THE HANGMEN - 'Dream Baby' / 'Let It Be Me' (Monument 45-983) Nov 1966
In late 1966 The Hangmen travelled to Nashville to record their album for Monument Records. This album was of course 'Bittersweet'. The band had the chance to work with musician and talented producer Buzz Cason, who was a member of The Crickets.
The Hangmen had recently changed lead singer because Dave Ottley had returned to England so replacement Tony Taylor had the chance to shine.
Before the album was released Monument Records released a single in November 1966. Both of which were recorded in Nashville with new singer Tony Taylor. Both songs would also be part of the long player released in 1967.
'Dream Baby' is a psychedelicalized version of the Roy Orbison hit. The musicianship and production are exceptional and it's a sound that I feel The Hangmen should have explored more. 'Dream Baby' was written by Cindy Walker who visitors to my site may know also wrote 'Blue Canadian Rockies', a song recorded by The Byrds and released on their seminal country rock album 'Sweetheart Of The Rodeo'.
The flip 'Let It Be Me' is another cover version, written by Allie Wrubel/Mort Dixon and is a slow paced ballad.