Rhythm'n'blues & rock'n'roll in the U.S.S.R. : back in Russia with Macca (1988); CD, 1991 - Keep on rocking ! What a big surprise! CHOBA B CCCP
This album [CHOBA b CCCP - The Russian Album] was released exclusively in the U.S.S.R. on vinyl, 31st October 1988 by the Melodiya state label, ref.: A 60 00415 006 [40.000 pressed copies]. Including his renditions of:***Kansas City (originally K.C. Lovin' by Little Willie Littlefield, Maxwell Davis, saxophone, KING/Federal 12110, 11/1952, US R'N'B chart #34 better known in Wilbert Harrison's (US #1) and Little Richard's (US #95, UK #26) versions in 1959***Twenty Flight Rock from Eddie Cochran, 1956***Lawdy Miss Clawdy from Lloyd Price (with Fats Domino on piano), US R'N'B #1, 23rd May, 1952, Specialty, 1952***I'm In Love Again from (Antoine) Fats Domino, US #3 then US #1 R'n'B, 06/1956/UK #12, 09/56, Imperial [only included on the CD released in 1991].***Bring It On Home To Me from Sam Cooke (duet with Lou Rawls), RCA Victor, US #13, 25th Aug.1962***Lucille from Little Richard and his band (feat. Earl Palmer, drs; Red Tyler and Lee Allen, saxes; Frank Fields, bass; Ernest McLean and Justin Adams, gtrs (and supplementary pianists Huey "Piano" Smith, Edward Frank, Little Booker [not John Lee Hooker nor Booker Little] and Salvador Doucette), Specialty, US #27, 04/1957/UK #10, 08/57***Don't Get Around Much Anymore from Duke Ellington & his orchestra feat. Al Hibbler on vocal (1942 [Mel Tormé, 1945])***I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday from Fats Domino, Imperial (B-side of I want to walk you home), US #17, 09/1959***That's All Right Mama from Big Boy (Arthur) Crudup's (pronounced "crew-dup") That's All Right, circa October 1946 (RCA Victor 20-2205 and March 1949, RCA Victor 50-0000 (1st issue to a 45 rpm proto-rockabilly record) [feat. Ransom Knowling, bass and drummer Lawrence "Judge" Riley, DNC via Elvis Presley (That's All Right), SUN 209, released July 19, 1954; DNC***Summertime from opera Porgy And Bess by George Gershwin, 10/1935 (movie in 1957) via Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps (EMI UK/Capitol, 1958)***Ain't That A Shame from Domino again, US R&B chart #1 then crossed over and hitted US #10; UK #23, 01/1957***Crackin' Up from Bo Diddley (alias Otha Ellas Bates but given the surname McDaniel in infancy on adoption by his mother's first cousin Gussie McDaniel), US POP chart #62, 07/1959***Just Because from Elvis Presley (feat. Scotty Moore, gtr; Bill Black, bass; Dominic Joseph "D.J." Fontana (drums), RCA Victor, 1956, DNC and, Midnight Special from "unknown 'Texas' folklore": originally from "Pistol's Pete Midnight Special" by Dave "Pistol Pete" Cutrell in 1926 (Okeh) who recorded it twice.*** However, that could have been completely possible that "The Midnight Special" [not a real train but just a metaphor of freedom] was not written and composed by Leadbelly/Lead Belly = Huddie William Ledbetter himself in his jail (Angola State Penitentiary, Louisiana)], (rec. 1st July, 1934), American Record Company, 1934 as well as in 1936.******Photo on the left: back in Belgium on the 29th March of 1981 : Mr. Shelby S. Singleton, Jr., President of SUN RECORDS and myself on left. Back in the twentieth century! It was really nice to get e-mails from you a few months ago. Hope you're still in good health and your brother John too. All the best from Liège, Belgium, European Union. Photo taken while Orion was touring Europe.***If my memory doesn't fail, rock'n'roll and country singer Carl Mann went touring Belgium two times/twice. He did his first visit on the 5th October of 1980 at the Brazil in Hognoul near Liège and the second one on the 7th October of 1984 (photo on the right with him on left) at the same place.***As we knew each other (he had a very good memory), he asked me to sing together just for fun Hank Williams' Jambalaya (On the bayou) song (a capella and off stage).***Carl recorded Kansas City for Sam C. Phillips' Int'l Records on the 12th October 1959 but his version remained unreleased until the issue of the LP record/album THE SUN STORY VOL.6, Sunnyvale 9330-906, by GRT MUSIC, U.S.A., in 1977.
