THE ACCORDIONAIRES, Accordeon Rock and Roll

Q-1009-AIn the 1950s, Rock´n´Roll was a force. Some brave accordionists were still holding their ground, not ready to give up the fight. But it was a losing game, loud electric guitars were taking the world by storm. Since then, they have more or less replaced acoustic instruments like accordions, recorders, zithers, cazoos and washboards in popular music.

The Accordionnaires, on the other hand,  tried to go with the times…

THE ACCORDIONNAIRES, Accordeon Rock

THE ACCORDIONNAIRES, Accordeon Roll

 

Found this Rose Records 45 in Vienna a couple of weeks ago. No idea when or where it was published. No trace of it in the digital world either. Obviously it´s never been reissued. About the only thing that popped up, when I searched for The Accordionaires on the Internet, was this music book.

 

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DIE LOTHAR NAKAT BOYS, Beatnik Fly

B-33-frontB-33-backB-33-2B-33-1More Blockflöten-Rock. Here´s  one more version of  a rock´n´roll instrumental by Johnny and the Hurricanes that uses a recorder to simulate  the band´s trademark Hammond Chord organ, played by Paul Tesluk. Lothar Nakat´s arrangement of the Hurricanes 1960 hit Beatnik Fly was initially released by the small indie Starlet. Apparently Starlet regularly licensed Nakat´s recordings to a couple of dozen other budget labels like, in this case, Deutscher Schallplattenclub, out of Stuttgart,  a record club like Bertelsmann, Opera and Jazztone,

Lothar Nakat´s happy “recorder rock”-version of Beatnik Fly might not sound as dangerous as the original, but I think  it´s really sweet! It´s a shame that it has not been reissued in more than 50 years.

DIE LOTHAR NAKAT BOYS, Beatnik Fly

DIE LOTHAR NAKAT BOYS, Too Much Tequila

CHOR UND ORCHESTER LOTHAR NAKAT, Summer Set

CHOR UND ORCHESTER LOTHAR NAKAT, Luna Triste

Heinz Wolf;  Soprano saxophone

Hans Etzel; Trumpet

Photo credit: Rainer Fichel

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FRED JASPER, Six Men Boogie Beat, 1956

GL-5006-A GL-5007-AFred Jasper was a Dutch Singer from Den Haag.  According to the Netherland Discography Site, he also operated a record shop in Leyweg 535b, Den Haag. Jasper started his recording career with three Rock´n´Roll 45s for the German mail-order company/department store label Qellux. I posted another rockin´ Quellux 45 a while back.

In 1962 Fred Jasper recorded a fine version of Tommy Roe´s Sheila in German for Electrola and in 1968 an even nicer version of Tom Jones´Delilah in Dutch. The same site states that he made his last record in 1980.  Apparently Fred Jasper died at an unknown date. If that is true, I assume it was before the advent of the Internet, because there is no info at all to be found.

Otherwise, the songs have all the usual blog requirements: not available in digital format elsewhere,  artist dead or no longer active, no reissue in 50 years.

FRED JASPER, Six Men Boogie Beat, 1956

ORCHESTER E.HAUSER UND SEINE ROCK BOYS, A.-B.-C.-Boogie, 1056

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PHIL TATE AND HIS ORCHESTRA, Countdown, 1959

O-9975-45O-9974-45Another Oriole 45 and it´s a rocker for a change. Somebody already posted Countdown on Youtube, but to my knowledge it´s not commercially available anywhere. There are a few nice comments about  how Phil Tate and his orchestra were regulars at the Streatham Locarno in south-east London.

Considering that Countdown was made by a regular big band for stuffy dance schools to teach teenagers how to dance the Jive, it´s pretty rockin´, in a Joe Meek kind of way.

PHIL TATE AND HIS ORCHESTRA, Countdown, 1959

Released in the “Strict Tempo Dance Series”: Tempo as laid down by the Official Board of Ballroom Dancing!

This is a Samba!

