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Ian & The Zodiacs , Denny Seyton & The Sabres

Ian & The Zodiacs , Denny Seyton & The Sabres


Ian & the Zodiacs had one of the longest histories of any band working in Liverpool, which makes their utter obscurity in that city even more of a puzzle, considering that they had a cool name and played R&B well enough to become stars in Germany. The band's roots go back to the Zodiacs, a trad jazz (i.e. Dixieland) outfit formed in 1958 as a sextet that included future Fourmost drummer Dave Lovelady -- they switched to rock & roll soon after.

The original Zodiacs stayed intact through the spring of 1960, when lead guitarist Pete Pimlett exited and Ian Edwards, late of the Deltones (who attended the same school as the Zodiacs) came aboard, along with Charlie Flynn, from Kingsize Taylor & the Dominoes. The core lineup of Ian & the Zodiacs, as they were named in 1960, was Edwards on guitar and vocals, Pete Wallace on lead guitar, Charlie Flynn on bass and vocals, Cliff Roberts on drums, and Geoff Bethell at the piano. This was the lineup that held for much of the early '60s, through 1964, when Bethell and Roberts left.

It was in 1964 that, after years of languishing in obscurity in Liverpool, the band went to Germany and became major stars -- they were supposed to stay for a few weeks and didn't really leave for three years. Their lineup was still a bit fluid, with ex-Lee Curtis All-Stars drummer Joe Walsh eventually settling in, until he left, and Wallace and Flynn exited for the Connoisseurs, to be replaced by Arthur Ashton (lead guitar), Freddie Smith (drums), and Tony Coates (bass). By that time, the group had cut three LPs (that's one more than Gerry & the Pacemakers, who'd topped the charts in England, got to do) that were released exclusively in Germany on the Star Club label, which was part of Polygram, and two albums of Beatles covers issued under the name the Koppykats.

The group had several label relationships during their three major years, initially with Oriole and then with Mercury, Philips, and Fontana. Their audience was centered in the German-speaking world, despite some attempts at releasing their work in England and America. In addition to their three German LPs and the Beatles cover albums, they cut an album, Gear Again, that turned up on Mercury Records' budget Wing label in 1965. The group's three Star Club albums, Star Club 7, Just Listen to Ian & the Zodiacs, and Locomotive! (of which the last was heavily soul-oriented) have turned up on CD in the '90s from the Repertoire label.

The group's sound on records was centered on covers of Motown songs ("Beechwood 4-5789"), current U.S. hits ("Message to Martha," an adaptation of the Dionne Warwick hit "Message to Michael"), U.K. hits ("The Crying Game," which actually managed to chart in Texas during 1965), blues ("Good Morning Little Schoolgirl"), plus some forays into pop-jazz ("Wade in the Water"), some of which were released in America, once the possibility of finding an audience in the U.S. was understood. Until the reissue of the three German albums, they were represented best on Oriole's two-volume LP series This Is Merseybeat, doing a cover of Little Eva's "Locomotion" follow-up, "Let's Turkey Trot," on the first volume, and, on the second, George Gershwin's "It Ain't Necessarily So." Apart from the excellent "Wade in the Water," which stood on its own terms. They broke up in 1967 when Edwards shut down the group to return to England when his wife became ill.

