Harold Johnson

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Other more clever writers have already jumped at the chance to pun it up while simultaneously admitting the difficulty of any sort of speculation regarding the group that drummer and singer Harold Johnson…
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Other more clever writers have already jumped at the chance to pun it up while simultaneously admitting the difficulty of any sort of speculation regarding the group that drummer and singer Harold Johnson was a member of in the '60s. Not to be confused with the doo wop vocalist who made his reputation in the same decade, this Harold Johnson was a North Carolinian whose band was typical and remains typical, almost too typical, of the type of combos that work regularly in that state's live music venues, from honky tonks to college bars. Because this was the '60s, the Speckulations played a repertoire that reflected a skewed view of musical tradition also quite normal for that era -- the music of the United States as interpreted by British musicians, then covered by Americans.

Johnson's actions as a drummer in the Winston-Salem band included being the star of the show on "Wipeout!" as well as laying down the beat for cover versions from folk-rock to rhythm and blues, a chunk of which was lifted directly from the set list of the popular British invasion band the Animals. The intense "Walking Fast," one of the more unusual pieces the group recorded, has been included on a compilation of instrumental rock. The spelling of the group's name might be clever, but the same cannot be said for the eventual garbling of the title of the band's single "Hula Hoop" into "Hulu Hoop" by so many discographers.