Karen Carpenter (b. Mar.2, 1950, New Haven, Connecticut), vocals, drums and her brother Richard (b. Oct.15, 1946, New Haven, CT), keyboards, vocals having relocated from New Haven to Downey, CA in 1967, form a jazz trio with tuba/bass player Wes Jacobs. They perform The Girl From Ipanema and Iced Tea and are spotted by RCA A&R chief Neely Plumb who signs them to the label as The Richard Carpenter Trio. They cut 4 tracks which are never released.
1970 : new topic to come soon. Dec. 1973: The Singles 1969-1973 featuring 12 hits including a new cover of The Beatles' Ticket To Ride, is released (and will eventually top both US and UK charts.) The Carpenters musicians who plays on the 1973 track are Tony Peluso, guitars / Joe Osborn, bass /David Duke, French horn / Richard Carpenter and her sister Karen, backing vocals, Karen Carpenter, drums / Richard Carpenter, keyboards. Engineered by Ray Gerhardt. Richard Carpenter: "I happened to hear the Beatles' "Ticket To Ride" being played as an "oldie" one day in early 1969 and upon hearing it this particular time, decided the tune would make a nice ballad. We chose the resulting recording as our debut single. Released in October of 1969, it remains one of my favorite Carpenter's recordings. In 1973, Karen re-recorded her drums and lead vocal on the track for its inclusion in the Singles 1969-1973 album. (Karen was not satisfied with her original performances.) Guitars were added at the same time. This is the 1973 version." 1994/09/21: INTERPRETATIONS CARPENTERS - A 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION is first released by A&M Records 540 251-2 afterwards by Universal Music on 2001/01/29. Produced by Jack Daugherty - Arranged by Richard Carpenter.
José Feliciano (visually handicapped) will record his cover of The
Beatles' And I Love Her featured on the album (vinyl LP) Feliciano! released by RCA Victor.
US LSP-3957, US Top 100 #2 and R'n'B #3, 1968.
GER: LSP-3957, 1968.
CAN LSP-3957, Canadian chart #1, 1968.
UK SF 7946, UK #6, 1968.
José Feliciano (b. Sept.10, 1945, Lares-present) is a Puerto Rican singer and clearly a famous guitarist.
His Help! cover (1965) is included in the album (vinyl LP) A Bag Full of Soul released in the US by RCA Victor LSP 3503 in 1966.
Other references i.a. :
GER RCA Camden CAS 10233, 1966
UK RCA International (Camden) INTS 1025, 1969
2 CD -Tribute- released in France by PolyGram distribution 516 054 -2, 1993.
HELP! is the track CD 1/2
She's leaving home fails to impress in UK (UK chart DNC) - UK / NL Columbia DB 8208, 2.06.1967. Accompaniment directed by George Martin. US Top 200 #123 (Capitol Records 5934.) http://youtu.be/AUQokx-hgek
The Fool On The Hill makes UK chart #48 on 2.01.1971.
UK reference : UNITED ARTIST UP 35 156, December 1970
Other references as i.a. :
OZ UAK-4001, 12/1970
NL 5C 006-92050, 12/1970
Turkey : S&S 40038, 1975.
David and Jonathan alias Roger Cook (19.08.1940, Fishponds, Bristol-present) and Roger Greenaway (23.08.1938, Fishponds, Bristol-present.
UK Columbia DB 7800, 01/1966, UK #11
Capitol Records 5563, 12/1965, US #18 in January 1966.
Canada, 1966, CAN #1.
Accompaniment directed by George Martin.
One word about Roger Cook known later in 1969 as Blue Mink's vocalist on the famous Melting Pot which hits the UK chart to #3. (UK Philips BF 1818, 31.10.1969 / BEL Philips 234 701 BF.)
Shirley Bassey (b. Jan.8, 1937, Tiger Bay, Cardiff, South Wales - present). In early 1970, she records the famous and wonderful George Harrison's song Something (UK UNITED ARTISTS UP 35 125, 05/1970) which hits the UK chart at #4 on 15.08.1970. Her version is arranged , conducted and produced by Johnny Harris and Tony Colton. Other references and chart positions :
NL #10 (5C 006-91617, 08/1970), GER #40 (35 125, 08/1970), US #23 (S/UA 50698), AT #19, BEL #11.
The Shirley Bassey singles album (vinyl LP) will be released in early 1975 (UK Uas 29728 afterwards MFP 41 5729 and hits UK #2 and NZ #7, GER Uas 27009, Australia L 35481 afterwards UAS 29728. First issued on CD (the 12 tracks of the original LP record + 4 bonus tracks) in 1987 (UK CD-MFP 6004 and in 1988 (UK MUSIC FOR PLEASURE/EMI CDB 7 52002 2. http://youtu.be/-1-JXhFHWgw
- June 1963: Bad to me / I call your name (Parlophone R 5049) tops UK chart on 26.07.1963.
- US single: Capitol Records 72129 fails to chart but is reissued in July as B-side to Little Children. It picks up airplay on its own right and replaces its A-side in the same month.
- US reference reissue: Imperial I-R 66027, 1964: Little Children US Pop #1 / Bad To Me US Pop #9
- http://youtu.be/OJfWNmVR4pY (Bad To Me + I Call Your Name)
March 1968: The Dakotas split and Kramer continues his cabaret career as a soloist. He releases a cover of Nilsson's 1941 on NEMS Records, which gains much UK airplay but no chart place.
Aug. 1968: He will also revive A world without love which is not the Lennon/McCartney song on NEMS 56-3635 later in the year, before moving to MGM Records for another unsuccessful one-off, The colour of my love.
- August 1964: From a window hits UK chart #10b/w Second to none. http://youtu.be/-0pqfetsLQQ
- US issues: Imerial I-R 66051/Capitols Recs 72175=>makes US Pop #23 b/w I'll be on my way (10/1964)
Parlophone EP GEP 8907, 1964 (UK chart DNC.)
This EP includes : Little children / They remind me of you / Beautiful dreamer / I CALL YOUR NAME.
March 1963 : Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas are signed to Parlophone by EMI's George Martin. Liverpool songwriter Ralph Bowdler offers She's My Girl to record, but because of the Epstein connection, the group has access to Lennon and McCartney's songs and chooses I'll Be On My Way, on which The Beatles have passed, and Do You Want To Know A Secret?, just recorded by The Beatles for their first album.
June: Debut single hits UK #2 behind The Beatles' From Me To You. On the single, the "J." is inserted into Kramer's name for the very first time to distinguish him from other singers named Billy. This idea is credited to John Lennon. Released in UK as a single and an EP (Parlophone R 5023; GEP 8885 including also Bad To Me and I Call Your Name.) UK #13.
1966: With support from manager Bill Wellings, Smith was subsequently signed to EMI's discount Top Six label. Top Six gathered an array of British sessions players known as "The Ghost Squad". Supported by extensive touring and television appearances, this single sold well in West Germany.
Winchester Cathedral [GER #2]/Got To Get You Into My Life [45 rpm vogue Schallplatten DV 14573, 1966] is featured on a German LP "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron/Winchester Cathedral"/ A-side track 3. Vogue LDVS 17125, 1967. 45 rpm and LP were not issued on any labels in the UK. John Smith AND The New Sound !
(Got To Get You Into My Life)
Thanks Surfrider1962 :D
The Bar-Kays were formed in Memphis, TN in the mid-sixties and originally consisted of James Alexander (bs), Ronnie Caldwell (organ), Ben Cauley (tpt), Phalon Jones (sax), Carl Cunningham (drms) and Jimmy King (gtr).
1967: they signed to VOLT, a Stax sub-label and Otis Redding chose them to be his regular backing band.
