Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Gaylads

One last ska single for 2012 this time from 1967 on the Rio label. Nice ska instrumental on the "B" side by the Soul Brothers...................................................................................................................................................................... Wikipedia says - "The Gaylads are a Jamaican vocal group. They were one of the top rocksteady vocal groups active in Jamaica between 1963 and 1973. The group, formed in Kingston, originally consisted of singers Harris "B.B." Seaton, Winston Delano Stewart and Maurice Roberts; Seaton and Stewart had previously been successful as the duo Winston & Bibby. There would be several line-up changes throughout The Gaylads' ten year history, with Maurice Roberts remaining the only constant member. Besides recording several hit records, The Gaylads also backed many influential musicians (including Ken Boothe) on recordings. Roberts, the lone remaining original member, selected brothers Randell and Hopeton Thaxter to carry on the Gaylads name; the new lineup never matched the success of its predecessor, however, and after releasing the album, Love and Understanding, as the Gayladds, Roberts dropped any reference to the moniker and rechristened the trio the Psalms, landing as backing vocalists for Bunny Wailer. The founding duo of Seaton and Stewart reformed for the first time in over two decades for an appearance at the 1991 Studio One concert, and two years later Roberts joined them for a performance at the Rocksteady Reunion in Kingston. Seaton, who began his solo career in 1973 with the album Thin Line Between Love and Hate and enjoyed success throughout the years to follow—subsequently relocated to London to helm his revived Soul Beat imprint. Some of their hits included one of the first singles encouraging repatriation - "Africa (We Want To Go)," "Joy In The Morning"; "Red Rose," (for Coxsone Dodd at Studio One), "It's Hard To Confess," "Over the Rainbow's End"(for Sonia Pottinger) and "My Jamaican Girl" (for Leslie Kong / Beverley's). The current line-up of the Gaylads comprises Seaton, Roberts, and Randall Thaxter."................................................................................................................................................................. Soul |Bothers - Soul Serenade......................................................................... The Gaylads - Put On Your Style.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Bill Black's Combo

Groovy blues instrumentals by Bill Black's Combo on the Hi label from the 60's................................................................................... Wikipedia says - "Black was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to a motorman for the Memphis Street Railway. He was the oldest of nine children. His father played popular songs on the banjo and fiddle to entertain the family. Black learned to play music at the age of 14 on an instrument made by his father—a cigar box with a board nailed to it and strings attached. At the age of sixteen, Black was performing "honky-tonk" music on acoustic guitar in local bars. During World War II, Black was stationed with the U.S. Army at Fort Lee in Virginia. While in the Army, he met Evelyn, who played guitar as the member of a musical family. They married in 1946 and returned to Memphis. Black worked at the Firestone plant. Black began playing the upright bass fiddle. He modeled his "slap bass" technique after one of his idols, Fred Maddox of Maddox Brothers and Rose. Black also developed a "stage clown" persona in the same way that Maddox entertained audiences. Black performed as an exaggerated hillbilly with blacked-out teeth, straw hat and overalls. According to his son, Black said his goal was always to give his audience "a few moments of entertainment and maybe a little bit of humor that'll tickle 'em for a while." In 1952, Black began playing club and radio shows with guitarist Scotty Moore. Along with two other guitarists and a fiddler, they performed country music tunes by Hank Williams and Red Foley in Doug Poindexter's band, the Starlight Wranglers.[3] Black and Moore also played in a band with Paul Burlison, Johnny Burnette, Dorsey Burnette on steel guitar, and a drummer. In 1954, Black and Moore were formed into a trio with Elvis Presley."............................................................................ Bill Black's Combo - Blues For The Red Boy.................................................................. Bill Black's Combo - So What.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Lightin' Slim

A blues single with three tracks on the Blue Horizon label from 1972. Produced arranged and directed by Mike Vernon.......................................................................................................................................................................Wikipedia says - "Lightnin' Slim was born Otis V. Hicks in St. Louis, Missouri. moving to Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the age of thirteen. Taught guitar by his older brother Layfield, Slim was playing in bars in Baton Rouge by the late 1940s. He debuted on J. D. "Jay" Miller's Feature Records label in 1954 with "Bad Luck Blues" ("If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all"). Slim then recorded for Excello Records for twelve years, starting in the mid 1950s, often collaborating with his brother-in-law, Slim Harpo and with harmonica player Lazy Lester. Slim took time off from the blues for a period of time and ended up working in a foundry in Pontiac, Michigan,[citation needed] which resulted in him suffering from constantly having his hands exposed to high temperatures. He was re-discovered by Fred Reif in 1970, in Pontiac, where he was living in a rented room at Slim Harpo's sister's house. Reif soon got him back performing again and a new recording contract with Excello, this time through Bud Howell, the present President of the company. His first gig was a reunion concert at the 1971 University of Chicago Folk Festival with Lazy Lester, whom Reif had brought from Baton Rouge in January 1971. In the 1970s, Slim performed on tours in Europe, both in the United Kingdom and at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland where he was often accompanied by Moses "Whispering" Smith on harmonica. He last toured the UK in 1973, with the American Blues Legends package. In July 1974, Slim died of stomach cancer in Detroit, Michigan, aged 61."...................................................................................Lightnin' Slim - Just A Little Bit................................................................................................................................................................... Lightin' Slim - Your'e Old Enough Mind Your Own Business

Friday, December 21, 2012

Roland Alphonso/ Little Luman

Another R. Alphonse (sic) track with the even more obscure Little Luman on the "A" side from 1964. A great instrumental version of The Hucklebuck which Alphonse claims to have written but pretty sure he didn't!....................................................................................................................................................................... Wikipedia says - "When the Skatalites disbanded by August 1965, Alphonso formed the Soul Brothers (with Johnny "Dizzy" Moore, and Jackie Mittoo) to become The Soul Vendors in 1967. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Alphonso led the Ruinaires, the resident band at the Ruins restaurant/nightclub, this coming to an end when he suffered a stroke at the age of 41. He recovered quickly from this setback, and relocated to the United States in late 1972, soon returning to performing and recording. He released the first album under his name in 1973 on the Studio One record label. During the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, he kept on playing on numerous records coming out from Jamaican studios, especially for Bunny Lee, and he toured with many bands. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he played with the band Jah Malla, performing regularly on the live circuit around New York. He was awarded Officer of the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government in 1977, and started to tour more often in the U.S. He took part in the reformation of the Skatalites in 1983, with whom he toured and recorded constantly until he suffered a burst blood vessel in his head during a show at the Key Club in Hollywood on 2 November 1998. He died on 20 November 1998 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after suffering a second burst blood vessel, and spending four days in a coma.".................................................................................................................................................................... Little Luman - Hurry Hurry................................................................................................................................................................. Roland Alphonso - The Hucklebuck.

The Creation

The Creation sounded more like The Who than the Who did! This single is from the mid 60's on the Planet label.....................................................................................Wikipedia says - "Most of the members of what would eventually become Creation were initially members of The Mark Four, a British beat group based in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. By late 1963 The Mark Four was a quintet consisting of Kenny Pickett (vocals), Eddie Phillips (guitars), Mick "Spud" Thompson (rhythm guitars), John Dalton (bass), and Jack Jones (drums). This line-up played regularly in the UK and in Germany before issuing two non-charting singles for Mercury Records in 1964. Dalton then left the band, later joining The Kinks as a replacement for Pete Quaife, and was replaced by new bassist Tony Cooke. Around the same time, Thompson left the band and was not replaced. This Mark Four line-up issued two further non-charting singles: "Hurt Me (If You Will)" (Decca, August 1965) and "Work All Day (Sleep All Night)" (Fontana, February 1966). In April 1966, the group signed a management deal with Tony Stratton-Smith. He promptly suggested replacing Cooke with new bassist Bob Garner (previously of the Tony Sheridan Band), and a name change. The band took him up on both suggestions: it was Pickett who came up with the name The Creation, based on a reference he found in a book of Russian poetry. The band's style, produced by Shel Talmy, was, at this point, loud pop art, similar to early records by The Who.. Their first single, "Making Time", was a Pickett/Phillips original. Released in June 1966 on Talmy's own label, Planet (distributed in the UK by Polydor and in the US by Jay-Gee), it reached #49 on the UK chart. Almost immediately thereafter, The Creation suffered another line-up change when Jack Jones was fired and replaced by new drummer Dave Preston. However, the band was unsatisfied with Preston's live work,[citation needed] and in less than three weeks Jones was asked back and rejoined the group. Their next single, October 1966's "Painter Man", became their biggest hit, reaching #36 UK and the top 10 in Germany. The track featured Phillips playing his electric guitar with a violin bow. He was reputedly the first guitarist to use this technique, although Jimmy Page later did it to greater acclaim. The Creation took their pop art experimentation slightly further when, during live performances of "Painter Man" Pickett would spraypaint a canvas during their concerts, before a member of the road crew set light to artwork on stage."................................................................................................................................................................... Creation - Making Time.................................................................................................................................................................. Creation - Try And Stop Me.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Roland Alphonso

