Thank you for visiting our pages.
We would love it if you would add to the guestbook !
I loved your unique and beautiful music back in the 1960’s and love it just as much to this day. The musical vibrations you created will live forever in the ethers as well as in people’s hearts. To All Of You: THANK YOU FOR THE MAGICAL MUSIC!
Cincinnati, Ohio 45209 USA
Mon, 24 Feb 2014
Stumbled across your page as a fan of old music. I was reading the entry from someone born in 1964 that said he remembered the songs when they were out (3 and 4 years old? wow!) Maybe unfortunately for me, with slightly older parents, I was born in 1961 and don't remember them at all, and I never really learned any of them at all. I had heard of the Beatles (maybe Yellow Submarine, a good kids song), but nobody really shared these songs with me. By the 70's, I started hearing more oldies that still played. But I really didn't hear the Spanky songs (and other 60's) until oldies radio started bigger in the 80's (and started moving somewhat out of 50's music). Boy do I regret missing the 60's more first hand. I also love your stuff every bit as much as the Beatles, the Byrds and so on. Thanks for wonderful voices and songs.
Rockford, IL, USA
Hello, As I am aging, I often wake up recalling songs of the 60's! Please tell Elaine that she created some phenomenal music and she still has fans out here!
Hopefully, she is doing well and if she still entertains in the Chicago (or St. Charles, IL) area, please let me know.
Best, Gary Fischer firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sun, 01 Nov 2009 09:41:29 -0500
Thank you Spanky (and the gang) for your gift of song. I still enjoy your big warm voice on the oldies radio. I hope you all know the Lord in an intimate way.
From an old boomer, Dave.
Sat, 29 Aug 2009 11:19:09 -0700 (PDT)
I once thought the Gang's material was a bit too sweet for my taste, but "Yesterday's Rain" changed my mind. It's hair-raising. I've got to find a copy of that yellow album!
Sun, 23 Nov 2008 11:32:55 +1100(EDT)
The LP Rhymes and Reasons Lp (the yellow Lp) was my favorite. I don't hear a lot of people talking about it. I think that was the group's best work.
Songs that have stood the test of time were:
Since You've Gone
Mecca Flat Blues (my favorite)
And She's Mine
Make another LP or CD like this one. Wow!
LOVE, PEACE AND GRANOLA
mike from Texas
Thu, 6 Nov 2008 18:28:34 -0600(EDT)
I was born in 1964, and I remember hearing "sunday will never be the same" and "lazy day" when they were out. Thanks for the great songs. You have a beautiful voice. I had sunday will nevers melody stuck in my head for the last few months and I could not remember what song it was! I am so happy to finally hear it again. Your band and The Monkees captured the sound of the 60s better than anyone. It really sounds like I'm there when I listen. Beautiful work. Bless you and thank you.
Rockland County, NY
Fri, 02 May 2008 18:07:14 -0400(EDT)
The sounds were fresh and our minds were open. Long live the spirit of the 60Â�s Â� the spirit of peace, love, brotherhood, and freedom.
Glenn S. Spiller
Glenn S. Spiller
Olympic Valley, CA
Fri, 05 Oct 2007 09:06:38 -0400(EDT)
Grace Slick; Jefferson Airplane; Case Elliot; Mama's and the Papa's; and Spanky McFarlane; Spanky and Our Gang, are all names and voices of the 60's. Of those voices, Spanky is the voice I remember as being the most enjoyable. She has the softness of a new baby's touch; richness of dark-chocolate and the power of a dynamo to drive her music home. She can paint a picture in words and music like no other of her time; "Sunday Will Never Be The Same;" "I'd Like To Get To Know You," or "Lazy Days" Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane and Our Gang have, and always will be THE sound of the 60's. It is all too sad that the Gang didn't get the publicity or recognition that other groups of that era, also too bad the writers and promotion directors didn't or wouldn't see this group for what it could be instead of what it wasn't. It isn't that other groups were any better or any worse than their contemporary, no, far from it. It's just that at the time record companies pushed one over the other and saw to it that they had the concert dates, writers and such to put them more in the spotlight. Spanky and Our Gang had it all, they couldn't get the promotion to make it big. However, big they became with the few songs they recorded and with the voice of Spanky. A sad day when the group broke up and sadder still at the loss of Malcolm Hale, Lefty Baker and Oz Bach. Oddly enough, "Sunday WILL Never Be The Same."