Oct.10, 1967: Ben Cauley is the only survivor of a plane crash (see Otis Redding topic)
January 8, 1968: this single is posthumously-released by Stax/VOLT 45-158 which makes US R&B #36 and Pop #91 afterwords distributed by the ATLANTIC-ATCO GROUP with the same reference.
UK Atlantic/Stax 601 036, 1968.
FR Stax/Musidic 169.030, 1968.
Produced by Al Jackson, Jr.
Originally playing folk songs, the band found success by during the beat era. Their only major hit was a cover version of The Beatles' song, Michelle which topped the UK chart in January 1966. Arrangements by Tony Hatch. NL / UK single Pye 7N 17034, 12/1965; FR Pye/Vogue EP 24.161, 1966 (UK Pye EP NEP 24 245, 04/1966.) http://youtu.be/N77pVaKG0is
The Overlanders consisted of : Paul Friswell, lead gtr (b. 18 Aug. 1942, Bretford, Rugby, Warwickshire, England; Laurie Mason, piano, percussion, vocals (1940-1994); Peter Bartholomew, guitar, vocals; Terry Widlake, bass gtr; David Walsh, drums.
In 2001, Castle Records issued a CD assembling The Overlanders' complete released recordings, entitled "michelle : The Pye Anthology."
- Cliff Bennett (singer) And His Band consist of :
- Mick Green (gtr) / Frank Farley (drums) ex-Johnny Kidd and The Pirates,
- Robin McDonald (bs gtr),
- Stuart Hamer (tpt),
- John Bennett (trombone),
- Alan Dover (sax).
- PARLOPHONE R 5749, 1968 - DNC.
- FR Odeon EP FO 146, 1968.
- Producer: David Paramor.
- http://youtu.be/VOy7KnJwQM4 (Back In The U.S.S.R.)
BIG TOP : founded in 1959 by Gene and Julian Aberbach, New York, N.Y.
Del Shannon: b. Charles Weedon Westover, Grand Rapids, Cooperville, MI, Dec.30, 1934.
1960: Shannon took his stage name from a friend, Mark Shannon, and the Cadillac Coupé de Ville car.
May 9, 1963: Shannon plays a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall with The Beatles, and suggests covering one of Lennon/McCartney's hit to help give them more exposure in US.
July 1963: Returning home, he records his own version of The Beatles' recent UK chart-topper From Me To You. It makes US #77 - the first Lennon/McCartney song to chart in US. http://youtu.be/eNINOuqAkWw
Feb.8, 1990: Shannon dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Santa Clarita Valley, CA, home.
Del Shannon is inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at the 1999 Induction Ceremony as a performer.
Left to right : US promo BIG TOP 45-3152, June 23, 1963 (thanks: eBay.be); US picture sleeve; GER Heliodor 453137; Belgian picture sleeve and, 45 rpm reissue on DECCA 6198 423, 1981 (OZ LONDON HL-2117.)
Left to right: UK single DB 7292, #10, 1964, Sept. 1964 - US single 5211 [July 1964], #12, 1964 - FR EP ESRF 1566, 1964 + I Don't Want To See You again: DB 7356, 9.09.1964 - US Capitol 5272, Sept.21, 1964, #16 (UK DNC) also a McCartney composition, it fails to make UK Top 50. French EP ESRF 1677, 1965.
Sept. 1964: their 2nd EP is released in UK on Columbia SEG 8337 - Australia : EP SEGO-8348, 1964.
Dec. 1964: Album I don't want to see you again makes US #95 (UK not issued).
Sincères félicitations, Paul ! Highly respected in France !
- Sept.7, 1963: Their Chuck Berry's Come On cover reaches UK #21.
- Sept.10 : With The Rolling Stones unable to decide on a second single, a chance meeting between Andrew Oldham and his former employers The Beatles' John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who have just left the Variety club lunch, leads to their visiting the Studio 51 jazz club, where the Stones are rehearsing.
