Song of the Now:
"Feeling I Get" by Mary Butterworth Group
In the Spring of 1968, the legendary Mary Butterworth Group was formed. They played numerous concerts throughout that year around the Southern California area and in 1969, they recorded the one and only album they would ever produce, simply entitled ‘Mary Butterworth’. This original, vinyl album was pre-sold to fans and friends only; it was never available to the general public. Shortly thereafter, the group split up and never performed together again.
Years passed and rumors spread that Mary Butterworth had made it big. However, that was not the case. What did happen was that one of those original vinyl albums made it into the hands of bootleggers in Tokyo. Recognizing the incredible songwriting and distinctive instrumentation found within the album, they began a sales campaign of their own that swept the city’s music scene, and it didn’t stop there: The Butterworth album has been bootlegged at least three other times in two different countries.
The bootlegging has created a Mary Butterworth following and pushed the price of the original vinyl album to over $1,000.00 per vinyl album. This remarkable band, as tragically short-lived as they were, will continue to be a lasting part of the history of one of the greatest musical movements of all time among admirers of the psychedelic rock/blues scene of the 1960s.