33.45.78 All Vinyl Radio Show
with Steve Fruitman
July 5, 2021
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Side A – Yes It Is

1.   Dominec Troiano: The Greaser – 1973 *
2.   Rita Chiarelli: Our Love Is Over – 1978 *
3.   Lisa Dal Bello: Hollywood – 1978 *
4.   Gregory Childs & Heart Lung: Baby Blue – 2020 *
5.   The Beatles: Yes It Is – 1965
6.   The Outsiders: Maybe Baby – 1966
7.   The Animals: It’s My Life – 1965
8.   Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: I’m Gonna Find A Big Woman That’ll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have To Go – 1970
9.   The Psychedelic Furs: Only A Game – 1984
10. Jimmy Buffett: Changes In Latitudes Changes In Attitudes – 1977
11. Waylon Jennings: Kentucky Woman – 1968
12. Deep Purple: Kentucky Woman – 1968
13. The Cult: Born To Be Wild – 1987
14. Joe Pass: ‘Round Midnight – 1974

Side B – Tony’s Records

1.   The Lettermen: Sealed With A Kiss – 1965
2.   Gianni Nazzaro: A Modo Mio – 1974
3.   D.D. Sound: Shopping Baby – 1977
4.   Steely Dan: Time Out Of Mind – 1980
5.   Franco Trincale: Stornellacci A Senso Vietato – 1965
6.   The Commodores: Look What You’ve Done To Me – 1975
7.   I Camaleonti: Viso D’Angelo - 1969
8.   Ed Bickert: I’ll Follow The Sun – 1979 *
9.   Peppino Di Capri: Non Rimpiangerai – 1965
10. The Rokes: Piangi Con Me – 1967
11. Maynard Ferguson: Jet – 1974 *
12. Gigliola Cinqeuetti: Zero In Amore – 1969
13. I Nuovi Angeli: Le Cose Di Sempre – 1971
14. Rita Pavone: Remember Me – 1964
15. Lynx: Bye Bye – 1978 *

CanCon – 25%

And Now for The Particulars:

Side A – Yes It Is

1.   Dominec Troiano: The Greaser  
(Dominec Troiano)
Tricky: Mercury Records SRM 1-670
Toronto ON
Domenic Troiano, guitar, vocal
Keith Rice, drums
Willie Weeks, bass
William Smith, keys
Tessie Coen, percussion
Monty Stark, synth
Gale Levant, harp
Shawne Jackson, Gale Haness, Patrice Holloway, William Smith, Roy Kenner,
bg vocals
Produced by Domenic Troiano & Keith Olsen 1973
Recorded by Keith Olsen and Richard Dashit

Domenic Michele Antonio Troiano b. in Modugno, Italy, January 17, 1946 / d. Toronto May 25, 2005)

Grew up on Sammon Avenue in East York, Toronto and got into guitar playing when he was just a teen. Was inspired by Robbie Robertson when he was in Ronnie Hawkins’ Hawks and was the lead guitarist of The Rogues who became the Mandala, then Bush. He also performed in stints with The James Gang and The Guess Who, recording solo albums on the side. Well loved and greatly missed. Long time band partner, Roy Kenner (Mandala, Bush, James Gang) sings some harmony vocals here.

2.   Rita Chiarelli: Our Love Is Over
(Rita Chiarelli)
45 Single bw Heaven Too: Mad Iris Music WRC3-714
Hamilton ON
Rita Chiarelli: guitar, vocals
Others not listed
Produced by Rita Chiarelli, 1978

Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Chiarelli began performing in Ronnie Hawkins' band in the early 1980s. She subsequently spent several years in Italy. When she returned to Canada, she quickly attracted the attention of film director Bruce McDonald, who included her "Have You Seen My Shoes?" on the soundtrack to his 1989 film Roadkill. She went on to record Cuore: The Italian Sessions, an album of Italian folksongs, at a concert in Thunder Bay, ON in 2006.

