MARINO MARINI, Caffettiera Twist, 1961

marino-marini-frontmarino-marini-backmarino-marini-labelMy girlfriend gave me this record for my birthday 10 years ago when I was obsessed with collecting the Twist. She had actually made a trip to a specialist record shop and asked for a Twist record.

Caffeteria Twist is a cover-version of Randy Randolph´s 1958 saxophone-instrumental hit record  Percolator. The b-side Mille Luci is my favourite song of all of these songs. I know I´ll be pretty alone with that feeling because it is also the least rockin´one but that song makes me dream of scooters, ice-cream parlors and everything 60´s in Bella Italiacaffeteria-twist

MARINO MARINI, Caffettiera Twist, 1961

MARINO MARINI, Mille Luci, 1961

In his comment below Ilias just sent these links to some beautiful clips from European films that feature the Twist. The first one is from the Italian film Il Sorpasso directed by Dino Risi starring Vittorio Gassman:

This one is  from the Greek film O kyrios Pterarhos (Mr Wing-commander) from 1963. The guy dressed in the Greek Air Force uniform who is dancing with the charming lady is Thanos Souyioul (son of the very famous Greek songwriter Mihalis Souyioul) who died very untimely few years later in a car accident.

Great choices! Thanks a lot Ilias!

4 Comments on “MARINO MARINI, Caffettiera Twist, 1961”

  1. You have donated us an indescribably beautiful 3-week party with the ’60s dance crazes, dear Andreas! (I wonder if some day could be organized a great international party with these dances in Berlin or elsewhere, by the fans of this blog… It would be terrific!)

    Moreover, I’d like to encourage you so as not to feel alone about fancying “Mille Luci”, because I also enjoyed it very, very much; and in order to make your nostalgic feelings about Italy in the ’60s, a little more “tangible”, I’m offering you this extract: from my beloved film “Il sorpasso” with the excellent Vittorio Gassman!
    In addition, here: is a sample of how the Greeks did the Twist…

    I have so enjoyed your today’s posts, especially the twists featured with orchestras, like Adam Ross’ “20th Century Rockin’ Room Twist”, which is implying a melody by Paderewski (!

    I feel sorry that this marvelous dance party is over, but I’m hopping that we’ll have the opportunity to “savour” some “mouthfuls” of these dances here and there, in the future…!

    Best regards!

    PS: Viel Spaß und viel Erfolg bei eurem Auktion-Destruktion!!!

  2. mischalke04 says:

    Dear Ilias,

    You inspired me to search for more Twist clips and so I posted some that I found right away. There must be many more crazy Twist clips out there. Thanks for your encouragement. I´m happy that you enjoyed the dance craze weeks and I hope you won´t be dissapointed if I return to my usual weird advertisement flexis and private pressings in the future…

    Grüsse aus Berlin

  3. KLinNYC says:

    The original “Percolator Twist” was in 1962 by Billy Joe & The Checkmates on Dore (US). There were also US cover versions on other labels (including Mercury-Philips). It was based on an instrumental TV commercial jingle for Maxwell House Coffee.

    The Italian vocal version is really good.

    The video clips are priceless, although the dancers are much calmer than those in the US.
    Now, if you could find some of those crazy US films with wild dancers kneeling, jumping up, and doing back flips…

  4. Did anyone ever work out what the music is on the Greek “Let’s Go Twist” clip? This is driving me crazy! I have the same jukebox and I would love to find this record.

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