Don’t judge a book by the cover? How about album cover? Let’s take a fun look and listen to the fabulous Merry Christmas And Happy New Year By The Mom And Dads.
The Mom And Dads were a Western-styled New-Jack Folk group from my home town of Spokane, Washington. The quartet was made up of one elderly lady and three middle-aged dudes: the lovely Doris A. Crow (1905-1998) on piano, Quentin Ratliff (1933-2013) on saxophone, Leslie Welch (1912-1983) on accordion, and Harold Hendren (1919 – 2008) on percussion.
The band formed in the early 1950s, and at first, the band members had regular jobs during the week and played local clubs on weekend.
Their LP album entitled Presenting The Mom And Dads has liner noted that claim that The Mom And Dads were able to play any type of dance music, from turn of the century dance to more modern sounds. I am searching for a The Mom And Dads Disco album.
Crow and Welch had been playing together for two decades when the youngest member of the band, Ratliff joined them. The group finally became a four-piece outfit when Hendren joined the band on drums.
The band was very popular in Japan, Canada and Australia. They first gained notoriety when a disc jockey from a high-powered radio station in Great Falls, Montana played their 1971 recording The Rangers Waltz that carried all the way into the Canada. The Rangers Waltz was released as a single, and in Australia it reached Number Two on the Aussie charts and it was Number Four on the U.S. Country charts, eventually achieving double-platinum sales figures.
You might remember The Mom And Dads from their late-night television commercials during the mid-1980s.
The group continued to tour and record regularly until they all died. I know that death doesn’t stop all bands, but it was the end for The Mon And Dads.
Their definitive 1972 album Merry Christmas And Happy New Year By The Mom And Dads is a Christmas album that sounds exactly like you would expect it to; although I am not being judgy.
Yep, that’s them on the cover. Plus, if that photo doesn’t grab you, just turn it over and check out the back cover!
I really dig their sound. It is perfect for the DJ to spin at your Roy Moore-Themed Christmas Party. What “War On Christmas”?