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East African Affair - I Won't Stare b/w Lovin' Every Little Thing You Do

Format: 45
Label: Caravan CX 103
Year: 1966
Origin: Sudbury, Ontario
Genre: garage
Value of Original Title: $100.00
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Release Type: Singles
Websites:  No
Playlist: Ontario, The Garage, 1960's


Track Name
I Won't Stare
Lovin' Every Little Thing You Do


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East African Fair included most of the Inferno 5 Plus 1. Their manager John Loweth considers East African Fair to be a continuation of the Inferno 5 Plus 1, though their sound is quite different:

"Later we changed the name to 'East African Fair' and did pretty well with our second record, 'Lovin Every Little Thing You Do Girl' (after Lance left) which was a totally different style (more Hermans Hermits) than the Stones style of the first release. Then we moved to the big city of Toronto. We did lots of auditions and things and played in trendy Yorkville where you just had to be if you wanted to be anywhere in Canada at that time of 1967. The national CTV show 'After Four' was interested in replacing the current group 'Robbie Lane and Deciples' and said they woud use us as the featured band next season, they suggested a name change and the remainder of the group now lead by Randy LaRocque became 'York Lane'. A major booking agent booked the group in southern Ontario and upper New York state, but unfortunately several band members became homesick and discouraged due to lack of money, and went home, leaving just Randy and myself. I think we were just inches away from stardom."

As John states, Lovin' Every Little Thing You Do is a pop single like the Herman's Hermits, though the eerie organ gives it a darker, carnival-like quality. I Won't Stare is a truly original side, slow, with a nice blend of organ and guitars and obsessive lyrics. Randy LaRocque wrote both songs on this record.


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