloves (taking their name from the Stanley Kubrick/Peter Sellers film, Dr. Strangelove) and a mythical story to go with them. Wearing bizarre costumes, they said they were from the Australian outback and put on phoney accents. Their names became Niles, Miles and Giles Strange. In 1965, they released their first single, ‘Love Love Love’, on Swan Records, which failed to chart. They then signed to Bang Records and released ‘I Want Candy’, a Bo Diddley -like rocker that reached number 11. Three further singles charted: ‘Cara-Lin’ (number 39 in 1965), ‘Night Time’ (number 30 in 1966) and ‘Hand Jive’ (number 100 in 1966). Their only album also made the charts. In addition to their recordings as the Strangeloves, Goldstein And Feldman recorded as the Kittens, as Rome And Paris, as Bobby And the Beaus and as Ezra And The Iveys. The trio produced the McCoys’ hit ‘Hang On Sloopy’ and recorded as the Sheep. Following the break-up of the Strangeloves, Goldstein worked for Uni Records, and later produced the group War. Feldman continued to write music and produce, working with artists such as Jay And The Americans, Johnny Mathis, Freddy Cannon and Link Wray. Gottehrer became a partner in Sire Records and a successful record producer during the punk era, producing the first two albums by the Go-Go’s, the debut album by Blondie and many others. Feldman recently formed a new Strangeloves group.

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

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