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VA - Drumbeat Saturday Club & British Hits of the Late '50s

VA - Drumbeat  Saturday Club & British Hits of the Late '50s

After the success of Jasmine's fantastic release of 'Six-Five Special & Jack Goods 'Oh Boy'' (JASCD 523), this excellent new 2CD set focuses on the popular TV show Drumbeat and the Saturday Club radio show. Featuring popular artists of the era including: Ricky Valance, Adam Faith and Cliff Richard. Many of the tracks available here are new to CD and features a plethora of hits from the time

VA - Drumbeat  Saturday Club & British Hits of the Late '50s

VA - Six-Five Special & Jack Goods "Oh Boy!" (Early British Televised Rock "n" Roll)

VA - Six-Five Special & Jack Goods

Towards the end of the 1950s when television and Rock n Roll were in their infancy, the BBC launched what was to be it"s first attempt at a Rock n Roll programme. It was noisy, it was brash & it was classic. The high brow press hated it but the young people took it to their hearts. "Six-Five Special" was born! Almost a year later "Oh Boy!" was launched on ITV by the same producer who created Six-Five Special, Jack Good. Unlike it"s predecessor, it was an all out blast of streamlined Rock n Roll akin to a rocket launch. This fantastic CD has a whopping 39 tracks that cover both the Six-Five Special and Oh Boy! albums in their entirety! Featuring big names such as: Don Lang, Jim Dale and an artist who went on to be on of the UKs biggest Rock n Roll stars Cliff Richard. If you are after some real corkers then check out Jim Dales "Party Time" and Don Lang"s "Ramshackle Daddy" which rock by like an avalanche! Quite simply, if you were around for these shows, you will already know how good they were and if you missed them then now is your chance to grab hold of this sizzling hot Rock platter and tear up the rug in your front room!

VA - Six-Five Special & Jack Goods

VA - The British Invasion (The Sullivan Years) 1990 + Video online

Ed Sullivan's variety show was in its day the most popular variety show on television. Many of the world's most loved musical artists got their big break in America playing on Sullivan's show. This release compiles memorable musical moments from that show dating from the mid sixties. The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, Tom Jones, The Animals, The Mamas & the Papas, The Association, and others perform their biggest hits.

Probably the best of TVT's Sullivan series. Sullivan can actually take a good deal of the credit for breaking the British Invasion in the United States, featuring most of the top bands on his show in the mid-'60s. This compilation has 16 songs from 1964-1966 broadcasts by the Searchers, the Animals, Billy J. Kramer, Peter & Gordon, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Herman's Hermits, and Freddie & the Dreamers. Occasionally, it's obvious that they're singing to a backing track, but most of the performances are totally live and make for a pleasant listen, though they don't match or redefine the studio versions; the Animals come off the best. Presumably, material by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and the Dave Clark Five -- all of whom played on the show several times -- was unavailable for licensing.VA The British Invasion - The Sullivan Years


Marion Ryan - Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)

Marion Ryan -  Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)

Marion Ryan was born in Middlesbrough, Cleveland, UK in 1931. As a professional singer she worked with the Ray Ellington orchestra which springboarded her recording career. She had a good singing voice and was capable of a wide rage of styles. Her glamous good looks earned her the title "the Marilyn Monroe of popular song," but despite her popularity her recording career was mediocre. She did have one UK Top Five hit with 'Love ne forever' (1958).

Marion Ryan -  Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)

Marion moved into television where she appeared as the resident singer in Granada's 'Spot that tune' (1957-1963). Her outgoing personality won the viewers heart and she even had modest success on US TV. Marion married American showbusiness millionaire, Harold Davidson and when public tastes changed she quietly retired from showbusiness. 

She had identical twin sons, Paul and Barry (born 1948) from her previous marriage . The boys took their mother's name (prevously Sapherson) and started singing professionaly,

Marion Ryan -  Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)

Marion Ryan passed away aged 68 in 1999.

Best before the beat

Marion Ryan was a leading British pop singer of the 1950s. Her glamorous appearance and bright, Americanised vocal style made her a star of stage, records and television in the years between rock 'n' roll and the advent of the Beatles, which changed the face of pop music.
She was born Marion Sapherson in Leeds and changed her name to Ryan when she became a professional singer. She first came to prominence in the mid-1950s with the Ray Ellington Quartet, whose leader had featured regularly on the Goon Show and who had based his style on such American artists as Louis Prima and Louis Jordan.

With the Ellington group, Ryan made many BBC radio broadcasts, and subsequently hosted a television show, Swing Along, in the early years of ITV. By now established as a solo artist, she starred in variety shows such as Music For The Millions, which toured Bournemouth, Margate, Southsea, Llandudno and other seaside resorts in 1958 with a cast including Jimmy Young and Ryan's friend Alma Cogan.

The lack of young British women singers during this period (compared to the pre-Beatles pop era in the United States), and the fact that both Ryan and Cogan were perceived as glamorous in much the same way as the Rank starlets, meant that press publicity tended towards portraying them as rivals.

Boosted by the appeal of publicity shots, taken by the leading show business photographer Harry Hammond and others, Ryan was sometimes billed in captions as 'Britain's answer to Marilyn Monroe'. In keeping with the image, she appeared in the film musical It's All Happening, duetting with Tommy Steele, and also took part in the 1960 Royal Variety Performance.

Marion Ryan -  Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)

Marion Ryan -  Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)

From 1956 Marion Ryan recorded for the Pye Nixa label. This was an era when British singers mostly came up with domestic versions of hit songs already made famous in America, and Ryan made her fair share of such cover versions. Among these were rendition.. More :

Marion Ryan -  Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)
VA - Drumbeat  Saturday Club & British Hits of the Late '50sVA - Six-Five Special & Jack Goods "Oh Boy!" (Early British Televised Rock "n" Roll)VA - The British Invasion (The Sullivan Years)  1990  + Video onlineMarion Ryan -  Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)

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