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VA - 30 Years Of Number Ones.Only No 1 Hits 1956-1983 Vol.1-10

VA - 30 Years Of Number Ones.Only No 1 Hits 1956-1983  Vol.1-10
VA - 30 Years Of Number Ones.Only No 1 Hits 1956-1983  Vol.1-10

 Only No 1 Hits 1956 - 1958 Vol 1

VA - 30 Years Of Number Ones.Only No 1 Hits 1956-1983  Vol.1-10


01 - Sixteen Tons - Tennesie Ernie Ford
02 - Memories Are Made Of This - Dean Martin
03 - Rock And Roll Waltz - Kay Starr
04 - Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon
05 - Lay Down Your Arms - Anne Shelton
06 - Singing The Blues - Tommy Steel
07 - Garden Of Eden - Frankie Vaughan
08 - All Shook Up - Elvis Presley
09 - Diana - Paul Anka
10 - Mary's Boy Child - Harry Belafonte
11 - Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
12 - Jailhous Rock - Elvis Presley
13 - The Story Of My Live - Michael Holiday
14 - Magic Moments - Perry Como
15 - Whole Lotta Woman - Marvin Rainwater
16 - Who's Sorry Now - Connie Francis
17 - All I Have To Do Is Dream - Everly Brothers
18 - Claudette - Everly Brothers
19 - Stupid Cupid - Connie Francis
20 - It's All In The Game - Tommy Edwards

VA Only No 1 Hits 1958 - 1960 Vol 2

VA - 30 Years Of Number Ones.Only No 1 Hits 1956-1983  Vol.1-10


01 - Hoots Moon - Lord Rockinghams XI
02 - It's Only Make Belive - Conway Twitty
03 - One Night - Elvis Presley
04 - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - The Platters
05 - Side Saddle - Russ Conway
06 - A Fool Such As I - Elvis Presley
07 - Living Doll - Cliff Richard
08 - Only Sixteen - Craig Douglas
09 - What Do You Want - Adam Faith
10 - Why - Anthony Newley
11 - Poor Me - Adam Faith
12 - Runnin Bear - Johnny Preston
13 - Do You Mind - Anthony Newley
14 - Three Steps To Heaven - Eddie Cochran
15 - Good Timin - Jimmy Jones
16 - Pleas Don't Tease - Cliff Richard
17 - Shakin' All Over - Johnny Kidd & The Pirates
18 - Apache - The Shadows
19 - Tell Laura I Love Her - Ricky Valance
20 - It's Now Or Never - Elvis Presley

VA Only No 1 Hits 1961 - 1963 Vol 3

VA - 30 Years Of Number Ones.Only No 1 Hits 1956-1983  Vol.1-10


01 - Sailor - Petula Clark
02 - Blue Moon - Marcels
03 - Youґre Driving Me Crazy - Temperance Seven
04 - Runaway - Del Shannon
05 - You Donґt Know - Helen Shapiro
06 - Johnny Remember Me - John Leyton
07 - Walking Back To Happiness - Helen Shapiro
08 - Tower Of Strength - Frankie Vaughan
09 - The Young Ones - Cliff Richard
10 - Wonderful Land - The Shadows
11 - Telstar - Tornados
12 - Love Sick Blues - Frank Ifield
13 - The Next Time - Cliff Richard
14 - Dance On - The Shadows
15 - Diamonds - Jet Harris & Tony Meehan
16 - Summer Holiday - Cliff Richard
17 - How Do You Do It - Gerry & The Pacemakers
18 - I Like It - Gerry & The Pacemakers
19 - Sweets For My Sweet - The Searchers
20 - Do You Love Me - Brian Poole And The Tremeloes

