Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Bill Haley oddity, plus John Barry

Here's a photo of a Brunswick 78 I have by 'Billy', rather than Bill, Haley and his Comets. It's Birth of The Boogie backed with Mambo Rock. The record's number is correct but the label is the old style brown Brunswick 78 design, rather than the usual black label. The label reads Made in England at the top. I've shown the photo to a couple of experts who haven't seen anything like it before. Can anyone offer an explanation?

Farewell to John Barry who has died aged 77. He is rightly revered for his film scores, especially the James Bond ones, but I also remember his instrumentals hits as the John Barry Seven in the late fifties and early sixties, including Hit and Miss (the theme for Juke Box Jury) and his cover of Walk Don't Run, and the lush string backings that helped make Adam Faith a star.


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