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1-CD with 36-page booklet, 27 tracks. Total playing time approx. 65 minutes. • Bear Family... more

Colin Hicks: Sexy Rock - The Brits Are Rocking Vol.4 (CD)

1-CD with 36-page booklet, 27 tracks. Total playing time approx. 65 minutes.

Bear Family finally supplies the long overdue compilation to Colin Hicks, the quite unjustly neglected brother of Tommy Hicks, better known as Tommy Steele!  
CD with all the rocking titles, all of them sought-after rarities!
Altogether 27 songs from the years 1957-1961, which he recorded both in England and in his later adopted country Italy.
Among them are several cover versions, which were recorded in the studio in an extremely explosive way, especially the recordings with his Cabin Boys.
Also included are extraordinary rarities, such as the Italian sung Impazzivo Per Te, with the Tony De Vita Orchestra, which appeared in 1960 as a magazine supplement only on so-called Flexi-Disc!
Also included are both sides of his first single in 1957 for the British Pye Nixa label.                                                                                                                         With this fourth edition of 'Brits Are Rocking', we are giving Tommy Steele's 'little' brother the monument he deserves. A great British rocker!
The 36-page colour booklet contains the biography written by British music journalist Ashley Wood, plus many rare photos and memorabilia!

The career of Colin Hicks
This compilation of 27 songs is not in chronological order, but nevertheless outlines the interesting career of the Brit rocker. The Brits have developed their very own kind of Rock 'n' Roll and Rockabilly, mostly a lot more aggressive than the originals from the USA. And this is where Colin Hicks is the best example. He recorded for Pye Nixa in England and toured extensively, but was overshadowed by his highly successful brother Tommy Steele. Through interesting circumstances he came to Italy, where he became a celebrated Rock 'n' Roll star and even appeared in several movies!

Sexy Rock
We have named this CD after Hicks' greatest success in Italy, Sexy Rock, which is also presented in the 1960 film 'Ombre Blanche'. Whether Hicks interpreted classics by Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran or Jerry Lee or made his own songs, he could not be outdone in his joy of playing with his Cabin Boys. The band literally explodes in their guitar solos, the drummer lets his drum kit bang forward from the off. So Tutti Frutti gets a completely new outfit. Another great example is his successful version of Giddy Up A Ding Dong - watch out for the great accentuation of the drummer! Crazy Cavan Grogan would now say: "Rockabilly Rules Ok!"

Included is a 36-page color booklet with the story of Colin Hicks, written by British music journalist Asley Wood, plus rare information, rare photos and illustrations!

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  • Interpret: Colin Hicks

  • Album titlle: Sexy Rock - The Brits Are Rocking Vol.4 (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code AH
  • Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • Year of publication 2020
  • EAN: 5397102175824

  • weight in Kg 0.115
Hicks, Colin - Sexy Rock - The Brits Are Rocking Vol.4 (CD) CD 1
01 Giddy Up A Ding Dong Colin Hicks
02 Empty Arms Blues Colin Hicks
03 Wild Eyes And Tender Lips Colin Hicks
04 Sexy Rock (from the film 'Ombre Blanche') Colin Hicks
05 Mean Woman Blues Colin Hicks
06 Oh Boy! Colin Hicks
07 Colin Hicks E I Ribelli /Loves Made A Fool Of You Colin Hicks
08 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On Colin Hicks
09 Hanging Around Colin Hicks
10 Tallahassee Lassie Colin Hicks
11 Jambalaya (On The Bayou) Colin Hicks
12 Colin Hicks E I Ribelli /Blue Moon Of Kentucky Colin Hicks
13 That Little Girl Of Mine Colin Hicks
14 Iea Iea (from the film 'Europa di notte') Colin Hicks
15 Robot Man Colin Hicks
16 Put Me Down Colin Hicks
17 Lovin' Up A Storm Colin Hicks
18 A Teenager In Love Colin Hicks
19 Book Of Love Colin Hicks
20 Colin Hicks with Tony de Vita & His Orchestra /Hallelujah, I Love her so Colin Hicks
21 Brand New Cadillac Colin Hicks
22 All Because Of You Colin Hicks
23 Colin Hicks with Tony de Vita & His Orchestra /Impazzivo Per Te Colin Hicks
24 Johnny B Goode Colin Hicks
25 Tutti Frutti Colin Hicks
26 Twenty Flight Rock Colin Hicks
27 Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes Colin Hicks
Colin Hicks ist ein britischer Rock'n'Roll-Sänger und der jüngere Bruder von Thomas Hicks,... more
"Colin Hicks"

Colin Hicks ist ein britischer Rock'n'Roll-Sänger und der jüngere Bruder von Thomas Hicks, besser bekannt als Tommy Steele. Colin wurde im Februar 1941 als Anthony Hicks in Cornwall geboren und wuchs im Großraum London auf.

Im September 1957 hatte Tommy Steeles Manager Larry Parnes Colin Hicks unter Vertrag genommen, der bald auf eine zehnwöchige Varieté-Tournee mit Marty Wilde gehen sollte. Nachdem er einen Plattenvertrag mit Pye Records unterzeichnet hatte, wurden eine Reihe von Singles auf dem Label veröffentlicht. Im März 1958 erfüllten Hicks und Marty Wilde vertraglich vereinbarte Termine, nachdem Terry Dene auf der Tournee krankheitsbedingt absagen musste. Der Tour folgten 1958 einige legendäre Fernsehauftritte in London.

