Bill Haley : the Sonet Sessions 1968-1979 + US United Artists 1968 Sessions - 29/08/2006 (modif : 29th Sept., 2nd & 15th Oct. 2006))
***Rock Around The Clock : via Bill Haley and His Comets, Mexico, 1966.***Ling-Ting-Tong : from The Five Keys' Ling, Ting, Tong, Capitol F-2945, 15th Oct.1954. R'n'B #1, US #28, 1955***Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie via Bill Haley and His Comets, 1956.***Rock The Joint : via Bill Haley With The Saddlemen, Essex E-303, 04/1952.***See You Later Alligator : via Bill Haley and The Comets, Mexico, 1966***Flip, Flop And Fly : via Bill Haley and The Comets, 1961 (from Joe Turner (as well as the latter song), Atlantic, 1955).***Love Letters In The Sand : via Bill Haley and His Comets, 1960, from Russ Colombo, 1931.***Shake Rattle And Roll : via Bill Haley and His Comets, Mexico, 1966 (from Joe Turner, Atlantic 1026, 04/1954).***Dance Around The Clock : from Bill Haley and His Comets, Newtown recs, 1963.***Games People Play : from Joe South, Capitol recs, 1968***A Little Piece At A Time : from Good Jelly Bess (aka Billy Riley), Hermitage 775, April 1962.***Bony Moronie : from Larry Williams' Bonie Maronie, Specialty 615, 1957***There's A New Moon Over My Shoulder : from Jimmie Davis, 1943/1944.***Me And Bobby McGee : from Roger Miller, RCA Camden, 1964.***Who'll Stop The Rain : from Creedence Clearwater Revival (aka CCR), Fantasy, 1971.***Travelin' Band : from CCR, Fantasy, 1970.***No Letter Today : from Ted Daffan And His Texans, Columbia/Okeh, 1942/43 via Gene Autry, 1943.***Cryin' Time/live in Sweden : from Buck Owens (b.12th Aug. 1929 d. 25th March 2006) and His Buckaroos, Capitol F-5336, 28th Dec. 1964.***What 'D I Say : from Ray Charles, Atlantic, 1959***Lucille : from Little Richard, 1957.***Kansas City via Joey Dee and The Starliters, Roulette, 1962.***I'm Walking : from Fats Domino, 1957***High Heel Sneakers : from Tommy Tucker, Chess/Checker, 1964.***Tossin' And Turnin' : from Bobby Lewis and The Swanettes, Beltone recs, #1 spot which stayed on the charts for 23 weeks in 1961 (a throwback to the baritone jump blues singers of the early Fifties). .***Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On : from Big Maybelle, Okeh 7060, 1955 via Chubby Checker, 11/1960.***C.C. Rider [trad.] : via Joey Dee And The Starliters, Roulette, 1962 (and Chubby Checker's The C.C. Rider) [originally well known by Chuck Willis, Atlantic, 1957 & 1963 posthumous and, LaVern Baker's See See Rider released on Atlantic in 1963 (originally See See Rider Blues by Ma Rainey (aka Gertrude Pridgett, 1886-1931) acc. by Her Georgia Jazz Band, Paramount 12252-B, Jan. 1925 [rec. date : 15th Oct. 1924]).***Lawdy Miss Clawdy : from Lloyd Price, Specialty 428, 04/1952***Bring It On Home To Me : from Sam Cooke (duet with Lou Rawls), RCA Victor 47-8036, 07/1962.***Personality : from Lloyd Price, Paramount Recs, 1959***Crazy Man Crazy : from Bill Haley With Haley's Comets, Essex E-321, April 1953.***Rock'N'Roll Music : from Chuck Berry, Chess, 05/1957.***Jim Dandy (Got Married) : from LaVern Baker's Jim Dandy, Atlantic, 1956.***That's How I Got To Memphis : from Tom T. Hall, 1968.***Juke Box Cannonball : via Jesse Rogers, 1949.***The Battle Of New Orleans : from Jimmie Driftwood, 1936 then rewamped in 1958, US #1 in 1959 [based on a fiddle tune "The Eight Of January"=Andrew Jackson's victory at the battle of New Orleans on 8th January 1815].