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The stuff you gotta watch

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Buddy Johnson (with sis Ella on the mic)  “Walkin”  Mercury Records  (1957) A great swingin’ record with big band, honkin’ horns and smokin’ vocals melding R&B and blues into early Rock n’ Roll!  Art design by Darrill Connelly.  Woodrow Wilson “Buddy” Johnson (January 10, 1915 – February 9, 1977).  Nice review of the album with download here at the BeBop Wino blog.

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Hot to trot

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Los Trotamundos (The Globetrotters!)   “A Ritmo de CUMBIA”  Musart Records (Columbia)

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Tchips ahoy

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“Dancing at the MOOG -O- THEQUE”  Bobby Setter and his group Cash and Carry  Including the million seller “Tchip Tchip”  Kilroy Records (Holland)  Synth artistry on the Moog from Belgium.

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Badly drawn boy and girl

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“Noviembre 32”  Son-Art Records (Mexico)  A comp from 1969 including covers of “ob la di, ob la da” and “I say a little prayer”, etc.  Cool sketchy marker illustration.

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The first dance

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Checked this off an old Want List.  Thanks Tony!  “Rockin’ with the Rockets”  Tony Crombie and his Rockets  Columbia Records (UK) (1957)  Tracks: Stop / Stick And Stones / Hear My Plea / Rock Shuffle Boogie / Forgive Me Baby / Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster / Red For Danger / Take My Love / Rex Rocks / Brighton Rock

Anthony John “Tony” Crombie (27 August 1925 – 18 October 1999) was an English jazz drummer, pianist, bandleader and composer.  He was regarded as one of the finest jazz drummers and bandleaders, and occasional but very capable pianist and vibraphonist, to emerge in Britain, and as an energizing influence on the British jazz scene across six decades.

In August 1956, Crombie set up a rock and roll band he called The Rockets, which at one point included future Shadows bassist Jet Harris. The group was modeled after Bill Haley’s Comets and Freddie Bell & the Bellboys. Tony Crombie and his Rockets released several singles for Decca Records and Columbia Records, including “Teach You To Rock” produced by Norrie Paramor, which is regarded as the first British rock and roll record and which made the Top 30 in the UK Singles Chart in October 1956.[2] He is credited with introducing rock and roll music to Iceland, performing there in May 1957. By 1958 The Rockets had become a jazz group, including Scott and Tubby Hayes.

The following year Crombie started another group, Jazz Inc., featuring pianist Stan Tracey. In 1960, Crombie composed the score for the film The Tell-Tale Heart and established residency at a hotel in Monte Carlo. In May 1960 he toured the UK with Conway Twitty, Freddy Cannon, Johnny Preston, and Wee Willie Harris.[5] On his return to England, he became the house drummer at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, where he accompanied visiting American stars like Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster and Jimmy Witherspoon. In September 1965 when Don Byas played at the club his performance was captured on tape, and is available on the CD, Autumn Leaves. Ronnie Scott announced the band saying: “…Tony Crombie is deputizing for our regular drummer, Jackie Dougan, who has unfortunately been taken suddenly drunk…” He also performed in Israel and the United States, and began writing for films and television. He also toured with artists like Lena Horne, Carmen McRae, Tony Bennett, and Jack Jones, and played piano on the Annie Ross album Skylark.

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Jump street

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“Bepi Vous Fait Danser”  Vega Records (France)

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Hip hora

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“Torah Lives and Sings” (and dances!)  Chaim Berlin

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Dance your Asimov!

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Hello Matthew, Here is the cover from a very special LP.  My father bought it in the early 70’s. He used some special sounds (“filmsounds”) from this LP for the films that he made with his Super 8 camera.  I still have the record in my collection.  Hope you like it!  Regards from Oliver in Germany

Science Fiction Dance Party  POP Records (Germany)

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You spin me round

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Johnny Preston  “Leave My Kitten Alone” and others  Philips Records  (France)  (1961)   I like the Beatles and Little Willie John versionsSo, but here’s Johnny!

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Going in circles

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Volumes One and Two of “Golden Hits for Dancing”  by Joe Ment’s Happy Sound   (Australia)  (1967)

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