GIANFRANCO INTRA SEXTET, Hully Gully Tom-Tom, 1963

hully-gully-fronthully-gully-labelNow  what kind of music might be on this record? Gianfranco Intra and his orchestra backed Betty Curtis on Al di là in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961. That`s about all I found out.

Hey Michael, how`s the weather in Milano? Can you find more?gully

GIANFRANCO INTRA SEXTET, Hully Gully Tom-Tom, 1963

GIANFRANCO INTRA SEXTET, Hully Gully “A” “O”, 1963


11 Comments on “GIANFRANCO INTRA SEXTET, Hully Gully Tom-Tom, 1963”

  1. michaelvee says:

    . ..thanks for this great collection of hip HullyGully-Highlights…how come the Garage-community completely forgot this craze ? (which must have been popular specially in Germany , it seems).. hard to beat your wonderful selection but if I find some Italian remake, I’ll sure will send it to you… (in this moment, in Milan it’s pouring cats&dogs….)

    tanti saluti

  2. mischalke04 says:

    Thanks a lot. There were thousands of Hully Gully songs world wide. This is is just a very very small collection. Somebody should start a Hully Gully blog. Maybe there IS already somebody doing that somewhere…?

    Greetings from sunny Berlin!

    Alles Gute

  3. michaelvee says:

    hallo Andreas…. bin gerade dabei, mit mit Deinen tracks eine schöne CD-R zu basteln… bin genau Deiner Meiung re: HullyGully-Blog.. nur eine Frage raubt mir den Schlaf: Wir kennen die Twisthose (mit Schlitz unten und Schnalle hinten, später ganz hip auch invertiert), die Slophose (Zigarettenform, tief gesetzter Bund) und die Shake-Hose (mit Kellerfalte, auch farbig abgesetzt für die ganz Mutigen), jedoch: Wie sah die Hully Gully Hose aus…??? ein echtes black hole in der Kulturgeschichte!

  4. mischalke04 says:

    Ich könnte ja mal eine Hully Gully Hose zeichnen…Diese anderen Hosen kommen mir bekannt vor, ich habe aber keine Bilder vor Augen. Klingen aber gut die Namen.

    Überhaupt witzig, das das Wort Halli Galli in Deutschland immer noch im Sprachgebrauch ist: “Hier ist aber Halli Galli!” (Hier ist aber ganz schön viel los). Aber was bedeutet Hully Gully ursprünglich? Klar, es ist ein Nonsens-Wort, aber irgendwas wird doch zu dem Wort geführt haben. Gully von Seagull (Möve)? Immerhin wäre das eine Erklärung für ein paar Flügelschlag ähnliche Tanzbewegungen. Oder ist der Abwasserkanal (Gully) gemeint? Oder Hully von to hull (sich schälen)? Die sich schälende Möve? Das könnte sein. Oder bin ich jetzt schon völlig Hully Ga-Ga-Gully…?

  5. Karel says:

    Gianfranco Intra was born in 1930 in Milan. Great composer and piano player, both on jazz and pop scene.

  6. mischalke04 says:

    Dear Karel,

    thanks for the info.
    I was hoping someone would find something one day.

    Greetings from Berlin

  7. Karel says:

    With my pleasure :)

  8. Troy McClure says:

    Hully Gully Fight Song on the Reeperbahn?

    Several of the former Beatles (Pete Best, George Harrison, Paul McCartney etc.) have said that almost every time they played “Hully Gully” in Hamburg (it was a regular in their set), a fight would break out. It seems that this song was kind of a trigger for violent aggression with the rockers and sailors on the Reeperbahn. In fact, Allan Williams remembered in his book “The Man Who Gave The Beatles Away” that John Lennon got into a fight with a wealthy older man at the Kaiserkeller when this song was played by the band. Strange, because the lyrics sound so tame about a little dance step.

  9. mischalke04 says:

    Thanks for caring!”Hully Gully” is still a active German wording today. We say: there´s a lot of “Halli Galli” (meaning action) going on. The German”Halli Galli” has definitely survived from the Hully Gully dance in the 60´s..

    By the way I do have a pretty tough and primitive Hully Gully song by the Berlin beat group “The Rebel Guys”. I´ll post it on Thursday.

  10. Troy McClure says:

    Thanks, man.

    Here’s the quote from the Beatles Anthology book (p. 53) where George Harrison is quoted: “The problem with the nightclubs in Hamburg was that most of the waiters and the barmen were gangsters. They were tough guys, anyway,; they were fighters, and there would always be fights. The most popular tune to fight to, not only in Hamburg but in Liverpool too, was ‘Hully Gully’. Every time we did ‘Hully Gully’ there would be a fight. In Liverpool they would be hitting each other with fire extinguishers. On Saturday night they would all be back from the pub and you could guarantee ‘Hully Gully’! I remember there were many nights in Hamburg when they pulled tear-gas guns out. But on one particular night you could smell the Players and Capstan cigarettes and we thought, ‘Oh, eh up, the British are here.’ Soldiers were in, and I remember telling one not to mess around with the barmaid, that she belonged to the club manager — one of the tough guys. But this soldier was getting drunk, trying to make it with the barmaid, and the next minute ‘Hully Gully’ was playing and all hell broke loose. By the end of the song we had to stop playing because of the tear gas.”
    –end of Harrison quote

    I don’t have any recording of the Beatles doing that song, but on the Dec. 1962 Star Club recordings, tacked onto the end (and sometimes incorrectly credited to The Beatles) is a version of “Hully Gully” performed at that time in the Star Club by another English group, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers. From what Kingsize Taylor said in an interview recently, all the English groups in Hamburg at that time shared the same rotation of other peoples’ songs, and did them pretty much in the same style, so hearing this would sound kind of like the Beatles’ version I would guess. I think a funny way to mix this tune might be to have sounds of fighting, chairs hitting, glass breaking, while hearing Cliff Bennett’s live version from 1962. I might have to do that on my radio show!

  11. plan59 says:

    Greetings from Greece. Nice blog!
    Hully Gully Tom-Tom / Hully Gully “O” “A”
    was also issued in Greece (PHILIPS 363 668 PF / 3651)
    …one of my favorites!

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