Beth Sorrentino of Suddenly, Tammy! pays tribute to 60s cult icon Curt Boettcher; download “The Island”

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Beth Sorrentino was the singer, pianist, and main songwriter in the 1990s band Suddenly, Tammy! Since the band’s breakup in 1997, she’s has been teaching music in New York City, writing and recording new material, composing scores for children’s theater groups, and performing in clubs. Beth has a new album, Would You Like To Go: A Curt Boettcher Songbook, and it is being released in May on the Basta label.

Curt Boettcher (pronounced BET-cher) was a songwriter, singer, arranger, and recording studio wizard who specialized in multi-harmony soft rock. He produced the first album by The Association (1966), and arranged their major hit “Along Comes Mary.” Curt then formed The Ballroom, whose studio sessions (unreleased for decades) achieved legendary stature among West Coast Sixties Pop cognoscenti. Many Ballroom songs and recordings were later remixed with additional instruments and vocals for Boettcher’s two collaborative album masterpieces, The Millennium’s Begin and Sagittarius’s Present Tense (with Gary Usher), both issued in 1968 on Columbia. The albums sold poorly, but are durable, compelling psychedelic artifacts, as well as forerunners of “Sunshine Pop.” He died of pneumonia in 1987 at 43, a forgotten cult figure whose work is being recognized by Sorrentino on her new collection of his songs.

Below, download “The Island,” and check out Beth opening for Ben Taylor at Tin Angel on Sunday, April 20th. Go here for tickets and more information.