Tacoma State: Wa,
Fri, 17 Aug 2007 14:38:35 -0400(EDT)
I recently found a various artist tape with Sunday Will Never Be The Same on it. I had forgotten how much I loved that song. Shortly after I discovered the tape, the song seemed to be everywhere on the radio. Great song. Great voice Spanky.
Fri, 10 Aug 2007 19:00:18 -0400(EDT)
It was the late 60's. It was after 11pm on a saturday and we were in the back of our convertable headed for the airport to watch planes take off and land. That was the first time I heard I'd like to get to know you. I have loved it since What a great group of talented musicians the gang was. Every time i play that I so wish they could of remained on for years to come to fill the world with more great music. They will not be forgotten and will brighten peoples days when ever they are heard.
Thu, 26 Jul 2007 21:54:39 -0400(EDT)
Happy Birthday, Spanky! I'm not far behind you in birthdays... The music of today doesn't compare to the great music of the 60's... I heard you many years ago in Las Vegas and still loved your band (and always will). God bless!
Tue, 19 Jun 2007 15:59:42-0400(EDT)
This is just to say that I Â�reinventedÂ� this fantastic group after forty years. In the city where I live Â� Utrecht in the Netherlands - is a tiny AM radio station called Radio Paradijs. Its playing sixties and seventies music, and it was via this station that I heard Like to get to know you and Sunday will never be same again, after some forty years Â� In the sixties I listened to legendary British pirate radio stations as Radio Caroline, Radio England, Radio London, Radio Scotland etc. These stations played Spanky and all kind of other great US and UK bands, what a time and what a music!
I have downloaded both songs and play them in my car, the memories these songs bring back are incredible.
Why not releasing these beautiful songs again? Does anybody know if this could be done?
The Netherlands - Sat, 26 May 2007 16:07:13 -0400(EDT)
Just had to add my compliments to the site. I was way past being a child of the '60s or '70s but the group had such a fresh sound and Spanky had that wonderfully clear voice. Who could not listen and love the sound?
USA - Wed, 16 Aug 2006 23:31:08 -0400(EDT)
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USA - Mon, Jun 19, 2006 09:00:00(EDT)
Hello Spanky: Just wanted to tell you...your album that had Brother Can You Spare a Dime on it was one of my all time favorites!! I am still an child of the 60's/70's...I'm gonna go look for the LP somewhere on the web to see if I can still get it (maybe on CD?)...but, I'd take the vinal..Yeh, I still play my records! Thanks for still being around!
USA - Sun, Jul 10, 2005 15:28:34(EDT)
Thanks for the site! Just bought the greatest hits and rediscovered this band which brings back so many memories, good ones. Thanks for keeping it alive.
Scott Parker, VP Sales, Integration Associates
USA - Thu, Jun 23, 2005 11:50:43(EDT)
Mecca Flat Blues ... Just to let you know, as a fan of music and a "child of the '60's, this song has traveled well...I hav the original album, and since I taped everything (reel-to-reel) has only been plyed a few times...good luck & good times...Mike
USA - Mon, Jun 20, 2005 23:14:13 (EDT)
HAVE A GREAT DAY...MET YOU AT THE HUNGRI I IN SAN FRANCISCO IN THE 1966 OR 67 AREA...WE INTERVIEW YOU GUYS FOR KCSM...I STILL HAVE THE TAPE SOMEWERE....KEEP SINGING GREAT....DUKE (GEORGE FEIST)...FRESNO, CALIFORNIA
Duke of the Discs
FRESNO, CALIFORNIA - Sun, Jun 19, 2005 at 19:10:02 (EDT)
Happy Birthday Spanky,
USA - Sun, Jun 19, 2005 at 11:25:30 (EDT)
I have albums of "Spanky and Our Gang" that have been around the world aboard the USS America( CVA 66). They have been to Viet Nam and back. Today I have 7 keyboards in my basement and have studied piano and music theory for years because of the Spanky influence. Music is a journey, not a destination.