VA Only No 1 Hits 1963 - 1965 Vol 4

VA - 30 Years Of Number Ones.Only No 1 Hits 1956-1983  Vol.1-10


01 - You'll Never Walk Alone - Gerry & The Pacemakers
02 - Diane - Bachelors
03 - Anyone Who Had A Heart - Cilla Black
04 - Little Children - Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas
05 - A World Without Love - Peter And Gorden
06 - Don't Throw Your Love Away - The Searchers
07 - Juliet - The Four Pennies
08 - House Of The Rising Sun - The Animals
09 - Doo Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann
10 - Have I The Right - The Honyecombs
11 - You Really Got Me - The Kinks
12 - I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits
13 - (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me - Sandie Shaw
14 - Yeh Yeh - Georgie Fame With The Blue Flames
15 - You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - Righteous Brothers
16 - I'll Never Find Another You - The Seekers
17 - Its Not Unusual - Tom Jones
18 - Concrete And Clay - Unit Four Plus Two
19 - The Minute You're Gone - Cliff Richard
20 - I'm Alive - The Hollies

VA Only No 1 Hits 1965 - 1969 Vol 5

VA - 30 Years Of Number Ones.Only No 1 Hits 1956-1983  Vol.1-10



01 - Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds
02 - Make It Easy On Yourself - The Walker Brothers
03 - The Carnival Is Over - The Seekers
04 - The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore - The Walker Brothers
05 - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - Dusty Springfield
06 - Pretty Flamingo - Manfred Mann
07 - Get Away - Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames
08 - All Or Nothing - Small Faces
09 - Good Vibrations - Beach Boys
10 - Green Green Grass Of Home - Tom Jones
11 - Release Me - Engelbert Humperdinck
12 - A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum
13 - San Francisco - Scott McKenzie
14 - Massachusetts - Bee Gees
15 - The Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde - Georgie Fame
16 - Everlasting Love - Love Affair
17 - Congratulations - Cliff Richard
18 - Young Girl - Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
19 - With A Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker
20 - Albatross - Fleetwood Mac

VA Only No 1 Hits 1969 - 1972 Vol 6

VA - 30 Years Of Number Ones.Only No 1 Hits 1956-1983  Vol.1-10


01 - Blackberry Way - Move
02 - (If Paradise) Is Half As Nice - Amen Corner
03 - Marie Jolie - Aphrodite's Child
03 - Where Do You Go To My Lovely - Peter Sarstedt
04 - Dizzy - Tommy Roe
04 - Spinning Summer Winter And Fall - Aphrodite's Child
05 - In The Year 2525 - Zager & Evans
06 - I'll Never Fall In Love Again - Bobbie Gentry
07 - Sugar Sugar - Archies
08 - Love Grows - Edison Lighthouse
09 - In The Summertime - Mungo Jerry
10 - Woodstock - Matthew & Southern Comfort
11 - I Hear You Knockin' - Dave Edmunds
12 - House Of The Rising Sun - Frijid Pink
13 - Hot Love - T. Rex
14 - Knock Three Times - Dawn
15 - Chirpy Chirpy Chepp Cheep - Middle Of The Road
16 - Get It On - T. Rex
17 - Coz I Love You - Slade
18 - Without You - Nilson
19 - Metal Guru - T. Rex
20 - Vincent - Don McLean
21 - Juniors Wailing - Steamhammer


VA Only No 1 Hits 1972 - 1975 Vol 7

VA - 30 Years Of Number Ones.Only No 1 Hits 1956-1983  Vol.1-10


01 - You Wear It Well - Rod Stewart
02 - Mouldy Old Dough - Lieutenant Pigeon
03 - Blockbuster! - Sweet
04 - See My Baby Jive - Wizzard
05 - Can The Can - Suzi Quatro
06 - Rubber Bullets - 10 CC
07 - Welcome Home - Peters And Lee
08 - Angel Fingers - Wizzard
09 - Daydreamer - David Cassidy
10 - You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me - The New Seekers
11 - Tiger Feet - Mud
12 - Devil Gate Drive - Suzi Quatro
13 - Seasons In The Sun - Terry Jacks
14 - Sugar Baby Love - The Rubettes
15 - The Streak - Ray Stevens
16 - Always Yours - Gary Glitter
17 - Everything I Own - Ken Boothe
18 - You're The First, The Last, My Everything - Barry White
19 - Down Down - Status Quo
20 - Ms Grace - The Tymes


