From the Land of Band Box Records

The British Invasion: Back Beat Number 23

February 19, 2012

Curious Meanderings among the Invaders

Christmas - Halloween & Proby

1964 saw the release of many straining to join the Invaders.  Date record’s released this single and picture sleeve by “London & the Bridges”.  In actuality the group was American out of Great Neck, NY coming together initially in 1964 and then later taking on the name “London and the Bridges” as so-dubbed by an executive at Date Records – looking to cash in on the Invasion.  You can read all about them at “Beyond the Beat Generation” in an interesting interview.  The site has tons of information on many very obscure garage bands from the mid 60’s era as well.

Gene Moss was comedy and novelty all the way (Eugene Harold Mashontz).  The illustrated picture sleeve surfaced in 1964 and is hard to find and costly.  You can read more about Gene’s Monster adventures at WFMU’s Blog.

The VJ Record Company Beatle sleeve was released during the holidays in 1964 and according to Perry Cox’s “Price Guide for the Beatles” was used for Vee Jay, Tollie and Oldie label releases (all Beatles of course).  This one is available at auction but does fetch a pretty good price.  These go for a range from about $40 up to $80 depending on condition.

The Boston Pops scored with a novelty minor hit – as featured earlier on this Blog site.  “I Want to Hold Your Hand” went to number 55 in the summer of 1964.

Boston goes Mop Top - and Rare Honey!

“Colour Slide” by the Honeycombs was released in 1965 actually, after the group had quickly faded from memory.  Price guides underestimate this record and picture sleeve listing it in the $25 range.  U.S. copies scarcely ever come up on EBay.  I have seen one in the last four years.  It sold for well over $400!

Finally, P.J. Proby was another one of those back-door/front-door Invaders, migrating to the U.K. from the U.S. to become a “turncoat” of sorts.  He was born in Texas – real name James Marcus Smith.  He enjoyed 11 top 40 hits in the U.K. four landing in the top 10.  In the U.S. he charted barely 8 times – mostly “bubbling under the Hot 100” with a lone top 40 single “Niki Hoeky”.

Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas’ “Bad to Me”

Swinging Blue Jeans – “Good Golly Miss Molly”

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