On this date in 1967, THE HUMAN BEINZ released the single NOBODY BUT ME (August 25, 1967)

This was originally recorded in 1962 by the Isley Brothers, who wrote it in the studio.

The Human Beinz were a bar band from Youngstown, Ohio, who originally spelled their band name Human Beingz – the name was spelled wrong on their record contracts and that’s how it stayed.

The group started in 1964 as The Premiers, launching their professional career to build a local fan base. In 1966, they changed their name to The Human Beingz because they felt their old name did not fit with the feel of the late 1960s. They recorded covers of songs by Them, The Yardbirds, The Who and Bob Dylan. The group was also the first to record a cover of “Gloria” by Them, which became a hit for The Shadows of Knight, and covered “The Pied Piper”, which later became a hit for Crispian St. Peters.

NOBODY BUT ME was their only hit, and it was a song the band loved to play live long before they recorded it. The lyrics mention the dances that “nobody can do” like the singer: The Shingaling, The Skate, The Boogaloo, and The Philly.

According to the band’s guitarist Ting Markulin, their live version would last about 7 minutes, but the studio version was chopped down to 2 minutes to attract airplay.

It took two days to complete the song, which was recorded on an 8-track tape machine. Listen at the end for a tinging sound – that’s their bass player Mel Pachuta hitting an empty Pepsi bottle with a drumstick. The producer was looking for something to add more excitement to the track, and that did the trick.

The song has remained big on the dancefloors of Northern Soul, Mod & Booglaoo club nights.

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