***Heartaches By The Number : from Guy Mitchell with Ray Conniff and His Orchestra, US #1, Columbia, 1959.***Tweedle Dee : from LaVern Baker and The Gliders, Atlantic 1047, 11/1954.***So Right Tonight : from Bill Haley and His Comets, WB Recs, 1960.*****That's How I Got To Memphis, 01/1969 via his 1968's recording.*****Rockin' Around The Chistmas Tree, EMI, US, 1992 : from Brenda Lee, Decca 9-30776, October 19, 1958.*****Flip, Flop And Fly, Rockstar, UK, 1994 via his 1961's recording.*****Jingle Bell Rock : from Bobby Helms, Decca, 1957 via Chubby Checker duet with labelmate Bobby Rydell, US #21, Parkway Records, 12/1961 and Brenda Lee, Decca, June 13, 1964.***Tidbit time (annotations on the rear of the Sonet LP Everyone Can Rock & Roll) by David Sandison : (...) Bill's first teenage gigs were the classics ones available to rual kids wanting to break into show-business. He played local fairs and amusement parks (notably Radio Park) and, he played what's best described as hillbilly music. His first professional job was two years he spent playing guitar for Booth-Win bandleader Cousin Lee (alias ARLEE ELLSWORTH), director of Radio Park.***In 1945, when Bill was twenty, he cut his first record, a version of the popular "Candy Kisses" [So, "stolen" by George Morgan who wrote the song himself in 1948 and recorded it in 1949?]***Very strange!].***However, the song (gospel) has been recorded the year before by The Five Blind Boys of Alabama (leader Clarence Fountain) and issued on Coleman Records, Newark, New Jersey then the same year by Rex Turner and The Westerners, Varsity V 8015 via Red Foley, Decca, 1949.***When that didn't set the world alight, he got more work in cowboy bands and learned his craft. In 1949, Bill returned home to find that a radio station had been built in nearby Chester and that WPWA were loooking for staff. He applied for, and got, a regular dee-jay job at WPWA and formed a broadcasting band - The Four Aces of Western Swing (...).***S.K. (myself) : During the 30's, Gene Autry was his idol. In the meantime, Bill known as the Rambling Yodeler sang (blue) yodel just like Jimmie Rodgers (aka Jean-Charles Rodgers, 8th Sep. 1897-26th May 1933) did since 'round 1927 until his death, this country manner of singing by incorporating of the setback of the voice inherited the Tyrolean from Switzerland and Austria) and has formed The Range Drifters in 1943.***In November 1947, Bill met Lou Pollar and was engaged by him as director of programs, leaving him carte blanche. This radio program has been called Western Swing Hour with the generic "We're Gonna Rock The Joint".***Certain of the songs he wrote were recorded by other artists such as Charlie Stone on Mercury Records and Andy Reynolds & His 101 Ranch Boys on Columbia Records ("Candy And Women") whereas "Pancake" Pete Newman recorded "Four Leaf Clover Blues" on RCA Victor. ******UK Pickwick records repackaging (March 1976) = ***Biggest Hits, Sonet/Grand Prix GP-9945, Sweden, 1968.***Rock Around The Country, Sonet 2519, Sweden, 28th May 1971.***Hallmark SHM 773 = Bill Haley On Stage (Stockholm, Sweden, 24th June 1968 [in front of private audience : the Maffia!] = Sonet SLP 63, Sweden, 26th July 1968.***EMI/MFP 2M 046 - 95.290, France, 1975 = Rock 'N' Roll Music, Sonet SNTF 645, UK, 1973.***Everyone Can Rock And Roll, Sonet, UK, 9/1979 : if your feet don't dance when it comes blasting out of your speakers, see your doctor!!!