Er trat in Tommys Fußstapfen und spielte in der berühmten 2'I's Coffee Bar in Soho. Schlagzeuger Jimmie Nicol stand im 2 I's regelmäßig auf der Bühne und Bobby Green arrangierte ein Vorspiel für Colins Begleitgruppe The Cabin Boys. Bald darauf gingen Colin und seine Cabin Boys auf eine kurze Tournee mit den Platters nach Italien, die für den italienischen Musikdokumentarfilm "Europe By Night" von 1959 gedreht worden war, mit dem Song "Giddy Up a Ding Dong", das für sie in Italien zu einem Hit wurde kamen sie zu einer erneuten Einladung zu einer weiteren Italien-Tournee.

Sie wurden in Italien sehr populär und nahmen mehrere Singles für das Broadway-Label in Mailand auf. In den frühen 1960er Jahren, kurz vor einem Konzert in Turin, erkrankte Hicks und verlor seine Stimme. Seine damaligen Cabin Boys, bestehend aus Shel Shapiro, Johnny Charlton, Bobby Posner und Mike Shepstone, waren vorerst arbeitslos. Hicks' Manager in Italien brachte die Band dazu, sich von Hicks zu lösen und etwas Eigenes zu erreichen. Sie wurden dann zu The Rokes und begannen als Begleitband der italienischen Sängerin Rita Pavone zu spielen.

Colin Hicks machte nach seiner Genesung mit verschiedenen Besetzungen von The Cabin Boys weiter. In einer von ihnen spielte der jamaikanische Tenorsaxophonist Mike Elliott, der später 1967 die Foundations gründete. 1965 schloss sich Colin Hicks der Band The Ambassadors an, die jedoch erfolglos blieb. Hicks verließ das Musikgeschäft in den späten Sechzigern und betrieb in den 70er Jahren mehrere Pubs in und um Basingstoke. Später arbeitete er als Vorarbeiter in der Hochbauabteilung. Heute ist Colin Hicks im Ruhestand und lebt mit seiner Frau in einem Dorf in der Nähe von Basingstoke. Er tritt nur noch selten auf der Bühne auf, wie zum Beispiel beim "Wildest Kats Weekender" im Sommer 2013.

 

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19 Oct 2020

Colin Hicks - Bear Family Records vs Jasmine

The presentation turns out to be in favor of Bear Family, as no one can match a 36-page CD booklet and certainly not the six sheets of the Jasmine inlay. Of course you pay for this, and your choice will depend in the first place on which and how many songs you absolutely want to have in your collection.
The Bear Family CD ends with an uptempo Hang up My Rock 'n' roll Shoes but still that's exactly what Colin Hicks did: in 1963 he kept the music previewed and finally started working in the construction industry. I guess that's the reason why Hicks is forgotten today, because he got good material and was able to interpret it very well, listen to the fierce Blue Moon Of Kentucky. Colin Hicks is still alive and running at 80.

22 Jun 2020

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20 Jun 2020

Excellent service and item as usual

Over the years I have always had excellent service from Bear Family& everything purchased over this time has been of excellent quality

16 Jun 2020

Rockt

Ich kannte viele Songs gar nicht. Eine gelungene CD

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Presse Archiv - Colin Hicks Sexy Rock - The Brits Are Rocking Vol.4 - keys and chords
Presse Archiv - Colin Hicks Sexy Rock - The Brits Are Rocking Vol.4 - keys and chords Het Duitse Bear Family plaatst in de serie ‘The Brits Are Rocking’ artiesten in de spots die in Engeland de in Amerika ontstane rock-‘n-roll gestalte gaven. Eerder kwamen reeds aan bod, Tommy Steele (vol. 1), Billy Fury (vol. 2), King Size Taylor (vol. 3) en nu dus Colin Hicks. De naam Hicks zal misschien niet onmiddellijk bij iedereen een belletje doen rinkelen, maar Colin is de kleine broer van Tommy Hicks en die oogstte dan weer succes als Tommy Steele. In Amerika was in de fifties de rock-‘n-roll aan een serieuze opmars begonnen. En als het regent in de States, dan druppelt het in Engeland. Alhoewel het druppelen moet je niet letterlijk nemen, want veel van de Britse artiesten moesten niet onderdoen voor hun Amerikaanse collega’s. Akkoord wat de songkeuze betreft, waren de Britten vaak aangewezen op covers van songs die in het land van Uncle Sam scoorden. De manier waarop ze die brachten, verschilde wel van het origineel, zeg maar dat ze vaker lekker wat agressiever klonken. Dit is ook van toepassing op Colin. Hiervan krijg je al dadelijk een voorsmaakje bij de eerste track, waar de drums voor een enorme explosie zorgen. Ook schrok Hicks niet terug van een originele aanpak. Een mooi voorbeeld hiervan is zijn versie van de Ray Charles’ klassieker ‘Hallelujah I Love Her So’.
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Tracklist
Hicks, Colin - Sexy Rock - The Brits Are Rocking Vol.4 (CD) CD 1
01 Giddy Up A Ding Dong
02 Empty Arms Blues
03 Wild Eyes And Tender Lips
04 Sexy Rock (from the film 'Ombre Blanche')
05 Mean Woman Blues
06 Oh Boy!
07 Colin Hicks E I Ribelli /Loves Made A Fool Of You
08 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
09 Hanging Around
10 Tallahassee Lassie
11 Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
12 Colin Hicks E I Ribelli /Blue Moon Of Kentucky
13 That Little Girl Of Mine
14 Iea Iea (from the film 'Europa di notte')
15 Robot Man
16 Put Me Down
17 Lovin' Up A Storm
18 A Teenager In Love
19 Book Of Love
20 Colin Hicks with Tony de Vita & His Orchestra /Hallelujah, I Love her so
21 Brand New Cadillac
22 All Because Of You
23 Colin Hicks with Tony de Vita & His Orchestra /Impazzivo Per Te
24 Johnny B Goode
25 Tutti Frutti
26 Twenty Flight Rock
27 Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes