VADER (FATHER) ABRAHAM
VERONICA 538 Elf Provincien 6750G (NL.1972)
The Dutch releases all credit Vader Abraham, whilst the UK releases use Father
/ VERONICA DRAAI EEN PLAATJE VOOR MIJ / WAT MOET IK DOEN ZONDER JOU VERONICA a) Elf Provincien 83.6750Y (NL.1972), b) Dureco 4247 (NL.1982) The A
side is credited to Vader Abraham and Jacques Herb and de Makkers. The first
track on the B side is by De Rekels and?, the second track by The 538 Jongens
and the Makkers. The Dureco rerelease
appears in the Veronica Golden Oldie series.
MAAR IN M'N TUIN BLOEIT EEN ROOS / DIE ENE HERINNERING
/ SON SCHUNKELWALZER
Elf Provincien 65.105 (NL.1977) The original
Dutch version of the Smurf song, that went on to enjoy success around Europe. A
couple of YouTube videos of the song can be found
THE SMURF SONG / THE MAGIC FLUTE SMURF Decca F13759 (UK.1978) The English version with "Father" Abraham and the Smurfs reached no. 2 in
the UK charts in June 1978.
DIPPETY DAY / PINNOCIO IN SMURFLAND Decca F13798 (UK.1978) Charted at no. 13 in September 1978.
CHRISTMAS IN SMURFLAND /
FATHER ABRAHAMS HOLIDAY
Decca F13819 (UK.1978) A no.19 Christmas 1978 chart entry, that also
saw Jonathon King releasing "Lick a Smurp for Christmas" by Father
Abraphart and the Smurps, on Petrol GAS 1, the latter reaching no. 58 in the UK
SMURFING BEER / SMURFING TANGO Decca
13837 (UK.1979). More with the little blue people.
BEDANKT PIRATEN / PIRATENGALOP Dureco
4355 (NL.1980). A hymn to the pirate stations.
EDDY BECKER (Under the name of EDDY JONES)
JAYBIRDS / THAT'S THE REASON Funckler
DL45164 (NL.1965) The Radio Veronica deejay also appeared with the groups
Willy & the Giants and the Rotterdam
HAPPY HAPPY / MY KIND OF HEAVEN Funckler DL45193 (NL.1965) Both tracks are from the Dutch film
LA FELICIDAD / SJAANTJE Polydor S1269
MIJN TANTE DIE WEET VAN WANTEN / BIJ DE STEERT VAN JAAP DE
SCHIL LENMAN Z'N PEERD Polydor S1294 (NL.1968)
ACHTER DE REGENBOOG Philips
DON'T GET OFF THAT TRAIN
/ JUST TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN a) Fontana TF562 (1965), b) Fontana TF1078 (20.2.70) Orchestra
directed by Les Reed. Tony was a professional singer before he became a deejay.
He was resident singer with the Jan Ralfini band who played at Bournemouth
pavilion, on the UK south coast.
IS THERE ANOTHER WAY TO LOVE YOU / HERE TODAY GONE TOMORROW Fontana TF601 (September 1965).
GREEN LIGHT / WINTER IS THROUGH Fontana TF729 (1966).
SO MUCH LOVE / IN THE NIGHT MGM 1375 (January 1968) Tonys' first chart entry, reaching no. 31 on 24th
SHE'S MY GIRL /
CLOSER TO A DREAM MGM 1394 (22.3.68) The A side directed and arranged by Les
IT'S ONLY LOVE / JANIE MGM 1467
(UK. March 1969), MGM 61 626 (F.1969) Tonys' second and final chart entry that
reached no. 42 on 26th March 1969, he is assisted on the A side by "The
Majority", with the song that's a re-hash of the childrens nursery rhyme
"Nick Nack Paddy Wack" that could well be his worst record. The French release on MGM 61 626 has
"Open your eyes" as
the B side. A contemporary
press review commented.. "Hello, what's this,
Tony Blackburn doing a Barry
Ryan?. This is a frantic upbeat routine with Tony belting vigorously, supported
by an enveloping bustling backing, lustily chanting group and handclaps".
BLESSED ARE THE LONELY / WAIT FOR ME Polydor 56360 (14.11.69.) The A side is one of Blackburn's best
tracks, with a backing reminiscent of groups such as Love Affair and Eli
IS IT ME, IS IT YOU / HAPPY
RCA2067 (March 1971).
CHOP-CHOP / IF YOU WERE A DREAM RCA 2109 Stereo. (UK 20.8.71) the A
side was a Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman composition, and features
members of Sweet, Brian Connolly, Andy Scott and Mick Tucker singing backing
vocals. Sweet were managed by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman.
