No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)

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"No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)"
Single by The T-Bones
from the album No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)
A-sideNo Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)[1]
B-sideFeelin' Fine[1]
RecordedDecember 09, 1965[2]
GenrePop, instrumental rock
Songwriter(s)Granville Sascha Burland[1]
Producer(s)Joe Saraceno[1]

"No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)" is an instrumental composition recorded in 1965 by The T-Bones and released as a single the same year.[3]


In 1965, Dave Pell wanted to record songs based on music from recent TV commercials and release them on 45 RPM singles to see if he could get radio airplay and maybe a hit record. Previously, Liberty Records had used "The T-Bones" as a group name for instrumentals recorded by Los Angeles session musicians The Wrecking Crew, and Liberty told Pell to use it again for his project.[4]

In 1965, Pell went into the studio with members of The Wrecking Crew and recorded "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)," a song based on music used in an Alka-Seltzer TV commercial.[2]

When the single became a hit, Liberty Records needed the T-Bones to go on the road to promote it, but the original session musicians weren't willing to go. They were making a considerable amount of money doing sessions in Los Angeles. So Liberty created a different "public" T-Bones group to appear on record covers, TV, and in concert. The "public" T-Bones were Judd Hamilton, Dan Hamilton, Joe Frank Carollo, Tommy Reynolds, and Gene Pello. None of them played on the hit record.[4][5]

The single spent 13 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 3,[6] while reaching No. 1 on Canada's RPM Play Sheet.[7] The album spent 7 weeks on Billboard's chart of Top LPs, reaching No. 75.[8]



The record itself lists Granville Sascha Burland as the composer,[1] but ASCAP says the composer is Lou Bideu[9] aka Lew Bedell.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Liberty 55836/F-55836 45 single images". Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "American Federation of Musicians contract, #536 The T-Bones" (PDF). Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Top Sellers in Top Markets", Billboard, December 25, 1965. pp. 14-15
  4. ^ a b Tedesco, Denny (Director). The Wrecking Crew (DVD extras) (DVD).
  5. ^ a b c d e f "NO MATTER WHAT SHAPE (YOUR STOMACH'S IN) by THE T-BONES". Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  6. ^ "The T-Bones - Chart History - The Hot 100", Accessed July 27, 2016.
  7. ^ "R.P.M. Play Sheet", RPM Vol. 4, Ed. 21, January 17, 1966. Accessed September 20, 2015
  8. ^ "Billboard Top LP's", Billboard, March 26, 1966. Accessed July 28, 2016.
  9. ^ <"Work ID 740418660, No Matter What Shape". Repertory Search Engine. Archived from the original on March 6, 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2015.