Toledo - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 23:38:11 (EDT)
I've always enjoyed this group. I wish they had lasted longer and had a chance to do more of what they wanted. Spanky's voice was amazing, and the song "Give A Damn" was a definite example of the direction they could have taken; however, the main fan base, I believe, wanted the happy-sunshine type songs (most of which I love). They disbanded in '69, and there was a big change happening in music at that time anyway, likewise with television; compare 60's TV shows with 70's. Most decades have changed dramatically. I wish some of the retro/nostalic or music television shows would put together group performances from shows like Johnny Carson, Hollywood Palace, etc. so we could hear those songs with the groups live. I was too young at the time, but I have seen short, 5-second clips. There's one now where John Sebastian hosts a kind of info-merical "Time Life - Folk/Rock" CDs. There is a like a 5-second clip of S&OG singing "Like To Get To Know You". The whole group looks and sounds fantastic in it. Best of luck with the site.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Sunday, August 24, 2003 at 22:49:56 (EDT)
You know, while attending high school in Tujunga CA, Spanky and Our Gang was one of my favorite groups and Lazy Day is one of my all time favorites.
Sean Curtis <email@example.com>
Spokane, WA USA - Wednesday, August 06, 2003 at 22:50:19 (EDT)
GREAT SITE AND REALLY ENJOYING ALL THAT WONDERFUL MUSIC!! VERY UNDERATED GROUP AND ELAINE HAS THE GREATEST VOICE EVER!!
RON COSSIN <SAMPSON159@AOL.COM>
COLS, OH USA - Monday, July 28, 2003 at 16:08:19 (EDT)
What a great site! I was only 5 years old when Spanky & Our Gang were at their peak, but I came upon them later when I was in college in the early '80s and scooped up all their albums (we had great used vinyl stores in Syracuse!). I saw one of the first (if not THE very first) "new" Mamas & Papas concerts at a theatre in New York City (was it The Beacon?), and then saw the group perform several times thereafter over the next few years. Spanky was fantastic. I also saw "Spanky & Nigel" perform at a country/western bar on Lankershim Blvd. in N. Hollywood, CA, as well as at Trancas in Malibu, both I believe in the late '80s. It was a thrill. "Anything You Choose b/w Without Rhyme or Reason" is my favorite of their albums and I think it can be considered an all-time classic album of the '60s overall. What inventive minds! I'm glad Spanky is still performing and hope to get to see her again someday.
Merrick Wolfe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Las Vegas, NV USA - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 07:55:25 (EDT)
Our lives were forever enhanced by Spanky and Our Gang. We'll never forget you!
MI USA - Wednesday, July 09, 2003 at 14:14:36 (EDT)
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THIS WEBSITE ,AND FOREVER REMEMBERING SUCH WONDERFUL SPECIAL MUSIC GROUP FROM THOSE 60S WERE THINGS WERE SIMPLER AND BETTER THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART FOR SPANKY & OURGANG!!!! I WOULD LOVE TO MEET THE REMAINING MEMBERS JUST TO SAY THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!!!!!
Sam Rothrock <email@example.com>
turbotville , PA USA - Monday, June 30, 2003 at 21:01:19 (EDT)
When I listen to your fresh music, it still reminds of walks in Golden Gate park,and brunch at Sam's in Tiberon. Thank's Spanky and the gang. I've got the meanest kind.
Vancouver, WA USA - Friday, June 27, 2003 at 01:23:12 (EDT)
Yes, I still need you, you know I'd still feed you, today you'd be 64. Happy birthday in heaven, Oz. Still love you so much. Miss you unbearably! Sharon
Sharon Bach <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Brevard, NC USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 21:49:22 (EDT)
I love your music. Hope to see you'al in concert someday.
Jim Daley <email@example.com>
Wichita, Ks USA - Thursday, June 19, 2003 at 11:54:17 (EDT)
Long time fan of Spanky - Elaine you have a fabulous voice
david pearson <david@pearson 2587.freeserve.co.uk>
Glasgow, Scotland - Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 15:18:29 (EDT)
I'm the guy who wrote "Wings" on a piece of paper and sent it tp Jim Mason. I haven't seen or talked to him in many years. Is there a way I can in touch with him? An email address? Phone number?
Martin Grossman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Portland, OR USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 00:44:17 (EDT)
Wonderful, timeless music. I have always loved the music and lyrics of this group! The lyrics will always be relevant! I'm only 38, but I've been listening to them since my father gave me the 45 rpm record titled "Puff The Magic Dragon." The band has it together and lyrics make it complete. Thank God some people have creativity and can channel their energies in a positive manner. Thank you "Spanky and Our Gang."
USA - Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at 18:48:51 (EDT)
Hey I'm a big Hip Hop Fan, but when I heard your music something clicked in me. I feel good when I listen to your music. I sure a lot of other people feel just like me, keep playin. Tony
Plainfield, NJ USA - Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 16:20:00 (EDT)
Hey, that's a nice page! Have a nice day!
