2021-09-27 21:21:51 UTC
Frayne was born in Boise, Idaho, in 1944 and formed Commander Cody And
The Lost Planet Airmen in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1967. He gave himself
the stage name Commander Cody after being inspired by the character
Commando Kody, King of the Rocket Men, who appeared in the American 1951
science fiction film Lost Planet Airmen.
The Lost Planet Airmen took country music and infused it with boogie
woogie, rock'n'roll, rhythm and blues, western swing and jazz to create
a sound that placed them amongst the first bands to give a
counter-cultural twist to the Nashville sound. They were perhaps best
known for their 1972 hit Hot Rod Lincoln, a cover of a 1960 hit by
singer/songwriter Charlie Ryan.
"We really liked [our sound] and we played that kind of music until we
were booed off stage at the CMA Convention in 1973," Frayne told Seattle
PI in 2013. "In which case we decided that, well, if these guys are
going to treat us like this, we're not going to do their music anymore.
Because their attitude was, 'Who are these hippies? Take a bath, find a
rock concert, et cetera, et cetera.'
"That was the end of our interest in country and western swing. The
people from Texas found out that I wasn't from Texas and they thought
that I was stealing their music and they didn't get it."