LA GRANDE TWIST PARTY
25 cm Barclay (France) – 1962
A fairly rare French 10” featuring Twist songs – vocal and instrumental - done in a very French manner by very competent (studio) bands (Eddie Barclay, Jean Bouchety) with obvious jazz chops and lotsa honking sax. The overall sound his often closer to Louis Prima’s than to rockabilly this is sax-based rock and roll rather than guitar rock.
Les Play Boys were leather-rocker Vince Taylor’s backing band. Their take on Artistry in Rhythm (renamed Artistry in Twist) is well worth the price of admission. The tracks by Eddie Barclay Orchestra are very enjoyable also, I really enjoy this type of “big band” rock and roll. “Play The Thing” sounds very much like Night Train.
Harold Nicholas was an American expat' with a long career in dancing. See here.
No idea about the identities behind The Daniels, probably a studio band “de circonstance”. They were obviously French-speakers (listen to “Wee Wee” which sounds like “Oui Oui”) but French or Belgians? The compositions are credited to J. Evans – N. Byl … two Belgians ! (for more info on jazz pianist Jean Evans, check here).
A better known band is Les Chaussettes Noires feat. lead singer Eddy Mitchell who was to become a huge star in France and French speaking countries and played a major role in popularizing rock and roll, country music in France and, later on,and American B-series thru’ his TV programme La Derniere Séance in the 80s.
Play it loud and do the twist!
A1 Harold Nicholas La Grande Twist Party (Rock'n Roll Call) composed by: D. Gérard, R. Bernet, Hammer, Toombs
A2 Harold Nicholas Ya Ya Twist composed by G. Aber, Lee Dorsey
A3 The Daniels Wee Wee composed by J. Evans, N. Byl
A4 The Daniels Scotch Twist composed by J. Evans, N. Byl
A5 Les Play-Boys Raunch Twist composed by Singleton, Ogerman, Larry Coleman
B1 Les Chaussettes Noires Peppermint Twist (1ère Partie) composed by G. Aber, Dee, Glover
B2 Les Chaussettes Noires Peppermint Twist (2e Partie) composed by G. Aber, Dee, Glover
B3 Eddie Barclay & Les Twisters 5th Avenue Twist composed by G. Aber, J. Bouchéty
B4 Eddie Barclay & Les Twisters Play The Thing composed by M. Morris
B5 Les Play-Boys Artistry In Twist composed by Stan Kenton