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Rocking Cosmonauts, Vol 3

Hello, everybody, hi all!

April 12 is coming, so I found the time to make another "Rocking Cosmonauts" show. Besides the birthday of "Rock Around the Clock" this year is a 50th Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin flight to space. And here you can find a song dedicated to him.

This space compilation includes artists from UK, Finland, Russia, Belgium, Spain, Poland, Bulgaria, Denmark, Netherlands, Italy, France and Yugoslavia. Enjoy and don't hesisitate to write down your impressions. By the way, I just realized, that you have to be a member of blogspot to leave any comments here.

Winifred Atwell was born in Trinidad, had studied the piano since she had been a small child. By the late 1940s moved to London where she worked at clubs. By 1950 she began recording with Decca. Her music worked well on TV where she made regular appearances. She would normally start her act by playing a classical piece on a grand before transferring herself to what she called 'my other piano' which was an old 'honky tonk' upright. "Spaceship Boogie" was recorded together with trio: electric guitar, double bass and drums.

Harmony Sisters are three sisters: Vera, Maire and Raija. During their formative years the swing music loving girls performed only in English, until they met their new conductor and manager in 1937, George de Codzinsky, an emigrant musician, from St. Petersburg. Godzinsky was also a piano player, and had a chance to play for Fyodor Shaliapin. It’s Godzinsky and Saukki who’s credited for Finnish lyrics and arrangment for “Rock Around the Clock”.

The title “Baby Luna” is just another name given by journalists for Russian Sputnik-1. In the late 1950s there were even cafés named “Baby Luna” in Italy. I have no info about Carlo Genovesi who sings together with backing vocal group, so if you can put some light on this – let me know. I also have no info on 3 Kleine Kleuters & De Joffers en De Jonkers (“Grandpa’s Rock’n’Roll”), Maia Golovnja (“Silver Rocket”), vocal ensemble of Bulgarian radio (“Trip to Cosmos”) and vocal ensemble “Meteory” (“At the Cosmodrome”).

The Lollipops is a beat group of three young boys. The band won a children talent contest in Copenhagen in 1960 when they were 9, 10 and 12 yo. The band members were two brothers Torbenand and Joergen and older Poul. In 1961-62 they played in Sweden and got a recording contract with Karusell Records. Their first record was a cover version of Connie Francis’ “Lollipop Lips”. But quickly the boys showed that they had talent for writing own catchy songs. However, “I Got a Rocket In My Pocket” is also a cover version.

A few words about other performers. The Spoetniks were formed by singer and rhythm-guitarist Danny Fisher is 1958. The quartet had a big success on a Youth Festival in Bruxelles in 1961. This track has no space title, but the band has!

Vocal ensemble “Problem” sings Italian song called “Yuri Rock”. The songs was originally recorded by Johnny Mondo (Gianni Sismondio). N. Kalogjera made arrengements, M. Markuš wrote the lyrics. Backing by beat group Atomi.

Filippo Carletti has Italian origins. He moved to Spain and became popular there as a successful leader of quartet. The song in Spanish is about green Martian with one big eye who dances rock’n’roll.

In the early 1960s young French singer Jean Renard took the pseudonim Big Twist and recorded a few EPs. “Rocket-Bye-Bye” is from his first EP released in October 1961. Jean wrote music and lyrics by himself.

Winifred Atwell and Her Piano with Rhythm Spaceship Boogie (UK, 1957)
Harmony Sisters ja Triola-Yhtye Tunnista toiseen (Rock Around the Clock) (Finland, 1955)
Carlo Genovesi Baby Luna (Italy, 1960)
3 Kleine Kleuters met De Joffers en De Jonkers Opa's rock en roll (Netherlands, 1957)
The Lollipops I Got a Rocket In My Pocket (Denmark, 1964)
The Spoetniks Brigitte (Belgium, 1962)
Grupa Wokalna “Meteory” Na kosmodromie (Poland, 1965)
Maia Golovnja Serebristaia strela (Russia, 1965)
Vokalni Kvartet “Problem” Jurij Gagarin (Yuri Rock) (Yugoslavia, 1963)
Vocal Ensemble of National Bulgarian Radio Puteshestvie v kosmos (Bulgaria, 1965)
Filippo Carletti y Su Cuarteto Mr. Marciano (Purple People Eater)(Spain, 1961)
Big Twist Rocket-Bye-Bye (France, 1961)

