1955: Maurice White (1941/12/19-present) begins playing drums with Memphis schoolfriend Booker T. Jones (later of Booker T. And The MG's (Memphis Group.)
1966: he joins The Ramsey Lewis Trio and plays on 10 of Lewis' albums.
1969: White forms The Sally Peppers, who have a local Chicago hit with La La Time and Love Is Life on Capitol Records.
1970: White changes group name to Earth, Wind & Fire. They sign to Warner Bros. Records.
1978/07/14: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is released. White wins a Grammy Award of the best instrumental arrangements accompanying all the vocalists a few months later.
1978/09/16: Got To Get You Into My Life, which the band performs in film "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" hits US Pop chart #9; R'n'B #1 and is a million-seller. Produced by Maurice White.
28.09.1978: the said single makes UK #33. ( http://youtu.be/6ljFPOmwg28 )
Personnel: Maurice White, Verdine White, Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn, Ralph Johnson, Al McKay, Johnny Graham, Andrew Woolfolk, Fred White (lead vocals, percussion; vcls, bs; vcls, percussion; piano, synthesizer; drums; gtrs; gtr; tenor sax; drums, percussion.)
Single references i.a.: US COLUMBIA 3-10796 - UK CBS 6553 released in September 1978.
Compilation: P. 1991 Sony Music Entertainment (France) S.A., COLUMBIA COL 468931-2 also released in Belgium, in The Netherlands...
Wish you all a happy New Year !
1977/02/28 (28.02.1977) : Ray Charles is attacked while performing, by a man who rushes on stage with a rope and tries to strangle him.
1977/11/19 : True To Life, a one-off return to Atlantic with a Crossover Records production climbs to US #78. This album is released in November 1977, US reference Crossover/Atlantic 19142 - UK reference London SHU8509.
Left : US album - right : Belgian pressing I Can See Clearly Now (s) Johnny Nash reaches #35 on the R'n'B chart b/w Let It Be. Both songs are taken from the Belgian LP 143.015-Ray Charles-True To Life distributed by FONIOR BRUSSELS/BELGIUM - A DIVISION OF THE INTERNATIONAL PELGRIMS GROUP IPG.
Belgian reference : London/CROSSOVER 26.548 y. Arranged by Larry Mahoberack / Produced by Ray Charles.
Rubber Soul tops UK chart on 25.12.1965.
Farewell to the stage: 1965 will be an exceptional year on the musical plan since The Beatles, from Help!, will be published in this year another album, Rubber Soul. This new album reveals in all its glory new musical concepts as The Beatles began testing out. It marks a decisive change in their music, already far removed from their first songs with choruses witty but still a bit easy, full of yeah-yeah.
Ultimately, Rubber Soul ended the year of 1965 on an encouraging image and changed the future of the Fab Four, now directly influenced by American musical concepts developed by artists like The Byrds.
9.05.1987 : the second batch of Beatles' albums is released on CD including i.a. Rubber Soul (UK #60).
Rubber Soul tops UK chart on 25.12.1965.
L'adieu à la scène : 1965 sera une année exceptionnelle sur le plan musical car les Beatles, après Help !, vont faire paraître en cette fin d'année un autre album, Rubber Soul. Ce nouveau disque dévoile dans toute leur splendeur les nouveaux concepts musicaux que les Beatles commencent à expérimenter. Il marque un changement décisif dans leur musique, déjà très éloignée de leurs premières chansons aux refrains pleins d'esprit mais tout de même un peu faciles, truffés de yeah-yeah.
En définitive, Rubber Soul clôture l'année 1965 sur une image encourageante et renouvelée de l'avenir des Fab Four, désormais directement influencés par les conceptions musicales américaines développées par des artistes tels The Byrds.
Personnel : George Bean, vcls; Rod Coombes, drums; Patrick "Speedy" King, bass; Barry Martin, tenor sax; John Pritchard, trumpet; De Lisle Harper (?), gtr + John Hawken, organ.
George Bean, ex-George Bean and The Runners was a band managed by Robert Stigwood. As for Rod Coombes, he went on to JUCY LUCY in the course of 1970 to help them for i.a. their first album "Lie Back And Enjoy It" issued on Philips/Vertigo 636 014. Later he joined STEALERS WHEEL playing drums i.a. on "Stuck In The Middle With You" released in 1972.
"All Together Now" : produced by Noel Walker - Arranged by Mike Batt. http://youtu.be/qQhpePfiyVk
"Stuck In The Middle With You" : http://youtu.be/OMAIsqvTh7g
UK reference : UNITED ARTISTS UP 2270, February 1969. NL ref.: united artists UA 25.970. Austria ref. : UA 35016.
