11 tracks by 8 various artists including Hey Jude/Yesterday by Ray Conniff and The Singers (1969/1967); Fool On The Hill [1st arrangement]/You've Got To Hide Your Love Away by Percy Faith & His Orchestra (1969/1966); Eleanor Rigby (1967) by Johnny Mathis - + My Sweet Lord (1971) -; Something/Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da by Peter Nero (1970/1970) The Long And Winding Road/Michelle by Andre Kostelanetz (& His Orchestra) [1970/1966] and finally Let It Be by Jerry Vale (1970). Original labels : COLUMBIA (USA).***
This one is dating back to 01/1975 : Happy Xmas (War Is Over) belatedly makes UK #48, as Lennon returns to live with Yoko. Still the same recording.
December 8, 1980 : John, returning from a recording session, is gunned down in the courtyard of the Dakota building in New York, John's home for the past decade. He dies from loss of blood shortly thereafter at the Roosevelt hospital.***December 1971 : Happy Xmas (War Is Over) credited to John & Yoko / The Plastic Ono Band With the Harlem Community Choir is released in US only and fails to chart.***December 1972 : for the first time released in UK (Apple R 5970) hits at #4, and makes the first of many chart visit having held up from UK release due to the Ono song-credit dispute.***You can see the original French picture cover and the UK green vinyl single dating back to 12/1972. Original green vinyl !
February 1970 : Temma Harbour, produced by well known EMI producer Mickie Most (ex Most Brothers, ex The Playboys [in South Africa], creator of RAK Records and RAK Music Publishing in 1969, born Michael Hayes (June 20, 1938-May 30, 2003), hits UK #6 and next March #39 in US.***B-side Lontano Dagli Occhi which means out of sight is sung in perfect Italian.
Tidbit time : yesterday, backstage, I told Chris that at the time (back in January 1977), I bought his LP "The Saints" because of Erotic Neurotic. When I heard this song I though it was nearly a plagiarism of The Beatles' I wanna be your man. Chris said it wasn't seeing the music and the lyrics were not as the same ones as The Beatles' song.***Supporting act from Chicago : The Living Blue.
Ike Turner (b. Izear Turner, Jr., Nov.5, 1931, Clarksdale, Missouri - d. Dec.12, 2007 in San Diego, California [at his home in San Marcos, San Diego, CA]), son of Baptist minister Izear Luster Turner, Sr., a self-taught musician who has backed local bluesmen Robert Nighthawk and Sonny Boy Williamson on piano, was a DJ at Clarksdale's W-ROX, which leads to recording work with his band Kings Of Rhythm, formed at high school. Their Rocket 88 (US #1 R&B but did not cross over), recorded at Sam C. Phillips' Sun studio in Memphis, with lead vocal by sax player Jackie Brenston [a few decades later, Ike Turner will be recognized as co-author of this song with Jackie Brenston] had been released as Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats, Chess 1458, April 1951 (and will often be cited as the first rock'n'roll record). Ike met Tina (Anna Mae Bullock, b. Nov. 26, 1939 Brownsville, Tennessee) at a club in East St. Louis, Missouri. Ike and Tina married in 1958. ***April 1970 : a version of The Beatles' Come Together (on Minit 32087, January 1970 then Liberty) reached US #57. The eponymous album makes US #130.***March 1971 : an R&B-style of CCR's Proud Mary was their first US Top 10 hit #4, and first million-selling single. The latter is taken from the album Workin' Together including their version of Get Back and Let It Be, which will be their biggest-selling LP record to date (1991) in US, peaking at #25. (Despite a hugely successful European tour, neither single nor album produce similar charts results in UK.)***Ike Turner and his band The Kings Of Rhythm toured Belgium @ the Spirit Of 66 in Verviers last Oct.12, 2006. R.I.P., Ike. The first picture sleeve is a French compilation released by UA RECORDS UP 35.880 in 1975 (original US 7": MINIT 32087, 12/1969, US #57 in Apr. 1970. The 2d picture sleeve is also a French pressing released by UA Recs UP 35448 in March 1971.
http://youtu.be/yqAkdxjneig (Come Together)
http://youtu.be/cDgErdc0OH4 (Get Back)
http://youtu.be/ehbfnfJoKWY (Let It Be)
I call your name / I wanna be your man - punk cover versions by The Boys (UK, July 1977) and The Saints (Australia, Jan. 1977) - 18/10/2006 + 3/11/2006
***The Boys (Alternative Chartbusters) : Duncan "Kid" Reid, bass, vcl; Jack Black, drums; Rudi (ex X-Ray Spex), sax; Honest John Plain (ex Lurkers), vcl; Matt Dangerfield (ex London SS), gtr & vcl; Casino Steel (ex London SS, ex Hollywood Brats), keyboards, vcl.***Every Xmas the Boys became the YOBS and released a seasonal offering.***Australian band The saints recorded a few notes of I Wanna Be Your Man as part of Erotic Neurotic* [*Australian Composition signed Kuepper-Bailey] featured on their 1st LP (I'm) Stranded released in January 1977 on EMI Australia Ltd.***This band included Chris Bailey, vocals; Ed Kuepper, guitar; Kym Bradshaw, bass; Ivor Hay, drums.***Chris Bailey is the second from left***LP produced by Rod Coe and recorded at Window Studios, Brisbane, Australia.***The Saints feat. Chris Bailey will tour Belgium @ the Spirit Of 66 in Verviers next 13th November.
