1-Cd mit 24-seitigem Booklet, 25 Einzeltitel. Spieldauer ca. 71 Minuten. ´Wo bitte, geht´s nach Texas... ´Lieder der Sehnsucht nach dem Wilden Westen - Drei-Minuten-Stories, die von den Träumen erzählen; die viele Menschen in den Nachkriegsjahre
(Relic) 18 tracks - Certainly one of the most consistent popular oldies record over the years has been The Mellokings´ ´Tonite Tonite.´ Strangely enough, the song was not a hit when released (except in certain regions) nor does it seem to have ever been a staple of street corner groups. In spite of this, it is usually in the Top 5 of most oldies surveys. The group responsible for this enigma was from Mount Vernon, New York. In 1956, they got together as a result of try-outs for a version of ´South Pacific,´ being held at Washington High School. Arranger Dick Levister liked the way some of the hopefuls sounded and formed them into a group, initially known as The Mellotones. The members at the time were: Jerry Scholl (lead), Robert Scholl (tenor), Eddie Quinn (second tenor), Neil Arena (baritone) and Larry Esposito (bass). The group´s main influence was Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, the originators of the ´kid-sound´ in popular music. In fact, The Mellotones were told they sounded too much like The Teenagers, so to create a different sound, Bob Scholl switched to lead. Prior to recording, the group used to attend New York City shows where they were most favorably impressed by Little Anthony and The Duponts and the above mentioned Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers. One night they were appearing at an amateur show, when they met a songwriter named Joe (whose last name has long since been forgotten). He promised to arrange an audition for them, if they would reciprocate by using it to sing one of his songs. When they agreed, he brought them to Al Silver, owner of Herald and Ember Records. Silver was taken with the group and signed them on the spot (although he hated Joe´s tune). Billy Myles (most widely known for his recordings of ´The Joker´) was a staff songwriter for Herald/Ember. He auditioned three or four songs for the guys. The only one they liked was ´Tonite Tonite,´ which they took home, rehearsed, and then brought the finished vocal back to Silver a week later, who said ´Let´s go into the studio immediately and cut it.´ From the time they first auditioned for Herald, it was less than a month later that the finished record was on the market. After about a thousand copies had been pressed, everyone discovered that there was another Mellotones group around, with a record on the charts. A quick name change was in order and the ´Mellokings´ were born. (The ´King´ part came from Dick Levister´s middle name.) The record, although it has sold over 2.5 million copies to date, never made it past number 87 on the national charts for 1957, hardly qualifying for hit status. In fact, everything happened so fast (or so slow) that the group never even realized that they had a hit. With the success of TONITE TONITE, the group went on the road doing one-nighters, sometimes for as long as three months at a time. Jerry Scholl, being of small stature, used to sleep in the luggage rack above the seats. On one tour, his ´rack-mate´ was Paul Anka. At their second session, the group cut ´Sassafras,´ a Bob Crewe composition. It, as well as all subsequent releases, did not do well on the charts. Since they had a ballad on the market, The Mellokings felt that it was wrong for Herald to have pushed ´Sassafras´ as their next release. In all the time they were with Herald, they never cut anything they wanted to cut. When asked the reason why none of their subsequent recordings went high on the charts, Jerry Scholl said, ´Just the way the business was run in those days. The capital wasn´t there. I think Herald wanted to back up TONITE TONITE with as big a hit but just didn´t have the resources. Distribution was a big problem. You were trying to go up against the big companies. Here we were, a little operation. You had to hire peddlers in the street to run around with the