1968 Balloon Farm – A Question Of Temperature

1968 Balloon Farm – A Question Of Temperature 

Don Henny and Ed Schnug performed in the band Adam, which had a non-charting single in 1966.

After the band broke up, Mike Appel and Jay Saks joined them. The group based itself in New Jersey but took its name from a nightclub in New York City, The Balloon Farm. 

The four members of the band listed themselves as the writers of the song, A Question Of Temperature. They recorded the song for Laurie Records using producer Peter Schekeryk, and their psychedelic single reached the top forty on the Hot 100 in early 1968.

The single became even more popular years later when Rhino Records included the recording in their Nuggets series of albums.

The band released a second single that did poorly. Laurie Records canceled their contract before they even completed their first album.

The group moved to another label to record as Huck Finn but it doesn’t appear they released any music before breaking up.

Peter married singer/songwriter Melanie in 1968 and began producing her music. When she left Buddah Records, Peter also began working as her manager. They had three children and remained together until Peter’s death in 2010.

Mike wrote five songs the Partridge Family recorded, including the top ten single Doesn’t Somebody Want to Be Wanted. He also managed Bruce Springsteen’s early career and produced his first two albums.


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