PAPER SONG / MONEY DON'T MAKE A MAN RCA 2180 (1972) We have two copies of this disc, a promo' copy
with "Paper Song" as the A side with release date of 25.2.72 printed
on label, the other with "Money don't make a man" as the A side and
release date of 10.3.72, both have the same catalogue number.
CINDY / DUSTY RCA 2247
FAIRY TALES / ARNOLD
Decca FR 13570 (21.2.75)
I'LL DO ANYTHING Casino
Classics CC1 (1978) Released under the alias of Lenny
Gamble, this cover of a Northern Soul classic
was the B side of the first release on the Casino Classics label, the A side
being "Little darling ( I need you)" by the Flirtations.
TONY BLACKBURN MEETS MATT MUNRO Fontana SFL13161 (1966)
reissued Mar.1970, same number. Munro on side one, Blackburn on side two
featuring his first single "Don't get off that train". Was priced
at £10.00 in "Record Collector", my copy of interest to Blackburn
collectors, cost 50p in an oldies record shop junk bin.
TONY BLACKBURN SINGS MGM C8062 Mono
/ MGM CS8062 Stereo. (April.1968) Former colleagues of Tony's have said there
should have been a question mark
after the title, they're probably right.
TONY BLACKBURN Polydor
583 082 Stereo (Mar. 1970) Cover photo's feature Tony in a red Morgan sports
car with two dogs, could this be the famous Arnold and a friend.
TONY BLACKBURN RCA
International INTS1407 (UK.1972) Features "Is it me, is it you" and "Chop
FOR TINY TOTS Contour 2870 438 (1975) Tony introduces Childrens nursery
rhymes, including How
much is that Doggie in the window sung by Wally Whyton and featuring
Arnold. Thanks to
Chris Cortez for Arnold picture and How much is that doggie in the Window track.
JUST LEAVE IT TO ME A Radio London
climber played heavily in their final week, but never officially released. This
clip recorded off-air.
CANDY KISSES / GET GOING BABY
MGM 1401 (April 1968).
SLEEP LITTLE CHILDREN (STRIBREM ZDOBENA SKRINA) /
JULIE Chapter One SCH 178
(24.11.72) The B side is the same song as the Simon Dee release, the A side
arranged by Ladislav Pikart.
RUGGED AND MEAN, BUTCH AND ON SCREEN / TALKING (MOBILE)
DEEJAY BLUES - Pee Bee Squad Project PRO3 (UK.1985) Casblanca 884255-1
(NL.1985) Credited to
the "Pee Bee Squad", the record reached no.52 in the UK charts in October
TWIST (NL.1962) Details required Carlo presented the Italian programme
on Radio Veronica.
PEPINO DE KLIENE WITTE MUIS (NL.1963) Details
/ QUEEN STELLA Pink Elephant
HEY YOU'RE CRAZY / FREDDIE DE FLUITER Philips JF
JULIE / WHATEVER HAPPENED TO US Chapter One CH105(March 1969) A powerful song covered by two offshore
presenters, written and directed by Les Reed, this version failed to set Simon
Dee up as a quality singer.
JOOST DEN DRAAYER
COMEDY IS OVER NOW - The Freddies
Members of the group
were Freddie Heyen (record producer), Peter Koelewijn (rock and roll singer and
producer) and Willem van Kooten also known as deejay Joost den Draayer.
DOES EEN MOP IN EEN ENVELOPPE Polydor
(NL.1971) An LP of jokes from Joost's RNI programmes.
SPINNING Velours. (NL.late
60's) Arrangement by the way of Ekseption.
TURKSE KOFFIE /
HE TINEKE, HE JOOST Funckler DR42748 (NL.1963) Credited to "Joost & Tineke",
Radio Veronica presenters Joost de Draayer and Tineke.
his real name of NEIL
VIRGINIA THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS /
LITTLE BOY LOST
Go AJ11403 (UK.25.11.66) Go Records marketed and promoted by CBS. Yes Virginia
there is a Santa Claus, was inspired by seasonal newspaper article. Apparently
in 1897, an eight year old girl had written to a New York newspaper, asking if
Santa really existed. The papers reply was regularly reprinted each Christmas
and passed into history. The track was co-written by Tony Withers (Tony Windsor
of Radio London).
ROCKING AT THE BBC / GOODBYE Warner
Bros. K16232 (1972) Credits are to Pete Drummond and the VHF Band, released to
commemorate BBC Radio's 50th anniversary.