JINGLE JUMPERS, Jumpin´ The Jingle, 1965

jingle-jumpers-frontjingle-jumpers-backexp-4422-vogexp-4423-vogThis EP promoted the Jingle Jump toy in France. Dansez Le Jingle Jump is a cover version of  Jingle Jump bei Danny Peil and the Tigers/Apollos.

When I first listened to this EP, I immediately thought: This does not sound like a budget-group doing a half-assed promo song, but an established rock´n´roll band. I listened to it again and again. Finally it hit me: I know this voice!  It sounds like Eddy Mitchell!

I found reference to the record in the book La belle histoire des groupes de rock français des années 60 by Jean Chalvidant and Hervé Mouvet published in 2001:  In 1962, Eddy Mitchell broke up with Chausettes Noires and went solo in 1963. In 1964 he briefly got together with Les Fantômes and recorded these four beat tunes…

JINGLE JUMPERS, La lecon de jingle jump, 1965

JINGLE JUMPERS, Jumpin´ the jingle, 1965

JINGLE JUMPERS, Dansez le jingle, 1965

JINGLE JUMPERS, Jingle jump champions, 1965



Actually this is almost too good to be posted here. It´s  a fantastic LP and I was surprised when I searched for it on the internet and found, that it has never been re-released (apart from Hummel-Twist that appeared on a bunch of comps such as the Beat on The Krauts Im Star Club Hamburg LP Vol.2 that Dionysus/Romulan re-released in the 90´s and on one of Bear Family´s  Tausend Nadelstiche CDs) at least to my knowledge. There´s no reason why this music should not be heard by as many people as possible. But please let me know if I´m wrong. If this ever saw a proper re-release,  I´ll delete it immediately. This album definitely deserves one. Posting music of this caliber (and format!) will be an exception here and I´ll return to my usual beloved garbage pickings next week: the music that doesn´t need to be heard by as many people as possible…

I bought the album 10 years ago in pretty excellent condition (so please take the time to look at my supersized scans) and initially I only wanted to post one track of it , Hully Gully, because Troy pointed out in one of his recent comments that the Hully Gully song seems to have been a trigger for violence when played in the Beatles Star Club era. Toni Cavanaugh´s version is pretty free and wild and has some lightning-fast guitar breaks but it´s not a very aggressive song. The wording “Halli Galli” however, directly derived from the Hully Gully dance craze is still used in Germany. We say: “Da is ganz schön Halli Galli!“, like, there´s some action  going on! Mostly it´s positive but it could also mean a quarrel. Toni Cavanaugh´s Hully Gully  is one of the wildest Hully Gully songs I know:

We´ll what about this outbreak of violence when Hully Gully was played? I don´t know these things, I was born in 1966. I did however grow up in  Hamburg right by the Alster, the beautiful lake that lies in the center of the city. My father and my mother went to the Star Club on one of their first dates. I´ve been living in Berlin for 13 years now and I love Berlin but Hamburg is my home town and will always stay close to my heart. I´ll always be a Hamburger.

Toni Cavanaugh (Orlester Watson Cavanaugh) was born in Indianapolis in 1939 ( the year my mother was born). He landed in Germany in the late 50´s as a US paratrooper and was stationed near Mannheim but soon found himself entertaining the troops on various stages around Germany. After his military time he ended up in Hamburg in the blossoming rock´n´roll scene on the Reeperbahn. In 1960 he was drumming in Tony Sheridan´s group the Jets for a while, who were playing the Top Ten club regularly. He also played with Tony Sheridan in the Star-Combo, kinda the house-band at the Star Club from 1963 to 1964.

In 1962 he had his own group, the Bats. 1964 saw the release of this LP Rock´n Twist Slop Hully Gully with the Liverpool Triumphs.

Side 1 starts of with a rousing versions of

Long Tall Sally (wrongly titled My Babe on both the label and the sleeve) Mashed Potatoe

I´m Talking About You

and a fast saxophone-driven version of  What I´d Say.Hummel-Twist is Tony Cavanaugh´s most well-known song, likely because it was the only one sung in German on this LP. Hummel Hummel Mors Mors is a very old greeting of local Hamburgers. As legend has it, Hans Hummel was a poor worker, a water carrier in the 18th century, who was always teased by little kids, so he replied: “Klei di an´n mors!”(kiss my ass). The greeting is a call and response thing. When I was a kid and we were on a family trip, me and  my brother used to look for passing cars that were also from Hamburg. When we found one, we´d scream “Hummel Hummel” and sometimes they would scream back “Mors Mors” to our greatest delight.

