Brute Force at Willimantic Records Sunday, August 28th with Daughter of Force and Bill Dougal

At 2pm on Sunday, local songwriter & caricaturist Bill Dougal will play songs from his days leading pun-rockers Billy & the Buttons along with a few of his newer tunes. Bill will also screen a preview of the upcoming Billy & the Buttons documentary.

Brute Force, accompanied by Daughter of Force, will follow with a career spanning set of Brute Force  compositions. Best known for his controversial "The King of Fuh" single on The Beatles' Apple Records label, Brute Force (a.k.a. comedian Stephen Friedland) has written thousands of songs, many of which were recorded by The Chiffons, Del Shannon,  The Cyrkle, The Tokens, Bernadette Peters, Little Peggy March, Chubby Checker, Tammy St. John, and dozens of other artists in the 1960s. Brute's two solo LPs, Confections of Love (1967) and Extemporaneous (1971), are both highly sought after by diehard collectors of psychedelic pop novelty vinyl artifacts. 

Below is a bit more about "The King of Fuh" as well as a few youtube links. There will be no admission charge for the Willimantic Records show, but donations to the musicians will be welcomed and encouraged.


Here's the story: 41 years ago in New York City, George Harrison fell in love with an unreleased song called "The King of Fuh" by Brute Force, and decided to turn it into a hit record. So he went home to England, added strings from the London Philharmonic, and pressed it on The Beatles' own label Apple Records--only to discover that there were some things even a Beatle couldn't do. After Capitol/EMI refused to release or distribute the droll ballad with its controversial chorus ("I said the Fuh King -- he went to wherever he wanted to go / Mighty, mighty Fuh King / All hail the Fuh King"), The Beatles privately pressed 2000 copies for their friends, which made "King of Fuh" the rarest Apple record of them all. -

"The King of Fuh" by Brute Force

The Chiffons - "Nobody Knows What's Goin' On (In My Mind But Me)" written by Brute Force

Brute Force on Zacherle's "Disc-O-Teen" show (1967)