|ROCK 'N' ROLLIN' STARTS, Pt. III
The Delegates Satirical Touch
Of Bob De Carlo
Last month in this space, I chronicled the recorded exploits of Harv Moore, who cut a break-in record on Beatles records in 1965. Many air personalities have lent their voices to this sort of novelty, but the biggest success by a radio star in that field has to be "Convention '72" by the Delegates, a top ten record poking fun at the political candidates of the day.
The Delegates turn out to be Bob DeCarlo, then morning man at KQV/Pittsburgh and now VP/Operations and morning man for W101/Tampa. Bob was approached by long-time Pittsburgh record mogul Nick Cenci (earlier producer of the Vogues) and his partner Nick
|Kousaleos. With Bob impersonating
"Walter Klondike," they put together "for fun in my kitchen," Bob recalls,
and sold the master to Mainstream Records.
The timing (just before the 1972 Presidential election) was perfect, and the reaction was tremendous ("Everywhere it was played, it was a hit," Bob says.) They did worry at first about getting clearances for the snippets of songs they used as "answers" for Bob's questions on the record, so they called the king of break-ins, Dickie Goodman, for advice. He told them, "You just do it and wait for the suits to come in."
Fortunately, as a consequence of this seemingly reckless counsel, only one settlement had to be arranged. Bob did run into trouble, however, from his employers at ABC. No ABC station played the record, he remembers, and corporate rules prevented him from participating in the Delegates' follow-up album (a notable collector's item thanks to almost nonexistent sales, Bob says.) But Bob remembers "Convention'72" with great fondness. After all, he says, "it got me into my first house !"