Forget the squeaky voiced Hyacynth on the "A" side the flip is the best- excellent jazz ska with Roland Alphonso - on the Rio label from 1965....................................................................................Wikipedia says - "Roland Alphonso O.D. or Rolando Alphonso aka The Chief Musician (January 12, 1931, Havana, Cuba - November 20, 1998, Los Angeles, California, United States)[1] was a Jamaican tenor saxophonist, and one of the founding members of The Skatalites. Alphonso came to Jamaica at the age of two with his Jamaican mother, and started to learn saxophone at the Stony Hill Industrial School. In 1948 he left school to join Eric Deans' orchestra and soon passed through other bands in the hotel circuit and first recorded as a member of Stanley Motta's group in 1952, going on to record frequently as a session musician. In 1956 he first recorded for Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, although these early recordings were lost before they were mastered. In 1959 he joined the band of Cluett Johnson named Clue J & His Blues Blasters and backed many of Dodd's recording sessions in a typical Jamaican R&B style. He also acted as arranger at many of Dodd's recording sessions. By 1960, he was recording for many other producers such as Duke Reid, Lloyd "The Matador" Daley and King Edwards, as well as continuing to work for Dodd, contributing alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, and flute to recordings. During this period he played in many different bands, such as The Alley Cats, The City Slickers, and Aubrey Adams & The Dew Droppers. In 1963, after few months spent in Nassau, Bahamas, he took part in the creation of The Studio One Orchestra, the first session band at Dodd's newly-opened recording studio. This band soon adopted the name of The Skatalites.".............................................................................................................................................................. Roland Alphonso - Jazz Ska...............................................................................Hyacynth - Oh Gee.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Les Dawson Syndicate

Not THE Les Dawson but an obscure Les Dawson who only made this one single for the Melodisc label it seems back in 1962. A bit of a rarity I imagine. Not sure where I found it - maybe in that box of ska singles from the scout hut in Basildon back in the 70's. Anyway, this is a great song - mostly instrumental with shout outs from the band.On the other side they are joined by Johnny Stevens - who is another I could find no mention of on the internet search. If you know anything please do tell!..........................................................................................................................................................................Les Dawson Syndicate - Last Chicken In The Shop...................................................................................................................................................................... Les Dawson/Johnny Stevens - Oh Yeah

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Singing Dogs (Re-Up)

Another 78 from the boot on Sunday. I remember this oddity being played on Children's Favourites on the radio when I was a nipper. "Carl Weismann - Danish legendary pioneer bird voice recording engineer, working for the Danish State Radio in Copenhagen - HATED dogs! Yeah, well - he hated their barking spoiling every other of his recordings of singing birds - he became a master in cutting them out of his bird tapes - in those days - the 50's - there was no other way to do it than with a pair of scissors! So he ended up with two piles of tapes - one with bird voices and one with dog voices. The dogs really were doomed to be thrown out - but then Carl got an idea! He cut together a tape of various toned dog barks set to the music of 'Jingle Bells'. He had no further intentions, than it might be fun for a Danish children radio show. HOW it in 1955 ended up on a 45 rpm with 3 other tunes 'Patty Cake', 'Three Blind Mice' and 'Oh Susanna' as a four-tune medley - I simply don’t know. But the disc was released by RCA in USA and sold 500.000 copies. Release in Britain around the same time was on Pye-Nixa label, on a 78 rpm disc. In Sweden it has been seen on the Metronome label. Howard Smith, host of a four-hour talk-music show over WABC-New York FM outlet, WPLJ who liked to play anything weird or new on his program first started playing the original 45 rpm disc at Christmas 1970. Someone found it in a Boston used record store and gave it to the father of his girlfriend. Smith played the disc for many weeks prior to Christmas 1971 and told some RCA executives at a record party about the public response to his playing their old record. RCA unearthed the original parts at their plant in Indianapolis and rushed the disc into release in early December 1971. In 3 weeks alone it sold 420,000 copies, the combined sales through the years thus making it a million seller."===================================================================================================================================================================Singing Dogs - Pat-a -cake/Jingle Bells==================================================================================================================================================================Singing Dogs - Oh Susanna

Monday, November 26, 2012

Louisiana Cajun Music Vol. 4

Another Cajun LP from the same pile at last week's boot sale - this time on the Old Timey records label. A compilation from 50's released in 1972...........................................................................................................................................................................Wikipedia says of Harry Choates - "Harry Choates (December 26, 1922, Rayne, Louisiana or New Iberia, Louisiana - July 17, 1951, Austin, Texas) was an American Cajun music fiddler. Choates's place of birth is disputed. He moved to Port Arthur, Texas in the 1930s, and received little schooling, instead spending time in local bars listening to music on the jukebox. By age 12 he started playing fiddle for spare change in barbershops. He gained early professional experience playing in the bands of Leo Soileau and Leroy LeBlanc, then split off to form his own group called the Melody Boys in 1946. His 1946 song "Jole Blon", a top 10 hit (Billboard position #4) for Choates, was recorded by country singer Moon Mullican and became a major hit, but Choates had waived his rights to the song and was never compensated for the song's success. Choates remained with the Melody Boys from 1946 to 1951, recording for Gold Star Records in 1946-47. The Melody Boys disbanded over Choates's chronic problems with alcoholism and his frequent missed concert dates, and shortly after the dissolution he played with Jesse James & His Gang on KTBC radio. In the middle of the year, Choates was found to be in contempt of court for failing to pay his support payments for his children. He spent three days in prison, at which time he began hitting his head against the bars of his jail cell, eventually knocking himself into a coma. The condition persisted for several days before Choates died on July 17, 1951."......................................................................................Wikipedia says of Hackberry Ramblers - "The Hackberry Ramblers (also known as the Riverside Ramblers), a Grammy Award-nominated Cajun music band based in Hackberry, Louisiana, formed in 1933. Since its heyday in the late 1930s it has become one of the most recognized names and influential groups in Cajun music. Its sound has come to be one of the genre's most imitated, and its 1936 song "Jolie Blonde" — the group's most covered song — ranks as the informal "Cajun national anthem." The group, which continues to tour and perform, has one of the longest histories of a musical group in the United States of America, and while its lineup has changed many times since its conception, its founders — fiddler Luderin Darbone and accordionist Edwin Duhon — led the band until Duhon's death in 2006. (Darbone died November 21, 2008.) While the roots of the band lie in its Cajun music repertoire, the Ramblers perform a broad swath of American music, from Western swing to blues and rockabilly, and much of their sound blends them all. The Country Music Hall of Fame has honored the group; it holds enshrined many of the founding members' instruments. James "Glen" Croker died at the age of 77 on August 23, 2011."...............................................................................Tracks are as follows - 1. Wondering - Joe Werner & His Riverside Ramblers 2. Dissatisfied - Joe Werner & His Riverside Rablers 3. Jolie Blonde - Hackberry Ramblers 4. Ma Cherie Belle - Hackfield Ramblers 5. Austin Special - Harry Choates 6. Saturday Night Waltz - Harry Choates 7. La Prison - Oaklahoma Tornadoes......................................................................................Cajun Music - Side One