Ian & The Zodiacs , Denny Seyton & The Sabres

Denny Seyton & the Sabres were one of the more promising Liverpool-based bands that never made it, despite getting as far as charting a single, "The Way You Look Tonight," in 1964. Denny Seyton (real name Brian Tarr) was their founder and lead singer, and their most important lineup -- which went through several transitions leading up to that point -- featured songwriter Lally Stott on lead guitar, Mike Logan on organ, John Boyle on bass, and Eden Kane alumnus Dave Saxon on drums. Their sound was R&B-based, and some accounts of their early stage sound compare them to the Rolling Stones. They were signed to Mercury Records' U.K. division (making them sort of the distant musical precursors to Dexy's Midnight Runners), but soon after they began to add harmonies and incorporate pop influences into their work, to emulate the successful sounds of the Beatles, the Searchers, Gerry & the Pacemakers, et al. Denny Seyton & the Sabres played a lot of shows in Hamburg and were regular denizens of the Star-Club circuit, and despite some idiosyncrasies (including recollections of eccentric behavior by Stott), had a dedicated following and seemed to hold a lot of potential. Their first Mercury release, "Tricky Dicky" b/w "Baby What You Want Me to Do," and their second, "Short Fat Fannie" b/w "Give Me Back My Heart," never charted, but their third, "The Way You Look Tonight," was a minor hit, reaching number 48 in England. That taste of success would prove to be fleeting, however, and was never repeated -- they left Mercury for Parlophone (signed as the more contemporary-sounding Denny Seyton Group) later in 1964 and saw no action with "Just a Kiss" b/w "In the Flowers by the Trees." Mercury issued an LP, It's the Gear, comprised of covers of contemporary hits, in 1965 -- that record, a choice collector's piece as of 2003, also failed to chart, and that was the last heard from the group, apart from appearances on compilations such as Mersey Beat 1962-1964 in the 1980s and 2003's Unearthed Merseybeat, the latter offering a superb, thumping cover of "House of Bamboo" and a raucous version of "I'm Gonna Love You Too."



Ian &The Zodiacs -RARITIES !!! & The Koppykats Recordings (1965)

Ian &The Zodiacs -RARITIES !!! & The Koppykats Recordings  (1965)



Ian and the Zodiacs had one of the longest histories of any band working in Liverpool, which makes their utter obscurity in that city even more of a puzzle, considering that they had a cool name and played r&b well enough to become stars in Germany. The band's roots go back to the Zodiacs, a trad-jazz (i.e. Dixieland) outfit formed in 1958 as a sextet that included future Fourmost drummer Dave Lovelady-they switched to rock 'n roll soon after.

The original Zodiacs stayed intact thru the spring of 1960, when lead guitarist Pete Pimlett exited and Ian Edwards, late of the Deltones (who attended the same school as the Zodiacs) came aboard, along with Charlie Flynn... Read More..
...It was in 1964 that, after years of languishing in obscurity in Liverpool, the band went to Germany and became major stars-they were supposed to stay for a few weeks and didn't really leave for three years. Their line-up was still a bit fluid, with ex-Lee Curtis All-Stars drummer Joe Walsh eventually settling in, until he left, and Wallace and Flynn exited for the Connoiseurs, to be replaced by Arthur Ashton (lead guitar), Freddie Smith (drums), and Tony Coates (bass). By that time, the group had cut three LPs (that's one more than Gerry & the Pacemakers, who'd topped the charts in England, got to do) that were released exclusively in Germany on the Star Club label, which was part of Polygram, and two albums of Beatles covers issued under the name the Koppykats....
Left to right:

Charlie Flynn - Bass/Vocals
Pete Wallace - Lead Guitar
Geoff Bamford - Drums
Ian Edwards - Guitar/Vocals

The Swinging Blue Jeans

The Swinging Blue Jeans

The Swinging Blue Jeans




Although they're only remembered today for their 1964 hit "Hippy Hippy Shake," which charted on both sides of the Atlantic -- the Swinging Blue Jeans were actually one of the strongest of the Liverpool bands from the '60s British Invasion; and, indeed, the Blue Jeans' earliest incarnation goes back about as far as the roots of the Beatles as the Quarry Men. "Hippy Hippy Shake" -- a cover of an obscure '50s rocker that was actually done much better by the Beatles on tapes of their BBC performances -- was their only Top 30 entry in the U.S.. But the band enjoyed some other major and minor hits in the U.K., including a top-notch Merseyization of Betty Everett's (and later Linda Ronstadt's) "You're No Good," which they took into the British Top Five in 1964.

