ARTIST: Margo Guryan
TITLE: Take a Picture
YEAR RELEASED: 1968
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Only promos
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Sunday Morning (a hit for Spanky & Our Gang)
LINEUP: Margo Guryan, Kirk Hamilton, Buddy Saltzman, John Hill, Paul Griffin, Phil Bodner
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A lost sunshine pop classic, released and then buried because she refused to tour.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Margo Guryan’s child-like voice was perfect for sunshine pop, and her songs also fit that genre well. She had been a songwriter with songs placed with Spanky & Our Gang, Jackie DeShannon, Juilie London, and Bobby Sherman, and signed a solo deal with Bell Records.
Originally in the jazz scene, she moved over to pop after hearing “Gold Only Knows” and then began her pop songwriting career. Her demos got her signed to Bell, and this album came to fruition. Full of wistful melodies and lyrics, and sophisticated arrangements befitting her jazz roots, this album was a beautiful example of the potential of sunshine pop.
Yet Guryan did not want to tour, since her marriage to a jazz musician fell apart earlier and she didn’t want to be “owned” by others. So Bell said “FINE” and stopped promoting the album, letting it basically die on the vine.
That’s a shame, since this could have been a sunshine pop staple and had a couple of potential singles. Guryan still wrote and helped produce, but she never again recorded an album.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Demo recordings were released in the 2000’s
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A few bonus cuts
GRADE A: At least this is in print. It still sounds fantastic.