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HARPERS BIZARRE
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Harpers Bizarre was formed out of The Tikis, a band from Santa Cruz, California that had some local successes with Beatlesque songs in the mid 1960s. In 1967, record producer Lenny Waronker got a hold of the Simon & Garfunkel song "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)", determined to make it into a single. The Tikis recorded it using an arrangement created by Leon Russell, featuring extended harmonies reminiscent of the work of Brian Wilson or even the Swingle Singers. The song was released under a new band name, "Harpers Bizarre" (a play on the magazine Harper's Bazaar), so as not to alienate The Tikis' fanbase. The success of the single prompted Harpers Bizarre to record their debut album. Harpers Bizarre developed a unique sound which experimented with heavy vocal layering. Most of Harpers Bizarre's recordings are cheerful and airy, both in subject matter and musical accompaniment, often with string and woodwind arrangements. Their music is most closely associated with the Sunshine Pop and Baroque Pop genres. Harpers Bizarre also recorded the work of several contemporary songwriters, including one-time Tikis member Randy Newman, Van Dyke Parks and Harry Nilsson, who also appear on their recordings in the guise of session musicians and/or arrangers. The band broke up shortly after their last album was released in 1969. On October 31, 1969, while returning to San Francisco after playing a concert in Pasadena, California, their TWA flight was hijacked. All the passengers were safely released in Denver. Drummer John Petersen, husband of Templeman's sister Roberta, died suddenly on November 11, 2007 of a heart attack.

MEMBERS:

Ted Templeman - Vocals, Drums and Guitar
Dick Scoppettone - Vocals, Guitar and Bass
Eddie James - Guitar
Dick Yount - Bass and Vocals
John Petersen replaced by Tom Sowell - Drums and Vocals

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59th Street Bridge Song
Lost My Love Today
Germany
Warner Bros A 5890
Value: 25

59th Street Bridge Song
Lost My Love Today
Holland
Warner Bros WB 5890
Value: 25

59th Street Bridge Song
Lost My Love Today
Italy
Warner Bros WB 1025
Value: 25

59th Street Bridge Song
Lost My Love Today
Japan
Warner Bros BR-1707
Value: 80

59th Street Bridge Song
Lost My Love Today
Spain
Warner Bros Hispavox H 163
Value: 25

59th Street Bridge Song / Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear
Come To The Sunshine / Debutante's Ball
France
Warner Bros WEP 1454
Value: 70

Anything Goes
Malibu U
Germany
Warner Bros A 7063
Value: 25

Anything Goes
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Spain
Warner Bros Hispavox H 230
Value: 20

Anything Goes / Chattanooga Choo Choo
Louisiana Man / The Biggest Night Of Her Life
Australia
Warner Bros EPW 144
Value: 55

Battle Of New Orleans
Green Apple Tree
France
Warner Bros WV 5106
Value: 20

Battle Of New Orleans
Green Apple Tree
Germany
Warner Bros A 7223
Value: 20

Battle Of New Orleans
Green Apple Tree
Japan
Warner Bros BR-2115
Value: 60

Battle Of New Orleans
Green Apple Tree
USA
Warner Bros A 7223
Value: 20

Battle Of New Orleans / Las Mananitas / Sentimental Journey
I'll Build A Stairway To Paradise / Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat / Green Apple Tree
USA
Warner Bros Seven Arts Records S 1739
Value: 25
JUKEBOX MINI LP

Chattanooga Choo Choo
Hey, You In The Crowd
France
Warner Bros WV 5087
Value: 15

Chattanooga Choo Choo
Hey, You In The Crowd
Germany
Warner Bros A 7090
Value: 20

Chattanooga Choo Choo
Hey, You In The Crowd
Italy
Warner Bros WB 1033
Value: 30

Chattanooga Choo Choo
Hey, You In The Crowd
Japan
Warner Bros BR-1846
Value: 70

Chattanooga Choo Choo
Hey, You In The Crowd
Portugal
Warner Bros WV 5087
Value: 20

Come To The Sunshine
The Debutante's Ball
Germany
Warner Bros A 7028
Value: 25

Come To The Sunshine
The Debutante's Ball
Holland
Warner Bros WB 7028
Value: 20

Come To The Sunshine
The Debutante's Ball
Japan
Warner Bros BR-1754
Value: 60

Cotton Candy Sandman
Virginia City
Germany
Warner Bros A 7172
Value: 25

Cotton Candy Sandman
Virginia City
Japan
Warner Bros BR-1914
Value: 115

I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!
Look To The Rainbow
France
Warner Bros WV 5116
Value: 20

Soft Soundin' Music
All Through The Night
France
Warner Bros WV 5125
Value: 15
  

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