The group's origins go back to 1957, when singer/guitarist Ray Ennis decided to form a band. The result was a skiffle sextet called "the Bluegenes" -- the latter a misspelling of "blue jeans" that remained unchanged for a couple of years. Surprisingly, Ennis had already played rock & roll, but -- in a manner the opposite of many other young musicians of the time -- he regarded skiffle as an advancement; equally surprisingly, given their later work, the Bluegenes were heavily jazz influenced, and stayed away from trying to cover songs associated with Elvis Presley and other American rock & rollers, preferring instead to try and emulate the horn and sax parts that they heard on their guitars. The skiffle group lineup also included Bruce McCaskill on guitar and vocals, Tommy Hughes on banjo, Norman Kuhlke on washboard, and Spud Ward on oil drum bass. Ralph Ellis later joined on guitar, and Ward subsequently moved over to Rory Storm's band, and eventually Les Braid took over the bassist spot. Hughes and McCaskill later left, the former for the army and the latter over personal disagreements, replaced by Johnny Carter and Paul Moss, respectively. By 1962, they were working full-time and playing the same venues in Liverpool as rival bands such as the Beatles, Gerry & the Pacemakers et al, and also performed for the first time at the Star Club in Hamburg late in the year. But amazingly, they were still playing jazz-based skiffle, and had even done some unsuccessful record company auditions working in that musical genre. They saw no reason to change until the German audiences, not as tolerant of skiffle music as Merseyside listeners at the Cavern had been, booed them off the stage. At that point, seemingly in the blink of an eye, they switched to rock & roll, trading in their acoustic instruments for their electric equivalents. And in that guise -- and a name change to the Swinging Blue Jeans, they not only won over German audiences but earned a coveted recording contract with EMI's HMV imprint, under producer Walter J. Ridley (who handled such diverse talents -- and not too well, by some accounts -- as Johnny Kidd & the Pirates and Alma Cogan). With the departure of banjo player Paul Moss soon after, they were left as a quartet comprised of Ray Ennis (rhythm guitar, vocals), Les Braid (bass, keyboards), Ralph Ellis (lead guitar), and Norman Kuhlke (drums). They made their recording debut -- still as a quintet -- with a Ray Ennis original, "It's Too Late Now," which made the British Top 30. Their second single, "Do You Know," released in the fall of 1963, failed to sell, but in December of that year they broke through to stardom in with their rendition of "Hippy Hippy Shake." They rode that record's success all the way to the number two chart spot in England, right behind the Dave Clark Five's "Glad All Over," and earned a place on the first-ever broadcast of Top of the Pops in the bargain.

Their follow-up single, "Good Golly Miss Molly," released in March of that year, charted in England at number 11. And "You're No Good" followed two months later, and soared to number three in the U.K.. That string of successes led to a good debut album called Blue Jeans A' Swinging, issued in July of 1964. They were only to enjoy one more charting single, a rendition of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David-authored "Don't Make Me Over," which only reached number 31 in 1965. Ralph Ellis -- who, with Ray Ennis was one of the two songwriters in the group -- left early in the following year, and was succeeded by Terry Sylvester, who had previously played with the Escorts. The band carried on for a couple of more years, but, like most early-'60s Liverpool outfits, the Blue Jeans' career rapidly lost momentum as the '60s progressed. As with most other Liverpool bands of the period, they were masters of that particular brand of rhythm-heavy rock & roll known as Merseybeat, but like most of their compatriots -- and the Beatles were the notable exception -- they were unable or unwilling to let their music evolve into new forms and directions.

By 1965 their string of hits was over, though their chart success in America (and elsewhere) with "Hippy Hippy Shake" did give them a higher international profile than all but a handful of Merseybeat bands. Ennis and Ellis had written some catchy and energetic, if slightly sappy, originals in the purest Merseybeat style. And while it doesn't add up to an enduring legacy, there's a lot to be said for the naive energy of the best of their early tunes, and they did hang on quite effectively until 1968, remaking themselves as more of a harmony group in the process. Terry Sylvester left that year to join the Hollies, succeeding Graham Nash in the latter group, but the Swinging Blue Jeans soldiered on, right into the early 1970s. Ennis and Braid stayed on in the core of the band, amid myriad personnel changes, and kept them going for years after that. The group essentially became an oldies act, their playing and recordings mostly consisting of remakes of their '60s hits. Braid passed away in 2005, but a version of the band featuring Ennis was still playing in the 21st century.



