In the late 50s and early 60s a single 45 rpm record cost about four German Marks. At that time that was a whole lot of money. If you were not fanatical about your music, i.e. a Rock`n`Roll fan you would think twice about spending your hard earned Marks on a Elvis record. That`s where the budget labels came in. For less than half the price you could get the same hit song sung by a nobody. It might not have been the real thing but at least now you had some new music to throw on your turntable.
Okay and Rondo were two budget labels from Berlin, both manufactured by Phonocolor. They produced mostly flexible records of varying flexibility but also some vinyl. The records were not sold in record stores but at newsstands and in the first supermarkets, that were established in Germany in the 50s.
“Total Verrückt” (totally crazy) is a cover version of Robert Benett`s German version of Elvis´”All Shook Up”:
I would guess that “Francesco Barini” also sang “Total Verrückt” because his voice sounds very similar.
Not a lot is known about the artists behind these recordings. Who were “Francesco Barini”, “Delia Doris” or “Alexander Gordan”? In some cases there are probably some familiar names behind those fantasy names. The same goes for a lot of Budget labels. Some were simply branches of big labels. It`s hard to find out some forty to fifty years later. The story of the hundreds of German independent labels has not been written yet. There are still a lot of mysteries to be solved.
“Baby, ich schieß dir einen Teddybär” is a cover version of Jörg Maria Berg`s German version of Perry Como`s “Kewpie Doll” from 1958.
This record is a soundtrack record with two songs from the film “Brennender Sand”(Burning Sands) starring Israeli actor and pop singer Daliah Lavi (spelled wrong on the sleeve!). In fact it was Daliah Lavi`s first mayor role in a film and predates her singing career. This film is also the first German-Israeli co-production.
Töff Töff was a Berlin dance hall/restaurant located at Residenzstr. 1-2 in Reinickendorf. Fittingly it was advertising for it with a Hully Gully dance.
German cover version of “The Chordettes” 1958 hit record “Lollipop”.
German cover version of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Billy & Lillie´s “Lucky Ladybug” from 1959.
ALEXANDER GORDAN, Schwarzer Domino (Dance Little Girl)