On this single, the title was misspelled ‘Your Love Is Over’ but someone – probably Rita – corrected that with a marking pen, striking out the Y.

3.   Lisa Dal Bello: Hollywood
(Lisa Dal Bello)
Pretty Girls: Talisman Records TALI-1000
Toronto ON
Lisa Del Bello: vocals
Carlos Vega: drums
Mike Porcato, Ron Garant: basses
Steve Lukather, Al Ciner: guitars
Ron Stockart: piano
Victor Feldman: percussion, vibes
Mike Boddiker: moog
Bill Champlin, roy Kenner, Michael
McDonald, Liz Lauzanne, Lisa Del Bello: bg vocals
roduced by Bob Monaco and Al Ciner 1978
Recorded by Denis Degher with Phil Moores & Chris Gordon at Quantum Audio, Torrance CA & Conway
Recorded at Manta Sound, Toronto
Mastered at Kendun Recorders, Burbank CA

Lisa Dal Bello born 22 May 1959, Weston ON

Changed her stage name to just Dalbello in 1984. When she was 17, Dalbello's self-titled debut album in 1977, produced by David Foster, won her a 1978 Juno Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year. Despite her win, however, MCA dropped her from the label because the album's production had been too expensive. She formed her own label, Talisman Records, to release her second album Pretty Girls, and received her second Juno nomination in 1979 in the category of Female Vocalist of the Year

4.   Gregory Childs & Heart Lung: Baby Blue
(Gregory Childs)
45 single bw Blood Ties: ind / no serial
Nick Cousins: lead guitar, harmonica
Brent Kervin: bass
Zachary Moloci: drums
Gregory Childs: guitar, vocals
Produced by Gregory Childs, 2020
Recorded by Steve Aylward at Frederick House Audio
Mastered by Phil Demetro at Lacquer Channel, Toronto

Toronto-based “Gregory Childs & Heart Lung” came to life in late 2019 as an alt-country outfit focused on taking pop-country to a gnarlier place. Self-described as “emotionally confused Willie Nelson”, the band was actively playing The Cameron House, Monarch Tavern and other Toronto staples before COVID forced them to focus exclusively on recording.

Gregory Childs claimed in an interview: “As a group we’re all drawn to raw storytelling. While we respect the pop elements of both classic and contemporary country we want our songs to feel like the mics just happened to be there, with the imperfections, throat pulls and chair squeaks included. We definitely aren’t perfect and we like it that way.”

5.   The Beatles: Yes It Is
(Lennon / McCartney)
Beatles VI: Capitol Records Canada – T 2358
John Lennon: double-tracked lead vocal, semi-acoustic guitar
Paul McCartney: harmony vocal, bass guitar
George Harrison: harmony vocal, lead guitar
Ringo Starr: drums, tambourine
Produced by George Martin, 1965

"Yes It Is" was recorded on 16 February 1965, the same day that they completed Harrison's "I Need You" It was released as the flip side of Ticket To Ride and in Canada, appeared on Beatles VI. Capitol Records pressings of the single erroneously stated "Yes It Is" as being from the film Eight Arms to Hold You (the original title for the film, Help!), and yet the song did not appear in the movie.
6.   The Outsiders: Maybe Baby
(Buddy Holly / Norm Petty)
Time Won’t Let Me: Capitol Records Canada – T 2501
Cleveland OH
Tom King: guitar, lead vocal
Sonny Geraci: bg vocal
Bill Bruno: lead guitar
Merdin Prince Gunnar Madsen: bass
Ronnie Harkai or Jim Fox: drums
Produced by Tom King, Ken Hamann and Roger Karshner, 1966

Originally known as Starfire, The Outsiders, lead by Tom King, were one of the great Cleveland based bands. They’re best known for their only ‘hit’ song, ‘Time Won’t Let Me’, also from 1966.

