Der Liebestraum als Twist is the craziest and fastest German twist song ever and Bob Gerry recorded the craziest and fastest version of it for the budget label Baccarola. I´ve always loved the over-the-top wackiness of that version. I posted the record two years ago here but also wrote about Der Liebestraum and Christian Bruhn , the original artist that recorded it, two weeks ago in my weekly Jungle World column here. My article ended with the sentence: whatever became of Bob Gerry is unknown. I´ve had the record for 30 years and never knew who Bob Gerry was.
While browsing in some older articles in the German Rock´n´Roll Records Forum a couple of days ago I read that Bob Gerry was one of the pseudonyms that Werner Hass used for his Baccarola label recordings. And then I also got a E-mail from Hartmut who had read both articles and hinted that it wasn´t such a mystery who Bob Gerry really was. There is even some information about Bob Gerry/Werner Hass in English on this Joe Meek tribute site. Coincidentally I had written a little bit about Werner Hass in one of my last post .
While answering Hartmut´s mail I realised that I had two more Baccarola Ep´s that feature Bob Gerry. They were sleeveless, sitting in one of the boxes to take to our next Auktion/Destruktion happenings. I obviously never thought too highly of them but now is a good opportunity to post them.
Baby-Twist was a hit for Will Brandes in 1962. You can hear Will Brandes hilarious German version of the Everly Brothers Wake Up Little Suzie (Wach auf little Susie) over at at the Evil Pain Clown blog.
Now Bob Gerry´s Baby-Twist ain´t so bad. Its nothing like his killer version of Liebestraum but its still a cute little twistin´tune…
Look what I found today at the small flea-market that is happening every Saturday down the street from where I live. Another version of “Der Liebestraum als Twist” on the ORIOLE label from England. The record is a little beat up but it plays fine and it was only 50 cents. The label lists a Peter Pavey as the author of the Franz Liszt Twist but I`ll believe the original Liebestraum Twist was written by Christian Bruhn as long as somebody proves otherwise. This version has a similar intro: “Herrjeh, Herrjeh, Herrjeh, all lovers of Liszt will now twist!”. On the other hand musically this version beats the original version by a long shot. This is great rock`n`roll as is the B-Side Twist or Bust.