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The Blue Diamonds Ramona (1960-66)

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The Blue Diamonds: Ramona (1960-66)

1-CD with 20 pages booklet, 31 tracks. Playing time approx. 75 mns. The entire German single titles from 1960 - 1966.

The Blue Diamonds'Ramona
BCD 16437 AH

In the years between rock'n' roll and beat the Blue Diamonds dominated the German charts. In 1960, the brothers from Indonesia succeeded in entering the German hit market with Ramona. Besides fame and popularity, the title earned them a gold record. Vocally the Blue Diamonds were hardly inferior to their role models - the Everly Brothers. Their vocal qualities also make the songs still worth listening to today - in addition to the sometimes exquisite arrangements.

This CD documents all of their German single titles from 1960 - 1966 and thus also a not insignificant chapter in German hit history.

Besides well-known hits like Sukiyaki or Wie damals in Paris, the compilation also offers rare material like Sing mit uns the old homesick song with which the Blue Diamonds made their record debut with us even before Ramona. Also included are a number of successful cover versions, of which only Are You Sure, an Allison hit, should be mentioned here.

31 tracks in optimal sound quality, many of which can be heard in stereo (!) for the first time, make this coupling an asset for any CD collection.

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Blue Diamonds, The - Ramona (1960-66) CD 1
01 Ramona
02 Liebe mich (All Of Me)
03 Wie damals in Paris(In A Little Spanish Town)
04 Sieben Musikanten
05 Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Honolulu Strand...
06 Dreamy
07 Sing mit uns das alte Heimwehlied
08 Ahoi-Ohe (Are You Sure)
09 Ein Schiff fährt nach Shanghai (Red Sails...)
10 Mandolinata (Stairway To Heaven)
11 Träum von mir (Dream Of Me)
12 Die blaue See (Alo-Ahe)
13 Golden glänzt das Meer (Rio Nights)
14 Blaues Boot der Sehnsucht (Little Ship)
15 Lady Sunshine und Mister Moon
16 Angelina, lass das weinen (Good Night Ladies)
17 My Sunny Sunshine (You Are My Sunshine)
18 Baluba, oh Baluba
19 Einmal wirst du wieder bei mir sein
20 Sukiyaki
21 Piccadilly Baby
22 Tokio-Geisha
23 Banjo-Boy und Banjo-Girl
24 Sweet Lorraine, komm wieder
25 Moonlight, Liebe, roter Wein (Freight Train)
26 Es geht alles vorbei (You Don't Have To Be..)
27 Die Liebe ist so schwer (I Found Out The..)
28 Küss mich
29 Gib dein Wort, Linda Lou
30 Gigi (Make Me Forget)
31 Träume ohne Tränen
The Blue Diamonds Ramona The recycling of old hits has long since become an integral... more
"The Blue Diamonds"

The Blue Diamonds

Ramona

The recycling of old hits has long since become an integral part of today's pop music. But it has also been practiced in earlier years. Why should what was once successful not inspire the audience again in new packaging?

This may also have been the thought of the well-known Dutch producer and orchestra director Jack Bultermann when he looked for suitable titles for the Blue Diamonds in 1960. So he digs a little into the musical moth box and digs out a few noble hit beads of yesteryear. Well-known classics like All Of Me, You Are My Sunshine or Bye Bye Blackbird. Ramona is one of them. The title was already written in the 1920s by the then successful composer Mabel Wayne and was originally a slow waltz. Bultermann replaces the three-four time with a lively Fox rhythm. The sound of the song is also adapted to contemporary tastes. This modernized version not only helped the Blue Diamonds to a great career start on the German hit market, it also opened the door to international success.

In 1949 the brothers Rudy & Riem de Wolff (born on 12 May 1941 and 15 April 1943 respectively) from Indonesia come to Holland with their family, which includes not only their parents but also a sister and a younger brother. They soon feel at home and their lives initially run quite normally. Like most young people, they are enthusiastic about music from an early age and are particularly enthusiastic about the hits coming to Europe from the USA. Whether Schlager, Rockabilly or Blues, they try to sing everything as true to the original as possible.

At the request of his father, who plays the violin, flute and piano himself, Rudy and Riem are also to learn an instrument. And since stars like Bill Haley, Elvis Presley or the Everly Brothers are popular at this time, only the guitar is an option for them. After a short time they are already able to accompany each other in singing and found a small band at the end of the 50s.

At this time, Dutch and Indonesian festivals are regularly held in the Netherlands to bring the different cultures closer together. For entertainment there are various musical performances and on such occasions the two have their first public appearances. One day they are discovered and signed by a record company's talent scout. They made their record debut as Blue Diamonds in 1959 with Till I Kissed You, a hit of the Everly Brothers, who have a kind of role model function for them. And because the title runs quite well, originals of their American idols are also covered for the other productions, e.g. Cathy's Clown or Let It Be Me.

But the record company of the Everly Brothers is not particularly happy about the competition. The versions of the Blue Diamonds are released in Holland earlier than the original recordings, which of course reduces their success. As a result, they are no longer allowed to record songs by the Everlys. The question therefore arises as to which titles they should include. Producer Jack Bultermann comes up with an idea that they don't think much of at first. He proposes to try it with old American standards and evergreens. The two brothers agree: "This is not for us. They want to sing rock'n' roll, not dusty and boring things from the day before yesterday.

Bultermann will not be deterred. From the pool of old successful melodies, he selects eight songs that he considers suitable. After thoroughly reworking them, he gives them a contemporary sound. When the playbacks are done and the Blue Diamonds are played, they are also convinced. With their special singing style they give the songs the right kick.

"And then we were very lucky," says Riem de Wolff, "We were given an appearance on Dutch television at very short notice because some artist had dropped out.

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Tracklist
Blue Diamonds, The - Ramona (1960-66) CD 1
01 Ramona
02 Liebe mich (All Of Me)
03 Wie damals in Paris(In A Little Spanish Town)
04 Sieben Musikanten
05 Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Honolulu Strand...
06 Dreamy
07 Sing mit uns das alte Heimwehlied
08 Ahoi-Ohe (Are You Sure)
09 Ein Schiff fährt nach Shanghai (Red Sails...)
10 Mandolinata (Stairway To Heaven)
11 Träum von mir (Dream Of Me)
12 Die blaue See (Alo-Ahe)
13 Golden glänzt das Meer (Rio Nights)
14 Blaues Boot der Sehnsucht (Little Ship)
15 Lady Sunshine und Mister Moon
16 Angelina, lass das weinen (Good Night Ladies)
17 My Sunny Sunshine (You Are My Sunshine)
18 Baluba, oh Baluba
19 Einmal wirst du wieder bei mir sein
20 Sukiyaki
21 Piccadilly Baby
22 Tokio-Geisha
23 Banjo-Boy und Banjo-Girl
24 Sweet Lorraine, komm wieder
25 Moonlight, Liebe, roter Wein (Freight Train)
26 Es geht alles vorbei (You Don't Have To Be..)
27 Die Liebe ist so schwer (I Found Out The..)
28 Küss mich
29 Gib dein Wort, Linda Lou
30 Gigi (Make Me Forget)
31 Träume ohne Tränen