"Fever in Harlem" - 16 hot trans-Atlantic rockin' grooves from 1956-68


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"From Soho to Harlem the feverish city life of a lightning's girl is shaking like a sixteen tons boat in summertime..."

1. fever - les croque-notes

Rare Belgian "Fever" version, sung in Frenglish, from 1965 on Decca. The girl who sings this luscious version is called Marianne.

9. fever - helen shapiro

Thousands of versions exist of this Little Willie John classic. This popcorn ditty is in my top 10. She recorded it in 1964 for Columbia with the help of Johnny Keating and his orchestra.

2. un bateau s'en va - sheila

Don't you love The Islanders' 1959 original version of "The enchanted sea"? This French version is a translation by Parisian Jacques Plante. Sheila aka Anny Chancel recorded it 1962 for her debut EP on Philips. See also volume 250.

10. sixteen tons - eddy arnold & his guitar

A big, big name in the world of country music in 1956 when he recorded his interesting version, but it can't beat the 1955 one by Tennessee Ernie Ford. But the author Merle Travis recorded his version in 1947 already.

3. ce jour-la - sylvie vartan

Great French yéyé tune from 1965, hidden as a B-side of "Quand tu es là".  And what about the fuzz guitar break!

11. nous, quand on s'embrasse - johnny hallyday

A translation of "High school confidential", a rockabilly tune sung by France's teen idol Johnny Hallyday. Jerry Lee Lewis was offered the song by Ron Hargrave in his Sun Records period in 1958. Hallyday recorded it three years later.

4. lightning's girl - nancy sinatra

This is one of the best songs Lee Hazelwood wrote for his protégée. Frank Sinatra's daughter recorded it in 1967.

12. happy - nancy sinatra

Most people seem to have forgotten this 1968 recording. She tried to copy Brigitte Bardot's way of singing or so it seems. Again a Lee Hazelwood composition.

5. summertime - dakota staton

One of America's finest jazz singers from the 1950s. In 1957 she recorded this splendid rendition of "Summertime" which was also featured on her debut solo album "The late, late show".

13. city life - the gibsons

Six or seven singles is their recorded output in 1966-1967. A UK outfit that recorded this popsike tune in 1967 for Major Minor.

6. quand je l'ai vue devant moi - johnny hallyday

"I saw her standing there" is one of the most covered Beatles tunes, in many different languages. Here's the French version by Johnny Hallyday from 1964.

14. no correspondence - the beckett quintet

A heavy garage stomper from 1965 with a terrific flipside: "It's all over now, baby blue" (see volume 190). I believe this was their sole release.

7. shake - the surfaris

A pretty wild fuzz version by these Wipe Out boys who adopted a surprising frat garage sound. It still has that soul vibe Sam Cooke put in his original 1964 version. The Surfaris recorded this three years later. See also volumes 118 and 247 for more tunes.

15. harlem shuffle - vigon

Moroccan singer Abdelghafour Mouhsine went to France and became Vigon, the soul screecher from Rabat. His wild rendition of classic Harlem Shuffle is his second best effort. I absolutely love his "The spoiler" from 1968. This came out in 1967 on Barclay. See also volumes 62 and 95.

8. n'oublie pas qu'il est a moi - sylvie vartan

Originally written and recorded by the Dave Clarke Five in 1964 as "Can't you see that she's mine". A few months later Mademoiselle Vartan recorded her French version. Other

16. soho - the tigers two

A terrific midtempo garage beat tune from 1965 by this unknown outfit, including a sax solo. I can't believe this was their sole release.