The Swinging Blue Jeans

The Swinging Blue Jeans Complete - Part1

LP 1964 Blue Jeans A Swinging
1 - Ol' Man Mose
2 - Save The Last Dance For Me
3 - That's The Way It Goes
4 - Around And Around
5 - It's All Over Now
6 - Long Tall Sally
7 - Lawdy Miss Clawdy
8 - Some Sweet Day
9 - It's So Right
10 - Don't It Make You Feel Good
11 - All I Want Is You
12 - Tutti Frutti
LP 1965 Hippy Hippy Shake US
13 - Wasting Time

LP 1965 Shakin' Time
14 - Hippy Hippy Shake
15 - Now I Must Go
16 - Shaking Feeling
17 - You're No Good
18 - Good Golly Miss Molly
19 - Don't You Worry About Me
20 - Shake, Rattle And Roll
21 - Too Late Now
22 - Think Of Me
23 - Shakin' All Over
24 - Do You Know
25 - Angie



The Swinging Blue Jeans

The Swinging Blue Jeans Complete - Part2

LP 1965 Live aus dem Cascade Beat Club in Kцln
1 - Kansas City
2 - Johnny Be Good
3 - Tutti Frutti
4 - Eight Days A Week
5 - Chug A Lug
6 - I've Got A Girl
7 - King Of The Road
8 - Long Tall Sally
9 - Good Golly Miss Molly
10 - In The Mood
11 - Das ist prima
LP 1966 Don't Make Me Over
12 - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry
13 - Gotta Draw The Line
14 - I'm Gonna Have You
15 - I Don't Belive It
16 - Nobody But Me
17 - You Don't Love Me
18 - I Want Love
19 - Jump Back
20 - Chug A Lug
21 - This Boy
22 - Do You Believe In Magic
23 - Don't Make Me Over



The Swinging Blue Jeans

The Swinging Blue Jeans Complete - Part3

Lp 1976 Hippy Hippy Shake  Bellaphon
1 - 1976 Hippy Hippy Shake
2 - Hippy Hippy Shake
3 - Bad Moon Rising
4 - If I Were A Carpenter
5 - Good Golly Miss Molly
6 - Radancer
7 - Blowin' In The Wind
8 - Long Tall Sally
9 - Cottonfields
10 - Lawdy Miss Clawdy
11 - Bony Maronie
12 - You're No Good
13 - Summertime Blues

LP 1974 Brand New And Faded  Telefunken / Dart
14 - Boomerang
15 - Rainbow Morning
16 - Sweet Louise
17 - Baby Mine
18 - Ring Ring
19 - Dancin'
20 - Hippy Hippy Shake
21 - Long Tall Sally
22 - Good Golly Miss Molly
23 - Cottonfields
24 - Don't Make Me Over
25 - You're No Good
26 - Hippy Hippy Shake

Sg Hansa International
27 - Dancing
28 - (Love machine) I Like It Mean


The Swinging Blue Jeans


The Swinging Blue Jeans Complete - Part4

LP 1987 Hippy Hippy Shake  RCA / Karussell
1 - Hippy Hippy Shake
2 - Good Golly Miss Molly
3 - Bonie Maroni
4 - Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
5 - You Win Again
6 - I'm An Old Rock'n Roller
7 - Still The One
8 - Tonight's The Night
9 - Higher Than A Kite
10 - Banging My Head
11 - Angel
12 - I Like It Mean
13 - Party
14 - Whole Lotta Trouble


The Swinging Blue Jeans


The Swinging Blue Jeans Complete - Part5
Sg's
01 01 a It's too late now
02 01 b Think of me
03 02 a Do You Know
04 02 b Angie
05 03 a Hippy Hippy Shake
06 03 b Now I Must Go
07 04 a Good Golly Miss Molly
08 04 b Shakin' Feelin'
09 05 a Good Golly Miss Molly (german Vocals)
10 05 b Das ist prima
11 06 a You're No Good
12 06 b Don't You Worry About Me
13 07 a Promise You'll Tell Her
14 07 b It's So Right
15 08 a It Isn't There
16 08 b One Of These Days
17 09 a Tutti Frutti (german vocals)
18 09 b Das ist vorbei
19 10 a Make Me Know You're Mine
20 10 b I've Got A Girl
21 11 a Crazy 'Bout My Baby
22 11 b Good Lovin'
23 12 a Don't Make Me Over
24 12 b What Can I Do Today
25 13 a Sandy  
LP 4 13 b I'm Gonna Have You
26 14 a Rumours, Gossip, Words Untrue
27 14 b Now the summer's gone
28 15 a Tremblin  
29 15 b Something's Coming Along
30 16 a Don't Go Out Into The Rain
31 16 b One Woman Man
32 17 a What Have They Done To Hazel
33 17 b Now That You've Got Me (You Don't Seem To Want Me)
34 18 a Sandfly   
35 18 b Hey Mrs Housewife