VA Only No 1 Hits 1975 - 1977 Vol 8

VA - 30 Years Of Number Ones.Only No 1 Hits 1956-1983  Vol.1-10


01 - January - Pilot
02 - Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) - Steve Harley
03 - Bye Bye Baby - Bay City Rollers
04 - Oh Boy - Mud
05 - Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette
06 - I'm Not In Love - 10 cc
07 - Tears On My Pillow - Johnny Nash
08 - Give A Little Love - Bay City Rollers
09 - I Can't Give You Anything (But My Love) - The Stylistics
10 - Hold Me Close - David Essex
11 - Mama Mia - Abba
12 - I Love To Love (But My Baby Loves To Dance) - Tina Charles
13 - Forever And Ever - Demis Roussos
14 - Dancing Queen - Abba
15 - Mississippi - Pussycat
16 - Don't Give Up On Us - David Soul
17 - Free - Deniece Williams
18 - Lucille - Kenny Rogers
19 - Show You The Way To Go - Jacksons
20 - So You Win Again - Hot Chocolate

VA Only No 1 Hits 1977 - 1980 Vol 9

VA - 30 Years Of Number Ones.Only No 1 Hits 1956-1983  Vol.1-10


01 - Name Of The Game  - ABBA
02 - Take A Chance On Me  - ABBA
03 - Wuthering Heights  - Kate Bush
04 - Dreadlock Holiday - 10CC
05 - Maybe - Thom Pace
06 - Hit Me Witch Your Rhythm Stick - Ian Dury
07 - I Will Survive - Gloria Gayner
08 - Sunday Girl - Blondie
09 - Are Friends Electric - Tubeway Army
10 - I Don't Lioke Monday - Boomtown Rats
11 - Cars - Gary Numan
12 - Video Killed The Radio Star - Buggles
13 - When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman - Dr Hook
14 - Do That To Me One More Time - Captain & Tennille
15 - Substitute - Cloud
16 - You're The One That I Want - John Travolta & Olivia Newton John
17 - David's Song - Kelly Family
18 - Call Me - Blondie
19 - Crying - Don McLean
20 - You And Me - Spargo

VA - 30 Years Of Number Ones.Only No 1 Hits 1956-1983  Vol.1-10

VA Only No 1 Hits 1980 - 1983 Vol 10

01 - Vamos A La Playa - Righeira
02 - Feels Like I'm Love - Kelly Marie
03 - The Tide Is High - Blondie
04 - Green Door - Shakin' Stevens
05 - Tainted Love - Soft Cell
06 - Sunshine Reggae - Laid Back
07 - The Modell - Kraftwerk
08 - Seven Tears - Goombay Dance Band
09 - House Of Fun - Madness
10 - Dolce Vita - F. Fellini
11 - What's Love Got Do With It - Tina Turner
12 - Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
13 - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Culture Club
14 - I Like Chopin - F.R. David
15 - Down Under - Men At Work
16 - Too Shy - Kajagoogoo
17 - Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Bonnie Tyler
18 - Is There Something I Should  Know - Duran Duran
19 - True - Spandau Ballet
20 - 99 Luftballon - Nena


Lt. Garcia's Magic Music Box - 'Cross The Border (1968 USA)

Lt. Garcia's Magic Music Box - 'Cross The Border (1968 USA)

Lt. Garcia's Magic Music Box - 'Cross The Border (1968 USA)

Lt. Garcia's Magic Music Box - 'Cross The Border (1968 USA)

Lt. Garcia's Magic Music Box - 'Cross The Border (1968 USA)

Lt. Garcia's Magic Music Box
Aliases: The Scoundrels
Members: Harry Boyle, Jim Tragas, Ralph De Palma, Tommy Morrissey

