TRIO SORRENTO, Wumba-Tumba Schokoladeneisverkäufer vom andern Stern, 1958

opera-4245-frontopera-4245-backopera-4245-label Bill Ramsey´s German cover version Wumba-Tumba Schokoladeneisverkäufer vom andern Stern of Sheb Wooley´s Purple People Eater reached #4 in the German Charts in 1958. On Thursday I found a budget version of that song, released by the Opera label out of Stuttgart, in a nearby thrift store. I had seen a copy of the record on Ebay before, but since I don´t buy stuff on the Internet, I had to wait until I came across it by coincidence.  On Ebay it probably wouldn´t have been 50 Cents either.

No info about Trio Sorrento on the Internet but contrary to many budget artist they were a real group, who´s music however did also appear on cheapo labels like Opera, Neckermann and Baccarola. An article in Spiegel from January 1954 about East German restrictions on “decadent” western musical styles, like the Boogie Woogie, also mentions the trio:

On October 6th 1953 four stocky soviet directors ejected Trio Sorrento (formerly with Berlin radio station Rias) from a cultural center in East Berlin, because the group´s musical repertory (“Junge,Junge, Junge”, “Mäcki-Boogie”, “Schaschlik-Boogie”) had caused the attending young workers to applaud demonstratively. (Spiegel, Jan.1954, “Barrieren um Boogie Woogie”)

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This version of Wumba-Tumba Schokoladeneisverkäufer vom andern Stern was made to sound almost identical to Ramsey´s version.  It´s still quite different, but since I won´t post Bill Ramsey´s version, just take my word for it…

TRIO SORRENTO, Wumba-Tumba Schokoladeneisverkäufer vom andern Stern, 1958

Jody Reynolds song of teenage tragedy Endless Sleep reached #5 in the Billboard Charts in 1958. Reynolds follow-up Fire of Love from the same year, only went to #66, but achieved cult status 25 years later when The Gun Club covered it.

The original German version of Endless Sleep was recorded by the James Brothers (Schlager singers Peter Kraus and Jörg Maria Berg), who were put together to emulate the Everly Brothers. In true budget manner the Opera label producers simply called their brothers the Johnson Brothers.

JOHNSON -BROTHERS MIT ORCHESTER, Die jungen Jahre, 1958

The two-colored illustration on the back of the sleeve should have been on the front. The drawing is what´s remarkable about this record. Why is the illustration on the back then? I can only imagine how the story must have been, but from my experience as an illustrator, it´s always the same thing. Regular Opera releases only had writing on the back. Because they had two rock´n´roll songs on the record, the record label people must have had the feeling that they should give the teenagers a little more to look at.  They liked the commissioned drawing,  but still decided against putting it on the cover, because they couldn´t depart from their concept that all their sleeves in this series needed to have the bland purple design!

Fools.

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One Comment on “TRIO SORRENTO, Wumba-Tumba Schokoladeneisverkäufer vom andern Stern, 1958”

  1. Mr. H says:

    The illustration is in the style of Hans Kossatz.Nice!
    Here is another version of PPPE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1UNKcG1erc
    In my opinion it’s the best!


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