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Johnny Restivo - Oh Johnny

Johnny Restivo - Oh Johnny




    
Johnny (John Charles) was born in the North Bronx, New York September 13, 1943. He enrolled in Cliffside Park Junior High School, New Jersey and was graduated in June of 1958.

Johnny and his 9 year younger brother Gerard were sons of Jack and Jeanette Restivo. In 1959 Johnny was discovered by Joe Mulhall and Paul Neff and in June 9, 1959 he recorded "The Shape I'm In" and "Ya, Ya" at RCA only 15 years old with Paul Simon (aka Jerry Landis) playing his guitar. In 1960-1961 Johnny was on tour in Australia. He played in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth as well as many other places while there. From there he also had engagements in South America, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Belgium. While in Argentina he hosted his own variety television show called "The Johnny Restivo Show". The program was on the air for 3 years from 1961-1963 and was sponsored by the Coca Cola Company. Between 1962-1964 even while doing the television program Johnny found time to play at the South American "Copa Cabana" club in Rio and the Waldorf in Santiango, Chile. He also performed in Uruguay and Brazil.

Johnny went on tour beginning in 1963. His first country of this multi-country tour was South Africa. He visited Kenya, Southern Rhodesia and Johannesburg. This part of the tour lasted about 6 months. While in Johannesburg during 1963-1964 he recorded an album on the RCA label entitled "Spotlight On Johnny Restivo". In 1965 he went on to London, England, where he performed at the London Palladium as well as many other venues. During the years of 1965-1966 London became Johnny's home base for the next leg of his tour. From there he spent 2 months touring Israel. One of the places he performed at was the Caliph Club in Jaffa. He also had engagements in Eilat. Then it was on to Italy for a multi-city tour working through the "Johnny Pangazio Agency". After completion of the Italian segment of his tour he went on to Paris, France, for a short stay. In 1967 the final leg of the tour took him back home to the USA. Once back home in New York City Johnny was represented by many different agencies including the William Morris Agency. He mostly worked nightclubs, resorts and cruises throughout the USA.

In 1969 Johnny was drafted into the United States Armed Forces. He did his basic training in South Carolina and Advanced Infantry Training in El Paso, Texas. He was then stationed in Heidelberg, Germany. He inquired about Special Services, auditioned and was accepted into the 7th Army Soldiers Chorus. Touring again but now for the US Army. He visited Germany, Austria, Holland, Belgium and Italy.

In 1971 Johnny took a European discharge and remained in Europe for the next 6 months, after which he headed back home to the USA. In that same year Johnny and Gerard began working together, Gerard as his drummer and musical director, as he attempted to get his career back on track. They did primarily club dates, hotels and resorts throughout America. They also travelled to Mexico and Puerto Rico as well as playing cruises in the Caribbean. During many of the recording sessions that were done in New York City, Gerard was allowed to stay in the recording studio with Johnny or sit with the drummers where he quitely would watch, listen and learn about show business and the recording industry. It was in those very early years that Gerard decided he was going to be in show business and more importantly that he was going to work with his brother making music.

In 1978 Johnny formally ended his career in show business after a performance at the Nevelle Hotel in the Catskill mountains town of Ellenville, New York. During these years and beyond, Johnny has been married and divorced 4 times and has 3 children from oldest to youngest: Kelli Hope, Darin and Brandon. He has been in business for himself since 1981 with "Rockland Mattress", which sells bedding, headboards and beds. And now in 2002, Johnny finds himself preparing to retire and move permanently to the state of Florida (he always wanted to be in a warm climate). He now spends most of his time playing golf and winding down.

I'm in great debt of gratitude to John and Gerard Restivo for all supports indeed.



Johnny Restivo - Oh Johnny


Thanks to Hedson La Playa

Mike Redway - Moonlight And Love Songs


Mike Redway - Moonlight And Love Songs 2010


Mike Redway has been busy in the music business for over 50 years.  He was born in Leeds in 1939, and with the help of his singer brother, alias Johnnie Leeds, in 1956 he joined the John Fearnley singers.  This  led to some happy times performing in local working men’s clubs and some not so happy times traveling around Yorkshire in the back of an ancient converted ambulance.  But it was all good experience!


