Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mama Cass Elliot: Make Your Own Kind of Music

It’s Thirty Something Thursday and we drift back to 1969 with a selection by Mama Cass Elliot. Following her semi successful release of “It’s Getting Better,” producer Steve Barri suggested that she record another tune by husband and wife team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil to keep Cass’ chart momentum going.

That momentum on the pop charts, however, was not as great as Dunhill Records hoped. “It’s Getting Better,” her second single from the album “Bubble Gum, Lemonade & . . . Something for Mama,” only peaked at #30.

“Make Your Own Kind of Music” was released initially as a single, but as the record began to climb the charts, Dunhill Records decided to add the track to her current album and rebranded the album after the single and redesigned the cover. Although the song stalled at #36 on the mainstream charts (#30 for Cashbox), it climbed to #6 on the adult contemporary chart.

If you were a fan of the show “Dexter,” you’ll recognize this tune as it was featured prominently during the show’s eighth season.

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