Tidbit time: la chanson Misery écrite spécialement par les Beatles pour leur amie Helen Shapiro a été refusée par son manager! C'est donc un autre ami, Kenny Lynch qui en fait la v.o. sur HMV POP 1136 [b/w "Shut the door"] (une autre filiale de EMI). Sa version est parue le 16/03/1963 tandis que la version des Beatles ne l'est que le 22 mars suivant sur leur LP Please Please Me.***Mécontents du résultat, les Beatles l'enregistre eux-mêmes in extremis pour l'inclure sur cet L.P.*** La date généralement renseignée pour cet LP (UK, 7/03/1963) est erronée. Ce 16 mars 1963, tout en interviewant les Beatles, Ian Matthews tient dans sa main le single en question...***English-speaking translation : Misery written especially by The Beatles for their friend Helen Shapiro had been refused by his manager! It is thus another friend, Kenny Lynch who made the original version released on HMV POP 1136 [b/w “Shut the door”] (another EMI subsidiary ). His version was published on 16th March 1963 while The Beatles' version was only released next March 22 on their LP Please Please Me.***The date of publishing generally well informed for this LP (U.K., 7/03/1963) is erroneous.*** March 16, 1963, while interviewing The Beatles (John Lennon), Ian Matthews is holding the said single in hand.
What about Bongo? (part 2) [28/06/06] - A blue apple? And a green submarine? Do you remember touring in Belgium back on the 16th August of 1998? I was there! (Oude Markt, Leuven/Louvain (Hasrode)
13 May 1972:another self-penned and Harrison-produced Back Off Boogaloo hits UK #2 and US #9. (UK pressing) http://youtu.be/XWlzmhxh9G4
5th June, 1971: self-penned It Don't Come easy, featuring guitar work from producer George Harrison and Stephen Stills (ex-Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young), hits both UK & US charts at #4. August 1971:It Don't Come Easy is certified gold. Images: French pic cover and Italian pressing. http://youtu.be/UDcZxEpA9XY (emimusic - It don't come easy)
August 1961 : German Polydor (a Deutsche Grammophon-Polydor International GmbH subsidiary) released "My Bonnie (Mein Herz ist bei dir nur)" known as "rock version", by Tony Sheridan [ex-Vince Taylor and His Playboys] and The Beat Brothers. (The name The Beatles was considered too risque (risqué) in Germany, as it sounded like the word "Peedles", German slang for penis). Recorded under the auspices of orchestra leader Bert Kämpfert/Kaempfert at Harburg, Friedrich Ebert Halle in Hamburg, Germany. One of the other four songs of that session was their rendition of "Ain't She Sweet" sung by John Lennon; Pete Best, drums and released in the States three years later which one will become US #19 on the 22nd August of 1964! Originally from Broadway musical "Ain't She Sweet", 02/1933, by Milton Ager, Jack Yellen. Introduced by Paul Ash & His Orchestra, it is believed the first version has been recorded by Ben Bernie & His Orchestra, on Brunswick 3444. A version by Paul Whiteman's Rhythm Boys including Bing Crosby via Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, UK Capitol, 1956.
Apple ? Yum-yum! Those were these olden days...(original Italian pressings [Hey Jude, don't make it bad, take a sad song and make it better...])
