Πέμπτη, 20 Φεβρουαρίου 2014

Τhe Riddles - Sweets For My Sweet / It's One Thing to Say 1967 (Quill)




Arguably the best-known act on Quill was the Riddles. At their peak, they had cultivated a large Chicagoland following and an English-inspired image to go with it, right down to their obscure UK covers, sheepdog haircuts, and a unique pedigree for a band operating out of the west suburbs: Riddles' rhythm guitarist Weston Dobson was actually born just outside of Liverpool.


Dobson emigrated at age 12 and was a member of the Riddles by his senior year of high school. "We definitely started pre-Beades," he recalls. "We were a good, tight band. We played for a lot of years." The band's lineup was rounded out by Rick Harper (lead guitarist, vocals), Lee Adams (bass, vocals), and Ron Fricano (drums). According to Dobson, the band's main musical asset was guitarist Rick Harper. Harper, whose dexterous playing can be heard to best effect on "It's One Thing to Say" (also featuring a Harper lead vocal), went on to play for years with Kenny Rogers' touring band.

The Riddles' version of "Sweets for My Sweet" on Quill broke big in Chicago and received a wider national release via Mercury Records. The band's newfound demands included flying to Cleveland to appear on the syndicated Upbeat TV show. Back in Chicago, they even rocked out for the smaller set on Kiddie a Go Go.

Taste : 

Τhe Riddles - It's One Thing to Say

By Electric Looser

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