The Scoundrels
Aliases: Lt. Garcia's Magic Music Box
Members: Harry Boyle, Jim Tragas, Ralph De Palma, Tommy Morrissey
Have 3 Singles in 1966:
The Scoundrels - La Bola / Come Home With Me 1966
The Scoundrels - Up There / Devil's Daughter 1966
The Scoundrels - Easy / The Scoundrel 1966

Harry Boyle - real name: Harry J. Boyle
Profile: American songwriter, guitarist and singer. 
Began his career in 1959 in the doo-wop group The Laurels (5). 
After The Laurels disbanded, members Tommy Duffy, Harry Boyle and Tommy Morrissey formed The
Echoes (US male vocal group who released several singles on Seg-Way Records and Smash Records  in the early 1960s) whose single "Baby Blue" reached the top ten on Billboard in 1961. Boyle and Morrissey would go on to collaborate in several groups and frequently co-wrote songs during the following years. Boyle went on to sign with Cashwest Productions, Inc. in the early 70s and played on Jim Croce's hit album "You Don't Mess Around With Jim". 

Lt. Garcia's Magic Music Box - Kasenetz-Katz production, for fans of bubblegum pop psych. Lt. Garcia's Magic Music Box were actually a bit different than most Kasenetz-Katz acts. In their album "'Cross The Border" most of the songs was self-penned. The album also contains a version of the 1953 Greek song "Opou Giorgos kai Malama" (Giorgos Mitsakis), titled here "O 'Sagapo (Oh How I Love You)". The bass player Jimmy Tragas was responsible for that. In spite of the name and occasional Hispanic touches (the nifty single "Latin Shake"), material such as "Two Sides To Every Story", "Sweet Lady Fair" and "The La La Song" consisted of likeable pop-rock. Elsewhere, "O'Sagapo (Oh How I Love You)" and "Do Your Eyes Hurt You Sunshine?" actually reflected a Greek influence. It wasn't about to change anyone's life, but made for a fun half hour. A commercial non-entity,the album and band quickly vanished without a trace.

Peter Marston wrote:
I must admit that when I first came across a copy of Lt. Garcia’s Magic Music Box’s LP ’Cross the Border, I had no idea of the album’s pedigree. I just thought the band’s name was just such a cool knockoff of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. When I put the stylus to the vinyl, however, it was clear this was not a Mexican psychedelic pastiche, but rather a fine example of late ’60s bubblegum. A check of the production credits revealed the culprits: “Produced by Kasenatz-Katz.” The album as a whole is, in fact, significantly better than much of the Kasenatz-Katz catalog. There may not be a killer single like “Simon Says” or “Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’,” but there are also no filler tracks. The album is a great listen from beginning to end, combining bubblegum, pop, folk and Latin influences. 
Unlike many of the bands in the Kasenatz-Katz roster, Lt. Garcia’s Magic Music Box was not a purely studio creation. Indeed, the band had been together since 1960—known at that time as the Echoes. In 1961, the Echoes recorded a teen ballad for Top Rank International called “Baby Blue,” a song that curiously misspells out the title, “B-B-A-B-Y B-B-L-U-E.” Nonetheless, the song was a top ten hit. By 1965, the Echoes were playing more straight ahead rock material and changed their name to the Scoundrels. A few singles were recorded, but none charted. A couple years later, negotiations began with Kasenatz-Katz, who already had the name Lt. Garcia’s Magic Music Box along with plans for a Latin-flavored bubblegum act and what they believed to be a potential hit single, “Latin Shake,” written by Artie Resnik and Joey Levine. The Scoundrels took the deal, the name, the song and headed into the studio to record ’Cross the Border.
As noted above, Lt. Garcia’s Magic Music Box played on their Kasenatz-Katz album. The players were H. J. Boyle on lead guitar, Tom Morrisey on rhythm guitar and organ, Jimmy Tragas on bass and Ralph DePalma on drums. All four sang, with Boyle and Tragas taking the bulk of the lead vocals. With the exception of “Latin Shake,” they also wrote all the songs on the album, in various collaborations among the four members.
The album leads off with the presumed hit single, “Latin Shake,” the chewiest of the bubblegum here. The song strikes me as being like Neil Diamond’s “Cherry Cherry,” but with the bass riff turned inside out. The hook is a long “Awwww . . . .” followed by a shouted “Latin Shake.” It’s unbelievably catchy and will have you singing along by the second chorus. “Salomila (Shine Your Light On Me)” is a midtempo number that’s pretty straight AM pop, with a few Latin touches and some candy-themed lyrics. “O’Sagapo (Oh How I Love You)” is a delicate ballad that bears a Greek rather than Latin influence. “Two Sides to Every Story” is another midtempo number, this time recalling a more mellow Beau Brummels, though there is some Latin shouting in the tag. “Children in the Playground” is a shaky psych/garage song that captures the Nuggets sound perfectly. “A Young Girl Waits for Me” is a rollicking country number that sounds like a cross between the Royal Guardsman and the Five Americans. “The La La Song” is bubblegum dumb and features a great hook, but is arranged as a folk-rock song, in a style similar to Trini Lopez. “Come On” closes out the album with a nice psychedelic vibe, not unlike the Lemon Pipers.
“Latin Shake” b/w the non-album track “Mi Amor Es Verdadero” was released as a single but did not chart. Neither did the LP and nothing more was heard from Lt. Garcia’s Magic Music Box. In 1969, the band toured as the Ohio Express and then parted company with Kasenatz-Katz. They changed their name once more, this time to Red Hook, and signed with Cashman-West Productions. No records ensued, but Boyle did go on to play on Cashman and West’s breakthrough album, Jim Croce’s You Don’t Mess Around with Jim.
’Cross the Border has never been reissued on CD or vinyl and is not available in the legit digital domain. Needledrops are easily available on filesharing websites, however, and the original album can often be found on the secondhand market. Fans of Kasenatz-Katz, bubblegum and late-’60s pop should not miss this one!


