IN THE CAN : JULY 1962
July 3, 1962 : Another UK session by GENE VINCENT, at EMI's Abbey Road
Studio in London. Four tracks are recorded, released on two UK singles.
"Be Bop A Lula 62"/"King Of Fools" comes out in August (Capitol CL 15264)
and "Held For Questioning"/"You're Still In My Heart" in February 1963
(Capitol CL 15290).
Backing by Charles Blackwell's orchestra and chorus.
Produced by Bob Barratt.
July 3-4, 1962 : At Audio Recorders in Phoenix, Arizona, DUANE EDDY cuts
"(Dance With the) Guitar Man", the A-side of his next single, released in
September (RCA 47-8087, c/w "Stretchin' Out", recorded on May 10, 1962).
A major hit (# 12 USA, # 4 UK). One other track is laid down, "Lonely Boy,
Lonely Guitar", which will hit the market in May 1963 (RCA 47-8180, c/w
"Joshin'" from a session on April 2, 1963). This one peaks at # 82 US and
# 35 UK. Both tracks will be overdubbed by the vocal group The Blossoms
(Darlene Wright, Fanita James, Gracia Nitzsche), in Hollywood. They are
billed as The Rebelettes on the label.
Personnel : Duane Eddy (guitar / leader) ; Donnie Owens (guitar) ; Jimmy
Wilcox (bass) ; Jim Horn (sax) ; Larry Knechtel (piano) ; Bob Taylor
Produced by Lee Hazlewood.
Friday, July 6, 1962 : Drummer SANDY NELSON records more tracks for the
album "Golden Hits" (Imperial LP 9202, August) : "Honky Tonk", "Live It
Up", "Bony Moronie", "Rockhouse" and "What'd I Say". "Live It Up" is also
released as a single in August (Imperial 5870, c/w "...And Then There Were
Drums", recorded on July 7).
Produced by Eddie Ray and Sandy Nelson in Hollywood.
See also July 20 and 31.
July 9, 1962 : BOB DYLAN is at Columbia Recording Studio A in New York
City where he records four tracks for his second LP, "The Freewheelin' Bob
Dylan" (Columbia CL 1986, May 27, 1963) : "Bob Dylan's Blues", "Blowin' In
the Wind", "Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance" and "Down the Highway".
Three other songs are recorded, now available on "The 50th Anniversary
Collection" (2012), which also includes outtakes of the songs mentioned
Produced by John Hammond.
July 11, 1962 : THE EVERLY BROTHERS undertake a session in Hollywood, at
United Recording Corporation. "Don't Ask Me To Be Friends" is released on
Warner Bros 5297 in October (c/w "No One Can Make My Sunshine Smile", from
a session on September 20, 1962). "Chains" is first released in 1984 on the
Magnum Force LP "Nice Guys" (UK). A second version of "He's Got My Sympathy"
(previously recorded in November 1961) makes its first appearance on the
7-CD box "The Price Of Love" (Bear Family BCD 16511) in 2005.
Personnel : Tommy Allsup, Glen Campbell, Bill Pitman, Howard Roberts
(guitars) ; Red Callender (bass) ; Gene Garf (piano) ; Earl Palmer
(drums). Plus 5 violins, 2 cellos and a viola.
Conducted by Carole King. Engineered by Bones Howe.
July 12, 1962 : Final Warner Bros session for BOB LUMAN, probably at
RCA Victor Studio in Nashville. The four tracks recorded end up on two
singles : "Hey Joe"/"The Fool" (Warner Bros 5299, August) and "Envy"/
"You're Everything" (Warner Bros 5321, November).
Backing by members of the Nashville A-Team.
Supervised by Wesley Rose.
July 12, 1962 : At EMI's Abbey Road Studio in London, CLIFF RICHARD
records "Razzle Dazzle" and "Reelin' and Rockin'", which are held in
the can until 1965, when the tracks appear on an LP simply titled "Cliff
Richard" (Columbia SX 1709). Also recorded is "A Forever Kind Of Love",
which will be released on an EP of the same name (Columbia SEG 8347)
in September 1964.
Backing by the Shadows and the Norrie Paramor orchestra.
Produced by Norrie Paramor.
See also July 20.
