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Jimmie Haskell & Gary Chester & The Beatle Beat - Play The Beatles

Jimmie Haskell ‎
 Sing A Song With The Beatles!
 (Instrumental Background Re-Creations Of Their Big Hits)

Jimmie Haskell (real name Sheridan Pearlman.Born Sheridan Pearlman, November 7, 1926, Brooklyn, New York, USA – February 4, 2016, Laguna Niguel, California, USA) was a prolific American composer and arranger for a variety of popular singers and motion pictures.

He played the accordion for a band called 'The Bachelors'.
He was the Composer, Music Supervisor, Musical Director, Music Conductor, Music Arranger and/or Orchestrator of approximately 31 films, 32 TV movies and 445 TV episodes. He has also worked with over 20 symphony orchestras and numerous Broadway shows. He founded HORN Records in autumn 1979.
Throughout his career, he received 3 Grammy Awards, 1 Primetime Emmy Award, 2 Primetime Emmy Award Nominations and other awards. He composed, arranged, conducted and/or produced over 135 Gold and Platinum albums. He is also the winner of 3 Clio Awards, 2 Addy Awards.

01 - A Hard Day's Night 
02 - I Saw Her Standing There 
03 - Love Me Do 
04 - She Loves You 
05 - Please Please Me 
06 - She's A Woman 
07 - I Feel Fine 
08 - P. S. I Love You 
09 - Can't Buy Me Love 
10 - All My Loving 
11 - I Want To Hold Your Hand 

Gary Chester & the Beatle Beat 
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

Gary Chester (born Cesario Gurciullo; October 27, 1924 – August 17, 1987) was an American studio drummer, author, and teacher. Beginning in the 1960s, he played on hundreds of records for bands such as The Coasters, The Monkees, and The Lovin' Spoonful.

If the subject is great studio drummers, this man's name inevitably comes up, and Gary Chester can also take credit for both writing and co-writing a pair of books that are acknowledged masterworks of drum instruction. The average listener's reaction might still be "Gary who?", but rest assured the sounds of this man's drumming have been in the ears of just about anyone who wasn't hiding out in an underground cave from the '60s onward. He is the drummer with the Coasters. He is the drummer with the Monkees. He is the drummer with the Lovin' Spoonful, and a host of other acts who either fronted bands consisting of studio musicians to record their hits, such as the Mamas and the Papas or Dionne Warwick, or groups who gladly sent their regular drummer out for a smoke break in order to get Chester's take on things beat-wise. He occupied the same position of studio prominence on the east coast recording scene that Hal Blaine did on the west, and had the musical abilities and creative spirit to roll with all the changes in popular music flow that happened during his lifetime. Beginning with doo wop and rhythm & blues recordings, Chester also showed a great knack for folk-rock, eventually collaborating with artists such as Country Joe McDonald and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. In the meantime, he played on literally hundreds of records and claimed to have logged some 15,000 studio sessions over three decades. Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" is another one of Chester's great drum parts, although sophisticated jazz drummers often mention his work with Warwick as some kind of high-water mark of great pop drumming. Several musical scholars who have devoted their lifetimes to the work of studio drummers have advocated the renaming of the "oldies" radio station format to "Gary Chester radio." The rock band Luxx features the drummer's daughter Katrina Chester, and this band's debut album features a moving tribute to her father, naturally a cover version of yet another classic hit Gary Chester laid down the beat to, Lesley Gore's 1963 hit "It's My Party." Chester's instruction books are entitled New Breed and New Breed II and are published by Modern Drummer.

01 - A Hard Day's Night 
02 - And I Love Her 
03 - From Me To You 
04 - Spider Walk 
05 - I Want To Hold Your Hand 
06 - Roll Over Beethoven 
07 - I'll Cry Instead 
08 - I Should Have Known Better 
09 - Please Please Me 
10 - So Long 
11 - I Saw Her Standing There 
12 - She Loves You 


Jimmie Haskell & His Orchestra - Teen Love Themes (1964)

Jimmie Haskell & His Orchestra - Teen Love Themes (1964)

 01 - A Hard Day's Night 

02 - And I Love Her 

03 - From Me To You 

04 - Spider Walk 

05 - I Want To Hold Your Hand 

06 - Roll Over Beethoven 

07 - I'll Cry Instead 

08 - I Should Have Known Better 

09 - Please Please Me 

10 - So Long 

11 - I Saw Her Standing There 

12 - She Loves You 

Jimmie Haskell & His Orchestra - Teen Love Themes (1964)


VA - Instro Beat 28 British s Of The 60's

VA - Instro Beat 28 British s Of The 60's

Compiled by Tony Hoffman, this 28 track CD of various artists Includes 2 stereo tracks from The Shadows “F.B.I”, and “Friends”.  Other artists included are The Cougars, Sounds Incorporated, Judd Proctor, The Dakotas, The Fentones, The Outlaws, Bert Weedon, The Flintstones, The Innocents, The Nu-Notes, and The Krew Kats. Includes 4 previously unreleased tracks “Cavaquinho” (stereo) by Judd Proctor, “Caravan” (stereo) by The Fentones, “Jungle Drums” by The Krew Kats, and “Ludwig” by The Dakotas. A great CD for the collection.

