Look Homeward Angel
In January, 1964 nine guys from Louisville, Kentucky released their third 45 record. It was "Look Homeward Angel" a song that had been recorded in 1956 by The Four Esquires. That version went to number 55 on the Billboard Charts. Johnnie Ray released the song in 1957 and it went to number 36. The words and music were by Wally Gold, who co-wrote two Elvis Presley Number 1 hits - "It's Now or Never" (1960) and "Good Luck Charm" (1962).
The Monarchs traveled to Owen Bradley's Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee to record "What Made You Change Your Mind?" For the flip side (or B side of the record) they picked "Look Homeward Angel," a song giving them the opportunity to fully explore the rich harmonies of the four vocalists and feature Mike Gibson's falsetto, the trademark for the band. The Monarchs achieved their desired sound by vocal overdubbing and the addition of instruments commonly used in a full orchestra. Bill Porter, famed audio engineer, was the engineer on the session. The vocalists were Louie Lange, Bob Lange and Jim Wells; George Owen, keyboards; Richard "Butch" Snyder, drums; Leon Middleton, sax; Louis "Dusty" Miller, bass guitar; Ernie Donnell, lead guitar.
The 1964 recording of "Look Homeward Angel" by The Monarchs went to number 1 on the Louisville charts on both WKLO 1450 AM and WAKY 790 AM, the primary rock 'n' roll stations in Louisville. The song went to number 1 on the Detroit Charts on WKNR 1310 AM and WJBK 1500 AM. This song showed up on radio charts from San Francisco, CA to Buffalo, NY, from Lansing, MI to Ft. Worth, TX and Canada. The record was distributed in the UK and Europe. " Look Homeward Angel" went to number 47 on the Billboard Charts and stayed on the National Charts for 13 weeks.
"Look Homeward Angel" helped in laying the foundation of a band that has continued, endured and grown through the turbulent years of rock 'n' roll. Fans began to show up at every event and returned time after time. The Monarchs have always remained as loyal to their fans. Their signature sound has evolved and matured but is true to their early roots. Many of their early followers have grown up, had children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It is not unusual to look into the audience and see multi-generations smiling, singing and dancing to the music.
In 2014 The Monarchs will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of "Look Homeward Angel" by featuring the song and its history in their live performences. The "tour" will include festivals, concerts, fundraisers and dances. Come out and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this legacy with The Monarchs.
Look Homeward Angel 50th Anniversary 2014 World Tour
Monday, March 24th, 2014
"A Tribute to Rock, Rhythm & Doo Wop"
Derby Dinner Playhouse
Saturday, March 8th, 2014
Southwest Area Ministries
St. Paul Catholic Church
Friday, February 21st, 2014
Party for the Party
Sponsored by Jefferson County Republican Party
Friday, February 14th, 2014
Monarchs, Mutts & Meows
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Tuesday December 31th 2013
New Years Eve at the Shrine Temple
The Monarchs -
Look Homeward Angel 1964