The Swinging Blue Jeans


The Swinging Blue Jeans Complete - Part6

rarities
stereo + diffr. mix + unreleased (#)
1 - Ol' Man Mose  #
2 - It's too late now  #
3 - Three Little Fishes  #
4 - Hippy Hippy Shake 
5 - Dizzy Miss Lizzy  #
6 - Shakin' Feelin' diff. mix  
7 - Good Golly Miss Molly (German Vocals)
8 - Das ist prima
9 - You're No Good  diff. mix
10 - Shakin' All Over  diff mix
11 - Promise You'll Tell Her  
12 - It Isn't There  
13 - One Of These Days  
14 - Tutti Frutti (german vocals)
15 - Das ist vorbei
16 - You've Got Love  #
17 - You've Got Love  #
18 - Dizzy Chimes  #
19 - Make Me Know You're Mine
20 - I've Got A Girl 
21 - Get Rid Of Her #
22 - I'ts True  #
23 - Lovey Dovey  #
24 - Reddy Teddy #
25 - Don't Make Me Over  diffr. mix
26 - What Can I Do Today 
27 - Now That You've Got Me (You Don't Seem Th Want Me) vers1
28 - It's In Her Kiss  #
29 - You'd Better Stop  #
30 - Our Day Will Come  #
31 - You're Welcome To My Heart vers1
32 - I Wanna Be There  #
33 - Anyway #
34 - You're Welcome To My Heart vers2
35 - I Made A Mistake  #
36 - Master John (The Preacher Son) #
37 - (Sydney) Gotta Draw The Line #
38 - It's Alright  #
39 - Painting The Day #
40 - Big City #
41 - Summer Comes Sunday #






The Swinging Blue Jeans

The Swinging Blue Jeans

The Lollipops - The Complete Recordings 1963-1967 (plus 1968 GB Singles)




From The Danish Sixties Rock and Pop

Lollipops Torben Lundgren and his brother Jørgen Lundgren, started The Lollipops at a ... teenagecontest, with their cousin Poul Petersen. First the group was called "The Lollipops", later "Lollipops ... " and after a long break, The New Lollipops.
HENRIK THRANE LUND, born 13 June 1950 in Copenhagen.
JØRGEN CARL LUNDGREEN born 15 April 1951 in Copenhagen.
TORBEN CARL LUNDGREEN born 21 January 1950.




The Lollipops - The Complete Recordings 1963-1967  (plus 1968 GB Singles)


CD 1

01 - The Lollipops - Lollipop Lips 
02 - The Lollipops - Movin' The Shoes 
03 - The Lollipops - Hey Sing Dey Dee Doo Daa 
04 - The Lollipops - Shakin' All Over 
05 - The Lollipops - Do You Know 
06 - The Lollipops - There Was A Time 
07 - The Lollipops - Lollipops Shake 
08 - The Lollipops - Look At This Boy 
09 - The Lollipops - Lollipops Boogie 
10 - The Lollipops - Speedy Gonzales 
11 - The Lollipops - Birthday Party 
12 - The Lollipops - All My Loving 
13 - The Lollipops - Little Bad Boy 
14 - The Lollipops - Don't Matter What You Do 
15 - The Lollipops - Oh Girl 
16 - The Lollipops - I Love Her So 
17 - The Lollipops - It Took A Long Time 
18 - The Lollipops - Look Up At The Stars 
19 - The Lollipops - I've Got A Girl 
20 - The Lollipops - So Blue 
21 - The Lollipops - All I've Got To Say 
22 - The Lollipops - Two Chips And One Fish 
23 - The Lollipops - Are You Lonesome Just Like Me 
24 - The Lollipops - I Want Her Back 
25 - The Lollipops - The Boy Whith Freckles And Red Hair 
26 - The Lollipops - Lucky Guy 
27 - The Lollipops - Nobody 
28 - The Lollipops - I'll Stay By Your Side 
29 - The Lollipops - That's All 
30 - The Lollipops - I See It Now 
31 - The Lollipops - Words Ain't Enough 
32 - The Lollipops - Who Cares About Me 
33 - The Lollipops - Why Fly The Birds 
34 - The Lollipops - Keep On Waiting 
35 - The Lollipops - So Many Things To Tell You 