Released almost at the same time, Mary Hopkin's "Those Were The Days" single [from "Darogoi Dlimmoyo" formerly of the Russian folklore then adapted as "An jenem Tag" (and sung at the time (1968) by famous tenor man Iwan Rebroff [alias Hans-Rolf Rippert, Berlin, 31 July 1931-Berlin, 27 February 2008 (heart attack)] which means "Takiyeh Dni, Moi Drug" in Russian-speaking (EMI/Parlophone to become Apple 2) was issued (27th Aug.) 3 days before The Beatles' "Hey Jude" one (EMI/Parlophone to become Apple 1 - 30th Aug., 1968). Both singles topped the charts all over and beyond the world.***Hey Jude peaked at UK #52 on 10th Sep.1988.***Tidbit time 1: "Those were the days" (B-side of single White Room)? This song was also an eponymous CREAM song from the "In The Studio" portion of the DLP "Wheels Of Fire" released late August of the same year [US #1, UK #3 and UK #7 - 08/1968].***Tidbit time 2: while I was dining (in the evening 'round 7 pm [GMT]) with my parents and my sister Rose-Anne (who is living in Italy), I heard Hey Jude on the radio (RTB/Radio Diffusion Télévision Belge [to become RTBF a few years later]): waooouuuw! My goodness! I told my parents I had to buy the record the next day to a store in Aywaille not too far from Sougné-Remouchamps where I was living in]. Then, after school, my friends and buddies/chums and other fellas/fellows/camarades followed me to the said store to buy it themselves!***Tidbit time 3: my sister (who loved the song too) pinched the lyrics I got in a TV magazine (Moustique : hi Piero, KOR my dear!***I refounded them in her class notebook a few months later. To date I'm doubled up with laughter but I was a little bit set up at the time - aujourd!hui, je suis plié de rire/en deux mais j'étais un peu fâché à cette époque-là! Rose-Anne, cara mia sorella [I do speak Italian too :-)], tu étais vraiment une petite peste. (my sister was a small pest!)). By the way, warm wishes to my family who is living in Tara Street in San Francisco and in Ohio.
This Belgian pressing was/is still quite unknown in England as well as the other OMEGA records :-).It was the last session (Pythian Temple, New York City, May 10, 1955) with M. Lytle, J. D'Ambrosia and D. Richards who'll become the Jodimars later on. The session included F. Beecher, B. Williamson and J. Grande too. Two hound dogs (2 chiens de chasse) was written by Bill and Frank Pingatore. The 2nd one by Charles E. Calhoun (alias Jesse Stone). Under the direction of multi-instrumentalist Bill Haley who invented the slap bass play [in fact, Bill saw Pee Wee Miller (Hayloft Hoedown, Sleepy Hollow Ranch Gang) playing in this manner]! One of the double bass players was Big Al Thompson (from The 4 Aces Of Western Swing, 1949) alias Albert Scholz (brother of a Bill Haley's bass player Hank Thompson (not Hank "Honky Tonk Angels - aka The Wild Side Of Life" Thompson!!!) who was bigger than the double bass itself! BTW, is BILL BORRELLI [from Philadelphia] , 2nd piano, The Saddlemen, 1950) also brainwashing?
Image Rattle My Bones label shot: photo by Terry Gordon, Rocking Country Style Webmaster, Atlanta, U.S.A. (thanks a lot, Terry). ***http://rcs.law.emory.edu/rcs/index.htm***Both songs are featured among the 26 ones featured on this quite fantastic UK Rockstar CD released in 1994 featuring Bill Haley's songs as well. In fact, Rattle my bones was rearranged by Jesse Stone from Nappy Brown with Teacho Wilshire and His Orchestra's "Open Up That Door (And Walk Right In My Heart)" issued on Savoy 1196 early 1956.Photo: left to right: Bob Simpson, Marshall Lytle, Jim Buffington, Joey D'Ambrosio, Dick Richards, Charlie "Chuck" Hess" (circa 1955). US promo label shots: May and August 1956.
Dropped by the Warner Brothers in 1961 because of poor sales of his recordings, Bill moved him to Mexico where he will be known as the King of Twist (Florida Twist single [feat. but not credited and supposed Mariachi Pedro Vargas de Tecalitlán (3rd Generation 1950-1993) on vocal] and Twist Bill Haley LP, both Mex #1) and well known under the names Bill Haley and His/The Comets and/or Bill Haley y sus Cometas as well including some famous Mariachis he engaged/hired: of the (Don Gaspar) VARGAS DE TECALITLÁN 3rd GENERATION (1950-1993): Silvestre and Pedro Vargas; Miguel Martinez on Cip A Vanna (a rework with echo effects of Caravan, Natividad Santiago [the latter, chorus on the live LP Whisky A Go Go, Orfeón/DIMSA, México, 1966 and only issued in UK on Ember in June 1968 as The King Of Rock Bill Haley Plays and, the Villas brothers: Pepe (d.1986) and Ernesto of Mariachi México de Pepe Villa from San Fernando and later the TRIO LOS PANCHOS from New York City (of the 1958-1968 Generation): Johnny Albino, 1st voice; Chucho Navarro, 2nd voice and, Alfredo Gil, requinto (= back-up vcls) on Mish Mash by Carrie Grant and The Grandeurs (Newtown Records), Jealous Heart, recorded in Phoenix, Arizona in 1967, issued in 1999 etc. and later in 1970: Miguel DIAZ on the Bill Haley Scrapbook LP record).