With ‘Time Won’t Let Me’ drummer, Ronnie Harkai, departing prior to sessions for the first album, former Starfire drummer, Jim Fox, who had left the earlier band to go to college, was brought in by King to be the drummer for the remaining album tracks. Following these sessions, Fox decided to return to music and founded the James Gang

Tom King died aged 68, on April 23, 2011, in an Ohio nursing home.

7.   The Animals: It’s My Life
(Roger Atkins / Carl D'Errico)
The Best of The Animals: Quality Records of CanadaV-1786
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne UK
Eric Burdon: vocals
Chas Chandler: bass, bg vocal
Hilton Valentine: lead guitar
Dave Rowberry: keys, bg vocal
John Steel: drums
Produced by Mickie Most, 1965

The Animals were a great band none of them were really ‘songwriters.’ "It's My Life" is a song written by Brill Building songwriters Roger Atkins and Carl D'Errico. It was written specifically for The Animals as their producer Mickie Most was soliciting material for the group's next recording sessions. (Other Animals hits to come out of this Brill Building call were "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" and "Don't Bring Me Down".

"It's My Life" was visually premiered on the US television show Hullabaloo in the autumn of 1965, where the group sang live vocals against canned music on a set that featured attractive young women sticking their heads through holes in the wall, where normally animal heads would be mounted.

8.   Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: I’m Gonna Find A Big Woman That’ll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have To Go
(Don Van Vliet)
Lick My Decals Off, Baby: Straight Records / Reprise 6420
Glendale CA
Ed Marimba (Art Tripp): marimba, percussion, broom
Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet): vocals, bass clarinet, saxes, harmonica
Drumbo (John French): percussion, broom
Zoot Horn Rollo (Bill Harkleroad): guitar and glass finger guitar
Rockette Morton (Mark Boston): "bassius-o-pheilius"
Produced by Captain Beefheart, 1970
Recorded at United Recording Corp, Hollywood CA

Don Glen Vliet b. January 15, 1941 Glendale, CA / d. December 17, 2010 (69) Arcata, CA

After releasing two so-so albums, Beefheart and his magical band were signed to Zappa’s Straight Records, releasing, first, Trout Mask Replica – an amazing double album, and Lick My Decals Off, Baby, before Frank and The Captain had a falling out. I always liked this song and can’t believe I’ve never played it on the radio before. The rhythm on this track is extraordinary! Everyone seems to be playing a different pattern and yet, it all linked up together. This album came out right after Trout Mask Replica.

9.   The Psychedelic Furs: Only A Game
(Richard Butler / John Ashton)
Mirror Moves: Columbia Records AL 39278
London UK
Richard Butler: vocals
John Ashton: guitars
Tim Butler: bass
Keith Forsey: drums
Mars Williams: sax
Produced by Keith Forsey, 1984
Recorded at Westlake Audio, Los Angeles & Electric Ladyland, NYC
Recorded by Dave Wittman & Gary Helman
Mixed by Dave Witman & Carol Casiero at Record Plant, NYC
Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound, NYC

Founded in London in 1977, they were into psychedelic punk rock. ‘Only a Game’ is from the third of their 8 studio albums. They went on hiatus after they finished touring in 1992, but resumed in 2000 and continue to perform live. The band released ‘Made of Rain’, their first studio album in nearly three decades, released exactly a year ago.
10. Jimmy Buffett: Changes In Latitudes Changes In Attitudes
(Jimmy Buffett)
Changes In Latitudes Changes In Attitudes: ABC Records – 9022-960
Mobile MS
Jimmy Buffett: vocals, acoustic guitar
Greg "Fingers" Taylor: harmonica
Michael Utley: organ, piano
Harry Dailey: Bass
Kenneth "Barfullo" Buttrey: Congas
Michael Jeffry: lead guitar
Farrell Morris: percussion
Jimmy Buffett, Harry Dailey, Michael Jeffry, David Bryant : background vocals
Norbert Putnam: string arrangements
Shelley Kurland: concertmaster
Produced by Norbert Putnam,  1977
Recorded by Marty Lewis and Alex Sadkin at Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida and Quadrafonic Sound Studios, Nashville, Tennessee

Sun soaked, lubricated and ready for fun! That’s why I like this song. From Buffett’s break-through album of the same name featuring his gigantic hit, Margaritaville. It’s one of those rarer albums where every song is important to the flow; every song is relevant and makes it perfect.