Friday, November 23, 2012

Adge Cutler & The Wurzels

More Wurzels this time with Adge Cutler from 1968 on the EMI label. Supposed to be a live recording but sounds very fake to me - maybe just the way its been edited. The usual old country bumpkin nonsense and terrible jokes and daft ditties about life in the West Country....................................................................................Wikipedia says - "Alan John Cutler was born in Portishead, Somerset. Nicknamed 'Adge' by his friends, from his initials A.J., he lived in the small North Somerset town of Nailsea. He spent his earlier years pursuing various jobs he would use as material for later songs, including road manager for Acker Bilk, working in a cider mill (Coates of Nailsea), and working on building a power station in North Wales. He spent a year in Spain working as an agent looking for property. During his time there he grew to love the country and the Spanish way of life, as well as becoming fluent in Spanish. In 1972, he married Yvonne, moving to Tickenham, a few miles north of Nailsea. Cutler's songs are largely sung in his own accent, though some are in an exaggerated Bristolian accent, and one in West Indian dialect. Cutler was influenced by Len "Uke" Thomas, a singer who left no recordings but who sang in the Bristolian dialect and who was a well known Bristol entertainer. Virtually all of Cutler's recordings are live; one album, "Cutler of the West", was recorded at the Webbington Country Club, which is very easy to see on the M5 motorway, on the slopes of Crook Peak. [edit]Death On 5 May 1974, he died when he crashed his MGB sports car on a roundabout in Chepstow, following a Wurzels concert. Cutler is buried in the graveyard of Christ Church, Nailsea."..................................................................................................................................................................Adge Cutler - Side One

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Dewey Balfa, Marc Savoy & D.L. Menard

Boot sale find on Sunday. LP on the Arhoolie label from 1977. Dance music from the Louisiana bayou..........................................................................................................................................................................Wikipedia says - "Dewey Balfa (March 20, 1927 – June 17, 1992) was an American Cajun fiddler and singer who contributed significantly to the popularity of Cajun music. Balfa was born near Mamou, Louisiana. He is perhaps best known for his 1964 performance at the Newport Folk Festival with Gladius Thibodeaux and Vinus LeJeune, where the group received an enthusiastic response from over seventeen thousand audience members. He sang the song "Parlez Nous à Boire" in the 1981 cult film Southern Comfort, in which he had a small role."............................................................................................."Marc Savoy (pronounced English pronunciation: /sɑːˈvwɑː/ 'sah-vwah')[1] (b. near Eunice, Louisiana, United States, October 1, 1940) is an American musician, and builder and player of the Cajun accordion. Savoy holds a degree in chemical engineering but his primary income is derived from his accordion-making business, based at his Savoy Music Center in Eunice, Louisiana. His wife is the singer and guitarist Ann Savoy, whom he met in 1975. He has performed with Robert Bertrand, Dennis McGee, Rodney Balfa, Sady Courville, Dewey Balfa, D. L. Menard, and Michael Doucet, the latter of whom he plays with in the Savoy-Doucet Band. He also plays in the Savoy Family Band with his wife Ann and their sons Joel and Wilson. He hosts regular jam sessions and mini-festivals at the Savoy Music Center."...................................................................................."Menard was born in Erath, Louisiana. The only child of Mr. Ophy Menard and Mrs. Helena Primeaux Menard. He was part of a Cajun farming family. He started to play guitar at 16 and started playing dances in Louisiana clubs at 17. He was greatly influenced by Hank Williams meeting him once in 1951 at the Teche Club shortly before Hank's death. Since then he has performed in more than 30 countries and served as a good-will ambassador for Cajun culture. He has also recorded with non-Cajun artists, including Bryan Ferry. He and his wife Louella - now deceased - have seven children, seventeen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He still lives in Erath and continues to play music. He has maintained a separate career as a craftsman, noted for his handmade ash-wood chairs he makes at his one-man factory in Erath."......................................................................................................................................................................Tracks are as follows - 1. Jolie BlondeDe bayou 2. Petite Fille De La Campagne 3.En Bas D'un Chene Vert 4. Port Arthur Blues 5. J'ai Fait Un Gros Erreur 6. J'etais Au Bal........................................................................................................................................................................Dewey Balfa & Co. - Side One

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Charlie Gillett - Undercurrents 12 (re-up)

Another Undercurrents show from the early 80's. No guest as such but a live song by The Shakin' Pyramids, a Scottish rockabilly band. Charlie plays the usual eclectic mix from the pub rock and indie scene at the time.............................................................................................................................................................................Wikipedia says - "The Shakin' Pyramids (also known as Shakin' Pyramids) were a Scottish rockabilly band formed in Glasgow in the late 1970s. The band consisted of Dave Duncan (vocals, harmonica, percussion) James G. Creighton (acoustic & electric guitar, vocals) and "Railroad" Ken McLellan (acoustic guitar, vocals). During the band's recording career from 1980–1983, they released two studio albums, four singles and three extended plays—one of which was recorded with the late British recording star Lonnie Donegan. A 1983 compilation album was released shortly after the group's disbandment, and a live album followed in 2001. Although the band did not enjoy any major chart successes, their work was generally well received by critics. They earned a fan base through their energetic live performances, which were originally honed on the streets of Glasgow and later exhibited via their extensive touring and a number of television appearances. In recent years, their work has been described as having helped define the short-lived rockabilly revival of the early 1980s."....................................................................................................................................................................Charlie Gillett - Undercurrents 12

Friday, November 16, 2012

Chas and Dave

A interview with DJ Stu Colman on Radio London in the 80's. The rockney duo chat about their favourite influences - Jerry Lee Lewis etc. and playing some of their "new" songs ................................................................................................................................................................................Wikipedia says - "Chas & Dave (often billed as Chas 'n' Dave) are an English pop rock duo, most notable as creators and performers of a musical style labelled "rockney", which mixes "pub singalong, music-hall humour, boogie-woogie piano and pre-Beatles rock 'n' roll". For a time, "Rockney" was also the name of their record label, and they achieved several British chart hits, their major breakthrough being "Gertcha" in 1979, which peaked at #20 and was the first of eight Top 40 hit singles the duo played on. The act has also enjoyed nine best-selling albums. It was announced in September 2009 that the pair would no longer be working together as Dave Peacock planned to retire from the band following the death of his wife Sue. However, in 2010 the band announced a tour in 2011. They are due to play IndigO2 on 8th December 2012 & then a final tour of the U.K. between 28th February until 16th May 2013.".....................................................................................................................................................................Chas n Dave - Stu Colman show

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Charlie Gillett - Ry Cooder 1982

An "Undercurrents" radio show on Capital Radio from 26th October 1980 when Ry was over here promoting his Bop Til You Drop LP and touring with John Hiatt and his band which also included Flaco Jimenez on accordion. Some great music including original versions of songs that Cooder had covered and informative chat as always........................................................................................................................................................................"Ryland "Ry" Peter Cooder (born 15 March 1947, in Los Angeles, California) is an American guitarist, singer and composer. He is known for his slide guitar work, his interest in blues-rock, roots music from his native North America, and, more recently, for his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries. Cooder's solo work has been an eclectic mix, taking in dust bowl folk, blues, Tex-Mex, soul, gospel, rock, and much else. He has collaborated with many important musicians, including The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Earl Hines, Little Feat, Captain Beefheart, The Chieftains, John Lee Hooker, Pops, Mavis Staples, Gabby Pahinui, Flaco Jiménez, Freddy Fender and Ali Farka Touré. He formed the Little Village supergroup with Nick Lowe, John Hiatt, and Jim Keltner. Cooder was ranked 8th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." ......................................................................................................................................................................................Charlie Gillett - Ry Cooder Pt. 1......................................................................................................................................................................Charlie Gillett - Ry Cooder Pt. 2.............................................................................................................................................................................Also on Divshare...................................................................................Charlie Gillett - Ry Cooder Pt. 1...........................................................................................................................................................................Charlie Gillett - Ry Cooder Pt.2

Friday, November 09, 2012

Mohammed El-Bakkar


I thought I had featured this LP some years ago but looking back through the archive I see that I missed it for some reason. Apart from the striking sleeve it has some very nice Egyptian music on it. Sounds very authentic to me but what do I know! Made back in the 60's for the Hi-Fi enthusiasts more than anyone and an interesting flavour of the Middle East long before the phrase "world music" was ever invented.