VA - Instro Beat 28 British s Of The 60's

1. Red Square - The Cougars 2. The Spartans - Sounds Incorporated 3. Cavaquinho - Judd Proctor (unreleased) 4. The Millionaire - The Dakotas 5. Caravan - The Fentones (unreleased) 6. Indian Brave - The Outlaws 7. Red Guitar - Bert Weedon 8. Safari - The Flintstones 9. The Rustler - The Cougars 10. Night Cry - Bert Weedon 11. Spanish Holiday - The Innocents 12. Humdinger - The Dakotas 13. Palamino - Judd Proctor 14. Sunset - The Nu-Notes 15. Jungle Drums - Krew Kats (unreleased) 16. Work Out - The Flintstones 17. Fury - The Nu-Notes 18. Grazina - The Innocents 19. The Bat - Krew Kats 20. Fort Knox - The Outlaws 21. Ludwig - The Dakotas (unreleased) 22. Friends - The Shadows 23. The Mexican - The Fentones 24. Hobo - The Outlaws 25. While The City Sleeps - The Cougars 26. Jack's Good - Krew Kats 27. It's Bluesy - Judd Proctor 28. FBI - The Shadows (true Stereo)

VA - Long-Lost Honkers & Twangers: Unreleased 60s Gems From...

VA - Long-Lost Honkers & Twangers: Unreleased 60s Gems From...

Too often, rock & roll instrumentals are considered filler when they were often a pivotal part of the pre-Beatles rock & roll experience. Ace's 2013 collection Long-Lost Honkers & Twangers doesn't collect the best of that forgotten era -- the title itself is a tip-off that the compilation concentrates on oddities, not known quantities -- but by balancing 13 rare singles with 13 previously unreleased sides, the compilation re-creates an era when echoed guitars could be a groovy thing in and of itself. Certainly, there are times when the surging rhythms recall surf rock -- many of these bands are Californian and even if they weren't, the rush of cascading waves was an irresistible temptation to mimic -- but some groups have a CinemaScope bent to their sonic vistas while other bands get down and dirty, concentrating not on the melody but the rhythm. Others gussy up familiar melodies -- the Champs, famed for "Tequila," give "South of the Border" a bit of a cinematic swing, Johnny & the Hurricanes rock "Red River Rock '67" pretty hard, while elsewhere they turn "Glo Worm" inside-out as "The Psychedelic Worm" -- but this should never be thought of as progressive music: these are working bands, from the garage to the studio, cranking out music designed to keep the dancefloor hopping...

01. The Ventures - Walk Don't Run (Original Demo) 
02. The Gigolo's - Night Creature 
03. The Avantis - Wax 'em Down 
04. Johnny And The Hurricanes - The Psychedelic Worm 
05. The Titans - Skokiaan 
06. The Rondels - Zombie 
07. The Reveliers - White Water 
08. The Fireballs - La Pobracita 
09. The Ventures - Murfreesboro 
10. The Champs - South Of The Border 
11. The Exports - Car Hop 
12. The Ventures - The Spur (La Espuela) 
13. Billy Joe & The Checkmates - Nashville West (One More Time) 
14. The Impacts - Tor-Chula 
15. The Fireballs - Ain't That Rain 
16. The Reveliers - Patch 
17. Richie Allen - Goochy Bamba 
18. The Titans - Crying In The Rain 
19. Johnny And The Hurricanes - Red River Rock '67 
20. The Ventures - Sabrosa 
21. Billy Joe & The Checkmates - The Drifter 
22. The Ramrods - Loch Lomond Rock 
23. The Reveliers - Flat Tyre 
24. The Rondels - Showboat 
25. The Swanks - Ghost Train 
26. The Ventures - Run Don't Walk 

VA - Long-Lost Honkers & Twangers: Unreleased 60s Gems From...


