Here, exclusively for our readers, is the day-by-day diary of THE
WHYTE BOOTS - a new Philips recording group. The three girls - Rhonda
Copland, Page Miller and Kathy Francis - were introduced in last week's
edition as they made their disc debut with NIGHTMARE. We follow their
progress by printing their personal diary, reporting their engagements
and spotlighting the record's chart climb.
Monday, January 30, 1967:
Up early for meeting with Philips
officials. Heard good news that the disc has been picked as a "breakout"
on the West Coast. Spent morning on the telephone talking with radio station
disc jockeys in San Francisco, L.A., San Diego, Seattle, Portland. Everybody
very nice and complimentary. They dig the record. (A.M.D.A. gave us permission
to cut classes.)
Tuesday, January 31, 1967:
Producers Pam and Lori telephoned
while we were all having breakfast. They want us to fly out to the West
Coast to make personal appearances. Very excited about it. Spent rest
of the morning shopping in boutiques for clothes for the trip. All of
us flipped over the new flashing electric light dresses at Paraphernalia.
Kathy wouldn't take hers off and went blinking all over 5th Avenue!
Wednesday, February 1, 1967:
Again up early, this time for
photo publicity session. Took all our Mod clothes with us. Real handsome
photographer had us doing some groovy things. Hope they turn out great.
Lunch with magazine people in N.Y. for photo layouts. Afternoon did more
publicity shots in Central Park - the back to Philips Fifth Ave offices
to make calls to radio stations in Houston, Dallas, Las Vegas and Phoenix.
Record looks better than big and is rushing eastward.
Thursday, February 2, 1967:
Met in the morning with New York
promo man for Philips - Norm Rubin. He took us off in his car for visits
to New York area radio stations. Nice time except for the terrible traffic
on the Long Island Expressway. Returned early afternoon to Philips studio
to cut promo tapes - "Hi! - We are the Whyte Boots - we hope you
dig our first record, 'Nightmare'. It's a dream of a disc!"
Friday, February 3, 1967:
Grabbed cab and just made it to
JFK airport - put faces on in cab. Read our story in GO magazine on the
flight out - s'marvey! Watched great movie - Lee Marvin is something else
- all man! At L.A. International met Frank Leffell, the Philips man, and
whisked to dreamy lunch by the Beverly Hills Hotel swimming pool. Page
couldn't wait to get out of her boots and into her bikini! Party that
night for new flick at Traumans Chinese.
Weekend, February 4, 5, 1967:
San Diego Naval Base called after
seeing our pix in L.A. papers. Agreed to do special show. Flew down in
our own private military helicopter. Had rush to Fresno later where local
radio station presented big hop. (Got the feeling Rhonda wanted to stay
at the base! mmm) Had a late morning to rest up then started magazine
interview. At 5, changed for swimsuit fashion parade. Later caught midnight
plane back to N.Y. - slept all the way!