THE OFF-BEATS - 'Mary'/'You Tell Me' (Tower 205) January 1966
'Mary' is one of the shortest songs to ever feature on 'Flower Bomb Songs' and at just under 1:30 minutes it must surely rank as one of the shortest from the 60s. To my ears it sounds like a mersey beat 'La Bamba'. Clearly, The Off-Beats are influenced by the so called Brit Invasion and that is even more evident on the flip 'You Tell Me' where these Californian teenagers perform a David Allen penned acoustic beat ballad.
The Off-Beats changed their name to The Children ('This Sporting Life') then to Somebody's Chyldren ('I'm Going Back To New York City')...check out the links (labels) below for information on these releases.
update from Michael Dennis Trerotola
I recorded that at the famous GOLD STAR STUDIOS in LA. This is the studio where Righteous Brothers recorded You've lost that loving feeling. Richie Valens recorded La Bamba and Donna, Ike and Tina Turner and of course Phil Spector. It was located on Vine and Santa Monica.
|Billboard review - January 1966|