‘Popsicles And Icicles’ is the forgotten 1963 hit-record sung by sisters Terry and Carol Fischer and Sally Gordon aka The Murmaids.
In all its glorious naivety, and with silly lyrics about, “Bright stars and guitars and Drive-Inns on Friday nights”, ‘Popsicles And Icicles’ nicely sums up what it’s like to be young and in love. An epitome of youthful dreaming for the adolescent hopefuls.
The single was released in the UK, 1964, on Stateside Records, with ‘Comedy And Tragedy’ as the B-side. Unfortunately, a full length Murmaids album was never released – until 1980’s posthumous, The Murmaids Resurface – and the group was buried in obscurity, with a gravestone, saying One-Hit Wonders.
For the three young ladies, however, life went on – Terry Fischer went on the work with people such as Fabian and saxophonist Sam Butera, with whom she opened some shows for Frank Sinatra. Carol Fischer embraced family life with guitarist John Morell, while Sally Gordon went on to work in the film industry. Check out her website and you’ll find some interesting connections to Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
In later years, somehow the song emerged from the black caves of time…
“We never got an accounting…. Now, we’re meeting people all over the country who say ‘Oh my God! I love that song.’ We’re just amazed at how many people knew that song. We had no idea.” ~ Terry Fischer
‘Popsicles And Icicles’ is a stand-out track frozen in time. Stick it on, take the journey and see for yourself.
Words: Anders Knudsen