On 12-19-70 Andy Williams’ “Greatest Hits” LP was No. 1 in England. Also on 12-19-70 Frank Zappa “Chunga’s Revenge” LP charts at No. 43 in England. 12/19/64 the Sandie Shaw 45 “Girl Don’t Come” charts at No. 3 in England.
…And Mr. Zappa has a birthday coming right up!
Andy Williams still ruled the UK LP charts in 1970, apparently. Not Mr. Zappa; lucky enough to get only to No. 43, while Andy had the #1 position. And this is one of my favorite Sandie Shaw 45’s!
“Chunga’s Revenge” appeared pretty quickly upon the heels of “Weasel’s Ripped My Flesh”, approx. October 1970. The singers on that album include Flo & Eddie (Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan. Of The Turtles), who FZ knew from just about anybody / everybody of note residing in Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles. Still, did it make any sense at all for Flo & Eddie to front Zappa’s band? “200 Motels” was in the not-too-distant future, at this point.
Long-acknowledged historical point: Flo & Eddie became FZ fan favorites, with the two live albums “Fillmore East, June 1971” and “Just Another Band From L.A.” – and with the aforementioned “200 Motels” film. “Chunga’s Revenge” contains the only released-at-that-time studio recordings of Flo & Eddie, in FZ’s vast catalogue. For additional live recordings of the Flo & Eddie band, seek out the 2CD set “Playground Psychotics”.
Somewhere around here, I’ve got a cassette of a studio album by FZ recorded with Flo & Eddie of essentially the “Fillmore East, June 1971” album, where they jumble up songs from “200 Motels” and “Fillmore East” – What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning? This LP remains unfortunately unreleased, as it’s quite good.