"The race is on" - 16 instrumental strollers, boppers and rockers from 1957-1973


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"Any instrumental can win in these new and hard times when the big guitar of Jose Jimenez is racing against a wild cat and a scorpion..."

1. theme from "any number can win" - jimmy smith

With the same drive as "Can I get a witness" and groove as "The cat", this flipside of "What 'd I say" really swings from beginning to end. Also to be found on his album "Any number can win" from 1963, a Verve Records release. See also vols 165 and 213.

9. new times rock - jean dinardo & les w

Funky orchestral organ groover by Jean Dinardo who tries to be the French Andre Brasseur. Dinardo was also known as Ramon ChiloŽ, an alias he used as a song writer. Flipside of "Lucky girls", released by Orly in  1973.

2. katanga - little willie john

In my Top 3 of Little Willie John recordings (the other two are "Fever" and "Leave my kitten alone", this instrumental is so catchy it's simply impossible not to dance to. Released in 1962 on King. Also check out vols 44 and 276.

10. rock-commotion - luc harvet, son orgue & sa new formation

The single release was in 1969, this EP in 1970. Then, he was a "new sound" in "easy listening land". Listen to the wah-wah guitar taking over the orchestral funky grooves. See also vol 11.

ederal 3. hob-nobbin' - hank marr

34-year old Ohio born Marr began his recording career with this splendid instrumental slice of rhythm 'n' blues. He recorded it in 1961 for Federal. Many more would follow, mostly on King Records and Federal. In the last decades of his life he was playing with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. See also volume 152.

11. castle rock - ernie fields

As pianist and trombonist he was also a successful bandleader. His first recordings go back to the 1930s. See also vol 244.

4. el scorpion - the sherwoods

I was a fan from the very first time I heard this fantastic instrumental, but I never knew who they were, until years later. I started dancing instantly when I found it and people at the flea market looked at me as if I were some kind of an alien. A 1961 Maggie Records release. See also vol 277.

12. hard times - noble thin man watts & his rhythm sparks

Let's do the slop with the Thin Man. I think this was his first single with backing band The Rhythm Sparks. Saxophonist Watts was 31 years old when he cut this single for Baton Records in 1957. See also volume 161.

5. wildcat - the robinson crew

A wild cat strollin' on the keyboards of a sleazy bar's Hammond while a sax is wailin' and howlin'. This came out in 1964 on the fantastic "Taxi" EP on Decca. The 1963 "Taxi" single release does not feature this great instrumental, so go for this EP.

13. l'orage - reg owen & his orchestra

"L'orage" or "Sunday Morn" is a 1958 instrumental by Reg Owen and his orchestra. This Palette EP came out in 1960. See also vol 165.

6. the race is on - curly chalker

This single came out in 1967, but it already appeared on the 1965 album "Big hits on big steel". Chalker was best known for his steel guitar playing and appeared as a session musician on many Nashville recordings.

14. week end - the kingsmen

Not the Louie Louie guys from Tacoma/Seattle, but the Comets without Bill Haley. This was their best known song. From 1958 on East West. See also vol 105.

7. big guitar - frank de rosa & his d men

Sleazy instro saxophone rocker B-side of "Irish rock" which Frank De Rosa recorded for Ken Records. A while later it was picked up by Dot Records in 1958.

15. boogie rock 'n' roll - the bikinis

The name of the song says it all: it is a boogie rock 'n' roll instrumental, flipside to the magnificent "Bikini" (see volume 152), recorded for Roulette in 1958. Frantic guitar break and wild piano parts mixed with a greasy sax.

8. jose jimenez pt2 - the wetbacks

What an amazing Texan popcorn novelty tune this is! It's the only Wetbacks single I know. I don't even know what the band is all about. Released in 1960 on the San Antonio based Wildcat Records.

16. the crope - george garabedian & his royal armenians

I end this volume with this uptempo stroller from 1958, recorded by Marcus Garabedian, founder of Mark56 Records. As an artist he preferred George. See also volume 225 for the George Garabedian Players.