The Great Scots - Don't Want Your Love b/w Give Me Lovin'
(Epic Records 5-9805; 1965)
Today's download is a piece of post-British Invasion ephemera from Canada, the Great Scots, who looked distinctive on TV shows like Shindig and Where the Action Is in their full highland regalia, worn as a symbol of pride in their home of Nova Scotia (a.k.a. New Scotland). In fact, only singer Rick McNeil has Scottish blood in him, but then again I doubt any of the Kinks ever went fox hunting in their red velvet jackets either.
Signed to Epic Records, the Great Scots joined other N.S. acts like the Halifax Three (with a young Denny Doherty) and the Central Nervous System on the Columbia Records subsidiary, and sharing bills with acts like Paul Revere and the Raiders and the Dave Clark Five before the career Culloden brought about by the drafting of bassist Dave Isner into the U.S. Army. There was a brief attempt to keep the band going under the new name of the Free For All, but eventually its members drifted back home to Nova Scotia, where they still all live and occasionally get together to play a few tunes and remember old times.