11. Waylon Jennings: Kentucky Woman
(Neil Diamond)
Only the Greatest: RCA Victor Dynagroove Recordings LPS-4023
Littlefield TX
Waylon Jennings: guitar, vocal
Others not listed
Produced by Chet Atkins, 1968
Recorded by Jim Malloy, Bill Vandevort and Al Pachucki at RCA Nashville Sound Studio

Wayland Arnold Jennings b. June 15, 1937 Littlefield, TX / d. February 13, 2002 (64) Chandler, Arizona

12. Deep Purple: Kentucky Woman
(Neil Diamond)
The Book of Taliesyn: Polydor Records 543 016
London UK
Rod Evans: lead vocals
Ritchie Blackmore: guitar
Jon Lord: Hammond organ, keyboards, backing vocals, strings arrangement on "Anthem"
Nick Simper: bass, backing vocals
Ian Paice: drums, temple blocks
Produced and Mixed by Derek Lawrence, 1968
Recorded by Barry Ainsworth at De Lane Lea Studios, Kingsway, London

"Kentucky Woman" is a 1967 song written and originally recorded by Neil Diamond. Within a year, the song was covered by both Deep Purple and Waylon Jennings. Diamond recorded "Kentucky Woman" as his last hit single for Bang Records. Released in October 1967, it reached number 22 on the U.S. pop singles chart. Deep Purple’s version – which is completely different – was released as their second single after the success of their first hit, ‘Hush’. Deep Purple played "Kentucky Woman" live on tour in 1968 and 1969 but it has never been on Deep Purple's set list since then. Their version was also featured in Quentin Tarantino's 2019 film ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’.

Waylon Jennings recorded it on his album ‘Only the Greatest’ which was Jennings’ eighth LP for RCA Victor in four years. Contrary to the title, it is not a "best of" album of Greatest Hits.

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap included a cover of the song on their first album, ‘Woman, Woman’.

13. The Cult: Born To Be Wild
(Mars Bonfire)
Electric: Beggar’s Banquet Records 830-916
Bradford, UK
Ian Astbury – vocals
Billy Duffy – guitar
Jamie Stewart – bass guitar
Les Warner – drums
Produced by Rick Reuben, 1987
Recorded and Mixed by Andy Wallace at the Manor Studio, Oxfordshire
Cover by Storm Thorgeson

The Cult formed in 1983 and were originally called The Death Cult.

Written by Oshawa, Ontario native Dennis Edmonton, who went by the name of Mars Bonfire after moving to California. He was an original member of ‘The Sparrow’ before they trans-formed themselves into Steppenwolf. It was their third single and first big hit after moving to the USA. Born To Be Wild and The Pusher were used in the 1969 counterculture film Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda). Because of that, Born To Be Wild became a song of choice for motorcycle gangs.

14. Joe Pass: ‘Round Midnight
(Monk / Williams / Hanighen)
Virtuoso: Pablo Records – 2310 708
Johnstown PA
Joe Pass: guitar
Produced by Norman Granz, 1973
Recorded by Dennis Sands at MGM Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Joseph Anthony Jacobi Passalaqua b. January 13, 1929 New Brunswick NJ / d. May 23, 1994 (65) Los Angeles

Joe Pass was a legendary guitarist that used to play a lot with Oscar Peterson just before releasing his own solo efforts. He’s in a class with Lenny Breau and few other guitarists. You just listen to the passages he plays with, right out of his head and into his fingers. He seems to play the fretboard like a piano. Incredible.

