LOS TNT, Que Suerte, 1964

B-51-438-frontB-51-438-backB-51-438-BB-51-438-AHappy New Year!

I found this EP last year at a record fair for 1 Euro. Italian-Uruguayan trio Los TNT recorded two dozen EPs between 1960 and 1965, many of them for the Spanish Belter label. TNT was short for the first letters of the nicknames of brothers Edelweiss “Tim” Croatto, Hermes “Tony” Croatto, and sister Argentina “Nelly” Croatto.

A lot of their songs have been featured on three CD re-issues in the late 90s.

Que suerte is easily the best song of this EP. For some unknown reason it has never been re-released.

 

LOS T.N.T., Que Suerte, 1964

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EXPLOSIVO TROPICAL BRISTOL

explosivo-tropical-bristol-frontexplosivo-tropical-bristol-backexplosivo-tropical-bristol-lado-aexplosivo-tropical-bristol-lado-bWhen I was a little boy in the 1970s, album covers decorated with scantily clad women irritated me. We had a few of these in the house, issued by Europa, at the time Germany´s biggest budget label. I guess my mother must have bought them in a supermarket, because my father, a seaman, was away most of the time. It wasn´t adult material that was featured on these Europa LPs,  just the typical hits of the day, albeit played by unknown artists. Incidentally the label also issued most of my children´s records. The budget experience must have rubbed off on me, because I´m still occupied with the cheapos today.

I can´t remember where I bought this Mexican album, but it was many years ago, and not in Mexico. It seems to showcase the Discos Orquidea label and two Discoteca Bristol record stores in Acapulco. All of the songs are Mexican Cumbias, and most of them hits, that are still readily available on Itunes or Amazon. In fact, most of the groups are still active today.

Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Frohe Weihnachten!

LOS MITLATROPICOS, Cumbia De Los Pajaritos, 1980

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AAMOK, Deutsches Weihnachts-Potpourri, 1973

LIN-S-1926-frontLIN-S-1926-1LIN-S-1926-2Aamok was basically producer Conny Plank´s own Novelty/Krautrock-project. Plank himself even did the drawing of  an evil Santa, complete with bloody knife, gun and what looks like a corpse hanging from his bag. But Aaamok was also a short-lived Krautrock label, operated by Conny Plank and Wilken F. Müller, that never really took off. This promotional Holiday record was one of the few items that were published, that actually carried the name Aamok.

The proto-punk Christmas song Deutsches Weihnachts-Potpourri (German Christmas medley) sounds like it could have been released by Mad magazine….

AAMOK, Deutsches Weihnachts-Potpourri, 1973

Wilken F. Müller created the silence…

AAMOK, Silence In The Night, 1973

 


SIDNEY BECHET, Spirit Holiday, 1958

EPL-1752-VOG-frontEPL-1752-VOG-backEPL-1750-VOGEPL-1751-VOGSidney Bechet recorded these four Christmas songs on December 10 and 12, 1958, accompanied by Jean-Claude Pelletier, organ, Claude Gousset, trombone, Alix Bret, bass and Kansas Fields on drums. Less than six month later, Sidney Bechet died in Paris from lung cancer on May 14, 1959, on his 62nd birthday.

While these Holiday tunes might not be considered cream of the crop by some jazz fans, Sidney Bechet did not record a bad song in his lifetime. He even pulled off a spirited version of White Christmas….

SIDNEY BECHET, Spirit Holiday, 1958

SIDNEY BECHET, Blues du Papa Noel, 1958

SIDNEY BECHET, Silent Night, 1958

SIDNEY BECHET, White Christmas, 1958

 

 


TRIO SORRENTO, Geh´n Sie doch… , 1963

zum-tanz-mit-dem-trio-sorrentoT-74253-1T-74253-2Trio Sorrento was a fixture in the Berlin music scene from the 50s to the 70s. While less prolific than fellow Berlin trio 3 Travellers, they still managed to record a bunch of records for Ariola, CBS, Fontana, Elite Special  and budgets like Baccarola and Opera.

Among them, this promotional record for local supermarket chain Butter Beck, issued to celebrate the company´s 75th anniversary. Initially established in 1888 as a butter-shop by Oskar Beck, the company went out of business in 2004, and was sold to local rival Kaiser´s.

In 2006, a retro-Butter Beck toy truck was issued by the German toy manufacturer Wiking. A toy and this happy, swingin´ little tune seem to be the only things that commemorate the company today. An Internet search will probably turn out this post, just because I mentioned Butter Beck a bunch of times.

 

Butter Beck, Butter Beck, Butter Beck….

 

TRIO SORRENTO, Geh´n Sie doch… , 1963

TRIO SORRENTO, Hello Mary Lou, 1963

 

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SHELL HITS mit den Breakaways und den Zulu-Ladies

shell-tipsshell-hitsshell-tips-labelshell-hits-labelShell, the world´s second largest company, employing 92.000 people, came up with the marketing slogan “You Can Be Sure Of Shell” in the 1930s. Twenty years later Bing Crosby and British singer Michael Holliday sang the tune. By the mid- to late sixties, German Shell issued this promotional record, featuring four up-dated versions of the song.

