THE SPOTLIGHTS:
Batman And Robin / Dayflower
(45 rpm single)

  

  

Original release:
45 rpm single: Smash 2020 (1966)

Other releases:

45 rpm single Philips BF 1485 (1966)

1.
Batman And Robin
2.
Dayflower

Duane Allman is suspected to play on 'Dayflower' (with The Allman Joys), but this has not been confirmed yet.


The release of this single was announced in various music magazines on January 22, 1966:


Billboard, January 22, 1966, page 3


Billboard, January 22, 1966, page 16


Cash Box, January 22, 1966, page 14


Cash Box, January 22, 1966, page 48


Record World, January 22, 1966, page 3


This line-up of "The Spotlights" is the same as the line-up of "The Allman Joys" from 1966, when Mike Alexander had replaced Bob Keller on bass, and before Maynard Portwood was replaced (in New York) by Bill Connell on drums.

The picture is from the archives of "The Plain Dealer", a newspaper from Cleveland, OH.


Sahara Club, Pensacola, FL
February 25, 1966
(courtesy of Walter Vanderbeken)


On page 38 of his book "Heaven and Hell: My life in The Eagles (1974-2001)" (John Wiley & Sons, 2008) Don Felder confirms that "The Allman Joys" also used the name "The Spotlights":




2 singles by "The Spotlights" were released on Smash Records in 1966:
http://www.globaldogproductions.info/s/smash.html
Smash 2020: Batman And Robin / Dayflower
Smash 2031: Dick Tracy / Little Orphan Annie

The track "Batman And Robin" was originally released on the 1966 LP releases of "The Superrecord Of Superheroes" by "The Super Dupers" on the "Design" label (DLP-257 and SDLP-257), the "International Award Series" label (AK-272) and the "Happy Time Records" label (HT-1042):

    

  
Batman And Robin
The Phantom
The Shadow
Flash Gordon
March Of Tarzan
Captain Marvel Jones
Mickey Mouse March
The Green Hornet

2 singles by 'The Super Dupers' were released on the 'Cricket' label:

Cricket C-168 (USA): "The Green Hornet / The Blue Mirage"

     

The Blue Mirage

Cricket C-169 / BB-94 (Australia): "March Of Tarzan / The Jungle Jingle"

     


We have compared the recording of "Batman And Robin" from the Smash single with the Super Dupers version and it's exactly the same.
The recordings for the LP were made in New York and, just like the 2 "Smash" singles, produced by Snuff Garrett and Leon Russell.


Leon Russel & Snuff Garrett

In this interview J.J. Cale talks about the recording of the Super Dupers LP:
http://thislandpress.com/09/11/2013/the-making-of-longhair-music-2/?read=complete
“Record producer Shelby Singleton was working for Mercury Records at the same time we did the ‘Dick Tracy’ single [the J.J. Cale version of "Dick Tracy", released on Liberty Records in 1965], so Leon and Snuff came by one day and said, ‘You want to go to New York? We’re going to cut a whole album of cartoon songs.’ That was before LPs were a big deal. So Leon, Snuff , and I went up to New York City to cut this album. I was sitting in one room writing songs. Leon was in the studio leading the musicians, and Snuff was coming and getting the songs from me. He’d come in and say, ‘Write a song about Little Orphan Annie,’ and I’d start writing the song in the room and he’d take it into the studio where Leon would get all the musicians to play it. It was wild.”


This is the J.J. Cale version of "Dick Tracy", released on Liberty Records 55840 in 1965:

  

Dick Tracy

On:
 http://www.bsnpubs.com/mercury/smash/smash.html
we found the following information about a "Spotlights" LP on the Smash Records label that was probably never released:

MGS 27081/SRS 67081
Batman and Robin & 11 Others
Spotlights [1966] Arranged by Leon Russell

This appears to be a "phantom" album, either not released commercially or deleted very early. Collectors of this group have never seen a copy, nor have we in over 40 years of collecting.

Batman And Robin
Dick Tracy
Charlie Brown
Mickey Mouse March
Little Orphan Annie
Super-Duper Man
Captain Marvel Jones
The Phantom
The Shadow Do
Flash Gordon
Alley-Oop
In My Funnybook World


And on:
 https://www.discogs.com/
we found information about a single sided test pressing of
"The Spotlights: Batman And Robin and 11 other Funnybook Faforites"
(Smash Records SRS67081 A)

  

 

  


Please contact us if you have more information about the involvement of The Spotlights / The Allman Joys in the Super Dupers LP and the Smash singles.


(Thanks to Al Booth for providing info and the recordings of the 2 tracks and to Craig Ruskey for The Spotlights picture and the additional info)