Every week I will print an entry from my forthcoming book “US Atlantic Singles 1947-77″. This week is the turn of obscure vocal group the Castle Kings who recorded two singles for the label during 1961:
2107 CASTLE KINGS
You Can Get Him Frankenstein (Adlum, Ertegun, Spector) / Loch Lomond (Traditional)
|Billboard Pop: none||Billboard R&B: none|
|Recorded: 16th Mar 1961.|
|Released: Jul 1961.|
|Other issues: none.|
|Available On: A side: Monster Bop – Various (Buffalo Bop 55013 1994). B side: Ultra Rare Rockin’ & Boppin’ Volume 1 – Various (Chief 1156511 1993 Netherlands).|
“You Can Get Him Frankenstein”, co-written by Phil Spector and Ahmet Ertegun, was one of a number of early sixties rock and roll records inspired by the golden age of Universal horror movies. Many of these are collected on the Buffalo Bop compilation Monster Bop (see title box). The biggest of all was the 1962 chart-topper “Monster Mash” (Garpax 44167) by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers.
The Castle Kings themselves were a vocal group who cut two singles for Atlantic before promptly disappearing into obscurity. “Loch Lomond” was indeed a version of the mournful Scottish anthem given an up-tempo rockabilly treatment that left it all but unrecognisable.