Wicked Crew Nu-Metal NuMetal
- Saturday, May 03, 2003 at 09:43:27 (EDT)
Some music is so timeless. I really enjoy listening to Lazy Days, Sunday will never be the same etc. It take me back quite a bit.
Cabot, AR USA - Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 13:39:15 (EDT)
Your site is fantastic. And the memories of your music is still playing in my mind. Thank you for reminding me of all those memories.
Dan Calhoun <email@example.com>
The Woodlands, Tx. USA - Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 20:20:31 (EDT)
EVERONE COME TO CURLEY FEST MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IN FERNDALE THIS IS A GREAT EVENT AND MEET SOME LEGENDS OF FOLK MUSIC AND JUST HAVE A GREAT TIME THIS SITE IS AWSOME
MIKE COPLEY <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Clovis , NM USA - Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 03:43:23 (EDT)
Thanks to your fab site Ive had a truckload of emails from old radio listeners pointing out that my comments of Dec., 7th, galvanised them to respond to my reply and directly. I now know how big Spanky and the Gang were in Europe, so they must have been an 'underground' band. Clearly, my emails thanks to my letter on this page indicate that the Gang might have been shortchanged, whatever, they really had a following. Thanks to all who wrote me, maybe we can come together and lobby 'gold' stations to play more of the gang on UK solid gold stations. Address is available. Lets try and promote the thinking behind 'Lazy Day' to the world, and, maybe, it could make folk see things in a different way. Happy Easter to ALL Gang family and friends, especially a Happy Easter from us all to Spanky and Our Gang.
Don Stevens <email@example.com>
London, Great Britain - Thursday, April 17, 2003 at 20:13:48 (EDT)
It was great to find this site and to be able to write to Spanky..I have some fond memories and this site brought them all back. Music...Art of the Prophets among the gifts that God hath sent..one of the most magnificiant ROCK n ROLL Heaven I love you Johnny
TUCSON, AZ USA - Thursday, March 27, 2003 at 13:59:50 (EST)
Good site, nice memories, I still enjoy Spanky and our Gang's Music and always will.
marc godwin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Buxton, England - Thursday, March 27, 2003 at 08:37:46 (EST)
I have been a big fan every since Spanky and our Gang began. I still am and play their music most everyday. I never lost my love for this wonderful upbeat band.
Linda A Simpson <LASimpson@hotmail.com>
Seattle, WA USA - Wednesday, February 12, 2003 at 14:45:00 (EST)
Loved the different sound the gang made (like a breath of fresh air).I almost thought I was the only one who could hear the clever "bits" in the album tracks.Dont know how I came to hear of them back in the 60s,but Im pleased I did.
colin southern <email@example.com>
london, uk - Friday, February 07, 2003 at 17:45:13 (EST)
I believe the first time I heard Spanky & Our Gang was on the "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson Their "live" album is awesome. They are my favorite group ever.... Thanks for the memories.
Boston, MA USA - Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 17:47:16 (EST)
Beyond thank you... what else needs to be said!!!
Easton, Pa USA - Saturday, January 25, 2003 at 16:18:25 (EST)
Grew up listening to the many sounds of Spanky and now have enjoyed taking apart the complex harmonies and singing along any day I need a lift. They've been great along with the Byrds, Beach Boys and Mamas & Papas at helping me learn to put harmonies on mine and many other peoples compositions. I shall look forward to any future dates that any of the guys might play in England.
London, Britain - Monday, January 20, 2003 at 09:54:58 (EST)
PM, "And Your Bird Can Sing" is available on CD! Go to the Curleyfest site and inquire about "Spanky's Basement Tape CD." Of course it would be great to have a "Complete Spanky and Our Gang Collection" on CD including the Live and Change albums. Right now, there are the 3 Japanese releases of the first 3 albums, as well as the two "Greatest Hits" collections on CD. Unfortunately, "And Your Bird Can Sing" and the flip side "Sealed With a Kiss" do not appear on any of them. This single was the group's first release for Mercury. Oz always referred to it as a "demo", although one reviewer refers to it as an "unsuccessful cover".
USA - Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 13:47:36 (EST)
come on spanky get the curleyfest tapes on to dvd i have patiently waited for a long time now terry
uk - Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 13:50:30 (EST)
Heard 'And Your Bird Can Sing' for the first time last night. It sounds good! It should be on a CD.
Chicago, IL USA - Monday, January 13, 2003 at 15:16:29 (EST)
Happy birthday in heaven, Lefty Baker!