Wikipedia says -

"Mohammed El-Bakkar (Arabic: محمد البكار‎; d. Pawtucket, Rhode Island, United States, September 8, 1959) was a Lebanese tenor, oud player, and conductor.

El-Bakkar was a noted tenor and appeared in several Arabic-language films. He moved to the United States in 1952 and lived in Brooklyn. He released several LPs of Arabic music in the United States. He also played a singing Oriental rug salesman in the Broadway musical Fanny, in the Oriental bazaar scene; the production ran from 1954 to 1956.

He died of a cerebral hemorrhage on September 8, 1959, at the age of 46, after collapsing while performing at an annual Lebanese American festival in Lincoln, Rhode Island."................................................................................. Tracks are as follows - 1. Haun Meelee 2. Balady 3. Rahks Port Said 4. Hygalo 5. Geena Ghanneelak 6. Ah Ya Zain......................................................................................................................................................................... Mohammed El-Bakkar - Side Two

Monday, November 05, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Billy Cotton

A 10 inch LP on the Decca label from the late 50's I imagine, perhaps even earlier. I have fond memories of The Billy Cotton Band Show on the radio during my childhood and youth at Sunday lunchtimes whilst we ate our roast and two veg. Billy, Alan Breeze and the gang would be singing about their coconuts, woodpecker holes, Mother Brown and all. A typical selection of novelty songs and dance music on here which sums up that era for me perfectly!.......................................................................................................................................................................Wikipedia says - "William Edward Cotton (6 May 1899 – 25 March 1969), better known as Billy Cotton, was an English band leader and entertainer, one of the few whose orchestras survived the British dance band era. Today, he is mainly remembered as a 1950s and 1960s radio and television personality, although his musical talent emerged as early as the 1920s. In his younger years Billy Cotton was also an amateur footballer for Brentford F.C. (and later, for the then Athenian league club Wimbledon, now AFC Wimbledon), an accomplished racing driver and the owner of a Gipsy Moth which he piloted himself. Born in Smith Square, London, to Joseph and Susan Cotton, Cotton was a choirboy and started his musical career as a drummer. He enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers by falsifying his age and saw service in World War I in Malta and Egypt, before landing at Gallipoli in the middle of an artillery barrage. Later he was recommended for a commission and learned to fly Bristol Fighter aircraft. He flew solo for the first time in 1918, the same day the Royal Flying Corps became the Royal Air Force. He was then not yet 19 years old. In the inter-war years. he had several jobs such as bus driver before setting up his own orchestra, the London Savannah Band, in 1924. At first a straight dance band, over the years the London Savannah Band more and more tended towards music hall/vaudeville entertainment, introducing all sorts of visual and verbal humour in between songs. Famous musicians that played in Billy Cotton's band during the 1920s and 1930s included Arthur Rosebery, Syd Lipton and Nat Gonella. The band was also noted for their African American trombonist and tap dancer, Ellis Jackson. Their signature tune was "Somebody Stole My Gal", and they made numerous commercial recordings for Decca. During the Second World War Cotton and his band toured France with the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA). After the war, he started his successful Sunday lunchtime radio show on BBC, the Billy Cotton Band Show, which ran from 1949 to 1968. In the 1950s composer Lionel Bart contributed comedy songs to the show. It regularly opened with the band's signature tune and Cotton's call of "Wakey Wakey". From 1957, it was also broadcast on BBC television."................................................................................................................................................................Songs on side One are as follows - 1. I've Got A Lovley Bunch Of Coconuts 2. The Parlour Piano 3. It Ain't The Cough 4. Never been There Before.............................................................................................Billy Cotton - Side One.......................................................................................................................................................................Side Two songs are as follows - 1, Friends & Neighbours 2. There's Another Hole In The Road 3. Why Worry? 4. Kitchen Rag........................................................................................................................................................................Billy Cotton - Side Two

Bob Cort

An LP of Bob Cort without his skiffle group from the early 60's I would guess. Some rather off colour songs for the time though a bit innocuous now. The backing group sounds like the Mike Sammes Singers which is a shame - I was hoping for a drunken pub crown as the photo on the sleeve suggests!.................................................................................................................................................................... Find out a little more about Bob HERE......................................................................................................................... Tracks are as follows - 1. RollMe Over 2.Oh Dear, What Can The Matter be? 3. Ringa Ranga Roo 4. Foggy Foggy Dew 5. The Good Ship venus 6. A Man Came Home From Work 7.Make Mine Musicana. 8. Oh Sir Jasper..................................................................................................Bob Cort - Side One

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Stereo Sound

I have several "stereo samplers" like this one on the Decca label from 1958. They all sound fairly similar featuring orchestral classics, trains, cars and marching feet etc. The montage on the sleeve caught my eye I must admit. This side features the voice of Geoffrey Sumner who introduces all the sounds and the wonderful world of ffss!...........................................................................................................................................................................Stereo Sound - Side One

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Cricketones

An 7 inch EP on the Happy Time label from 1962 with delightful splatter effect vinyl that Damien Hirst would be proud of.Not sure who the Cricketones were - just a house band one suspects.......................................................................................................................................................................Wikipedia says - "Cy Leslie reorganized Pickwick Sales Corp. in 1952 out of Voco, which had begun in 1946 producing recorded greeting cards, elaborately designed kiddie picture discs with cardboard backings and finally multicolored vinyl records. Cricket was the successor to Voco, making its debut with Pickwick itself on May 25, 1953; "my wife's birthday" as Leslie later recalled. Cricket was the first product line offered by Pickwick Sales Corp. According to Leslie, "Good fortune introduced me to an early genius, Eli Oberstein. He owned a vast catalog which included many children's albums, which he agreed to lease, thus beginning Pickwick's first licensing – The Pickwick Cricket line of children's records." Many of the early records were credited under the collective banner of the "Cricketone Players," or some variant thereof. The 1953 lease from Oberstein produced roughly the first fifty Cricket Records, and the remainder were recorded in a scatter-shot fashion afterward. Cricket singles sold for 49 cents each. Cricket Records are often anonymous, or credited cryptically to non-entities such as "Cricketone Orchestra." Among established name artists to appear on Cricket were Gene Autry, William Bendix, Smiley Burnette, Bobby Colt, Dennis Day, Eddie Dean, Leif Erickson, Ray Heatherton, Boris Karloff, Maury Laws, Gisele MacKenzie, Norman Rose and David Wayne. Cy Leslie himself is credited on C-85 as the leader of The Calypso Tones. There are no credits on records in the 6-inch series, though these largely duplicate material that appeared in other formats.[citation needed] Cricket Records started out strong, competing well against Golden Records, the main producer of postwar kiddie records. Leslie recalled that the Golden and Cricket concerns often had their booths set up next to each other at record shows. Cricket Records, however, were not sold in record stores but on racks in department stores and were, therefore, stocked by rackjobbers. Later in the 1950s, Pickwick turned its attention to low-budget licensing deals with majors such as Capitol Records, Mercury Records and RCA Victor. These contracts proved enormously profitable, and required more of Pickwick's attention. In 1968, both Cricket and its sister label Happy Time Records were phased out, though back stock on both labels continued to be available for a time."......................................................................................................................................................................|Cricketones - Little Red Riding Hood...................................................................................................................................................................Cricketones - Kiddie Songs

