CHOR UND ORCHESTER KARL-HEINZ LOGES, Hummel-Hummel Bossa Nova

345-817-2-FAs much as I enjoyed seeing the German team win 7-1 over Brazil in the Football World Cup last night, I´d like to point out how much Germans have been fans of everything Brazilian for a long time.

This funny little song from the early 1960s even manages to mix patriotic feelings for the city of Hamburg with Brazilian Bossa Nova. It seems strange but it does make sense considering that Hamburgers always prided themselves to be very cosmopolitan. Hummel Hummel is a traditional greeting among people from Hamburg.

Karl-Heinz Loges held the position of staff arranger and conductor for Radio Hamburg for many years. He also wrote music for films and was probably best known to the general public for the themes to the the  German TV series “Hallo Nachbar” and “Lotterie”.

CHOR UND ORCHESTER KARL-HEINZ LOGER, Hummel-Hummel Bossa Nova

 

 

 

 


THE WASHBOARD BIRTHDAY SPECIAL

washboard-special-frontJust noticed that the last post was my 700th post since I started this blog in 2007. To celebrate all these wasted years,  here´s another flexible Birthday 78rpm postcard record, published by the London based Melody Cards company. These postcard records offer perfect copyright-friendly blog material: anonymous artists, no copyright noted, 50 plus years old and of course never reissued.

Plus, underneath the crackles and pops, a pretty silly song.

No washboard though….

 

 

The Washboard Birthday Special

 

Happy, Happy Birthday!

Happy, Happy Birthday!

On this anniversary of the day that you were born.

 

Let´s git goin´ down the track,

Once I´se there ain´t comin´ back,

Git those presents on the rack

Of the WASHBOARD BIRTHDAY SPECIAL

washboard-special-happy-birthdaywashboard-special-best-wishes-fromwashboard-special-backNote the Joe Brown haircut of the teenage boy in the center!

washboard-special-boywashboard-special-girlwashboard-special-teenager-guitarwashboard-special-teenager-drumswashboard-special-guitar

 


DIE DIXIELAND WILD CATS, Wild Cat Blues, 1960

45-26-003-yThis cash-in version of  Chris Barber´s 1959 hit coupling of Petite Fleur/ Wild Cat Blues, recorded by The Dixieland Wild Cats, an anonymous group, was both published by the budget label Baccarola and the Bertelsmann record club. I already posted another version by Kid Orbis on the Delta super-budget flexi-label in 2012.

Petite Fleur was an international hit in 1959 and spearheaded the popularity of the Trad-Jazz movement in Europe. Sidney Bechet, who wrote and first recorded Petite Fleur in 1952, wasn´t able to share the late success of his song. He died in Paris on May 14,  1959.

I really do like these budget versions, especially the rhythm section on Wild Cat Blues. The vibraphone, the bass and the guitar, add a dynamic, slightly more modern touch to the standard early 1920s chug-chug-chug rhythm of the original. I also dig the novelty ending:

DIE DIXIELAND WILD CATS, Wild Cat Blues, 1960

 

DIE DIXIELAND WILD CATS, Petite Fleur, 1960


DIE SABA-STUDIO-COMBO, Bossa Catania

SB-3036-frontSB-3036-BSB-3036-ASome late reference to the football word cup in Brazil. Bought this last year at a flea market in Hamburg. It´s  from the early 1960s,  when  SABA was still a variety label, and before it  focused purely on  jazz. No information online about this record or the artists. As usual, it has never been reissued in any format in fifty years.

Nice easy listening Herbie Mann-style bossa nova…

DIE SABA-STUDIO-COMBO, Bossa Catania

DIE SABA-STUDIO-COMBO, en ti

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THE BERTLANDERS-STARBAND, Yah-dah!, 1958

the-bertlanders-starband-seite-1the-bertlanders-starband-seite-2Found this in the 50 cent bin of a local thrift store recently. Sleeveless, but still in okay condition. Here´s all the information that I could find about this mysterious, completely forgotten group.

- Bert Landers was a Berlin band leader who recorded a great number of records for various German labels, but mainly for the budget Tip. He also recorded under the name of Berth von Landers und sein High Society Orchester. I assume that The Bertlanders-Starband is actually the studio orchestra of Bert Landers in one of its earliest formations.

