THE BEES - 'Leave Me Be'/'She's An Artist (She Belongs To Me)' (Mirwood 5503) 1965
Here's a rather nice double sided folk rock 45 to track down on Mirwood Records.
Both sides are perfect examples of this genre and really it's where it was at in L.A. circa 1965 after The Byrds and The Turtles started hitting big.
The Bees came from Los Angeles, California and became quite a popular live attraction around the L.A area playing local venues and private parties. They even were broadcast on TV show 'Hollywood A Go Go' but I don't know what song they played, so if anyone knows let me know.
Members of The Bees included George Caldwell and Robert Zinner who would go on to form W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band, John York played bass (he was in a later line up of The Byrds), Cary Slavin played drums (he later played in The Factory), Ron Reynolds (12 string guitar) and Peter Ferst.
The top side of their first 45 was the uncompiled 'Leave Me Be' written by Robert Zinner. This one is a very pleasant up beat folk rocker with jangle.
The flip is an excelent cover of the Bob Dylan song 'She's An Artist (She Belongs To Me). This has been covered many times before of course and perhaps my favourite ever version is by English band The Masterminds. Their version can be found on the Sequel CD An 'Immediate Alternative'.The Bees version can be found on Ya Gotta Have Moxie Volume 1.
Produced by Norm Ratner.
THE BEES - Leave Me Be
A reader sent me the following update about The Bees...
I have been doing alot of research on the HOLLYWOOD A GO GO TV show and have the answer as to what songs the Bees performed on their only show performance on Nov. 9, 1965.
The second and third numbers they performed were "She's An Artist" and "Leave Me Be" which were the A and B sides of their 45 single on Mirwood 5003.The first song they sang was the George Caldwell penned "Mimi's Song" which is of interest because George married Mimi who was a Gazzarri go-go dancer on the show.
(A clip of 'Leave Me Be' is now on YouTube)
these rather grainy images of The Bees appeared in KRLA Beat (Nov 1965 & March 1966)