***Let the good times roll, Creole / So right tonight were released in Sep. 1960 (DNC) and, Spanish Twist / My kind of woman in September 1961 (DNC).Why the main songs didn't chart? Because of poorest promotion by WB Records. ***Tidbit time/anecdote:BIll Haley enregistre une centaine de chansons dont la majeure partie en espagnol (p.ex. Twist Español en mai 1961) qui sortent sur Orfeón dont le réseau de distribution dans tous les pays limitrophes est excellent.***Les relations qu'entretient Haley avec la COSA NOSTRA (LORD JIM (alias JAMES H. FERGUSON), VITO CARLUCCI) l'amène à faire des concessions. C'est comme une "faveur faite à l'Organisation" (sic) que sont enregistrés 2 singles dont la version anglaise de Twist Español: Spanish Twist parue sur GONE, un label appartenant à GEORGE GOLDNER (1919-1970) en affaires "compliquées" impliquant régulièrement MORRIS LEVY, célèbre personnage du monde musical new-yorkais, notoirement lié à la famille GENOVESE .***English-speaking translation: Tidbit time: BIll Haley records a hundred songs of which the major part in Spanish (for ex. Twist Español in May 1961 and many instrumentals as well) which leaves on Orfeón whose distribution network in all the countries bordering is excellent.***The relations which Haley with COSA NOSTRA (LORD JIM (aka JAMES H. FERGUSON), VITO CARLUCCI) maintains brings it to make concessions. It is as a "favour/favor made with the Organization" (sic) that 2 individual are recorded of which the English version of Twist Español: Spanish Twist appeared on GONE, a label owned by GEORGE GOLDNER involving MORRIS LEVY in "complicated" affairs manifestly related to family GENOVESE of New York City.
Crazy Man, Crazy [b/w Watcha gonna do] was relesased back in April 1953 (US #15) on Dave Miller's Essex label [a Holiday subsidiary owned by the latter (E-321) under the name "Bill Haley With Haley's Comets" including Danny Cedrone, Billy Williamson, Billy Gussak and Johnny Grande too.Then re-issued in 1956*****Originally released in July 1951 on Holiday 105 as Bill Haley And The Saddlemen and reissued in 1954 on this 45 rpm record Essex E-381, [feat. Danny Cedrone, Bob Scaltrito (aka Bob Scales), Billy Williamson (his Irish friend) and the quite fantastic pianist Johnny Grande] rendition [to cut a cover] of Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats' [including Ike Turner (to become Tina's [Anna Mae Bullock] husband), Willie Kizart and Raymond Hill] "Rocket "88" ["You women have heard of jalopies, you've heard the noise they make, well let me introduce you to my Rocket 88..." (in fact a car, the 1950 Hydra Matic Drive V-8 Oldsmobile 88 built by General Motors, a car with "rocket" engine!) (recorded at Sam C. Phillips' SUN studios, Chess 1458, Chicago [a Chez label], April 1951, US #1 R'N'B, b/w Come back where you belong) was for sure pretty good.Tidbit time: Bill Haley stole the credits originally by Brenston himself (and Ike Turner not credited)!***By now (17/04/2013) and since many years, Jackie Brenston and Ike Turner are at last recognized as the original composer and writter ! Crazy man, crazy has been also recorded by Ralph Marterie (US Mercury Recs) and in UK by Ted Heath [vocal by Lita Roza], (UK Decca.)
Bill Haley: after awhile, crocodile (rock!) (1956); En voiture, Simone! : the 1950 Hydra Matic Drive V-8 Oldsmobile 88 built by General Motors
The "female" voice on "Crocodile" is Franny Beecher's one! b/w The Paper Boy (On Main Street U.S.A.). Keep on rocking!!! . "See you later" charted US #6, 02/1956; UK #7, 03/56 and the re-issue UK #12, 09/1956.***"Step into my rocket and don't be late, baby, we're pullin' out about half past eight"... The real Rocket 88 - the car you can see below, advertised as "the lowest priced car with "rocket engine" - was a chrome sparkling symbol of the American postwar prosperity that even poor people were getting a taste of at the time. General Motors billed the Olds 88 engine as "Futurmatic". Even a young black man in the segretated South could dream about driving a rocket, movin'on out and cruisin' along. BTW, not the Delta 88 built for rich folks...
