“Music to Watch Girls By” is another instrumental hit that was a TV commercial — this one for Pepsi. The single made it to #2 in 1966. Once again, the young’uns likely won’t remember, but the geezers surely will.
“No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach is In)” started out as a commercial for Alka Seltzer. Its catchy hook led to it being recorded and released as a single. The musicians who played on it were the famous West Coast studio musicians known as the “Wrecking Crew” — including drummer Hal Blaine, guitarist Tommy Tedesco and bassist Carol Kaye, but It was released by a non-existent group called the “T-bones”. Its success necessitated that such a group be formed to perform on TV and live.
The young’uns may not remember this instrumental hit, but the geezers will.
“Cast Your Fate to the Wind”, as written and performed by Jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi, was a solid top-40 hit in 1963, reaching #22 and staying on the charts for 18 weeks. Two years later, Guaraldi would compose the now beloved music for “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.
“Telstar” was a huge instrumental hit for the Tornadoes, a British group, in 1962. Named after the first communications satellite, it went to number one on both the US and UK charts. It was covered by virtually every instrumental band at the time, including the Ventures, Shadows, Champs, and Spotniks.
“Green Onions” was, of course, a great R&B instrumental hit for Booker T. and the MGs. I realize that the signature riff was a Hammond B-3 organ, but I enjoy the challenge of capturing the feel of the original no matter the instrumentation.
“I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face”, from the Lerner & Lowe musical “My Fair Lady”, is such a beautiful tune. BTW, please do not mistakenly think the title is actually “I’ve Thrown a Custard in Your Face”.