Together with Dick Jordan and Jean Phillies, they formed The Demijeans and appeared on BBC radio’s What Makes A Star ... which led to further appearances on shows with such greats as Al Read, Jimmy Clitheroe, Jimmy James and Albert Modley.

In 1962, Mike went to London and joined the Oscar Rabin Orchestra and their singers Barbara Kay and Ray Pilgrim.  And Ray introduced him to Embassy ... and over 80 recordings as Redd Wayne, Mike Redway and The Typhoons.

This in turn led to him becoming one of the Mike Sammes Singers, singing on many of the films, hit records and TV shows of the 60’s and 70’s backing stars such Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdink. Andy Williams, Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis ... and of course, The Beatles themselves.

He left the session world to concentrate on  his career as singer/songwriter.  He had several successful radio series and made several albums singing the ballads he loved.  The lovely lady in the cover picture of the CD on the right is Marjorie, who recently celebrated her golden wedding anniversa .... that’s 50 years happily married to Mike Redway!.

Mike is still active today as composer and producer.  In fact he recently persuaded     Ray Pilgrim to go back into the studio and record a couple of new tracks - after a 45-year  break from singing - on which Mike sang ALL the backing voices.



"Windmills Of Your Mind" 
on the BBC TV show 'One More Time'.  



Mike Redway - The Embassy Years - Vol 2 (2012)

Mike Redway - The Embassy Years - Vol 2  (2012)


He sang with the Oscar Rabin Band, recorded for Embassy under the pseudonym Redd Wayne, in addition to appearing on many of the Typhoons, Jaybirds and Starlings recordings for the label between 1962 and 1965. He later sang the vocal version of the "Casino Royale Theme" over the closing credits of the 1967 film, Casino Royale. 

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Mike Redway - The Embassy Years - Vol 2  (2012)

Mike Redway - The Embassy Years - Vol 2  (2012)


Ray Pilgrim - Pilgrim's Progress 1962

Ray Pilgrim - Pilgrim's Progress 1962



Ray Pilgrim was one of the most prolific big band singers, radio broadcasters, recording and session singers in Britain in the late 1950s/early 1960s.   With almost 1,000 gigs in his relatively short career, plus over 200 BBC radio broadcasts and over 150 songs recorded, as well as jingles and movie soundtracks under his belt, that's probably true.

Ray Pilgrim - Pilgrim's Progress 1962

But he did not regard singing as his long term career and only became a professional singer to enable him to give up his job in a bank so that he could go to university and get a degree at the London School of Economics.  After which he deliberately phased out his singing and made a successful career in his "proper job" in the senior management of a large multinational company. 

So, having cut short his singing career over 45 years ago, any connection with the music scene had long since faded deep into the background - with his old recordings, cuttings and archive information mouldering away in storage boxes.

Ray Pilgrim - Pilgrim's Progress 1962

But recently there has been a significant growth in interest in the old Embassy label which specialised in covering the hits of the day.  In the early 60’s around one in twenty of all pop singles sold in the UK were on the Embassy label and between 1960-65 Ray sang on more Embassy singles than any other artist.  As well as being credited under the Pilgrim name, he also recorded as Bobby Stevens, The Typhoons, and The Jaybirds among others.  Those old Embassy vinyl singles have now become very collectable and Embassy tracks were also released on over 40 foreign labels in some 25 countries around the world, amounting to literally millions of copies in total.













Ray Pilgrim - Pilgrim's Progress 1962


1. Who Put The Bomp
2. Red Red Roses
3. Twistin' The Trad
4.  Multiplication
5. The Young Ones
6.  The Lion Sleeps Tonight
7.  The Language Of Love
8.  Forget-Me-Not
9. Lonesome
10.  Peppermint Twist
11. Crying In The Rain
12.  Can't Help Falling In Love
13.  Wimoweh
14.  Never Goodbye
15. Hey! Little Girl
16.  Good Luck Charm
17.  I'm Looking Out The Window
18.  Come Outside
19.  Ginny Come Lately
20.  Don't Ever Change
21.  Follow That Dream
22.  I Remember You
23. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
24. Sealed With A Kiss
25. Lovesick Blues
26.  Let's Dance
27.  No One Can Make My Sunshine Smile
28.  Return To Sender
29. It Only Took A Minute
30. Baby Take A Bow
31.  Bachelor Boy


Mike Redway - The Embassy Years - Vol 1 (60s) (2011)

Mike Redway - The Embassy Years - Vol 1 (60s) (2011)


The Story of Embassy Records continued...

Mike Redway - The Embassy Years - Vol 1 (60s) (2011)

01 - Mike Redway - A Forever Kind Of Love
02 - Mike Redway - A Little Bitty Tear
03 - Mike Redway - A Message To Martha
04 - Mike Redway - A Picture Of You
05 - Mike Redway - Blue Bayou
06 - Mike Redway - Bad To Me
07 - Mike Redway - Bossa Nova Baby
08 - Mike Redway - Come On
09 - Mike Redway - Crying In The Rain
10 - Mike Redway - Constantly
11 - Mike Redway - Crying In The Chappel
12 - Mike Redway - Do You Really Love Me
13 - Mike Redway - Don't Ever Change
14 - Mike Redway - Don't Talk To Him
15 - Mike Redway - Do You Want To Know A Secret
16 - Mike Redway - English Country Garden
17 - Mike Redway - From Russia With Love
18 - Mike Redway - I Could Easily Fall In Love With You
19 - Mike Redway - Ginny Come Lately
20 - Mike Redway - Go Away Little Girl
21 - Mike Redway - I Want To Stay Here
22 - Mike Redway - I Think Of You
23 - Mike Redway - If You're Gonna' Make A Fool Of Somebody
24 - Mike Redway - I'll Keep You Satisfied
25 - Mike Redway - I'll Never Get Over You
26 - Mike Redway - It's All In The Game
27 - Mike Redway - In A Matter Of Moments
28 - Mike Redway - I'm The Only One
29 - Mike Redway - It's Almost Tomorrow


The Routers - Play 1963 Great Instrumental Hits

The Routers - Play 1963 Great Instrumental Hits




The Routers were less of an organic band as they were an aggregate of studio stalwarts under the direction of producer Joe Saraceno. Although his name might not instantly recall his previous pop rock acclaim, by the time he'd commenced the Routers project, Saraceno's success included the "Freeze" -- which had spawned a minor dance craze of the same name -- as well as co-collaborator on another primarily instrumentally-based combo called the Marketts. Partner Mike Gordon -- who owned a string of music publishing companies -- was the band's guitarist as well as the impetus to form a real group to tour behind the Routers moniker. This occurred circa late '62/early '63 after the single "Let's Go" became an unqualified smash, charting as high as the Top Twenty. On the 1963's Great Instrumental Hits a collection of seasoned session musicians including Hal Blaine (drums), Leon Russell (keyboards) and Tommy Tedesco (guitar) gathered to re-record recent chart-toppers and teen oriented pop hits -- many of whom had also worked on the originals. The album features a dozen such tracks ranging from the folkie "Washington Square" to full blown rockers such as Chuck Berry's "Memphis" -- which was a hit for burgeoning blues guitarist Lonnie Mack. There are also a number of reworked tracks that had began their lives as instrumentals. Prime examples are the west coast surf smashes "Wipe Out" and "Pipeline"." Particular stand out performances include a driving yakety sax-driven reading of the Rebels' "Wild Weekend" and bouncy R&B influenced "Watermelon Man" -- which arguably bests the Mongo Santamaria original. Enthusiasts of the arguably generic sounds that drove AM radio in the days of pre-Beatle pop music will undoubtedly revel in not only this, but all Routers' LPs -- many of which have been resurrected on CD by Collectors' Choice Music.

