Monday, June 28, 2010

Johnny Rojo's One-Hit Wonders: Stone Poneys, "Different Drum"

The song Different Drum, by the Stone Poneys, was released in September of 1967. It reached the top 20, topping out at #13 on the singles charts.

The Stone Poneys were a folk rock trio that formed in Los Angeles in 1964. Their singer, Linda Ronstadt, went on to huge success in the 1970's. Guitarist Kenny Edwards would continue to work with Ms. Ronstadt.

The guy who penned the tune in 1966 would also go on to fame and fortune. Mike Nesmith, who was the sole son (and heir) of Betty Nesmith, who invented White-Out, would go on to be one of the Monkees, and later become a movie producer ("Repo Man").

The song is one of the few pop songs I can think of that has a harpsichord (Richard Harris' "Macarthur Park" comes to mind.


Random Thinker said...

Which one is Kenny Edwards? The older guy looks like one of those manager/performers that takes advantage of young talented girls. But then I have an over active imagination sometimes. Didn't know the connection to Mike Nesmith. Love the Monkees. But I was more of a Mickey fan than Mike.

Churlita said...

I didn't know his mom invented white out. That's a great fun fact.

Johnny Rojo said...

Not sure which one was Edwards. I always liked Mike, but loved Dolenz' voice. BTW, Mickey is still touring-- I "liked" him on my Facebook and get updates on this summer's tour.

When I was in teacher school, in my "Methods of Teaching Science" class, we all had to do a report on a scientist who was not a white male. One of my partners in my group came up with Ms. Nesmith. She worked as a secretary, and came up with the formula experimenting in her kitchen. She sold White Out to Gillette for something like $12 million, so Mike, her only child, was already going to be rich.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I've actually always loved this song. But I had no idea about the white out connection!

Erik Donald France said...

Adorable. Haven't yet heard a single song anywhere from LR's latest album, Adieu False Heart.