The Hondells. Go Little Honda

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The Hondells released this album in 1964 or Mercury Record Label featuring the following songs: Little Honda; Mean Streak; A Guy Without Wheels; The Wild One; Haulin' Honda; Hot Rod High; Death Valley Run; Two Wheel Show Stopper; Black Boots And Bikes; Ridin' Trails; Hon-Da Beach Party and Rip's Bike.

The Hondells were a band created by Gary Usher, originally consisting of session musicians. Their hit song, "Little Honda," was written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love of the The Beach Boys.  The song was inspired by the popularity of the Honda motor bikes in Southern California during the early 1960s.

Usher recruited recruited a group of studio musicians including Glen Campbell, Al DeLory, Tommy Tedesco, Bill Cooper and Richie Polodor to record an album of Honda related songs for Mercury Records.  Usher was the brains behind the record. Aside from "Little Honda," most of the songs on The Hondells' Go Little Honda album were written by Usher and a disc jockey at KFWB radio and a lyricist by the name of Roger Christian. The album's cover showed a four-member group and its liner notes contained an elaborate back cover story by Christian which set Ritchie Burns as the founder and leader of the band. At the time the album was delivered, the name of the group had not been decided. Under consideration were two names: "The Rising Sons" and "The Hondells." The later was chosen and the song Little Honda was released under that name. It reached number 9 on the US pop singles chart. 

Contrary to popular belief, session musician drummer Hal Blaine (creator of the name "The Wrecking Crew") was NOT the drummer on The Hondells' version of "Little Honda". The drummer on The Hondells' "Little Honda" was Wayne Edwards who together with Richard Burns (who played bass on the session and was cited on the album's liner notes as the band's "founder") went out on the road as part of the touring Hondells. Blaine played drums on The Super Stocks' "Little Honda" (produced by Gary Usher for Capitol) and on Pat Boone's version of the tune (produced by Terry Melcher as a single for Dot Records).

This album sounds good and in very good condition. There is a name on one of the labels written in ball point.