Friday, June 1, 2012

JUMP 'N THE SADDLE BAND - The Curley Shuffle; and a local connection

JUMP 'N THE SADDLE BAND - The Curley Shuffle. The Trinka family was down the street in the town where I grew up.  Tom is the saxophonist in the Jump 'N the Saddle Band.  They were more or less a country pop group.  They scored a regional hit with the (novelty) song "The Curly Shuffle" in 1983, a tribute to The Three Stooges.  As the tune picked up steam on radio, the group signed to the legendary label -  Atlantic Records and released a self-titled album, - photo above - composed mostly of covers, in 1984.  "The Curly Shuffle" became a major U.S. hit, peaking at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 that year.  The band entered into negotiations with Atlantic for a follow-up album in 1984.  I read that the label wanted them to record a song called "Shaving Cream" for their next single, which the band did care to do; they recorded the song, but with added lyrics critical of the label, and were soon dropped.  Thus their success was short-lived, and the group never had nationwide exposure again, but they continued to play in the Chicago area, still doing shows into the 2000s.

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