Chicago, IL USA - Tuesday, January 07, 2003 at 14:18:45 (EST)
where can i find the lyrics to the change album terry
nottm, uk - Saturday, December 28, 2002 at 18:20:31 (EST)
THANK ALL OF YOU FOR THE FEELINGS OF SUN, FUN, BEING YOUNG AND IN LOVE. OH YES, THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES, ESPECIALLY THE MEMORIES.
Willard A. Womack <Vindc8tr@aol.com>
Glendale, CA United States - Thursday, December 19, 2002 at 11:05:01 (EST)
I first heard The Gang from the pirate ship BIG L on 266 AM back in 1967. Loved the fresh, clean sound, and made my mind up to be a radio jock just to play tunes like that for others. Sadly, the Band never made an impact in Europe, and when I eventually made it into radio it was always hard to find Spanky & Our Gang tunes. But, I got my own copies and played the music at every opportunity, and not just in Europe, Middle East too. Found this site, and boy, my day is made, so refreshing to see that Spanky & Our Gang live on in this new progressive world of the internet. Spanky & Our Gang had a timeless, positive musical message that has lifted the spirits of many. My mailbag in radio days reflected that. People loved them. I Love them. We all Love them. Magical site, thanks to all who provide it, Don.
London, England., Great Britain - Saturday, December 07, 2002 at 12:05:01 (EST)
Hi- how come there isn't any mention of Dick Andrews?
glenview, il USA - Friday, December 06, 2002 at 22:57:44 (EST)
Thanks for the site a huge fan and radio dude. Dusty Durst
Dusty Durst <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Labadie, MO United States - Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at 05:58:53 (EST)
What is the lyric to go in the blank line "Here's a prescription for convalescent hippies - Get some Japanese beer and ________________________?? O so, let yourself go, Northwest Orient. ???? Help!!!!!
Steve Merchant <email@example.com>
Indianapolis, IN USA - Friday, November 15, 2002 at 14:16:59 (EST)
PS GREAT SITE!!! I think the most magical song has got to be Sunday Morning!!! Just thinking about it gives me chills. But my absolute fave will ALWAYS be Like to Get to Know You. It is just SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO beautiful. Just thinking about that song makes me feel entranced. I'm not even listening to it right now and I'm STILL overwhelmed!!! There is no other band that even comes close to that sound!
Carla Gidden again <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Gardena/London, CA USA - Tuesday, November 05, 2002 at 13:06:12 (EST)
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Spanky and Our Gang. Just spent about £30 ($40) getting an original CD VERSION of LP from Japan. Anyone interested in getting the full length originals should go to Borders.com. (They are BRILLIANT for almost everything "hard to find"). I discovered Spanky on KOLA 99.9 even though that station is based in the Inland Empire and I lived in LA. Now I live in London. I'm only 21 and I TOTALLY try and get ALL of my friends to listen to them. I love Spanky. FYI!!! all those who like the Mamas and Papas and read Mama Michelle Phillip's Autobiography, Michelle MIS-SPELLED SPANKY'S NAME!!! As SPARKY!!! Anyways, everyone PLEASE keep requesting Spanky's songs on your local radio stations!!!
Carla Gidden <email@example.com>
Gardena/London, CA USA - Tuesday, November 05, 2002 at 12:56:43 (EST)
i think there was a song on one of the albums, that had the lines up in the morning just about 4- i put on my shoes and i'm out the door- life is such a terrible bore- i am a garbage man-- what is the name of that song, if you could tell me, i would appreciate it
darrell g burton sr <firstname.lastname@example.org>
richmond, in USA - Monday, October 14, 2002 at 22:54:47 (EDT)
great website. thanks for informing us later fans, what the original group was about and how it got together and evolved. i'm a surgeon, and sometimes the music will set the tone before an operation.
Julian Bailes <email@example.com>
USA - Saturday, October 05, 2002 at 07:37:50 (EDT)
Still enjoy watching 'The Gang' Many wonderful memories. Just saw a movie on AMC tonite,and love their short clips as well. We need to preserve the films and such for the generations of today.!! :)
USA - Thursday, September 05, 2002 at 22:01:44 (EDT)
Spanky and Our Gang's music is just as relevant now as it was in 60's. Their music is a part of me. It is my history. I love it. Thank you for having a place where I can share what they have given to me, and read what they have given to others.
