Monday, 2 July 2018

Cymarron ‎ “Rings” 1971 US Pop Rock,Soft Rock


Cymarron ‎ “Rings” 1971 US Pop Rock,Soft Rock


Rick Yancey, Sherrill Parks and Richard Mainegra, known collectively as Cymarron, were a successful Memphis songwriting team-so it’s all the more surprising that their biggest hit was a cover song. Rings , written by Eddie Reeves and Alex Harvey, was recorded by several artists; Cymarron’s version soared to #17 in 1971. That song, plus their follow-up hit, Valerie , is here with 14 more of Cymarron’s sweetest pop-folk songs….~

Cymarron was comprised of three very successful songwriters from Memphis, Tennessee in 1971. Although their band career only lasted two years, they debuted with a remarkably catchy love song called, “Rings”, which has been covered a few times. It was a big hit the summer of 1971. This was followed by three more singles, but none reached the Top 20 status of “Rings”. The sound is a mix of “Crosby, Stills and Nash” and “America”, with its folksy rock rhythm and beat. This album also covers the Bee Gees, “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?” in a guardedly close manner. The original album contained 11 tracks and this collection adds 5 more tracks, containing their two last singles. This album is newly released rarity collection from “Collectables” which contains tons of great oldies material….Martin A Hogan …..~

The song Rings is one of the best examples of a folk rock love song in last century and although I had bought the 45 rpm record of the song when it came out, I did not have an MP3 version. I could make one from my 45 but in an age of iTunes convenience I wanted a CD and it was worth it to me to buy the CD just to get an electronic version of Rings. But the CD’s other tracks were a very pleasant surprise: those tracks are really good too. I had heard Valerie on the radio but hadn’t heard any of the other tracks and every one is a gem in its own right, particularly the covers of Tennessee Waltz and How Can You Mend a Broken Heart….by.. Four Horsemen….~

Cymarron were the vocal trio of Rick Yancey, Sherrill Parks and Richard Mainegra. This was their only hit, and it was written by Alex Harvey and Eddie Reeves in honor of their friends Bob and Chris Hamilton. Eddie told us: “We wrote the song as a special present for them about a month before their wedding. All references in the song are related to their relationship. Alex and I never thought it could be a hit song because it was so specifically about Bob and Chris. I was renting Bob’s beach house while he and Chris were living in NYC for a year or two. Alex and I sang the song at their rehearsal dinner at the Marina Del Rey Hotel the night before the wedding and then sang it several more times on their wedding day. The wedding took place at 6:00 AM on the beach in front of the beach house on Driftwood & Ocean Front Walk. That’s why the song says, "the sun comes up across the city.” We knew their wedding would be on the beach at sunrise before we wrote the song. The beach house is now a condo building.“ 
Mac Davis was also invited to join Eddie Reeves and Alex Harvey in writing this song, but he had to cancel due to business obligations. Ironically, Davis later bumped into Eddie Reeves at the United Artists office and commented, "Man, I heard a great song on the way over here—something about rings. It’s unbelievable.” He had no idea that was the song he was supposed to have helped write. 
The chords to “Rings” were inspired by the song “Jody’s Face,” by Alex Harvey, which had a simple chord progression that they reused for this song. 
“Rings” hit the charts again in 1974, this time for Roland Kent Lavoie, better known by the stage name Lobo. Lobo’s other hits included “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo,” “I’d Love You to Want Me” and “Don’t Expect Me To Be Your Friend.” 
Eddie Reeves also recorded the song with his friend Mike Settle. To do so, they had to come up with a name for their “group.” Since both of them had Native American blood, they settled on the name “Running Bear and Goldstein,” a deliberate joke….~

A soft rock act which placed one single in the US Top 20 in 1971, ‘Rings’, Cymarron comprised Rick Yancey (b. 1948), Sherrill Parks (b. 1948, Jackson, Tennessee, USA; guitar/saxophone) and Richard Mainegra (b. 1948, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA). The trio was formed after Yancey was hired as a studio musician and songwriter by Chips Moman for the latter’s American Recording Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Yancey met Parks, they decided to work together, and Parks brought in Mainegra. They named the group Cymarron after a television western called Cimarron Strip. ‘Rings’, released on Entrance Records, was not written by the group but by outside writers, Eddie Reeves and Alex Harvey, and it became Cymarron’s only success, despite a handful of subsequent singles and an album…..~


Credits 
Bass – Mike Leech 
Design – Ron Coro 
Drums – Gene Chrisman 
Guitar, Vocals – Richard Mainegra, Rick Yancey 
Harmonica, Vocals – Sherrill Parks 
Lead Guitar – Reggie Young 
Organ – Bobby Emmons 
Percussion – Hayward Bishop 
Photography By – Ed Cooper (3) 
Piano – Bobby Wood 
Producer – Chips Moman 
Rhythm Guitar – Johnny Christopher


Tracklist 
A1 Rings 2:46 
A2 In Your Mind 2:53 
A3 Across The Kansas Sky 2:51 
A4 A Good Place To Begin 2:32 
A5 How Can You Mend A Broken Heart 3:20 
B1 Valerie 2:00 
B2 Hello Love 2:35 
B3 Tennessee Waltz 2:01 
B4 Break My Mind 2:40 
B5 Table For Two For One 2:52 
B6 True Confession 2:54 

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