1. Washington Square (1963) (02:45)
2. (Dance With The) Guitar Man (1963) (02:01)
3. Maria Elena (1963) (02:32)
4. Hot Pastrami (1963) (01:59)
5. Wild Weekend (1963) (02:06)
6. Telstar (1963) (03:01)
7. Martian Hop (1963) (02:19)
8. Watermelon Man (1963) (02:39)
9. Memphis (1963) (03:11)
10. Wipe Out (1963) (02:46)
11. Pipeline (1963) (02:32)
12. Sting Ray (1963) (01:56)



Emitt Rhodes - Listen, Listen



Emitt Rhodes - Listen, Listen





Though Rhodes' '60s band the Merry-Go-Round is a better place to start, with either the 1967 A&M LP The Merry-Go-Round or their posthumous best-of on Rhino, this 21-song overview begins with five tracks from that period and, more interestingly, documents his surprisingly, equally credible 1970-1973 solo work, not far removed from his earlier incarnation. Rhodes' sweet style aims for that place between the Byrds' folksy Rickenbackers and McCartney's thoughtful mid-period Beatles pop. Though the Merry-Go-Round never charted higher than number 63 with the opening track here, "Live" (which was covered by the Bangles on their first LP when they still had some guts to their sound), Rhodes carried on with this mellifluous, better-than-bubblegum, dense, melodic power pop, right through the Badfinger/Big Star era, on the underappreciated Dunhill LPs represented here: Emitt Rhodes, The American Dream, Mirror, and Farewell to Paradise. This is lovely, crafted, humble stuff -- the title of "She Laughed Loud" is the answer to the singer's request for a date! -- and softly connects.

1. Emitt Rhodes - Live [The Merry-Go-Round] (2:33)
2. Emitt Rhodes - Time Will Show the Wiser [Single Version] (2:30)
3. Emitt Rhodes - You're a Very Lovely Woman [The Merry-Go-Round] (2:53)
4. Emitt Rhodes - She Laughed Loud [The Merry-Go-Round] (2:44)
5. Emitt Rhodes - Listen, Listen [The Merry-Go-Round] (2:37)
6. Emitt Rhodes - 'Til the Day After (2:38)
7. Emitt Rhodes - Fresh as a Daisy (2:49)
8. Emitt Rhodes - You Take the Dark Out of the Night (2:55)
9. Emitt Rhodes - She's Such a Beauty (2:23)
10. Emitt Rhodes - Live Till You Die (2:47)
11. Emitt Rhodes - Long Time No See (3:16)
12. Emitt Rhodes - You Should Be Ashamed (2:40)
13. Emitt Rhodes - With My Face on the Floor (3:08)
14. Emitt Rhodes - Love Will Stone You (3:23)
15. Emitt Rhodes - Really Wanted You (2:43)
16. Emitt Rhodes - Birthday Lady (2:49)
17. Emitt Rhodes - Golden Child of God (2:44)
18. Emitt Rhodes - Warm Self Sacrifice (3:07)
19. Emitt Rhodes - Shoot the Moon (3:38)
20. Emitt Rhodes - Tame the Lion (2:55)
21. Emitt Rhodes - Isn't It So (3:16)


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Johnny Restivo - Oh JohnnyMike Redway - Moonlight And Love SongsMike Redway - The Embassy Years - Vol 2  (2012)Ray Pilgrim - Pilgrim's Progress 1962Mike Redway - The Embassy Years - Vol 1 (60s) (2011)Cliff Richard and The Shadows – Do you Want To Dance With CliffCliff Richard - Rare EP Tracks & Rare B-Sides (1961-1991)  2008The Routers  - 2 in 1The Routers - Play 1963 Great Instrumental HitsEmitt Rhodes - Listen, Listen

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