Trip to Cosmos



Music for Sunday Date, Vol. 29

Johnny Meijer met Zijn Swing Accordeon Doedelzak Boogie (Netherlands, 1969)
Torquato y Los 4 Baby In “Blue Jeans” (Spain, 1960)
Lidija Klement My Prihodim v Novij Dom (Russia, 1963)
Orchestra Vanni Catellani Samoa (Italy, 196?)
Vokalni Kvartet Predraga Ivanovića Pod sjajem zvezda (Serbia, 1961)
Helena Majdaniec Jedziemy Autostopem (Poland, 1964)
Progresiştii Fetite Dulci Ca-n Bucureşti (Romania, 196?)
Brita Borg Fat Mammy Brown (Sweden, 1957)
Hazy Osterwald-Sextett The Laughing Hussar (Switzerland, 1965)
Gus Brendel Group Take a Shake (Western Germany, 1963)
Het Cocktail Trio met De Krekels Wie Heeft de Sleutel van de Jukebox Gezien? (Go 'Way Christina) (Netherlands, 1965)
Werner Müller mit Dem RIAS Tanzorchester Rumba Anna (El Negro Zumbon) (Western Germany, 1958)

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Music for Sunday Date, Vol. 28

Fausto Papetti e Ritmi The Blob (Italy, 1961)
Vipers Skiffle Group Make Ready for Love (UK, 1958)
Duo Black & White met The Melody Sisters Carina (Netherlands, 1960)
Line Hübert Paris Er Stedet (Norway, 195?)
Annie Philippe Je Chante et Je Danse (France, 1965)
Valerij Obodzinskij Prazdnichnyi Ritm (Russia, 1967)
The Swe-Danes - Scandinavian Shuffle (Sweden/Denmark, 1960)
Constantin Draghici Mandoline Mandoline (Romania, 196?)
Thilo's Combo Campari (Portugal, 1965)
Angèle Durand, Die Hansen Boys und Girls Hula Hop (The Hula-Hoop Song) (Belgium/West Germany, 1958)
Pirko Manola und Wyn Hoop Ukelele-Baby (Finland/West Germany, 1962)
Sláva Kunst se Svým Orchestrem Babysitter Twist (Czechoslovakia, 1964)

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Music for Sunday Date, Vol. 27

Hello everybody, hi all! This is Karel and radio Manzerock is on the air. I suppose this is the last post this year. Wish you all Happy New Year and jolly holidays :)

Here's what we have this time:

Les Bourgeois de Calais Nut Rocker (France, 1963)
Jan Corduwener en Zijn Balroomorkest Een Dansliedje Deint (Netherlands, 1953)
Maia Kristalinskaia Novogodnyaya Pesnya (Russia, 1961)
Nagy Marcell Együttes Totágas (Hungary, 1962)
Jiří Jelínek Oh, Marie (Czechoslovakia, 1966)
Orchestra Pupo De Luca Dai Dai Twist (Italy, 1964)
Orchester Günter Gollasch Twist für Geigen (East Germany, 1963)
The Kays Flipped Over You (Sweden, 1963)
Pierre Cavalli et Son Trio Cutie Pie (Switzerland, 1961)
The Beverley Sisters I Dreamed (UK, 1957)
Peter Kraus Du Gehörst Mir (West Germany, 1958)
Orkest Roger Mores Sunny Sunday (Belgium, 1968)

Digi-Digi-Don (53 MB)



Holiday Cocktail, Vol. 1

Hello everybody, hi all! This is Karel and radio Manzerock is on the air!

Since rock 'n' roll received a recognition in the 1950s Europe, I decided to choose some songs and instrumentals with a rockin' flavour. Some of the songs were already aired in "Music for Sunday Date" compilations, but most of them not.

