Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Lonely Sentry


Bruce said...

Great post! Great song! Great artists! One of my favorites from Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan. They're still both alive, living in Lake Monroe Florida and still making music. Here's there website

Here's a bit about the song from Jack

"In 1965 I wrote a war song, inspired by our entrance in to the Viet Nam conflict.
It wasn't intended to be for or against this particular war,
but was an attempt to make war in general more personal...
not just death counts in the news.

We recorded it at Criteria Studios in Miami,
with Rusty Diamond singing lead,
and Misty Morgan singing harmony under the name Maryanne Mail.
The result was a sound and feeling unlike anything we'd ever heard.

The lead instrument in this record is an electric pedal banjo,
the invention of the great banjo player Henry Cook,
who looked like a younger Henry Fonda.
Henry had cables going down from his banjo to a row of pedals on the floor,
so he could get the slide and sustain of a steel guitar and keep the funkiness of the banjo.

Paul McLaughlin (sax and Harmonica) was a regular member of our Miami band.
On this cut Paul plays harmonica, and Misty plays the bells.
The instrumental break features this odd combination:
Electric pedal banjo, harmonica, and church bells.

The recording was first released on our own Zodiac Records,
and later on Nashville's Starday Records."

furrball said...

I have only one correction (update, actually) to throw in here. Jack and Misty's website address is now {and I oughta know--I'm their webmaster! :D] Thanks for posting this record! - Jerry Withers, webmeister, "Tennessee Birdwalk" (

Howdy said...

I never really new how much I liked Jack and Misty till I started noticing they were the writers of records I liked. I was on the road a while back and they were being interviewed on the radio I think it may have been WSM and their story is great and sounded like they have had fun through the years and I think they are genuine and original. I actually bought a CD as a result of that interview, being a committed vinyl junkie it often takes a lot to move me in that direction. I can understand why this one was not a hit but it is quirky and catchy and showed originality which is something that has the way of the pterodactyl. Which is another reason Mad Magazine has impacted my life. Back in the early seventies Alfred E did headlines of the future one of them being " Medley In Popular Music Dies",,sigh how true!

Howdy said...

I Meant went the way of the pterodactyl!