Mitch Miller

More kiddie song stuff from Mitch Miller and Orchestra featuring Gilbert Mack, Anne Lloyd and The Sandpipers from 1962.............................................................................................................................................................................Wikipedia says - "As a record producer, Miller gained a reputation for both innovation and gimmickry. Although he oversaw dozens of chart hits, his relentlessly cheery arrangements and his penchant for novelty material – for example, "Come on-a My House" (Rosemary Clooney), "Mama Will Bark" (Frank Sinatra) – has drawn criticism from some admirers of traditional pop music. Music historian Will Friedwald wrote in his book Jazz Singing (Da Capo Press, 1996) that "Miller exemplified the worst in American pop. He first aroused the ire of intelligent listeners by trying to turn — and darn near succeeding in turning – great artists like Sinatra, Clooney, and Tony Bennett into hacks. Miller chose the worst songs and put together the worst backings imaginable – not with the hit-or-miss attitude that bad musicians traditionally used, but with insight, forethought, careful planning, and perverted brilliance." At the same time, Friedwald acknowledges Miller's great influence on later popular music production: Miller established the primacy of the producer, proving that even more than the artist, the accompaniment, or the material, it was the responsibility of the man in the recording booth whether a record flew or flopped. Miller also conceived the idea of the pop record "sound" per se: not so much an arrangement or a tune, but an aural texture (usually replete with extramusical gimmicks) that could be created in the studio and then replicated in live performance, instead of the other way around. Miller was hardly a rock 'n' roller, yet without these ideas there could never have been rock 'n' roll. "Mule Train", Miller's first major hit (for Frankie Laine) and the foundation of his career, set the pattern for virtually the entire first decade of rock. The similarities between it and, say, "Leader of the Pack", need hardly be outlined here. While Miller's methods were resented by some of Columbia's performers, including Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney, the label maintained a high hit-to-release ratio during the 1950s. Sinatra, in particular, would speak harshly of Miller and blamed him for his (Sinatra's) temporary fall from popularity while at Columbia, having been forced to record material like "Mama Will Bark" and "The Hucklebuck." Miller countered that Sinatra's contract gave him the right to refuse any song."......................................................................................................................................................................Mitch Miller - Old MacDonald Had A Farm...................................................................................................................................................................Mitch Miller - The Owl & The Pussycat

Monday, October 15, 2012

Johnny & Charley

EP on the Hispavox label from Madrid in Spain in 1964. Some crazy dance that swept through Spain in the 60's apparently. I don't think the Flamenco has anything to worry about!........................................................................................................................................................................ "Since the emergence of the twist , inventing new dances proliferated: limbo, madison, whiskey, bycicle, Hully Gully, shake and an endless etcetera. In Spain also arise about native dances like the twist or when they, however, is the Yenka will be victorious in the making. A dance based on hopping on one foot to finish jumping with both feet together. The musical part of the case is a mere excuse to cause this kind of fun gymnastic jumping in guiding their activity. The four tracks on the album are quite similar and all are composed Kurt Charley. The instrumentation is a Franciscan poverty and is chaired by an instrument, which by the way, it became fashionable: the melodic. Was a smash hit and was one of the biggest selling records in 1965 and compulsory piece around or party shindig worth his salt. It sparked a fever Yenka nationwide, because it was an innocuous family dance and athletic. Other groups and soloists were ready to record songs to the rhythm of Yenka, so Hispavox was careful to place in all partner disks labeled: "The Yenka by its creators Johnny and Charley"......................................................................................................................................................................Johnny & Charley - La Yenka/Eh! nene...................................................................................................................................................................Johnny & Charley - Baila La yenka/Yenka Riketik

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Mitch Miller

More Mitch Miller this time with Jack Mercer doing the voice of Popeye on this Gala Goldentone 6 inch 78 from 1962. The other side features Mike Stewart, Gilbert Mack and The Sandpipers with the story of Scruffy The Tugboat........................................................................................................................................................................Wikipedia says - "Popeye the Sailor is a cartoon fictional character created by Elzie Crisler Segar, who has appeared in comic strips and animated cartoons in the cinema as well as on television. He first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929. Popeye also became the strip's title in later years. Although Segar's Thimble Theatre strip was in its tenth year when Popeye made his debut in 1929, the sailor quickly became the main focus of the strip and Thimble Theatre became one of King Features' most popular properties during the 1930s. Thimble Theatre was continued after Segar's death in 1938 by several writers and artists, most notably Segar's assistant Bud Sagendorf. The strip, now titled Popeye, continues to appear in first-run installments in its Sunday edition, written and drawn by Hy Eisman. The daily strips are reprints of old Sagendorf stories."......................................................................................................................................................................Mitch Miller - Popeye The Sailor Man........................................................................................................................................................................Mitch Miller - SCruffy The Tuboat

Mitch Miller

............................................................................... On the Gala Goldentone label from 1962 - a 6 inch vinyl bright orange disc. Nursery rhymes and children's songs sung by grown ups....................................................................................Wikipedia says - " Mitchell William "Mitch" Miller (July 4, 1911 – July 31, 2010)[1][2] was a prominent figure in the American music industry. Miller was involved in almost all aspects of the industry, working as a musician, singer, conductor, record producer, A&R man and record company executive. Miller was one of the most influential figures in American popular music during the 1950s and early 1960s, both as the head of Artists and Repertoire at Columbia Records and as a best-selling recording artist with an NBC television series, Sing Along with Mitch. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester in the early 1930s, Miller began his musical career as an accomplished player of the oboe and English horn, and recorded several highly regarded classical albums featuring his instrumental work, but he is best remembered as a conductor, choral director, television performer and recording executive."........................................................................... Mitch Miller - 10 Little Indians.............................................................................Mitch Miller - The farmer In The Dell

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Stanley Kirkby & Harry Hudson

Old scratchy 78 from Crewe flea market today. I'm always attracted to "comic songs" and this one was the only record to have this printed on the label. I'd heard of Harry Hudson before - indeed I think I have featured him and his Melody Men on this very blog. Shame it's so worn - sounds like a fun double "A" side...........................................................................................................................................................................Wikipedia says - "Stanley Kirkby was a British music hall singer at the beginning of the twentieth century. He was particularly well known for a series of songs he sang during the First World War, such as "Boys of the Dardanelles", a patriotic song, "Tell my Daddy to come home again", a sentimental treatment of how hard it was for children to be parted from their soldier fathers, and in 1910 he covered "The Galloping Major" - the original version of which had been performed by George Henry Bastow in 1906. But he also had success singing love songs, such as "When you know you're not forgotten by the girl you can't forget". He recorded "Irish and proud of it too" in 1915.".........................................................................................................................................................................Kirkby & Hudson - Finnegan's Ball.......................................................................................................................................................................Kirkby & Hudson - I Can't Do Without Love

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Charlie Gillett - Ben Mendelsohn

Another City Beats radio show with DJ Charlie Gillett and his guest Ben Mendelsohn who at the time played guitar in Orchestre Jazira and had just started Globestyle Records. Ben plays some new releases and other world music favourites.............................................................................."Guitarist and musicologist Ben Mandelson has played a seminal role in the growth of world music. A multi-instrumentalist, Mandelson has played on albums by Magazine, the Pogues, Kirsty MacColl, Shriekback, and the Oyster Band. A member of early-80s punk/power pop band, the Amazorbacks, he toured with Billy Bragg's Blokes and currently plays guitar in Anglo-Ghanaian highlife band, Orchestre Jazira. Mandelson's greatest impact has been made as director of London-based Globe Style Records and GlobeStyle Irish and as the producer of recordings by Varttina, Tarika Sammy, Boiled in Lead, Dembo Konte, Kausu Kuyateh and the Jali Roll Orchestra, and the Klezmatics and Tiger Moth." Charlie Gillett - Ben mendelson Pt. 1==========================================================================================================================================================================Charlie Gillett - Ben Mendelsohn Pt. 2

