TEDDY MARTIN AND HIS LAS VEGAS TWISTERS, Twistin´The Twist, 1961

teddy-martin-frontteddy-martin-backteddy-martin-label“COME ON,  BROTHER! DO IT! DO IT! DO IT! DO IT!DO IT! YEEEEEAH!” With a Intro like that you know what you´re in for. Sob For A Gob is a really fast Twist almost as fast as the Twisting Cyclones. A great French EP!

TEDDY MARTIN AND HIS LAS VEGAS TWISTERS, Twistin´The Twist, 1961

TEDDY MARTIN AND HIS LAS VEGAS TWISTERS, Sob For A Gob, 1961

TEDDY MARTIN AND HIS LAS VEGAS TWISTERS, Lil´Joe, 1961

TEDDY MARTIN AND HIS LAS VEGAS TWISTERS, Down Las Vegas Way, 1961

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GEORGES JOUVIN ET SON ORCHESTRE, Amen Twist, 1962

georges-jouvin-frontgeorges-jouvin-backspecial-twist-labelThe decorative shelf on the left is the same kind that covers a whole wall of my room. It´s the cheapest kind of shelf you can get at a hardware store. I used to have only a few but then it sprawled into this huge thing that hangs on the wall now. All my little knickknacks don`t really get to show in the company of all the others. It´s the antithesis to this carefully placed decoration. But whatever, I could never decide on just 7 pieces anyway…georges

GEORGES JOUVIN ET SON ORCHESTRE, Amen Twist, 1962

GEORGES JOUVIN ET SON ORCHESTRE, Peppermint Twist, 1962

GEORGES JOUVIN ET SON ORCHESTRE, La Lecon de Twist, 1962


MAXIM SAURY ET SON ORCHESTRE, Regine Twist, 1962

maxim-saury-frontmaxim-saury-backmaxim-saury-labelThese Twists have some nice French intros and then they go into what Whoops in one of his comments called :

“…forty something musicians with great musical skills trying to do their best to sound as simple and crude as teenagers and the best part is that they never quite succeed in doing so.”

That pretty much nails this one down!twist

MAXIM SAURY ET SON ORCHESTRE, Regine Twist, 1962

MAXIM SAURY ET SON ORCHESTRE, Let´s Twist Again, 1962

Some other time…


SANTO & JOHNNY, Twistin`Bells, 1962

twistin-bellstwistin-bells-labelThis is my favorite Rock`n`Roll Christmas song right after Elvis`s “Santa Claus is back in town”. I love Santo & Johnny and if you find any of their records I highly recommend you to buy them.santo-and-johnny

While not all of their music is Rock`n`Roll and is venturing into easy-listening-land they have a beautiful guitar sound on all their records.

“Twistin` Bells” is a twist-version of “Jingle Bells”and it rocks…

SANTO & JOHNNY, Twistin`Bells, 1962

SANTO & JOHNNY, Bullseye!, 1962


THE ROCKING BOYS, Bailando Madison, 1962

Contrary to most MADISON records THE ROCKING BOYS really rock on this Ep. I don`t have the sleeve to this record so here are some more TWIST and MADISON cartoons from a magazine about the popular Spanish DUO DINAMICO from 1962.

I didn`t find any records while I stayed in Mallorca this time. Seven years ago I bought a whole stack of Spanish teen magazines from the 60`s at a flea-market in Palma. Sadly I missed the flea-market and a swap-meet that was supposed to happen two weeks after I left…

“Didn`t you say that your brother didn`t know how to dance the TWIST?”

“Boy, you listened to too many MADISON records.”

THE ROCKING BOYS, Bailando Madison, 1962

THE ROCKING BOYS, A Madison Square, 1962

THE ROCKING BOYS, Paloma Madison, 1962

THE ROCKING BOYS, Madison en la costa del sol, 1962


LOS CINCOS AMIGOS, Tani-Twist, 1962

LOS CINCOS AMIGOS try their hand at a TWIST song, a Flamenco Twist. It`s trying that counts and sometimes the results are much more surprising than the stuff proper Rockers turn out. In this case a  interesting mixture of Spanish Flamenco music, Arabic music and Rock`n`Roll. In the middle of the song a voice even says in English:” Salamaleikum! Do you know the Arrrabian Twiist? It`s verrry easy!”

Some more TWIST cartoons from a DUO DINAMICO magazine from 1962. Drawn by a guy that called himself INKI-TIKI. Now that`s a great name for a cartoonist! If only I would`ve come up with that…

” He danced the Twist so wildly that he tied himself in a knot!”

” I recommend you to cheer up a bit. Go somewhere where they play modern music on sundays!

” Doctor, I can`t.  On sundays I`m drumming for the band LOCOS DEL TWIST.”

LOS CINCOS AMIGOS, Tani-Twist, 1962


RONN CLAY, Crazy Twist, 1963

twist-twist-covertwist-twist-backtwist-twist-label Two weeks ago I posted a bunch or Beat records by the German cheapo labels “tip” and “Tempo”. This week it`s all about the Twist. These records are not rarities. When I really started collecting Twist records ten years ago I found them all the time. “Ya Ya” was written by Lee Dorsey and Petula Clark had a hit with her cover version “Ya Ya Twist”. This EP is interesting because there are a couple of cover versions of Twist songs by Jack Hammer on it. He was quite well known in Europe in the Twist era and two of his craziest numbers were featured on the classic “Las Vegas Grind” compilation: “The Wiggle” and “Wiggling Fool”. These Twists here are by some unknown budget artist whose real name was most certainly not Ronn Clay…

RONN CLAY, Crazy Twist, 1962

RONN CLAY, Kissin`Twist, 1962

RONN CLAY, Ya Ya Twist, 1962

RONN CLAY, Boogie Woogie Twist, 1962twist-twist-girltwist-twist-face


JIMMY BROWN, Der Liebestraum als Twist, 1962

twist-coverAnother Tempo release, this time with a cover version of  Der Liebestraum als Twist by the German band Charly Cotton and his Twist-Makers.

Charly Cotton was really Christian Bruhn, one of  Germany´s mot successful composers of the post-war era, who wrote countless hits, film scores, advertisement jingles and musicals. His bio lists a job at Tempo records in 1957, but I don`t think  he was instrumental in this release. Today Bruhn is also chairman of the board of GEMA. I hope I`m not in trouble now…

I´m going to post some more of these cover versions of  Der Liebestraum als Twist simply because it was always my favorite German Twist song. Musically it might not be the best, but it certainly is among the wildest. The song starts of with the singer shouting:” Hey, Aufgepasst, Brüder und Schwestern! Macht die Fenster zu und stopft Watte in die Türritzen! Jetzt kommt ein Twist!”

Hey, Watch out, Brothers and Sisters! Close the Windows and put cotton in the door cracks! Here comes a Twist!

JIMMY BROWN, Der Liebestraum als Twist, 1962

TWIST-CLUB 62, Twist-Twist, 1962