The People In Me by Music Machine

#1239: The People In Me by Music Machine

Peak Month: March 1967
5 weeks on CKLG chart
Peak Position #11
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ #66 link: “The People In Me
“The People In Me” lyrics

Thomas Harvey “Sean” Bonniwell was born in San Jose, California, in 1940. After hearing The Platters sing “Only You” in 1955, he formed a high school doo-wop group. After high school he formed a folk-pop group which, by the time he was still in college in 1961, had morphed into a folk quartet called The Wayfarers. The group got a contract with RCA Victor and recorded three albums between 1961 and 1964. Along with Bonniwell on guitar was Dick Bailey, rounded out with bass player Tom Adams and Ray Blouin on banjo. Their debut album was Come Along with the Wayfarers, followed by two live albums, The Wayfarers at the Hungry i and The Wayfarers at the World’s Fair. Their material spanned traditional folk tunes such as “This Land is Your Land” to the whimsical “Crabs Walk Sideways,” a tune later performed on The Smothers Brothers‘ TV show by Tom and Dick Smothers. It was penned by Hylton Sacher and Jim Patton, some in collaboration with the group’s members. There were a few singles: Woody Guthrie’s often-recorded classic “This Land is Your Land”, Revolutionary War narrative “Ticonderoga” and the mildly humorous Jeff Barry-Art Resnick ditty “Crabs Walk Sideways”, a song better known as part of The Smothers Brothers’ act.

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