In memory of Johnny Peret

In memory of Johnny Peret
In memory of my friend Johnny Peret, vibist, drummer, accordeonist extraordinaire

Friday, January 11, 2013


PHILIPS 423 192 BE (EP) – Germany, 1956

A rare EP by a bunch of forgotten musicians, ripped, cleaned and contributed by Onxidlib.

I could not find much info on these musicians.   
For those who read German, there is a bio of George Maycock on the german version of Wikipedia (here).  I also recommend reading this interesting article.
I found some info on the Crownpropeller blog also. 
These last two blogs are also the source for the pictures posted here. I hope they won't mind me using their pictures. 

George Maycock (1917–1979) and drummer Owen ”Big Fletchit” Campbell (1916–1983) both came from Panama.  In the sixties George Maycock would be gathering some local fame in Düsseldorf where Frank “Boogie”Sergent and Owen “Big Fletchit “Campbell where among the members of his quintet.  (source: http://crownpropeller.wordpress)

The saxophonist Sammy Walker was Jamaican and had played with Dizzy Reece, Mike McKenzie Quintet  and Cab Kaye a.o.

No info on bassplayer George Gillespie but I assume he was West Indian also.

n.b. Maycock and Fletchit were both Panamean but one has to remember that there was  (is) a large English-speaking community in Panama consisting mostly of descendants of the West-indian workers who took part in the construction of the canal and settled there.  They came not only from Jamaica but from all over the Caribbean).

George Maycock, piano, vocals
Frank "Boogie Sergeant" Segrants, trumpet
Sammy Walker, tenor saxophone
George Gillespie, bass
Owen "Big Fletchit" Campbell, drums

The George Maycock- Quintett in  the "Oase" in Düsseldorf 1963   left to right:          Big Fletschid -drums    Georg Gillespie - contrabass     Boogie Sergeant - Trumpet        George Maycock - Piano               Wilton Gaynair -Tenor-Saxophone (source:

Big Fletchid,  Drummer, composer & singer, with  Boogie Sergeant, - "Oase" in Düsseldorf 1963
source: idem

Big Fletchit Campbell at the Odeon, Basel, august 3 1950. Photo by Hans Bertolf.
Side A:
1. Lonely Man Blues  3:33
2. Maycock's Bop  3:19

Side B:
1. That's Right - What's Wrong ?  3:28
2. Walkin' Sam  3:18

Recorded in Hamburg, Germany on March 14, 1956.

Note: Soundtrack to the Boyadjieff-Film "Jazz-Rhythmus der Zeit" (1957).
It was a short documentary directed by Georg Thieß.  

PHILIPS 423 192 BE (EP)



    Contributed by onxidlib

  2. Thanks for another fascinating spotlight on the German jazz scene!
    Never heard of these guys before.

  3. Thanks for another gem! Sammy Walker of interest to me.

  4. I have a little more information about Sammy (Sam) Walker and I'm just getting it together.

    1. Thanks bluebird, there's very little generally available.

  5. Sammy was at school in Jamaica with Dizzy Reece and came over to Europe in the late 1940s/early 1950s.
    He first appears on record in Hamburg in May 1951 with a small group of black musicians based in Germany and nominally led by Cab Kay.
    He next appears with a Bruce Turner group in London in April 1953 and recorded 4 sides for the obscure label Lyragon. Two of these sides were issued under Walker's name as 'Jumping Sam Walker And His Tenor Sax'
    In May 1954 he appears in Paris on an ep with a Robert Mavrounzy group. Three of the 4 titles have been re-issued on a French compilation cd called 'Antilles Jazz' now out of print.
    Later that year Sammy joined the newly formed Tony Crombie Orchestra which was recorded at the Royal Festival Hall, London and appeared later on an ep made by the same group with added vocalists.
    He seems to have been a wandering minstrel kind of player as he was also reported as playing in Switzerland and Italy during the 1950s. Most of his career was spent in mainland Europe where he could escape from the racialism experienced by many black West Indian musicians in London but it is hardly documented.
    There were two recording sessions with Dizzy Reece groups in May 1955 and November 1957 made for Tempo (still available on Jasmine). In between he recorded with George Maycock on this posted ep.
    The Dizzy Reece 1957 session was his last known recording and he only appeared on that because the first choice, Joe Harriott, was unavailable.
    Sammy is not listed in 'Who's Who of British Jazz' nor can I find any internet references to him other than to the recordings he made. There are no photographs either.
    There was a very lively West Indian musical scene in London during the 1950s when Calypso first emerged and there is one other recording with Young Tiger called 'Calypso Be' where Sammy pops up to deliver an unexpected tenor sax solo.
    Whatever happened to Sammy Walker?

    1. Thanks very much for this bluebird. I first noticed him on the Dizzy Reece sides and you get even more curious when you can't turn up much info on a person. Hopefully his story can be completed one day.

    2. Thanks a lot Bluebird. the story of the West Indian jazz musicians in Europe remains to be written.

      I found this reference of Sam Walker with Mike McKenzie: Lyragon 78 RPM single J709;
      Little Boy (Calypso) by Marie Bryant, acc. Mike McKenzie Quintetfeat. Sam Walker on tenor sax.
      Can be heard on YouTube:

    3. more information are available in "the new globe dictionary of Jazz" 2nd edition, page 864 put together by Val Wilmer

    4. ..."The new grove dictionary of jazz"! sorry couldn't read my writing;-)

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  7. thanks to boogieman, onxidlib and bluebird. can't imagine was less racism in Italy or Switzerland in 50s than in UK. a black musician would have been more 'exotic' on mainland Europe -- except France -- and maybe therefore more in demand.

  8. extraodinaire gem !thanks onxidlib !

  9. I happen to be Sam Walker grandson. Thanks You for the information.