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Back in the Good Ol’ U.K.

January 17, 2016
craigr244

Long Plays from the Beat Days in the U.K.

The U.K. jumped all over the “American Invasion” welcoming with open arms Bill Haley, Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly & the Crickets and so many more.  Then when the Bobbies, and Donnies and Johnnies started springing up in the U.S. – the Brits said “O.K. but give me Jerry Lee Lewis.

Then the U.K. paid us back in kind with their own interpretation of rock and roll – and so we were revived and saved with The British Invasion.  But even beyond that – our founding rockers found when their fame waned here at home – they found they were still welcomed – no – more than welcomed – adored in the good old U.K. So I have set up a graphic page of long play releases by mostly U.K. artists (some exceptions) during the “Invasion” era which were released in the U.K.

Click here to visit the new U.K. LP Page

TRENT JACKIE 1967 A TAYLOR KING SIZE 1965 A SYMBOLS 1968 A SOUNDS INCORPORATED 1964 B

PETER GORDON 1964 B OVERLANDERS 1965 A PROBY 1964 A PRETTY THINGS 1965 B

3 Comments

  1. Cool collection! A couple of corrections, if I may:

    You have “P. K. Arnold” for P. P. Arnold. also, the album is called “Belfast Gypsies,” thr artist is Them, not the other way around. The Easybeats spelled it as one word.

    I can’t believe Joe Brown’s spiky hair and how his whole look changed when he grew it out. “Teardrops in the Rain” is an all-time favorite track (US release on Jamie). And what a treat to see Eclection and Family pictured – some all-time favorites that I used to play on progressive radio on WBRU in Providence and WHCN in Hartford.

    Also fascinating: the variation in both quality and hipness of some of these UK LP cover designs. I think we Americans don’t realize the depths of depression and mailaise in the UK immediately postwar and how much the country needed rock & roll. This is a really nice page – keep ’em coming!!!

    • Thanks for the corrections Paul – Actually, that group is the Belfast Gipsies who formed in 1965 with two members coming from the group Them – that being the McAuley brothers Jackie and Patrick. The other (original) members of the Gypsies were Ken MccLeod and Mark Scott – The packaging of the LP was an attempt to cash in on the fame of the Belfast group “Them” – Neither McAuley were original Them members – both arriving in late 1964 to replace other musicians – which was the same year Them formed. “Baby Please Don’t Go” and “Gloria” were already recorded prior to the McAuleys but they arrived in time to perform with the group when fame hit in the U.S. in early 1965 and on. The McAuleys didn’t hang around for long – forming the Gypsies later in 1965.

      • Hi, Craig,

        I stand corrected; “conventional wisdom” was what I cited, but obviously, you are much more deeply in the know on this one. Again, congratulations on a great gallery!

        best regards,
        Paul

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