Mark Bobrosky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Monday, August 26, 2002 at 03:56:49 (EDT)
Happy Birthday to John Seiter!
West Dundee, IL USA - Saturday, August 17, 2002 at 14:05:21 (EDT)
After over 30 years of still listening to the Gang I had no idea how many people are STILL mesmerized by them. Especially "Like to Get to Know You," once of the most innovated Top 10 hits ever. Let's all remember to vote for that song or others each Nov & Dec on WABC's yearly voting. You can get it at www.musicradio77.com. Let them know how strong the fans are. I have one request thoough, how about a CD with the original 45 mono version of "Like to Get to Know You," as a bonus track along with 45 version of Sunday Morning. And how about Rhino or Sundazed labels releasing the LPs stateside.
Roberta Jones <www.RobertaKatherine@yahoo.com>
Hollywood, FL USA - Wednesday, August 14, 2002 at 13:51:29 (EDT)
Happy Birthday to Kenny Hodges!
West Dundee, IL USA - Saturday, August 03, 2002 at 15:30:46 (EDT)
I remember seeing the reformed Mama's and Papa's with Spanky and John Phillips at the Nugget casino in Reno around '87 or '88 (does'nt seem that long ago). anyway, they were great and brought back many memories for me. Sunday will never be the same! too bad.
John Rene <email@example.com>
USA - Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at 15:02:22 (EDT)
I cant begin to tell you what these very special people have meant to my life. All of them from Spanky, Nigel, Kenny, Curly. Mother Blue...what an impact they had on me. I carry around their influence and inspiration to this day. I was truly blessed to have known them all...HOW SPECIAL THEY ARE. JOHN BELAND BRISBANE
JOHN BELAND <JOhnbeland1@aol.com>
brisbane, Australia - Monday, July 15, 2002 at 11:48:43 (EDT)
Hi, I was just surfing and came across this wonderful site. I remember (and still have) purchasing the debut album. Sounds as great today as it did then. The album ANYTHING YOU CHOOSE/WITHOUT RHYME OR REASON was and still is a classic. I love this album. I remember listening with my Koss headphones with the lights off and getting transported to another place. I can't believe this and other S&OG albums haven't been reissued on CD (just the Greatest Hits). If anyone knows otherwise, please let me know. Thanks for the music and the memories. bob
Bob Freitas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
White River Jct., VT USA - Thursday, July 11, 2002 at 21:32:50 (EDT)
Great. I just wondered in here looking for the lyrics to SUZANNE. I re-discovered an old lp I forgot I had, I'D LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU, and over time, had forgotton how fantastic the stereo was on this album. I ordered a cd of it today, I hope they did not mess it up. anyway, this is probably my all time favorite album ever.
Vee Bdosa <email@example.com>
Doylestown, PA USA - Sunday, June 30, 2002 at 22:07:50 (EDT)
I have loved the music of spanky and our gang since I first heard it. I have heard that spanky was asked to take the place of mama cass so that the mamas and the papas could tour. Did spanky ever accept the offer. If so, were there any recordings.
randy thornburg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
tampa, fl USA - Sunday, June 30, 2002 at 21:45:59 (EDT)
Love You and miss you Oz!! Thank you for the music!! you'll never be forgotten... Rock on Bassman!
Chuck Darling <Beatlesra1@aol.com>
Sandusky, OH USA - Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at 19:37:18 (EDT)
Happy Birthday, Oz. We miss you so much! Love, Sharon, Belinda and Jonathan
Sharon Bach <email@example.com>
Brevard, NC USA - Monday, June 24, 2002 at 11:31:18 (EDT)
Happy would-have-been 63rd birthday, Oz Bach! Rest in peace . . .
USA - Monday, June 24, 2002 at 08:25:50 (EDT)
Just for kicks, I looked up Spanky and OG on the internet and came across this wonderful site. I had the privlidge of being in the audience the night the live album was recorded at the Gaslight in Coconut Grove. I new then that this group would be famous. I sent Spanky an email thinking how unbelievably cool it would be to get a response. We'll see.
mark glasser <firstname.lastname@example.org>
easley, sc USA - Friday, June 21, 2002 at 18:38:15 (EDT)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SPANKY!!!
