"Magic toad in a hole" - 16 world wide wonders of a generation lost


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"Mamie mambo from the beat generation jerking to a magic record on a Saturday night with Jonny, the toad and 11 special marmots..."

1. a girl in red - the spiders

One of the last singles by this Japanese beat group. The song title means "The girl with the red dress" I'm told. They recorded it in 1968 for Philips. Five albums were released, all numbered from 1 to 5. In 1970 they disbanded after nine years.

9. tut mir leid jonny boy - geschwister jacob

B-side of a Dutch version of "Stop in the name of love". Soul-beat from Germany by these four Jacob sisters. A 1965 CBS release. See also volume 184.

2. toad in a hole - the popcorn makers

The Moog synthesizer was extremely popular in the early 1970s. And "Popcorn" was its major hit song. Six singles were released between 1972 and 1974. This silly Moog instro was their first.

10. sole spento - caterina caselli

A big hit in Italy, but outside of the "boot country" nobody knows the song. I love it, though. Superstar Caselli recorded this pop beat tune in 1967 for Compagnia Generale del Disco or CGD. For more info on Caselli check out volumes 43 and 145.

3. una vec madrugada - juan jose bonaque

Self-penned Belgian release from 1973, co-written by Dan Ellery aka Jacky Van Poecke. Typical early 70s ballad with a slight psychedelic touch, sung in Spanish, released on Passe-Partout.

11. bo mambo - yma sumac

Four magnificent mambo tunes from Peru and two already available on other compilation LPs. It's 1954 and the Peruvian soprano of Inca descent, supposedly related to the last Incan emperor, was already a big star. This song also appears on her "Mambo!" album. See also vol 164.

4. the beat generation - louis armstrong &  his all stars

Obviously it appeared on the 1959 movie with the same title. Armstrong was already 58 years old when he recorded this and it will always remain my fave Satchmo tune. There are so many versions of this song, including the punky rendition by Richard Hell as "Blank generation" from 1977. My copy was issued on green vinyl.

12. magic record - the nu tornadoes

Surprising flipside to hit tune "Philadelphia USA" by this vocal quintet, recorded in 1958 for Carlton.

5. saturday night fish fry - the do-ray-mi trio

A Stere-O-Craft release from 1959. It was featured on their eponymous sole 1959 album as well. Fab rhythm 'n' blues to start your groovy Saturday night with.

13. jericho jerk - les yper-sound

Four outstanding tracks on this 1967 EP. "Psyche jerk" is well known and perhaps the best example of Musique Concrète, invented by Pierre Henry and Michel Colombier. The music was composed for a Mauric Béjart ballet performance "Messe pour le temps présent". All four songs also appear on that masterpiece from 1967.

6. tom hark - elias & his zig-zag jive flutes

Flipside "Ry-Ry" also appeared on a rare splitsingle with Little Kid Lex in 1958. It's a South-African kwela instrumental played by Aaron Lerole and friends. A 1958 Columbia release.

14. the red deck of cards - pee wee king

Born Julius Kuczynski in 1914 and 40 years later as Pee Wee King, a nickname given by Gene Autry, he recorded this for RCA Victor. During his long career he played hillbilly, folk, rockabilly, swing, boogie and of course, country & western.

7. les marmots de margot - christian lavoie

Funny French tune from 1972. I have no idea who Christian Lavoie was. He recorded it for the Visa label.

15. marching along the blues - perry como

Already 45 years of age when he recorded this cool platter in 1957 for RCA Victor.

8. 11 special - peter loland

Peter Loland was an alias used by the same guy we all know as Nico Gomez, born Joseph van het Groenewoud, father of Raymond. Space funk instrumental ode to Apollo 11. Lunar madness from 1969 made in Belgium.

16. if you wanna see mamie tonight - the ames brothers

A tango from the movie "The revolt of Mamie Stover". Vocal quartet from Massachusetts that started their recording career with a "Caravan" cover in 1947. By 1960 it was all over. This is a  1956 release. See also vol 244 for more.