"Josie and the Pussycats" followed the adventures of an all-girl rock and roll group as they travelled the world playing gigs and along the way thwarted the weird diabolical plots of several megalomaniacs looking to rule the world.
Runtime: 30 minutes
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Josie and the Pussycats is a 1970 bubblegum pop album by a girl group designed to be the real-life incarnation of a fictional band in Archie Comics and Hanna-Barbera cartoons. The album was released by Capitol Records with Danny Janssen's La La Productions. Besides being both an Archie comic book and a Saturday morning cartoon series, Josie and the Pussycats is also the name of a bubblegum pop singing group from the early 1970s based on the fictional characters. The group was made up of Cathy Douglas (also known as Cathy Dougher, and whose real name was Kathleen Dougherty), Patrice Holloway, and Cherie Moor (later known as Cheryl Ladd). The group also released six singles in 1970 and 1971. All of the songs were re-released on a 2001 compilation, Stop, Look and Listen - The Capitol Recordings.
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The Josie and the Pussycats sound is modeled after the late '60s Detroit acts such as Motown's The Jackson 5 and Hot Wax Records' Honey Cone. A cover of The Jackson 5's “I'll Be There” was featured on the soundtrack album while co-lead vocalist Patrice Holloway mimicked young Michael Jackson's singing style. Holloway also sings lead on the Josie and the Pussycats theme song, which was written by Hanna-Barbera musical director Hoyt Curtin, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. The theme itself is based on a recurring score cue from The Jetsons Other lead vocals were performed by Cherie Moor. Although she was cast as the singing voice of Josie, Kathleen Dougherty only sings partial lead vocals on “If That Isn't Love” and “I'll Be There.” Also present on the album are covers of Bobby Sherman's “La, La, La (If I Had You)”, The Carpenters' “(They Long To Be) Close To You”, and Bread's “It Don't Matter to Me”. Although Janssen used strings, horns, keyboards, and oscillators (electronic synthesizers) to create the band's sound, the on-screen cartoon band featured the trio of Josie on guitar, Valerie on bass, and Melody on drums. Josie and the Pussycats: From the Hanna-Barbera TV Show was released on December 15, 1970 by Capitol Records. Six 45 RPM singles were released, four of which contained non-album songs and were available only as part of a Kellogg's mail-order promotion. None of the singles charted, resulting in poor sales and a shelved national tour. Hanna-Barbera contracted producer Jimmie Haskell and a group of anonymous session singers to perform the music for Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, and La La Productions' Josie and the Pussycats group was officially disbanded. Danny Janssen and Patrice Holloway worked together on several songs after the demise of the band (“Black Mother Goose” and “Evidence,” both issued in 1971), and Sue Sheridan (as Sue Steward) cut two solo singles for Capitol under Janssen and Young's supervision. Several years later, Sheridan wrote a few songs for Cheryl Ladd's self-titled 1978 debut album, also released on Capitol Records. The album, plus several singles and alternate takes, were collected in a limited edition digitally remastered set entitled Josie and the Pussycats: Stop Look and Listen: The Capitol Recordings, released by Rhino Handmade on October 5, 2001. Rhino pressed 5000 copies of the album. Earlier that same year, Babyface produced a new Josie and the Pussycats album as the soundtrack for the motion picture released by Universal Pictures that same year. This new reincarnation of the Pussycats had a harder, punk-rock sound, as opposed to their Motown-ish 1970 counterparts. Letters to Cleo vocalist Kay Hanley performed all lead vocals.
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