Monday, April 28, 2014

Ten Wheel Drive and "Family Feud"

Although Genya Ravin only had one charting single with her group Ten Wheel Drive ("Morning Much Better," #74 in 1970), there's a lot more to her story than that, such as her '60s band Goldie and the Gingerbreads and her role in producing the Dead Boys' debut LP.

The thing about "Morning Much Better," though, is that I can't hear it without thinking of the game show Family Feud, which debuted in 1976 with Richard Dawson as its kiss-distributing host. Although the show's theme song (written by Walt Levinski) doesn't borrow any melodic ideas from the single (written by Ten Wheel Drive band members Michael Zager and Aram Schefrin), they both share a distinctive banjo + blaring horn DNA.

Ten Wheel Drive featuring Genya Ravin - "Morning Much Better" (Billboard #74, entered 7/25/70). Written by Michael Zager and Aram Schefrin. Produced by Guy Draper. 45: "Morning Much Better"/"Stay with Me" (Polydor 1970). LP: Brief Replies (Polydor 1970).

Side B is a cover of the Lorraine Ellison soul classic.

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