Ronnie Villar & The Firedons – Love Potion No.9 / Farmer John

Pinoy Sixties Garage goodness. The Firedons were a hot “teenage” band which featured regularly in the early 1960’s on the first teenage music dance program on Philippine television, the Dance-O-Rama. The band recorded some great instrumentals like ‘El Tomador’, ‘Mi Corazon’ and ‘Shell Beat’. With Ronnie Villar, they recorded songs like ‘Teenage Mash’, ‘Serenade in the Night’, ‘On the Beach’ and ‘Can’t buy me love’.

‘Love Potion No.9’ is a song written in 1959 by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It was originally performed by the Clovers and of course we all know the Coasters version.

The b-side ‘Farmer John’ was written by Don “Sugarcane” Harris and Dewey Terry, and first recorded by the two as the American R&B duo Don and Dewey, in 1959. Although the original version of the composition did not receive much attention, it was reinvigorated by the garage rock band the Premiers, whose raving cover version was released in 1964.

Ronnie Villar & The Firedons comprised of Ronnie Villar (vocals), Willy Villar (lead), David Llorente (rhythm), Cesar Llorente (bass), and Waldy Cruz (drums) with Manny “Boy” Tagalog (drums, 1964).

Listen below:

 

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