Back in the olden days with Bill Haley and His Comets (Birth + Hot dog [yum-yum with ketchup & mustard] + a UK EP)
Birth of the Boogie featured "The Jodimars". This is the Belgian pressing (9.61 009, 03/1955) completely unknown in England :-).It was originally released in March 1955 ( US Decca 9-29418, US #17, 04/1955)*****This EP "RATC" including (We"re Gonna) RATC/Mambo Rock (UK #14, 1956 [US #17, 04/1955]) and R-O-C-K/See You Later Alligator on the B-side.Brunswick OE 9250 (1956).Hot Dog Buddy Buddy (US #60, 06/1956) (b/w Rockin' through the rye), US Decca 9-29948, June 1956.
R-O-C-K (#29, USA, 04/1956) "from" Columbia Picture "Rock Around The Clock". En français: "Les Rois Du Jazz" (USA, 1956).Both songs [the 2nd one "The Saints Rock 'N Roll"] hitted US and UK charts US #29 and, US #18 & UK #5.This single version is not the one heard in the movie.Tidbit time: "The Saints..." (Bill Haley-Milt Gabler) should read "arr. B.H.-M.G.".In fact, it was a very old gospel/spiritual from Cincinatti, Ohio, entitled "When The Saints Come (or Are) Marching In", 1896.
Yesterday, Sir James Paul McCartney was 64 years young."When I'm 64"...Keep up the good health and long live rock and roll. God bless you! Birthday was recorded live at Knebworth, June 30th 1990.***Apparently unreleased in the UK was John Smith And The New Sounds' rendition of Birthday.***This is the original release made in Germany. German pressing issued on Deutsche Vogue Schallplatten GmbH/Vogue Schallplatten, DV 14819.***Vogue International Industries präsentiert auf der EUROPAWELLE SAAR (Saarbrücken) jeden Mittwoch von 17.05 bis 17.35 Uhr mit Dieter Thomas Heck die neuesten Schallplatten. France : disques vogue V. 45 - 1558.
Quite terrible! Terrible? What do you mean by "terrible", Stephen?....My goodness! I wanted to say that it was terrific! The former word means "terrific" in English. Don't you think so? Impeccable condition...:-). BTW, the 1st issue was released back in 1954 as a 78 rpm b/w "Pinball Boogie" by Red Foley.RATC charted US #1, 06/55; UK #1, 10/55, UK #5, 09/56; UK # 25, 01/57; UK #20, 04/68; UK #34, 05/68 and finally UK #12 & US #39, 04/1974.***Tidbit time: the Belgian pressing which got a rotten sound had a different intro/different mix!. I'm quite sure seeing I'm still holding both US and Belgian singles.
Bill Haley - 25 years earlier (02/1981) : back in the twentieth century - was still rocking as he did 30 years earlier (07/1951)...The definitive Belgian tribute...
Once there was a long time ago (winter of 1949 : accelerated rhythms mainly of polka, jive, hillbilly, Western swing, songs of his teen youth, tex-mex, classical music (Brahms, Rossini), Celtic music and dixieland as "COW-BOY-JIVE" or "Hillbilly-Jive")...One of the strongest influences in rock'n'roll music has been Bill Haley and His Comets. It was Bill Haley and the driving beat of his group that brought national prominence to the "Big Beat". It was Haley's music and his famed recordings that set the pattern for all rock'n'roll bands to follow.***Bill Haley started it all. His million-seller, "Shake, Rattle And Roll" hitted the world of Popular Music in the 50's, and he followed with a succession of smash hit Rock'n'Roll numbers including the evergreen (We're Gonna) "Rock Around The Clock". Then followed others like "Rip It Up", "See You Later, Alligator" and "Razzle-Dazzle" among others. For a decade Bill was "Mr. Rock'n'Roll" and "Mr. Go Go" [in Mexico, 1961-1966], and even now, more than 50 years after the first hit topped the summum of the int'l charts, his name and his personality are tops in the Rock scene. Bill had a good start : he came from a musical family in Michigan (his mother, Maude Green, teached piano lessons for 25 cents per hour; his father of Cherokee Indian ancestors roots played banjo and guitar) and, after flirting with Western music during his early teens, he instinctively felt that the lively, exciting Rock'n'Roll music was here to stay. Rock'n'Roll Is Here To Stay (Danny and The Juniors, 1958), indeed! Rock'n'Roll has had as great an impact on Popular Music as had Jazz some three or four decades earlier. And what about the current Rock revival in the early 70's and 80's which beared witness to the powerful influence generated by Bill Haley on the Pop world? To assess Bill's songs over and over the years is still a Herculean and exciting task, for he had so many; but to mention "R'n'R" is to conjure up instantly the name of Bill Haley. He was one of the immortals of the Pop scene; he has written into the history of music the most important chapter of all times...Rock'n'Roll...and it is with this that 25 years later he is still alive in our minds. Bill Haley will remain the UNDISPUTED KING and the FATHER of Rock'N'Roll: ain't that rockin' & rollin' so funny? Ha ha ha...And best wishes to his eldest son John William born in December 1950, Sharyn Ann, Joan, Scott Robert born in January 1960, Pedro, Georgina and Martha (my dear)....***Bill Haley was inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame at the 2nd annual induction dinner on January 21, 1987.***Bill haley was born on Thursday, 6th July 1925 and died on Monday, 9th February 1981***Forty years earlier, Bill formed THE FOUR ACES OF WESTERN SWING then changed it to JACK HALEY and his ALL WESTERN Sextette.***Formerly written back on the 3rd February of 2006 for English-speaking Wikipedia but considerably modified here. (C) Stephan "Juke Box Cannon Ball" Koenig.