C'était dans la consternation générale que le monde musical avait appris la mort subite, dans la nuit du samedi 26 août au dimanche 27 août 1967, de Brian Epstein, que l'on désignait sous l'appellation de "cinquième Beatle" ou de "Beatle dans l'ombre". La surprise de son décès inopiné fut d'autant plus grande qu'il n'était âgé que de 32 ans et qu'il n'était affligé d'aucune maladie notoire. Comme on n'avait retrouvé aucun médicament ni de message dans son luxueux appartement de Londres, on en a aussitôt conclu à une mort naturelle. C'est le domestique de Brian Epstein qui avait trouvé son patron mort dans son lit lorsqu'il était venu reprendre son service le dimanche après-midi. Il avait déclaré qu'Epstein était dans son état normal et qu'il ne se sentait nullement souffrant lorsqu'il s'était couché la veille.***Cependant, l'autopsie du corps n'en avait pas moins été faite, car il était notoire que Brian absorbait régulièrement du LSD et un mélange de drogue et d'alcool, ce qui lui était pourtant formellement interdit par les médecins depuis qu'il avait contracté une jaunisse, quelques mois auparavant, dont il avait eu de la peine à se rétablir. De plus, il était affligé d'une fièvre chronique d'origine glandulaire et la mort de son père, survenue un mois plus tôt, l'avait également fortement déprimé et abattu.***L'annonce brutale de la mort de leur manager et ami avait fortement affecté les Beatles, qui étaient justement en train de faire une retraite spirituelle en assistant à une conférence de la Spiritual Regeneration League au Normal College à Bangor, Pays de Galles en vue d'étudier la méditation transcendentale avec le guru indien (Indes) Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. L'affection et la reconnaissance des Beatles à l'égard d'Epstein étaient bien connues et ils le considéraient véritablement comme l'un des leurs et comme un ami précieux. On se souviendra, en effet, que c'est Epstein qui avait découvert les Beatles à la Caverne de Liverpool où ils se produisaient alors pour une bouchée de pain et qu'il leur avait fait enregistrer un premier disque (Love Me Do) à ses frais. Il aurait même, semble-t-il, payé des centaines de jeunes pour qu'ils aillent acheter ce disque. Quant aux disques suivants, il s'était avéré qu'aucune aide n'était plus nécessaire pour qu'ils se vendent à plus d'un million d'exemplaires! Epstein avait donc vu juste.***Bien que vivant à Londres, ce fut à Liverpool, où il naquit et passât la majeure partie de sa vie, tout comme les Beatles, que Brian Epstein fut inhumé.***Lorsqu'ils vinrent rendre un dernier hommage à la dépouille mortelle de leur ami, les Beatles avaient déclaré comme un seul homme qu'ils n'auraient jamais su dominer leur peine sans le bienfaisant et salutaire enseignement qui leur avait été prodigué par le maître yogi indien Maharishi Mahesh et par l'étude des religions orientales, ce qui leur avait valu des paroles d'une haute élévation spirituelle.***Black & white photo : 18th November 1963 at E.M.I. : between John and George are from left to right : Brian Epstein, Sir Joseph Lockwood and George Martin.***It was in general consternation that the musical world had learned sudden death, in the night of Saturday August 26 to Sunday August 27, 1967, of Brian Epstein, that one indicated under the name of “fifth Beatle” or “Beatle in the shade”. The surprise of his unexpected death was all the more large as he was old only 32 years and that he was afflicted with no notorious disease. As one had found no drug nor of message in his luxurious apartment in London, one showed some a natural death at once. It is the servant of Brian Epstein who had found his boss dead in his bed when he had come to take again his service on that Sunday afternoon. He had declared that Epstein was in his normal state and that he felt by no means suffering when he had lain down the day before. *** However, the autopsy of the body had not been made less by it, because it was notorious that Brian regularly absorbed LSD and a mixture of drug and alcohol, which was however formally prohibited to him by the doctors since he had contracted a jaundice, a few months before, of which he had had sorrow to be restored. Moreover, he was afflicted with a chronic fever of glandular origin and the death of his father, occurred one month earlier, also strongly had depressed him and cut down. *** The brutal advertisement of their manager's death and friend to them had strongly affected The Beatles, which were precisely making a spiritual retirement in Bangor, Wales. Group attends a conference of the Spiritual Regeneration League at Normal College to study transcendental meditation with Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The affection and the recognition of The Beatles with regard to Epstein were well-known and they regarded truly one as of theirs and as an invaluable friend.***One will remember, indeed, that it was Epstein who had discovered The Beatles at the Liverpool Cavern where they occurred then for a bread mouthful and that he had made them record a first disc (Love Me Do) with his money.***He would even have, it seems, paid hundreds of young people so that they will buy this disc.***As for the following discs, it had proven that no help was more necessary so that they are sold to more than one million copies! Epstein had thus seen just. *** Although living in London, it was in Liverpool, where he was born and passed the major part of his life, just like The Beatles, that Brian Epstein was buried. ***When they paid a last homage to the mortal remains of their friend, The Beatles had declared as only one man that they would never have known to dominate their sorrow without the beneficial one and salutary teaching which had been lavished to them by the Master Indian yogi Maharishi Mahesh and by the study of the Eastern religions, which had been worth to them words of a high rise.