Monday, October 01, 2012

Charlie Gillett - Robert Cray

Robert Cray the master of the blues guitar is Charlie's guest on his City Beats radio show in September 1986. An eclectic mix as always - lots of blues and world music and interesting chat.========================================================================================================Wikipedia Says - "Robert Cray (born August 1, 1953, Columbus, Georgia, United States) is an American blues guitarist and singer. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he has led his own band, as well as an acclaimed solo career. Cray started playing guitar in his early teens. At Denbigh High School in Newport News, Virginia, his love of blues and soul music flourished as he started collecting records. Originally, he wanted to become an architect, but around the same time that he began to study architectural design, he formed the band Steakface, described as "the best band from Lakewood you never heard of". Cray's guitar and vocals contributed greatly to Steakface's set list of songs by Jimi Hendrix, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Fleetwood Mac, The Grease Band, Blodwyn Pig, Jethro Tull, Spirit and The Faces. By the age of twenty, Cray had seen his heroes Albert Collins, Freddie King and Muddy Waters in concert and decided to form his own band; they began playing college towns on the West Coast. In the late 1970s he lived in Eugene, Oregon, where he formed the Robert Cray Band and collaborated with Curtis Salgado in the Cray-Hawks. In the 1978 film, National Lampoon's Animal House, Cray was the uncredited bassist in the house party band Otis Day and the Knights. After several years of regional success, Cray was signed to Mercury Records in 1982. His third album release, Strong Persuader, produced by Dennis Walker, received a Grammy Award, while the crossover single "Smokin' Gun" gave him wider appeal and name recognition."================================================================================================================================================================ http://www.divshare.com/download/19697128-8b5 ======================================================================================================================================: http://www.divshare.com/download/19697218-28c

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Joyce Grenfell

A double LP on the EMI label from 1978. A much loved comedienne from back in the days of sophisticated comedy and song that seems rather old fashioned and quaint now. Wikipedia says - "Born in London, Joyce was the daughter of architect Paul Phipps (1880–1953), the grandson of Charles Paul Phipps and a second cousin of Ruth Draper, and an eccentric American mother, Nora Langhorne (1889–1955), the daughter of Chiswell Langhorne, an American railway millionaire. Nancy Astor, née Nancy Langhorne, was her mother's sister and Grenfell often visited her at Astor's home, Cliveden. Joyce Phipps grew up around money and privilege. She had a London childhood and considered herself a "townie". Joyce attended the Francis Holland School in Central London, and the Christian Science School, Clearview, in South Norwood, and then she was "finished" in Paris where she attended Mlle. Ozanne's finishing school at the age of 17. In 1927, she met Reginald Pascoe Grenfell (1903–1993); they were married two years later at St. Margaret's, Westminster; they remained married for 50 years (until her death). She made her stage debut in 1939 in the Little Revue. In 1942 she wrote what became her signature song, "I'm Going to See You Today." During World War II, Grenfell toured North Africa, Southern Italy, the Middle East and India with her pianist Viola Tunnard performing for British troops. In 1989, her wartime journals were published under the title The Time of My Life: Entertaining the Troops. Her singing and comedic talents on stage led to offers to appear in film comedies. Although she performed in a number of films, she continued with her musical recording career, producing a number of humorous albums as well as books. As a writer at the BBC during and just after the war, she collaborated with Stephen Potter in writing the "How" series of 30 satirical programmes from How to Talk to Children to How to Listen. During the 1950s she made her name as a sidekick to such comedy greats as Alastair Sim and Margaret Rutherford in films such as The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950) and the St Trinian's series. She was also a member of the influential Pilkington Committee on Broadcasting from 1960 to 1962. Her fame reached as far as the U.S.A. and she appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show alongside Elvis Presley." Tracks are as follows - 1. Two Songs My Mother Taught Me 2. Artist's Room 3. Leonie 4. Security Song 5. Ferryboats Of Sydney 6. Committee 7. Come Catch Me Joyce Grenfell - Side Four

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Bill Caddick

LP found at boot sale the other day for 35p- on the Park label from 1974. I was intrigued by the name and cover art. I was hoping for a jug band but turns out to be pretty much a finger in the ear traditional folk record but with some nice guitar playing and guest appearances by John and Sue Kirkpatrick and Magic Lantern. Wikipedia says - "Singing since the 1960s in folk clubs and festivals, in 1973 Caddick joined the street theatre group Magic Lantern, formed by Taffy Thomas and described by Mel McClellan on the BBC website as "legendary". He left Magic Lantern in 1975 to concentrate on his solo career, becoming well known as a festival artist in Britain and overseas. In 1977 he joined the Albion Band in the National Theatre productions of 'Lark Rise' and 'The Passion'. Caddick later collaborated with Tim Laycock and Peter Bond in a stage show and album about circus life, called "A Duck on his Head". About this time, he wrote songs for radio and TV, and performed his own songs in a film about the Tolpuddle Martyrs. From 1980 to 1987 Caddick was a member of the renowned folk-rock band Home Service. He continued to write and perform at clubs and festivals, albeit in a more low-key way than before as well as continuing his involvement with the National Theatre, writing and appearing in several plays which included "Don Quixote", and "The Mysteries" (an award winning trilogy performed in the West End, on TV and throughout Europe, as well as at the National). Currently (as at December 2009) Bill Caddick runs a folk club in his home village of Jackfield and, as well as his solo career, is a member of three groups: local band the Jackfield Riverbillies, ceilidh band All Blacked Up and a new venture as part of the Anne Lennox Martin Band.[3] His songs, such as "Unicorns" and "She Moves Among Men", have been recorded by numerous other musicians including June Tabor, Chris Foster, Alex Campbell, Christy Moore, Peter Rowan, John Kirkpatrick, Artisan, Coope Boyes and Simpson and The Yetties." Tracks are - 1. King Sun 2. Rought Band 3. Oller Boller 4. Winter Fair 5. John O'Dreams Bill Caddick - Side Two

Monday, September 17, 2012

Top Pop Club

10" LP on the cheapo Society label in the late 50's . Cover versions of pop hits of the time featuring obscure artistes such as Gerry Grant, Franklyn Boyd and Bill Adams. Similar to the Woolworths Embassy cover versions of the time. Tracks are as follows - 1. Never Be Anyone Else But You - Franklyn Boyd & The Coronets 2. Donna - Gerry Grant 3. Sing Little Birdie - June Marlow & Bill Adams 4. If I Didn't Care - June Marlow 5. By The Light Of The Silvery Moon - Franklyn Boyd & The Society Seven 6. It Doesn't Matter Any |More - Gerry Grant & The Socierty Six 7. Charlie Brown - The Coronets & The Society Six 8. Pink Shoelaces - June Marlow & The Coronets 9. A Fool Such As I - Franklyn Boyd 10. Come Softly To Me - Bill Adams & The Coronets Top Pop Club - Side One Top Pop Club - Side two

Monday, September 10, 2012

Lord Kitchener

I don't think I have featured Lord Kitchener before on this blog - an oversight on my part. This LP (with no sleeve)on the Trinidad label is from 1979 and more Soca than Calypso but still worth a listen. I must admit I prefer the earlier stuff from the 50's and 60's. Wikipedia says - "Aldwyn Roberts (18 April 1922 – 11 February 2000), better known by the stage name Lord Kitchener (or "Kitch"), was one of the most internationally famous calypsonians. He was the son of a blacksmith, Stephen, and homemaker, Albertha. Kitchener emigrated from Trinidad, spending six months in Jamaica before traveling on the Empire Windrush to the UK. Kitchener's success began after he moved to England in 1948. During the 1950s he built a large following in the expatriate communities of the West Indian islands. His fame continued throughout the 1950s, when calypso achieved international success. Later, though, he moved towards soca, a related style, and continued recording until his death. Kitchener's compositions were enormously popular as the chosen selections for steel bands to perform at the annual National Panorama competition during Trinidad Carnival. Kitchener became a very important figure to those first 5000 West Indian migrants to the UK. His music[3] spoke of home and a life that they all longed for but in many cases couldn't or wouldn't return to. On June 29, 1950, he immortalised the defining moment for many of the migrants in writing "Cricket, Lovely Cricket". This was one of the first widely-known West Indian songs, and epitomised an event that historian and cricket enthusiast C. L. R. James defined as crucial to West Indian post-colonial societies ( West Indies' victory over England in a Test Match at Lord's). The song, later recorded by Lord Beginner, is rarely credited to Lord Kitchener although Tony Cozier and many who attended the Test at The Oval can attest that it was a Kitch composition. In England, Kitchener started out working in London pubs. At first there were difficulties with English audiences who did not understand all the words, but that did not deter Kitch, and after the BBC gave him a chance to broadcast, he moved on to club bookings, and was soon performing in three clubs every night. Kitchener returned to Trinidad in 1962. He and the Mighty Sparrow proceeded to dominate the calypso competitions of the sixties and seventies. Lord Kitchener won the road march competition ten times between 1965 and 1976, more times than any other calypsonian. For 30 years, Kitchener ran his own calypso tent, Calypso Revue, where which he nurtured the talent of many calypsonians. Calypso Rose, David Rudder, Black Stalin and Denyse Plummer are among the many artists who got their start under Kitchener's tutelage. It was always important to Kitchener throughout his career to gain new experiences that could be woven into his material. This led him to performances in Curaçao, Aruba and Jamaica in the early days, and finally to London, when he was already flying high in Trinidad. Kitchener once said: "I have reached the height of my popularity in Trinidad. What am I doing here? I should make a move." This creator of highly popular and sweet melodies died of a blood infection and kidney failure at Port of Spain's Mount Hope Hospital on 11 February 2000. He is buried in the Santa Rosa Cemetery in Arima. He was later honoured with a statue in Port of Spain. A bust of the beloved entertainer is also on display on Hollis Avenue, Arima, not far from the Arima Stadium." Tracks are as follows - 1. Netball Queen 2. Barataria Sweet 3. No Pan