VA - More Long-Lost Honkers & Twangers

VA - More Long-Lost Honkers & Twangers

01. Les Jaguars - Guitare Jet 
02. Mus-Twangs - Wolf Pack 
03. The Roadrunners - Road Runnah 
04. Cecil Moore & The Diamond-Backs - Diamond Back 
05. The Night Caps - Mirage 
06. The Ventures - Blue Tail Fly 
07. The Marksmen - Sunny River 
08. The Ventures - Louisiana 
09. The Ramrods - Zombie Surfer 
10. The Carnations - Red Wing 
11. The Marksmen - Peace Pipe 
12. Billy Strange - Moon Walking 
13. The Lemon Drops - Canadian Capers 
14. The Marksmen - Nokie's Fenokiey 
15. The Chancellors - Mach 1 
16. The Zanies - Claire De Looney 
17. Music City Swingers - Harlem Nocturne 
18. The Ventures - Blue Money 
19. Mus-Twangs - Zanzibar 
20. The Velvetones - Jericho 
21. The Ventures - Downtown 
22. Ed Burkey - Whitewater Wipe Out 
23. Mike Gordon & The Agates - Swing The Mess Around 
24. The Zanies - Russian Roulette 

VA - More Long-Lost Honkers & Twangers


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....

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

Like Weird ! (1961 - 1964 singles) - The Centuries (aka Tommy Falcone & The Centuries)

Like Weird ! (1961 - 1964 singles) - The Centuries (aka Tommy Falcone & The Centuries)

The Centuries [N.Y.C.]  »  aka Tommy Falcone & The Centuries & aka The Shoestring   

"The common link is Tommy Falcone (producer, composer and guitar player).
The Tommy Falcone & The Centuries single will, based on the cat#, be circa 1960.
The group name was then shortened to The Centuries.
Some years later The Centuries single "Jack 23" (released on Cleopatra Records) was reissued on 20th Century Fox as by The Shoestring and renamed "Shoop-De-Hoop-Twine" (publishing credit on 20th Century Fox re-issue to Cleopatra Pub Co)."

"From a basement in New Jersey, Tommy Falcone remade  himself into a "Phil Spector"... From 1962 to 1970, he founded and ran Cleopatra Records, discovered and mentored young Garden State talent, wrote songs and produced wild studio effects, and quit his day job to promote it all himself. Trained as an accordionist, Falcone had a whirlwind imagination and an omnivorous approach to genre, expressed through acts like the Centuries, the Tabbys, Johnny Silvio, the Inmates, Bernadette Carroll, the Hallmarks, Vickie & the Van Dykes, the Shandillons, Eugene Viscione, the Shoestring, and more. Cleopatra became a time-capsule of every 1960s pop style imaginable—garage rock, psychedelia, surf, girl groups, soul, novelties, exotica, even a crooner—a kaleidoscope of sound in search of the ever-elusive hit record"

"Tommy Falcone was active in New York City throughout the sixties, foremost as a music arranger and producer. Well, active is maybe an overstatement since only a handful of recordings surfaced. On the other hand, some of those, like Like Weird, are unearthly remarkable. Like Weird did not stir much commercial commotion when it was released in the summer of 1961 and it did not get much help from Billboard either that listed it as with “moderate sales potential”.

Other projects that occupied Tommy Falcone included diverse and experimental recordings as The Shoestring’s Candy Andy (bubblegum pop about a child molester), The Cracker Rapper’s first recording (doo wop), Polynesian Paradise as The Centuries (check out the B-side instrumental, Outer Limits), New Jersey garage band The Inmates and the spaced out single Heavenly with Bernadette Carroll.

For some reason, but not very surprising, Tommy Falcone’s musical career did not take off. He seems to have made a part of his living as a teacher at Red Bank School of Music. Just before he died by a heart attack back stage aged only 40 years (circa 1968), he was reported to stack records at a record store. An occupation as good as anyone."

The Centuries

Like Weird ! (1961 - 1964 singles) - The Centuries (aka Tommy Falcone & The Centuries)

The most resonant room in the Newark Public Library in 1958 was the locker room where Gary Swangin practiced his singing. Swangin, a high school student who worked part time at the checkout desk, would often sneak away during breaks to hone his technique and work on an original song, “The Promise of Love”—until he got caught. 

When coworker Salvatore Girgenti heard it echoing off the tile and steel, he was so taken that he suggested they play together. With Girgenti on rhythm guitar, they recruited the D’Amato brothers, Charles, who played drums standing up, and Peter on lead guitar. 

D’Amato’s neighbor Francis Corragio brought virtuosity to their nascent band, at first playing an amplified upright bass. Corragio had started playing at eleven years old, and by the time of the Centuries he was taking lessons from members of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. 

