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The Breakfast Club


Thee Muffins “Pop Up!”  (1966) Private pressing; only 200 or so manufactured, “FOR FAN CLUB USE ONLY”.  “10 Hits By One Of The Fastest Rising Groups In America”

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Rock-a-Hits  A compilation of 1950’s pop songs by Cadence Records stablemates The Everly Brothers, The Chordettes, Johnny Tillotson and Link Wray (“Rumble”).  This a one in a series that the label put out with great teen covers (e.g., “Rock-a-Ballads”).   The two on the cover here are Justine Carrelli and Bill Cook “two swinging young Philadelphians … well known all over America as two of the best dancers ever to hit Dick Clark’s famous American Bandstand.”

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Hoochie coochie man


Long John Baldry & His Hoochie Coochie Men  (1968) Reissue of Long John’s Blues (Originally on United Artists in 1964) on UnArt Records (UK) . Rod Stewart on Vocals. Check out the Elton John connection below.

Long John Baldry (vocals), Rod Stewart (vocals, harmonica), Jeff Bradford (guitar), Cliff Barton (bass), Ian Armit (piano), Johnny Parker (piano), Al Gay (saxophone), Art Themen (saxophone), Johnny Spooner (drums), Pete Willis (guitar), Tom Connor (bass), Barry Martin (saxophone), Eddie Taylor (drums), Pete Blannin (bass), Pete Peterson (saxophone), Rudy Jones (saxophone), Bill Eyden (drums), Ernie O’Malley (drums)Tracklist

A1 Got My Mojo Working
A2 Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You
A3 Roll ‘Em Pete
A4 I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man
A5 Everyday (I Have The Blues)
B1 Dimples
B2 Five Long Years
B3 My Babe
B4 Times Are Getting Tougher Than Tough
B5 Rock The Joint

Baldry grew to 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m), resulting in the nickname “Long John”.  In the early 1960s, he sang with Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, with whom he recorded the first British blues album in 1962, R&B from the Marquee. At stages, Mick Jagger, Jack Bruce and Charlie Watts were members of this band while Keith Richards and Brian Jones played on stage, although none played on the R&B at the Marquee album.  When The Rolling Stones made their debut at the Marquee Club in July 1962, Baldry put together a group to support them. Later, Baldry was the announcer introducing the Stones on their US-only live album, Got Live If You Want It!, in 1966.

Baldry became friendly with Paul McCartney after a show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool in the early 1960s, leading to an invitation to sing on one of The Beatles 1964 TV specials, Around The Beatles. In the special, Baldry performs “Got My Mojo Workin'” and a medley of songs with members of The Vernons Girls trio; in the latter, the Beatles are shown singing along in the audience.

In 1963, Baldry joined the Cyril Davies R&B All Stars with Nicky Hopkins playing piano. He took over in 1964 after the death of Cyril Davies, and the group became Long John Baldry and his Hoochie Coochie Men featuring Rod Stewart on vocals and Geoff Bradford on guitar. Stewart was recruited when Baldry heard him busking a Muddy Waters song at Twickenham Station after Stewart had been to a Baldry gig at Eel Pie Island.  Long John Baldry became a regular fixture on Sunday nights at Eel Pie Island from then onwards, fronting a series of bands.

In 1965, the Hoochie Coochie Men became Steampacket with Baldry and Stewart as male vocalists, Julie Driscoll as the female vocalist and Brian Auger on Hammond organ. After Steampacket broke up in 1966, Baldry formed Bluesology featuring Reg Dwight on keyboards and Elton Dean, later of Soft Machine, as well as Caleb Quaye on guitar. Dwight, when he began to record as a solo artist, adopted the name Elton John, his first name from Elton Dean and his surname from John Baldry. 

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Van life


A beautiful, first issue of the Decca Records UK release of Van Morrison and Them LP “Them Again”  Decca LK 4751 (1966)  Original UNBOXED red Decca label and in the original FLIPBACK cover.  Cool cover photo of Van (barely a man).  This was released on Parrot Records in the States.

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Rock n’ roll high stool


GO GO GO  Alan Freed’s “TV Record Hop”  Coral Records (1957)  Not sure who the musicians are here, the songs are all originals.  Love the cover illustration!  Not sure who “AM” is.  Anyone know?

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The first dance


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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Cliff banger


“Expresso Bongo!”   Cliff Richard from the movie of the same name (1959)  Columbia Records (UK)

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The man who sold the world


Original cover of David Bowie’s self-titled album from 1969 which was subsequently reissued as Space Odyssey.  Phillips Records (UK)   At $6,826, this is the most expensive record ever sold on Discogs!  See the story here!

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Golden Years



My friend Tony and I went to see David Bowie in Cleveland at the Public Theatre in 1976 on his tour to promote Station to Station.  We sat in the fifth row – center.  Or stood on our chairs that is.  Right there – face to face with the thin white duke.  What a great night.  At one point he sang “I’m Waiting for the Man” and when he got to the words “Hey white boy, what you doin’ uptown” I know he pointed right at me.  (Of course, Tony might say it was to him.)  Never did see him live in concert again, but I can’t imagine ever topping that first experience as a 15 year old fan.  And then fan for life.  RIP Ziggy.

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Whip it good


Stirring the Cream  CREAM   Polydor Medium Records  (Holland)

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