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(EMI records) 14 tracks - New Stock Cut Out LP (1cm in cover only) 8 of the 14 titles... more

Various: Excerpt From A Teenage Opera (LP)

(EMI records) 14 tracks - New Stock Cut Out LP (1cm in cover only)

8 of the 14 titles reached number one in the UK charts - one, (Peter & Gordon) was also number one in the US. And in the 60s it was much harder to get to No.1 than it is now; my point is that these are really special recordings that have been put together here. If you look at the hit parades of the year 81/82, they are teeming with titles that existed before - in the 6Os. Experts speak openly and honestly of the 6Os as the most creative period in the history of British pop music - and rightly so, it seems to me.

Only one title on this LP was not in the charts - but it was a real hit in the emerging disco scene of the early 60s here in Germany: The Hucklebuck. I would like to tell you something about the individual titles, not only for those who have grown up and are only now interested in the history of pop music, but also as a reminder for those who lived through that time.

In my programmes I have often complained that the space on the record sleeves is often uselessly filled with pictures instead of telling something about the music that can be heard on them. Page 1 begins with an excerpt from a "Teenage Opera" that was never finished. Mark Wirtz, a miner, recorded it in London with Keith West. Keith's real surname is Hopkins - at the time of the track's production he was a member of the band Tomorrow. With him in the group was Steve Howe, who was to found "Yes" a few years later. Mark Wirtz had planned to have Cliff Richard sing the number - but somehow that didn't happen. Then Keith Tomorrow was to appear as the interpreter; Keith West remained. A real "teen opera" is "Tell Laura I Love Her" by Ricky Valence. Ray Peterson was successful with the title in the USA in the middle of the year (1960). In England, only Ricky's version reached the top 20 in the charts.

Helen Shapiro was just 14 years old and still at school when she had her first hits. Today, when you see pictures of her taken in 1961, she looks much older. As the years went by, she seemed to get jiinger instead of older, probably due to the fact that she was first trimmed to look "old". Amazing the "tube" of the 14 year old! Also amazing is the freshness that Cliff Richard still radiates today. He's been in the show business for more than 23 years (his first hit was in September 1958 with "Move It") and he's still good for a top position in the charts - and every tour of his is a success for him. The Young Ones" is one of his most beautiful songs from his early period. "Good Golly Miss Molly" was originally a Little Richard song - he himself was number 8 in the UK charts in March 1958.

The Swinging Blue Jeans revamped the song and put it in a casual Merseybeat style - like many British groups of the early beat era, the band came from Liverpool. Today, the group still tours the country in a barely changed line-up. With success! Page 1 ends with the title "The Huckle-buck". Page 2 begins with another super band from Liverpool: Gerry & The Pacemakers. The BoB of the group was Gerry Marsden. The song came from the film of the same name in which the band had a starring role. The Mersey (from which the word 'Merseybeat' is derived) is the fluff that runs through Liverpool. The Seekers were from Australia - but like many before them and even more after them, they had to leave their homeland if they wanted to make big record sales. So they came to England and had plenty of hits from 1965 to 1967. One of their best was "Carnival Is Over"!

Peter Asher is now the producer and manager of James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt. In 1963 he was friends with John Lennon and Paul McCartney (or should we say his sister was friends with Paul?). Paul and John gave Peter and his mate Gordon Waller their composition. It became a worldwide smash; not only because it was a Lennon/McCartney number, but because the two performers sang it brilliantly! The Hollies' career began in the autumn of 1963 and is not over yet. In the intervening years, several members changed, but it didn't hurt in the end. "Bus Stop" is a song with which the band reached the top 5 of the charts in the USA for the first time.

Graham Bonney was British, but over the years he had more success in West Germany than in his homeland. With titles like "Das Girl mit dem La-La-La" or "Siebenmeilenstiefel" he had more hits in this country. In England, "Supergirl" remained his only hit. The Scaffolds were also said to have been helped in their career by their special relationship with the Beatles. After all, one member of the trio is a stepbrother of Paul McCartney: Mick McGear, as he called himself on stage. The number "Lily The Pink", however, is so strong that it would have been a hit - you don't need connections for that!

And finally Cilla Black (whose real surname is White), who can also be counted among the performers called for by the Beatles, if you really want to. After all, she was in charge of the cloakroom at the Cavern Club; as is well known, the Beatles often performed there in their early days. Well, Cilla was the girl-next-door type. So all the girls thought we looked like Cilia - and it's easy to identify with a star like that. Add voice and the management of Brian Epstein (the Beatles manager), and it should work. Which is what happened! - So, these were 14 titles from the 60s that were bought and loved by the teenagers of the time - not only in England and the USA, but also in the Federal Republic of Germany! (Frank Laufenberg)

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  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label EMI RECORDS

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl record size LP (12 Inch)
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Various - Excerpt From A Teenage Opera (LP) LP 1
01 Keith West– - Excerpt From "A Teenage Opera" Various
02 The Shadows– - Apache Various
03 Ricky Valence*– - Tell Laura I Love Her Various
04 Helen Shapiro– - Walking Back To Happiness Various
05 Cliff Richard– - The Young Ones Various
06 The Swinging Blue Jeans– - Good Golly Miss Molly Various
07 The Royal Showband Waterford– - Hucklebuck Various
08 Gerry & The Pacemakers– - Ferry Cross The Mersey Various
09 The Seekers– - The Carnival Is Over Various
10 Peter & Gordon– - A World Without Love Various
11 The Hollies– - Bus Stop Various
12 Graham Bonney– - Super Girl Various
13 The Scaffold*– - Lily The Pink Various
14 Cilla Black– - You're My World Various
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