The library would prove crucial in another way. Swangin checked people’s books and bags as they exited the building, bringing him into contact with a wide range of folks—including Cleopatra Records’ Tommy Falcone. 

By 1960, Swangin’s education at Rutgers University was taking priority and his musical ambitions were expanding.He went on to Columbia University and performed in the Greenwich Village folk scene with a far-ahead-of-its-time fusion of modern lyricism with African rhythms. 

With Swangin gone, the band took a sharp turn into new waters rough with surf—losing lyrics but compensating with invention and melody. The Centuries transformed into an instrumental rock group inspired by the space race and Polynesia, becoming Falcone’s very own version of the Ventures with whom to explore the then-burgeoning sounds of surf rock and exotica. 

The Centuries has been played on NTS in shows including The Numero Group, featured first on 26 July 2018. Songs played include Like Weird and Beach Umbrella World. 

Founded in 2003 as an archival record label by Tom Lunt, Rob Sevier, and Ken Shipley, Numero has evolved into a multi-format media company, devoted to dragging brilliant recordings, films, and photography out of unwarranted obscurity. 

"We’re on a dirty, labor-intensive mission... and it’s urgent as all hell. Time kills off precious bits of passed-over sound, story, and ephemera every day, just as fast as we can haul this sprawling archive of under-heard recordings—along with the musicians, writers, and entrepreneurs who created them—out of exile."

Like Weird ! - 1961 - 1964 singles

Like Weird ! (1961 - 1964 singles) - The Centuries (aka Tommy Falcone & The Centuries)

Bread and Beer Band - Bread and Beer Band (1969)

In early 1969, Elton John  (then known by his given name Reg Dwight)  and friends formed a band known as The Bread And Beer band :

Bernie Calvert - bass
Caleb Quaye - guitar
Reg Dwight (Elton John) - piano
Roger Pope - drums
Lennox - percussion
Rolfo - percussion

The group recorded a single and an album in Feb. 1969, which was produced by Chris Thomas at the legendary EMI Studios at Abbey Road. The single was released in the UK only, in Feb. of '69. The album was planned for June of 1969, but cancelled, and the band put out on their own label in a handmade sleeve.

" Way back in the sixties, before there was an Empty Sky or even an Elton John, pianist Reginald Dwight was enlisted by aspiring producer Tony King to join what the latter envisioned as a studio band along the lines of the great Motown sections of the past. It wasn't to be a touring, full-time outfit, but a recording group and studio back-up unit that could be revised and shifted to fit the needs of each individual project that was undertaken. King, who produced the group along with veteran Chris Thomas (Procol Harum, Jethro Tull), also enlisted Hollies bassist Bernie Calvert, a pair of Jamaican conga and cowbell men and present-day Elton John Band members Roger Pope (drums) and Caleb Quaye (guitar). The group was dubbed the Bread and Beer Band, and with good reason.

"We used to go down to the pub in the afternoon, have a few beers and go back to the studio in the evening. Then we'd turn down all the lights at Abbey Road and get all moody," recalled Tony King. "The Beatles had been using lots of colored lights while they were recording - we thought it was terribly avant-garde - so we used to steal them and use them during our sessions."

King, who now serves as general manager for Elton John's and manager John Reid's Rocket Records, describes the group's first recorded effort as a satirical 12-bar blues treatment of the theme to the "Dick Barden Show," [should be "Dick Barton Show"] the BBC's rough equivalent to our own Dick Tracy. It was released as a single. "We got some nice reviews and people said it was interesting in an adventurous sort of way." It didn't sell.
Nevertheless, Bread and Beer were sufficiently motivated to record an album, a concept sort of thing that featured reworked arrangements of popular songs of the day with a few standards tossed in. Among the songs that Reginald and company tampered with were Sam the Sham's Wooly Bully, Donovan's Mellow Yellow and even a humorous arrangement of the Zorba The Greek movie theme. Fortunately or unfortunately, it was never released."

According to King, the tapes are now the property of John Reid and only one disc, an acetate presented to Elton on his last birthday, is in existence. "When I played it for Elton on his birthday," said King, "I thought It would be God-awful. We were surprised to find that it was half-decent. I think that if it were lousy, we'd all own up to it, because it's only between us anyway. But everybody who played on it still likes it." There is no way, however, that the album will ever be released. "

Valuable studio recordings of “Beared and Bear Band”, which had been registered in 69, before Elton John debuted as a singer-songwriter! At this point in time he is still playing the cover of the hit pops of the time without thorough vocals and playing the piano, but this recording is a valuable excavated sound source that has been stored without being officially released. It is a collector’s item that has attracted attention as a 60’s rare sound source that can be said to be the origin of Elton John!

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