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Four Jacks And A Jill - Fables (1969)

Four Jacks And A Jill - Fables (1969)

Four Jacks & A Jill is one of few South African groups to score a Stateside hit. Their folksy tale "Master Jack," made the Top 20, nesting at #18, June 8, 1968. The members were Glenys Lynne (Jill), Clive Harding (bass), Till Hanamann (guitar), Bruce Barks (guitar), and Tony Hughes (drums). Glenys sung lead and had a voice that was undeniably folksy, rather she tried to sing that style or not, everything came out that way. Their second single "Mr. Nico" made the States chart too, but barely, entering the Pop 100 and immediately stalling at #98. The four guys sans Jill originally formed in 1964 and went through two name changes before adding Glenys and becoming Four Jacks & A Jill. Out-the-box they scored a South African hit entitled "Timothy." Unfortunately, they never graced the charts in the States after "Mr. Nico," but remained viable and quite popular in South Africa.

Four Jacks And A Jill - Fables (1969)

Jimmy Smith & Dave"Baby"Cortez - Happy Organs... 2 in1

Jimmy Smith & Dave

Jimmy Smith wasn't the first organ player in jazz, but no one had a greater influence with the instrument than he did; Smith coaxed a rich, grooving tone from the Hammond B-3, and his sound and style made him a top instrumentalist in the 1950s and '60s, while a number of rock and R&B keyboardists would learn valuable lessons from Smith's example.

James Oscar Smith was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on December 8, 1928 (some sources cite his birth year as 1925). Smith's father was a musician and entertainer, and young Jimmy joined his song-and-dance act when he was six years old. By the time he was 12, Smith was an accomplished stride piano player who won local talent contests, but when his father began having problems with his knee and gave up performing to work as a plasterer, Jimmy quit school after eighth grade and began working odd jobs to help support the family. At 15, Smith joined the Navy, and when he returned home, he attended music school on the GI Bill, studying at the Hamilton School of Music and the Ornstein School, both based in Philadelphia.

The Incredible Jimmy Smith at Club Baby Grand, Vol. 1 In 1951, Smith began playing with several R&B acts in Philadelphia while working with his father during the day, but after hearing pioneering organ player Wild Bill Davis, Smith was inspired to switch instruments. Smith bought a Hammond B-3 organ and set up a practice space in a warehouse where he and his father were working; Smith refined the rudiments of his style over the next year (informed more closely by horn players than other keyboard artists, and employing innovative use of the bass pedals and drawbars), and he began playing Philadelphia clubs in 1955. In early 1956, Smith made his New York debut at the legendary Harlem nightspot Small's Paradise, and Smith was soon spotted by Alfred Lion, who ran the well-respected jazz label Blue Note Records. Lion signed Smith to a record deal, and between popular early albums such as The Incredible Jimmy Smith at Club Baby Grand and The Champ and legendary appearances at New York's Birdland and the Newport Jazz Festival, Smith became the hottest new name in jazz.
Bashin': The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith A prolific recording artist, Smith recorded more than 30 albums for Blue Note between 1956 and 1963, collaborating with the likes of Kenny Burrell, Stanley Turrentine, and Jackie McLean, and in 1963, Smith signed a new record deal with Verve. Smith's first album for Verve, Bashin': The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith, was a critical and commercial success, and the track "Walk on the Wild Side" became a minor hit. Smith maintained his busy performing and recording schedule throughout the 1960s, and in 1966 he cut a pair of celebrated album with guitarist Wes Montgomery. In 1972, Smith's contract with Verve expired, and tired of his demanding tour schedule, he and his wife opened a supper club in California's San Fernando Valley. Smith performed regularly at the club, but it went out of business after only a few years. While Smith continued to record regularly for a variety of labels, his days as a star appeared to be over.
Bad However, in the late '80s, Smith began recording for the Milestone label, cutting several well-reviewed albums that reminded jazz fans Smith was still a master at his instrument, as did a number of live performances with fellow organ virtuoso Joey DeFrancesco. In 1987, producer Quincy Jones invited Smith to play on the sessions for Michael Jackson's album Bad. And Smith found a new generation of fans when hip-hop DJs began sampling Smith's funky organ grooves; the Beastie Boys famously used Smith's "Root Down (And Get It)" for their song "Root Down," and other Smith performances became the basis for tracks by Nas, Gang Starr, Kool G Rap, and DJ Shadow.
Damn! In 1995, Smith returned to Verve Records for the album Damn!, and on 2001's Dot Com Blues, Smith teamed up with a variety of blues and R&B stars, including Etta James, B.B. King, Keb' Mo', and Dr. John. In 2004, Smith was honored as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts; that same year, Smith relocated from Los Angeles to Scottsdale, Arizona. Several months after settling in Scottsdale, Smith's wife succumbed to cancer, and while he continued to perform and record, Jimmy Smith was found dead in his home less than a year later, on February 8, 2005. His final album, Legacy, was released several months after his passing.
David Cortez Clowney known by the stage name Dave "Baby" Cortez (born August 13, 1938), is an American pop and R&B organist and pianist, best known for his 1959 hit, "The Happy Organ". David  played the organ "...with the same aggression as a pro football linebacker: he was theatrical, dressed loud, and loved playing exaggerated scales..."...
Though hardly a soulful, bluesy master like Jimmy Smith or dashing experimentalist like Larry Young, organist Dave "Baby" Cortez made his mark in the '50s,'60s, and '70s as a capable, often clever soloist and pop instrumentalist. His flair for catchy melodies, riffs, and hooks resulted in a number one pop and number five R&B hit with "The Happy Organ" in 1959. Cortez had another double winner in 1962 with "Rinky Dink," this one peaking at number nine R&B and number ten pop. Before his instrumental success, Cortez recorded for Ember as David Clowney in 1956, and was in the Pearls from 1955 to 1957. He landed one other song on the R&B Top 50, "Someone Has Taken Your Place," in 1973 for All Platinum. His other songs were recorded for Clock and Chess. There has been no domestic reissue of Cortez's songs, but there are import anthologies available.

