The T-Bone’s No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach Is In); When Instrumentals Were Fun!

The T-Bone‘s No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach Is In) (composers: Granville-Sascha-Burland) is one of those literally commercial successes. Not only did it reach #3 on Billboard’s Top 100, it was also picked up by Alka-Seltzer for use in its commercials. I gotta tell you it was everywhere and everyone loved it!

Catchy, groovy and up lifting, it’s no wonder it was such a monster hit. Also contributing to the groove, was the fact that legendary drummer Hal Blaine, one of the most recorded musicians in history, was the drummer on the session.

Got heartburn? Let’s go back to 1966, drop a couple of Alka-Seltzers in a glass of tap water and get relief from the T-Bone‘s No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach Is In)

Personnel as determined: Judd Hamilton guitar; Danny Hamilton guitar; Joe Frank Carollo bass; Tommy Reynolds keyboards/vibes/percussion; Hal Blaine drums.

Now, let’s go back and do the actual Alka-Seltzer commercial…


We were, of course, THE garageband generation.* We started the whole three chord, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, lead guitar and drum thing. Looking back to the music of those times, things seemed to be less complicated but, our desire to get proficient was insatiable. Those of us who couldn’t keep up with the skill needed for the evolving music, simply dropped off the radar. Me? Well, I just couldn’t get enough! Things haven’t changed!

*When a doctor checks out my ears with his scope, this is a HUGE part of what he sees.


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