THE RAGGAMUFFINS - Four Days Of Rain

THE RAGGAMUFFINS - 'Four Days Of Rain' / 'It Wasn't Happening At All' (London HUL 10134) 1967

This under appreciated group formed in New York City when singer/songwriter Tom Pacheco put together his own electric folk rock band in the wake of The Byrds success. The band probably only played in and around New York and I have read elsewhere that The Raggamuffins often played the famous hang out The Cafe Wha club in New York's Greenwich Village.

'Four Days Of Rain' is a Byrdsian delight with magical jangle and harmonies. Despite it's somewhat muddy production the lush melody shines brightly in the mix.
The flip 'It Wasn't Happening At All' is a jaunty pop song.

In USA the 45 was released on Seville but somehow it managed to get exposure in Britain with a release on London Records.

THE RAGGAMUFFINS - 'Hate To See A Good Thing Have To Go' / 'Parade Of Uncertainty' (Seville 143) 1967
Seville Records put out a follow up Raggamuffins 45 later in '67 and by now the folk rock elements had been lost in favour of a more progressive psychedelic sound. 'Hate To See A Good Thing Have To Go' still has some jangle and tambourine bursts though, but the inclusion of brass adds to the blissful sunshine pop reverie.
The flip 'Parade Of Uncertainty' moves into a West Coast acid rock vibe with a trippy lead guitar break, hand claps, organ and what sounds like tablas.

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  1. MY BROTHER RICHARD HICKMAN WAS LEAD GUITAR PLAYER FOR THE RAGGAMUFFINS.THE GROUP CONSISTED OF TOM PACHECO, PAUL PACHECO,SHARON ALEXANDER,RICHARD MARSHALL AND MY BROTHER.THEY VENTURED TO NYC RIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL AND RETURNED TO NEW BEDFORD,MASS TWO YEARS LATER.IF ANYONE CARES TO CONTACT ME I'M AT 242 PITMAN ST. NEW BEDFORD,MA.02746 CELL NUMBER 508961-7650.

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  2. Hey, Mr. Hickman. That's really cool that your brother Richard played guitar for The Raggamuffins. It's cool to have a family connection to an era of rock that still shines so bright. I just heard The Raggamuffins' single "Hate To See A Good Thing Have To Go" on the iTunes radio station "Psychedelicized." Have a great one.

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  3. Hi
    I heard Rick play back in RI in the early 70's with Jim Carr and Ted Medbury. Never forgot his talent. Way ahead of any of the rest of us.Sorry to hear he has passed.

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  4. Rick Hickman was my first guitar teacher when I was 13 years old in 1964. We met oddly enough because we were in a duck-pin bowling league together and he told me he taught guitar. I studied with him for about a year and then got to experience watching him rehearse with neighborhood high school rock bands. We played in some bands together in the early 70's, I played mostly rhythm guitar, and the few leads that I took sounded like crap compared to his. But I treasure the opportunities that I had to watch him play and play alongside him, because it helped me become the accomplished player that I am today, even though I'd only rate myself as 66&2/3% the player that he was. lol !! I really wish that he could be still with us today and free from his demons, because he could have been right up there with the best of them !! I have a few wobbly-sounding live home recordings of him from our stints together and his playing is awesome !!

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