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Candy Apple Racer

“Candy Apple Racer” was a Ventures track that was recorded in 1961 but not released until 1965.

Capitalizing the the popularity of the dance “the Twist”, the Ventures released two “Twist Party” albums in 1961. The second one included “twistified” arrangements of a number of folk and traditional songs such as “Blue Tail Fly”, “Swanee River” and “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”.

Also recorded at the time was an arrangement of the civil war era song “Listen to the Mockingbird” — but it did not make it onto the album.

In 1965, a single was created for the Japanese market. The “A” side was titled “Kickstand”, but it was just a renamed “A Go Go Dancer” from their 1965 album “Ventures A Go Go” with some added motorcycle sound effects. The “B” side was “Candy Apple Racer” — which was just “Listen to the Mockingbird” under a new title.

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