THE POOR - 'Feelin' Down'/'Come Back Baby' (Decca 32318) May 1968

The Poor were regulars at clubs and venues on the Sunset Strip playing at the legendary Ciros, PJ's and The Whisky etc but seem to be one of those groups that still don't get much praise and recognition. An earlier 45 'She's Got The Time' got close to becoming a hit but subsequent material fared less well including this final single on Decca.

'Feelin' Down' from mid '68 shows The Poor in a good light with the punchy bass and stabbing background organ. Some pleasant Association harmonies add to the sunshine pop sound. The song was written by Michael Brewer in 1966 while he was a staff writer for A&M Records. It was also recorded by The Black Sheep and released in January 1967 on Columbia.
The Poor broke up after this 45 flopped with Randy Meisner, Allen Kemp and Pat Shanahan joining Rick Nelson in Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band. Meisner then went on to Poco, then The Eagles. Kemp and Shanahan later joined New Riders Of The Purple Sage.


  1. This is a really fine track, but my
    favourite track by them was "Study
    In Motion #1" from the film "Hell's
    Angels On Wheels".
    Someone should compile Michael Brewer's pre Brewer & Shipley
    compositions, such as his three song demo with Tom Mastin and the 45 they released (under the name Brewer & Brewer).

  2. Is this the same The Poor that evolved from The Soul Survivors who did the magnificent "Can't Stand to Be in Love With You"?

  3. Yes Danny the Poor did evolve out of the Soul Survivors, if you buy
    the Poor's self titled CD on Rev-
    Ola, it includes 4 tracks by the
    Soul Survivors including "Can't
    Stand to be in Love With You".


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