Sharon Bach <email@example.com>
Brevard, NC USA - Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 10:34:42 (EDT)
For anyone who may have wondered who sang what and what songs the Gang actually played on, this may help: Spanky and Our Gang: Lazy Day - Spanky. Oz sings the last 'what a day for picking daisies . . .' It Ain't Necessarily Bird Avenue - The Gang. Malcolm sings 'here's a precscription for convalescent hippies . . .' Oz sings 'I know that you'll have a ball.' The Gang plays on this song. Trouble - Nigel. The Gang plays on this song. Sunday Will Never Be The Same - Spanky. Commercial - Nigel. Oz is 'my friend Lou.' The Gang plays on this song. If You Could Only Be Me - Spanky(with Nigel on the first verse). Making Every Minute Count - The Gang. Spanky's voice is most prominent(with Malcolm on the second verse). 5 Definitions Of Love - The Gang. Oz sings the second definition solo. Brother, Can You Spare A Dime - Spanky. The Gang plays on this song, with Malcolm on both lead guitar and trombone. Distance - Oz. Leaving On A Jet Plane - Nigel. The Gang plays on this song. Come And Open Your Eyes - Spanky. The Gang plays on this song. Like To Get To Know You: The Swinging Gate - Malcolm & John, Spanky(note: this song, 'Sunday Morning,' and 'Echoes' were recorded while Geoffrey Myers was in the group, before Kenny and Lefty joined). Prescription For The Blues - Spanky. Nigel is the DJ. Three Ways From Tomorrow - Lefty. The Gang plays on this song, with Lefty playing the amazing guitar solo with fingerpicks. My Bill - The Gang. At the end, Kenny sings 'we are waiting,' John is the 'Hispanic' voice, Lefty the 'black' voice, and Nigel is 'Robert Tait'(Curley Tait's real name). Sunday Morning - Spanky. During the coda, Nigel sings 'lots of time with nothing to do' and Malcolm sings the last 'sunday morning' of the round. Echoes(Everybody's Talkin') - Malcolm. Suzanne - Spanky is the most prominent voice early. Kenny sings 'all men shall be sailors then . . .' Lefty sings lead during the last part. The Gang plays on this song. Stuperflabbergasted - Lefty. The Gang plays on this song, including Malcolm on trombone(with a helpful pointer from Nigel), Lefty on banjo, and Kenny on bass. Like To Get To Know You - Lefty hits on Spanky and then proceeds to sing the 'but i'd like to get to know you' parts. Malcolm and Kenny sing the 'finally i've found . . . ' bits in unison, and eventually Spanky gets her solo. Chick-A-Ding-Ding - Nigel and Spanky. Stuart Scharf whispers the title. Stardust - Spanky and Nigel, with the other four singing the terrific falstetto backgrounds. Coda(Like To Get To Know You) - The Gang. Anything You Choose/Without Rhyme Or Reason: Leopard Skin Phones - The Gang, with Lefty's voice most prominent. Nigel shouts 'hey up there!' The Gang plays on this song, with Kenny on the left channel, John on the right channel, and Lefty again performing an incredible guitar solo with fingerpicks. But Back Then - Little Brother Montgomery. Mecca Flat Blues - Spanky. Without Rhyme Or Reason - Bob Dorough(subbing for John). 1-3-5-8 - The Gang sings the round with the voices coming in in this order - Malcolm, John, Kenny, Spanky, Lefty, Nigel. Jane - Malcolm and John. Since You've Gone - Spanky and John. Anything You Choose - John. And She's Mine - Kenny. The Gang plays on this song, with Kenny on 12-string acoustic, Lefty on a banjo with the resonator removed(listen to the lick right before the 'could it be she's changed her ways' parts), Malcolm clapping, and Stuart Scharf on bass. Yesterday's Rain - Spanky and Lefty. Hong Kong Blues - Nigel. Nowhere To Go - Kenny. Give A Damn - Spanky, with John eventually joining her. Kenny sings 'suppose the streets were all on fire.'
Spanky and Our Gang, Fandomland USA - Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at 16:46:50 (EDT)
Happy 73rd birthday to Nigel Pickering!
Reno, NV USA - Saturday, June 15, 2002 at 16:04:16 (EDT)
I listen to your greatest hits tape every day on the way to work and to home. Aside from your "hits" I analyse everypart of Brother CAN YOU SPARE A DIME. VOCALS ,GUITAR, PIANO, VIOLINS, HORNS. Genius. I've read that you were not pleased with the cut but your vocals soar and I never tire of your gift in all of your work. Thank you.
