Popcorn Oldies: 50s & 60s Greatest Hits VARIOUS auf CD online
(1980/RCA) 2-Track Single - RCA´s Golden Oldies Series - With company sleeve and wide center hole! A-Side, ´Clap For The Wolfman´ is featured by the legendary late great WOLFMAN JACK!
(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
Eine musikalische Weltreise ? und alles, was es braucht, ist die Ukulele im Handgepäck! Virtuos, lustig und immer wieder überraschend spielen sich die Musiker durch alle Genres, von Pop, Rock, Punk, über Folk, Jazz und Oldies bis hin zur Klassik. Coversongs wie ?Happy? von Pharell Williams, ?Sweet Dreams? von Eurythmics oder ?Case of You? von Joni Mitchells gehören zu Ihrem Repertoire und auch ihr neues Programm ?Mit Ukes und Dollerei? hat wieder viele neue, unerwartete und höchst amüsante Songs in petto. Mit angemessener Priese britischem Humor ist es schier unmöglich, sich dem Charme dieser acht Musiker zu entziehen. Jeder von ihnen hat seine eigene, unverwechselbare Persönlichkeit und seine ganz besondere Art, Songs zu interpretieren. Die Mischung dieser individuellen Musiker und ihre perfekte Interaktion untereinander macht das Ganze zu einem Abend voller musikalischer Überraschungen und menschlicher Wärme. Sich selbst nicht zu ernst zu nehmen und vor allem auf der Bühne Spaß zu haben, gehört zu den Geheimnissen ihres weltweiten Erfolges. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, das sich seit seinen ersten Anfängen vor mittlerweile 34 Jahren als Außenseiter mit den ?komischen, kleinen? Instrumenten verstand, hat sich inzwischen zu einer international renommierten Institution entwickelt. Schließlich haben die Ukes bereits in der ganzen Welt gespielt: nicht nur auf der privaten Geburtstagsparty der Queen auf Windsor Castle und bei den BBC Proms, sondern auch im Sydney Opera House, der Carnegie Hall in New York und dem Konzerthaus in Berlin. Trotz dieses etablierten Status? lassen es sich die Musiker auch heute nicht nehmen, sich ihren Spaß mit der kulturellen Elite zu erlauben: nach wie vor lachen sie am allerliebsten über sich selbst. ?Sie entlocken mehr, als es von einem so kleinen und so bescheidenen Instrument menschlich möglich erscheint.? The New York Times ?Der ausgeklügelte Sound, den sie sowohl perkussiv als auch melodisch machen, ist gleichzeitig urkomisch und von Herzen.? The Financial Times
One of the great literary classics of Western literature and the only published novel written by Oscar Wilde. The Picture of Dorian Gray created great controversy on publication because of its homosexual undertones, and was later used as evidence against him at his trial at the Old Bailey in 1895. ´´If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old...I would give my soul for that!´´ The wish uttered by Dorian Gray as he gazes on his portrait forms the basis of this story, of a gilded and spoilt hedonist who is willing to sell his soul for his beauty. Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Brown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rnib/000001/bk_rnib_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.