Under the Covers
FEATURES THE SMASH HIT: 'Under The Covers' 'Take A Chance' Les Fradkin's Jangle Rickenbacker 12-String and Phil Spector styled Pop Production returns with a new release! This new CD gives everyone a look at some of his newest music- drenched in hooks galore for fans of Beatles Pop and 70's AM radio Pop. You'll also get to hear brand new versions of his origional MGM/Sunflower single 'Song Of A Thousand Voices' and 'You Can Cry If You Want To' which has been a must have for 45RPM collectors for years. These songs have been unavailable for 35 years. New songs this time out include 'Under The Covers', an autobiographical followup to 'Jangleholic.' Other newies include his iTunes smash singles- 'Under The Covers' and 'Take A Chance' which are slices of 60's & 70's Pop ear candy with hooks galore. His latest tune, 'I Cry' is co-written with Amber Gomez of Venus In Bluejeans, and will grab you every time you hear it. All with Les' famous Rickenbacker 12-String guitar stylings mixed with his 'sonic signature' production stamp. Covers this time round include: 'Reflections Of My Life' (The Marmalade), 'Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again' (The Fortunes) 'Montego Bay' (Bobby Bloom), and 'I'd Love You To Want Me' (Lobo). And as a surprise bonus, Les sings his famous French Mireille Mathieu hit.... in French! Arranged with a nod to the original Paul Mauriat ('Love Is Blue')arrangement in mind, Les brings his self-composed Mathieu classic into modern sound. This release is pressed on special edition BLACK Colored CD's which reflect crimson burgundy in bright light. A BIT OF BIO: Les Fradkin is one of the guitar legends of the 1970's. As well as being a veteran member of The Original Cast of Beatlemania, he has found success as a recording artist, composer and producer with MGM Sunflower, ESP-Disk', Bell, Arista, RCA, and Laurie Records. Les has written the well known French hit 'La Chansons Des Souvenirs' ('Song Of A Thousand Voices') for the famous Mireille Mathieu. He has played 12 and 6-string Guitar, Bass, Mellotron, and Piano on dozens of Top 40 hit records throughout the early 1970's, scoring many US and UK chart placings throughout his career. Les Fradkin was also an original member / singer / guitarist for the pop group California on Laurie Records in the US and RCA Records in the UK for it's entire existence from 1973 through 1985. California had several chart records including the 1981 release 'Summer Fun Medley'-a medley of Beach Boys hits, 'Jeans On', 'He's Almost You' (charting in the United Kingdom) and an appearance on the Dick Clark American Bandstand television show. In 1976, Les was selected over thousands of other auditioning guitarists to appear in the original cast of the smash hit Broadway musical 'Beatlemania' playing lead guitar and the part of 'George Harrison' in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. Running for two and a half years from May 1977 thru October 1979, every show (including over 1200 in New York alone) was sold out and the musicians quickly became celebrities with magazine cover stories ('Newsweek','Time', 'People', 'Rolling Stone') and many major television show appearances. With his guitar-playing in the international spotlight from the show, Fradkin developed a cult following that has avidly followed his career and made him a celebrity among guitar fans. He has enjoyed chart success on the net as well with his songs reaching mp3.com's 1 position 16 times! New Gandy Dancer Rock Magazine named Les' CD 'A Day At The Beach' it's 2004 Album Of The Year. In addition, Les has performed with The Ventures as 2nd Lead Guitarist. Nokie Edwards of The Ventures has performed with Les on several occasions and is a featured guest on his 'While My Guitar Only Plays' CD. In fact, Les has been acknowledged as a guitar virtuoso for over 30 years and he has been featured in issues of 20th Century Guitar Magazine, Pipeline and New Gandy Dancer Magazines. Today, Les has released 15 solo CD's on his RRO Entertainment Indie label and has had over 300,000 downloads bringing him several substantial hits on Apple iTunes and other download sites across the Internet.