PHIL TATE AND HIS ORCHESTRA, Green Turtle, 1959


LEO MARTIN´S ORCHESTRA, Cleopatra, 1959

olmq-271-aolmq-271-bLeo Martin (1924 – 1993) was a Flemish comedian and musician, most famous for being one part of the comic duo Gaston & Leo.

In the late 50s Leo also recorded some  rock´n´roll songs. Strangely this one  about Cleopatra, sung together with actress Chris Sent (1922-1989), is neither in Flemish or French but German.

LEO MARTIN´S ORCHESTRA, Cleopatra, 1959

Now on the flip they don´t even sing in a real language. Or is it?

LEO MARTIN´S ORCHESTRA, Ou-A-Dou-Wa, 1959

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And then communication deteriorates even further…

Leo Martin in a short wordless sketch from the 1980s:

 

 


WIM EN ZIJN KRAFTIES, Kom Uit Je Bed, 1960

kraftone-107-akraftone-107-bThis Belgian 45 is centered around Kom van dat dak af, the first and most famous Dutch rock´n´roll HIT song, written and recorded by Peter Koelewijn en zijn Rockets in 1959. If you do not know the original version I urge you to go find it. It´s one of my favorite European rock´n´roll songs. By the way, just want to point out that the Twist and Frit´blog still offers a lot of thorough information, very nice record sleeves and even some cool tunes of  Belgian guitar groups of the 1960s.

When it came to real rock´n´roll screaming, none of the European rock´n´rollers came close to the likes of Little Richard in the 1950s. Except maybe the ones who just tried to parody rock´n´roll, like Wim and his Krafties, who recorded for the cheapo label Kraftone. Kraftone, a division of the Kraft cheese company, operated from 1960 to 1963 and was a typical variety label.

Anyway, both songs on this 45 are hilarious! The anonymous vocalist can´t sing and he doesn´t even try. He simply shouts at the top of his lungs in a wild approximation of rock´n´roll!!!

Now get outta your bed!

WIM EN ZIJN KRAFTIES, Kom Uit Je Bed

And get off the roof!

Kom van dat dak af, ‘k waarschuw niet meer
Neh, neh, neh, neh, neh, neh, kom van dat dak af
‘K waarschuw niet meer

WIM EN ZIJN KRAFTIES, Kom van dat dak af

Just because this sleeveless 45 doesn´t offer much visual stimulation I add this totally unrelated comic strip from 1964. It is also from Belgium though! And it is from my collection and drawn by my favorite Belgium cartoonist Marc Sleen.

I think the story pretty much explains itself…

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GRADY MARTIN AND THE SLEW FOOT FIVE, Side By Side, 1953

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Grady Martin (January 17, 1929 – December 3, 2001) is in the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame. As a session guitarist he worked with anyone who had a name in the country and rock´n´roll field. Today he´s mostly known for the recordings he did with  Johnny Burnette. It´s actually his guitar playing that can be heard on most of the recordings of Johnny Burnette´s Rock´n´Roll Trio.

But Grady Martin´s own instrumental records with the Slew Foot Five were equally excellent. Side By Side, with vocals by Dottie Dillard and Jack Shook, was originally recorded in 1953 in Nashville. This German EP from 1958 collects four tracks that also appeared on Martin´s Jukebox Jamboree LP (1956).

Surprisingly the song has never been re-released in digital format and can currently not be purchased anywhere.

Enjoy!

GRADY MARTIN AND THE SLEW FOOT FIVE, Side By Side, 1953

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LUCY ROBERTS, Great Gosh, Mr. Willerkins, 1956

G4PW-2891Great Gosh, indeed!  What a great swingin´ tune! Lucy Roberts recorded another 45 for Vik in 1956 (Leap Year Red/Supper On The Table) but that´s about all I could find out about her.

Great Gosh  found its way on a Belgium bootleg compilation LP called “Rock´n´Roll Collection Vol. 15″ in 1986. The generic cover of the series simply donned a Confederate Flag indicating to what type of listeners the bootleggers had in mind. Apart from this appearance the song has never been reissued legally and hence is not to be found digitally anywhere either.

After 57  years it´s about time…

LUCY ROBERTS, Great Gosh, Mr. Willerkins, 1956

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