Il Ragazzi della Via Gluck were Adriano Celentano`s backing band from 1966 to 1970 and this is their first single published on Celentano`s own Clan Records. But I didn`t know this when I bought it. The Ragazzis don`t exactly look like a Beat group but the song Rock! Il Padre del Beat sounded promising. Well, that turned out to be more of a nostalgic Rock`n`Roll number but the B-side is great: a italian version of Sam & Dave`s Soul classic Hold on I´m Coming …
“Orlando is a twenty-year old Italian singer born in Cairo, Egypt. He moved to Paris where he swiftly made a name for himself as a successful interpreter of top-hits of the day. Orlando is a Bel-Air-Barclay recording artist.”
It doesn`t mention that Orlando, born Bruno Gigliotti is the youngest brother of Yolanda Gigliotti, better known as Dalida.
Somehow the Slàva Kunst Orchestra got to back Orlando on “Mustapha”, a 1960 hit in France for Bob Azzam, also for Barclay Records.
ORLANDO, Ya Mustapha, 1962
ORLANDO, Banjo Boy, 1962
ORLANDO, Itsy Bitsy, 1962
ORLANDO, Venti quattro mila baci, 1962
Not a German record but one that i found in a nearby thrift store. I don`t know anything about Pino Guerra . The only information i could find, was a Guitar-learning Instruction-book on ebay. From the sound of this, he was the Italian Jorgen Ingman. Not exactly Jimmy Bryant, but playing “Trick-guitar”, European style.
“Guitar Twist” is a pretty standard instrumental-twist song, but I just like this guitar style very much.
I will post stuff by Miroslav Kefurt and Dieter Resch (the Czechoslovak and East-German exponents of that style) in the future. No information whatsoever about the “artist” who did the cover-drawing.
PINO GUERRA, Guitar Twist, 1961