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(Pollytone) 21 Tracks - British Rock'n'Roll in-between Cliff Richard and The Shadows and Teddy... more

The Blue Jays: Ridin' The Brit Beat (CD)

(Pollytone) 21 Tracks - British Rock'n'Roll in-between Cliff Richard and The Shadows and Teddy Boy Rock spiced up with a little Buddy Holly, Vincent, Kidd and Taylor. Includes a Johnny Kidd tribute and a few instrumentals.

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Blue Jays, The - Ridin' The Brit Beat (CD) CD 1
01 Space Creature The Blue Jays
02 Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie The Blue Jays
03 Brand New Cadillac The Blue Jays
04 Look Into Your Eyes The Blue Jays
05 Kissing At The Weekend The Blue Jays
06 Exodus The Blue Jays
07 To Know Her The Blue Jays
08 Spaceship To Mars The Blue Jays
09 Be My Baby Tonite The Blue Jays
10 Linda Lu The Blue Jays
11 Midnight In Minsk The Blue Jays
12 Jezebel The Blue Jays
13 London Twist The Blue Jays
14 Peace Pipe The Blue Jays
15 Will She Or Won't She The Blue Jays
16 Livin' Lovin' Doll The Blue Jays
17 Only Girl For Me The Blue Jays
18 Johnny's Song (Tribute to Johnny Kidd) The Blue Jays
19 Please Don't Touch The Blue Jays
20 Wondrous Place The Blue Jays
21 Brit Beat Special The Blue Jays
The Blue Jays The Blue Jays; Leon Peels—Lead Vocal Lover's Island Even though... more
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The Blue Jays

The Blue Jays; Leon Peels—Lead Vocal

Lover's Island

Even though he'd been a country and rockabilly artist on the Trumpet, Capitol, Columbia, and Savoy labels, Werly Fairburn had a soft spot for doo-wop after opening his Milestone Records in Glendora, California (outside of Los Angeles). He had a big hit with The Paradons' Diamonds And Pearls (it's on our 1959 edition), and in '61 he took a chance on The Blue Jays and their lead tenor, Leon Peels.

Born in 1936 in Newport, Arkansas, Peels moved to Venice, California at age 12. Influenced by locals Arthur Lee Maye, Jesse Belvin, and The Penguins, he graduated from Venice High in 1955 before coalescing with first tenor Van Earl Richardson, second tenor Alexander Manigo, and bass Leonard Davidson in 1958 at a playground. Peels and Manigo wrote a falsetto-soaked ballad, Lover's Island, while sitting on the beach near Venice Pier. Winning a talent contest at the Fox Venice Theater earned attention from Bumps Blackwell, Little Richard's ex-producer, but once Manigo met Fairburn and Werly dropped by the playground to hear the group, they were Milestone artists. That's when they adopted the name of The Blue Jays.

Fairburn brought the quartet to Bunny Robyn's Master Recorders on Fairfax Avenue in Hollywood to wax Lover's Island and its ebullient flip side You're Gonna Cry. Leon received featured credit when Werly pressed up the single. In August of '61, Lover's Island entered the pop charts, rising to #31. Since all their gigs were local, Peels kept his job as a cook at a Santa Monica drive-in. Good thing, since The Blue Jays' Milestone encores Tears Are Falling (a Peels composition) b/w Tree Tall Len (Manigo fronted this one about bass singer Davidson), out in late '61, Let's Make Love b/w Rock Rock Rock (both penned by Leon and Alex), The Right To Love (Werly wrote it), and their last Peels-penned single Venus My Love all stiffed.

Fairburn found a new partner in Madelon Baker and opened a new label, Whirlybird, that issued Peels' first solo 45, A Casual Kiss, in 1964. Neither that one nor A Magic Island revived his flagging fortunes. Leon died of cancer in 1999.

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Tracklist
Blue Jays, The - Ridin' The Brit Beat (CD) CD 1
01 Space Creature
02 Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie
03 Brand New Cadillac
04 Look Into Your Eyes
05 Kissing At The Weekend
06 Exodus
07 To Know Her
08 Spaceship To Mars
09 Be My Baby Tonite
10 Linda Lu
11 Midnight In Minsk
12 Jezebel
13 London Twist
14 Peace Pipe
15 Will She Or Won't She
16 Livin' Lovin' Doll
17 Only Girl For Me
18 Johnny's Song (Tribute to Johnny Kidd)
19 Please Don't Touch
20 Wondrous Place
21 Brit Beat Special