***The Cowboy Records label was founded in March 1945 by Jack Howard.***Keystone Records, another Philadelphia small label belonged to Ed Wilson.***Atlantic was created in 1948 in New York City by Herb Abramson and Ahmet Ertegun.***US original label shots by courtesy of Rocking Country Style Webmaster Terry Gordon, Atlanta, United States Of America - lotsa thanx, Terry.***Recorded for radio in 1947 and ca. 1950 and previously unreleased were Bill Haley's renditions of The Wreck On The Highway originally recorded by Dorsey Dixon [Feb., 1938] and / or The Dixon Brothers under the title (I) Didn't Hear Nobody Pray, 1938 and, Red River Valley from Montana Slim's Red River Valley Blues, RCA Victor/Bluebird B-8441, 1941; My Bucket's Got A Hole In It from Hank Williams and His Drifting Cowboys, MGM 10560, 1949, Cool Water from Hank Williams, radio transcription, 1949.***Too Many Parties And Too Many Pals (Ray Henderson/Billy RosS/Mort Dixon), Cowboy records, Aug. 1948 : later recorded by Hank Williams, Sr. as Luke The Drifter, MGM 10718, Jan. 10, 1950.***Candy Kisses (Cowboy records CR-1202, April 1949) from supposed George Morgan's original [Bill Haley could have already recorded it from a popular in 1945 when he was 20 - very strange! The first recording of this song was made by The Five Blind Boys of Alabama (leader Clarence Fountain) in 1948 and issued on Newark's label Coleman Records, New Jersey then by Rex Turner and The Westerners on Varsity V 8015 in 1948 as well], Columbia, March 1949, US Country charts #1 via Red Foley, Decca, 1949, US Country charts #4. b/w Tennessee Border from Red Foley, Decca, US Country charts #3, 1949 [originally by Jimmy Work and His Tennessee Border Boys, Alben 501, 1948].***The Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along was also recorded for radio in 1949 and borrowed to Spike Jones And His City Slickers, RCA Victor, 1942.***Ten Gallon Stetson - recorded in 1950 for Keystone 5101, March 1950 - was also borrowed but this time to Ray Whitley acc. by Santa Fe' Ranger Melvin Price, Cowboy recs CR- 302, November 1947.***Long Gone Daddy (GOTHAM G-7416, 1951) : from I'm A Long Gone Daddy by Hank Williams, 1948, Cash Box #6.***Tidbit time : May 21, 1951 : Williams is admitted to the North Louisiana Sanitarium suffering from acute alcoholism. Williams has regularly resorted to alcohol and narcotics to ease severe back pains which are now analyzed as a birth defect, spina bifida occulta.***December 31, 1952 : 17-year-old Charles Carr drives Williams' Cadillac from Montgomery, Alabama, as they set out out for a New Year's Eve gig at the Memorial Auditorium, Canton, Ohio. Highway patrolman SWANN KITTS books Carr for speeding near Rutledge, Tennessee, and suggests to the driver that his back seat passenger looks dead.***January 1, 1953 : at 5.30am Carr stops for directions in Oak Hill, West Virginia.***Outside a Pure Oil service station he realizes Williams' body feels cold and calls the police. Patrolman HOWARD JAMEY confirms the death.***An autopsy conducted at Oak Hill hospital gives cause of death as heart failure [due to a shot].***In fact, Williams GOT A SHOT (US) / HAD IT OFF (UK) / une "PIQUOUZE"...This last sentence : (C) S. KOENIG - 25th August 2006.
