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Raspberries break-up documentary…


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After the release of Raspberries album Side 3 7F993B3D-54C8-4284-A105-C2E4456735ED.jpeg.3ad22c5a06ae31b4a84028a45a24ebb8.jpeg in 1973, it became apparent that artistically, there was a fraction in the ranks…With the lack of sales for the lp, 19F74A69-FB15-4AE2-BC19-495A637D78A3.jpeg.bac4b36b79f207ce64c70913bcba4b20.jpegRaspberries were at a crossroads…Ultimately, the band splintered with Eric and Wally continuing to carry the Raspberries monicker with two new members while Dave and Jim quit to form their own band(Dynamite)…

Recently, I discovered a tv documentary, that chronicles the breakup and am proud to offer it here for your enjoyment…

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”In early 1974, after lackluster sales for their last album,7F993B3D-54C8-4284-A105-C2E4456735ED.jpeg.3ad22c5a06ae31b4a84028a45a24ebb8.jpegthe group 6E13F3F5-EF3A-41FC-934A-9D2183FB1FCA.jpeg.979cd34d746f65031f7fa2d485c88557.jpeghad a meeting to discuss their future…

563BC567-01CE-4690-A4BC-BE0F79EBAFFD.jpeg.ba07eeb29c872431a1823af4a0be7813.jpeg“Guys, we have to do something…Capitol is not doing us justice…In reviewing our contract, we have a clause that we can cancel our deal and go off on our own…We need to find someone who has enough money to back us so we can self-promote ourselves in an effective way…Any ideas?”

8CFE87CC-7991-41B7-8E2A-51CBE487EA0F.jpeg.b23e3f3508ec219e8b6f0db6d1e97f6c.jpeg“My dad has a friend that is an investment banker and he has some clients that are looking to invest in a musical act…I can have my dad call him and get the ball rolling…Is that okay with everybody?

05B377F6-1CF6-48C5-BEEA-5DF5CF472979.jpeg.b948cbb7d0d46646e9efeca14628cc90.jpeg “absolutely 9088B6F2-974C-4B5C-9C69-DEA945358AE2.jpeg.8416c109dfde6ef2573c098d4fef7866.jpeg“yes”

C5A37F39-CB8B-455D-847F-FC0CCDAB1457.jpeg.29fc762b261e3883c6dfd0a66c7ea931.jpeg “SURE”…

Jim’s dad makes the call and explains the situation to his friend…

MR. DRYSDALE-“8A7E8300-6012-45CA-9529-B91FFBA808F4.webp.a7293c262110292b6ee8227196c21737.webp“Okay, Mr. Bonfanti…I have set it all up…My client will call the kids and let’s see if we can make this happen…”

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A FEW DAYS LATER, MR .DRYSDALE GETS TOGETHER WITH HIS CLIENTS AND AFTER EXPLAINING THE SITUATION, THE INVESTORS DECIDE TO CALL THE BAND AND SET UP A MEETING…E78CA36F-A27F-4D5A-8F82-344079F4F4E9.jpeg.774210a2f1388c9d958b2541680ba36d.jpeg”who wee…Well, you guys can come by the house tomorrow and  play us some of that sweet Raspberries music…And bring your appetite…Granny will rustle up some possum 3F67E30A-EACF-48C3-B78E-CDC3061DCC84.jpeg.21820ccf14e9d40ff81c6d57019ca93f.jpegand other tasty viddles for you boys…

2E1A29C3-C884-42C2-B352-A067BDEC4ABD.jpeg.f63a7b52111efed0ab5251cbe77045de.jpeg…”

The next day, the boys showed up at the address…014FD685-7695-4A8B-933B-BB3B85E1C7CC.thumb.jpeg.f2e230f868586b8ac7a9c5309f140168.jpeg and are greeted at the gate…

AFD80CF9-0142-44E4-8D0F-CAF67A175FAD.jpeg.21f86c9af06297baf318dd392cd43677.jpeg“Who the heck is this Motley Cru”?…

394D437F-23E6-4194-BFE7-2B779D1BB3A9.jpeg.a36082f8c2a66174931cee529ecc2f66.jpeg“we’re not Motley Cru…We’re the Raspberries…”

