Wednesday, April 01, 2015

TBT: "Leader of the Laundromat" by the Detergents.

The news that coin operated laundromats are disappearing from New York, victims of ever-rising rents for commercial space and of services that will pick up, wash, and deliver your laundry, in the words of the linked Crain's story, "at the touch of an app," made me remember "Leader of the Laundromat" (1964), a spoof of the Shangri-Las' "Leader of the Pack", a number one hit that year.

The Detergents were Ron Dante, Danny Jordan, and Tommy Wynn, who were songwriters and session musicians for Aldon Music. The co-owner of Aldon, along with Al Nevins, was Don Kirshner, known for having launched the careers of Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, and Kansas, among others, as well as having supplied songs for the Monkees.