THE KEYMEN vs THE KEYMEN [’60s Garage/Surf vs ’50s R&B/Lounge]

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Actually not [likely] the same band but there’s always a bit of mistery. The Keymen [Originally known as The Fabulous Keymen] were 60’s garage/surf combo from Las Cruces, New Mexico and here they are featured with solid unreleased ’65 set of surf instros, cool ’67 garage single ”What Am I To Do” and some so so/lame frat rock, blue-eyed soul covers.

The ‘other’ Keymen were ’50s rock instrumental group who had one small hit with “Gazackstahagen” in 1958. suported by Dick Clark. Their album is fun all-instro sax driven R&B/Lounge slab with covers of hit tunes in seductive Las Vegas Grind style. Go Keymen Go !!!

 

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BERT WEEDON [50’s & 60’s Instrumentals]

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“Herbert Maurice William ‘Bert’ Weedon was an English guitarist whose style of playing was popular and influential during the 1950s and 1960s. He was the first British guitarist to have a hit record in the UK Singles Chart, in 1959, and his best-selling tutorial guides, Play in a Day, were a major influence on many leading British musicians, such as Eric Clapton, Brian May, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, Dave Davies, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page.

He joined the BBC Show Band directed by Cyril Stapleton in the 1950s, when he began to be featured as a soloist. He also worked as a session musician on many early British rock and roll and other records for artists such as Adam Faith, Billy Fury and Tommy Steele and worked as an accompanist to visiting American singers such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Nat King Cole. It is estimated that he performed on over 5,000 BBC radio broadcasts. He was also seen regularly on British television in the 1950s, including some of the most popular children’s television programmes. In 1959 he was asked by Top Rank Records to make a record as a solo guitarist. He became the first British guitarist in the UK Singles Chart, with “Guitar Boogie Shuffle” in 1959.

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His playing style focused on both rhythm and melody, and was itself influenced by the jazz guitarists of the 1950s, notably Les Paul. Weedon placed a lot of emphasis on control of tone, and wanted to make the guitar the star of his music. The style became best known through the music of the Shadows, especially Hank Marvin” [wiki]

All instro best of collection of this guitar “Big head”. Some real cool rockin’ stuff mixed with some out-dated dud and so so tunes, so the choice is yours. My favs: BIG BEAT BOOGIE, SORRY ROBBIE, GINCHY, RED GUITAR, TWELVE STRING SHUFFLE, GIN MILL GUITAR,  KICK OFF, TOKYO MELODY, SOUTH OF THE BORDER, CHARLIE BOY, STRANGER THAN FICTION,  BLACK JACKETS… Dig!

THE REG GUEST SYNDICATE – Underworld (1966)

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Welcome to the underworld a go-go! Here’s sole ’66 lp by this UK band lead by British pianist, arranger and music director Reg Guest, also known as Earl Guest. The album feature cool covers of well known 60’s spy & crime movie themes from James Bond, Man From U.N.C.L.E, The Avengers, The Saint… Great tunes as Underworld [stylish “Green Onions” ripoff] and Guys, Guns, Girls & Danger can be heard on instro lounge comps as “Instro Hipsters A Go-Go” or “Get Smarter”. Well, as this is a real fine stuff, here you got Stereo & Mono version [mono has more trax! and interesting bonus stuff of Earl Guest and Nashville Five], so ya gotta dig both alright! Dig!!!

 

 

 

JIMMIE HASKELL – John Severson Presents Sunset Surf [1963]

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Surf’s Up! Here’s an interesting and rare surfin’/lounge elpee by Jimmie Haskell, a prolific American composer and arranger for a variety of popular singers and motion pictures, famed for his Experimental/Space Age Pop lp “Count Down!” [”Blast Offinstrumental can be heard on some Lux & Ivy/The Cramps favs collections]. He teamed up with Glen Campbell on guitar, surfer, painter and photographer John Severson and producer Nick Venet for this easy surfin’ listening slab for long hot summer days [& nights]. Take it easy’n’Dig !!!

 

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LORD ROCKINGHAM’s XI [UK 50’s Lounge Instro Hoot]

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Lord Rockingham’s XI was a group of British session musicians, led by Harry Robinson, who had a No. 1 hit on the UK Singles Chart in 1958 with “Hoots Mon”.
The group was put together to play as the resident band on the pop TV programme Oh Boy!, which was produced by Jack Good, and shown nationally on ITV in the UK in 1958/59. They were fronted by Harry Robinson and also included jazz baritone saxophonist and later writer Benny Green, and organist Cherry Wainer.
In addition to backing singers such as Marty Wilde and Cuddly Dudley, they recorded several novelty rock instrumentals for Decca Records, the first being “Fried Onions”, which failed to chart in the UK but did slip into the US Billboard charts for a week at No. 96. The second single, Robinson’s “Hoots Mon”, a rocked-up version of the traditional Scottish song “A Hundred Pipers”, featuring Scotticisms like “Hoots mon, there’s a moose loose aboot this hoose!”, rose up the charts supported by weekly TV exposure, and stayed at number one for three weeks. They played “Long John” amongst others.
Following a legal case brought by descendants of the real Lord Rockingham, which was settled out of court, the group toured and made several less successful follow-ups, including “Wee Tom” (#16, 1959). They disbanded with the end of the TV show in 1959. “Fried Onions” was used in a television advertisement for Options indulgence chocolate drink, first shown on UK TV in December 2011. [wiki]

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… And now for somethin’ completely different

”Frolic Diner”/”Las Vegas Grind” kinda Sax & Sex instro lounge R&B/Roll.

Do The Squelch, Dig!!!

The GOLDEN BREED [1968] soundtrack

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Repost of this REAL COOL soundtrack featuring guitar hero Davie Allan along with members of the Riptides [as The Back-Wash Rhythm Band] and other West Coast studio vets as Harley Hatcher, Jerry Styner, Guy Hemric and Mike Curb. Fav tunes: What Turns You On, Coral Below, High Rise, Over The Falls, Waimea Bay, Surfers Paridise. Don’t miss this wave. Dig!

”This film marked the end of the longboard era.”

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AL CASEY – Jivin’ Around

Longtime session guitarist Al Casey is most noted for the records he made with producer Lee Hazlewood, with artists like Duane Eddy and Sanford Clark. He also has made numerous records on his own, reaching his commercial peak in the early 1960s, when a few of his instrumental (or mostly instrumental) surf and R&B-rock singles made the Top Hundred. In the 1960s and 1970s he worked often as a session player in Los Angeles, and was still putting out records under his own name in the 1990s. Casey was still in his teens when he started working with Hazlewood in Phoenix, introducing Lee to Sanford Clark, whose hit “The Fool” was produced by Hazlewood. Casey’s band backed Clark on the singer’s records, as well as other discs cut by Hazlewood. Casey was in Eddy’s band, the Rebels, in which he played the piano, although he’s more known for his guitar playing. Casey also wrote one of Eddy’s earliest hits, “Ramrod,” as well as cowriting another Eddy hit, “Forty Miles of Bad Road,” with Duane. In the early 1960s Casey was dividing his time between sessions in L.A. and Phoenix, and working with his own group, the Al Casey Combo. Somewhat surprisingly, considering his twangy background with Eddy and the surf recordings in his near future, his first successes were with bluesy instrumental rock singles with a jazzy organ groove (played by Casey himself). “Cookin'” made #92 on the pop chart, while a similar follow-up, “Jivin’ Around,” did a little better, getting to #71 pop and #22 in the R&B listings. In 1963, however, he and Hazlewood rode the surf craze and cut an entire surf LP, much of which featured Hazlewood compositions, and all of which had respectably tough reverberant guitar by Casey. A single from the album, “Surfin’ Hootenanny” (with almost incidental female vocals by the K-C-Ettes, aka the Blossoms), became Casey’s biggest hit, making #48; top L.A. session dudes Leon Russell (organ) and Hal Blaine (drums) were present on many or all of the tracks. Casey’s solo career petered out when the small independent label he recorded for, Stacy, closed shop around the beginning of 1964. Casey found a lot of work, though, as a session man, on recordings by artists including the Beach Boys, Eddy Arnold, and Frank Sinatra. He also ran a music store in Hollywood in the late 1960s, and played as a member of the band on Dean Martin’s television show. In the mid-’90s he made a solo recording for Bear Family, Sidewinder. [Richie Unterberger]

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Holidays In Serbia: Instrummentón En La Cuadra Vol. 4

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Hola muchachos! Summer’s almost gone… but hey!… not before I put some fine instro comp. This here is a real cool collection of mostly 60’s instros gathered by my dear friend Jose from famous Tommentonenlacuadra blogspot. Here you gotta deal with wide spectre of genres, from R&B, Exotica, Lounge to Surf, R’n’R, Garage & Soundtrack tunes. A pretty tasty mix of some well and some less known acts for your wyld summer vacation. Hey hombre, say dig!!!

01 – Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames – Night Train
02 – Los Shains – Shains A-Go-Go
03 – Big Bo & The Arrows – Bog Bo’s Iron Horse
04 – The Dakotas – Magic Carpet
05 – Al Garcia & The Rhythm Kings – Latin Twist
06 – The Rolling Stones – 2120 South Michigan Avenue
07 – Link Wray And His Ray Men – Jack The Ripper
08 – The Sounds Incorporated – Tarzan
09 – The Ventures – Comin Home Baby
10 – Brian Fahey & His Orchestra – At The Sign Of The Swingin’ Cymbal
11 – Cyril Davies & His Rhythm & Blues All Stars – Country Line Special
12 – Renato E Seus Blue Caps – We Like Birdland
13 – Los Flecos – Distinta (Instrumental)
14 – Johnny Clark – Jungle Stomp
15 – Ennio Morricone – Per Qualche Dollari In Piu
16 – Hal Blaine – The Phantom Drive
17 – The Purple Canteen – If You Like it That Way
18 – The Cords – Ghost Power
19 – The Frantics – The Whip
20 – The Sounds Incorporated – Last Night
21 – Farewell

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Sleazerama! 15 Tassle Twizzlin’ Titty Shakers!!!

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More 50′ & 60s Titty Twisters! Sax driven R&B instros for eye poppin’ burlesque action.

01. Jesse Price – Pizza Beat
02. The Fifty Milers – The Grunt
03. The Starlighters – Creepin’
04. The Nobelman – Dragon Walk
05. Dick D’Agostin – Night Walk
06. The Nobles – Black Widow
07. The Rockin’ R’s – The Mix
08. Dave Hamilton and His Peppers – Cooter Bug
09. J.C. Davis – The Splib, Pt. I
10. Porky Harris and His Fantabulous 5 – Pig Pen
11. Jake Porter – Way Out East
12. Tony March and Bill David’s Roomates – Show Down
13. Dick Dixon and The Roomates – The Catrepillar Crawl
14. The Lincolns – Night Drag
15. The Escapades – Tomcat

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