TED JARRETT, (Let`s Twist) Slow And Easy, 1961

I do the Twist all the time myself. You can dance the Twist to pretty much any fast music, even Punk. But if you`d like to start slow and easy…

TED JARRETT, (Let`s Twist) Slow And Easy, 1961

TED JARRETT, My Happiness Twist, 1961


FREDDY TINO & THE TWISTING CYCLONES, Shoestring Twist, 1961

How fitting that this should come from New Orleans. Shoestring Twist is a very very fast Twist.

Like a cyclone…

FREDDY TINO & THE TWISTING CYCLONES, Shoestring Twist, 1961

FREDDY TINO & THE TWISTING CYCLONES, Come On Let´s Twist, 1961


GABRIEL AND THE ANGELS, Don´t Wanna Twist No-More, 1961

Nice Teen Pop Twist with some very sweet lines: “I don´t wanna do the twist no more because I never get to hold my Baby”….

GABRIEL AND THE ANGELS, Don´t Wanna Twist No-More, 1961

GABRIEL AND THE ANGELS, That´s Life(That´s Tough), 1961


GEORGE HUDSON WITH THE KINGS OF TWIST, Doodlin´Twist, 1960

Who were the Kings of Twist?  Hank Ballard, Chubby Checker, Joey Dee and Jack Hammer together in one group?

Find out yourself…

GEORGE HUDSON WITH THE THE KINGS OF TWIST, Doodlin´Twist, 1960


JEAN TOMÉ, Uh-Ah-Ah-Twist, 1961

Man, I don`t know anything about these people. This is a wacky German Twist song. I do like all of these Twist records but who were these people?

JEAN TOMÉ, Uh-Ah-Ah-Twist, 1961


MARINO MARINI, Caffettiera Twist, 1961

marino-marini-frontmarino-marini-backmarino-marini-labelMy girlfriend gave me this record for my birthday 10 years ago when I was obsessed with collecting the Twist. She had actually made a trip to a specialist record shop and asked for a Twist record.

Caffeteria Twist is a cover-version of Randy Randolph´s 1958 saxophone-instrumental hit record  Percolator. The b-side Mille Luci is my favourite song of all of these songs. I know I´ll be pretty alone with that feeling because it is also the least rockin´one but that song makes me dream of scooters, ice-cream parlors and everything 60´s in Bella Italiacaffeteria-twist

MARINO MARINI, Caffettiera Twist, 1961

MARINO MARINI, Mille Luci, 1961

In his comment below Ilias just sent these links to some beautiful clips from European films that feature the Twist. The first one is from the Italian film Il Sorpasso directed by Dino Risi starring Vittorio Gassman:

This one is  from the Greek film O kyrios Pterarhos (Mr Wing-commander) from 1963. The guy dressed in the Greek Air Force uniform who is dancing with the charming lady is Thanos Souyioul (son of the very famous Greek songwriter Mihalis Souyioul) who died very untimely few years later in a car accident.

Great choices! Thanks a lot Ilias!


PETE MARCEL, Sloppy-Twist-A-Fish, 1961

juke-box-frontjuke-box-backjuke-box-labelThis MUST have been re-released by someone but I couldn`t find anything. I bought this Swedish EP in Prague a couple of years ago while I was looking for Supraphon 45´s. I have a bunch of great Czechoslovakian and Polish Twist records that I will post some other time because this is already getting a bit too long.  Whenever I post  more than a few records the downloads seem to go down anyway. Last week´s top download (62) was the opening post The Madison by Al Brown and his Tunetoppers followed closely(55) by the Bulgarian Madison 5 by the Studio 5.sloppy

But Sloppy really is a great Twist song! Don´t miss this…

PETE MARCEL, Sloppy-Twist-A-Fish, 1961


EDDY TWISTER AND HIS WO-DA-Wo, Double Twist, 1961

double-twist-frontdouble-twist-backdouble-twist-labelWo-Ba-Wo-Da-Wo is another contender for should-have-been-already-comped-by-someone but again I couldn´t find anything. That´s not to say that it wasn´t, maybe I just didn´t search too deep.wo-da-wo

Anyway,  great  crazy Twists from I guess France…

EDDY TWISTER AND HIS WO-DA-Wo, Double Twist, 1961

EDDY TWISTER AND HIS WO-DA-Wo, Wo-Ba-Wo-Da-Wo, 1961