The Ravers - It's Beat-Time Now

The Ravers - It's Beat-Time Now


01 - The Ravers - Under The Boardwalk
02 - The Ravers - Sha La La La Lee
03 - The Ravers - Girl
04 - The Ravers - Peppin' And Hidin'
05 - The Ravers - Pretty Flamingo
06 - The Ravers - Norwegian Wood
07 - The Ravers - Paperback Writer
08 - The Ravers - Somebody Help Me
09 - The Ravers - Monday, Monday
10 - The Ravers - Midnight Hour
11 - The Ravers - Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
12 - The Ravers - My Baby Left Me
13 - The Ravers - Sounds Of Silence
14 - The Ravers - Watcha Gonna Go

The Ravers - It's Beat-Time Now

The Jay Five - Singles ( Heimatliche Klaenge vol.138)


 The Jay Five - Singles ( Heimatliche Klaenge vol.138)


Heimatliche Klaenge vol.138  - Deutsche Schallplatten-Labels 
Native Sounds - German Record-Labels

   The Jay Five

vol.7    45'
01 - Ich komm lieber heut als morgen - Joe & Erik (Cornet 3002)
02 - Und der Regen singt ein Lied
03 - Django (Cornet 3011)
04 - New Sheriff In Silver City
05 - Oh bitte tu das noch einmal - Joe & Erik (Cornet 3026)
06 - Es kommt wie's kommen muss
07 - Katanga (Cornet 3056)
08 - Ode To Billy Joe
09 - So schwarz wie Kaffee (Cornet 3082)
10 - Wo ist mein Weg zu Ende
11 - Arizona (Cornet 3151)
12 - High Is High
13 - What A Way To Die
14 - Early Bird (BASF Cornet 408)
15 - Fat Man
16 - Coca Cola (Marsch Version)
17 - Coca Cola (Soul Version)
18 - Coca Cola (Jay Five Version)
19 - Milch Opera a (Flexi)
20 - Milch Opera b (Flexi)

 The Jay Five - Singles ( Heimatliche Klaenge vol.138)

 The Jay Five - Singles ( Heimatliche Klaenge vol.138)

