Every Mother's Son

Every Mother's Son

Every Mother's Son was a rock band formed in New York City in 1967. Brothers Dennis (born 22 November 1948) and Lary Larden (born 10 August 1945) had originally performed as a folk duo. In the formation of Every Mother's Son, they were joined by pianist/organist Bruce Milner (born 9 May 1943), drummer Christopher Augustine (born 25 August 1941) and bassist Schuyler Larsen (born 19 February 1947).[1]

One-hit wonder

In early 1967, the group was signed to the MGM Records label (supposedly because management saw the band's clean-cut image as an antidote to the hippie influx). They recorded a self-titled, eleven-song LP containing a selection of Wes Farrell's and Jerry Goldstein's songs, "clean summer rock (with almost imperceptible echoes of The Beach Boys") [2]. The album included "Come On Down To My Boat" (listed on the album as "Come And Take A Ride In My Boat") which shot to #6 on the Billboard charts in July 1967. The song had first been recorded by another group, The Rare Breed, with the same music producer. (Twenty years later, the tune was the first played by pirate station Radio Newyork International, which broadcast from a ship just off Long Island.) Because the group was signed to MGM Records, MGM Television (by way of Arena Productions) decided to feature the group in a two-part episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., "The Karate Killers (The Five Daughters Affair)," singing the song in a nightclub as a fight breaks out.

Although the debut single was a hit, the group could not sustain its initial success. MGM quickly released a second album in the fall of 1967, Every Mothers' Son's Back, which spawned three more singles that managed to make the charts, but at increasingly lower positions: "Put Your Mind At Ease" (#46), "Pony With The Golden Mane" (#93) and "No One Knows" (#96). Larsen left the band shortly after Every Mothers' Son's Back was completed, replaced by Don Kerr [2] and the group disbanded in 1968; a compilation album on Collectible Records was issued three decades later. Dennis Larden later joined Ricky Nelson's Stone Canyon Band.[1]

Album tracks

Their debut album, Every Mothers' Son, was released on June 10, 1967. There were eleven tracks, all but "Come On Down To My Boat" credited to the Larden brothers.

Side One:

  1. "Come And Take A Ride In My Boat" (aka: "Come On Down To My Boat")
  2. "I Won't"
  3. "For Brandy"
  4. "Didn't She Lie"
  5. "What Became of Mary"

Side Two:

  1. "Ain't It A Drag"
  2. "Allison Dozer"
  3. "I Believe In You"
  4. "Ain't No Use"
  5. "Sittin' Here (Peter's Tune)"
  6. "Come On Queenie"[3]

Their second album, Every Mothers' Son's Back, contained the following tracks:

Side One:

  1. "Rainflowers"
  2. "Another Day, Another Song"
  3. "Dolls in the Clock"
  4. "I May Be Right"
  5. "Only Child"
  6. "I'd Rather Be Right Than Wrong"

Side Two:

  1. "Sally (Life Story #3)"
  2. "Pony With the Golden Mane"
  3. "The Proper Four Leaf Clover"
  4. "Put Your Mind at Ease"
  5. "Lary's Birthday Party"


  1. ^ a b Every Mothers' Son Biography : OLDIES.com
  2. ^ a b Roxon, Lillian (1972). Lillian Roxon's Rock Encyclopedia (2nd ed.). New York: Grosset and Dunlop, Universal Library Edition. pp. 175. ISBN 0-448-00255-8. 
  3. ^ [http://www.everymothersson.com/discography/discography.html Everymothersson.com]

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