JOE WILKENS UND DIE ROCKIES, Hula Baby, 1958Posted: September 5, 2012
Quelle was widely known as Germany´s most successful mail order company but until the 1980s they were also one of the five biggest chains of department stores. Established in 1927 the company declared bankruptcy in 2009 and the rights to the name were bought up by Otto, formerly their biggest rival in the mail order business. In the 1950s Quelle tried to grab a slice of the booming record market with their own short lived Quellux label, of course in true budget style issuing cheap flexible records. Quellux records were sold solely in their own Quelle department stores.
Hula Baby is a German version, first recorded by Peter Kraus in 1958, of Buddy Knox´ hit record Hula Love, that was likewise a version of Hawaiian Song, written and recorded by Leadbelly in 1948.
Baby, ich schiess dir einen Teddybär , a cover version of Perry Como´s “Kewpie Doll”, was first recorded by Austrian pop singer Jörg Maria Berg. Four years ago I posted another fine version of that song by Francesco Barini on the local Berlin budget flexi disc label Rondo here.
I have no idea who is behind Joe Wilkens and his Rockies and as usual both versions have never been reissued in any format.