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]
… And now for somethin’ completely different
”Frolic Diner”/”Las Vegas Grind” kinda Sax & Sex instro lounge R&B/Roll.
Do The Squelch, Dig!!!
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.”
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]
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
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
Three vols of mostly Belgian & French 60’s mod/freakbeat/exotica & trash extravaganza.
It’s a sin, you can’t go wrong, Dig!!!
Wyld bunch of 1965-69 instros by “The King Of Drum Beat” culled from his Imperial albums and singles. Cool collection of covers of classic rock’n’roll/beat tunes in hot-rockin’, foot-stompin’, unbeatable SANDY’s style. Perfect choice for your rockin’ pool parties. Dig!!!
“30 cm de Plaisirs French Organ Jerks”
Real COOL French 60’s Mod/Lounge/Funky/Instro compilation with some movies excerpts between the trax [reminds pretty much on legendary “Wavy Gravy” concept]. Hammond organs & fuzz guits dominated sexy dance tunes. And just to explain the pic: Miss “Pretty Baby” is on the left, Mr.E is on the right. C’ex!
01. Christian Gaubert – Autoroute Du Sud
02. George Feeling – Pulsation
03. Francis Lopez – La Honte De La Famille
04. Roger Pierre Et Jean Marc Thibault – Boof!
05. Les Sparks – Palladium
06. Stephane Varegues Et Georges Van Parys – Le Salon De The
07. The Heathen Blues – Up In The Air
08. Les Guitares Du Dimanche – Sur Une Nappe De Restaurant
09. Mickey Nicholas – Free State
10. George Delerue – Carnaby Street
11. Louis Marischal – Tu Me Tapes Sur Les Nerfs
12. Michel Polnareff & Annie Girardot – La Femme Aux Faux-Cils
13. Francois De Roubaix – I Want To Suggest
14. Philippe Nicaud – C’ex
More shogun surfin’/eleki instro covers by notorious Takeshi. 掘る!!!
01 Riders In The Sky
02 House Of The Rising Storm
03 Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
04 The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
07 Night Train
08 Red Sails In The Sunset
09 Blue Moon
11 Moon River
12 Comin’ Home Baby