The Warner Brothers Sessions (and more WEA) : where on earth did Bill Haley discovered these incedible songs from? Part 3 - Crazy Man Crazy ! (again) - modif : 16th, 29th Oct. 2006
***Crazy Man Crazy : from Bill Haley With Haley's Comets, 1953***Kansas City : from K.C. Lovin' by Little Willie Littlefield, Federal, 11/1952 via Little Richard, US #95, 1959. (Wilbert Harrison, Fury, US #1, May 1959)***Love Letters In The Sand : from Dolly Dawn and Her Dawn Patrol, 1931.***Shake Rattle And Roll : from Joe Turner, April 1954***I'm In Love Again : from Fats Domino, 06/1956***Stagger Lee : from Lloyd Price's version, 1959 [originally Stack O' Lee Blues by Frank Westphal & His Orchestra, 1923 and Waring's Pennsylvanians, 1923)***Rock Around The Clock : from Bill Haley And His Comets, 05/1954***I Almost Lost My Mind : from Ivory Joe Hunter, 1949***Blue Suede Shoes : from Carl Perkins, Sun 234, Jan. 1, 1956***My Special Angel : from Bobby Helms With The Anita Kerr Singers, Decca 9-30423, 08/1957***Blueberry Hill : from Fats Domino's version, 12/1956 [originally by Sammy Kaye And His Orchestra, 05/1940 via Glenn Miller and his orchestra with Ray Eberle, Bluebird, 1940].***Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin', On : from Big Maybelle, Okeh 7060, 1955 via Chubby Checker, Parkway Records, B-side of The Hucklebuck, 10/1960.***Bouquet Of Roses : from Eddy Arnold And His Tennessee Plowboys, RCA Victor, 1948***I Don't Hurt Anymore : from Hank Snow, RCA Victor, 17th April 1954.***(The) Wild Side Of Life : from Hank Thompson, Capitol, 1952 [aka Honky Tonk Angels].***Singing The Blues from Marty Robbins, Columbia 1956 via Guy Mitchell, Columbia, US #1, 1956***This Is The Thanks I Get : from This Is The Thanks I Get (For Loving You) by Eddy Arnold, The Tennessee Plowboy, and his Guitar, RCA Victor 47-5805, July 1954.***Candy Kisses : originally from George Morgan's - who wrote the song -, CBS/COLUMBIA 20547, 1949, US R'N'B #1 then US POP #2.***However, this song (gospel) had been recorded the year before by The Five Blind Boys of Alabama (Clarence Fountain, leader) and issued on Coleman Records, Newark, New Jersey. Then in the same year by Rex Turner and The Westerners, Varsity V 8015 via Red Foley, Decca, 1949***Scandinavian Shuffle, 1960 : from Alice Babs and the swe-danes, Metronome 4509-95438-2, Sweden, 1959.***No Letter Today : from Ted Daffan and his Texans, CBS/COLUMBIA, 1942 (US #1, 1943).***There's A New Moon Over My Shoulder (08/60) : from Jimmie Davis, Capitol Records, US #1, 1945***Cold Cold Heart : from Hank Williams (Sr.) And His Drifting Cowboys, 1951***Anytime : from Emmett Miller acc. by his Georgia Crackers, Okeh 40239, 1924; Okeh 41095, 1928; Bluebird 6577, 1936 via Eddy Arnold And His Guitar, RCA Victor, 1956.***Detour : originally from Spade Cooley A.H.O., Columbia 36935, US C/W #2), 1946 via Patti Page With Jack Rael And His Orchestra, Mercury 5682, June 13, 1951 via Duane Eddy, Jamie 1117/B, 09/1959 and originally written by Paul Westmorland as Detour (There's A Muddy Road Ahead) in 1945.