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VA - The Boat That Rocked (OST) 2009



The Boat That Rocked (retitled Pirate Radio in North America, Good Morning England in France, Radio Rock Revolution in Germany, and I Love Radio Rock in Italy)  is a 2009 British comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis, with pirate radio in the United Kingdom during the 1960s as its setting. The film has an ensemble cast featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, and Kenneth Branagh. Set in 1966, it tells the story of the fictitious pirate radio station "Radio Rock" and its crew of eclectic disc jockeys, who broadcast rock and pop music to the United Kingdom from a ship anchored in the North Sea while the British government endeavours to shut them down. It was produced by Working Title Films for Universal Pictures, and was filmed on the Isle of Portland and at Shepperton Studios.

After the world premiere in London's Leicester Square on 29 March 2009,[4] the film was released in United Kingdom and Ireland on 1 April 2009. It was a commercial failure at the British box office, making only US$10.1 million in its first three months, just a fifth of its US$50 million production cost. It received mixed reviews, with most criticism directed at its muddled storyline and 2¼-hour length. For its North American release the film had its running time cut by 20 minutes, and was retitled Pirate Radio. Opening 13 November 2009, it was still commercially unsuccessful in the US, earning only US$8 million. When the worldwide theatrical run was finished in January 2010, the film had grossed US$36.3 million.








Ronnie Hawkins And The Hawks - The Roulette Years

Ronnie Hawkins And The Hawks - The Roulette Years

Ronnie Hawkins is a rockabilly singer who formed his original backing band, the Hawks, while attending the University of Arkansas. After auditioning unsuccessfully for Sun in 1957, he started working regularly in Canada the following year, eventually taking up permanent residence there. After one release on the Canadian Quality label, he signed with Roulette in New York in 1959, having hits with "Forty Days" and "Mary Lou." The live fervor of Hawkins (known as Mr. Dynamo) and the Hawks' show continued in Canada after all the original members except Levon Helm headed back to the U.S. Hawkins quickly hired Canadian players Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko, and Richard Manuel as the new Hawks. They stayed with him until 1963, but later became Bob Dylan's backing group and went on to a career of their own as the Band. Hawkins has remained a legend in Canada, recording unrepentant rockabilly sides and gigging constantly. He's still the original Mr. Dynamo, capable of shaking the walls down any old time he feels like it.

Ronnie Hawkins And The Hawks - The Roulette Years

This 57-track double-CD set seems like a no-brainer -- get almost all of Ronnie Hawkins' rock & roll recordings in one place. The packaging here is good, thoughtful, and legitimate, but could also be a little misleading to those who are buying this expecting to hear a lot of early work by the musicians who later became the Band -- Levon Helm was aboard on drums from the Hawks' first official recordings, but the remainder didn't begin arriving on the scene until almost two years later; they're only on hand more than one or two at a time for less than half of what's here.


Additionally, taken on its own terms, this is about as solid a rock & roll collection by a single white artist from this period as you're going to find -- in 1959-1960, as Elvis Presley, et al. were generally softening their sounds, Ronnie Hawkins was staying a true rock & roller. The alternate takes and demos featured here are about as worthwhile as any of Hawkins' hits, and the quality of everything about this set makes it practically scream to be purchased -- the detailed notes, the complete sessionography, the bright, clean yet raunchy sound on the masters. A straight, enjoyable (and probably revelatory to some) rock & roll document, Sequel deserves an award for this release -- only Bear Family does it better, and this is a lot cheaper than one of their double CDs.

Ronnie Hawkins And The Hawks - The Roulette Years


Marion Ryan - Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)

Marion Ryan -  Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)


Marion Ryan was born in Middlesbrough, Cleveland, UK in 1931. As a professional singer she worked with the Ray Ellington orchestra which springboarded her recording career. She had a good singing voice and was capable of a wide rage of styles. Her glamous good looks earned her the title "the Marilyn Monroe of popular song," but despite her popularity her recording career was mediocre. She did have one UK Top Five hit with 'Love ne forever' (1958).

