RICHARD AND THE YOUNG LIONS - 'Open Up Your Door'/'Once Upon Your Smile' (Philips 40381) July 1966
The trilogy of Richard and the Young Lions singles began with this pounding garage slab of teen spirit made even more memorable due to the abundance of loud fuzz bass and the distinctive sound of an African hair drum that gives the tune a memorable pulsating drive.
The group hailed from Newark, New Jersey and were led by the tall and skinny Richard Tepp who appears to have been obsessed by Mick Jagger. He borrows Mick's vocal delivery to great effect here and I've seen the clip of Richard and the Young Lions performing 'Open Up Your Door' on TV Show Swingin' Time (aired September 1966) and he's pinched some of Mick's stage moves.
The flip 'Once Upon Your Smile' is slow paced moodiness with some brass and organ. Both songs were written by songwriters Larry Brown and Raymond Bloodworth who were recording artists in their own right and released records as The Distant Cousins.
The record sold well, some copies coming housed in a picture sleeve.
RICHARD AND THE YOUNG LIONS - Open Up Your Door
|Cleveland - Ohio - WKYC 1966-11-04 - Richard and the Young Lions hit the #1 spot|