Sometime this week I hit the mark of 100.000 “total views”. Whatever that means. It still feels kinda good. It looks like a whole lot of people are reading my blog. Thanks dear readers! Pretty strange considering some of the weird records that I`ve posted since I started in November 2007. Or is it, as I`d like to think, because of that?
Last week it was the Hully Gully this week it`s Madison Time. Another early 60`s dance craze. The music on these records ranges from Pop, Jazz, Easy Listening, Novelty to some real fine Rock`n`Roll.
Initially I started to buy these dance records because they were left behind by more serious Rock`n`Roll or Beat collectors who considered them to be only weak versions of the real thing. And it`s true most of them are. I guess I`m not much of a gourmet. I thought the left-overs tasted pretty good and then I got used to the cheap diet. And some of them are actually not so bad…
Al Brown`s Tunetoppers did the original Madison and initiated the dance craze. There are some great lines here done by Cookie Brown:
Oh, the line sure swings
The cat’s a Madison king
The line is nice and strong
Couldn’t catch a single cat wrong
So here`s the black Rock`n`Roll beginning of the Madison…
Madison Time is basically the same song as The Madison with changed lyrics and calls by Eddie Morrison. Maybe a little more refined and less aggressive. Ray Bryant`s Madison Time was one of the few Jazz records that hit the top of the Pop charts. But just like Al Brown`s version this still has a black touch. It´s basically Jazz music done by a accomplished Jazz musician.
Here you can see the song and the dance performed in the film Hairspray (1988) by John Waters:
I just found out that the wonderful I´m Learning To Share blog posted Ray Bryant´s American picture sleeve release of Madison Time two years ago here. His research was a little deeper than mine so I´d like t share his link to a very informative article about How the Madison and the Twist “Crossed Over”.
Part one of Madison Time has all the snappy dance instructions and part two is the instrumental. Very handy for teachers…
This is a German version of Madison Time with instructions in German and a instrumental b-side. Of course it`s considerably less cool. Instead of “Rock on, you´re looking good” the caller says “Sehen Sie, prima machen Sie das!” (There you go, well done, Sir!).
Sergeant Schulz doin`the Madison…
LES CHAKACHAS, Madison 62, 1962
Both sides credit a Osterwald, so I assume the Swiss musician and bandleader Hazy Osterwald was behind this group or at least co-wrote these songs. It sure sounds like it too: Hallo Inspector Madison is a pretty funny Madison song sung in German. Night-Club Madison is a song by the Chakachas.
These sides credit a Kuhn so again I believe it was Paul Kuhn who was playing in Jonny Teupens group. This is easy listening instrumental Jazz music with a Madison beat. Music to make some light Half Turns and Boss Turns to on Sunday mornings..
A nondescript record sleeve: some landscape and no info. All other text on the label written in a language you can`t read. You can`t even read the letters. Why did I buy this? Because I like surprises and how could a record be more puzzling!? That`s my favorite type of record!
I don`t know where I got it from but I used to buy a lot of East-European records in the 90`s. When I saw a Balkanton record I bought it. With what I can remember from my Russian class 25 years ago I can barely read the letters. This was still easy. This is a Bulgarian Madison song played by a Jazz group that is trying to do Rock`n`Roll, including nice guitar, saxophone, piano and acoustic bass solos. Does that sound good? It does to me…
I like this cute little piano player on the Microson company-sleeve…