Norma Tanega – Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog

It’s the hottest day of the year so far, which is an invitation to be lazy. And this Norma Tanega LP is perfect for an afternoon of daydreaming. It’s quite a lovely record. Tanega created youthful 60’s psychedelic folk/pop that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Her songwriting is simple yet wry. And her cover of Leadbelly’s “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” entitled “Hey Girl” is pretty hip. Makes me want to take a nap.

Tanega is considered a “one hit wonder”. The title track was a minor hit. She was actually “discovered” while working as a camp counselor. She dated Dusty Springfield for a while and wrote some tunes for her as well. She later became an Art professor, where she would create her own ceramic, experimental instruments.

This LP is available here at Folk Arts, $25. Original New Voice pressing, 1966. Hammock not included.

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