1967 album. Sundazed. Also available on CD.
The hits kept on coming from heroic Dallas five piece rock band The Five Americans with their third longplayer, 1967’s ‘Progressions’. The members of Five Americans first met in Durant, Oklahoma at South-eastern Oklahoma State University in 1962. Under the leadership of lead guitarist, Mike Rabon, they formed a group called the Mutineers. The band played local beer joints and frat dances until the summer of 1964, when Mike suggested that they go to Dallas to try and make enough money to pay for tuition for the following fall semester. With the onslaught of the "British Invasion" by bands with strange sounding names, the group also took on a new handle. They were not bugs or beasts of any kind, they were simply, Five Americans.
Both ‘Zip Code’ and ‘Evol-Not Love’ careened up the charts as The Five Americans squared off on live stages throughout the Deep South with artists such as the Doors and Jefferson Airplane and more than held their own against the best American rock ‘n’ roll had to offer! Pressed on Limited Edition Gold Vinyl.
‘Progressions’. is an exciting combination of sunshine pop, bubblegum and folk rock with psychedelic undertones makes Progressiosns by The Five Americans a true time capsule of those special 60s sunshine days. Similar in style to their previous two albums, but with noticeably more psych influences. The Five Americans' third release, is their most well crafted album reminding us on the Monkees. Fans of sunshine pop interested in something more “matured” by this groovy Dallas garage combo should definitely start with Progressions.
The Five Americans were most famous for their song, "Western Union", which reached number five in the U.S. Billboard chart and was their only single to chart in the Top 20. In five short years the Five Americans sold millions of singles and albums. "Western Union" still gets airplay on oldies radio on average of 5000 times per month in the U.S. and Canada, and as of January of 1998, Western Union achieved the one million mark in airplay according to BMI, Broadcast Music INC.
Tracklisting: Stop-Light / Con Man / Black Is White - Day Is Night / (But Not) Today / Come On Up / Zip Code / Rain Maker / Sweet Bird Of Youth / Evol-Not Love / Somebody Help Me / Call On Me