5/13/17 - I’m 79 and in 1961 I was 23 and still learning about life after a 4-year stint in the Air Force. 4 years of discovering music and a solid rock ‘n’ roller. I was curious about everything and I listened to rock ‘n’ roll instrumentals from a drummer’s point of view; I dissected music. Because of that I became aware of a mysterious synchronicity concerning 2 popular 1961 Top 40 instrumental hits which I’ll name below. I wasn’t in any position to pursue the mystery I discovered and since I didn’t read or hear anything about it, it was put on the back burner, emerging every time I listened to them.
In the 1990s when I had on-off subscriptions to Goldmine I wrote letters to the editor and wrote one or two articles. In one of my letters I mentioned my discovery and asked the editor to assign a writer to get the story on discovery but nothing was done.
Last year I finally made an effort to find out how 2 instrumentals had identical notes. I found out that the drummer in one of the songs lived in Florida and I acquired thru the Internet a source that could contact the drummer for me so that I could do a phone/email interview. The drummer didn’t want to cooperate so I sort of gave up, until now.
Here’s the story and the best part is that you can hear it for yourself. Play The Ramrods version of “Riders In The Sky”. Pay attention to the closing notes beginning at 2:28 to 2:38.
Now play “Apache” by Jorgen Ingmann. After the intro arrow sounds with Indian drumming, at 0:08 Jorgen’s opening guitar notes begin and you’ll hear the “Riders…” ending notes! The notes play a little longer and at 2:44 Jorgen begins his end notes which are the opening notes.
To make it a solid verification, record the “Riders…” ending notes, pause the recorder, start playing “Apache” and at 0:08 start recording again. OR, record Jorgen’s ending notes, pause, play “Riders…” and at 2:28 start recording.
“Riders…” was recorded in 1960 and debuted on January 9, 1961.
“Apache” was recorded in 1960 and debuted on January 23, 1961.
The mystery, of course, is how 2 totally different instrumentals have identical notes, one to end and the other at the beginning.
The drummer I tried to contact without success was Claire Lane, The Ramrods’ drummer.
Before my life ends I would love to know how the above came to
Can anyone here shed some light on this mystery?