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The Lead

From: Japan

Very little is known of this Japan based group of Americans that formed the Lead there in 1968. Original members included Tamia Arbuckle (vocals, guitar), Mark Elder (lead guitar, vocals), Phil Trainer (bass, vocals) and Alan Hill (drums, vocals). All of their records were issued on the well known RCA label, but only in Japan. They released their first LP ('The Lead Goes R&B') in the fall of '68, which mainly contains covers of well-known rhythm and blues tracks from the 50s and 60s. A 45 was also released at the same time with two songs that don't appear on the aforementioned LP.

The band is best known by far for their early 1969 follow up single ('Pigeon-Toed Orange Peel'), which is featured in the 1968 Clint Eastwood movie 'Coogan's Bluff'. The extremely catchy track is played during one of the more memorable scenes of the film inside of a way out happening New York City psychedelic nightclub called the Pigeon Toed Orange Peel. Shortly thereafter, Elder left the fold and was replaced by Allan Preston Sachs aka Paul Merrill (lead guitar, vocals) to assist in finishing up their second LP ('Sound Of Silence'), which was issued in the spring of '69. It wasn't long after the record was issued however that Trainer then decided to leave Japan and the group, which prompted its demise.

Singles/Unreleased

Pigeon-Toed Orange Peel

(Original 45 Label: JRT-1014, A [Japanese Single] - February, 1969)

General Compilations

'Coogan's Bluff' Motion Picture Soundtrack [CD Reissue]

This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- Pigeon-Toed Orange Peel