Gary: “On my Birthday this year, my American Friends and Canadian Friends travelled to “Hubbard Ohio” for two days of Golf at Pines Lakes and Julia’s B&B, gorgeous place, great people. Well it’s really the only intro I could think of for this One Hit Wonder group which came from Hubbard’s closest big city, Youngstown.
The Beinz started in 1964 as The Premiers, launching their professional career to build a devoted local fan base. In 1966, they changed their name to The Human Beingz because they felt their old name didn’t fit with the feel of the late sixties. They recorded covers of songs by Them, The Yardbirds, The Who and Bob Dylan. The group was also the first to record a cover of “Gloria” by Them, which became a hit for The Shadows of Knight, and covered “The Pied Piper”, which later became a hit for Crispian St. Peters. Overall, the Human Beingz enjoyed a reputation as masters of song interpretation.
The group signed to Capitol Records in 1967 and at that time Capitol misspelled their name, leaving out the “g”. The Beingz were told it would be changed on the next release if “Nobody” didn’t catch on. In September 1967 “Nobody but Me” was released and became their only Billboard Top 40 hit, which meant that Capitol would not correct the spelling, so they were stuck with The Human Beinz, a name they hated then and still do. “Nobody But Me” (first written and recorded by The Isley Brothers) peaked at #8 in January 1968. An album, Nobody but me, followed. The Beinz’ next single, “Turn On Your Love Light,” flopped in the United States (peaking at #80), but shot to #1 (for six weeks) in Japan. “Turn On Your Love Light” (a hit for Bobby Bland in 1962, and later covered by several artists, including Jerry Lee Lewis and the Grateful Dead) featured “It’s Fun To Be Clean”, a snappy tune reminiscent of the Beatles‘ “Penny Lane“, as the B-side. In 1968, Capitol released a second album, Evolutions. They also released the single, “Hold on Baby”, exclusively in Japan, where it also hit the top of the charts. Despite their Japanese success, The Human Beinz actually broke up before they left for their tour of Japan in March 1969. Due to contract obligations, however, they had to keep the band together to complete the tour.