Henry Cording, Janice Peters,Van Wood, Odd Gisløy, Magali Noël — all of them are here and many more...

Diny Snyders Wie, wie, wie
(Pi Veriss / Wim Poppink) Netherlands, 1959
Baby Gate and The Happy Boys When
(Paul Evans / Jack Reardon) Italy, 1958
De Kilima hawaiians Hawaiiaanse krijgszang (Hawaiian War Chant)
(Leleiohoku / Johnny Noble) Netherlands, 1960s
Quartetto Cetra Sei piccolo per i 'Blue-jeans'
(Antonio Virgilio Savona / Giovanni Giacobetti) Italy, 1960
Peter Alexander Rocky-tocky-baby
(Heinz Gietz / Kurt Feltz) Austria, 1957
Janice Peters and The Playboys A Girl Likes
(Ian Samwell) UK, 1959
Henry Cording and his Original Rock’N’Roll Boys Rock-hoquet
(Henri Salvador / Boris Vian) France, 1956
Nora Brockstedt Jeg trodde
(Sven Lykte) Norway, 1963
Conny Froboess und Will Brandes Teenager melodie
(Werner Scharfenberger / Aldo von Pinelli / Peter Ström) W. Germany, 1958
Micky Main Peter
(Unknown) W. Germany, 1959
Dickie Pride Frantic
(May / Norman) UK, 1959
Odd Gisløy Dancin' with My Rockin' Shoes
(Odd Gisløy) Norway, 1958
Van Wood e il suo quartetto Van Wood’s Rock
(Peter van Wood / Leo Chiosso) Italy, 1957
Magali Noël avec Les Fontana Strip-rock
(Alain Goraguer / Boris Vian) France, 1956
Hula Hawaiians The Chimpanzee Rock
(Werner Kunz) Switzerland, 1957
Will Tura Oh! Paardenstaart (I Love Your Pony Tail)
(Shelton Fisher / Jan Remo / Van Aleda) Belgium, 1958
Gitte Hænning med Jørn Grauengårds kvintet Souvenirs
(Cy Coben / Torsten Tanning / arr. Jørn Grauengårds) Denmark, 1959
Adriano Celentano Rock matto
(Lucio Fulci / Giulio Libano / Piero Vivarelli) Italy, 1960
Siw Malmkvist Schotten-rock
(Siegfreid Wegener / Peter Anton) Sweden, 1959
Rocky Volcano Comme un volcan
(Jean Nicolas) France, 1961
Brita Borg Frankenstein rock
(Beverly Ross / Hans Alfredson / Tage Danielson) Sweden, 1958
De Zwarte moustachen Vlaamse hutsepot
(C. Koopmans / J. Brol) Belgium, 1961
Dorit Oliver und das Orchester Charles Nowa
Oh Yes, Das ist Musik (Oh, Marie)
(Eduardo Di Capua / Charles Nowa / Günter Loose) W. Germany, 1959
Les King Creoles Accordeon Twist
(Norbert Blancke) Belgium, 1962

Let's Rock! (101.6 MB)



Music for Sunday Date, Vol. 26

Hello everybody, hi all! This is Karel and radio Manzerock is on the air :-)

Adolfo Ventas con Ramón Vives y sus Muchachos Ritmo en el club (Spain, 1945)
Corrado Lojacono Angiolina (Italy, 1946)
Suzy Moller Liefde in rhythme (Netherlands, 1947)
Zespol Jazzowy Skowrońskiego i Górkiewicza Trębacz (Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy) (Poland, 1948)
Le Quartet de Boris Tikhonov Vesyoly napev (Russia, 1949)
Yves Montand C’est si bon (France, 1950)
Valentīna Butāne Vecpilsētā (Latvia, 1951)
Vico Torriani Domino (Switzerland, 1952)
Hula Hawaiian-Quartett Perlenfischer (Vaya con dios) (East Germany, 1953)
Adalbert Lutter und sein Grosses Tanzorchester Jalousie (W. Germany, 1954)
Rajka Vali Kad bi me volio (Croatia, 1955)
Mony Marc Les plus beaux jours de ma vie (Belgium, 1956)

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