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Chelsea Lee or Eleanor Barooshian and Her Musical Cake

Steve Andrews is a singer-songwriter and musician who shared a lot with the late Eleanor Barooshian aka Chelsea Lee, formerly of The Cake.

Chelsea Lee and the 1960s girl group The Cake

You have no doubt heard all about The Secret and the idea of the Law of Attraction, which basically says that we attract into our lives what we think about. I had been thinking about writing an article for Hub Pages about The Cake, who were a brilliant '60s girl group, and a funny thing happened next because a cake of the type you can eat got given to me.

I had gone to Italia in Bocca, a favourite local restaurant here, with my writer friend CJ Stone, who was on the island visiting, and after we had paid our bill the manager of the place gave me a large boxed lemon cake covered in icing. "Why did he do that?" my friend wanted to know. Well, it's because they know and like me here and it was a gift, I said. And also because it looks like the Law of Attraction is actually working for me but in a very strange way.

You Can Have Him by The Cake

Cake photos

The cake I was given at the restaurant

The cake I was given at the restaurant

Kevin Ayers and The Cake

I had quite recently become a friend of Chelsea Lee of the group The Cake, and she had discovered me at Kevin Ayers' site at Myspace. I have been a fan of Kevin's since the late '60s and so was excited to find out that Chelsea, who was formerly known as Eleanor Barooshian, not only knew Kevin but that he had written the song Eleanor's Cake (Which Ate Her) about and for her.

It was released on his album Joy of a Toy, which happens to be one of my favourite records, although I had never realised who this particular song was about.

The Cake started life in 1966 in New York and they sang R&B and what has been described as "baroque pop." Some of their most popular recordings, such as You Can Have Him, featured production that was similar in style to Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" that had been used on so many hits of the time.

In the case of the Cake's albums all the arrangements and production were by Harold Battiste. Unlike other girl groups of their day The Cake - who were made up of Eleanor Barooshian (now Chelsea Lee), Jeanette Jacobs and Barbara Morillo - wrote many of the songs they sang, as well as doing covers of R&B standards like Mockingbird.

The Cake only released two albums on Decca Records - The Cake (1967) and A Slice Of Cake (1968) - and both were recorded at the legendary Gold Star Recording Studios in Los Angeles.

Chelsea Lee had a part in the 1967 film You Are What You Eat, which was made by Peter Yarrow of the famous folk group Peter, Paul & Mary. In the movie Chelsea sings the Sonny & Cher hit I Got You, Babe with Tiny Tim as her duetting partner and with backing music by The Band.

Before The Cake broke up in 1968 they contributed backing vocals to Why Are We Sleeping? on the debut album of the Soft Machine, a psychedelic experimental British band, which Kevin Ayers had been a founder member of. After this Chelsea Lee and Jeanette Jacobs sang as backing vocalists with Dr John and The Nighttrippers and Ginger Baker's Airforce.

Chelsea Lee also recorded an LP in Japan with the bass-player Tetsu Yamauchi from the rock band Free, whilst Jeanette Jacobs went on to marry Chris Wood of the hit-making psychedelic pop group Traffic.

Moving forward many years in time to 2006, Chelsea Lee and Barbara Morillo reformed The Cake to perform at a one-off special Jimi Hendrix tribute concert in New York City. Jeanette Jacobs-Wood wasn't able to join them because tragically she had died in 1980, aged just 30. The Hendrix tribute show was organised by documentary film-maker, David J. Kramer.

Rev-Ola Records re-released both The Cake's Decca albums in 2007 and their songs are now enjoying a new lease of life.

After this slice of The Cake I hope you will be wanting more, and by the way, that lemon cake I was given was absolutely yummy!


Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on November 11, 2016:

Yes, but like so many she lives on in her music!

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on September 18, 2016:

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Yes, John, I heard the very sad news too. It was a great shock. Thanks for the link. There isn't much information about this on the Internet.

JohnHarrold on September 17, 2016:

I just heard that Chelsea passed several weeks ago.

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on December 31, 2011:

Thank you for posting! I am glad to hear it!

60s era lover on December 30, 2011:

Thank you for this. I was, for a little while in the beginning of 2011 or middle of, corresponding with Chelsea Lee.

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on March 11, 2009:

Thank you, Aries Woman! I will tell Chels what you've said!

BTW I am an Aries Man!

Aries_Woman on March 11, 2009:

You are totally right, she is my bestest(is there such a word)mate! Just loved your Cake tale. I remember The Cake very well a really underestimated girl group of their time.I enjoyed reading your the way you can ask her who the Arian_Woman is,lol!

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on September 01, 2008:

Thank you, Rhym! I hope you find something else of interest in my hubs!

Rhym O'Reison from Crowley, Tx on August 31, 2008:

I never heard of The Cake before, just Cake, which is a very different kind of band. I really liked the first song but I to be totally honest, even though Elenor has a good voice, I couldn't take listening to Tiny Tim. Too creepy.

You have more interesting hubs than I can read in one sitting, so I guess I will be checking them out as I can. Thanks for the different perspective on things.

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on July 29, 2008:

That's the trouble with hubs - after they have been "latest" or "hot" they vanish from the profile page and as I have observed the scores drop often.

Glad you enjoyed my Cake tale, Pam! Thanks for checking it out!

pgrundy on July 29, 2008:

Thank you for sending this link to me--I was having a devil of a time finding it. That cake does look yummy! Well, at least it was working for you on one occasions. Let's hope your next cake has a nice girl in it!

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on May 18, 2008:

Thank you for posting, Vondre, and I will have to check out your cake story too!

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on May 12, 2008:

Yes, Jeff - please check out the Rev-ola Records link above to see what's available.

Chef Jeff from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago. on May 12, 2008:

Bard, are their albums still available? Has their music been put on CD???? Sounds like a band I would have liked. I'm a child of the 60's as well, and yet this band is new to me!

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on May 12, 2008:

Thanks for posting, Karen! I am glad you like The Cake too!

Karen Ellis from Central Oregon on May 12, 2008:

This is really interesting, I had never heard of The Cake before. But then, I'm way over here on the west coast of US. Thanks for the introduction.

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on May 11, 2008:

Thank you for saying so! You are a wonderful, wonderful mate too!

HARLEQUIN69 from LONDON,ENGLAND on May 11, 2008:


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