AKIS LYMOURIS, Gloudy Sanday, 1962

While on the island another journalist from Jungle World  bought this Everybody dances the Sirtaki LP to review it in our Cyprus issue. When it was time to go back home he wanted to leave it in one of our bungalows so I had mercy with it and took it.

Most of it is pretty lame traditional Sirtaki music but I still kinda like the first and the very last songs on the LP. Especially the ultra fast Baxe Tsifliki is great for twisting. But then it gets reeeeeally fast and I guess everybody always lost their balance and that´s why it needs to be the last song…

AKIS LYMOURIS, Gloudy Sanday, 1962

AKIS LYMOURIS, Baxe Tsifliki, 1962

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THE RAY BRYANT COMBO, Madison Time, 1960

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…

THE RAY BRYANT COMBO, Madison-time 1.Teil, 1962

THE RAY BRYANT COMBO, Madison-time 2.Teil, 1962