The Stingers – Guitars a Go Go

The Stingers – Guitars a Go Go

The Stingers - Guitars a Go Go

It’s been awhile since I pulled an oddball piece of Bond-related vinyl from the shelf and shared it with #Bond_age_ fans. With the Christmas season upon us, I figured I’d rekindle the tradition with the first record I pulled off the “Bond oddities” shelf.

The Stingers – Guitars A Go Go

Today’s offering has ever so little to do with James Bond, except for the title of the first track on the album. Sonically, you might be able to pick out some actual 007-inspired guitar licks, but… then again maybe not. I’m sharing this record because it’s swinging surf guitar from the 1960’s by a band The Stingers.

“The Stingers” was really just a pseudonym for Los Angeles-based session guitarist Jerry Cole. He churned out cheapie records for Crown Records throughout the 1960’s and played on a few tracks you might recognize like The Byrds’ “Mr. Tambourine Man” and Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Were Made for Walking.” He also appeared in fits on the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. 

Jerry Cole passed away in 2008, but left a significant mark on the music business whether you knew his name or not. From his discovery by Bobby Darin all the way to his appearances in TV show bands for the likes of Andy Williams, Sonny & Cher, Laugh-In and Dick Van Dyke. Elvis Presley. Isaac Hayes. Frank Sinatra. Lou Rawls. Ray Charles. You name a great artist — he probably played with them all.

When adding this record into my Discogs profile that there was indeed a Guitars a Go Go Vol. 2. Maybe one day I’ll track that one down, too.

The Stingers – “007 Rides Again”

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Have a Merry/Happy Surf Guitar Christmas! We’ll post some more in 2019.

#Bond_age_TV on Vinyl: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. by Hugh Montenegro

#Bond_age_TV on Vinyl: Vol 1. – Hugo Montenegro, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

With another #UNCLEtweet upon us tonight, I thought I’d give everyone a little present.

This morning I ripped my copy of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. vinyl — which, by the way, is in pristine condition. It’s a snazzy, jazzy compilation of pop arrangements based on the Jerry Goldsmith scores from the first and second seasons of U.N.C.L.E. Even though this isn’t a straight up score, it’s still a fun compilation. For the legit score, you’ll have to visit screenarchives.com for the brilliant limited edition CD set.

Hugo Montenegro, The Theme from The Man from U.N.C.L.E.:

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