Friday, January 24, 2014

THANK GOD IT'S FRID-DAY: Frid & Selby go pop, 1969

If it seems strange that two guys best known for playing vampires and werewolves would cut a record together, it's because you're not old enough to remember the '60s. Frankly, neither am I ... but that stuff continued to leak downstream throughout my childhood in the 1970s. If the idea of Jonathan Frid recording a hit single seems like a not-that-great idea, keep in mind that this culture also produced records from Adam West, Frank Gorshin and William Shatner. Also, Burt Ward cut a record with Frank Zappa. That actually happened.

In 1967, Charles Grean collaborated with Leonard Nimoy and the producers of STAR TREK to create MR. SPOCK'S MUSIC FROM OUTER SPACE, featuring such tracks as "Follow Your Star," "The Difference Between Us," and "Mission Impossible." There's a Tom Cruise joke here somewhere, but I'll be damned if I can find it.

A few years later, Grean would have a Top 40 hit with a recording of "Quentin's Theme" from DARK SHADOWS (the music was written the show's composer, Robert Cobert.) Above are photos from 16 MAGAZINE showing some of the recording sessions that went into producing THE ORIGINAL MUSIC FROM DARK SHADOWS, easily the most tasteful TV tie-in album to come out of the '60s. The album cracked the Top 20, and would go on to inspire three more collections of music from the series.

(NOTE: These clippings are courtesy of Elena Nacanther, who is part of an effort to get Jonathan Frid nominated to Canada's Walk of Fame, a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization that recognizes Canadians who have excelled in music, sports, film, television, and other artistic endeavors. You can find the NOMINATE JONATHAN FRID TO CANADA'S WALK OF FAME Facebook page by clicking here. Please pay them a visit. You can see more selections from Elena's scrapbook each Friday here at the Collinsport Historical Society.)

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