TED MORRIS UND SEIN ORCHESTER, Der verliebte Gockel, 1960

I´m not going to DJ these songs. I´m not going to play them on the radio. I will not even play them for anyone at home. The only communication I will have about this record is here. Like some crazy person talking to myself…

There is a reason why nobody wants to listen to these songs and why they have not been reissued in over fifty years. Real 1930s/40s swing music is still in high demand today, but not this type of goofy 1950s retro swing music with a harmonica theme. Despite the cover showing some teenagers draped around a French hot rod, this music was not made for teenagers.  It was for old people, guys like me. Today the equivalent would be a no name band playing slightly spiced-up 1980s hit songs.  Ted Morris sounds very much like a pseudonym.  I suspect the group to be German, but I don´t know anything about them, there is no information on the Internet.

These expendable type of records are why I started this blog. What I find  endearing, is that nobody needs them. Nobody wants them. They´re lost.  But if you´ll listen, there´s a lot happening in these songs…


TED MORRIS UND SEIN ORCHESTER, Der verliebte Gockel, 1960




The car has a little  § 51 painted on the side.  It refers to a German law that into the 1960s ruled that mentally ill persons  could not be held criminally responsible.

Really… totally crazy, these teenagers…

4 Comments on “TED MORRIS UND SEIN ORCHESTER, Der verliebte Gockel, 1960”

  1. boogieman says:

    Hi Andreas,
    I like your blog and this obscure, forgotten and lost music. I do collect similar records – mostly Belgian, often on 78 rpm, some in 25 cm – in addition to a more serious (and expensive) jazz addiction. Once in a while I spend an evening spinning those old records and really enjoy the music. Most of my friends are into jazz, rock , blues and wonder what i find in those old scratchy records of non-descript music. They think it’s age …

  2. mischalke04 says:

    I really like your blog too. After listening to a lot of goofy music, I always do get back to the more serious stuff. Sadly not a lot of Jazz fans seem to be into collecting records nowadays. Or not as many compared to the rock´n´roll record collectors. Or they just don´t like to blog about it. Anyway we should stick together. Support each other´s weird collecting habits here in blogland, the haven of weirdness….

  3. Kurt L - KL in NYC says:

    This music isn’t “swing” music. It came after “Sweet” music (Guy Lombardo, Wayne King, and that music in The Little Rascals movies of the 1930s).
    Most people in the US would immediately associate this style with Lawrence Welk, who was a famous American bandleader who grew up in a US German community and didn’t learn English until he was in his teens (so he always had a German accent).
    He called the style “Champagne” music, and he has tons of LPs on Dot Records. (His earlier recordings on Coral, a division of US Decca, might not be as clearly defined as “Champagne” music because that recording contract was more restrictive.)
    He had a long-running national TV show in which his orchestra featured soloists on accordion and honky-tonk piano.
    Throughout the early1950s to late-1960s, his music was very popular with senior citizens.
    You might want to look him up, if you haven’t already.

  4. mischalke04 says:

    It might not be real swing music but I still like these songs… I never said I had good taste in music…

    Guy Lombardo and Lawrence Welk never really got to be popular in Europe, but I´ve seen their records in the US many times. Here in Germany Heino is ruling over the 50 cents bins…

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