Marion Ryan -  Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)


Marion moved into television where she appeared as the resident singer in Granada's 'Spot that tune' (1957-1963). Her outgoing personality won the viewers heart and she even had modest success on US TV. Marion married American showbusiness millionaire, Harold Davidson and when public tastes changed she quietly retired from showbusiness. 

She had identical twin sons, Paul and Barry (born 1948) from her previous marriage . The boys took their mother's name (prevously Sapherson) and started singing professionaly,

Marion Ryan -  Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)

Marion Ryan passed away aged 68 in 1999.

Best before the beat

Marion Ryan was a leading British pop singer of the 1950s. Her glamorous appearance and bright, Americanised vocal style made her a star of stage, records and television in the years between rock 'n' roll and the advent of the Beatles, which changed the face of pop music.
She was born Marion Sapherson in Leeds and changed her name to Ryan when she became a professional singer. She first came to prominence in the mid-1950s with the Ray Ellington Quartet, whose leader had featured regularly on the Goon Show and who had based his style on such American artists as Louis Prima and Louis Jordan.

With the Ellington group, Ryan made many BBC radio broadcasts, and subsequently hosted a television show, Swing Along, in the early years of ITV. By now established as a solo artist, she starred in variety shows such as Music For The Millions, which toured Bournemouth, Margate, Southsea, Llandudno and other seaside resorts in 1958 with a cast including Jimmy Young and Ryan's friend Alma Cogan.

The lack of young British women singers during this period (compared to the pre-Beatles pop era in the United States), and the fact that both Ryan and Cogan were perceived as glamorous in much the same way as the Rank starlets, meant that press publicity tended towards portraying them as rivals.

Boosted by the appeal of publicity shots, taken by the leading show business photographer Harry Hammond and others, Ryan was sometimes billed in captions as 'Britain's answer to Marilyn Monroe'. In keeping with the image, she appeared in the film musical It's All Happening, duetting with Tommy Steele, and also took part in the 1960 Royal Variety Performance.

Marion Ryan -  Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)

Marion Ryan -  Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)

From 1956 Marion Ryan recorded for the Pye Nixa label. This was an era when British singers mostly came up with domestic versions of hit songs already made famous in America, and Ryan made her fair share of such cover versions. Among these were rendition.. More :

Marion Ryan -  Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)

Duane Eddy - Especially for You/Girls! Girls! Girls!

Duane Eddy - Especially for You/Girls! Girls! Girls!


Guitarist with a distinctive "twangy" sound (his own description). Born in Corning, NY, on April 28, 1938, he was one of the foremost instrumental performers of the late 50s and early 60s with a string of hits on both sides of the Atlantic.


Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 (Performer). 
 
Germany's Bear Family label released Duane Eddy's original Jamie albums as a series of two-fers in addition to compiling his complete Jamie recordings in a box set, Twangin' from Phoenix to L.A. Especially for You/Girls! Girls! Girls! is one of the two-fers, compiling two albums from 1959-1961 with the addition of one bonus track. All of Bear Family's Jamie reissues are now out of print, but they remain the definitive sources for Eddy's Jamie material, mastered in stereo from the original session tapes, with a couple of exceptions: "Tuxedo Junction" is presented in both mono and stereo versions because they have different saxophone overdubs, and "Yep!" appears in mono because the original master tape was never mixed to stereo. Especially for You is an atypical Eddy album in that it frequently eschews Eddy's trademark twangy guitar sound for a wild variety of styles, from the Les Paul homage of "Lover" to the jazzy "Quiniela." The western tune "Along the Navajo Trail" adds to the sense of rampant diversity, while the more characteristic "Peter Gunn" and "Yep!" are the album's moderate hit singles. Girls! Girls! Girls! is a thematic album of tunes with girls' names in the titles, and the album cover pictures Eddy with Brenda Lee and Annette Funicello. "Brenda" is an instrumental medley of Brenda Lee's hits, and many of the originals seem to reference current stars of song and screen, from Annette Funicello ("Annette") and Connie Francis ("Connie") to Tuesday Weld ("Tuesday"). The handful of covers, such as "Sioux City Sue" and Pérez Prado's "Patricia," fall in line with the album's formula. Unlike Especially for You, Girls! Girls! Girls! incorporates a mixed vocal chorus and sticks to Eddy's trademark sound with lots of twangy guitar and honking sax. His rendition of "Tammy" is particularly nice, exhibiting the melodic minimalism of Luther Perkins but in a pop context with strings. Girls! Girls! Girls! produced no hit singles, but is an enjoyable set that inexplicably was the lowest charting of Eddy's Jamie albums. 

