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I went out to dances just about weekly and sometimes twice a week during the mid sixties.
There is one story concerning The Shillings. They played regularly in the Brighton area. To our surprise we heard a song called Lyin' and Cryin' by The Shillings being played on the radio. Of course we asked the band if it was them and of course it wasn't, they weren't even playing the song. I think they also didn't use the article THE and they called themselves simply Shillings.
The song started getting pretty good play and eventually the band did start playing the song all the while disavowing any ownership but people just expected them to play the song and they did it pretty good too. I did get the 45 on the Three Rivers label and always loved the song as one of those American attempts at sounding English.
Now we jump ahead 40 years and I'm in NYC and see a compilation of Allentown, PA rock bands and The Shillings are in there. The liner notes say that the song was only a local hit in Allentown, Connecticut and Boston. So, that rest of the country wasn't aware of this neat song. The CD is put out by Distortions Records and is available at the website in a limited pressing of 1000.
I'm aware that this seems like mindless minutiae to some but it's the stuff of local color that fascinates me. What can I tell ya?