Wednesday, March 28, 2007

In Crowd of the month: Mel Taylor and the Magics

In 1962, members of the seminal instrumental surf band The Ventures discovered Mel Taylor performing as the house drummer at the Palomino Club in North Hollywood.

He'd worked as a session musician, recording with artists such as Herb Alpert and Buck Owens, among many others.
It's also his drumming you hear in the opening strains of Bobby 'Boris' Pickett's 'Monster Mash'.

Mel was drummer for The Ventures until his death in 1996, at which point he was replaced in the lineup by his son, Leon.

Somewhere amidst all the world tours and hundreds of recording sessions, he managed to release his fine 'In Action' LP in 1966. Gotta dig those groovy flutes...

Listen to: Mel Taylor and the Magics - The "In" Crowd (click for audio)

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