This month’s odds & ends wrapup includes a link to an online book by and about Jac Holzman, founder of Elektra and Nonesuch Records.
The Billy Boy Arnold song is included in their first, August 1965, US-only comp album For Your Love, which climbs only to US#96 … a forecast of things to come, although they’ll release many top-40 singles.
They had been the house band of SW London blues club the Crawdaddy since Sep. 1963. Among bandmembers at the time: bassist Chris Dreja, vocalist Keith Relf and guitarist Eric Clapton. The song chases Clapton away (to John Mayall) to be replaced by Jeff Beck.
1965 2nd US album Having a Rave Up includes Graham Gouldman song Heart Full of Soul (UK#2, US#9). 1966 Yardbird single Happenings Ten Years Time Ago (the first to include guitarist Jimmy Page) is has been credited with bringing early funk to the mainstream.
This is before Switched-On Bach hits big-time. Previously Krause & Beaver had been stumping the West Coast sellings synths for Bob Moog.
Sequential Voltage Sources Krause remembers
▷Allmusic:B&K▹ 1969 Ragnarok:As I Hear It
Holzman book:Follow the Music
It is also the first record company to commission an electronic piece: Morton Subotnick‘s important 1967 ‘Silver Apples of the Moon’ (H-71174).