It was one of the great times in my life. Talking a few minutes with Bill Haley in person and with the other Comets (more of them were English musicians) as well!***CD Twist, (LP DIMSA, Mex #1, 1961), released in 1998 by Orfeon Videovox, México, including Mex #1 Florida Twist (Spanish vocal by Pedro Vargas de Tecalitlán); Silbando Y Caminando (I)***Twist Español (Spanish vocal by Bill Haley, May 1961 - original version of Spanish Twist, September 1961)***Tampico Twist (I)***La Paloma (I)***Caravana Twist (I)***Negra Consentida (I)***Tren Nocturno (I)***Actopan (I)***Mas Twist.
Bill Haley live on stage at the Conservatory, Liege, 14th May 1974 : a great concert! - (C) Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 2.0 Belgium
I went to see Bill Haley and "His" Comets at the Conservatory in Liege (I was distinguished guest) featuring William John Clifton himself, rhythm gtr & lead vocals; Rudy Pompilli (real name is RUDOLPH POMPILII [thanks, Chris, [the British pope on Bill Haley] : think I would have had to buy new spectacles :-)], tenor saxophone; Nick Masters (a.k.a. Nicholas Nastos), electric Spanish gtr and vocals; Ray Parsons, lead gtr and vocals; Ray Cowley, bass gtr & vcls and, Freddy Moore, drums. I recall this instrumental: "Beecher Boogie Woogie". Franny (Francis) Beecher, a member of the 1987 Bill Haley's Original Comets was of the Benny Goodman Orchestra, the Buddy Greco Trio, Santa Fe' Rangers, Buckaroo Rangers, The Tyrones ("Blast Off" (Decca 9-30643, 04/1958 [which still remains to date very expensive: 50 €!) from The Cues'"Destination 2165" original version released in May 1956 on EMI/Capitol Records F-3400. It was my pleasure to talk to Bill and notably about the "refugees" (or "spin-off band").He told me: "lotsa thanks with a kick-off at their derrieres" [trad.: "merci beaucoup avec un bon coup de pied au cul"]
JO = JOey D'Ambrosia/JOey Ambrose alias Joseph D'Ambrosio, tenor sax***DI = DIck Richards alias Richard Boccelli, drums, some vocals***MARS = MARShall Lytle alias Tom Page, double bass (lotsa thanks for the real names [15th Feb.2006], Marshall, anyway) of the 1955 Bill Haley's Comets.These three young men were at the Decca Sesions for the recording of (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock. Hope I'll see the Bill Haley's Original Comets in Belgium at Spirit of 66 in Verviers one day or another. I told Francis Géron about that fact: if you can return, it's okay for him. No problem! Adding members until 1958: Max Daffner, drums too; Bob Simpson, piano; Jim Buffington, drums, Charles "Charlie" and/or "Chuck" Hess, guitar.From left to right: Joey D'Ambrosia; Charlie Hess; Max daffner; Marshall Lytle, Dick Richards and sitting below James E. Myers a.k.a. Jimmy DeKnight. [thanks again, Marshall].The pic cover is the one of the UK Bulldog LP releases (1970 and 1979; CD in 1989 (France)..Bill Haley's Original Comets featuring THE JODIMARS themselves feat. Marshall Lytle on RABB, JOHNNY GRANDE, piano; FRANNY BEECHER, gtr and from England JACKO BUDDIN, gtr, lead vcls, drums on Well now dig this.*****DVD image: from left to right are Jacko Buddin, Dicks Richards, Marshall Lytle, Johnny Grande, Franny Beecher and Joey D'Ambrosio. Gala concert recorded live at Heide Volm - Planegg/München, Germany, 9th Nov. 2003. P.2004.