Hep Stars - We And Our Cadillac (1996)

 Hep Stars - We And Our Cadillac (1996)


The chances are that, had ABBA never come along making Benny Andersson (and his three partners in the group) into an international pop/rock star, no one outside of Sweden would ever have heard of the Hep Stars. They were the hottest rock band of the mid-to late '60s in Sweden, however, considered by some to be that country's answer to the Beatles. The Hep Stars also charted 20 singles in their own country and had hits in the Netherlands, as well as building a following in Germany -- and their CDs are exported around the world as a result of the ABBA connection. It also turns out that they were a pretty good band, too.

Andersson's interest in the keyboard manifested itself at age six, when he got his first accordion, and he began playing with his father and grandfather. At 10, he got his first piano and started lessons, but these didn't continue, and he basically became a self-taught musician.

He was playing in a band in 1964 when he chanced to be heard by Svenne Hedlund, a member of the Hep Stars, who had been formed in 1963 and already recorded one single, but had also just lost their organist, Hasse Ostlund. Anderson joined the band in October of 1964 -- the lineup also featured Janne Frisk on guitar and vocals, Hedlund on lead vocals, Lelle Hegland on bass, and Christer Pettersson on drums. Soon after Andersson joined, the Hep Stars recorded four songs: Geoff Goddard's "Tribute to Buddy Holly," which had been a hit in England for Mike Berry in the early '60s; the Premiers' then-current hit "Farmer John," and "Cadillac" (not the Bo Diddley song), that helped transform their careers.

By the middle of 1965, after getting a break on Swedish television, "Tribute to Buddy Holly," "Farmer John," and "Cadillac" had each topped the Swedish radio charts. "Cadillac," "Farmer John," and a cover of Shel Talmy's "Bald Headed Woman" also reached number one on the sales charts, while "Tribute to Buddy Holly" got to number five, all in less than a year.

"Cadillac" was a good representative of the group's sound during this period, a piece of lusty, bluesy garage rock. dominated by an agonized lead vocal, somewhere between Gene Vincent at his most quiet and menacing and David Aguilar of the Chocolate Watchband doing his best anguished teen emoting, and some very prominent organ riffs by Andersson. The group sounded sort of like a Swedish Paul Revere & the Raiders with a little more lyricism than that comparison implies. Their version of "Farmer John" was a pale imitation of the Premiers' original, but it satisfied home-grown audiences. "Bald Headed Woman" was convincingly bluesy and threatening, and "Tribute to Buddy Holly" was a less dramatic rendition of the song than Mike Berry's version. They had a decent if slightly smooth garage band style, Andersson's organ and Frisk's guitar paired up very nicely on the breaks on numbers like "Should I," while Andersson's electric harpsichord was the dominant instrument on the folk-like "Young and Beautiful."

We and Our Cadillac Their initial string of hits resulted in the release of two LPs in 1965, We and Our Cadillac, and The Hep Stars on Stage. Additionally, Benny Andersson began writing songs that year -- up to that point, the band had done nothing but covers of songs by American and British composers (they did rocking versions of "What'd I Say" and other rock & roll standards on stage), but "No Response," Andersson's debut as a songwriter, made it to number two on the charts. A year later, his "Sunny Girl" got to number one, and his "Wedding," released that same year, also topped the charts. For the next three years, his originals would compete with outside material for space on the A-sides of single releases by the band.
The Hep Stars The group scored 20 hits in the Swedish Top Ten thru the summer of 1969, among them nine songs that topped the charts. They also released five more albums: The Hep Stars (1966), Jul Med Hep Stars (Christmas with the Hep Stars) (1967), Songs We Sang (1968), and Hep Stars Pa Svenska (1969). As those titles indicate, as the '60s progressed, the band began cutting their songs more and more often in Swedish, including covers of modern folk songs such as Ian Tyson's "Four Strong Winds" (done as "Mot Okant Land").
Shortly after hitting number one with "Wedding" in May of 1966, the Hep Stars were invited to a party by another popular Swedish group, the Hootenanny Singers. It was there that Andersson first met Bjorn Ulvaeus, who was a member of the other group. They began writing songs together later that year, with "It Isn't Easy to Say" -- that song, along with the Ulvaeus composition "No Time," showed up on the Hep Stars' self-titled third album, issued in December of that same year. At that time, their popularity was such that the album's sales broke all records, making it the first album by a Swedish band to reach the Top 20 album and singles charts.

