This song first appeared in a TV commercial for Alka-Seltzer which showed stomachs of various shapes and sizes and pointed out that all of them can get relief from the antacid. The jingle was incredibly catchy, and a music producer named Joe Saraceno turned it into a full song by assembling some studio musicians that he dubbed "The T-Bones." The new, full-length instrumental song became a big hit and gave Bob Crewe the idea for "Music To Watch Girls By," which originated in a Diet Pepsi commercial.
This was written by Alexander "Sascha" Burland, a jazz musician who composed many commercial jingles and TV cues. His music proved that commercials didn't require insipid tunes to be successful, as most music designed to sell products was loud and repetitious. Burland was also part of a novelty act called The Nutty Squirrels, who had a #14 hit in 1959 with "Uh! Oh! Part 2."
This song was recorded at United Artists studios in Hollywood on December 9, 1965. The musicians were the top guns - the same crew that played on hits by The Monkees, Sonny and Cher, the Ronettes, the Tijuana Brass and many others. This included Tommy Tedesco on guitar, Hal Blaine on drums, Carol Kaye on electric bass and Lyle Ritz on upright bass.
The T-Bones were assembled to be the face of the group. They were the brothers Judd Hamilton and Dan Hamilton, along with Joe Frank Carollo and Tommy Reynolds. Judd Hamilton told us: "I was Liberty Records designated T-Bones band leader. Neither myself nor any of the 'road' sidemen I hired played on the 'No Matter What shape' recording, including my brother Dan Hamilton, Joe Frank Carollo and/or Tommy Reynolds. We, the latter line up minus my brother Dan, were finally allowed to record what became the last T-Bones album Everyone's gone to the Moon.
Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 26th 1966, the T-Bones performed ""No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)" on ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'... Twenty-six days earlier they performed the same song on NBC-TV's 'Hullabaloo!'... See the next two posts below.
Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 31st 1966, the T-Bones performed "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)" on NBC-TV program 'Hullabaloo!'... The day before on the 30th it peaked at #3 on the Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart (see post below).
Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 30th 1966, "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)" by the T-Bones peaked at #3 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on December 5th, 1965 and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 6 of those 13 weeks it was on the Top 10)... The group's only other Top 100 entry was "Sippin' 'N Chippin'" from the 'Sip 'N Chip' jingle, it stayed on the chart for 5 weeks, peaking at #62... Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame drummer Hal Blaine played on the record; and amazingly, between 1961 and 1976 Mr. Blaine played drums on 38 records that peaked at #1 on the Top 100 (starting with Elvis' "Can't Help Falling in Love" in 1961 and ending with "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" by Diana Ross in 1976)... Mr. Blaine, born Harold Simon Belsky, will celebrate his 85th birthday in six days on February 5th (2014).
Ray from Palm Bay, Idgreat female harmonies throughout song
Rick from San Juan, United StatesThe Ventures did a great cover of this instrumental in their 1966 "Where The Action Is" album.