Duane Eddy - Especially for You/Girls! Girls! Girls!

Terry Noland - To Terry Noland From Buddy Holly

Terry Noland - To Terry Noland From Buddy Holly
Terry Noland - To Terry Noland From Buddy Holly (SILVER RECORDS - LIMITED EDITION)

Terry Noland - To Terry Noland From Buddy Holly
 Of the assorted Texas rockabillies who plied their wares in Norman Petty's Clovis, NM, studio, the least heralded is Terry Noland. Much of this has to do with Noland jumping ship early in the ball game from Petty's direction to head to New York City with teen stardom waiting in the wings. He cut sides there with Tonight Show musical director Milton DeLugg swinging the baton and little else, jumping from the back-to-back West Texas rockabilly sound of "Ten Little Women" and the title cut to lightweight pop fluff like "Puppy Love," "Teenage Teardrops," and "Let Me Be Your Hero." That Noland (real name Terry Noland Church) adapted well to this watered-down approach -- even writing the majority of pop confections -- has certainly diminished his rockabilly credentials in the eyes of most hardcore collectors. This is regrettable, simply because Noland laid down some incredible sides during his quest for the diamond ring and the solid gold Cadillac. As is the case with many before and after him, his best stuff is also his earliest. But after jumping ship from Petty's Clovis rockabilly operation, his sound and style became increasingly watered down. After a few more singles and an album that went nowhere, Noland hung up his guitar. Returning back to Texas, he started dabbling in real estate, eventually moving to Oklahoma and becoming the largest and most successful land developer in that state.

Terry Noland - To Terry Noland From Buddy Holly


Ronnie Hawkins And The Hawks - Mr. Dynamo (1960)

Ronnie Hawkins And The Hawks - Mr. Dynamo (1960)


Ronnie Hawkins is a rockabilly singer who formed his original backing band, the Hawks, while attending the University of Arkansas. After auditioning unsuccessfully for Sun in 1957, he started working regularly in Canada the following year, eventually taking up permanent residence there. After one release on the Canadian Quality label, he signed with Roulette in New York in 1959, having hits with "Forty Days" and "Mary Lou." The live fervor of Hawkins (known as Mr. Dynamo) and the Hawks' show continued in Canada after all the original members except Levon Helm headed back to the U.S. Hawkins quickly hired Canadian players Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko, and Richard Manuel as the new Hawks. They stayed with him until 1963, but later became Bob Dylan's backing group and went on to a career of their own as the Band. Hawkins has remained a legend in Canada, recording unrepentant rockabilly sides and gigging constantly. He's still the original Mr. Dynamo, capable of shaking the walls down any old time he feels like it.
 
Ronnie Hawkins And The Hawks - Mr. Dynamo (1960)

VA - The Boat That Rocked (OST) 2009Ronnie Hawkins And The Hawks - The Roulette Years VA - Great British Instrumentals Of The 50's And 60's Marion Ryan -  Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)Duane Eddy - Especially for You/Girls! Girls! Girls! Terry Noland - To Terry Noland From Buddy Holly Ronnie Hawkins And The Hawks - Mr. Dynamo (1960)

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