Primas Stefan and his Royal Tziganes

Another LP Ive had for a while on the World Record Club label from 1964. Seems to be a pet project by someone called Steven Staryk. Wikipedia Says - "Steven Sam Staryk, OC (born 1932 Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian violin virtuoso. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada[3] of Ukrainian descent, he began his musical education as a child at the Harbord Collegiate Institute. He pursued further studies in the violin with Albert Pratz at The Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) and in New York City. As a renowned teacher, orchestral and chamber musician, and international soloist, he is considered to be the leading Canadian-born violinist of his generation. He is listed in The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada[4] and 23 international publications including The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Awards include the Shevchenko Medal, the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal, an honorary doctorate of letters from Toronto's York University, and arts awards from the Canada Council. In 1951, he was one of the Symphony six who were denied permission to enter the United States. He was runner-up to Salvatore Accardo in the International Competition for Musical Performers in Geneva, 1956. No first prize was awarded that year. Again, he was runner-up at the Carl Flesch International Competition in London where only one prize is awarded. He became concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 24, the youngest ever, earning the title "king of concertmasters" from The Strad magazine. He went on to serve as concertmaster of the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra." Tracks are as follows - 1. Opening Theme 2. Sarba Pomperilor 3. Hora Lui Timosca 4. Utuoso Vasarnap 5. Kuroz Variations 6. Hora Lui Dobrica 7. La Foret

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Super Stars Band Of Ghana

Another Rogers All Stars label LP from the archive. This one from 1979. Catchy highlife similar to King Sunny Ade and Prince Akekunle etc. Wikipedia says - "Highlife is a music genre that originated in Ghana in the 20th century and spread to Sierra Leone, Nigeria and other West African countries by 1920. It is very popular in Liberia and all of English-speaking West Africa, although little has been produced in other countries due to economic challenges brought on by war and instability. Highlife is characterized by jazzy horns and multiple guitars which lead the band. Recently it has acquired an uptempo, synth-driven sound (see Daddy Lumba). Joromi is a sub-genre. This arpeggiated highlife guitar part is modeled after an Afro-Cuban guajeo.[3] The pattern of attack-points is nearly identical to the 3-2 clave motif guajeo shown earlier in this article. The bell pattern known in Cuba as clave, is indigenous to Ghana and Nigeria, and is used in highlife." Tracks are as follows - 1. Oga Sorry 2. Esu A meresu Yi 3. Wawu Anaa?

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Charlie Gillett - James Burton/ Rockabilly Special

Two more Honky Tonk shows courtesy of John Mister who kindly sent me the remains of his HT Archive on some very cheap cassettes so please excuse the sound quality. The first is with guests Charlie Feathers, Buddy Knox and Jack Scott in the midst of a UK Rockabilly package tour. I think they recorded a live album at the Rainbow Theatre that year which was later released. I should check my own blog as it's on here somewhere! The second is with James Burton the session guitarist who has played with many of the great names in rock and country, including Elvis and Ricky Nelson. He was in town with the band backing Emmy Lou Harris who was touring at the time. As usual fascinating snippets of conversation and some great records. Wikipedia says of James Burton- "Born in Minden, the seat of Webster Parish, Louisiana, Burton moved to Shreveport with his family in 1949. He is self-taught, and was playing guitar from his childhood. By the time he was thirteen years old, Burton was playing guitar semi-professionally. A year later he was hired to be part of the staff band for the enormously popular Louisiana Hayride radio show in Shreveport. Burton left Shreveport for Los Angeles while in his teens after joining Ricky Nelson's band. In L.A., he made numerous recordings as a session musician. Burton created and played the guitar solo on Dale Hawkins 1957 hit song "Susie Q," a record that would become one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll." Charlie Gillett - James Burton/ Rockabilly Special

Friday, September 07, 2012

Charlie Gillett - Running (Re-up)

Another Charlie Gillett on Capital Radio from the 80's this time a themed show about "Running". The usual eclectic mix of records including The Coasters, Sly & The Family Stone, Spencer Davies Group etc. Trying out a new file system called Dropbox - the files for Running should be here - https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7fxz513uk9ab8sg/VJ4G9cU5Qk - If not please let me know.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Charlie Gillett - Roy Brown (RE-Up)

Another great old Honky Tonk radio show from 1978 broadcast on Radio London. Charlie is talking to R&B pioneer Roy Brown and playing some of his hits from the 40's and 50's and tracks from Roy's latest release. Interspersed with some fascinating tales of how it was for black artists in the record business back then - unscrupulous managers and all. Wikipedia says - "Roy James Brown (September 10, 1925 — May 25, 1981 was a pioneering Rhythm & Blues singer, songwriter and musician who had a primary influence on the early development of rock & roll music. Brown sang R&B tunes with a gospel feel, the first blues singer to do so. The "call and response" gospel style was limited to the church prior to Brown's arrival to the music scene. R&B was mostly "jivey" novelty tunes, like "Caledonia" by Louis Jordan and blues sung behind jazzy, boogie-woogie beats like "Roll 'em Pete" by Joe Turner. His seminal "Good Rocking Tonight" was covered by Wynonie Harris, Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Pat Boone. In addition, his melismatical pleading, gospel-steeped delivery impacted the vocal styles of B.B. King, Bobby Bland, Jackie Wilson and Little Richard. His role as a crucial link between postwar R&B and rock's initial rise is underappreciated by the masses." Charlie Gillett - Roy Brown Pt. 1 Charlie Gillett - Roy Brown Pt 2

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Reggae Girl

Compilation on the Big Shot label from 1968 of various ska and rock steady artistes including The Tennors, Monty Morris , Harmonians etc. Wikipedia says of The Tennors - "The group was formed in Kingston in the mid-1960s by singer George "Clive" Murphy who formed a duo with Maurice "Professor" Johnson. They called themselves the Tennor Twins. They auditioned a song called "Pressure and Slide" in 1967 while sitting in the back of a taxicab for arranger Jackie Mittoo of Studio One. Murphy and Johnson were then joined by Norman Davis, and the trio recorded the song backed by Mittoo. This, their first single, was one of the major Jamaican hits for the year 1967,. The Tennors then went on to form their own label that grew its own stable of artists. The accidental death of Johnson reduced the trio back to a duo, and Murphy and Davis continued as songwriters. They offered their song, "Ride Yu Donkey", to many artists, but ended up recording it themselves after it was turned down. The song was released in 1968 and was a huge hit. Other songs by the Tennors included "Cleopatra (I've Got to Get You Off My Mind)", "Grandpa", Massi Massa", "Girl You Hold Me" and "Rub Me Khaki", "Sufferer", "Sign of the Times", "Biff Baff" (aka "Traitor"), "Bow Legged Girl", "Little Things", "Cherry" and "Oh My Baby". The group became a trio again with the addition of Ronnie Davis in 1968. Other singers who were in the Tennors included Nehemiah Davis, George Dekker, Howard Spencer, and Hilton Wilson. The trio backed singer Jackie Bernard on "Another Scorcher", and moved towards reggae with the song "Reggae Girl"." Tracks are as follows - 1. Reggae Girl - The Tennors 2. Oh My Baby - The Harmonians 3. Khaki - Tennors 4. The Stage - The Tennors 5. Donkey Trot - Clive All Stars 6. While I Was Talking - Romeo Stewart Various - Side One