July 12, 1962 : MARTY ROBBINS cuts three songs for the LP "Hawaii's
Calling Me" (Columbia CL 2040, June 1963) : "Lovely Hula Hands", "The
Night I Came Ashore" and "Echo Island".
Personnel : Billy Byrd, Jack Pruett (guitars) ; Jerry Byrd (steel guitar)
; Bob Moore (bass) ; Bill Pursell (piano) ; Louis Dunn (drums).
Produced by Don Law and Frank Jones at Columbia Studio in Nashville.
July 13, 1962 is the recording date of the future # 1 hit "He's A Rebel"
by THE CRYSTALS. It is a well-known fact that the Crystals do not actually
sing on the record. The lead singer is Darlene Wright of the Blossoms who
would be rechristened Darlene Love by Phil Spector in January 1963. Vocal
support comes from the other two Blossoms, Fanita James and Gloria Jones,
and from Bobby Sheen. There were two guitarists, Howard Roberts and Tommy
Tedesco, two bass players (unheard of at the time!), Ray Pohlman and Jimmy
Bond, two sax players, Steve Douglas and Nino Tempo, Al De Lory played
piano and Hal Blaine drums. Released on Philles 106 on August 14, with
"I Love You Eddie"(by the regular Crystals, from a different session) on
Arranged by Jack Nitzsche. Produced by Phil Spector. Engineered by Larry
Levine at Gold Star Studio in Hollywood.
(Probably) Sunday, July 15, 1962 : THE TORNADOS are rushed into Joe
Meek's RGM Studio in London to record the basic tracks for "Telstar"
and its reverse, "Jungle Fever". Meek spends several weeks overdubbing,
remixing and adding sound effects. The record is released on August 24
(Decca F 11494) and will reach # 1 in both the UK and the USA (on London
Personnel : Alan Caddy (lead guitar) ; George Bellamy (rhythm guitar) ;
Heinz Burt (bass) ; Roger LaVern (organ) ; Geoff Goddard (clavioline,
overdubbed) ; Clem Cattini (drums).
Produced by Joe Meek.
July 16, 1962 : After an enormously successful tour of South Africa,
Jim Reeves, Chet Atkins and Floyd Cramer decide to record an album of
South African songs for the S.A. market. On this day CHET ATKINS records
his contribution to the the LP ("Jim Reeves, Floyd Cramer, Chet Atkins
In Suid-Afrika", RCA 31.630, South African release only) : "Westewindje",
"Outa In Die Langpad", "Mossie Se Moses" and "Marie".
Personnel : Chet Atkins (guitar / producer) ; Boots Randolph (sax) ;
more details unknown.
Location is the RCA Victor Studio in Nashville.
See also July 23.
July 16-17, 1962 : Marathon session by BROOK BENTON at Columbia Studio
in Nashville. Of the 18 tracks recorded, eight end up on four singles,
all Top 10 R&B hits. "Lie To Me"/"With the Touch Of Your Hand" is his
next 45 (Mercury 72024, August) and peaks at # 3 R&B, # 13 pop. "Hotel
Happiness"/"Still Waters Run Deep" follows in November (Mercury 72055,
# 2 R&B, # 3 pop). "I Got What I Wanted" will be coupled with "Dearer
Than Life", for release on Mercury 72099 in March 1963 (# 4 R&B, # 28
pop, B-side # 59 pop). "My True Confession"/"Tender Years" is a June
1963 release (Mercury 72135, # 7 R&B, # 22 pop). Most of the other tracks
will appear on the LP "Singing the Blues" (Mercury MG 20740, September)
and two tracks remain unissued.
Personnel : Jerry Kennedy, Harold Bradley, Kelso Herston (guitars) ; Bob
Moore (bass) ; Hargus Robbins (piano) ; Boots Randolph (sax) ; Ray Stevens
(organ / trumpet) ; Bill Justis (trumpet) ; Charlie McCoy (harmonica) ;
Buddy Harman (drums) ; The Merry Melody Singers (vocal chorus).
Arranged by Jerry Kennedy and Bill Justis. Produced by Shelby Singleton.