Hey, Shell Marketing Crew! If you discover these songs while browsing the Internet in search of inspiration for your next brainstorming session – no need to look any further: Here´s your new Shell advertizing tune! Custom made for Shell fifty years ago. I know, that you don´t know the history of the advertising campaigns of the company you work for. Very few people in advertizing do. That´s okay. It´s up to collectors like us, to save stuff like this and keep it from being forgotten.

But, just in case you use this… don´t forget to pay me for digitizing the single songs that you never heard before, and no longer have in your archives.

Just kidding….

THE BREAKAWAYS , You Can Be Sure Of Shell (Beat-Version)

THE ZULU-LADIES, You Can Be Sure Of Shell (Soul-Version)

THE BREAKAWAYS, You Can Be Sure Of Shell (Latin Jazz-Version)

THE ZULU-LADIES, You Can Be Sure Of Shell (Girl Group-Version)

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MAYA, Orangen aus Marokko, 1963

orangen-aus-marokkoali-baba-maroc-twistI´ve been curious about the identity of Maya for a long while. Time after time, I searched the Internet for information about this particular German release, but despite some sellers offering it on Ebay, I couldn´t find anything. Finally one day, I used another combination of words in the search, and it turns out Maya is actually Maya Casabianca.

Born Margalit Azran, in Casablanca, Morocco in 1945, Maya Casabianca moved to Israel when she was three years old and in 1956 to Paris with her family. In 1970, she immigrated to Haifa, Israel. From the early to mid-1960s, Casabianca recorded dozens of records for Philips.

Choosing the stage name Casabianca, Philips probably tried to model Maya´s career after the success of Dalida, who was originally from Egypt. Her two German songs, described as Maroc-Twist, also exploited her arabic background. Orangen aus Marokko, co-written and backed by Henry Mayer and his orchestra, is about sweet oranges from Morocco, still a luxury in post-war-germany of the early 1960s. Ali Baba is about the fairy-tale robber. For some reason, Maya Casabianca was shortened to Maya, and the sleeve, that I found Online elsewhere, doesn´t show her, but just a model.

Anyway, it´s a shame, that these two songs have not been re-issued in 50 years. They should have been hits…

 

MAYA, Orangen aus Marokko, 1963

MAYA, Ali Baba, 1963

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Today, Maya Casabianca still lives in Israel. Here, she is shown in a recent Israeli TV-documentary:

 

 

 

 


OUTSIDE TURN – Berlin Swing Radio Show #32

outside-turn-sw-5On Wednesday, our monthly radio show, OUTSIDE TURN, aired on local Pi-Radio. As usual, Jörg and I played a bunch of swingin´ jazz tunes, both old and brand new.

We´ve been doing the show for the past two years, only this time, I created a Mixcloud thing for the first time.

Enjoy!

OUTSIDE TURN - Berlin Swing Radio Show, 12.03.2014 by Andreas Michalke on Mixcloud

Tracklist

1. LESTER YOUNG - It Takes Two To Tango (1952)
2. CARELESS CATSOld Man On The Mountain (2014)
3. ALEX PANGMANFit as A Fiddle (20014)
4. HELEN HUMES & COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRAThursday (1939)
5. ACE HARRISHey Honey (1951)
6. WYNONA CARRThe Ballgame (1952)
7. JIMMIE NOONEThey Got My Number Now (1940)
8. GENE GILMORE & THE FIVE BREEZESLaundry Man (1940)
9. BEN WEBSTERWoke Up Clipped ((1943)
10. BLANCHE CALLOWAY AND HER ORCHESTRAI Got What it Takes (1931)
11. CECIL GRANT - Hit That Jive Jack (1947)
12. CHRIS BARBER & HIS JAZZBAND - Get Right Church And Let´s Go Home (1967)
13.  FATS WALLER - Don´t Let It Bother You (1934)
14. JAN “PTAZYN” WROBLEWSKI & HIS ALL STARSUpstairs (1958)
15. LOS CROCODILOSMe Myself And I
16. LIONEL HAMPTONPanama
17. COLEMAN HAWKINS & HIS ORCHESTRA - What Harlem Is To Me (1935)
18. SIDNEY BECHETSpirit Holiday (1959)
19. CONNIE EVINGSON & THE JOHN JORGESON QUINTETJersey Bounce (2014)
20. FIVE RHYTHM KINGSPlease Don´t Talk About Me When I´m Gone (1931)
21. GLENN CRYTZER & HIS SYNCOPATORSC Jam Blues
22. BLANCHE CALLOWAY AND HER ORCHESTRA – Just A Crazy Song (1931)
23. ALLUPHONES(?)What A Wonderful World
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