Their string of hits continued with a Swedish version of "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream," "Don't" (a cover of the Elvis Presley song), and Andersson's "Consolation." Everything seemed to be going extraordinarily well for the Hep Stars, but that all changed in 1967 when the band made a mistake astonishingly similar to one that the Beatles made that same year -- they decided to make a movie; additionally, the movie was to be financed by the band, and it had no script, which sounds a lot like The Magical Mystery Tour.

In contrast to the Beatles, who were earning enough money from record sales that they could've made two or three Magical Mystery Tours and not been seriously hurt, however, the Hep Stars were stricken financially by the project, which was never completed. The one bright spot in the entire debacle was the song "Malaika," which they found while shooting in Africa, and which reached number one.

The group kept working, oblivious to the hole they'd put themselves in until they were hit with a bill for back taxes that drove them into bankruptcy. They soldiered on, the members working off their debts, and in the summer of 1968, there was a lineup change when Svenne Hedlund's fiancee Charlotte "Lotta" Walker joined as lead singer. The hits kept coming, though from 1968 onward the Hep Stars were no longer recording much rock music, preferring a softer MOR and folk-based style.

It was this change that led to the group's split. Andersson and Svenne and Lotta Hedlund wanted to keep moving in an MOR direction, while the rest of the band preferred going back into the rock 'n roll music with which they'd started out. Andersson, Hedlund, and Walker exited the line-up following the band's 1969 summer tour. The seeds that would spawn ABBA were already planted by that time -- Andersson met Anni-Frid Lyngstad during the Hep Stars' final weeks of performing, and their engagement, and his involvement with her music as producer of her new single (co-written by Andersson and Ulvaeus), followed soon after the Hep Stars split.

In more recent years, the Hep Stars have appeared as a reunited band (sans Andersson), and have made a serious effort at recording as well as performing in Sweden, where their music is still remembered by older audiences from the '60s. ABBA's success has seen to their reissue on CD, as well as to the international availability of their music.

 Hep Stars - We And Our Cadillac (1996)
The debut LP by the Hep Stars is mostly made up of guileless and style-less rock & roll. The Hep Stars were like a lot of English bands of the period, rippling through the harder rock & roll numbers with thumping efficiency or aping the originals on songs like Carl Mann's "Rockin' Love" without any real feel for or comfort with the words. Parts of this album resemble English releases of the period, in the sense that the group is covering Phil Spector, Carl Mann, and Shel Talmy numbers in an earnest manner, but they lack the originality to pull off anything more than going through the motions. The best song here is the Swedish Top Ten single "Cadillac," a hot, bluesy organ-dominated number that might have passed for a Gene Vincent or Marty Wilde song. Otherwise, the group works best with melodic numbers that allow them music to hook their work around -- "Be My Baby" as a guitar-driven piece is passable, and it and the organ-dominated version of "And Then She Kissed Me" come off best; plus, they throw themselves into Neil Sedaka's "Oh! Carol" with compelling passion. "Bald Headed Woman" comes off surprisingly well also, mostly because it's similar in character to "Cadillac." "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" is pretty poor, apart from Benny Andersson's elegant piano playing, and little of the rest works better. The bonus tracks on the 1996 EMI reissue are mostly superior to the original LP's, apart from their debut single (a piece of pathetic Euro-pop/rock called "Kana Kapila"), "I Got a Woman," "Tribute to Buddy Holly," "Summertime Blues," and "Farmer John" are all worth hearing.

****

Freddie & The Dreamers - The EP Collection

Freddie & The Dreamers - The EP Collection



Freddie & the Dreamers were the clowns of the British Invasion, playing their pop music for laughs while the other groups of the time were dead serious. Lead singer Freddie Garrity began playing in skiffle groups in the late '50s, switching to rock & roll in the early '60s. After the Beatles broke the American market wide open, Freddie & the Dreamers followed in the flood of acts that tried to duplicate the overwhelming success of the Fab Four. The group's hits were more numerous in the U.K. than in America, where they had only one Top Ten hit, the number one "I'm Telling You Now." As 1965 turned into 1966, the group stopped charting in the U.S. and the hits began to dwindle in the U.K.; by 1968 the original group disbanded. Garrity later assembled new versions of the Dreamers, and the group toured for two decades; however, Garrity's health began to decline and he became acutely ill on a plane from New York to Britain in 2001, reportedly due to emphysema. Subsequently often confined to a wheelchair, he died in Bangor, Wales, on May 19, 2006 at the age of 69.

Freddie & The Dreamers - The EP Collection

Freddie & The Dreamers - The EP Collection


Freddie & The Dreamers - The EP Collection




The Rocking Ghosts - Complete Rocking Ghosts (1964-1968)

The Rocking Ghosts - Complete Rocking Ghosts (1964-1968)


Danish rock band formed in the summer of 1962 by Svend Bonavent Larsen (dm), Tommy Petersen (org., piano) (both formerly played in Tommy's Band), Timm Bo Madsen (lead-g) and Jørgen Frederiksen (rythm-g). In May of 1963 Johnny Dyhrberg (el-b) replaced Tommy Petersen, and John Andersen (lead-vo) (ex The Sundowns) joined the band.

The Rocking Ghosts - Complete Rocking Ghosts (1964-1968)


On January 28, 1964 the band won the Copenhagen championship in Rock at Nora Bio, which lead to a record deal with Metronome Records and producer Jørgen Ingmann. The instrumental debut album was called Vilja, Oh Vilja by Franz Léhar. Vocally the band broke through with their own Belinda that stayed on the charts for 13 months and was released in many European countries as well as the USA and Japan. During a trip to Bremen in April 1965, Johnny Dyhrberg left the band and was replaced by Kai Rose Petersen (el-b) and by the end of 1965 Bjørn Holte Jensen 
(rhythm-g) (ex The Ex-Checkers) replaced Jørgen Frederiksen. As the best selling album Oh, Oh What A Kiss, a rework of Johan Strauss' Über den Wellen, was a chart success in both 1966 and 1967.

In September 1967 the band decided to change their style to a more psychedelic flower power inspired pop sound, a change, however, Timm Bo Madsen and Kai Rose Petersen did not agree with and they consequently left the band.

They debuted with their new style at the Procul Harum concert in Tivoli. The new band recorded 2 singles for CBS Records with the following members: John Andersen, Svend Bonavent, Bjørn Holte, John Trefeldt (ex The Treffters), Fin Michael Musanti (rhythm-g, org) (ex The Playmakers) and Bent Hansen (el-b) (ex The Meteors).

The Rocking Ghosts were extremely popular in 1964-1967 and played, among other venues, at Giraffen, Enghaveparken, Hit House and Dansetten in Copenhagen, but their largest audience was primarily outside Copenhagen. The band also toured extensively in Germany, Austria, Italy, Sweden and Finland.

Musically and image wise the band was inspired by Cliff Richard & The Shadows' combination of vocal and instrumental rock & roll more than by the beat sound of the time. By changing their style in 1967 the band lost a lot of their fans who had a hard time accepting the new image and in the spring of 1969 the band split up.

Musically The Rocking Ghosts contributed to the following Danish movies in the 1960s: Jeg en elsker, Min søsters børn, Mig og min lillebror, Pigen fra Egeborg. Only the recordings from Min søsters børn were released as an album in 1966.

In 1964, using the name The Tigers, The Rocking Ghosts recorded a commercial record for the gas company ESSO....

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