THE HIGHLIGHTS, Ah, So, 1958Posted: June 28, 2010
Last week Gary Bailey, guitarist of the Highlights, left a comment on a post about their 45 that I had done earlier this year in February. I´m re-posting it here because Gary was so kind to send me some additional information plus high-resolution scans of a great publicity shot of the group (as Gary wrote: “Now you can put faces with the Record”) and a beautiful poster.
On the picture is:
Lower – Drummer Al Anderson, Middle Row Left – Gary Bailey-Guitar, Middle Row Right – Barry Rush-Lead Guitar, Upper Row Left – Bob Bulger-Bass, Upper Row Right – Dale Anderson-Sax.
Note that the other Highlights have greased-up flat-tops while Gary is the only one donnin´ a fine pomp!
Ah, So really is a cult song among many Rock´n´Roll fans and record collectors. It has been featured on Volume 1 of the “Jungle Exotica ” compilation that was put out by Tim Warren of Crypt Records in the 90´s and that really got a whole new generation of music fans to hear it for the first time. The Japanese girl group “The 18.104.22.168.´s” have recorded a cover version of Ah, So in 1991 and I´m sure others did too that I´m not aware of.
Studio Blues is a little unfortunately titled, because it´s a real fine instrumental rocker with great guitars and the same sparse but effective drum sound of Ah, So.
Thanks a lot Gary! I love this 45 and I´m sure a lot of people will continue to enjoy it in the future.
Keep on rockin´!