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May 29, 2013

The Other Half - Severance Call (1966)

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Formed in 1965 in Greenville, Texas, this garage rock group was formed when T. A. Tredway started hanging out at the practices of a band that was on the verge of splitting up. When they eventually did crumble, Tredway convinced two of its members, David Heath and Phil Sudderth, that they should start their own group. Who came together were five musicians spanning more than a decade in age. Tedway, twenty-four, was playing bass; Heath, seventeen, was on lead guitar; and Sudderth took over lead vocals. New additions to the band included twenty-one year old Carroll Grant on rhythm guitar and fourteen year old Alex Bauknight on drums. Soon, the band began playing at frats and sororities at East Texas State University (later absorbed into Texas A&M) and Southern Methodist University, based solely on their credibility by word of mouth. The band was then asked to become the house band for Louann’s, a big band venue wanting to change their repertoire to rock and roll. The band recorded one two-sided single in late ‘66, increasing their popularity, and they were asked to remain Louann’s house band for the summer of ’67. After the summer was over, however, the band lost Phil Sudderth to the Army and, after a failed attempt at bringing in Matt Tapp for lead vocals, the group broke up. Sadly, according to a column written by T. A. Tredway, both Phil Sudderth and Alex Bauknight have passed away.

Featured as the A-Side, this song was written by band members T. A. Tredway, Phil Sudderth, and David Heath. The single featured the B-Side “Lost Everthing” and was recorded at Sellers Company Recording Studio in 1966 in Tyler, Texas.

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The Other Half - Severance Call (1966)

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Lyrics:

Don’t wanna hear another word out of you
Don’t wanna hear you cry
There’s just one word I want to say to you, girl
And that word is “goodbye”

Sleepin’ in my bed last night
Heard my telephone ring
And when I picked it up
I recognized your voice
Couldn’t say a thing
Couldn’t say a thing

Don’t wanna hear another word out of you
Don’t wanna hear you cry
There’s just one word I want to say to you, girl
And that word is “goodbye”

Don’t ask me no more questions, little girl
You don’t know what you mean
And since you’ve gone, I’ve found myself another kiss
Yeah, and you can’t begin to fill her jeans
Not even fill her jeans

Go on, little girl
Get off the line
So sad, I’m feeling you weep
Got no more time to sit here all night
Hang it up and go on back to sleep

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