Side B – Tony’s Records

Tony Di Leo arrived in Canada on June 30, 1966. On August 17 of that year, he got to see The Beatles perform at Maple Leaf Gardens. In the 1970s he played in an Italian wedding group. Recently he dropped a bunch of 45s and a few albums on me so this hour of the program is about Tony’s records. It was an interesting collection consisting of the Macho Man album by the Village People; a Barbara Streisand Christmas album and some of the records I’ll play on today’s show.

1.   The Lettermen: Sealed With A Kiss
(Udell / Gold / Saka)
45 single bw Theme From ‘A Summer Place’: Capitol Records 5427
Las Vegas

Jim Pike - Died June 9, 2019
Bob Engemann - Died January 20, 2013
Tony Butala
Produced by Steve Douglas, 1965

Tony told me that he first moved into a place on Roxton, near College St. At College & Grace was the Power Store who were selling five records for 1$. Sealed with a Kiss is one of them. This version of the song was released in July 1965 as the B Side of Theme From ‘A Summer Place’. It was originally a major hit in 1962 for Brian Hyland.

The Lettermen first got together in 1959 and were the squeaky clean, synthetically pressed answer to Rock n’ Roll, a la Pat Boone.

2001: Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame
2011: Inducted into the "Fans' Entertainment Hall of Fame" - Las Vegas, NV
2012: Inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame
2020: inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2.   Gianni Nazzaro: A Modo Mio (My Way)
(Baglioni / Coggio / Baglioni)
45 single bw Un’Altra America: Columbia Records C3-8041
Naploli Italy
Produced by Claudio Mattone, 1974

Gianni Nazzaro b. Naples, Italy 27 October 1948)

Tony says: ‘Not my favourite. He had a couple of songs he covered, that I liked, but not one of my favourites. But people liked him.’

Nazzaro started his career with the stage name of Buddy, recording 59 singles, mainly cover songs, between 1965 and 1968. He kept on recording well into the 1980s. He was a tuxedo, bowtie and hair mullet kind of guy.

3.   D.D. Sound: Shopping Baby
(A & C Bionda)
45 single bw mono version: RCA Victor PB-50373
Milano Italy
Angelo La Bionda
Carmelo La Bionda
Produced 1977

“I Got it around that time (1977) but I don’t really remember it.”

D.D. Sound were a European disco project, led by the La Bionda brothers. The collective group of studio musicians and vocalists were based out of Munich, Germany, but had their records released on the Italian label Baby Records. They are considered the inventors of Italian disco music. Started out as songwriters in the theater, and later pursued a career as musicians & record producers.

4.   Steely Dan: Time Out Of Mind
(Walter Becker / Donald Fagen)
Goucho: MCA Records MCA-6102
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Rick Marotta: drums
Walter Becker: bass
Rob Mounsey: piano
Donald Fagen: keys
Hugh McCracken: guitar
Mark Knopfler: guitar solo
Dave Tofani: guitar
Randy Brecker: trumpet
Michael Brecker, Dave Tofani, David Sanborn: saxes
Ronny Cuber: baritone sax
Michael McDonald, Leslie Miller, Patti Austin, Valerie Simpson: bg vocals
Produced by Gary Katz, 1980
Recorded at Soundworks Studios, Sigma Sound, Automated Sound and Village Recorders, NYC
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk, NYC

Tony claims that a lot of records in his collection were purchased to play at weddings, when kids wanted to dance to rock n’ roll. He didn’t seem to know who Steely Dan were. It was just one of his records.

5.   Franco Trincale: Stornellacci A Senso Vietato (In A Prohibitive Sense)
(Franco Trincale)
45 single bw Il Senso Vietato: Phonophon Records 1544
Milano Italy
Franco Trincale: guitar, vocal
Produced 1965

Franco Trincale b 1935, Militello in Val di Catania, Sicilia, Italy

“It’s like a country song. A guy serenades a girl at a window or on a balconie.”