***Trouble In Mind (Claire EP, 1979) : via Lucky Millinder And His Orchestra feat. Rosetta Tharpe on vocal, Decca 48053, 1950 [via Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra feat. Bertha "Chippie" Hill on vocal, 1926 [originally by Thelma LaVizzo, Paramount 12206, 1924].*** "Blue" Spanish Eyes : from Bert Kaempfert And His Orchestra's Moon Over Naples, German #1, July 1965.***Caravan : from Duke Ellington And His Famous Orchestra, Majestic 131, 05/1937.***Rock Around The Clock "SANS SAX" version, 04/1960) from (We'Re Gonna) RATC by Bill Haley And His Comets, May 1954 [originally by Sonny Dae And His Knights, Arcade, 03/1954]. Re-issued : WB Records, France, 1981 (originally, France, 1964 and 1972). Franny Beecher, with finally getting to put his own stamp on the song, rather than recreating Danny Cedrone's guitar break from the original.***The original WB album W/WS 1378, 04/60 Bill Haley and His Comets was known as "VITAPHONIC STEREO".***One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart), 1960 : from Jimmy Wakely, US C/W #1 in 1948 (Capitol Records).***Wipe Outn 1970 : from The Surfaris, DOT, 1963.***Haley's Juke Box, WB W/WS 1391, 08/1960.***Live In London, 06/1974.
Barclay James Harvest : Titles (adapted from The Beatles)***http://www.bjharvest.co.uk/ (with pleasure, Keith)
***About the only eyebrow-raising number here is "Titles", a song that was supposed to be some kinda/a kind of musical tribute to the Beatles where the band (some of MySpace friends) makes a four minute (3'38) "pot-pourri" of sorts, combining snippets from the Beatles' melodies "The long and winding road, here comes the sun" and snippets from the Beatles' lyrics in a strange sappy mélange wiith choruses like "All you need is love" to succeed, "Lady Madonna let it be", "Something" in the way you wrote, yesterday" and lyrics like "Across the universe one after 909 I've got a feeling for you blue and I feel fine"...So they say. The song probably aims for kitsch but misses the mark entirely was taken from the LP record Time Honoured Ghosts released in November 1975.***The single was released in UK on 14th Nov. 1975 and the German & Belgian pressings b/w another B-side in 11/1975 and 02/1976.***"Titles" was trad. and arr. by John Lees.***Tidbit time 1 : I went to see BJH at Grand Theâtre de Verviers on Sunday 9th April 2006 with a friend of mine, Mo, WALLACE COLLECTION's manager. However, I first saw BJH (feat. Les Holroyd, John Lees, Melvin Pritchard and Woolley Wolstenholme were one of the first bands to use systematically mellotron since The Beatles used it in Strawberry Fields Forever) in Liège at the Emulation (supporting act : Hungary-based group Omega [Perlen Im Haar, 1973]), place du 20 août back on the 20th March of 1975.***This concert had been organized by another friend of mine, Jacques Braipson, Jeunesses Musicales' boss.