record trying to break it in small towns and then start all over again. That was the difficulty in those days. ´ However, Al Silver is remembered fondly by the group. He constantly had recording sessions for them. Unlike most record companies of the day, Herald stood behind its artists with as much promotion and financing as possible. The Mellokings appeared on the Dick Clark Show with every new release and did hundreds of radio programs. Jerry recalls doing the Clark Show at the time of their fourth or fifth release (just after ´Tonite Tonite´ was re-released) and Clark would not let them do the new song. They had to do ´Tonite Tonite´ as it was then the #1 record in
(2015/JAT Publishing) hardcover, 23.5x26.5cm, 96 pages of rare b&w photographs. - ´From St. Paul To Fort Wayne´ will be a photo journal covering Elvis´ appearances in St. Paul, Minnesota in October, 1974 and his appearance in Fort Wayne, Indiana on October 25, 1976. There will be roughly 120 unpublished photos in this title. From St. Paul To Fort Wayne by Joachim Bernecker (aka ´´Ciscoking”) / Joseph A. Tunzi Elvis Presley’s performances in St. Paul, Minnesota on October 2,1974 is featured prominently in this book. There was another show on October 3rd both of these performances were evening shows beginning at 8.30 pm. These concerts were part of ´´tour no. 12” which started on September 27 in College Park, Maryland and concluded on October 9 in Abilene, Texas. In total the star delivered 15 sold out shows in 9 different cities. On October 2nd Elvis entered the stage dressed wearing his beautiful Peacock jumpsuit as 17.163 screaming fans greeted the King. He did his usual opening routine with See See Rider, I Got A Woman and Love Me and he caused as much excitement as ever near the stage when he started tossing out scarves. The fans loved his oldies although he already didn’t care much about them anymore. He had done them too often. But he could still prove his musical talent when it came to more recent songs like Let Me Be There, If You Love Me Let Me Know or It’s Midnight or ballads like Hawaiian Wedding Song. The never ending ovations for such moments were proof enough that Elvis had done it again. And when he moved his body to certain songs like Polk Salad Annie in his inimitable way, the fans couldn‘t be held in their seats. The October 3rd experience in St. Paul where Elvis wore the Chinese Dragon Suit also received positive reviews.
2-CD Digipak (6-seitig) mit 20-seitigem Booklet, 11 Einzeltitel. Spieldauer ca. 110 Minuten. Radio Caroline, Veronica und Nordsee International. Eine WDR Dokumentation von Herbert Hoven und Hans Jacobshagen. Deutsch/German, 2-CD (109:41 Min.) Digipac mit 20 Seiten Booklet. Ein tolles Projekt mit einigen original Mitschnitten und Jingles. Kurzweiliges Vergnügen für alle Oldie Fans! Ende der 60er Jahre, als in Deutschland noch Musikmoderatoren durchs Programm führten, saßen bei Radio Caroline, Radio Veronika, Radio London, und Radio Mi Amigo oder bei Nordsee International Diskjockeys vor dem Mikrofon und spielten pausenlos die neuesten Titel aus England und Amerika. Und das Wochen bevor man auf dem Festland die Singles kaufen konnte. Die Sender waren auf Schiffen installiert und kreuzten in der Nordsee außerhalb der Drei-Meilen-Zone. Je nach Wetterlage konnte man die ´Piratensender´ bis in den Süden Nordrhein-Westfalens empfangen. Der Kick für viele Jugendliche bestand darin, sich vor ihr Kofferradio zu setzen und so lange die Antenne zu drehen und zu wenden, bis auf Kurz- oder Mittelwelle die ´Piraten´ der einzelnen Schiffe zu empfangen waren. Die Diskjockeys waren Helden: John Peel zum Beispiel, der später herausragende Sessions bei BBC veranstaltete oder, als einer der wenigen Deutschen auf diesen Schiffen: Ulf Posé . Um die Schiffe selbst ranken sich noch heute die Legenden. Wurden sie nun von der britischen oder holländischen Küstenwache aufgebracht? Wurden die Versorgungshubschrauber von der Marine abgefangen? Und wie oft gerieten die Kutter in Seenot? Hören Sie zu. Im Booklet sehen Sie die passenden Fotos und Zeitungsausschnitte.