Wayne’s Music 1st/2nd February 2014. More B sides from the hitmakers.
‘Moondreams’ Buddy Holly, with a posthumous release, which is a song recorded originally by Holly as part of the Norman Petty Trio in 1957
‘Since You Broke My Heart’ The Everly Brothers with the B-side of Let It Be
‘Je Sais Comment’ Edith Piaf with the B-side of her famous hit song in 1960 “Milord”. ‘Fractured’ Freddie Cannon with the flip side of his hit ‘Way Down Yonder In New Orleans’.
‘Please Understand’ Maureen Evans, the Welsh pop star in the early sixties, who opened her own Theatre School in Cardiff at the end of the 90s, but she shut it down three years ago to pursue other interests.
‘The Steady Game’ Michael Holiday with the Mike Sammes Singers and Norrie Paramor’s orchestra – the other side of the hit song “Satrry Eyed” …
‘Sweet Thing’ Billy Bland with a song credited to Jack Hammer, which turns out to be a pseudonym for the great Otis Blackwell who wrote “Great Balls Of Fire” and “All Shook Up” among many other hits.
‘Don’t be Mad At Me’ Cliff Richard and The Shadows with another forgotten song from the movie Expresso Bongo –
‘I’m Always Chasing Rainbows’ George Chakiris, the screen idol with a vaudeville favourite from 1918 based on a Chopin melody.
‘Running Gun’ Marty Robbins with the B side of the famous El Paso …
‘Wait Til You Hear It From me’ The Four Preps – Glen Larson and Bruce Belland wrote most of the Four preps’ material - with complex harmonies in the best doowop tradition
‘Anything You Wanna Do’ Anthony Newley in his pop music days, working with Johnny Gregory’s orchestra …
‘Mixed Emotions’ Anita Bryant with a classy number recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney and Chris Connor.
‘Mighty Good’ Ricky Nelson with a flip side that’s every bit as good as those making the charts in 1960.
‘Jimmie Brown The Newsboy’ Lonnie Donegan was a brilliant researcher of authentic folk and blues – and this is a shining example, a song from the early 30s written by A P carter and recorded by The carter Family.
‘Swinging On A Rainbow’ Frankie Avalon with a reasonable attempt at the jazz field.
‘It’s Better To have Loved And Lost’ Nat King Cole was not afraid to embrace the idioms of modern pop given his jazz and rhrythm and blues background.
‘The Reason’ Adam Faith with the backside of his hit single Poor me …
‘Acker’s Away’ Mr Acker Bilk and His Paramount Jazz Band .
Wayne’s Music Sunday 2 February 2014. Fabulous 1960 flip sides. PART ONE.
‘Any Place Is Paradise’ a forgotten number from the King from the “Strictly Elvis” EP – recorded in Hollywood in 1956 with his trusty touring band Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D J Fontana with Gordon Stoker of The Jordanaires on piano.
‘Don’t Dilly Dally Sally’ Brian Hyland – with some musical candy floss, the B-side of “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”.
‘Longin’ Lips’ Johnny Kidd and The pirates – always one of the best of the early British rock and roll outfits in my book …
‘Like Young’ Buddy Greco sings an Andre Previn song … a classy performance in his distinctive jazzy style.
‘Story Of The Memphis Belle’ Toni Fisher with the B side of “The Big Hurt” …
‘Old Black Joe’ Jerry Lee lewis sings Stephen Foster?
‘We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye’ Maureen Evans, the Welsh answer to Connie Francis in her day …this is an old song dating back to 1932.
‘East Coast Trot’ another oldie going back to the 20s, revived by Mr Acker Bilk in 1960, when Trad jazz was hitting its straps.
‘Bye Now baby’ an Hawaiin flavoured love song for Brian Hyland on the back side of his hit “Teen Angel”.
‘It’s Over, It’s Over, It’s Over’ here’s one not often heard by Frank Sinatra – once again taking advantage of Nelson Riddles’ top class arrangement.
‘This Friendly World’ heartthrob of the times Fabian sings one from his movie “Hound Dog man” ….
‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ this one comes from a jazz album “Boy Meets Girl” in 1960 – a Frank Loesser song just made for Sammy Davis Jr and Carmen McRae.
‘Little Bitty Girl’ Bobby Rydell with the B side of his major hit “Wild One”.
‘Weeping Willow’ not the usual rocker for Gene Vincent, this is more of a slow pop/country ballad – a bit of a rarity from Mr Vincent’s catalogue.
‘When The Thrill has Gone’ Max Bygraves in his usual vaudeville style.
‘East Virginia’ The Brothers Four with the back side of the hit “Greenfields”.
‘My Heart And I’ Marty Wilde – chose a song by Opera tenor The Great Richard Tauber - he wrote it for the Operetta “Old Chelsea” in the 40s …
‘King Of The Mountain’ Jerry Wallace with a touch of the Guy Mitchell’s.
‘Something Has Changed Me’ Paul Anka – with a B side that’s a little bit different from his usual pop sounds of the 60s.
‘If There Are Stars In My Eyes’ Teresa Brewer with another one that time has passed by …
‘Nobody Else But You’ Frank Ifield with one of his own songs on the B Side of “Lucky Devil”.
‘Kookaburra’ Tommy Steele put this on the flip side of “What A Mouth” as he entered the ranks of the “all round entertainer”.
‘Spring Rain’ Pat Boone was turning them out like hot cakes in the early 60s …
‘Where Is My Heart’ the back side of Please Don’t Tease” by Cliff Richard and The Shadows.
‘Under Your Spell Again’ Jeanne Black who came out with the answer to “He’ll have To Go” ….