Friday, April 17, 2009

THE MARK IV_45 R.P.M.



The Mark IV were a Chicago-based group consisted of Bob Peterson,Leon McGeary,Williams Thomas and Michael McCarthy originally named "The Rhythm Maker's", when the fan's didn't get the meaning they changed to "Mark V" as members left the group they changed the name to "The Mark IV".


 This group had one of their biggest hit in 1959 with the novelty song, "I Got A Wife" this was set to a lively polka beat, and reached #24 in U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

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Previous to "I Got a Wife", the group released at least two singles on Cosmic Records. One of these was "Goose Bumps" b/w "Booblee Ah Bah Doo Baa" (Cosmic 702; 1957),The other known Cosmic release was "(Make With) The Shake" b/w "45 R.P.M." (Cosmic 704; 1958). Dick Clark owns the right's to the song, he bought it from the group and it's writer's.


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 These two songs were also released in Canada on the REO label (REO 8217). "(Make With) The Shake" was in a vein rather similar to Danny and the Juniors' "At The Hop", and it charted #22 on the Canadian "Chum Chart".

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After the novelty success of "I Got A Wife", Mercury quickly followed up with several more Mark IV novelty singles. One of these was "Move Over Rover" b/w "Dante's Inferno" (Mercury 71445; 1959). The other was "Mairzy Doats" b/w "Ring Ring Ring Those Bells" (Mercury 71481; 1959).

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2 comments:

sue said...

The Drummer Mike McCarthy was my Uncle!

Karl Thomas said...

The lead guitar Bill, was my grandpa.