The Kingsmen Volume 3

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The Kingsmen Volume 3
The Kingsmen Volume 3.jpg
Studio album by The Kingsmen
Released 1965
Genre Garage rock
Length 36:11
Label Wand
Producer Jerry Dennon for Jerden Productions
The Kingsmen chronology
The Kingsmen Volume II
The Kingsmen Volume 3
The Kingsmen On Campus

The Kingsmen Volume 3 is the third album by the rock band the Kingsmen, released in 1965.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

The Kingsmen's third album featured "The Jolly Green Giant", a novelty number which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart and #25 on the Billboard R&B chart, along with several other R&B classics and a couple of Wailers covers. As with previous albums, crowd noise overdubs were added on some tracks to simulate a live performance. The album sold well due to the success of "The Jolly Green Giant", the group's frenetic touring schedule, and the ongoing controversy over the lyrics of "Louie Louie". It entered the Billboard Top LPs chart on February 20, 1965, and remained for 18 weeks, peaking at No. 22.[2]

The LP was released in the U.S. in mono (WDM 662) and stereo (WDS 662) versions, and also released in Canada (Reo 676) and Taiwan (First FL-1305, orange vinyl, titled Hello! The Kingsmen). The album was not released in the UK. In 1993 Sundazed and Bear Family reissued the album on CD with bonus tracks "Since You Been Gone", "It's Only The Dog" and "The Wolf Of Manhattan", and without crowd noise overdubs. The CD also moved "Jolly Green Giant" from track 1 to track 3.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Over You – 2:05 (Lynn Easton)
  2. That's Cool, That's Trash – 2:12 (P.F. Sloan, Steve Barri)
  3. Jolly Green Giant – 1:57 (L. Easton, Don Harris, Dewey Terry)[3]
  4. Don't You Just Know It – 2:55 (Huey "Piano" Smith, Johnny Vincent)
  5. I'll Go Crazy – 1:52 (Lee Allman)[4]
  6. La-Do-Dada – 2:40 (Dale Hawkins, Margaret Lewis)
  7. Long Green – 2:37 (Lynn Easton)
  8. Mother In Law – 2:32 (Allen Toussaint)
  9. Shout – 2:24 (Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley, O'Kelly Isley)
  10. Searchin' For Love – 2:06 (Wayne Gust)[5]
  11. Tall Cool One – 2:35 (Rick Dangel, Kent Morrill, John Greek)
  12. Comin' Home Baby – 2:23 (Ben Tucker, Bob Dorough)
  13. Since You Been Gone† – 3:08 (Rick Dangel, John (Buck) Ormsby, Kent Morrill)
  14. It's Only The Dog† – 2:13 (Artie Wayne, Hugh McCracken)
  15. The Wolf Of Manhattan† – 2:32 (Joey Levine, Arthur Resnick)

† CD bonus tracks

Note: Track times are from the Sundazed reissue CD and differ in some cases from listings on the original Wand LP.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1965) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 22

Musicians and production[edit]

  • Lynn Easton: vocals, saxophone
  • Mike Mitchell: guitar, vocals
  • Barry Curtis: keyboards, vocals
  • Dick Peterson: drums, vocals
  • Norm Sundholm: bass, vocals[6]
  • Producer: All tracks produced by Jerry Dennon for Jerden Productions except "The Wolf of Manhattan" produced by Paul Tannen
  • Arranger: The Kingsmen
  • Engineer: Kearney Barton
  • Studio: Audio Recording, Inc., Seattle, Washington
  • Album design: Mitchell-Morrison, Inc.
  • CD booklet layout: Jeff Smith


  1. ^ "The Kingsmen Volume 3". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Albums. Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-117-9. 
  3. ^ The LP and CD both credit the Kingsmen's Lynn Easton only, but Don "Sugarcane" Harris and Dewey Terry were added later as songwriters after it was determined that "Jolly Green Giant" was a rewrite of their "Big Boy Pete" released by the Olympics in 1960.
  4. ^ Most sources credit James Brown as the songwriter for "I'll Go Crazy".
  5. ^ Originally released by Gust's group, the DeVilles, on the Seattle-based Jerden label in 1960.
  6. ^ Norm Sundholm was not listed in the original Wand album (and Sundazed CD reissue) sleeve notes due to an apparent typo.