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Mortimer was a short-lived psych-pop group that originally hailed from New York. In 1968, the bandmembers found themselves in London, working with record producer Daniel Secunda (brother of Procol Harum manager Tony Secunda) after signing a production deal with Secunda's B.B. & D. Productions, Inc. The group's self-titled album, from which two singles were released, was released by Philips. There are several standout tracks, including the Baroque "Where Dragons Guard the Doors" and the softer vocal harmonies of "Singing to the Sunshine" and "Life's Sweet Music." [Rev-Ola's long-overdue 2006 reissue adds six bonus tracks including 45 mixes, demos and a strange song dedicated to beauty tips ("Slicker "Beauty Hints'").]


Formed: New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s

Mortimer evolved out of a later incarnation of the Teddy Boys, from Hyde Park, New York, who recorded a handful of singles for MGM and Cameo Records in 1966 and 1967. They changed their name to Pinocchio & Puppets, for a two-sided instrumental single which was released by Mercury in 1967. The band -- Guy Masson (vocals, drums, percussion), Bob Ronga (vocals, guitar), Tom Smith (vocals, guitar), and Tony Van Benschoten (vocals, bass, guitar) -- then settled on the name Mortimer and signed a production...
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