En tout et pour tout il y en a eu 10 y compris un super EP comprenant Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band / With A Little Help From My Friends / A Day In The Life (Parlophone 4C 006 06843 sorti en septembre 1978.)
Avec le doublon de la pochette de Lady Madonna, il y en a 11.
How to recognize a Belgian pressing ? This label shows the "K.A." on left. "The Parlophone Co. Ltd. -" (in the upper circle) whereas the picture cover shows "PARLOPHONE-Trade Mark Of THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. Please, see my other topic about Hello Goodbye posted in large format.
I Feel Fine sorti le 27/11/1964, BEL #3 le 3/02/1965 (R 5200); Rock And Roll Music sorti en 1965, BEL #3 le 3/03/1965 (MO 20007); Ticket To Ride sorti le 9/04/1965, BEL #10 le 10/05/1965 (R 5265); Help! sorti le 23/07/1965, BEL #5 le 5/09/1965 (R 5305); Yesterday sorti en octobre 1965, BEL #1 le 1/12/1965 (DP 563); We Can Work It Out sorti en décembre 1965, BEL #3 en 01/1966 (R 5389); All You Need Is Love sorti le 7/07/1967, BEL #4 en 08/1967 (R 5620); Hello Goodbye sorti le 24/11/1967, BEL #2 en 01/1968 (R 5655); Lady Madonna sorti 15/03/1968, BEL #3 en avril 1968 (R 5675); Sgt. Pepper's...sorti en 09/1978, BEL #-. DNC.
- Songs recorded in 1977 at Davlen Sound Studios owned by Len Kovner, N. Hollywood, LA. The vinyl album was issued on Atlantic XSD 16037 in January 1981. Re-released on CD by Rhino-Atlantic (reference: 16037) in 1990, 1993 as well as in 2005.
- Get Back / And I Love Her / Eleanor Rigby / The Fool On The Hill / You Never Give Me Your Money / Come Together / I Want You (She's so heavy) / Blackbird / Something / Here, There And Everywhere / The Long And Winding Road / Yesterday / Hey Jude.
- Arrangements and production by David and Marty Paich.
- Musicians includes i.a. Jean-Baptiste "Toots" Thielemans [from Belgium] (harmonica); Jeff Porcaro (drms, percussion); Louie Shelton (gtr); Bob Magnusson (bs); David & Marty Paich (keyboards); John Smith (tenor sax); Jim Gilstrap, Bill Thedford, Perry Morgan (background vcls.)
- And so on...
- http://youtu.be/dc67rUVZ52s (Yesterday)
- http://youtu.be/Uo3kl8V_f84 (And I Love Her)
- http://youtu.be/do5aoGW9Esc (Get Back)
- http://youtu.be/DW6hGRiuRJE (Eleanor Rigby)
- http://youtu.be/DTXDb4ksvsY (The Fool On The Hill)
- http://youtu.be/uL-HCGIAk50 I Want You (She's so heavy)
Esther Phillips (b. Esther Mae Jones, 1935/12/23, Galveston, TX - d. 1984/08/07, Torrance, Ca.) covers And I Love Her as And I Love Him.
The single which reaches the Billboard Pop chart #54 and hits the R'n'B chart #11 (ATLANTIC 45-2281, 1965) is taken from the album of the same name.
UK reference : ATLANTIC AT.4028, 1965 - DNC.
John Lennon introduces Esther Phillips : http://youtu.be/SRpCd73hOrI
Billy J. Kramer had sung with a group called the COASTERS not to be confused with the American group The Coasters.
I'll Keep You Satisfied hits the UK chart #4 (source : Billy J. Kramer discography). According to Sixties City web site, it hits #5 on 30.11.1963. This single is released on 1.11.1963.
http://youtu.be/WjrLFgCIO90 US reference : Capitol Records 72136
Bobby Rydell alias Robert Ridarelli (1942/04/26, Philadelphia, Pa.- present) : singer (and earlier he began taking lessons on percussion. At age 8, he was an accomplished cabaret performer playing drums. Ex-Rocco and the Saints featuring Frankie Avalon to the trumpet.
CAMEO was a parent label of PARKWAY owned by Bernie Lowe, Harry Chipitz and Kal Mann. Parkway was a sister label of Cameo owned by Bernie Lowe and Kal Mann.