Monday, September 03, 2012

Nav Ketan

Some delightful songs here from various Bollywood films of the last half century. Featuring such stalwarts as Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, Geeta Dutt and Lata Mangeshkar to name but a few. Wikipedia says - "Navketan Films is a film production house based in Mumbai, India. Started in 1949 by actor-director and producer Dev Anand and his elder brother Chetan Anand, whose debut film, Neecha Nagar, bagged the Palme d'Or (Best Film) award, at the first ever Cannes Film Festival in 1946. Younger brother Vijay Anand, also directed numerous films for the company, like Guide (1965), Jewel Thief (1967) and Johnny Mera Naam (1970). Chetan and Vijay parted ways with company later and today Dev's son Suneil Anand is currently heading the production house." Tracks are as follows - 1. Jaen To Jaen Kahan ( From the film Taxi Driver) 2. Tadbeer Se Bigdi Hui Taqdeer (From the film Baazi ) 3. Dukhi Man Mere (Film - Fantoosh ) 4. Teri Duniya Men ( Film - House No. 44 ) 5. Aankhon Men Kya Ji (Film - Nau Do Gyarah ) 6. Hum Bekhudi Men ( Film - Kala Pani ) Nav Ketan - Side One

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Savoy Havana Band/ Columbia Novelty Orch.

Another from the 78 pile which I don't think I've uploaded before.Delightful novelty song from the days of the music hall. Two different bands for the price of one! Wikipedia says - "The Savoy Havana Band was a British dance band of the 1920s. It was resident at the Savoy Hotel, London, between 1921 and 1927. The band was formed by the American saxophonist Bert Ralton in 1921. Originally there were six players including Ralton. It was later increased to ten players. From 1924 it was led by the English violinist Reginald Batten. Both the Savoy Havana Band and their colleagues the Savoy Orpheans were under the management of Wilfred de Mornys. Among the players was a young American saxophonist, Rudy Vallee, whose attempts to become a vocalist were discouraged by his fellow-players. Another member of the ensemble was the pianist Billy Mayerl. The owner of the Savoy Hotel, Rupert D'Oyly Carte, called the original Savoy Havana Band and the Savoy Orpheans "probably the best-known bands in Europe."[2] When de Morny's contractual arrangement with the Savoy Hotel company ended on 31 December 1927, the band went on tour, and disbanded in 1930." Columbia Novelty Orch. - The Little Wooden Whistle Wouldn't Whistle. Savoy Havana Band - Why Did I Kiss That Girl?

Tom Foy

A scratchy 78 from the dusty recesses of a bedroom cupboard. Bought at a charity shop or boot sale - I forget which. Monologue and comic patter from the music hall days. "Music Hall Performer. Born in Manchester, England he served an apprenticeship as a sign painter. Apparently bored, he joined a traveling circus as a scenery artist and clown. He made his first music hall appearance as a lightning cartoonist. His music hall career progressed to comedian to song and dance man. He was famous for his sketches 'Tom Foy and his Donkey' which included a live donkey, and the pantomime 'Idle Jack,' as well as Yorkshire dialect comedy, for which he became known as 'The Yorkshire Lad' despite his origins. He recorded about forty music hall staples on several record labels during his career. He collapsed on stage at Argyle, Birkenhead, England in July 1917. He died two weeks later at the age of 38." Tom Foy - Much Obliged To Me. Tom Foy - In Trouble Again

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sheila Hancock/ Sydney Carter

A rather battered and bruised LP I found today at the local Age UK shop for 50p. On the Transatlantic label from 1962 and features the songs of Sydney Carter sung by him and Sheila Hancock the well known actress. A curious mix of folk song and cabaret with musicians such as Stephen J. Sedley on guitar and lute, Ralph Trainer on guitar banjo and recorder, Roger Hellyer on bassoon and Joy Silman on drums tambourine, dustbin lid and assorted sound effects. Wikipedia says - "Sheila Hancock was born in Blackgang on the Isle of Wight, the daughter of Ivy Louise (née Woodward) and Enrico Cameron Hancock, who was a publican. Her sister Billie is nine years older (and worked as a variety artist until retiring to Antibes in 2003 at the age of 79). After wartime evacuation, Hancock attended Dartford County Grammar School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. [edit]Theatre She worked in repertory during the 1950s and made her West End debut in 1958, replacing Joan Sims in the play Breath of Spring. She then appeared in Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop production of Make Me An Offer in 1959, and her other early West End appearances included the revue One Over the Eight with Kenneth Williams in 1961, and starring in Rattle of a Simple Man in 1962. In 1965, she made her Broadway debut in Entertaining Mr Sloane. In 1978, she played Miss Hannigan in the original London cast of the musical Annie and two years later, she played Mrs Lovett in the original London production of the musical Sweeney Todd. She appeared in The Winter's Tale, Titus Andronicus and A Delicate Balance for the Royal Shakespeare Company. At the National Theatre she appeared in The Cherry Orchard and The Duchess of Malfi. She also directed A Midsummer Night's Dream for the RSC on tour and was the first female director at the National, with The Critic. In 2006, she played the role of Fraulein Schneider in the West End revival of the musical Cabaret at the Lyric Theatre. She won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role In A Musical. In 2009, she spent over a year playing Mother Superior in Sister Act the Musical at the London Palladium." Wikipedia says of Sydney Carter - "Sydney Bertram Carter (6 May 1915 – 13 March 2004) was an English poet, songwriter, folk musician, born in Camden Town, London. He is best known for the song "Lord of the Dance" (1967), set to the tune of the American Shaker song "Simple Gifts", and the song "The Crow on the Cradle", adapted from an old folk song. Other notable songs include "Julian of Norwich", "One More Step Along the World I Go", "When I Needed a Neighbour", "Friday Morning", "Every Star Shall Sing a Carol", "The Youth of the Heart" and "Down Below". He studied at Montem St Primary school in Finsbury Park, Christ's Hospital school in Horsham, West Sussex and Balliol College, Oxford, graduating in history in 1936. A committed pacifist, Carter joined the Friends' Ambulance Unit on the outbreak of World War II and served in Egypt, Palestine and Greece. He worked as a lyricist for Donald Swann's revues and musicals in the 1950s and in 1962, produced an album "Putting out the Dustbin" with Sheila Hancock, with the song "Last Cigarette" on failing to give up smoking that became a minor hit." Hancock/Carter - Side One. Hancock/Carter - Side Two

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Akendengue

An LP on the CBS label from 1983 I've had for some time. Not sure where I found it. The rhythms seem rather wayward at first but they definitely grow on you after a one or two listens. So much going on here but well worth investigating further. Wikipdeia says - "Pierre-Claver Akendengué (born April 25, 1943) is a musician and composer of Gabon. In 1997, he received his country's "Prix d'excellence" at the Africa Music awards in Libreville, honoring his body of work. He also serves as a cultural advisor for the government of Gabon. Born on the island of Awuta, which is located just off the coast from Port-Gentil, Akendengué went to school in Port-Gentil, then studied psychology at the University of Caen in France during the 1960s. While in France, he met singer Mireille, who encouraged his musical interests. In 1974, Akendengué recorded his first album, Nandipo, consisted of songs of his own composition, sung in French and Nkomi, accompanied by guitar, women choir, bass and the percussion of Nana Vasconcelos. He later set to music poems by P. E. Mondjegou, such as "Le Chant du Coupeur d'Okoumé" ("The Song of the Okoumé Cutter"). Returning to Gabon, he studied solfeggio and plainchant at a Catholic college, and presented spectacles showcasing traditional Gabonese forms in a concert setting. In 1986, he received a doctorate from the University of Paris for his study of religion and education among the Nkomi."
Akendengue - Side Two