Halloween Music History #5 (2015)

HALLOWEEN SONG #5:
“FRANKENSTEIN”
THE EDGAR WINTER GROUP, 1973


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It began as an impromptu tune called “The Double Drum Solo.” It ended up sounding like this, the album version…
 
 
Rocker Johnny Winter’s little brother, Edgar, would sometimes take the spotlight during the elder Winter’s tour. So he’d jam to “Double Drum Solo” by playing keyboards, drums and saxophone. 
 
“Every night he’d come out and bring down the house,” said Rick Derringer of the McCoys fame. Derringer would produce the song under a different title, only it wasn’t the A side of the single. That A side honor went to “Hangin’ Around” but disc jockeys would play that B side.  Eventually there was a demand for not only that B side song, but for it to become a shortened version.
 
Ironically, the shortening of the song was was when the title was changed. Derringer remembered, “The editing is where Edgar got the name ‘Frankenstein,’ through all the little cuts and stuff, all the patchers in (the) master.”
 
The song that began as “The Double Drum Solo” and a B side of a single thus became “Frankenstein” by the Edgar Winter Group. It hit #1 in May 1973, sold 1.2 million copies and today it ranks as the #5 Halloween song of all time. Only once did Casey Kasem and “American Top 40” play the full-length 4:44-long version… on the 1973 year-end Top 40 show.
 
For much more on “Frankenstein”…
 

NEXT AT #4:

HE WAS STONE DRUNK WHEN HE RECORDED IT
AND HE FATHERED 57 CHILDREN. AT LEAST

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