:: Aquarius ::
:: Something ::
:: Everybody's Talkin' ::
:: MacArthur Park ::
:: Shook My World ::
:: Theme From Love Story ::
:: Little Green Apples ::
:: Please Don't Give My Daddy No More Wine ::
:: Just A Closer Walk With Thee ::
Sure, there's been lots of bands called The Executives over the years. All genres, all eras -- there's always been a band called The Executives. But I doubt many bands went this far for their executive image. Maybe they knew a guy at the airport, maybe they didn't. Maybe those two babes with the bubbly are wives, sisters, or maybe just adoring and exhibitionist fans. Or maybe they were friends of the photographer. In any event, these guys had style; at least when it counted. And sure, they look like they lifted those tuxedos from Isaac The Bartender's love closet, but it was the early 1970's. That's the way you dressed if you wanted panties thrown at you. They even have their own logo, which just screams "INSURANCE" to me.
So of course I have no solid information on these guys, though if you scroll to the bottom of this page, this is definitely one of them, with perhaps a whole new batch of Executives. Or the same old ones, I can't really tell. They appear to be an ambitious regional cover band, who probably played dimly lit dinner clubs and other places where people over thirty gathered to drink and wink at each other. There's a note on the back from a guy named Don Reo (who was once Slappy White's comedy partner and wrote for Laugh-In, so he knows music,) in which he mentions that they had an impressive amount of instruments with them up on stage. The credits confirm this, showing they played everything from a banjo to the mellowphone. Of course they had a mellowphone.
So while these standards aren't anything really to get excited about, they do at least try to infuse some different twists here and there. As an added bonus to Record Robot readers, here are their autographs.
Addendum: I should have mentioned that this was a birthday gift from occasional Robot contributor Mark, a man who obviously knows what I like. To laugh at.