July 17, 1962 : WILLIE NELSON records five tracks at Nashville's Columbia
Studio. "Half A Man"/"The Last Letter" is released as single in January
1963 (Liberty 55532). "How Long Is Forever" is saved until October 1963
for release on Liberty 55638 (c/w "You Took My Happy Away", recorded on
February 20, 1963). "You Wouldn't Even Cross the Street" and "Take My Word"
are first released on the 2-CD "Early Years : The Complete Liberty Masters"
(Liberty CDP 8-28077-2) in 1994.
Junior Huskey plays bass ; more session musicians unknown.
Produced by Tommy Allsup.
July 18, 1962 : BARRY MANN records and produces "Hey Baby I'm Dancin'",
which will become the A-side of his new single in August (ABC-Paramount
10356, c/w "Like I Don't Love You", from a session on September 30, 1961).
Arranged by Alan Lorber. Location is New York City.
Thursday, July 19, 1962 : One month after his discharge from the US Army,
OTIS WILLIAMS records a solo single at the King studio in Cincinnati :
"Only Young Once"/"When We Get Together". Release on King 5682 in August.
Produced by Syd Nathan.
July 20, 1962 : Two weeks after his last session, SANDY NELSON returns
to the studio. Four tracks are recorded for the album "Country Style"
(Imperial LP 9203, August) : "The Battle Of New Orleans", "Wolverton
Mountain", "The Tijuana Jail" and "Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor". The fifth
number from this date is "Be Bop Baby", which will become the twelfth
track for the "Golden Hits" LP (Imperial LP 9202, August) and is also
released as a single in December (Imperial 5904, c/w "Let the Four Winds
Blow", recorded on September 25, 1962).
Produced by Eddie Ray and Sandy Nelson in Hollywood.
July 20, 1962 : CLIFF RICHARD records a track for the American market,
the Bacharach-David composition "Wonderful To Be Young". US release in
October on Dot 16399, c/w "Got A Funny Feeling" from a session on April
19, 1961. First UK release on the EP "A Forever Kind Of Love" (Columbia
SEG 8347) in September 1964.
Backing by the Shadows (personnel see below) and Max Harris on piano,
plus a female chorus recruited from the Mike Sammes Singers.
Produced by Norrie Paramor at EMI's Abbey Road studio in London.
July 20, 1962 : After backing Cliff Richard, THE SHADOWS record a number
of their own, "Sweet Dreams" (instrumental). It will be issued on the EP
"The Boys" (Columbia ESG 7881) in October. In Norway and Denmark it will
be released as a single.
Personnel : Hank Marvin (lead guitar) ; Bruce Welch (rhythm guitar) ;
Brian Locking (bass) ; Brian Bennett (drums).
Produced by Norrie Paramor at EMI's Abbey Road studio in London, England.
July 23, 1962 : Another session at the Abbey Road Studio : JOHN BARRY
and his orchestra record "The James Bond Theme", for the first James Bond
movie, "Doctor No". The B-side, the old Ella Mae Morse hit "Blacksmith
Blues", will be recorded on August 19. Released on Columbia DB 4898 on
September 21. "The James Bond Theme" will reach # 13 on the UK charts.
Arranged by John Barry, produced by John Burgess.
July 23, 1962 : First Capitol session for BOBBY DARIN, at the Capitol
Tower in Hollywood. Selected for the new single are "If A Man Answers"
and "A True True Love" (Capitol 4837, September). A # 32 hit. "I Wonder
Who's Kissing Her Now" will become the B-side of "As Long As I'm Singing"
(recorded on July 25) in February 1964 (Capitol 5126).
The drummer is Earl Palmer, other details unknown.
Arranged and conducted by Jimmie Haskell. Produced by Nik Venet.
Bobby records no less than 37 titles between July 24 and 31, but nothing
remotely approaching rock n roll. Most of these recordings end up on the
albums "Oh! Look At Me Now" (Capitol T 1791), "Earthy!" (Capitol T 1826)
and "Golden Folk Hits" (Capitol T 2007). Producers : Nik Venet, Tom Morgan.
July 23, 1962 : JIM REEVES records four songs for the South African market,
released on the LP "Jim Reeves, Floyd Cramer, Chet Atkins in Suid-Afrika"
(RCA 31.630, South Africa, 1962) : "Tahiti", "Bolandse Nooientjie", "Die
Ou Kalahari" (also released as a # 1 hit single in South Africa) and "Ek
Verlang Na Jou".
