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1-CD mit 24-seitigem Booklet, 16 Einzeltitel, Spieldauer 36:08 Minuten. - The Star-Club’s 40th... more

Howie Casey: Twist At The Top, Plus

1-CD mit 24-seitigem Booklet, 16 Einzeltitel, Spieldauer 36:08 Minuten. -
The Star-Club’s 40th anniversary celebrated on three sensational new CDs!

On April 13th, 1962, the now legendary Star-Club was opened in Hamburg’s red light district, St. Pauli. Forty years ago the Hamburg clubs cooperated with another sea port, Liverpool, to bring international stars to Germany. In Liverpool, another new band was launched every week, and most of them didn’t try their luck along the River Mersey but along the Elbe! They came to Hamburg where they had to play several hours a night, seven days a week. It was a hell of an apprenticeship!

In 1964, the Star Club launched its own record label, but, prior to that, three bands from Liverpool’s early days got the chance to record singles, EPs, even albums.


Now, with the Star-Club’s 40th anniversary, these fabulous, highly sought-after recordings are available again in excellent sound quality, packaged in original artwork, boasting very rare or unreleased bonus tracks!

HOWIE CASEY. This ace sax blower started his long career in Liverpool back in 1959 with Derry & The Seniors. In 1961, he began fronting the Seniors, and the following year his first (and sole) album came out: an explosive mixture of Beat, Rock 'n' Roll and Twist, laid down by an excellent band with tremendous soloists. Casey spent a long time on Hamburg stages and even now is still an outstanding session musician. He has played for Paul McCartney among many others. The new Bear Family CD – Howie's first after more than 40 years in the biz – presents the wild man at his wildest. It includes his complete original Fontana/Wing album (featuring the smashes Bony Moronie and the Boll Weevil Song), two extra tracks culled from singles and two previously unissued archival finds.

THE SEARCHERS. Founded in the late '50s to back the now forgotten Johnny Sandon, this Liverpudlian foursome first played the Star-Club in July 1962, and made their 19 Philips recordings on March 1, 1963. Soon after they signed with PYE in England and went on to score many pop and folk-rock hits. This, though, is the rawer side of the Searchers. Hard, pounding beat music. All the Philips tracks are on this brand new CD: one original album, A&B sides of the singles, plus a miscellany of songs strewn around on compilations. Here are all the early Searchers classics like Sweets For My Sweet, Ain’t That Just Like Me, Sweet Nothin’s, Beautiful Dreamer, and many others.

THE MERSEYBEATS. Pulled together from the remnants of two amateur Liverpool bands, the Mavericks and the Pacifics, the Merseybeats are still active these days – with forty years of touring behind them! Bear Family’s new Merseybeats anthology is a smash and, for the very first time, boasts all 31 tracks the band has ever recorded on a single compact disc! Included are classic early works such as Fortune Teller and Mister Moonlight, UK chart successes like I Think Of You, It’s Love That Really Counts and Wishin’ And Hopin’, and even a couple of highly sought-after German-language ditties Nur unsere Liebe zählt and Nur du allein which are worth a fortune these days!

Article properties: Howie Casey: Twist At The Top, Plus

  • Interpret: Howie Casey

  • Album titlle: Twist At The Top, Plus

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Preiscode AH
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4000127166036

  • weight in Kg 0.115
Casey, Howie - Twist At The Top, Plus CD 1
01 Double Twist Howie Casey
02 The Fly Howie Casey
03 Yes Indeed Howie Casey
04 Bony Moronie Howie Casey
05 Taxi Blues Howie Casey
06 Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey Howie Casey
07 The Boll Weevil Song Howie Casey
08 Big Daddy Howie Casey
09 True Fine Mama Howie Casey
10 Bone Shakin' Annie Howie Casey
11 Stay Howie Casey
12 Let's Twist Again Howie Casey
13 I Ain't Mad At You Howie Casey
14 Twist At The Top Howie Casey
15 Mainline Howie Casey
16 Swingin' Howie Casey
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Howie Casey & The Seniors were one of the raunchiest Liverpool bands of the early Sixties. The steaming hot sessions captured on this high-energy album not only reflect the excitement of those happy days, but cast new light on pop history. But we'll come to that later!

When The Seniors launched a non-stop blast of twist numbers on their one and only album, the pop biz was young and fresh. That's why music recorded in the heat of the moment, still sounds so dynamic, forty years later. It was U. S. singing star Chubby Checker who set the ball rolling with smash hits The Twist and Let's Twist Again in 1960. Overnight everyone wanted to "do the twist" - from teenagers to movie stars. All you had to do was gyrate your hips and let the music do the rest. The only problem for club managers was finding the right local musicians who could capture the spirit of the latest American phenomena. The solution came when bookers discovered one of the hottest bands in Europe –playing right under their noses.

However, The Seniors weren't created simply to cater for the Twist craze. The band was already well established in Liverpool and Hamburg and played a solid blend of rock and R&B. They were the first Liverpool group to visit Hamburg, arriving on July 31st, 1960, more than two weeks before The Beatles. They also gave birth to Freddie Starr, one of Britain's most popular comedians, who sang with The Seniors before launching his solo career.

Howie Casey was busy putting the funk into Liverpool long before The Beatles had moved on from their skiffle group days. A fine tenor saxophone player, with his roots in jazz, Howie was born in Liverpool on July 12, 1937. He learned to play sax in the army during his National Service.

Says Howie: "I went into the army in 1955 and did three years with the King’s Regiment. I got into the military band and really learned to play. By the time I came out of the army in 1958, rock 'n' roll was happening. I joined a local band called the Rhythm Rockers, run by Frank Wibberly, who later became my drummer in the Seniors."

Why were there so many good R&B bands in Liverpool in those days?

"I don't really know. There is that thing about sailors bringing back records from America, but we used to get hold of them in the shops. None of our band had relatives going to New York on the boats."

Derry & The Seniors formed in November 1959 and was fronted by Derry Wilkie, a Liverpool born black singer blessed with a powerful voice. Little Richard, Ray Charles and Fats Domino were their inspiration and the group played R&B with great fire. Liverpool promoter Allan Williams took The Seniors to London, where German club owner Bruno Koschmider spotted them.

Says Howie: "Allan Williams got us the gig in Hamburg by going down to the 2I's coffee bar in Soho and having a blow. As good luck would have it Bruno Koschmider was in the audience. He owned the Kaiserkeller and he was looking for a band to replace The Jets with Tony Sheridan, who had just moved to the Top Ten, around the corner in the Reeperbahn. We were rather similar to Tony Sheridan, because we had a saxophone in the line-up and a black singer."

Bruno booked Derry & The Seniors to play for a month at the Kaiserkeller in the summer of 1960. They played up to seven hours a night for fifteen pounds a week and as Howie says: "We slept in cupboards."  The Beatles were the next English band to arrive in Hamburg. "We used to play with The Beatles at the Kaiserkeller. They were playing at a much smaller bar called the Indra just up the road and they finished earlier. They would come into our club and get up and jam. We knew all the guys before we went over to Germany of course. There was the famous story about me saying ‘Don't send The Beatles over' to Allan Williams. We had seen them doing auditions in their early days and didn't think much of them. Then, when Allan said he was sending them out we said 'Oh no man, don't send them, they'll ruin the scene.' We wanted Rory Storm to come out. But of course, by then The Beatles had improved."


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