Franco plays the guitar in a stereo-typical Sicillian Tarantella style that was very popular in the 1950s. He accompanies it with a humorous courtship type of folk song singing. It’s just a little suggestive, with a smile type of song.

6.   The Commodores: Look What You’ve Done To Me
(Ronald La Pread)
45 single bw Three Times A Lady: Motown Records M 1443F
Tuskegee AL    
Walter Orange: lead singer, drums, keyboards
Lionel Richie: vocals, saxophone, piano, drums
Milan Williams: keyboards, trombone, rhythm guitar (died of cancer, July 9, 2006)
Ronald La Pread: bass guitar, trumpet
Thomas McClary: lead guitar
William "WAK" King: trumpet, rhythm guitar, synthesizer
Produced by James Carmichael & The Commodores, 1975

Tony remembers The Commodores, he liked their music and mentioned The Supremes and other Motown artists. The flip side of the record is their massive hit, Three Times A Lady which Tony knew. He didn’t really know the B side though.

The Commodores formed in 1968 by freshmen at Tuskegee University in Alabama. They were signed to Motown and sent out as an opening act for the Jackson Five. The group's most successful period was in the late 1970s and early 1980s when Lionel Richie was the co-lead singer. The Commodores have sold over 70 million albums worldwide

7.   I Camaleonti: Viso D’Angelo (Angel Face)
(Isota / Carraresi / Daniele Pace / Panzeri)
45 single bw Lei Aspetta Te: Columbia Records C4 2886
Milano Italy
Livio Macchia: vocals, guitar (1963–present)
Antonio "Tonino" Cripezzi: vocals, keyboards (1963–present)
Paolo de Ceglie: drums (1963-2004, d. in 2004)
Gerardo "Gerry" Manzoli: bass (1963-1982)
Produced 1969

“This group is still out there most likely in their mid-70s. A bunch of young Italian bands came out around that time. I was living at St. Clair and Caledonia at the time. There was one of the first Harvey’s there and there was a Dairy Freeze which is still there today. We used to get a Banana Split for sixty cents.”

The Chameleons: I Camaleonti were formed in 1963 in Milan. The band initially adopted a beat sound of Britain and scored a hit single with a cover of the Small Faces' "Sha-La-La-La-Lee". Between 1968 and 1973 I Camaleonti had four singles topping the Italian charts

8.   Ed Bickert: I’ll Follow The Sun
(Lennon / McCartney)
I Like To Recognize the tune: Canadian Talent Library / Pickwick PC 44012
Hochfeld, Manitoba
Ed Bickert: guitars
Gary Williams: keys
Don Thompson: bass violin, vibes, piano
Terry Clark: drums
Marty Morell: percussion
Memo Acevedo: percussion
Produced by Mal Thompson, Rick Wilkins and Don Thompson, 1979
Recorded by David Green at Nimbus 9 and Soundstage Studios, Toronto
Mastered by George Graves at JAMF

Tony told me more about the band he played in. “Back then, our English wasn’t too good so we just played Italian songs, a lot of covers. But kids wanted pop songs so we used  2 JVC turntables at gigs and played records during our breaks. We used to buy sheet music and records. That’s where some of those albums probably came from.”

9.   Peppino Di Capri: Non Rimpiangerai (You Will Not Regret)
(Censi / Faiella)
45 single bw La Lunga Strada: Carisch Records VCA 26175
Isle of Carpi, Italy

Zuccheri Orchestra
Produced 1965

Giuseppe Faiella b. 27 July 1939 Capri, Italy (81)

“Peppino (Little Joe) was like the Frank Sinatra of Italy. He always did romantic songs, like the Italian Englebert. Looks a bit like Michael Caine.”

Peppino began singing and playing the piano at age 4, entertaining the American army troops stationed on the island of Capri with a repertoire of American standards.

In the mid-1950, Peppino put a rock band together. The Rockers released their first single, with the songs "Malattia" ("Sickness"), sung in Neapolitan in 1958. The single was an instant hit and they spent most of the following year touring. A string of hit singles soon followed, usually alternating between Italian versions of American rock'n'roll and twist songs (with some verses sung in English), and originals composed in Italian and Napoletano, and they became one of the top acts in the country.

After performing as the opening act for The Beatles in their 1965 tour of Italy, Peppino and his group attempted, with moderate success, to break out of the European market. Their work was well received, particularly in Brazil, thanks to the large Italian immigrant community in the country.

10. The Rokes: Piangi Con Me (Passing Through Grey)
(Magol / Shapiro)
45 single bw Che Colpa Abbiamo Noi: Arc Records AN-4081
London UK
"Shel" Shapiro: guitar, vocal
Mike Shepstone: drums
Bobby Posner: bass
Johnny Charlton: guitar
Produced 1967

“Ah, The Rokes! I love The Rokes. I had no idea that they were English! But they were good, sung in Italian.”

The Rokes were a pop rock band formed in 1963 in Italy by English expatriates. Their most successful songs included "Piangi con Me" or "Passing Through Grey which was the original version of "Let's Live for Today" a US hit when later recorded by The Grass Roots.

The band performed rhythm and blues in clubs around London and had regular shows at American base camps around the south of England plus did a couple of tours in Scotland, before deciding to try their luck in the club scene in Germany. In June 1963 they were signed up by Teddy Reno, the manager and husband of Italian pop singer Rita Pavone. They were booked to tour with Pavone, appearing as the Shel Carson Combo, warming up the fans before Rita did her show. They then signed a recording contract with the ARC label and renamed themselves The Rokes. In 1965, their version of Jackie DeShannon's "When You Walk in the Room"  reached no. 11 on the Italian charts, followed by a cover of "I'm Alive" by The Hollies. In 1966, they were voted the second most popular beat group in Italy.

11. Maynard Ferguson: Jet
(Paul McCartney)
Chameleon: Columbia Records KC 33007
Maynard Ferguson: trumpet, superbone
Stan Mark, Dennis Noday, Lynn Nicholson, Bob Summers: trumpets, flugelhorn
Randy Purcell, Jerry Johnson: trombone
Andy MacKintosh: also sax, flute
Brian Smith: tenor sax, flute, tambourine
Bruce Johnstone: baritone sax
Rick PIetrone: bass
Alan Zavod: keys
Dan D’imperio: drums
Produced by Teo Macero, 1974
Recorded by Stan Tonkel
Mixed by John Guerriere and Tim Geelan
Mastered by Jack Ashkinazy

Walter Maynard Ferguson b. May 4, 1928 Verdun QC / d. Aug 23, 2006 (78) Ventura, California

Obviously, another of the Italian Wedding records Tony’s band used to spin at gigs. And it’s a real funky version of Paul McCartney’s ‘Jet’.

Ferguson came to prominence when he played in Stan Kenton's orchestra before forming his own big band in 1957. In 1959 he was a guest with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, performing Symphony No. 2 by William Russo.  He moved his family to New York in November 1963 to live with Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, and their community from Harvard University. He and his wife Flo used LSD, psilocybin an other psychedelic drugs. They lived there for about three years, playing clubs and recording several albums. Ferguson was mentioned in Tom Wolf’s book, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, which detailed the psychedelic scene.

In 1967, as the Millbrook experiment was ending, Ferguson moved his family to India and taught at the Krishnamurti-based Rishi Valley School near Madras. He later moved to England and later to California.

Ferguson was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2003

12. Gigliola Cinquetti: Zero In Amore
(Savio / Califano / Ambrosino)
45 single bw La Pioggia: Columbia Records C4-2859
Verona Italy
Franco Monaldi Orchestra
Produced 1969

Gigliola – white flower - b. Verona Italy 20 December 1947

“The B side, La Pioggia, was a huge hit in Italy. I saw her in Italy when I was 14 or 15. She was like a white flower you put on someone’s grave. That’s what her name means.”

