Friday, 27 April 2012

Rodney Collins.

Playlist from Saturday evening for one week:
I found a million dollar Baby/Bobby Darin (Atlantic, 1958 see below)
China Tea/Russ Conway (Columbia, 1959)
I've grown accustomed to her Face/Tony Bennett & Count Basie (Roulette-US, 1959)
HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE: Why/Rikki Henderson (Embassy, 1960 Woolworth cover version of the Anthony Newley UK chart-topper)
Ain't she Sweet (Polydor-Germany, 1961, later a UK hit) & Hello Goodbye(Parlophone, 1967) both tracks by the Beatles
Will I What?/Mike Sarne & Billie Davis (Parlophone, 1962)
Go away little Girl/Mark Wynter (Pye 1962)
Just like old Times/Tony Crombie (Ember, 1962 – B-side of 'Gutbucket')
Crying Game/Dave Berry (Decca, 1964)
Yeh Yeh/Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames (Columbia, 1964 see below)
Suffer now I Must/Cilla Black (Parlophone, 1964 B-side of 'You're my World')
Have I told you Lately/Jim Reeves (RCA, 1964)
Let me go Lover/Kathy Kirby (Decca, 1964)
Tired of waiting for You/Kinks (Pye, 1965)
Love you til Tuesday/David Bowie (Deram, 1967)
Sloop John B/Beach Boys (Capitol, 1967)
I see the Rain/Marmalade (CBS, 1967)
So this is Love/Adam Faith (Parlophone, 1967 unreleased until 2011)
FIRST RECORD I BOUGHT:With a little help from my Friends/Joe Brown (Pye, 1967)
And the sun will Shine/Paul Jones (Columbia, 1968)
On our way Home/Mortimer (Apple, 1969)
Bringing on back the good Times/Love Affair (CBS, 1969)
Wind of Change/Petula Clark (Pye, 1971 from the LP 'Petula '71')
Something tells Me/Cilla Black (Parlophone, 1971)
Lah-di-Dah/Rod McKuen & Petula Clark (Warners, 1971 – see below)
Mary in the Morning/P J Proby (Ember, 1974)
D-I-V-O-R-C-E/Billy Connolly (Polydor, 1975)
Just walking in the Rain/Darts (Magnet, 1977)
Seasons/Bing Crosby (Polydor, 1977 title track of the album)
You don't bring me Flowers/Neil Diamond (CBS, 1978)
Spirit in the Sky/Lon Goddard & Aura Wright (recorded live in 2007 at Gold Beach, Oregon, USA)
These Days/Glen Campbell (Capitol, 2008 from the CD 'Meet Glen Campbell')
Sleepy Eyes/Florence Joelle (Zoltan, 2016 from 'Life Is Beautiful – If You Let It')

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CD's & vinyl of interest......

Harry Nilsson was a superb songwriter and a new CD from Ace - 'Gotta Get up' - showcases his work performed by artists such as The Monkees, The Yardbirds, Sandie Shaw, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Andy Williams. Nilsson was much admired by the Beatles, Randy Newman and others...this really is a great collection of decent songs that you very likely won't have on CD. 

Here comes a 3-CD set of Mark Wynter recordings from the end of the 50's through to the 1970's. All of the hits are here and the set includes many tracks making their CD debut. This release is from RPM Records. We're featuring tracks throughout the Summer.

 Lucas Romero  is a brilliant guitarist whose gypsy style is winning him fans throughout the world. His CD is titled 'Calle Gitana' is being featured regularly on the show. From the label comes another in their series concentrating on releases from specific labels. This time, 'Angela Jones' features 62 tracks from the Triumph label - started by Joe Meek - in the early 60's.  The label didnt last long but it did produce some good tracks along the way from artists including Michael Cox, John Leyton, Eve Boswell and the under-rated Danny Rivers
Brand new from Atlantic-Stateside comes 'Atlantic Rock n Roll Series' a boxed set of  six discs form the 50's featuring Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters, Ray Charles, Ruth Brown,Joe Turner and others. A great value set with liner notes that tells us how Atlantic Records missed out on signing Elvis Presley!. More information on this set on my Radio Services page on Facebook.

A friend of this programme, Bob Stanley, has helped put together a couple of releases from, JASMINE RECORDS. One, by Percy Mayfield is featured below. Not heard of him? He wrote the Ray Charles hit 'Hit The Road Jack' and we'll be featuring tracks from this release later in the month.

A while back, ZONE RECORDS issued a double CD of a classic Rod McKuen London concert and now there is a second release containing tracks from his BBC-TV series in the early 1970's. The liner notes tell the story behind the TV specials. This is a superb collection and we're featuring tracks from mid May. Highlights (for me)  -  the duet by Rod with Petula Clark of the Jake Thackray song 'Lah-Di-Dah' (on the show this week) and 'Mr Kelly'.

Then there is a double CD from Duncan Browne, who somehow never managed to sustain the chart success his 1972 single 'Journey' brought him. Cherry Tree have now issued a double CD featuring his later Transatlantic recordings including the excellent 'Criminal World' covered by David Bowie.

 A number of listeners have asked to hear more from  Full Circle - a collective of talented musicians who all grew up in the tiny Scottish village of Crawfrdjohn. In 2014, in partnership with the local museum, they set about recording some original music, written by Steve Johnstone. The track we included last week comes from their CD which is available for £5 - with the proceeds going to the local Heritage Venture Museum - . To order the CD - or to get more information contact Steve direct at Mike in Redhill asks about the Bobby Darin track in this week's show. It's available on the 5-CD set 'Original Album Series' from Warner-Rhino. Gill in Inverness is a big Georgie Fame fan - we'll have details of a new double-CD from him next week. 

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I have been in the media business now for 50 years starting out with local newspapers in Surrey and then Record Mirror and Music Week, part of the Billboard group. I then joined Pye Records/ATV and Stoll-Moss Theatres at the end of the 60’s. In 1971 I moved to BBC Radios 1 & 2 in the early 70’s and then worked for Radio Luxembourg/Atlantic 252 in a management capacity and then ran local commercial stations in Glasgow, London and the Isles of Man and Lewis. In 2002 we had a world exclusive on Frank Sinatra on Isles FM - see or