Stacks of 45’s – No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In) / Feelin’ Fine

From The Ventures to The T-Bones

When I was young before I had cassettes, the only good way of making a playlist of songs was to stack 45s on the turntable. I would arrange for them to play my favorite songs in my favorite order. These posts are about records I had in my stacks.

Dave Pell was an American jazz saxophonist, bandleader, and record producer. He was best known for leading a cool jazz octet in the 1950s. He got with some Wrecking Crew guys, Hal Blaine on drums, Tommy Tedesco on lead guitar, and Carol Kaye on bass, to record this instrumental. The song was written for an Alka-Seltzer commercial by Granville Sascha Burland.

They released the record in 1965 on Liberty Records as The T-Bones. To perform as the live version of The T-Bones, Liberty asked Judd Hamilton who recruited his brother Dan to join him on lead guitar. They had both previously worked for the Ventures. They rounded out the group with George Dee (aka Arnold Rosenthal) on bass, Richard Torres on keyboards/sax, and drummer Gene Pello.

Tommy Reynolds and Joe Frank Carollo would later replace Dee and Torres and they would become “Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds”. The flip side was “Feelin’ Fine written by Dave Pell. They are both good instrumentals but I favor the “No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In) which reached number 3 on the 1965 Billboard Hot 100.

The T-Bones would release 7 albums between 1964 and 1966. The recording was all Wrecking Crew studio musicians although the “live” band did record the final album “Everyone’s Gone To The Moon (And Other Trips)”. I love this cover and I’m going to add this LP to my want list.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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