Travis Edward Pike's song "The Way That I Need You," from the 1966 movie FEELIN' GOOD, is now published on Youtube
September 19, 2016 (PRLEAP.COM) Entertainment NewsSeptember 19, 2016 - One of the songs Travis Edward Pike wrote and sang in the Charles River Esplanade concert sequence in the 1966 movie FEELIN' GOOD, "The Way That I Need You," has been restored and posted on Youtube. In 2014, when the final print of FEELIN' GOOD was thought to have been lost in the 2010 Rhode Island flood, Travis, then 70-years-old, and his younger brother, Adam, re-recorded the song for his CD album FEELIN' BETTER, and now fans may compare that stereo recording with the mono movie version of a half a century ago, filmed when Travis was only 21.
If "The Way That I Need You" sounds like a song Elvis Presley and the Jordanaires might have recorded, the similarity is intentional. Travis' father, James A. Pike, who wrote, produced and directed the movie, concerned by the preponderance of psychedelic music on FM, and the accompanying spread of drug abuse and LSD among young music fans, told Travis that the new songs were to stay away from psychedelia, avoid surf music, and the folk-rock styles made popular by the British music invasion. FEELIN' GOOD was to be a movie about how "real kids" in New England spent their summers, and would be shot entirely on location in the historic Greater Boston area. He believed its authenticity would play well in direct contrast to the exploitation and artificiality of the Surf movies coming out of Southern California.
Thus restrained, Travis set out to write songs in styles and genres popular from the previous decade, around 1955-1965, and obviously, Elvis was in! Fortunately, that was a period with which Travis was abundantly familiar. Travis' older brother, Jimmy, had quite a collection of period 45s, and Travis himself had been collecting 33 1/3 rpm albums since 1959. Travis remembers, "Three of the first albums I ever bought were the Soundtrack Album to Ben Hur (1959), Harry Belafonte at Carnegie Hall (1959), and The Kingston Trio at the Hungry I (1959). And of course, I sang along with them until I learned all the Belafonte and Kingstone Trio songs on both albums."
Travis Edward Pike's music is available at CDBaby and other select online and brick and mortar locations worldwide. To audition all of Travis Edward Pike's CD albums currently in distribution, visit Otherworld Cottage Industries.com. Media review copies are available through Otherworld Cottage Industries.
BREAKING NEWS! Author and noted music journalist Harvey Kubernik recently conducted an extensive interview with Travis coinciding with the 50th anniversary of FEELIN' GOOD that is scheduled to appear as a multi-page feature text and visual spread in the November issue of UGLY THINGS MAGAZINE. Kubernik will also have a shorter story on the recent CD reissues by the Turtles.