CD 2 
01 - The Lollipops - What I'd Say 
02 - The Lollipops - Naked When You Came 
03 - The Lollipops - Little Cat Lost 
04 - The Lollipops - Another Girl 
05 - The Lollipops - I'm So Sad 
06 - The Lollipops - A Change Has Got To Come 
07 - The Lollipops - Run Run Run 
08 - The Lollipops - Put You On The Chart 
09 - The Lollipops - Summer 
10 - The Lollipops - Once Again 
11 - The Lollipops - I'm A Flop 
12 - The Lollipops - I Need 
13 - The Lollipops - Fisherman 
14 - The Lollipops - You Don't Have To Go 
15 - The Lollipops - Rub Down 
16 - The Lollipops - Fun To Be A Man 
17 - The Lollipops - Swing And Sway 
18 - The Lollipops - I Can't Live Without Your Loving 
19 - The Lollipops - Stop (Before You Break My Heart) 
20 - The Lollipops - Lies 
21 - The Lollipops - Sussy Moore 
22 - The Lollipops - Love Is A Game For Two 
23 - The Lollipops - I Feel The Sun Up There 
24 - The Lollipops - Love Me Love Me 
25 - The Lollipops - Ha Ha Ha Hee Hee Hee 
26 - The Lollipops - Marry Her Tonight 
27 - The Lollipops - A Freight Train To Boston 
28 - The Lollipops - Your Eyes Are Shining 
29 - The Lollipops - Good Times Baby 
30 - The Lollipops - On My Way 







The Bogies & The Saints

The Bogies  & The Saints





 1. BOGIES - The Breze And I 3'17
2. BOGIES - Endles Sleep 2'13
3. BOGIES - Lotta Lovin 2'12
4. BOGIES - Galopping Gordons 2'47
5. BOGIES - Sugar And Spice 2'16
6. BOGIES - Ballad Of A Black Baa 3'5
7. BOGIES - Don't Think Twice 3'46
8. BOGIES - Ceveza 2'30
9. BOGIES - Summertime Blues 2'2
10. BOGIES - It's So Easy 2'2
11. BOGIES - Theme For Procrastination 3'34
12. BOGIES - I Like It 2'14
13. BOGIES - Do You Want To Know A Secret 2'13
14. BOGIES - Happy Days And Lonely Nights 2'54
15. SAINTS - Bristol Express 2'32
16. SAINTS - Memphis Tennessee 2'10
17. SAINTS - I'm A Hog For You 2'18
18. SAINTS - Detour 2'1
19. SAINTS - I Can Tell 3'30
20. SAINTS - Find Me A Golden Street 3'0
21. SAINTS - A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues 2'14
22. SAINTS - Keep A Knocking 1'51
23. SAINTS - Sandstorm 2'19
24. SAINTS - Manhа De Carnaval 2'47
25. SAINTS - Brown Eyed Handsome Man 1'55
26. SAINTS - Donna 3'21
27. SAINTS - The Stranger 2'41
28. SAINTS - I'm Looking For A Woman 2'6
29. SAINTS - Sweet Little Sixteen 2'35 

The Bogies  & The Saints


The Bogies  & The Saints



Los 007 & Conexion No. 5 - Los 007 & Conexion No. 5

Los 007 & Conexion No. 5 - Los 007 & Conexion No. 5

Los 007

Peruvian band, not to be confused with the Venezuelian combo Los 007 

Peruvian band, not to be confused with the Venezuelian combo Los 007 

Sometimes, when they talk about Peruvian rock, they mistakenly believe that it had its beginnings only in the 80s, even some who think they are connoisseurs put it as the 70's, the year that the rock generation begins in Peru. But it is actually at the beginning of the 60's when many groups began little by little to be carried away by the impulse of many British bands (here in Peru, Elvis Presley was not so emulated) and they started that new generation of rockers. Many of these bands leave us very good LP's or 45's, which sometimes end up forgotten, or only remembered by some relatives with a few years on top. And that happens to me. My mother, a fan of the old "matinales", had the pleasure of seeing these new groups, with their new styles and rhythms, and ended up unintentionally instilling their music that I remember to this day. And I could mention many groups, including one already mentioned in this blog such as "Los Saicos", "Los Dolton's", Los Silverston's "and the list goes on forever. But I can't deny that when I started listening to Sixties groups, the one that caught my attention quickly were "Los 007". Not to be confused with "Los 007" from Venenzuela, which also had success almost at the same time. This quintet was formed in Lima in 1966, and its members they were:

VLADI CHACON: Voice and Lead Guitar
MARCO RODRIGUES: Electronic Bass
ENRIQUE PALACIOS: Second Guitar
CARLOS SERRA: Drums
OCTAVIO FIGUEROA: Electronic organ

At the end of the 60s (1968), they began to use tambourine and bongo in their compositions, which differentiated them from the groups of that time, and opened the way for new creations. Unfortunately, due to the political situation, rock from the first half of the seventies happened to be crossed out as alienated and "gringa" music, and several bands had to stop playing; and "Los 007" were no exception. They withdrew in the early 1970s, due to the military government of General Velazco Alvarado.

Happily, among his recordings, we can hear from his LP "Nuevo Estilo" songs like "Te amo mi Nena", "Mi Segunda Lagrima" or this one, the one that struck me, and I sincerely liked him, both for his psychedelic style. and that delicious rhythm of a lilting ballad: "I can't find you" (1967) fourth song on side A, it is for me, one of her best compositions, and that's why I decided for her for this entry. So I hope to share with you this little gem of rock from the 60s in Peru, a little gem that you don't hear every day.


Conexion No. 5 

Carlos Bisso: Voice
Marcelo Trull: Guitar
Raul 'Cuervo' Tortora: Drums
Mario Ricciardelli: Keyboard
Ruben Blanco: Low

With his neatly slicked black hair, his leather jacket and his enigmatic black gloves, Carlos Bisso burst onto the Buenos Aires scene in the late 1960s. His band Conexion Numero Cinco, through which the great Roberto "Pappo" Napolitano had a brief stint, debuted in 1969 and was characterized by its instrumental quality and the elaboration of the arrangements. The initial line-up was made up of Carlos Bisso on voice, Raúl 'Cuervo' Tortora (drums), Marcelo Trull (guitar), Mario Ricciardelli (keyboard) and Ruben Blanco (bass). After the recording of this first album, Bisso separated in 1970 to continue with his own band, Carlos Bisso and his Conexion No. 5, while the original continued with Amadeo Alvarez as vocalist. Bisso, who was an excellent singer, from serious and deep timbre, was roundly rejected by the public of rock when appearing next to the band of Alchourron "Canto y Clarificacion". Obviously he was considered a representative of "commercial music", which for a certain sector of the public had no possibilities of evolving in his proposal.
As part of his record production, there were numerous single discs and three albums with different formations and similar titles: Connection number 5, Carlos Bisso with his Connection number 5 and Carlos Bisso and his Connection number 5. Several of his songs appeared in the musical ranking. Argentine for several weeks, among others Sing Sing Barbara, Dong Dong Diki Diki Dong, Venus and Orgullosa Mary.
In 1970 Carlos Bisso was declared the winner at the First Festival of the Argentine Song for the World, organized by RCA and CBS at Luna Park, with the theme "How Difficult is Living Whole".
The singer's career also includes a brief passage through the cinema, as an actor. In 1971 he had a leading role in "The Good Feelings, by Bernardo Borenholtz, months later he would suffer a car crash that took him between life and death, but from which he quickly recovered.
He died at the age of 63, in 2005, at his home in the Buenos Aires district of Tigre.

