THE HANGMEN - Dream Baby

THE HANGMEN - 'Dream Baby' / 'Let It Be Me' (Monument 45-983) November 1966

This was the third and last 45 by Washington D.C. band The Hangmen, although their lead singer David Ottley was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland.

'Dream Baby' is a psychedelic rendition of the Roy Orbison hit record written by songwriter Cindy Walker. I've read elsewhere that this version is not that good but I believe it to be an excelent cover version that works really well with the interjection of sitar and fuzz. Also Buzz Cason's production (a well known producer from Nashville) creates a powerful mix of heavy bass runs with a punchy backbeat.

The flip 'Let It Be Me' is a tame ballad that doesn't really get out of the starting blocks.