In other words:

On Ben joining The Mixed Emotions: “When he first showed up to our rehearsal I was really impressed. I said to myself, ‘Now here’s someone who has got it all. The musical talent, good looks, and the personality.’ Well, he was cool with the band and joined right then and there.” — Chris Kamburoff, former Mixed Emotions band mate, Let’s Go! Benjamin Orr and The Cars by Joe Milliken

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Ben and Chris Kamburoff, July, 1966. Photo uploaded by Chris Kamburoff.

Lyrics: I Can’t Help It

“I Can’t Help It” by The Mixed Emotions

You know I get so nervous when I call you on the phone

I can’t help it, baby, my heart goes ding dong

Well, I can’t help it

I can’t help it

Oh no

 

You know I love you baby, yes, yes I do

I can’t help it baby, I know my love is true

Well, I can’t help it

I can’t help it

Oh no

 

Oh no I can’t help it

You know that love’s a foolish thing

But darlin’ down deep inside me

I’m going to give you everything

 

You know I love you baby, yes, yes I do

I can’t help it baby, I know my love is true

Well, I can’t help it

I can’t help it

Oh no

 

I can’t help it (repeats x16)

I get so nervous when I call you on the phone

 

Lyrics: I’ll Do My Crying in the Rain

“I’ll Do My Crying in the Rain” by The Mixed Emotions

You left me standing here alone without someone to call my own

I have to hang my head with shame, you left me crying in the rain

You left me crying in the rain

You left me crying in the rain

 

When you were found with someone new, I know the reason why I’m blue

I know you’re not the one to blame and left me crying in the rain

I’ll do my crying in the rain

I’ll do my crying in the rain

 

Oh, darlin, there will never be another girl like you for me

I need you, I need you so please, please baby, don’t leave me alone

 

When you were found with someone new, I know the reason why I’m blue

I know you’re not the one to blame, I’ll do my crying in the rain

I’ll do my crying in the rain

I’ll do my crying in the rain

Lyrics: Forever You Have My Heart

“Forever You Have My Heart” by The Mixed Emotions

I have cried (I have cried) so very hard (so very hard)

Since we have been apart

Wherever you go (‘ever you go) you’ll always be loved (always be loved)

Forever you have my heart

 

It’s been a short time, I’ve cried many tears

Life is so grim since you’ve gone

Though you have left my side (my love) my love, my love

Forever you have my heart

 

Return to me please

My heart for you grieves

My arms will be waiting for you

 

Please come back to stay ’cause while you’re away

My life, my love, my thrills, my dreams

 

I’ll wait for that one day to come (day to come) we’ll never have to part (have to part)

Remember this, I promise you

Forever you have my heart

Forever you have my heart

Forever you have my heart

Not *Our* Grasshoppers

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The Question: A reader recently asked me about this song on Youtube by The Grasshoppers and wondered if I could clarify, “Was this The Grasshoppers before Ben joined? Or a different band?”

The Answer: Nope. Not Ben’s Grasshoppers.

 

Though the music and vocals sound similar to the band that made Ben a local celebrity in Cleveland, Ohio, and the time period is chronologically right in there, it is just a coincidence. This single was recorded by a band out of Twin Cities, Minnesota, that consisted of Jiggs Lee singing lead, Ben Hamar helping with vocals and handling lead guitar, Tim Black on bass, Tom Acheson on rhythm guitar, and Phil Scowler on drums.

12360311_489952661215987_1722542770745606969_n.jpgJiggs would go on to front a band called Cain, a heavy metal group which had a degree of success through the 1970s with their two albums, A Pound of Flesh (1975) and Stinger (1977). Jiggs was inducted into the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame on September 17th, 2010.

The song featured in the video in question is “The Very Last Day,” written by Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow. It was originally released in 1963 by Peter, Paul and Mary, and covered by The Hollies in 1965 (both versions also available on Youtube). This Grasshoppers recording was put out in 1966, and may have been the flipside to the band’s cover of “Sugar and Spice” by The Searchers.

Even though it is not our Ben, click below to take a listen. It’s a great tune!

 

My sources:

  1. Some information from Soundcloud.
  2. A little bit more from Discogs.
  3. A smidge from secondhandsongs.com.
  4. This quick blurb about Jiggs getting inducted by Zipperneck Studios.
  5. Lots more on Jiggs from Twin Cities Metal.

In other words:

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Photo courtesy of Chris Kamburoff

“He would just walk into a room and everyone would stop talking. Chicks would just come up to him. We used to joke about Benny always having a box full of engagement rings for all the women he’d meet.”  — Wayne Weston, former drummer and band mate from The Grasshoppers; The Plain Dealer, November 10, 2000.

In other words:

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Photo courtesy of Chris Kamburoff

“You never got the feeling that he was going to do anything but play rock ‘n’ roll. He looked the part and he was going to make it big.” — Wayne Weston, former drummer and band mate from The Grasshoppers; The Plain Dealer, November 10, 2000.

(Text file retrieved from the “Benjamin Orr-The Legacy” Yahoo group, with permission.)