Orly Ilacad & The Ramrods – Do The Soul / Mary, Mary

Orly Ilacad and the Ramrods were huge in the days of Bang-Shang-a-Lang with hit vinyl singles of songs such as ‘Mary, Mary’ and ‘Never Be Blue’. The band consisted of: Lead – Roly Polintan, Rhythm – Bobby Guzman, Bass – Sonny Ilacad, Drums – Mon Polintan and Vocals – Orly Ilacad.

Orly Ilacad would later go on to found the well known OctoArts Music Label and OctoArts Films. It was Ilacad’s background as a performer that led him to start a music label with his friends. In 1966 Vicor Music was born. Among the artists they were able to sign up were Jeanne Young, Guy and Pip, Victor Wood, Pilita Corrales and Vilma Santos. I will cover more of this rich history in later posts.

Here we have ‘Do The Soul’ an original composition by Orly Ilacad, a solid Sixties groover and ‘Mary, Mary’ a song written by Michael Nesmith. It was first recorded by The Butterfield Blues Band for their 1966 album, East-West. The Monkees, featuring Nesmith, would later record the song themselves.

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