THE SHY GUYS’ 1966 SALUTE TO A DETROIT RADIO BROADCAST LEGEND
IN DETROIT, BY YEAR’S END 1966, the phrase “Burger” would become synonymous with the name of the Keener deejay who went on to create it while on WKNR, Scott “The Burger” Regen.
In wake of Regen’s “Burger Club” popularity on his No. 1 show and listener demand for membership to the “Royal Order of Regen Burgers,” a local Detroit high school band, the ‘Shy Guys’ (Oak Park, MI) took to the recording studios later that year to cut this (now extremely) rare 45 vinyl pressing they made in dedication to the “Scott Regen Show on WKNR” (as indicated on the label).
Written, produced and recorded by the four band members, the ‘Shy Guys’ (pictured below) comprised of Ron Nelson (lead vocals; guitar), Marty Lewis (vocals; bass), Stu Howard (vocals; guitar) and Mark Finn (vocals; drums).
The band previously recorded “We Gotta Go,” off the Panik label (No. 5111) and Palmer Records (No. 5008). The Shy Guys “We Gotta Go,” made it’s WKNR debut (No. 28) on May 16, 1966 according to keener13.com.
The song was voted No. 1 for several nights on the “Top 3-Plus 1” voting nightly on the Scott Regen Show — after one week (May 22) on the WKNR guides. Six weeks on the WKNR Music Guides (May 16 through June 20), “We Gotta Go” peaked No. 15 WKNR on June 6, 1966.
“The Burger Song,” on the Burger Records label, was a special “off-shoot” recording (from the original Panik Records label) numbered 5004. “Scott Burger.” So let’s hear it again. One more time. As was recorded and dedicated exclusively — and only — by the ‘Shy Guys’ for WKNR’s Scottie Regen, 1966.
“The Burger Club is growing fast, you gotta join today. All you need is your radio, to swing the ‘Burger’ way . . . ”
A MCRFB NOTE
“THE BURGER SONG (WE GOTTA GO)” * The Shy Guys * BURGER Records (1966)