Saturday, January 22, 2011
River Deep Moutain High/Lovin' Machine/Made My Bed Gonna Lie In It/Friday On My Mind
Beat! Beat! Beat! was a West German rock music series that premiered in 1966. (This series should not be confused with Radio Bremen's Beat-Club, which premiered a few months earlier)there was one important difference between Beat Beat Beat and most of the other Rock and Roll TV shows, the headlining acts, and they often featured 3 or 4 headliners, all performed with blistering live sets each band would do usually four songs this offering is the Easybeats set from February 1967 put together from the youtube footage.
Beat! Beat! Beat! was produced by the Hessischer Rundfunk network. (It was actually a co-production of Hessischer Rundfunk and the US Armed Forces Network (AFRTS), which simulcast the show on Armed Forces radio.)
There were a total of 26 episodes broadcast from January 1966 through February 1969. The first seven episodes were taped in the Golden Room at the Terrace Club, U.S. Forces Headquarters, Frankfurt-am-Main. The next 2 shows were from the Aula Gymnasium [High School] in Frankfurt-am-Main. Episode 10 was taped at Studio Wiesbaden. All of the remaining episodes are believed to have been taped at the Stadthalle [City Hall] in Offenbach.
The Beat! Beat! Beat! audience was made up of German and American teenagers. (These American teens were probably the dependents of US military personnel stationed in Germany).
According to German websites, Heinz Lukas hosted the first four episodes. He was then followed by Mal Sondock. The American-born Sondock first became popular with the German public through his work as a DJ on the US Armed Forces Radio network. (Years later, after leaving AFRTS, he remained in Germany where he continued to work in German radio and TV.)
Charlie Hickman took over as Beat! Beat! Beat! host sometime in 1967.
Additional Beat! Beat! Beat! regulars were organist Cherry Wainer and drummer Don Storer. In the late 1950s, the two were regular performers on the British TV series "Oh Boy."
Friday, January 21, 2011
Love Me Girl/Stop, Look and Listen
The Clique came from Perth W.A. and not long after forming they won the Western Australian section of the Hoadley's Battle of the sounds (I used to love going to those). So off they went to Melbourne to compete in the national final at Festival Hall the guys didn't win but they did end up with a record deal with the GO! label and a spot on the GO! Show.
This single was there only recording which they put down at the Bill Armstrong Sound Recording Studios in South Melbourne. Both tracks were written by the band Lenny Hayworth wrote "Love Me Girl" which was the A-side and Mike Carr penned "Stop, Look and Listen" the B-side. the band was given the oppotunity to move to melbourne but declined deciding to finish up the band (as 2 of the boys Joe and John were only 16 and the other 2 only 20) and continue their studies.
Joe Orifici - vocals, keyboards
Lenny Hayworth - guitar
Mike Carr - guitar
John Tucak - bass
Ferdie Ferrante - drums
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Advice /I Had A Dream
In March 1968 Doug Parkinson, Billy Green, Duncan McGuire and Rory Thomas all ex Questions reunited and recruited a new drummer, Doug Lavery (ex Running Jumping Standing Still, Andy James Asylum) and took a new name that acknowledged the rapidly growing stature of their lead singer Doug Parkinson In Focus.
The debut In Focus single "Advice" / "I Had A Dream" (May 1968) didn't chart, although it set the scene of things to come in confident fashion, but the original lineup fell apart in August 1968.
Hello/Home To Stay
This was the first single by Normie after his release from the army having completed his stint of National Service. This was to be his last hit and a minor one at that #48 the army having effectively finished his pop career, releaed in May 1970 with the song "Hello", written by Johnny Young and the B-side "Home To Stay" written by Normie himself.