PAUL WÜRGES, Weit im Süden in New Orleans, 1960Posted: March 1, 2010
Just to show that there actually was some good German rock´n´roll in the 50´s here´s Paul Würges cover version of Freddy Cannon´s Way Down Yonder In New Orleans.
Bear Family Records re-released his 50´s sides in 1980: Paul Würges mit seinen Rocking All Stars – Der deutsche Bill Haley. I bought that LP when it came out ( along with a Billy Sanders LP) and really loved it then and I still do today. It includes one of the rare cases of a German cover version of a rockabilly classic: Billy Eldridge´s Let´s Go Baby from 1959. Paul Würges must have heard it in one of the GI-clubs that he played in the South of Germany.
Paul Würges original 45´s are quite hard to find and fetch high prices if they turn up on Ebay. I found this beat-up copy in a thrift-store some years ago and took it just because it was cheap and I will probably not get another copy that easily…