I was going back through the archives and found this song. Since the Silver Laughter website is essentially about the band and its music, I wanted to bring this clip to the front again. It features Ken on the lead vocal and the rest of us on backups. I think it is an excellent version of the Hall and Oates tune.
This version of “Sara Smile” was edited and converted to MP3 for speedier download.
Note: Being from the Midwest, when I first heard the name of the band, I thought they were saying “Haulin’ Oats”.
The photo was taken in 1977 at The County Seat in Carroll, IA. It must have been before I found those platform “disco” boots in Minneapolis which made me almost 6′; closer to Jon and Ken’s height.
Here is a live soulful rendition of the Hall and Oates classic, “Sara Smile” sung by Ken on lead with Mick, Jon and Paul on backup vocals. If I haven’t said it elsewhere, our drummers, both Kim and Paul, were essential as singers on many of the songs we performed since the music we chose to cover often had 3 part backup harmonies. The first intro to Cheryl was me wishing her a happy birthday, and then I gave a little whistle. That’s Ken you hear in the background with a quick chuckle. The second “to Cheryl” in the deep voice is, of course, Paul (the judge).
The first time we heard of Hall and Oates was at the Ludtke house. While Jon was refining the films and mounting slides for our…
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