- The duo play part of a new song they have written, I Wanna Be Your Man, and within minutes complete the rest of the number, putting the Stones in the rare and privileged position of recording an unreleased Lennon/McCartney composition.
- Dec.28, 1963: I Wanna Be Your Man (now also on With The Beatles sung by Ringo), reaches UK #12. The Stones make a hard-driving R&B number, with whinning steel guitar.
- Jan.2, 1964: The Stones sing this song on the first edition of BBC TV's "Top Of The Pops".
- Left to right : UK DECCA single F.11764 published on 1.11.1963; GER DECCA single DL 25129, 1964; FR DECCA EP 457 026 M, September 1964; DECCA/Single STONES STONE 1 double A-side published on 15 August 1989. Production: Impact Sound. Made in England.
- The Rolling Stones are at the time, Mick Jagger (vocals, harmonica); Keith Richard (rhythm guitar); Brian Jones (lead guitar); Bill Wyman (bass); Charlie Watts (drums).
- 1968: Sayer (b. Gerard Hugh Sayer, May 21, 1948, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex-present), having studied at Worthing Art College, W.Sussex, and worked in London as a magazine illustrator, playing harmonica in folk clubs by night, returns to Sussex after a nervous breakdown, and works in a factory while starting to write songs.
- 22.11.1975: Let It Be is released in UK and IRL by Chrysalis CHS 2080.
- NL / BEL: Phonogram/Chrysalis 6155 052, 7.12.1975.
- US Chrysalis Chrys 1087, Dec.7, 1975.
- FR Chrysalis cha 138, 7/12/1975
- GER Chrysalis 60941, 7.12.1975
- Produced by Adam Faith and Russ Ballard.
- left to right :
- Germany (#39),
- BEL / NL :
- WB 16858
- FR w16863
- FR WB 16863
- IT W 16863
- UK Riva, Riva6, #11
- NZ Wb 6698
- JAP P-90W
- Released 12/1976
- Producer : Lou Reizner
- 1961: Stewart (b. Roderick David Stewart,
- Jan.10, 1945, Highgate, London), of Scottish parents who moved to London, having attended Wiliam
- Grimshaw school, Hornsey, with Ray and Dave Davies and Pete Quaife (who will achieve success as
- THE KINKS), signs as an apprentice with professional socer team Brentford Football Club. After 3 weeks,
- tired of little more than polishing other player's boots, he quits, heading for Europe, where he becomes a
- busker. (He is deported from Spain for vagrancy.) He returns to UK, becomes a beatnik and attends CND's
- Aldermaston marches.
- 1963: He joins Birmingham, W.Midlands-R&B band The Five Dimensions as vocalist and harmonica player. The band plays throughout UK, backing
- singer Jimmy Powell, who records a single for Pye on which Stewart plays blues harp.
- Dec. 1976: Get Back, featured in Lou Reizner's film "All This And World War II" utilizing covers of Lennon / McCartney songs, reaches UK #11.
- 2007: Stewart becomes CBE (Commander Of The Order Of The British Empire in the Queen's New Year's Honors list Monday, January 1.
- http://youtu.be/5fHtC3FaWNI (Get Back)
UK DLP Riva RVLP 2, Nov.5, 1976, UK chart highest position #23 - US Double album 20th Century 2T - 522, Dec.31, 1975 - CAN Warner Bros. Records 2U 4739, 1976 - GER Warner Bros. WB 66 049, 12/1976. Arranged and orchestrated by Wil Malone. The London Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Harry Rabinowitz, and The Royal Philarmonic by David Measham. Some original picture sleeves : Michelle by Richard Cocciante (taken from the DLP) [RCA Victor PB 10867, France, 1976; Let It Be [new topic to come] by Leo Sayer who also contributes I Am The Walrus and The Long And Winding Road (UK Chrysalis); Come Together re-recorded by Ike & Tina Turner (this picture sleeve is a French re-release [UNITED ARTISTS RECORDS UP 35.880, 1975]; Get Back [new topic to come] by Rod Stewart at the end of 1976 (Warner Bros.) - Some other songs included in this DLP : She's Leaving Home by Bryan Ferry; Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight by The Bee Gees; Yesterday by David Essex; Getting Better by Status Quo; We Can Work It Out by The Four Seasons; Strawberry Fields Forever by Peter Gabriel; A Day In The Life by Frankie Valli...Some lyrics are slightly altered from the copyright work to "meet the artistic requirements of the performers".
