I was talking to Jerry Chatabox at the 'Rockabilly Rave' when three cats came up and handed Jerry and yours truly a C.D. E.P. (it pays to be in Jerry's general presence when freebies are being handed out). They were 'The Mystery Gang Trio', who I knew of from their excellent debut C.D . 'Dig This Rock', and from a video or two on youtube.com (see below)
I was eager to get back home and listen to the specially produced release for the 2005 'Rockabilly Rave'. I was a little disappointed to hear that their style had become slightly heavier than before, and they sounded as if they were heading in a different musical direction. This confused me slightly as I gathered from the C.D's cover that they were trying to promote themselves on the rockabilly scene, and were hoping be asked to play the Rave sometime in the future. Maybe Jerry was not impressed with what he, or he thought (as I did) that their style was too far off centre to play at the festival, as no performance has occurred!
I had this post on an old hard drive for a few years and recently came across it (as you do). The original drummer Tom Stormy has now left the band. You can check them out now here or their Facebook page. I would like to know what you think about the change in musical style?
Bobby Darin and the Rinky Dinks (Bobby Darin - Lead with Barbara English, Sylvia Hammond, Trudy McCartney & Charlotte McCartney
The Ding Dongs Early In The Morning / Now We're One (Brunswick 55073) 1958
The Rinky Dinks Early In The Morning / Now We're One (Atco 6121) 1958
Bobby Darin & The Rinky Dinks Mighty Mighty Man / You're Gone (Atco 6128) 1958
Darin approached Brunswick Records with the song 'Early in the Morning' and Brunswick was very impressed with what they heard. But Darin was still under contract to Atlantic Records' subsidiary label, Atco, so the song was released on Brunswick as being sung by 'The Ding Dongs'. But when New York deejays started playing the record and it became popular, Atco soon discovered something was up and put a stop to the Brunswich record.
I picked up this booklet up at my local Red Cross shop for 50 pence, a bargain I think. It's the song album from the 1964 film of Hank Williams life. I've still not seen this movie, but I imagine it will be the usual Hollywood version of things he did and did not do. But I am rather pleased I have a copy of this songbook. I have just included the scanned photos and text pages from the book in the download. There is music, lyrics and chords of the songs from the film included in the book, if you want scans of those just just ask and I will post them.