The lyrics to Hummel-Twist go like this:

Hummel Hummel Mors Mors, ich bin ein Ausländer/Don´t you know , ich sprech´kein Deutsch/ My mother told me, don´t you go/ Hummel Hummel, ich weiß nicht, was das heisst/Hummel Hummel Mors Mors, yeah yeah, Mahlzeit!/…/ Hummel Hummel Humel Mors Mors, mein Mädel hat zu mir gesagt: Wenn du kommst nach Deutschland mein Kind, man sagt: Hummel Hummel Mors Mors, sagt jeder Hamburger/Ich bin ein Ausländer, ich möchte deutsch lernen, Hummel Hummel Mors Mors, JAAA!/…/Hummel Hummel mors Mors, ich bin ein Ausländer/Hummel Hummel Mors Mors, ich weiß nicht, was das heisst/ Hummel Hummel, Hummel Hummel, Hummel Hummel/ Hummel Hummel … Mors MorsIch weiß nicht, was das heisst…Aaah!…Is´egal!…Wie geht´s?

Side 1 ends with a version of  Money that sounds similar to a lot of  versions from Star-Club groups, BUT this has a great drum and saxophone sound! This sounds like it was recorded live and it was!

Side 2 starts with Jezebel,

then the aforementioned awesome Hully Gully, Slippin´and Slidin´ (again wrongly titled We are slopping. Yea, there are a lot of mistakes on this record…),

and a funny little number called Twiullyop, a mix of the words  twist, hully gully and slop. Otherwise a pretty straight beat stomper:

The album closes with a soulful rendition of  Tell Me, Baby.

In 1965 Toni Cavanaugh got a deal with Teldec and recorded four songs in German backed by  the “Beat Brothers”, among them Kingsize Taylor, Howie Casey and some members of the Blizzards from Stade, a small town near Hamburg.

Toni Cavanaugh continued to play with various groups in Germany  into the 70´s, but finally went back to the states, leaving the music business behind altogether. He died in a nursing home on November 5th,  2005.

Like other African-American expatriate  rock´n´rollers such as  Rocky Roberts in Italy and the great Harold Nicholas in France, Toni Cavanaugh left some very fine recordings in Europe. It´s time that they are paid a little more tribute to.

SAM AND THE SAXTONES, Bongo Bongo Bongo, 1961

I never knew that Jack Sels was also the genius behind this great two-sider before I found his discography. Apparently he had recorded some Boogie records for the Belgian Ronnex label in the mid-50´s, so he had some experience in the Rock´n´Roll field before recording these Twists. Really cool for a sophisticated Jazz musician to be playing wacky music for Teenagers.

Bongo Bongo Bongo also  known as Civilization was originally recorded in 1947 by the Andrews Sisters and later that year by Louis Prima.

Each morning, a missionary advertises neon sign
He tells the native population that civilization is fine
And three educated savages holler from a bamboo tree
That civilization is a thing for me to see

So bongo, bongo, bongo, I don’t wanna leave the Congo, oh no no no no no
Bingo, bangle, bungle, I’m so happy in the jungle, I refuse to go
Don’t want no bright lights, false teeth, doorbells, landlords, I make it clear
That no matter how they coax him, I’ll stay right here

They hurry like savages to get aboard an iron train
And though it’s smokey and it’s crowded, they’re too civilized to complain
When they’ve got two weeks vacation, they hurry to vacation ground
They fish and they swim, but that’s what I do all year round

So bongo, bongo, bongo, I don’t wanna leave the Congo, oh no no no no no
Bingo, bangle, bungle, I’m so happy in the jungle, I refuse to go
Don’t want no jailhouse, shotgun, fish-hooks, golf clubs, I got my spears
So, no matter how they coax him, I’ll stay right here

They have things like the atom bomb, so I think I’ll stay where I “ahm”
Civilization, I’ll stay right here!

Kaput is a weird semi- instrumental rocker. Semi, because there are a bunch of  words thrown in that do not really make sense. Some even in German:

“Abgeschossen. Kaput!”

“Tick tack, what´s the matter? Ist diese Schallplatte kaput?”

“Nein, finished!”

“Ach, Mensch!”

As a  insignificant side note,  in German the word Kaput is actually spelt  Kaputt. But Angst,  Bratwurst, Gesundheit, Kitsch, Kindergarten, Rucksack, Schadenfreude, Wanderlust and  Zeitgeist are spelt exactly the same…

Both songs were featured on volumes of the Las Vegas Grind compilation that Crypt Records released in the 90´s.

SAM AND THE SAXTONES, Bongo Bongo Bongo, 1961


EMIL GOROVETS, A Queen of Beauty, 1964

sochi-frontsochi-backsochi-labelEmil Gorovets was a popular Russian Pop singers in the 60´s and 70´s. Here he is singing on a souvenir record from the Russian resort city Sochi. The other tracks on this EP are lame and even this Twist has no Rock´n´Roll intrumentation. I don´t know Russian so I don´t even know what the real title of this song is. Maybe some Russian readers can fill us in on that one in the future.


