"Rainbow Collectors" - 16 singles strangely connected

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"Satanist nuns with snake hips are the real thing while chasing the colours of the rainbow?" 

1. marching home - big john k & the rockers

AKA The Jokers? Possible as both songs were co-written by Rendall. This Cannon release from 1970 is ten years too late. Nevertheless it is a good start for this volume.

9. she's a heartbreaker - gene pitney 

Pitney with a sitar? Strange but true. It's one of his finest moments. For his other exceptionally good 45, see vol 6. Also his "It hurts to be in love" is a nice one. Previously he was working with Burt Bacharach and Hal David, yet decided to pursue a singing career which gave him several chart hits.

2. the real thing - russell morris

From Melbourne, Australia. 20-year old Morris had a smash hit down under, hence this New Zealand release from 1969, which is the only one with a different flipside, "Mr. America" instead of "It's only a matter of time". But few seem to remember the song was first performed by the author, Johnny Young, the television host of Young Talent Time. He wrote the song in reaction to "Coke is the real thing", the Coca Cola commercial.
10. mr. america - russell morris

Mr. America got also its own release in 1970 in Australia (b/w "Stand together"), but this is the New Zealand release from 1969. Morris wrote the song himself. It's Beatle-esque popsike, unable to equal the brilliance of "The real thing".
3. she wants back tomorrow - king james & the royals

The unknown flipside of their terrific cover version of "Apple cider" deserves better. As far as I know this was their sole release. From Pensacola, Florid,a 1969.
11. the rise and fall of flingel bunt - the shadows

Here's where Los Buenos learned all about "Woovy groovy", just listen to the intro of this 1964 instrumental by Cliff Richard's backing band, only equalled by The Ventures. Ever heard the version by Satan's Pilgrims?
4. soul shing-a-ling - chuck wood

As B-side of "Seven days too long", a 1967 Northern soul classic, it's often forgotten by deejays and always ignored by the dance floor addicts. Such a shame, as it is a great funky soul gem, that I regularly spin at parties.
12. good times - cliff bennett
On vol 109 you could already find the B-side "Lonely weekends". This great rendition of the Easybeats classic works for me.
5. so sick - lucky clark

Great popcorn tune from 1961 issued on Chess, together with tear jerker "Two kind of people". I only know one other 45 from 1976, but I assume that's by somebody else.
13. colours of the rainbow - the tee set
A 1967 release on their own Tee Set Records, as follow-up to their smash debut single "Early in the morning". This flipside to "What can I do" is so much better. One of the better known Dutch bands from the late 60s, formed in 1966 in Delft.
6. soft walkin' - freddie houston

Another popcorn ditty, this time from 1962, issued on Toto, one year after his great rendition of "Chills and fever". He also sang with The Drifters.
14. twinkie-lee - gary walker
The fabulous B-side "She makes me feel better" already appeared on a compilation album. "Twinkie-Lee" from his second 45 is a funny poppy tune, sung by Gary Walker nee Leeds, and produced by non-relative Scott Walker aka Scott Engel. Gary was from California and was better known for being a member of both The Standells (until 1964) and The Walker Brothers (until 1967).
7. he's a collector - larry catrell

I only know of two 45s by this guy. It's a fast and danceable track from around 1967 I guess. The flipside "Heather the weather lady" is on vol 109.
15. de duivels van loudun - louis neefs
Louis Neefs was a famous Belgian singer, who mostly sang in Dutch. He's best known for his Eurovision Song Contest entry "Jennifer Jennings". This song was written after reading Aldous Huxley's "The Devils of Loudun", Loudun being a small French village where Gilles de la Tourette was buried. But the story is about the Loudun nuns who were supposedly possessed by Satan, creating mass hysteria in 17th century France.
8. the hardly-worthit song - the hardly-worthit players

Novelty from 1967 on the B-side of the even crazier "The congressional record" by this trio, Steve Baron, Dennis Wholey and Bill Minkin. It's the same people that were behind the two wonderful "Wild thing" versions by Senator Bobby and Senator Everett McKinley, one year earlier.
16. snake hips - johnny lewis trio & millie
Super exotica instrumental by Johnny Lewis and Millie Lewis. Belly dancers around the world: I dare you to shake your hips to this snake dance.