Today, 13 June 2015 : Marshall Lytle has passed away a few years ago. R.I.P.
Apple? Yum-yum! (trad.: miam-miam! Croque la pomme!) : Clarabella : the Bill Haley connection (bang!)
Image of original US Jodimars label shot: thanks to Peter Grendysa and, Terry Gordon, Rocking Country Style Webmaster, Atlanta, United States of America.(http://rcs.law.emory.edu/rcs/index.htm).The Beatles recorded a song "Clarabella" originally written and composed by Frank Pingatore for a US group: the quite tremendous JODIMARS! Three of the Bill Haley's Original Comets of the Decca Sessions at Pythian Temple in New York City back on 12th April 1954..."Clarabella" by The Beatles: recorded in 1963 previously unreleased song.In the Beatles' set list since 1960, this obscure (?) favourite of Paul's was originally recorded in 1956 by the Jodimars - refugees from Bill Haley's Comets.The latter annotations are reproduced quite to the indentical ones printed inside the booklet of the 2CD box set Live at the BBC ..Dusty (Springfield) is crunching an apple, a Starking one. Paul, why did you hold a Golden instead of a Granny Smith at the time of the grand opening of the Apple boutique? It was not the Granny Smith season.
Suite à la demande de spécialistes et de clients potentiels les 4 premiers LPs sont remasterisés AAD = transcription numérique en monophonie alors que EMI UK avait prévu de les éditer en "stereo" ADD. A la dernière seconde, EMI opte pour le format AAD et est obligée de faire coller un petit stick "ADD should read AAD".Le 7/03/1987 sort la première fournée avec Please Please Me; With The Beatles; A Hard Day's Night et Beatles For sale.*****As the group's back catalog(ue)is systematically released on CD,The Beatles' timeless popularity is underlined as they return to the charts:UK #32; UK #40; UK #30 and UK #45.***The 2nd batch incuding Help! (UK #61); Rubber Soul (UK # 60) and Revolver (UK #55) is launched back on the 9th May of 1987.
***Le 33 tours Laughing Cavalier édité par EMI/Odeon France quelques semaines après le single Daydream [mono](sorti en Belgique début février 1969.[j'avais acheté le mien dès le lendemain de sa parution]) à une qualité stéréophonique infecte si on la compare avec le pressage anglais "full stereo"). Tidbit time: la firme de disques française Magic Records par l'intermédiaire de Martial Martinay (qui avait rencontré Philippe) n'obtient de chez EMI France que des bandes sonores qu'on peut qualifier de "fake stereo" alors que la véritable stéréo est disponible en Angleterre. Cette réédition sort en 1998. En 2004, les deux 33 tours ressortent (EMI Belgium!!!) en CD: un travail de numérisation tout à fait pourri alors que le format-son stéréo du 33 tours Serenade est excellent dès sa sortie en 1970.
Richard Anthony reste royal (sang réal? V) avec ses versions de "Toi l'ami"/"All my loving" en février 1964 et "Tout peut s'arranger"/"We can work it out" sortie en 1965. Le 45 tours que pouvez admirer est belge avec à sa droite la v.o. des Scarabées.
"Et je l'aime"/"And I love her" par Olivier Despax accompagné par Christian Chevallier et son Orchestre.***La face B? "Où êtes-vous?"/"More", du film "Mondo Cane": on y voyait notamment des Africains "ensemencer" (entendez faire l'amour avec la terre)***Riviera, une filiale Barclay également sous contrôle de Vivendi Universal (ex CGDE).
"Ca reste entre nous"/"P.S. I love you": excellente version par ce groupe mythique LES MISSILES. Cet EP est sorti en avril 1964 sur Ducretet Thomson/EMI-Pathé Marconi 460 V 631. A noter leur toute aussi bonne version de Fun, fun, fun des Beach Boys...
