Author Archives: Franko

About Franko

Hi, I'm just a person with a love of music, a lot of records and some spare time. My opinions are comments not reviews and are mine so don't be offended if I have slighted your favourite artist. I have listened to a lot of music and I don't pretend to be impartial. You can contact me on though I would rather you left a comment. I also sell music at Cheers

SAMMY DAVIS Jr – Now – (MGM) – 1972

Sammy Davis Jr is part of my musical memory. He was always there. “Samuel George Davis Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American singer, dancer, actor and comedian. He was noted for his impressions of actors, … Continue reading

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FRANKIE AVALON – Frankie Avalon – (Chancellor) – 1958

Of all the pure pop stars of the late 1950s and early 1960s Frankie Avalon is perhaps the most derided. Well, it’s either him or Fabian. Like Fabian he was Italian-American. Like Fabian he was a product of un-hip Philadelphia. … Continue reading

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GENE PITNEY – I Must Be Seeing Things – (Musicor) – 1965

Pitney’s career was still on the way up. His career hadn’t been derailed by The Beatles or by changes in taste as had happened to so many other white male solo vocalists of the early 1960s. Ultimately, it was the … Continue reading

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HARPERS BIZARRE – Feelin’ Groovy – (Warner Brothers) – 1967

Harpers Bizarre (formed 1963, disbanded 1970) are another one of those specifically American bands  that hit it reasonably big there but never had a big overseas presence …think Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Happenings, … Continue reading

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THE EVERLY BROTHERS – Two Yanks in England – (Warner Brothers) – 1966

I love the Everly Brothers. Many people do, though generally, they aren’t as revered as the hell raisers and out and out rock ‘n’ rollers from the 1950s. Elvis will forever reign supreme as he straddled or created a number … Continue reading

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WEREWOLVES – Werewolves – (RCA) – 1978

I had not heard of The Werewolves before but picked this up because there is a vaguely New Wave-ish power pop look to this band from 1978. Something I'm not alone in as they do crop up on power pop … Continue reading

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PAUL PARRISH – Songs – (Warner Brothers) – 1971

How sensitive to I feel today? I have fears that Paul Parrish is going to be a singer songwriter of the most maudlin kind. Usually,  the piano player ones, for whatever reason,  lean that way. That, combined with the song … Continue reading

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BADFINGER – Say No More – (Radio Records) – 1981

This is the last album from Badfinger. Here they are trying to hook onto the resurgence of power pop and retro sounds through the New Wave. It's not sad, as they had being doing it all along. It is slick … Continue reading

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CLAUDE KING – Meet Claude King – (Columbia) – 1962

I know Claude from his 45, “The Comancheros” which I bought because of its John Wayne tie-in novelty value. I loved the film, which is one the earliest John Wayne films I recall seeing, and the song (released after the … Continue reading

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BOBBY VEE – Live! On Tour – (Liberty) – 1965

A live album. 1965! This would have been the first live rock ‘n’ pop album ever … if it was live. It wasn’t. The audience noise is “canned” "Canned” applause is pre-recorded applause which is usually added to the sound … Continue reading

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