***Tidbit time 2 : due to a fire on the 20th August of 1914, the Emulation was rebuilded 20 years later. The works of rebuilding started in 1934 to end in 1939. The architect who drew the new plans for its renovation was Julien Koenig, my father's godfather...http://www.ulg.ac.be/slemul/historique/220_ans.html
Bill Haley dans les charts américain et anglais. Le classement américain est soit celui du Billboard ou celui du Cash Box: "la meilleure place". CRAZY MAN, CRAZY - # 15, fin 1953.***(WE’RE GONNA) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK: US Pop #23 (29/05/54), UK #17 in December; US R&B #3, US #1 (8 semaines), UK #1 en 10/1955 pendant 5 semaines [également sous le titre "Rock around the clock"].***SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL – # 7 [04/54]; # 4 RU, 12/1954(Brunswick/Columbia)***DIM, DIM THE LIGHTS (I WANT SOME ATMOSPHERE) - # 11, 01/1955***BIRTH OF THE BOOGIE – #17, 04/1955***MAMBO ROCK – ("flip side" de Birth Of The Boogie) # 17; # 14 RU, 04/1955***TWO HOUND DOGS – (flip side [face A] de Razzle-Dazzle) # 9 (09/1955)***RAZZLE-DAZZLE - # 15, 09/1955; # 13 RU, 09/1956!***BURN THAT CANDLE - # 9, 11/1955 (flip side (face A) de Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie)***ROCK-A-BEATIN’ BOOGIE – (flip side (A-side) de Burn That Candle) #23, # 4 RU***THE SAINTS ROCK 'N' ROLL (B-side de R-O-C-K) - # 18, 04/1956 # 5 RU, 05/56*** R-O-C-K - # 29, 04/1956***HOT DOG BUDDY BUDDY (flip side de Rockin' Through The Rye - # 78) - # 60, 06/1956***ROCKIN' THROUGH THE RYE - # 3, RU, 08/1956; # 19 (RU), 01/1957***SEE YOU LATER , ALLIGATOR – # 6, 02/1956; # 7 RU, 03/1956; # 12 RU, 09/1956 (nouvelle entrée)***(HOT DOG BUDDY BUDDY – #60, 06/1956***RIP IT UP – # 25, 08/1956; # 4 RU, 11/1956***TEENAGER'S MOTHER (ARE YOU RIGHT?) - # 68, 08/1956***RAZZLE DAZZLE - # 13, RU, 09/1956***ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK - # 5, RU, 09/1956; # 24, 12/1956; re-tope en 01/1957, RU, # 25***SEE YOU LATER , ALLIGATOR - # 12, RU, 09/1956 RUDY'S ROCK - # 34; # 30 (RU), 11/1956; re-tope # 26 (RU), 12/1956***DON’T KNOCK THE ROCK - # 45, 12/1956; # 7, RU, 02/1957***ROCK THE JOINT (version 1953) - # 20 RU, 02/1957***FORTY CUPS OF COFFEE / HOOK, LINE AND SINKER - # 70, 04/1957***(YOU HIT THE WRONG NOTE) BILLY GOAT - # 60, 06/1957***SKINNY MINNIE - # 22, 05/1958 LEAN JEAN - # 67, 08/1958 JOEY'S SONG - # 46, 11/1959***SKOKIAAN [SOUTH AFRICAN SONG] - # 70, 1960***ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK - # 20, RU, 04/1968 (réédition MCA)***ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK - # 34, RU, 05/1968 (label: Ace of Heart)***ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK - # 12, RU, puis # 39 EU, 04/1974***HALEY'S GOLDEN MEDLEY - # 50, RU, 04/1981***"Rock the joint", 1956 ou/or "New rock the joint", 1956 (stereo): "fail to chart".***Dutch & UK 45 rpm records were released in 1981 a few weeks after Bill Haley's death as a tribute to the undisputed king of rock'n'roll.***US & UK Chart Toppers under control: see my last article on 27/07/2008).
John Lennon : Imagine or how to write "yum-yum" in Bulgarian. Above us only sky..."Imagine the clouds dripping, dig a hole garden to put them in." Yoko '63.
