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Little Tina and Flight 56

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Little Tina & Flight ’56 ‎– Little Tina & Flight ’56

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Rockhouse Records ‎– MLP 8416 [1985]
My Boy Elvis – Need A Little Lovin’ – This Little Girl’s Gone Rockin’ – Let’s Jum The Broomstick – Ooby Dooby – Honky Tonk Train Blues

Released in the Rockhouse Mini LP Collection series in 1985, this mini album contains six tracks previously released on the 1977 album.
My advice is to get the album since Tina Dawes’originals really makes the difference.
So nothing new but a beautiful object.


Little Tina & Flight ’56 ‎– This Little Girl Is Gonna Rock It!

little tina and flight 56

Rockhouse Records ‎– 7704 [1977]
This Little Girl Is Gonna Rockin’ – My Boy Elvis – Can’t Help Loving You – 12 O’Clock Rock – Cupid – Need A Little Lovin’ – Why Do Fools Fall In Love? – Honky Tonk Train Blues – Everlasting Love – Let’s Jump The Broomstick – Who Else But Me – Frankie – Ooby Dooby – He’s Gone – Don’t Ever Go – Let’s Elope Baby – Twenty Flight Rock – Let’s Have A Party

After Mal Gray left, Tina Dawes, aka Little Tina, took over the lead vocals duties. The band (Nick Barnes on bass guitar, Jerry Kelk on guitar, and Lesly Bailey on drums) was sharp as a razor and was ready to record. The got an offer from Rockhouse. Thus, in January 1977, the band flew to Holland and, during a four-day session, cut 18 tracks. For the recording, they hired Dave Taylor on piano.
Little Tina remains to this day one of the best female Rockabilly / Rock’n’roll singers since the golden age of the genre. She was able to sing pure Rockabilly numbers, straight in your face Rock’n’roll, Doo Wop, and ballads that no one dares to sing today, which is a pity.
She was also more than able when it came to writing songs. Next to Cupid (the ballad that I was talking about), one will find the great Need A Little Lovin. This superb dialog between Tina and Taylor’s piano is in a similar vein than Ubangi Stomp . She also penned a superb Rockabilly (Can’t Help Loving You), a western swing influenced tune (Who Else But Me) that featured hot solos by Taylor and Kelk. Other originals include Taylor’s 12’O Clock Rock and Don’t Ever Go, which he also sang. The former is a boogie with steel guitar, and the later is a beautiful slow number.
Barnes sang Cochran‘s Twenty Flight Rock and co-wrote with Kelk the country-tinged “He’s Gone.”
The remaining songs come from the catalogs of Janis Martin, Connie Francis, Wanda Jackson, Roy Orbison, Etta James, Barbara Pittman, and Frankie Lymon. Their breathless interpretation of Let’s Have A Party closes the album in beauty.


Mal Grey (sic) & Flight 56 ‎– Look Out For Love

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Arista ‎– Arista 8 [1975]
Look Out For Love – Ballroom Queen

Before Tina Dawes joined the band, Mal Gray, ex-Wild Angels, briefly fronted Flight 56. They recorded this single in 1975 for Arista.
Both songs are originals and produced by Pete Gage.
Mal Gray sings the A-side, a Rock’n’roll tune with a strong glam influence.
The flip is way more interesting. It’s a classic Rock’n’roll tune with piano and sax and by bass-player Nick Barnes sings it.

Fred “Virgil” Turgis

Little Tina and Flight 56
Little Tina and Flight 56
Little Tina and Flight 56
Little Tina and Flight 56, late 1975

Bugaloos (the)

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The Bugaloos – In the Mood

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Rockhouse Records – ROCKCD9318 [1993]

Rockabye Boogie – Most Of All – Be Bop Baby – Baby I Love You So – At The Old Town Hal – Love Me – Rocky Road Blues – In The Mood – Crazy Real Gone Blues – Bye Bye Blues – Frankie’s Out On Patrol – You Can Do No Wrong

The Bugaloos were a three piece female harmony band from the Netherland, featuring Lil’ Esther.
Their sound was a mix of “sisters” bands (Fontane, Davis, Dinning, Miller) as well as Nita, Rita and Ruby with a dash of Rockabilly à la Collins Kids thrown in for good measure.

In the Mood is their second album and benefits of the presence of Jelle aka Joe Sixpack (who later joined the Ranch Girls and the Ragtime Wranglers) on guitar. This guy is one the great masters of the Rockabilly guitar on the modern scene next to pickers like Deke Dickerson, TK Smith. He brings rockabilly to their swing and swing to their rockabilly.

All songs are covers but the band is good enough to always turn them into something new and interesting. Even an ear worm like In the Mood that makes me cringe even when played by Bob Wills is pleasant here. But how could you resist to the charm produced by the sweet voices of those three girls.
From Hillbilly bop with a hint of western swing to a sweet ballad with Rockabilly in between and a bit of jazz, you’ll sure enjoy this moment with the Bugaloos.

After the Bugaloos disbanded Esther and Marga formed Jess’n’Jill & the Sinners before singing as a solo act. Read more about all that here.

Fred “Virgil” Turgis

The Bugaloos with Lil Esther
The Bugaloos
Bugaloos

The Whyos

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The Whyos
The Whyos

Coming from New Jersey, The Whyos were Mike Girao (guitar), Tim Gorell (vocal), Brian Post (bass guitar) and Joe Geary (drums). They released an album on Dutch Rockhouse label in 1984  with additionnal musicians Mike Baumann (p) and Chris Galli (sax) who also appeared on stage with the band.
They became very popular in New Jersey in clubs in the 80’s, opening for Marshall Crenshaw and the Stray Cats.
They also signed a Capital record contract for a year but no album was released.
Their brand of neo-rockabilly was cleaner than many other acts and showed some new wave influenced.
They also did a cover of a Led Zeppelin song for a tribute record and their song “1-2-3-4” appeared on The Dirt Club Compilation.
Bassist Brian Post sadly passed away in 2012.

Albums

The Whyos, Rockhouse Records, 1984
Singles & EPs
Full Arms And An Empty Heart / Onetwothreefour, Rockhouse Records SP 8408, 1984
Full Arms And An Empty Heart, Fake Doom Records FDR 004, 1984
Talk To Me Like The Rain, Rockhouse Records SP 8502, 1985

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