Source : Terry Gordon's tremendous web site Rockin' Country Style.
A World Without Love : B-side of Make Me Forget released in Denmark in May 1964 but not published as a single in America.
DK 45rpm7" : CAMEO-PARKWAY CFF 32
Members : Mark Stein (lead vcls and organ); Vince Martell (gtr, vcls); Tim Bogert (bass, vcls); Carmine Appice (drums, vcls). Bogert and Stein who have been playing in Rick Martin & The Showmen, form their own group , The Pigeons. Martell and Appice join the band in the course of 1966.
December 1966 : renamed Vanilla Fudge, the quartet is one of the few East Coast groups to join ranks with acid rock West Coast movement, with a style it will describe as "psychedelic-symphonic rock" (a central element of which is slowed-down rearrangements of artists' hit singles).
July 22, 1967 : V.F. signed to Atlantic Records' subsidiary label ATCO RECORDS, makes its New York debut at the Village theater (soon renamed the Fillmore East) with The Byrds and The Seeds. Debut single, a version of The Supremes' You Keep Me Hanging On, hits US #6 and makes UK #18.
September : debut album Vanilla Fudge [released 1967/06/02] (left) hits US #6 (and will make UK #31 2 months later). It also includes elongated versions of The Beatles' Eleanor Rigby and Ticket To Ride. http://youtu.be/IpkXMSvwmZw
Eleanor Rigby : http://youtu.be/5I-XPO4DIeQ
Left : US reissue album ATCO RECORDS SD 33-224 released in 1969 - Right : NL/BEL single compilation by WEA from the Warner Bros.' 1980 11.000 serie (11.763). This one released in September 1982.
Brian alias Brian Bastow ; Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK is at the time an ex-Shake Spears singer. Nice cover version of The Beatles' And I Love Her issued on RONNEX 1385 as the B-side of GIVE AND TAKE in January 1968 which hits the Belgian chart at #2 the same month in the Flemish-speaking region of Belgium.
Nice cover version of The Beatles' Yesterday by Sarah Vaughan (aka Sarah Lois Vaughan - 1924/03/27 (Newark, NJ) - 1990/04/03 (Hidden Hills, CA). Taken from the album Pop Artistry issued on Mercury MG 21069 in 1966.
Arranged and conducted by Luchi de Jesus.
Called "Sassy" by her musicians and "The Divine One" by her fans all over the world.
Roy Hamilton : 1929/04/16, Leesburg, Georgia - 1969/07/20, New Rochelle, NY . Nice cover version of the Beatles' And I Love Her : US RCA Victor 47-8705, 1965 - UK RCA Victor RCA 1500, 1965. 4 stars !
(**) : other details written by myself.
UNDERGROUND SUNSHINE is a rock quartet based in Montebello, WI - * Members : Berthy Khol (bs, vcls); Frank Khol (drs, vcls) [*]; Chris Connors (gtrs, vcls); Jane Little (keyboards, vcls). Berthy Koelb, Frank Koelb (**)
First issued in America on Fontana 262.600, July 1969 - **
Second issue on Intrepid 45rpm7" 75002, 07/1969. Birthday enters the Billboard charts at Pop #105 for the week ending July 12, 1969, makes #100 the next week, then jumped to #76 and finally #56 by the beginning of August, then ending September 6, when the record tops out at Pop #26. It hits the Cash Box chart at # 24. (*/**). The Intrepid label was a short-lived subsidiary of Mercury Records (*).
This 45rpm7" single is also featured on the album/LP/LP Record Let There Be Light (INTREPID IT-74003 including also a.o. Don't Let Me Down (**). http://youtu.be/6AvWJcr2szo
Other references dating to July and August 1969 (all issued on Fontana) : BEL : POLYGRAM BELGIUM/fontana TF 272600 / NL 272 600 TF / NZ TF 272600 / SP 272600 TF / NOR 272600 TF / FR 262 600 MF. AUS Tf-14 / OZ TF-014 / UK TF-1049 [08/69]. As for the Canadian single STARDUST Urc1212/UND1212 : probably released the same month. A-side : Sue Thompson (If the boy only knew, 1962) / B-side : Birthday by Underground Sunshine. Produced and arranged by Underground Sunshine. (**)
Original US TOP 50 ! Except that it was at the beginning of August. So, in my opininon, it couldn't have been released in January as seen on a French web site. Elle est vraiment bien bonne cette info : le disque serait (est ?) sorti le 1er janvier 1969 = 1969/01/01 ! - On public holiday !!! Un jour férié !!!