TONY UND DIE BLUE BEATS, Ich such´ ein schickes Baby, 1964Posted: March 13, 2015
More German ska! Tony, born Manfred Oberdörffer, got his stage name “Tony Tornado” when he was with the Tonics, the German budget beat band of the 60s. Also billed as the Ravers and the Spots, they mostly recorded cover songs for Polydor and its budget subsidiary Tip. In 1971 Tony hit with Mädchen mit roten Haaren, that reached #21 in the German charts.
Both of the songs by Tony and the Blue Beats do make an effort to translate the Jamaican blue beat sound into German pop music. Ironically, the original version of Ich such´ ein schickes Baby, Do the Blue Beat (The Jamaican ska), was recorded by Dinah Lee, half-way around the globe in New Zealand. This pairing of ska songs though, was more likely based on an obscure US-RCA release by Ray Rivera, that featured the same songs.
Naturally, Tony´s jamaican ska versions are heavily doused in schlager.
The sleeve is from popsike. The record was sold on Ebay for 79 Euros two years ago. I bought my sleeveless 45 in a local record store for 4 Euros.