Infobox musical artist |
Name = The Cake
Img_capt = The Cake
Background = group_or_band
New York City, United States
Baroque pop Psychedelic pop R&B Girl group
1966– 1968, 2006–
Label = Decca
Current_members = Jeanette Jacobs Barbara Morillo Eleanor Barooshian (Chelsea Lee)
The Cake are a 60s
girl groupmade up of Jeanette Jacobs (1950-1980), Barbara Morillo and Eleanor Barooshian. They were managed and produced by Greene & Stone, two Sunset Stripimpresarios who also managed Sonny & Cher, Buffalo Springfieldand Iron Butterfly.
The Cake formed in
New Yorkin 1966, starting out as an a cappellavocal group singing at Steve Paul's The Scene. Barooshian and Morillo both appeared in You Are What You Eat, a 1967 documentary film produced by Peter Yarrowof folk group Peter, Paul & Mary. In the film, Barooshian performed the Sonny & Cherhit I Got You Babewith Tiny Tim. She sung the male part while Tiny sung the female.
What set The Cake apart from other
girl groupsof the time is that they recorded their own material as well as a number of R&Bstandards. Their own songs were in the vein of 60s baroque popwith intricate madrigal-style vocal harmonies. They released just two albums on Decca Records, The Cake (1967) and A Slice Of Cake (1968). Both were recorded at the famed Gold Star Recording Studiosin Los Angeles.
Their debut single was the
Jack Nitzsche/ Jackie De Shannonsong 'Baby, That's Me' (previously recorded by Lesley Gorefor her 1965 album 'My Town, My Guy and Me'). The production of the song, which was arranged by Harold Battiste, aped the Wall of Soundtechnique created by Nitzsche and Phil Spector. Battiste arranged all the music for the group's two Decca albums.
The Cake also contributed back-up vocals to
Why Are We Sleeping?, the closing track on 'The Soft Machine, the 1968 debut album by the British psychedelic rock band of the same name.
Following the break-up of The Cake in 1968, Jacobs and Barooshian toured with
Dr John, who was one of the session players on their albums, and subsequently moved to the UK where they became part of Ginger Baker's Air Force. Barooshian also recorded an LP in Japan with The Facesand Free bassist, Tetsu Yamauchi.
In 2006, after a 37-year hiatus, Chelsea Lee (Barooshian) and Barbara Morillo reformed The Cake to perform at a one-off
Jimi Hendrixtribute concert in New York City, organised by Hendrix archivist and documentary film-maker, David J. Kramer. The show also featured Buddy Miles, Johnny Winterand Jose Feliciano. Their two Decca Records albums have been re-released on CD for the first time by Rev-Ola Records.
*"The Cake" (Decca, 1967)
*"A Slice Of Cake" (Decca, 1968)
*"Baby, That's Me/Mockingbird" (Decca, 1967)
*"I Know/You Can Have Him" (Decca, 1967)
*"Fire Fly/Rainbow Wood" (Decca, 1968)
*"P.T. 280/Have You Heard The News 'bout Miss Molly" (Decca, 1968)
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKEv1CJWJyg Performing 'You can Have Him' on the
Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, August 1967]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9fibYnDcy4 Performing on the 1967 Popendipity TV special]
* [http://www.cherryred.co.uk/revola/artists/cake.htm Revola Records page for The Cake]
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