The Fifth Estate

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The Fifth Estate
The Fifth Estate 2007

Formed in Stamford, CT as the The D-Men in 1964. They released three singles with considerable success. Then in 1966 changed their name to "The Fifth Estate" (aka The 5E for short) and added Chuck LeGros to the lineup as lead vocalist. Don Askew continued to contribute as a songwriter. They were "almost" signed by Brian Epstein the Beatle's manager just as John made his bigger than Christ comment and all the problems with the '66 tour that ensued, leading to Brian's death.

A year later had a hit in 1967 with ?¢‚Ǩ?ìDing Dong! The Witch Is Dead" which reached #11 on the Billboard chart and was recorded and released in 5 different languages (Japanese, Italian, French, German and English). Two other releases skimmed the bottom of the charts. Then in 1968 "Morning Morning" was also a sizable hit in Australia. On many national tours with The Easy Beats, The Music Explosion, Electric Prunes, Count Five, The Turtles, Gene Pitney, The Lovin' Spoonful, and many more.

They were originally a surf punk outfit, but soon evolved into a very a-typical boy band, rock n roll group, slightly similar to the Kinks, but far more insane. The original 5 member band lineup was consistent for 6 years, and, unlike The Kinks, played and sang all their own recordings, except on the 1968 "Do Drop Inn" and "Coney Island Sally" singles where Wayne Wadhams, Doug Ferrara, and studio musicians filled in for the other band members who were unavailable for various reasons. Broke up in 1969, now reformed. As of 2007 Sundazed records to issue and reissue much of their sizable recorded catalogue.

The band's proudest moment aside from "almost" being signed by Brian Epstein, but then saying screw that and getting on the charts a few times and a gold record anyway, was The 5E's 1966 concert at Fairmont Hall where they over frenzied the 3,000 in the audience to such an intense degree that it scandalized all of Philadelphia!

Members

Discography

Singles

  • Love Is All a Game b/w Like I Love You (Red Bird RB 10-064 / 1965)
  • Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead b/w Rub-a-Dub (Jubilee Records 45-5573 / 1967)
  • The Goofin Song b/w Lost Generation (Jubilee Records 5588-A / 1967)
  • Heigh Ho b/w It's Waiting There for You (Jubilee Records 5595-A / 1967)
  • Morning, Morning b/w Tomorrow Is My Turn (Jubilee 5607-A / Feb, 1968)
  • Do Drop Inn b/w That's Love (Jubilee Records 5617-A / April, 1968)
  • Coney Island Sally (Jubilee Records 5627-A / July, 1968)

LPs

  • Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead (Jubilee Records JGS 8005 / 1967 - LP)
    • Side 1
  1. Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead (E.V. Harburg - Harold Arlen) - 2:02
  2. Kisses for Breakfast (Wad Wadhams - Don Askew) - 2:42
  3. I'm a Believer (Neil Diamond) - 2:38
  4. Tomorrow Is My Turn (Wad Wadhams - Don Askew) - 2:37
  5. It's Waiting There for You (Wad Wadhams - Don Askew) - 2:24
  6. That's Love (Rick Engler - Don Askew) - 3:15
    • Side 2
  1. The Goofin Song (Wad Wadhams - Don Askew) - 2:25
  2. No. 1 Hippie On the Village Scene (Wad Wadhams - Don Askew) - 2:37
  3. Midnight Hour (Wilson Picket - Steve Cropper) - 2:55
  4. Rub-a-Dub (Wad Wadhams - Don Askew) - 2:47
  5. Birds & Bees (Herb Newman) - 2:19
  6. Lost Generation (Wad Wadhams - Don Askew) - 2:15
  • A second LP was recorded in 1968 but never released at that time. It appears it will be released in 2007 by Sundazed Records along with other probable EPs, albums, and CDs.

CDs

  • Ding Dong! The Witch Is Back: 1964-1969 (Boston Skyline BSD 116/1995) 28 tracks + 40 page booklet
  1. Love Is All A Game (1966)
  2. Like I Love You (1966)
  3. Miserlou (F. Wise - First ?¢‚ǨÀúacetate?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ demo, 1964)
  4. Don?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t You Know (1964)
  5. Murray the K's "Swingin?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ Soiree" (WINS AM, 1964)
  6. No Hope For Me (1964)
  7. Boom Boom (J. L. Hooker - Basement demo, 1965)
  8. I Just Don't Care (1965)
  9. Mousin?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ Around (1965) (originally Messin Around (alt title))
  10. Stranger Blues (It?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s All Done With Mirrors) (Improv)
  11. Silly Little Girl (Demo for Cilla Black,, 1965)
  12. It?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s So Easy (N. Petty-B. Holly - Demo, 1965)
  13. Someday Maybe, Someday Soon (Basement demo, 1965)
  14. My Foolish Pride (Demo for The Highwaymen 1965)
  15. So Little Time (1965)
  16. I Wanna Shout / Tomorrow Is My Turn (Rhythm tracks)
  17. How Can I Find The Way (Unreleased single, 1966)
  18. Love Isn?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t Tears Only (Demo for the Righteous Brothers)
  19. "Brolley Male" (Jingle for McGregor Clothes, 1967)
  20. No. 1 Hippie On The Village Scene (Basement demo)
  21. Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead (Basement demo, 1967)
  22. Lost Generation (Basement demo, 1967)
  23. It?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s Waiting There For You (Demo)
  24. Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead (Arlen-Yarberg - 1967)
  25. That?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s Love (1968)
  26. Heigh Ho! (Morey-Churchill - 1968)
  27. A Way You?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ll Never Be (Unreleased country single)
  28. Morning, Morning (1968)
  • The Flip Side (60sgaragebands.com / 2005 Double CD) (39 tracks + 14 page booklet -not released - samples and promotional copies only)

Compilations

  • Dick Bartley Presents: One Hit Wonders of the '60s, Vol. 2 (1990 - CD)
    • Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead
  • Rock Around The World Volume 1 (Titanic CD-6004)
    • Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead (sung in Italian)
  • Garage Beat 66 (Sundazed Records / 2007 vinyl & cd) (to include - Tomorrow Is My Turn - not yet released)

Singles Released By Record Label Without Band Participation Or Approval

Jubilee Records released two singles in 1969 under the name "The Fifth Estate" but none of the actual members of the band play on them (they're entirely studio musicians) nor were the songs written by the band. The band fought against anything being released without their participation but the label released them anyway. Those singles are:

  • The Mickey Mouse Club March b/w I Knew You Before I Met You (Jubilee Records / 1969)
  • Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (Jubilee Records / 1969)

Merchandise

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