At the age of 16 she won the Sanremo Music Festival in 1964 singing "Non ho l'età" ("I'm Not Old Enough"), with music composed by Nicola Salerno and lyrics by Mario Panzeri. Her win enabled her to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 1964 in Copenhagen with the same song, where she claimed her country's first ever victory in the event.

13. I Nuovi Angeli: Le Cose Di Sempre
(P Limiti / Vostok)
45 single bw Sole, Buonanotte: Durium Records 7716
Milan Italy
Renato Sabbioni: bass
Alberto Pasetti: guitar
Mauro Paoluzzi: drums
Paki Canzi: piano, vocals
Produced by Feliz Picarreda, 1971

It’s amazing that I got anything at all from the grooves of this record. There is a big chunk of vinyl broken at the edge but it broke right where the grooves start happening. I was able to save both sides of the record by digitalizing it.

I Nuovi Angeli, The New Angels, formed in Milan in 1966. In 1971, at the height of their popularity, I Nuovi Angeli embarked on a North-American tour and made their first TV appareance in America on the Ed Sullivan Show.  

14. Rita Pavone: Remember Me
(Shelly Coburn)
45 single bw Just Once More: RCA Victor  47-8365
Turin, Italy
Rita Pavone: vocal
Teacho Wiltshire: conductor
Produced by Teacho Wiltshire  1964

b. August 23 1945 Turin, Italy

In 1962 she participated in the first  ("Festival of the Unknown"), a song competition for amateur artists, winning the contest which lead at a recording contract. Her first recording, La partita di pallone" ("The Soccer Game") made her a national star at 17.
In the summer of 1964 she had chart success in North America with a record sung in English titled "Remember Me", backed with "Just Once More". The song reached #26 in the United States and #16 in Canada.

In 1965, Pavone was as a guest in The Ed Sullivan Show, becoming a frequent guest there
In the United States she sang alongside Diana Ross and The Supremes, Ella Fitzgerald, Tom Jones, Duke Ellington, Paul Anka and a number of singers of the era. It is said that Elvis Presley made a painting of her after she went to Memphis and he met her at a recording studio. Barbra Streisand recorded a duet with her. Pavone sang at Carnegie Hall.

15. Lynx: Bye Bye
(Tony Caputo)
Sneak Attack: Quality Records SV 1953
Tony Caputo: lead vocal, keys, sax
Norm Paulin: vocals, guitar
Jim Differ: drums
Daryl Peterson: bass
Produced by Bob Morten, 1978
Recorded by Kurt Hagen, John Richardson at Thunder Sound, Toronto
Mastered by Alan Moy and ‘Cub’ Richardson at JAMF Toronto

“Really! Hard rock! I didn’t know I had it.”

Formed in Toronto by highs school friends Mike Swartz and Bob Walker in 1973 after folding the tent on their previous group Black Wheat. They recruited Swartz's younger brother Rob as the second guitarist, and with Walker handling bass, they added Rick Haberman on drums - and Lynx was born.

They made their way around the local circuit for the next year or so, while writing material on the side. Reviews of the shows were positive and the band's legion of fans steadily grew around the region. Steve Taylor, head of Starship Music Productions, caught their show one night and signed a deal with them. Armed with a demo tape they'd recorded at Mercy Brothers Studio in Elmira, Ontario, he landed them a contract with Quality Records in early '76.

While they were at Toronto's Phase One Studios, they augmented their sound by bringing in Tony Caputo on keyboards, a classically trained pianist from the Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music, and holder of a degree in Music Theory and Performance from Toronto's Humber Music College.

Their first album was well received but didn’t sell, nor did any singles get played on commercial radio. Sneak Attack, their second album, had high expectations but didn’t do any better. The band decided to call it quits but they owed Quality Records another album, so a third was made. Then they broke up

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