Alley Oop (song)
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|Single by The Hollywood Argyles|
|B-side||"Sho' Know a Lot About Love"|
|Genre||Rock 'n' roll, doo-wop|
|Producer(s)||Gary S. Paxton
|The Hollywood Argyles singles chronology|
|Song by The Beach Boys from the album Beach Boys' Party!|
|Released||November 8, 1965|
|Recorded||September 16, 1965
|Genre||Rock and roll|
|Beach Boys' Party! track listing|
"Alley Oop" is a song written and composed by Dallas Frazier. The song, heavily inspired by the V. T. Hamlin-created comic strip of the same name, was first recorded by Frazier as a country tune in 1957.
The Hollywood Argyles
The Hollywood Argyles, a short-lived studio band, recorded the song in 1960, and it reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the US R&B chart. It also went to #24 on the UK chart. It was produced by Gary Paxton, who also sang lead vocals. At the time, Paxton was under contract to Brent Records, where he recorded as Flip of Skip & Flip.
According to Paxton:
|“||There were NO Hollywood Argyles at the very beginning. I was the only lead singer. Kim Fowley helped me produce it, because we were partners in Maverick Music International/BMI at the time... The drummer was Ronnie Silico (Lloyd Price's road drummer). The piano player was Gaynel Hodge of the Penguins. The bass player was Harper Cosby, a jazz bassist in L.A. Sandy Nelson (of "Teenbeat" fame) played the garbage can and screamed on the record. The background singers were: Dallas Frazier...Buddy Mize, Scotty Turner, Diane ?? (A friend I knew), and [myself]. It was recorded at American Recorders, next door to Lawrence Welk's Palladium, and across from the Moulin Rouge on Sunset Blvd. near Sunset and Vine Street. A little bitty street (Argyle Street) was next door to the studio, so I said, 'Let's call ourselves The Hollywood Argyles!'||”|
Also in 1960, The Dyno-Sores released a version that went to #59 on the Hot 100 chart, and Dante & The Evergreens released a version that went to #15 on the Hot 100 chart. Both Dante & The Evergreens's and the Argyles's versions were credited as number ones in Cashbox magazine's singles chart.
The Beach Boys recorded and released their version on their 1965 album Beach Boys' Party! The British satirical art rock/pop group, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, recorded a version of "Alley Oop," which was released as their second single in October 1966. It was also performed by Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters on their self-titled album, released in 1967. The British group, the Tremelos, recorded a version of the song, too.
Actress-singer Darlene Love recorded a version of the song for the 1984 film Bachelor Party. George Thorogood also performed a version of this song with his band, the Destroyers, and it was on his live album that was released on February 15, 1989. Ray Stevens's version was on his album Gitarzan.
Use in pro wrestling
In the late 1970s in the Memphis, TN-based CWA wrestling promotion, there was a wrestler on their roster named "Dream Machine"(local wrestler Troy Graham wearing a mask) and on one episode of the local Saturday morning CWA TV program, host Lance Russell showed a video of Dream Machine footage set to "Alley Oop". After the video, Russell chuckled about it causing an angry Dream Machine to run out and start choking Russell. After Dream Machine was separated from Russell by his manager Jimmy Hart, CWA promoter Eddie Marlin fined Dream Machine and threatened to suspend him.
- Alley Oop, the comic strip that inspired the song
- List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1960
- The Hollywood Argyles, "Alley-Oop" Retrieved April 9, 2012.
- Joel Whitburn, Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 13th Edition, 2011.
- "AlleyOop". Garyspaxton.net. Retrieved 2012-01-09.
- Ask “Mr. Music” – Jerry Osborne
- "Memphis Wrestling: The Dream Machine KILLING Lance Russell". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-11-29.