In the mid 1960’s a young LA singer/songwriter hit the recording studio to lay down a handful of his socially, and politically charged songs. The aspiring multi-talented artist was a producer and singer-songwriter called Sandy Szigeti.
After relentless gigging and endless song-writing, Szigeti’s first break came when he formed the band, Kindred. Joined by David Bluefield and Bobby Cochran, the band quickly caught the attention of Three Dog Night’s, Chuck Negron who landed the group a deal with Warner Bros. Records.
However, as many a tale goes, Sandy had another creative vision and subsequently left Kindred, after which he was quickly signed to Decca Records as a solo artist.
His 1971 he released his first and only LP, America’s Sweetheart, which was produced by superstar, Ricky Nelson and featured the talents of Elvis Presley’s drummer Ron Tutt. Also joined by icons Rita Coolidge and Doug Kershaw, many other A-list LA session players also joined in on the record, including bassist Joe Osborn. Despite the record receiving rave reviews and great critical acclaim, Sandy’s career sadly never progressed beyond this. These few stolen moments of what appeared to be such a promising future faded away, leaving these few records as his only recordings!
In 2012 Szigeti’s back catalog came to the attention of Fervor Records. Quickly signing these wonderful works, the label released Make The People Sing, a retrospective of Sandy’s many recordings. The record successfully escalated the multi-talented artist’s overlooked gems into high profile film and television placements, proudly perpetuating the late great Sandy Szigeti’s creative vision.
I do love a happy ending and am so glad this record was released, for this is where the delights of today’s fuzzy-psych dream can be found!! Oh how this gets right into the head!!! A cool flower-swept melody and soft breezy vocals…and that little change in tempo where he sings “Feel Good, Feel Good, Feel Fine...” really reminds me of Norma Tanega’s You’re Dead… What a lovely little song to get into the head before bed! Enjoy!!