« Dieu est un concept qui permet de soulager la souffrance des hommes ». Voilà comment commençait l'exposé ouvertement athéiste de John Lennon dans "God" extrait de son 1er album en 1970 évidemment censuré par la BBC entre autres. C'est alors que, fidèle à ses convictions, l'ex Beatle nous ressert le même plat mais au second degré dans une version édulcorée. La chanson franchit ainsi l'obstacle de la censure britannique avec succès et devient même un classique intemporel chanté dans le monde entier. Pourtant, "imagine qu'il n'y ait pas de Paradis, c'est facile si tu essaies" ne laisse aucune ambiguïté concernant les croyances intimes de son auteur-compositeur-interprète. Mais comme d'un autre côté la chanson délivre un message de paix et de générosité universelles, valeurs toujours défendues par John Lennon, la censure a dû être bien embarrassée pour prendre une position tranchée et a sans doute préféré ne rien faire. Cependant le simple devra attendre fin octobre 1975 pour voir le jour en Grande-Bretagne, soit 4 ans après la sortie de l’album du même nom. Le titre ne tarde pas à monter dans les charts anglais jusqu'à la 6ème place qu'il tiendra 3 semaines. Aux USA, "Imagine" avait déjà fait 3ème ! Mais c’était en 1971 et sous le nom du Plastic Ono Band. Cependant il faudra attendra la mort de Lennon pour voir le simple réédité se classer à la première place du hit anglais (10.01.1981) 10 ans après sa sortie. Et pour faire bonne mesure, une seconde réédition de 1999 mènera ce titre à nouveau à la 3ème place du Top Of The Pops. Depuis "Imagine" est devenu un classique repris par de nombreux artistes; ses paroles sont toujours d'actualité et le piano Steinway qui a joué l'introduction dans la version originale a été vendu aux enchères le 18 octobre 2000. C'est George Michael, ex Wham !, qui l'a acquis pour près de 90.000.000 de francs belges [15 millions de francs français soit environ 2.231.000 €] . "Imagine" reste à ce jour le morceau le plus connu de John. Le 33 tours sorti en octobre se classe no 1 en Angleterre et aux USA le même mois.***Translation : "God is a concept which makes it possible to relieve the suffering of the men". Here how began the talk openly atheist of John Lennon in "God" extracted from his 1st album in 1970 obviously censored by the BBC inter alia. At this point in time, faithful to his convictions, the ex-Beatle serves again us the same dish but with the second degree in an edulcorated version. The song crosses the obstacle of the British censorship thus successfully and becomes even traditional timeless sung in the whole world. However, "that there is no Paradise, it's easy if you try" does not leave any ambiguity concerning the intimate beliefs of his song writer and performer. But as on another side the song delivers a message of universal peaces and generosity, values always defended by John Lennon, the censorship had to be well embarrassed to take a distinct position and undoubtedly preferred anything to make. However the single will have to await at the end of October 1975 to be born in Great Britain, that is to say 4 years after the release of the album of the same name. The title is not long in going up in the English charts until the 6th place which will hold 3 weeks. In the USA, "Imagine" had already made #3! But it was in 1971 and under the name of Plastic Ono Band. However it will be necessary will await the death of Lennon to see the single republished to be classified in the first place of the U.K. chart (10.01.1981) 10 years after its release. And to make good measurement, one second republication of 1999 will again lead this title to the 3rd place of the Top Of The Pops. Since "Imagine" became traditional begun again by many artists; its words are always of topicality and the Steinway piano which played the introduction into the original version was sold by auctions on October 18, 2000. It is George Michael, ex-Wham! , who acquired it for nearly 90.000.000 of Belgian francs [approximately 2.231.000 €]. "Imagine" remains to date the most known piece of John. The 33 rpm turns left in October is classified No 1 in England and in the USA the same month.***French single pressing. Credited as John Lennon / PLastic Ono Band on the label [2 C 006-04940, 11/1971]. LP Record/album : Balkanton BTA 12502, Bulgaria, 1971.
***On ne remerciera jamais asez Jacques Leblanc et Jean Marcou, "Juke Box Magazine", d'avoir mis les pochettes originales des EP's à disposition de Phonogram Paris.***Cette collection unique en son genre sortie en 1990 comprenait 9 CD's dont celui des Gam's avec leur version de All My Loving des Beatles (Toi l'ami, 1964).***Les Lionceaux et toutes leurs versions de chansons des Beatles (Je te veux tout à moi, 1964 (I wanna be your man); Toi l'ami, 1964; Le temps est long, 1964 (It won't be long); Mais ne viens plus, 1964 (Don't bother me); Je ne peux l'acheter, 05/1964 (Can't buy me love); Je suis fou, 05/1964 (Ask me why); Cette fille, 1964 (This boy); Quatre garçons dans le vent, 1964 (A hard day's night); Dis-moi pourquoi?, 1965 (Tell me why?) et, Ne ris pas, 1965 (No reply).***La seule chanson des Beatles enregistrée en français par Lucky Blondo (alais Gérard Blondiot) acc. par Jacques Denjean et son rorchestre c'est J'ai un secret à te dire, 1963 d'après Do you want to know a secret?