Don Gallucci is a familiar name in the LOUIE LOUIE universe. He was the original keyboardist for the Kingsmen during the recording of “LOUIE LOUIE.” He might have stayed in the Kingsmen, touring all over the country to promote their big hit record if only his parents didn’t force him to stay in high school finish his education.
After he graduated high school, he formed Don & the Goodtimes. After releasing a few records on Wand and Jerden, this Pacific Northwest band moved to Los Angeles, and got a gig as the house band for the Dick Clark TV afternoon show “Where the Action Is.” After signing to Epic Records, their debut single, “I Could Be So Good To You,” got to No. 56 nationally, although it did better in several key markets, ascending to No. 15 in Los Angeles and reaching the top 40 in New York.
At one point in his musical career, he worked for Elektra Records, working in the A&R department. During this very interesting period, he collaborated with Iggy Pop, producing Fun House, the second Stooges album, which was released in July 1970. In 1999, Rhino Handmade put out a boxed set of outtakes from Fun House sessions. This 7-CD set was limited to 3,000 copies, which sold out within a year. Nowadays, you’d be lucky if you could find a copy for less than $500.
When I interviewed Don for my documentary during the late 80s, he told me that his proudest achievement in music was his progressive rock band Touch, which released one album in 1969.
A few days ago, Bob Smit wrote to tell me about a special MySpace page he created to celebrate Touch. Here’s what he wrote on his tribute page:
I am not affiliated or associated with Touch in any way. I created this page not only as a tribute to be shared and enjoyed by people who are already TOUCH fans, but also to be discovered by those who may not have been previously aware of this amazing and hugely influential band, the historical significance of which should not be overlooked. It should be noted that the TOUCH album, produced by Gene Shiveley and released in early 1969, came out at a time when Yes, Genesis and King Crimson (among others widely credited with creating what is generally considered “progressive” music) were still in their infancy. It is an ambitious, enduring and utterly unique musical achievement that still stands tall by any standard. Nearly forty years later, TOUCH might STILL be ahead of their time.
I encourage all that are even slightly curious to check out Bob’s page, which features some samples of this music.
UPDATE: Nine years later, and there’s still a lot of love for TOUCH!
Visit the Facebook page – “Touch, Progressive rock band of 60’s”