Here´s a video of Emil Gorovets singing another song:

The song on this record is a nice little Russian summertime Twist. That´s enough to make me enjoy this…

EMIL GOROVETS, A Queen of Beauty, 1964

(Update 07/18/2009: DJ Vova from Russia just sent me a mail with a lot of corrections and even translated the lyrics. I had it all completely wrong, this Emil is from Russia. All the singers on this Ep were Soviet Estrada singers. From Vova´s translation:

There´s  a summer that wanders around the lanes / Sun flows straight from the roofs / In the stream of sunlight / You are standing near a kiosk / Magazines shine with their covers / You look at them delighted / You saw a queen of beauty there / And I feast my eyes only on you / And you don´t realize / That with your beauty / You can overshadow any queen of beauty / And I go forward to you / And I bear flowers for you / As for only one queen of beauty alive.

The song titles on the sleeve read like this:

1. Hello Sochi by Georg Ots

2. A Queen of Beauty by Emil Gorovets

3. My Black Sea by Georg Ots

4. That´s how steamboats are sent off by Eduard Khill

Thank you very much Vova!

DJ VOVA TOTAL BLAM BLAM is booking shows to take his Russian records to Western Europe this year . His first tour ended in complete desaster because he was arrested at the border, detained and sent back to Russia. We still seem to be far away from freedom, justice and equality in Europe. If you would like to help him bring his Dusty Soviet Rock LP´s-Tour to your city this time, please contact  DJ VOVA TOTAL BLAM BLAM. It´s also very interesting to read his full story of his first visit.












































In 1961 every orchestra on the planet had to record some twist stuff.  Werner Müller`s Twist-Potpourri mixes the Waikikis´  hit record Hawaii Tattoo with  Let`s Twist Again.






klingende-post-i-1962-frontklingende-post-i-1962-backklingende-post-i-1962-labelgerd-boettcher-detlef-engelIf you`ve made it down here you will probably like these twist songs by those two Berlin boys Detlef Engel and Gerd peppermint-twist-2Böttcher

I post these two songs from a Decca twist-special EP in full.


GERD BÖTTCHER/DETLEF ENGEL, In der Twist-Spelunke von Mac Miller, 1962


1.FLOYD CRAMER, Chattanooga Choo Choo

2.VALENTE/FRANCESCO, Peppermint-Twist

3.GERD BÖTTCHER, Geld wie Heu

4.ANGELINA MONTI, Ein süßes Tangolied

5.JACK ROSS, Happy Jose (Ching-Ching)

6.JOHN LAMERS, Good-Bye, Mariann

7.PEGGY BROWN, Das Lexikon d`Amour

PIRKO MANOLA/WYN HOOP, Mama will dich sehn


1.HANK LOCKLIN, Happy Journey

2.ENST MOSCH, Für unser England

3.DIE WAIKIKIS, Hawaii Tattoo

4.ELVIS PRESLEY, No More (La Paloma)


6.PAUL ANKA, Love Me Warm And Tender

7.CATERINA VALENTE, Weiße Möwe flieg in die Ferne

8.VICO TORRIANI, Der Hafen-Casanova

Short Version: KLINGENDE POST I, Floyd Cramer, Valente/Francesco, Die Waikikis, Elvis, Böttcher/Engel, 1962


KLINGENDE POST I, 2.Teil, 1962


vico-frontvico-backvico-labelVico Torriani was the king of Swiss pop-music in the 50s and 60s. This is him twisting, yodeling and skiing “until the doctor comes” as we say here in Berlin…

VICO TORRIANI, Alles fährt Ski


The  first shy steps of the Existentialists in Zürich:

“What? On the main street? Are you crazy! My boss could see me!”


“Come over here, you coward, where there is still some snow!”

These  cartoons are from the Swiss satire magazine “Nebelspalter” No.17,  April 1951. Probably the world`s oldest satire-magazine, “Nebelspalter”  has been running for 134 years!





CELAL SAHIN, Hasso Twist

When I saw this record I was not sure if I should take it because it is so beat up and really scratched. There is even a small hole in the label. But after I listened to it I knew I wanted it. If only to try to find a better copy someday. “Celal Sahin” sounds like someone who is too old to be doing the twist but he`s got a really funny voice. This is a great novelty record. Now if I only knew what he is singing about…

“Akbaba” magazine no.26, 1966

CELAL SAHIN, Hasso Twist

CELAL SAHIN, Bugün git yarin gel