Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Rant #665: P.K. Limited Music

Today is a crossover day, as I am linking this blog up with my Colgems Records Blog at http://colgems.blogspot.com/.

I want to highlight a pop group from the late 1960s and early 1970s to which I hope you would give a listen to.

P.K. Limited held down the fort as the Colgems label was on its last legs.

Colgems had one main artist--The Monkees--and a slew of one shots, wannabes and acts that simply fell through the cracks.

P.K. Limited was one of these under-appreciated acts.

The group--originally known as The Loved Ones but actually Dan Peyton and Marty Kaniger, two songwriters for Screen Gems/Columbia Music--recorded numerous tracks for the label, with some being used as singles, others as soundtrack music, primarily for the film "Getting Straight."

They kept the label going right before it was absorbed by Bell Records.

I really don't have that much other information on them, other than to say that they churned out a couple of pretty nice songs at the end of the 1960s and into the very early 1970s.

Peyton vanished off the face of the earth, but Kaniger re-emerged in the 1970s as a member of the band Big Daddy. This group took current tunes and recorded them 1950s doo-wop style. They put out a few albums in the 1970s and 1980s, and are still around, I believe.

Again, P.K. Limited never had a hit record, and I doubt too many people have heard of them, but they put out some fine records in the late 1960s, and they are worth a listen.

Go to the Colgems blog site for some MP3s of their work.


  1. Well, I heard all these recordings, and they're very good. The covers of Monkees tunes are particularly noteworthy with nice arrangements. (Great sound from the original vinyl!)

    By the video on YouTube, I see there were one, two more people in the group. Who are they?

    Was this group (more or less) assembled to keep Colgems running until it became part of Bell?

  2. Good questions. I think they were signed to Colgems as a group, but never recorded or put anything out. I do think Colgems had some obligations, and I also think Colgems had high hopes for them, since much of their recording output was produced by David Gates, but it never panned out, and they faded into obscurity. Colgems was the Monkees, and without this act, they label wasn't really worth very much. It was absorbed by Bell, but how often do you see tracks from the Colgems label--other than the Monkees--turn up on legitimate releases?

  3. Check out this link, which provides some additional info on P.K. Limited:




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