Beautiful People

Beautiful People

by Kenny O'Dell


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By the time his song "Beautiful People" became a minor hit for him in 1967, Kenny O'Dell had been working his way through the music biz in fits and starts. He had written songs for Duane Eddy, started his own record label, and formed a Mamas & the Papas-style lounge act (which featured the ex-wives of both Duane Eddy and fellow guitar whiz Al Casey), but hadn't made much of a splash. The sweet sunshine pop of "Beautiful People" changed that, as both his original demo and Bobby Vee's very similar version reached the Top 40. O'Dell's label jumped at the chance to capitalize on the song's success and rush-released an album of demos and quickly recorded covers. The title track is the best by far, but O'Dell's reedy voice is pleasant enough and he's a decent songwriter in the Bobby Vee-Brian Hyland-Del Shannon mold with a touch of MOR added. Both the melancholy "If My World Falls Through" and "Take Another Look" could have been Monkees album tracks, "You'll Break Me Yet" is a fine loping country-rocker, and "I'm Gonna Take It" is a surprisingly tough little rocker. Does it all add up to a lost classic album? Not quite, but it is a nice artifact of an era.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/29/2013
Label: Real Gone Music
UPC: 0848064001157
catalogNumber: 400115
Rank: 92140

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny O'Dell   Primary Artist
Carol Robbins   Background Vocals
Billy Carola   Organ,Vibes
Eddie Haverly   Drums,Background Vocals
Corki Ray   Bass,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Neil Diamond   Composer
Michael Nesmith   Composer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Peter Callander   Composer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
K. Walker   Composer
Kenny Walker   Composer
Kenny O'Dell   Composer,Producer
Ed Osborne   Liner Notes
Bill Porter   Producer
Gordon Anderson   Reissue Producer
Mitch Murray   Composer
Harold Gay   Composer

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