http://youtu.be/1xFMUpl9V5s (Richard Cocciante)
http://youtu.be/DEX8nydydSI (Leo Sayer '76)
http://youtu.be/h0HwjbMWYII (Ike & Tina Turner's cover of Come Together included in the DLP All This And World War II)
June 1964: Ferry (b. Sept.26, 1945, Washington, Durham, UK), having won tickets from Radio Luxembourg, to see Bill Haley & His Comets at the Empire theater, Sunderlmand, Tyne & Wear, in his teens, forms his first band, The Banshees, in Sunderland...
Oct. 1973: Ferry's first solo album/vinyl LP These Foolish Things, backed by a session group which includes Roxy Music drummer Paul Thompson; Phil Manzarena, guitar and other musicians i.a. John Porter, gtr, bass; Eddie Jobson, strings, keyboards, synthesizer. This LP record includes a great cover of The Beatles' You Won't See Me and is released by Island ILPS 9249-1 which is certified gold on 1 May 1974 and then by Polydor 2302 046 in 1973 as well.
Others references : GER (RDA) Island 87 266 IT, 1973; GER (BRD) VIRGIN E' G 207956, 1973; US ATLANTIC SD 7304, 1973; FR Polydor N. 2310507, 1973.
UK CD released in 2003 by EMI / Virgin 7243847598-2.
Producers : B Ferry; John Porter, John Punter. http://youtu.be/Z1rFbgTah_4 (You Won't See Me)
From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" a Robert Stigwood Production in Association with Dee Anthony featuring Robin Gibb (Dec.22, 1949-May 20, 2012, Douglas, Isle of Man); Maurice Gibb (Dec.22, 1949-Jan.12, 2003); Barry Gibb (Sept.1, 1947, Douglas-present); Peter Frampton; Aerosmith; Alice Cooper; Billy Preston (Sept.2, 1946, Houston, Texas-June 6, 2006, Scottsdale, Arizona) and so on. S.P.L.H.C.B. is released on July 14, 1978.
The Bee Gees act and sing in this film based on the celebrated Beatles' album , which is critically mauled, though its slamming will not affect The Bee Gees as much as their co-star Peter Frampton.
July 19 and July 29, 1978: The album hits US #5 and UK #38 - Oct.7, 1978: Oh Darling by Robin, reaches US #15.
She's Leaving Home is sung by the Bee Gees, Jay MacIntosh, John Wheeler.
45 rpm references i.a. US RS 907 - BEL 2090 317, RSO July 1978.
Oh! Darling in the charts: i.a. US #15; UK #38; IT #10; Chile #5; DE #29.
1949 : One of a family of 9, Fats (b. Antoine Domino, Feb.26, 1928-present, New Orleans (is French Creole and Creole is his first language), taught to play piano in his early teens by his brother-in-law, New Orleans musician Harrison Verrett, almost lost his fingers in an accident in the bedmaking factory where he worked but regained their use and his playing ability. Having married his childhood sweetheart Rose Marie a year earlier, he is playing piano in the honky tonks in New Orleans for $3 a week when bandleader / producer Dave Bartholomew, scounting on behalf of IMPERIAL Records listens to him with Billy Diamond's combo at the Hideaway club, and decides to sign and record him.