8A123D56-D95E-4707-A0E1-B93B18A8CDF7.jpeg.35432ce369abedc78ca7a05163e7f9b6.jpeg “Oh granny, put that gun down and grab them there viddles you cooked up mighty special…Come on in guys…”

533E4A04-D8D9-4BB1-8527-D112B6089EF4.jpeg.5329aacc140173f34ddef824f3df12b1.jpeg“Wowie…They sure are purdy…”

BF5181EE-5617-484E-AF92-7450629702E0.jpeg.4757f7c97d3195fc6f601b16c1cdd096.jpeg“Oh, calm down Ellie…I never seen you this excited since granny filled that mailman’s ass full of buckshot after he joked about making a “special delivery into your mailbox”…but that’s enough of that…I got an idea…

4A04AAC3-EE92-4533-8B33-1B688A5A4F7D.jpeg.ad1856dcd8c3f9ffaf534b3279126e8b.jpeg“Let’s skip the possum and start listening to some good Ol’ music…

The Raspberries agreed and launched into their first number…

 

F5D86A95-732B-43CF-BFCE-90605446B3A2.jpeg.cabd79452e89bde3afb9bff47cb993c8.jpeg“”Yikes…What the hell was all that noise?…Sounds like when I was rustling up those rascals and throwing them in the boiling pot of water to get them nice and tender…Same yelping as that stuff…

E69867BF-A0EC-4DA7-B9B6-6E05E6FC37CE.jpeg.2e29010efea8d905c5fa6374e688eef8.jpeg“Fellas, that ain’t the kinda music we is acquainted with…Don’t you have any good ole down home country music?”

0FA37A12-54FA-4BAD-BDD0-84D8843603EF.jpeg.09c28d382c925499a83f2be5fbdf31ed.jpeg“Now, that’s something we would invest in”…Do we have a deal?”…

6DBECB04-550E-4895-AC81-2DEF9B47A78C.jpeg.86d25035dda559625a18bd4722c2b0ac.jpeg“We’ll let you know…Thanx…”

——————————————————When the boys get back to Cleveland, the pivotal moment has arrived…

 

637326F8-7EDE-4D5B-A30E-97A867CC4433.jpeg.35d0f0a5ab6c7a10cf5603d53dd50be1.jpeg“Guys, we are a rock band, not a country band…”

8CA39578-C611-481A-8E11-D0618B8DF278.jpeg.7323234e60f8bd97e0db7b91945457c8.jpeg“I say we take the offer…We are not getting anywhere with rock, so let’s go “country”…

EFF920CC-6930-4E54-996D-2A8410898796.jpeg.7478ee469812229f3fc12fd791f1b53f.jpeg“If you think I am gonna go out on stage every night, dressed in overalls and looking like an itinerant farm worker, you’re nuts” …

C97BFCB6-E5B3-480C-A8EF-FF8E62779D04.jpeg.43cf5fc5fe87c17fe40b56d363df2573.jpeg“Well, it’s better than dressing like we’re gay and playing for little girls…I quit”…

E16CE58C-B450-460E-A280-F5987B79C9C2.jpeg.ed6002dd38204387bab62ece046bbbdc.jpeg“I’m with you, Dave…Let’s form our own group…

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With that turn of events, Wally and Eric recruited two new members 

Scott Mccarl5F32D2B5-775A-46C7-BA95-15E1398C3654.jpeg.045948749a6d599f789f79802d37e571.jpeg and Mike McBride…5037F805-9729-43D9-995E-92B64B279405.jpeg.3709d897374f82b700a29711b47af127.jpeg
 

Jim decided that his and Dave’s new group needed some money and a name, so they called Mr. Drysdale again for his help…

35587636-F352-4635-8855-DF1FBD190EF7.jpeg.6e3653a62d17d1e9dadcc6a9052ca77f.jpeg“Well, unfortunately, the Hilbilly’s have lost interest, but I have another client to try, but he wants total control …He even wants to pick out a name for you guys…Here’s his phone number…He will be waiting for your call tomorrow…”

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The next day, Dave and Jim called their new investor and gave up total control, even letting him name the band…

And that’s how it all went down…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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