1967 The Hombres – Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)
Red stopped working with Spike in 1946 due to a salary dispute. He then began a solo career and recruited backup musicians he called The Natural Seven.
Perry Como had a hit record called Temptation in 1947, and Red worked with Jo Stafford to create the humorous single Tim-Tayshun. Similar to later songs by Weird Al, Red made fun of hit records by singing similar songs that used the music and almost used the lyrics of the hit record.
The 1948 single Cigareetes, Whuskey, and Wild, Wild Women included a spoken-word introduction that led into the song by promising a preachment. Thanks to listing cigarettes on a list of sins, the record became banned by almost every radio station, making it difficult to sell copies.
Fast forward to 1966 and the formation of the band The Hombres. When Ronny and the Daytonas began touring after their few hit singles, the backing band included B. B. Cunningham, Jr. on vocals and electronic organ, Gary Wayne McEwen on guitar, and John Will Hunter on drums.
Bass player Jerry Lee Masters recruited the three musicians, and they formed a band named The Hombres. In 1966, the group partnered with Mad Magazine and created a short song they wrote called It’s A Gas. They bound a cardboard record for the song in an issue of the magazine that you could actually play on a record player (no word on whether it damaged your needle, but it probably wore down the cardboard pretty quickly).
Verve Forecast Records released an actual vinyl single, but that didn’t help sales very much.
Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out) was the band’s next single, which they again wrote themselves. The song began with the identical spoken introduction of Red’s 1948 single. The rest of the song appears to poke fun at Bob Dylan’s 1965 single Subterranean Homesick Blues.
The single peaked at #12. The group never charted again and appears to have left the music business within a few years.
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I’ve always been so crazy about this song