2hotmail.com, USA - Saturday, June 15, 2002 at 15:15:38 (EDT)
The bands music still brings a smile to face, and a warm feeling in my heart. Thanks for the great memories. Yanno there was only one thing that kept me from being a great music artist..........I can't sing worth a darn...ACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MI USA - Friday, June 14, 2002 at 22:48:53 (EDT)
In the Spring of '68 I was driving with a coed on a rainy Saturday moring. I was blown away with "Like to Get to Know You." She must have been too! Now 34 years later we're still together. We have three grown children and a new grandchild. The music still sounds great, and the content is still relevant. Classic Stuff!!!
T. Begich <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Inver Grove Heights, MN USA - Wednesday, June 12, 2002 at 13:29:52 (EDT)
Id just like to thank you guys for putting out some good music. I will say that Im only 25 years old and really didnt grow upo on this music, but thanks to my parents for setting some groovy tunes in my head. My personal faves are Sunday will never be the same, I'd like to get to know you and Lazy Day. I work for a major dept. store, and they must play these songs over and over. Its a shame that thios is the only place your music can be heard, but its alright when the customers say they come in mostly for the music. Keep it up guys. How about a reunion record?!!!
Richmond, Va USA - Monday, June 10, 2002 at 02:15:55 (EDT)
Great to learn more about the group! I remember Spanky from the summer of '67 :) listening to the radio.! "Give a Damn" has always been one of my favorites. It has been in my mind all these years and I have used it as a title for a small Christian article I am writing for my e-mail list. I purchased the Greatest Hits CD several years ago. As I type the CD is now playing on my computer! Good to see the web site on the group! They bring back memories! My Best!
az USA - Monday, June 03, 2002 at 02:08:46 (EDT)
Hello, I'm 26 and I love Spanky and our Gang! I've never heard anyone sing like that in my life. It all started when I hear Lazy Day on KOLA, I searched out the Vinyl and i've been loving it ever since.. Spanky and Our Gang is a true Gem.. Thanks for making the world just that much brighter.
James Willis <SpinandMarty@socal.rr.com>
Westminster, Ca USA - Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 17:47:00 (EDT)
A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO I FOUND A COPY OF THEIR GREATEST HITS, AND I WAS ADDICTED TO THEIR MUSIC ALL OVER AGAIN CAN'T STOP PLAYING THE C.D. THE WHOLE THING IS JUST S DAMNED GOOD, AND THAT VOICE OF SPANKYS "OH WOW".
christopher curtis <email@example.com>
spokane , wa USA - Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 17:20:02 (EDT)
The music is fresh and wonderful...and sounds even better in these times of trouble. I saw Spanky with the re-formed Mamas and Papas on a riverboat in New Orleans back in the early 80's....The memory still warms me. While it is sad that so many members have left us, it is a tribute to their memory when we play their music. If any of the members frequent this site, I hope they pause to read these comments, and feel satisfied that they have had a wonderful impact on peoples lives...I have over 500 C.D.'s from groups of the 60's, and Spanky's are among my favorites. God Bless you all.
laredo, tx USA - Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 18:56:38 (EDT)
Any ideas where I can find the lyrics to "Give A Damn"?
Melody Hall <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 18:10:47 (EDT)
Happy would-have-been 61st birthday, Malcolm Hale! Rest in peace . . .
Reno, NV USA - Friday, May 17, 2002 at 15:14:55 (EDT)
My dad was in spanky and the gang. Does anybody remeber jim moon? He also worked with the byrds!
james scherz <email@example.com>
atascadero, ca USA - Monday, April 29, 2002 at 20:04:42 (EDT)
Great to see Spanky on the Web. Such wonderful music, Still one of my favourite groups. Timeless, fantastic songs & unbelievable harmonies... Quite Frankly i Do 'Give a Damn'my dear!
James Eason <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Norwich, England - Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 07:12:41 (EDT)
Love your site! Hey Kenny did you see my brother's art work on Spanky and Our Gang? Let us know, thanks, Lilly
Lilly A. Goester <LillyCats@clubalien.every1.net >
Fayetteville, AR USA - Wednesday, April 17, 2002 at 23:16:08 (EDT)
Great Spanky and Our Gang Site, and the webmaster is turning it into among the most visually appealing on the net! Guestbook is cool too. Naturally, Spanky and Our Gang is the greatest! A "Lazy Day" to all as Spring takes off!
Northern, VA USA - Monday, April 8, 2002
Finally the guest book is up and running! Please leave a message! Sharon Bach, Webmaster
Sharon Bach <email@example.com>
Brevard, NC USA - Sunday, April 7, 2002