Concerts 0110 - backstage again - Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 (3/10/2006) - updated : 21/12/2006
J'avais apporté avec moi des kilos de vieux vinyles originaux dont la presque totalité des 45 tours du Wallace Collection, quelques Two Man Sound. Sylvain était épaté de revoir une pochette de son groupe The Seabirds (1960-1963). "En plus, ils sont neufs" me dit-il tout en restant très attentif à ce que j'étais entrain de déballer.***Anecdote : Un jeune homme vit aussi cette pochette et me dit qu'à l'extrême droite se trouvait son grand-père (Benny Dewilde)!***J'étais vachement ravi mais impressionné de revoir Sylvain 33 ans plus tard et dans mes petits souliers avec une charmante demoiselle juste à côté de moi.***Sylvain se trouve à l'extrême gauche sur la pochette des Seabirds suivi de Rudy et Freddy Clarisse alias Eddy Clarck - un nom bien choisi puisqu'originaire d'Ostende.***Merci pour ces infos, Sylvain.***Copacabana, 1971; What Can I Do, 1972 et Charlie Brown, 1975.***Cette dernière chanson existe aussi en anglais sous le titre Disco Charlie Brown - chant : Kevin Mulligan - avec un backing track quasi identique à l'original, UK, 1976. Les "oooh oooh sont de Lou Deprijck [info de Sylvain Van Holme, novembre 2006]. Le single Marshall date de 1963 !
It was quite fantastic to be back in London less than five months later seeing I went to visit the City in early November 1978.***At the Portobello road market I bought the brand new Abbey Road picture disc in early May as well as my friend you can see on left. Unfortunately I sold it (not my friend) for a lot of money to a record dealer in Liège many many years ago. What a pity! My goodness, the time passes by so fast.******
June 14, 1969 : The Ballad Of John And Yoko, with only Lennon and McCartney playing on the track, tops UK chart. It is the 1st stereo single release by the group and its last UK #1.***July 12, 1969 : single hits US #8, plagued by radio censorship problems through its use of the word "Christ".***December 6, 1969 : Something/Come Together hits UK #4.***About "Something" : Frank Sinatra calls it the greatest love song of the last 50 years and will recorded it himself at the end of October 1970.***March 21, 1970 : Let It Be hits UK #2.***April 11, 1970 : Let It Be tops US chart, having debuted at #6, the highest position ever for any single in its 1st week of release.
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!!!
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
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.
***Double "O" or in French-speaking double "0" means license to kill, the latter to become another James Bond film 26 years later featuring Timothy Dalton in the role. As for Live And Let Die, it was ex-The Saint Simon Templar Roger Moore who got it.*** US hard rock group Guns N' Roses feat. W Axl Rose alias William Bailey, lead vocals; Slash alias Saul Hudson, gtr; Izzy Stradlin, gtr; Duff Rose McKagan alias Michael McKagan, bass and Steven Adler, drums alias Steven Oh made a rendition, UK #5 (produced by Mike Clink and themselves) issued in 1991 on GEFFEN [in Europe: an MCA Company distributed by BMG Ariola, a Bertelsmann Music Group Company, Münich, Germany].***Live and let die by Wings, the theme to forthcoming James Bond film hitted both UK and US charts at #9 and #2 (2nd June and August 11, 1973).***Appréhendé pour composer la musique du film de James Bond "Vivre et laisser mourir" avec Roger Moore, Paul McCartney compose un de ses titres les plus originaux et ambitieux en mêlant la ballade, le reggae et l’orchestre symphonique dans le même morceau. Comme tous les titres phares des génériques de James Bond, celui-là ne manque pas non plus d'être spectaculaire avec grand orchestre comme le veut la tradition "bondienne".
***Formed by ex-proto-punk outfit London SS, ex-Elton Motello "1" (the latter formed in Brussels, Belgium in 1975 by Brian James alongside Alan Ward; Yves Kengen [later known as Yke N. Raxola] and Nobby Goff from Crawley nearby Brighton) Brian James, gtr (alias Brian Robertson) with Captain Sensible, bass (alias Raymond Burns), Rat Scabies, drums (alias Christopher Miller) and, Dave Vanian, vocals (alias David Letts).***Nov. 1976 : debut single is James' New Rose, with Lennon / McCartney's Help on the B-side. Produced by Nick Lowe and regarded as the first ever "punk" release, it did not chart but was Stiff's biggest seller to date (1991) and helped the label to a distribution deal with Island, a Phonogram subsidiary...Left to right: Scabies, Sensible, James, Vanian.
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)
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"]
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 .
"That's The Way God Planned It" est enregistrée lors du concert pour le Bangla Desh mis sur pied par George Harrison le 1er août 1971 au Madison Square Garden de New York City. A l'origine, ce luxueux triple LP cartonne le H P anglais en se classant #1 en janvier 1972 et charte #2 aux USA le même mois. Liner notes: "Billy Preston appears by the Grace of God". J'ajoute que ce triple LP a été déclaré "Album Of the Year at the 15th annual Grammy awards" le 3 mars 1973.http://www.billypreston.net/ What can I say moreover dear Angie if not to thank you so much...?