In memory of Johnny Peret

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

Saturday, December 28, 2013


at the first secret Rock 'n' Roll Jamboree
Rose Records Q5004 - probably Belgium - 195?

To end the year, an obscure and mysterious 45 rpm.  Not jazz but wild, very wild, (pre-)rock & roll, think Louis Prima on speed ... Good party record for New Year Eve although it may scare the younger generation, no longer used to this level of crazyness.

Side A: Rock at the Port  (Halwyn, Aberdeen)

Side B: Wild Baby  (Halwyn, Aberdeen) 

It looks American ("US Series") but is it?  Aural evidence lends me to think that these guys are not American at all (listen to the accent !) and are probably ...  Belgians.

Here is what Robert Pernet wrote in his comprehensive discography of Belgian Jazz:

No details have been found about the identity of ths group. The sound is typically Belgian and corresponds to that of those pre-Rock'N'Roll, Antwerp & Brussels-based bands such as the Ronnex and Novelty teams.

Two singles were issued:
Chuck Rhubarb & his Sergeants (Rose Records Q5003)
- Animals Rock'N'Roll
- Hungarian Rocksodie 
(... Freddie Mercury didn't invent anything ...)

Chuck Rhubard & his Sergeants at the fisrt Secret Rock'N'Roll Jamboree
(Rose Records Q5004)

- Rock at the Port
- Wild Baby

Pernet places the recoding date as 1953-54 ... I would add a couple of years, the lyrics of Wild Baby are too "rock'n'Roll" for '53-54, unless one is ready to accept the revisionist theory  that we, Belgians invented Rock n Roll ...



  2. Of course you Belgians didn't invent Rock n' Roll. You'll be claiming next that it was a Belgian who invented the Saxophone. C'mon.

    Thanks for this - good fun.