Jimmy Smith - Hoochie Cooche Man

Jimmy Smith & Dave

Dave Baby Cortez  - Happy Organs,Wild Guitars And Piano Shuffles

Jimmy Smith & Dave

Don Fardon - I'm Alive 68/69 Hip Pop and Swinging Beat

Don Fardon - I'm Alive  68/69 Hip Pop and Swinging Beat

Donald Maughn, 19 August 1943, Coventry, West Midlands, England. As the vocalist with the Sorrows, Maughn was featured on this cult act’s most durable release, the pulsating ‘Take A Heart’. A number 21 hit in September 1965, its hypnotic, throbbing beat was maintained on subsequent releases, several of which the singer co-composed. Here, however, he preferred to use an alternative surname, Fardon, which was then retained for the artist’s solo career. His cover version of John D. Loudermilk’ s ‘(The Lament Of The Cherokee) Indian Reservation’ gave him his first and only US hit single in 1968, reaching the Top 20. He broke into the UK Top 40 in 1970 with ‘Belfast Boy’, a homage to the talented, but troubled Northern Irish footballer, George Best. This success paved the way for the re-issue of ‘Indian Reservation’ which, when resurrected, climbed to a respectable number 3 and became one of that year’s most distinctive chart entries. Yet despite several further releases in the early 70s, some of which were remakes of former Sorrows material, Fardon was unable to secure consistent success. He went into the licensing trade, running pubs in Coventry and Eathorpe, while continuing to work on the cabaret and country circuits. He later helped run a security firm looking after pop stars. Fardon re-released ‘Belfast Boy’ in December 2005 in honour of the recently deceased Best.

[2:38] 01. Don Fardon - I Get So Excited
[2:40] 02. Don Fardon - Back In The Ussr
[2:19] 03. Don Fardon - Coming On Strong
[3:37] 04. Don Fardon - I Need Somebody
[2:29] 05. Don Fardon - On The Beach
[2:58] 06. Don Fardon - Ruby's Picture On My Wall
[2:14] 07. Don Fardon - Keep On Loving Me
[3:05] 08. Don Fardon - It's Been Nice Loving You
[2:34] 09. Don Fardon - I'm Alive
[3:01] 10. Don Fardon - Riverboat
[3:08] 11. Don Fardon - We Can Make It Together
[2:46] 12. Don Fardon - Do You Know What I Mean
[2:34] 13. Don Fardon - Baby Let Me Take You Home
[2:46] 14. Don Fardon - Mr Sation Master
[2:55] 15. Don Fardon - 6.10 Phoenix Gone
[2:04] 16. Don Fardon - Let The Live Live
[4:14] 17. Don Fardon - Captain Man
[1:59] 18. Don Fardon - The Dreaming Room

As this compilation doesn't have either of Don Fardon's chart hits ("Indian Reservation" and "Belfast Boy"), it can't be considered a best-of, though its 18 tracks do span the 1967-1969 period during which he made his most notable solo recordings. Combining seven tracks from his rare 1968 German LP Love Story of Don Fardon, a few late-'60s singles, and a few previously unissued songs, the intention seems to be to emphasize the singer's most credible work (the two absent chart singles are referred to as "novelty pop hits" on the back cover). If this is his best stuff, it certainly doesn't make a very compelling argument for Fardon as an artist worthy of much attention. It has that odd blend of brassy pop, soul, and showbizzy belting found in many British late-'60s pop recordings that have largely escaped critical respect or scrutinization, though they're not as well-produced or full of commercial hooks as, say, what Tom Jones was doing. Fardon was a good singer, but the material is simply not that memorable, and the arrangements on much of the up-tempo soul stuff are burdened with stiff rhythms falling somewhere twixt ska and oompah, layered with enough fuzz guitar and burbling organ to sound trendy. There are some fair songs here and there, like "I'm Alive," where Fardon sounds like he's reaching for something more authentic, and the waltzing "Dreaming Room," which could have fit onto the soundtrack of a late-'60s spy flick. For the best work of both Fardon and his producer (and occasional songwriter) Miki Dallon, however, his prior recordings with British Invasion band the Sorrows tower over this motley lot.


John Kongos Featuring Floribunda Rose & Scrugg - Lavender Popcorn (1966-1969)

John Kongos Featuring Floribunda Rose & Scrugg - Lavender Popcorn (1966-1969)

Having had success in South Africa in the early 1960s with his band Johnny and the G-Men, as well as a solo artist, Kongos went to UK to pursue his musical career. His first UK based group, Floribunda Rose, formed in April 1967, comprised the British musicians :
Pete Clifford (guitar) (born Peter William Frederick Clifford, 10 May 1943, Whetstone, North London) and Jack Russell (bass, vocals) (born 29 April 1944, Caerleon, South Wales), who had come to South Africa in June 1965 with The 004; drummer Nick 'Doc' Dokter (born 24 July 1945, Kampen, Overijssel, Holland), a latter day member of 004; and the Cyprus born keyboard player Chris Demetriou from John E Sharpe and the Squires. After one single, "Linda Loves Linda", Clifford returned to South Africa to join The Bats and Dokter moved to Canada and worked with Five Man Cargo. Drummer Henry Spinetti joined and the remaining members recorded three singles as Scrugg.
After 18 months of gigging in Britain and Europe with his bands Floribunda Rose and Scrugg, and five singles later, he released his first solo album, Confusions About a Goldfish (1970), on the Dawn record label.
He then concentrated on songwriting, and began to have major success in Germany and other European countries (No 1 and Top 10 hits). He then moved to Fly Records with whom he had two hit singles – "He's Gonna Step On You Again" (UK No. 4, May 1971;[1] U.S. Billboard Hot 100 No. 70) and "Tokoloshe Man" (UK No. 4, November 1971).[1] His second album Kongos made the Top 30 of the UK Albums Chart, but subsequent singles, "Great White Lady" (1972), "Ride the Lightning" (1975) and "Higher than God's Hat" (1975), did not chart.[1] "Tomorrow I'll Go", which appeared on Kongos, was covered by New Zealand band The Human Instinct on their 1970 album Stoned Guitar, while "Ride The Lightning" (1975) was covered by Sylvie Vartan as "Qu'est-ce qui fait pleurer les blondes?" in France and was Number 1 on that chart for several weeks in 1976.
"He's Gonna Step On You Again" is cited in the Guinness Book of Records as being the first song to ever use a sample.
Kongos continued to work in his own London studio as a record producer, sound engineer, TV jingle and theme music composer, and songwriter, as well as handling the programming of the Fairlight CMI synthesizer on Def Leppard's 1983 album, Pyromania.
He gained notoriety with a new musical generation in 1990, when Madchester pioneers Happy Mondays reworked "He's Gonna Step On You Again" into their baggy era defining hit "Step On", which reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] In the same year they also covered his "Tokoloshe Man", for the compilation album, Rubáiyát.

His 1966-1969 work (including his recordings with Floribunda Rose and Scrugg, and his solo album Confusions About a Goldfish) was released on a compilation album, Lavender Popcorn (2001).

John Kongos Featuring Floribunda Rose & Scrugg ‎– Lavender Popcorn
Label: Castle Music ‎– CMRCD 395

Perhaps kicked into action due to the inclusion of Scrugg's "I Wish I Was Five" on Rhino's second Nuggets box from the year prior, the Castle label issued Lavender Popcorn: 1966-1969, which digs deep into the discography of eccentric psych-pop musician John Kongos. Prior to the period documented here, Kongos had several records under his belt as a South African artist, which were popular there but failed to translate elsewhere. Upon his 1966 relocation to England, he headed the short-lived bands Floribunda Rose (one single) and Scrugg (three singles) and then went solo. This anthology ties up everything from Floribunda Rose   and   Scrugg , while adding some unreleased material. Kongos' first solo album, 1969's Confusions About a Goldfish, is also included in its entirety. Though it doesn't include significant later singles like "Tokoloshe Man" and "He's Gonna Step on You Again," the disc is rather essential for psych-pop completists.

John Kongos Featuring Floribunda Rose & Scrugg - Lavender Popcorn (1966-1969)

1 John T. Kongos* – I Love Mary 2:57
2 John T. Kongos* – Goodtime Party Companion 2:23
3 Floribunda Rose* – Linda Loves Linda 3:28
4 Floribunda Rose* – One Way Street 2:46
5 Scrugg – Everyone Can See 2:51
6 Scrugg – I Wish I Was Five 3:19
7 Scrugg – Lavender Popcorn Written-By – Reeves, English 2:18
8 Scrugg – Sandwich Board Man 3:11
9 Scrugg – Will The Real Geraldine Please Stand Up And Be Counted 2:59
10 Scrugg – Only George 2:51
11 Scrugg – Patriotic 2:48
12 John Kongos – Confusions About A Goldfish 4:17
13 John Kongos – At This Moment 1:48
14 John Kongos – Deserts Of Mountains Of Men 3:12
15 John Kongos – Seat By The Window 3:19
16 John Kongos – Go Home 2:36
17 John Kongos – Tomorrow I'll Go 3:57
18 John Kongos – Flim, Flam Pharisee 2:50
19 John Kongos – It Was Easy 2:50
20 John Kongos – Blood 3:55
21 John Kongos – The Lady Wants More 3:18
22 John Kongos – Coming Back To YouWritten-By – Demetriou, Kongos  2:49
23 John Kongos – Amendment To Confusions About A Goldfish 2:20
24 John Kongos – Elegy To Seymour 3:05
25 John Kongos – All I'm Trying To Do 3:14
26 John Kongos – Week Day Lady 3:06

Written-By – John Kongos (tracks: 1-6, 8-26)
Track 11 previously unreleased. 
Tracks 24-26 previously unreleased demos.


Philippe Debarge With Pretty Things - Rock St Trop (1969)

Philippe Debarge With Pretty Things - Rock St Trop (1969)

Back in the stone age of rock ‘n’ roll – the year 1969, to be exact – Phil May (vocals) and Wally Waller (bass) of British rock legends the Pretty Things were approached with an unusual offer. Flown to St. Tropez by rich French playboy Philippe DeBarge, the bandmates met with the young millionaire at the DeBarge family estate. DeBarge had long harbored dreams of rock ‘n’ roll stardom, and he wanted to record an album with the Pretty Things as his backing band.

In December 1968, the Pretty Things released S.F. Sorrow, the album that has since become known as the band’s psychedelic-era masterpiece. By the following August, however, the album was selling slowly, founding guitarist Dick Taylor had left the band, and the PTs’ future was uncertain. So May and Waller took DeBarge up on his offer, writing songs for and recording DeBarge’s album at Nova Studios in London during September 1969 with DeBarge singing lead vocals, May on backing vocals, and the band – including Waller, keyboardist Jon Povey, drummer ‘Twink’, and new guitarist Vic Unitt (from the Edgar Broughton Band) providing the music.

When S.F. Sorrow sales picked up months after its release, EMI wanted to follow up with a new album from the band, who subsequently put the DeBarge project on the back burner in order to work on what would become their 1970 album, Parachute. The album remained lost for almost 40 years when it was discovered by musician and Ugly Things zine publisher Mike Stax, who had found two acetates of the album and had it mixed and mastered, releasing it in 2009 on his own Ugly Things label. Stax even enlisted the classic Pretty Things line-up – including guitarist Dick Taylor – to record a new song titled “Monsieur Rock (Ballad of Philippe)” as a bonus track for The Pretty Things/Phillip DeBarge CD.

On September 1st, 2017 Madfish released this obscure album as Rock St. Trop, billed to Phillipe DeBarge with the Pretty Things. Remastered for CD and featuring rare photos and new liner notes by Waller, the album features a 20-page booklet and bonus songs, including “Monsieur Rock.” Influential far beyond their often meager album sales, the Pretty Things seldom made a musical mistake during the 1960s and ‘70s and aside from being chummy with superstars like Led Zeppelin and David Bowie, the PT’s influenced bands as diverse as the Clash and the Libertines, among others, and this long-lost album is a welcome addition to the band’s catalog.

1. Hello, How Do You Do - 4:06
2. You Might Even Say - 4:03
3. Alexander (Dick Taylor, John Povey, Phil May, Wally Waller) - 2:59
4. Send You With Loving - 3:05
5. You're Running You And Me - 4:55
6. Peace - 1:44
7. Eagles Son (Dick Taylor, John Povey, Phil May, Wally Waller) - 3:21
8. Graves Of Grey - 0:48
9. New Day - 4:09
10.It'll Never Be Me (Dick Taylor, John Charles Alder, John Povey, Phil May, Wally Waller) - 4:35
11.I'm Checking Out - 3:45
12.All Gone Now - 2:18
13.Monsieur Rock (Ballad Of Philippe) - 5:41
14.Lover - 1:41
15.Silver Stars - 3:35

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!

Louise Cordet ‎– The Sweet Beat of Louise Cordet (1962-1964)

Louise Cordet was a phenomenon in English pop/rock for about two years, beginning when she reached number 13 on the charts with "I'm Just a Baby," released on English Decca in 1962. She was lucky enough to hit just as a new wave of British rock & rollers were coming to the fore, even though her sound was a little on the wimpy romantic side to fit in with British beat. As the daughter of a major television personality (and god-daughter of Prince Philip) with a convent school education, her origins were very different from the working class origins of most British rock & rollers, but she found an audience and held onto it, and for a time bidded fair to be Decca Records's answer to Helen Shapiro. In 1963, Cordet appeared in two movies, Just for You and Just for Fun; the latter, a follow-up to 1962's It's Trad, Dad, was particularly notable, presenting Cordet performing "Which Way the Wind Blows," which many onlookers regarded as the best music clip in the movie and the highlight of the entire film. In some ways, Cordet's career anticipated that of Marianne Faithfull, as it took her from a convent school into a world of pop stars, London night spots, and concert tours with the Beatles and Gerry & the Pacemakers. Indeed, she is said to have taught Paul McCartney a dance or two on his arrival in London, and Gerry Marsden originally wrote "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" as a number for Cordet, before his group recorded it. Her final single, "Two Lovers," was a dazzling treatment of a Motown classic, drenched in heavy guitars and a great beat, and nearly as alluring as the Beatles' cover of "You've Really Got a Hold on Me." By 1965, however, Cordet had stopped recording and, ironically, became part of the cadre of hangers on surrounding Marianne Faithfull, serving as French pronunciation advisor at Faithfull's May 11, 1965 Decca Records recording session, and also doing her best in the press as a publicist for Faithfull during this period.

 British singer Louise Cordet got a U.K. Top Twenty hit in 1962 as a teenager with her first single, "I'm Just a Baby," but never made the hit parade again despite issuing a couple dozen tracks between 1962 and 1964. This exemplary compilation has all of them, including her six singles, a 1963 British EP, a couple songs from the 1963 Just for Fun soundtrack, and nine tracks (all but one sung in French) released only in France. Cordet had a mild voice that might have been more suited to straight adult pop than the pop/rock she usually recorded, and was more a late relic of the U.K. teen idol pre-Beatles pop years than she was a part of the British Invasion. Combined with the ordinary and innocuous material she was given to sing, that makes this something for British rock/early-'60s girl singer completists, as well annotated and illustrated as it is. There are some tracks of note, if more for their origins than Cordet's interpretations, particularly "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying," which she released (and which was a flop) in early 1964 shortly before Gerry & the Pacemakers issued their famous international hit version. Her cover of "From Me to You" from a May 1963 French EP is one of the earliest and most obscure covers of a song by the Beatles (with whom she toured that year), and like some of her other recordings, had a faint Twist rock/"yé-yé" sound. She also made an unlikely venture into Cajun-flavored pop/rock on the 1963 single "Around and Around," and "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying"'s flip, "Loving Baby" (written by producer and ex-Shadows drummer Tony Meehan), has some eerie tones a little reminiscent of Joe Meek's work. She was ill-equipped for harder stuff, however, and the sloppy arrangement of Mary Wells' "Two Lovers" on her final single misses some chords key to the classic original. 


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