Sept. 1968: Domino signs to reprise: records and his last US chart single, at #100 (and yet a great cover), is a cover of The Beatles' Lady Madonna, deliberately written in Domino style by McCartney for The Beatles' original version earlier in the year. (2 similar Beatles' covers, Lovely Rita and Everybody's got something to hide except me and my monkey, are the follow-ups, but neither will chart. [first Domino refuses Lady Madonna]. US reprise: 0763, 1968; UK reprise: RS. 20763, September 1968; FR reprise: LIF 509, 1968. http://youtu.be/Q1OdbPpvFYg (Lady Madonna) / http://youtu.be/ZeMwNd-WSXo (Everybody's got...) http://youtu.be/NEbDR7KXr7c (Lovely Rita)
Fats Domino is inducted into Rock And Roll of Fame in 1986 as a performer.
Matt Monro (Terence Parsons-Dec.1, 1930-Feb.7, 1985 was an English singer and a great int'l postwar entertainers throughout his 30-year career.
Matt Monro becomes employed i.a. as a driver among other things.
Yesterday (With accomp. directed by George Marun (Parlophone R 5348, 8.10.1965 which hits UK chart #8 on 21.10.1965. US LIBERTY F55847, 1965.
Yesterday was also released on the LP HEART BREAKERS (UK EMI EMTV23, 1980 and on the CD of the same name on 1.03.2003 (UK 7 46241 2 -20 GOLDEN GREATS FROM MATT MONRO.) Another great compilation on the 2CD Simply The Best released by NL DISKY DO 901965 on 15.12.2004. (36 tracks)
- Tom Bailey (June 18, 1957, Halifax, UK), vocals, keyboards
- Joe Leeway (Nov.15, 1955, Islington, London), percussion
- Alannah Currie (Sept.20, 1959, Auckland, NZ), percussion
- 1977: Aspiring classical Bailey having met friends Leeway and John Hadd at teacher training college, initially ignores these associations and forms THE THOMPSON TWINS (named after 2 characters in Hergé's cartoon Tin Tin [les Dupond et Dupont], with guitarist Peter Dodd and John Roog in Chesterfield, Derbys.
- 1978: They move to London with Hadd as agent and link up with drummerChris Bell.
- Feb. 1981: Band signs to Arista Record in UK [ex-bell records] and first release on the Tee label, Perfect Game, fails to chart.
- Aug. 1981: During a tour to promote releases, Currie joins the band on percussion. Old friend Leeway, until now a roadie, is also invited by Bailey to join after the group buys him a pair of bongos.
- Dec. 1985: A cover of REVOLUTION peaks at UK #56.
- UK reference : Arista TWINS10, September 29, 1985
- GER/BEL reference Arista 107 879, 1986
- Aug.16, 1997 : Yesterday is issued and released by Precious Organisation.
- Reference : JWLCD 31, UK chart #4.
- This picture sleeve is quickly deleted (dark-brown) to be replaced by another of light-brown colour.
- Dec. 1984 : Having gigged locally in Scotland all year, the group meets Elliot Davis who becomes its manager.
- Together they establish their own label, The Precious Organisation, and record a demo tape which they send to major companies in London.
- 1985 : From their demo alone, 9 major companies compete to sign them. Dave Bates, A&R at Phonogram wins, but only after guaranteeing that the manager will receive a monthly supply of Whiskas cat food - a small sign of faith.
- May 5, 1990 : Wet Wet Wet sing I Feel Fine at the "John Lennon Tribute Concert" at the Pier Head Arena in Merseyside to celebrate the songs of Lennon. (Proceeds go to John and Yoko-established Spirit Foundation.)
- Aug.11, 1990 : Release of the double A-side Stay With Me Heartaches / I Feel Fine which reaches UK #30 in the same month.
- UK references : vinyl 10", Phonogram / JEWEL 1310,
- vinyl 12" - 4-track single, Phonogram / JEWEL 1312,
- CD, single - double A-side, Phonogram / Precious Organisation JEWEL JWLCD 13.
- http://youtu.be/zJ9h8bbDxUg : live May 5, 1990.