En novembre 1968, les Beatles achevaient d'enregistrer ce double LP blanc "White Album". Jean Martin, manager du Sixteenth Century débarque à Londres à Abbey Road studios avec une bobine contenant e.a. Daydream - construite différemment que la version définitive. Le Wallace arrive à Londres (tous frais payés par EMI) le 6 janvier 1969 [époque à laquelle les Beatles travaillent sur leur prochain single Get Back] pour y enregister une chanson qui fera un carton par la suite courant mars 1969 (#1 en France et en Belgique francophone, #2 en Belgique néerlandophone, #14 aux Pays-Bas, #41 en Angleterre et plusieurs #1 en Amérique du Sud et Centrale...):"Daydream"...I fell asleep admid the flowers for a couple of hours on a beautiful day...Macca avait déclaré début 1969: "After us, it will be (them"[http://www.wallacecollection.net].Les 7/12/68 (UK) et 28/12/68 (USA), ce double LP est # 1.It is referred to as the White Album because of its plain white sleeve (a reversal from Sgt. Pepper's lavish one.For the 1st time The Beatles (including Billy Preston not credited) worked separately on some of the songs on the album/LP Record, as cracks began to appear in the partnership.*****20th Aug., 1969: The Beatles were together for the last time in a recording studio (I want you [She's so heavy]) for Abbey Road featuring Billy Preston still not credited.This LP topped UK and US charts (4th Oct. and 1st Nov. of 1969)/updated 14th June, 2006. 23rd May, 1970: Let It Be (Billy Preston credited on the backside of the cover) tops UK chart "a cardboard tombstone" and a sad and tatty end to a musical fusion".The Beatles are no more: Macca [the press writes that he was the man who broke up The Beatles] is recording simultaneously his debut solo album McCartney (UK #2 & US #1, 05/1970), John making hits with the Plastic Ono Band (Cold Turkey, (means hard drug) and Give Peace A Chance as well and, Ringo about to release his album Sentimental Journey : UK #7 & US #22, 04/1970 (among the arrangers there was his friend Maurice (Gibb) of the Bee Gees (a duo including Barry!) themselves). George begins recording All Things Must Pass (UK #4 & US #1, 12/1970).
Valérie et Albert..."Back in the U.S.S.R." sorti chez Philips 6042 170 (face A) en 1976 [la face B est une adaptation de "Are You Ready To Rock" du groupe anglais de Roy Wood "Wizzard" (WB Recs, 1974). ABDD n'en n'est pas à son premier coup d'essai avec une adaptation réussie cfr "Quand arrive l'été"/"Sweet little sixteen" de Chuck Berry d'après "Surfin' USA" des Beach Boys, Philips 6009 634, mars 1975 .
Tidbit time:on aperçoit sur l'étiquette: "THE" Yellow Submarine...Comme quoi, l'on déformait déjà (involontairement?) à cette époque-là (in the olden days)!Macca a déclaré que cette chanson avait été écrite pour les enfants. Ce n'est donc pas une comptine...Suivez mon regard--->Wikipédia francophone.Tidbit time: leur version de "With a little help from my friends" [Des amis pour m'aider / Avec un coup de main des copians, 1968] reste introuvable...Maurice Chevalier se met "dans le vent", "in" comme on disait en ce temps-là. Le texte est de Jean Broussolle (Compagnons de la Chanson qui en enregistrèrent la v.o. en français). Orchestre dir. Caravelli (avec l'aimable autorisation des disques C.B.S.). Pathé 7 EGF 940, 1966.
Al Hirt (b. Alois Maxwell Hirt, New Orleans, LA, Nov.7, 1922 - d. Apr.27, 1999, New Orleans. He was a jazz trumpeter and a bandleader. Hirt was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in November 2009.
Yesterday sur une face B/as of the B-side? Al (He's the King) Hirt, Trumpet, conducted by Dirk Hyman, RCA Victor 47-8736. Anyway, I'm the king too :-). http://youtu.be/hwfsuiQ19AE (Yesterday - 1965)
Découvert par Henri Salvador himself, Jacky Moulière jouait de la guitare avec des gants blancs. Cette version de "She loves you" ("Elle t'aime") est sortie sur disques Salvador B 373.309 F en février 1964. Avec Christian Chevalier et son orchestre: LE chef d'orchestre avec qui il fallait (aussi) compter. Autre adaptation française de l'aussi infatigable Pierre Saka (Sacca).