TYPE: Record
COMPONENTS: Capitol Records number 5215 record with picture sleeve.
CONDITION: Record is solid VG++ visually, close to M-. Labels are M-. Picture sleeve is beautiful VG++/M- (with mild age fade).
NOTES: Beautiful copy from Perry Cox archive!
ITEM ID: 4793
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Hub Kapp and the Wheels 45 rpm Record

DATE
Year: 1964
Decade: 1960s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)

Hub Kapp and the Wheels 45 rpm record of “Sigh Cry. Almost Die.” B-side includes “Bony Maronie.” Featuring Carol Kaye (Wrecking Crew) on the bass and H.B. Barnum on piano. The band was a regular on the Wallace & Ladmo Show.

Hub Kapp and the Wheels was a parody rock band formed in the 1960s in Phoenix, Arizona, USA as part of the cast of a popular local television show, Wallace & Ladmo, broadcast on station KPHO (Channel 5). The show was on the air from 1954-1989 under different titles: “It’s Wallace?,” “Wallace & Co.” and “The Wallace & Ladmo Show.” The band became so popular with Phoenix youth that they were offered a recording contract in Los Angeles – though Capital Records did not understand that the band was actually made up of cast members from a television show. The band appeared on the Steve Allen Show in 1964.

Band members included:
Pat McMahon (wearing outrageous fake eyebrows and a pompadour wig) as band leader Hub Kapp, “discovered” working at a gas station in Tennessee by local Phoenix KRIZ disc jockey Tony Evans. McMahon played many characters on the Wallace & Ladmo show and is also a television and radio personality in Phoenix. Mike Condello, a huge Beatles fan and extraordinarily talented Phoenix musician. Ladimir Kwiatkowski, who also played the Ladmo character on the kid’s show, and who later legally changed his name to Ladmo. There were two other band members. With the exception of Hub Kapp/Pat McMahon, the band always wore the same costumes, which included dark sunglasses.