Los 007 & Conexion No. 5 - Los 007 & Conexion No. 5




 

Plattform 6 & The Kynd - Colours & Shy Girl

Plattform 6 & The Kynd - Colours & Shy Girl


Platform 6 

Keith Taylor – vocals
Gary Smith – vocals
Jack Mouton – guitar
Mike Nosworthy – Farfisa organ
Hennie Botha – bass
Jan Labuschagne – drums

South African band from Vereeniging, formed in 1966 by Hennie Botha (bass) and Mike Nosworthy (keyboards). In March of that year they were joined by Keith Taylor (vocals), Pierre Odendaal (lead guitar) and Jan Labuschagne (drums). Being unable to find regular gigs in the Vereeniging / Vanderbijl Park area, they started performing in and around Johannesburg on a regular basis. When this album was recorded, the band members were: Keith Taylor (vocals); Gary Smith (vocals); Jack Mouton (guitar); Mike Nosworthy (farfisa); Hennie Botha (bass); Jan Labuschagne (drums). The band was together until early 1970 when Keith decided to return to the U.K. and Pierre decided to go solo. Jan got married and quit the band, leaving only Hennie and Mike (again). Subsequently the band was augmented with George Cellier (lead vocals), Hans von Burg (trumpet) and Innes van Niekerk (drums). The band then seemed to “gel” together well, and started recording and appearing on TV regularly. They also travelled locally and abroad for functions. In 1980 Piet Strydom (sax) joined the band and was soon followed by Ramona Marais, who joined the band as an additional vocalist. All the members of the group sang harmonies and a few of them played more than one instrument. They cut a number of 7” singles, of which “Woogie Boogie” was the most successful. It reached #3 on the South African Top 20 in 1976, charting for 12 weeks. The band eventually split in 1983.

The Kynd 

Aidan Mason – lead guitar, keyboards
Malcolm Wyman – rhythym guitar
Neil Williams – bass guitar
Kevin Krüger – drums

South African band formed in East London in 1964.

They released their first single, “Shy Girl” (written by Kevin Kruger), in 1966. It reached #17 on the South African Top 20, charting for 2 weeks, and later that year they released an album with the same title. They broke up in 1966.

Aidan "Dooley" Mason, who was only 14 years of age in 1966, went on to play in other South African bands, including Tidal Wave and Music Corporation, before moving to Canada where he backed famous artists such as Anne Murray and Gordon Lightfoot. He briefly returned to South Africa in 1978 to fill in for Trevor Rabin in Rabbitt.

Kevin Kruger, who wrote two songs on the album “Shy Girl”, went on to play in well-known South African bands, including Backtrax, Dickory, Foxy, Fuzz, Gentle People, Julian Laxton Band, Kariba and Music Corporation. Together with Dan Hill he also produced the very popular group, Hot RS.

Plattform 6 & The Kynd - Colours & Shy Girl



 

Los 007 - Vuelven Los 007 & Su Nuevo Estilo

Los 007 - Vuelven Los 007 & Su Nuevo Estilo

 

The 007 were formed in 1965 in Caracas, Venezuela
First training: José Galparsoro, guitar and voice; Guillermo Berincua, guitar and voice; Javier Atance, bass and voice; Manolo Álvarez, drums and voice and Jorge Chapellín Bello, solo voice.
Other members: Oswaldo De La Rosa, Germán Suárez, Manolo Reyes, Constantino Bertomy (Costa), Eddy Kings, Frank Rojas, Andres Trigo.

Los 007 - Vuelven Los 007 & Su Nuevo Estilo

David Clayton Thomas&The Shays - A Go-Go&Sings Like It Is (1964-1965)

David Clayton Thomas&The Shays - A Go-Go&Sings Like It Is (1964-1965)


The lead singer for Blood, Sweat & Tears' first four albums was born in Toronto in 1941. David Clayton-Thomas began his musical career at age 23 in the Shays. They became the Bossmen in 1965 and released "Brainwashed" in 1966. While singing in BS&T from 1968 to 1972, he began a solo career, releasing self-titled albums for Decca (1969), Columbia (1972) and RCA (1973). With Clayton-Thomas, a re-formed version of Blood, Sweat & Tears appeared in 1980, signed to MCA and released Nuclear Blues


David Clayton Thomas&The Shays - A Go-Go&Sings Like It Is (1964-1965)


Ian & The Zodiacs , Denny Seyton & The SabresIan &The Zodiacs -RARITIES !!! & The Koppykats Recordings  (1965)The Swinging Blue Jeans The Lollipops - The Complete Recordings 1963-1967  (plus 1968 GB Singles)David Clayton Thomas&The Shays - A Go-Go&Sings Like It Is (1964-1965)

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