- The Bertlanders-Starband are: Heinz Wulfestieg – trumpet; Karl Wolfgang Wiesenthal – trumpet; Bert Button – trombone; Dieter Siebert – alto-sax; Volkmar Schmidt – tenor-sax, Detlev Clausen – piano; Joachim Gilow – bass; Kurt Giese – drums

- Trumpeter Heinz Wulfestieg (1936–1977) was a half-brother of actress Hildegard Knef.

-  Alto-Saxophonist Dieter Siebert might be identical with 20th-century classical music composer Wilhelm Dieter Siebert (1931-2011). His Wiki-resume mentions that he played Jazz in the late 50s.

- I further assume that Volkmar Schmidt is saxophonist, clarinetist and orchestra leader of  East-German groups Gruppe Schmidt, Schulz & Co., Orchester Volkmar Schmidt and Volkmar Schmidt Combo.

- Drummer Kurt Giese later became a producer for North German radio (NDR) and arranged Chet Baker´s  “Last Great Concert” in 1988 in Hannover, two weeks before Baker´s death.

- Trumpet solo on Franz Grothe´s Mitternachts-Blues by  Karl Wolfgang “Charley” Wiesenthal.

These four tracks, exclusively recorded by Opera – Europäischer Phonoclub, have not been reissued in 50 years.

Yah-dah! is a nicely up-dated version of one of the earliest Jazz recordings,Yah-de-dah,  first recorded in 1917 by the Frisco Jass Band.

 

THE BERTLANDERS-STARBAND, Yah-dah!, 1958

THE BERTLANDERS-STARBAND, Who´s sorry now, 1958

THE BERTLANDERS-STARBAND, Tequila, 1958

THE BERTLANDERS-STARBAND, Mitternachts-Blues, 1958

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LINKERTON/ GRUPPE VORWÄRTS, 1977

30-jahre-FDJWlinkertongruppe-vorwaertsThe very first record that I posted in 2007 was similar to this one, in that it was also local, political and privately pressed. While the former was anarchist, this is a straight communist record. It was issued to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Freie Deutsche Jugend Westberlins (FDJW), the youth organization of the Sozialistische Einheitspartei Westberlins (SEW). The Socialist Unity Party of West Berlin was more or less a Berlin branch of the SED, the governing party of East-Germany.

In short, these cats were West Berlin fans of  communist East Germany. After reunification, the party quickly dissolved. Not surprisingly, it was later revealed that East Germany had financed the party with more than 10 million German marks a year.  I´m sure none of that money went into the making of this record. It´s got the touch of a genuine DIY project, from the “graphics” on the front sleeve, to the paper of the labels and the lack of any address or  copyright. To say this release looks private, is an understatement, it looks clandestine.

Musically both bands are close to the radical leftist Krautrock of fellow locals Lokomotive Kreuzberg and Floh de Cologne (from Cologne).  Recorded in 1977, these guys were not into fun stuff like Blitzkrieg Bop or sniffin´glue, but 37 years later their earnest commie rock is a lot funnier than most Berlin punk records of that period…

 

LINKERTON, Vertreter-Arie, 1977

GRUPPE VORWÄRTS, Denk´ Daran, 1977

(Ein kurzer Text über diese Platte erschien am 22. Mai als Folge 242 meiner Berlin Beatet Bestes Kolumne  in der Wochenzeitung Jungle World, nachzulesen hier.)


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


MARTIN SLAVIN AND HIS GANG, Charleston Crazy, 1961

J-254-45J-253-45Martin Mordecai Slavin (1922-1988) was one of Britain’s top vibraphone players and a prolific session musician. He moved to Vancouver, Canada in 1966 and later settled in Hollywood. In the mid-80s he returned to the UK and played occasional freelance dates, until he was killed in a road accident.

More 1960s  charleston tunes by Martin Slavin and his Gang (of studio musicians, I´d guess) on the British Oriole label. Or rather charleston mixed with rock´n´roll. I just  love how the mixture manages to completely destroy both styles. They don´t work as jazz tunes and they don´t work as rock songs either. Most likely that´s why nobody has cared to reissue them in 50 years.

But who cares what they are, when the result is so damn funny…

MARTIN SLAVIN AND HIS GANG, Charleston Crazy, 1961

MARTIN SLAVIN AND HIS GANG, Do The Charleston Baby, 1961


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