Personnel : Jim Reeves (vocals / guitar) ; Leo Jackson, Velma Smith
(guitars) ; Junior Huskey (bass) ; Bill Pursell (piano) ; Marvin Hughes
(vibes) ; Bill Ackerman (drums) ; Unknown (vocal chorus).
Produced by Chet Atkins at Nashville's RCA Victor Studio.
See also July 16.
(Circa) July 23, 1962 : Pianist FLOYD CRAMER records his four songs for
the "In Suid-Afrika" album (see above) : "Boereseun", "Kaapsedraai",
"Bloemfontein Se Rose" and "Zambesi". "Kaapsedraai" is also released as
a single in the USA, on the B-side of "(These Are) The Young Years" from
a session on March 13, 1963 (RCA 47-8171, April 1963), with the addition
"The South African Cape Reel" on the label.
Produced by Chet Atkins at the RCA Victor Studio in Nashville.
July 23, 1962 : In New York City, THE MARCELS record the A-side of their
new single, the social commentary "Friendly Loans" (Colpix 651, August).
The lower deck, "Loved Her the Whole Week Through", is a leftover from
their first Colpix session, on February 15, 1961. Two other tracks are
laid down. "Lollipop Baby" is released on Colpix 665 in November, coupled
with "Allright, Okay, You Win" from a session on September 1, 1961.
"Blue Heartaches" is first released on the CD "The Best Of the Marcels"
(Rhino CD R2 70953) in 1990.
Produced by Stu Phillips.
Tuesday, July 24, 1962 : At Nashville's Columbia Studio, BILL JUSTIS
records eight tracks for the LP "Bill Justis Plays 12 Big Instrumental
Hits" (Smash MGS 27021) : "The Stripper", "Mexico", "Wonderland By Night",
"Calcutta", "Last Date", "Theme From A Summer Place", "Stranger On the
Shore" and "Take Five". Unissued from this session is "Sleep Walk".
The other four tracks will be recorded in August.
Vocal support is provided by the Stephen Scott Singers.
Produced by Shelby Singleton.
July 27, 1962 : LOWELL FULSON records material for two singles : "Shed
No Tears"/"Can She"(Checker 1027, October) and "Love Grows Old"/"Trouble
With the Blues" (Checker 1046, June 1963).
Location unknown, probably Los Angeles.
July 30, 1962 : JOHNNY CASH records three tracks at Columbia Studio in
Nashville. "(There'll Be) Peace In the Valley" is released as a single
on October 26 (Columbia 42615, c/w "Were You There", recorded on August
21, 1962). The other two numbers, "Casey Jones" and "Waiting For A Train",
are included on the LP "Blood Sweat and Tears" (Columbia CL 1930), which
is released in February 1963.
Personnel : Johnny Cash (vocals / guitar) ; The Carter Family (vocals) ;
Maybelle Carter (autoharp) ; Luther Perkins (electric guitar) ; Marshall
Grant (bass) ; Bill Pursell (piano) ; Unknown (banjo) ; W.S. Holland
Produced by Don Law and Frank Jones.
July 31, 1962 : EDDY ARNOLD records the A-side of his next 45, "Does He
Mean That Much To You" (RCA 47-8102, November), which will peak at # 5
on the country charts and # 98 on the pop charts. The reverse is "Tender
Touch", recorded on May 4, 1962. Two other tracks are recorded, "The Green
Leaves Of Summer" and "The Battle Of New Orleans", both for the album
"Our Man Down South" (RCA LPM 2596, January 1963).
Personnel : Harold Bradley, Velma Smith (guitars) ; Henry Strzelecki
(bass) ; Floyd Cramer (piano) ; Charlie McCoy (harmonica) ; Bill Ackerman
(drums) ; The Jordanaires (vocal chorus).
Produced by Chet Atkins at the RCA Victor studio in Nashville.
July 31, 1962 : BOBBY BARE also cuts his new single at Nashville's RCA
Victor Studio on this day : "I Don't Believe I'll Fall In Love Today"/
"To Whom It May Concern"(RCA 47-8083, September). A third track called
"Wallflower" stays in the vaults until Bear Family releases the 4-CD set
"All American Boy" (BCD 15663) in 1994.
Personnel : Jerry Kennedy, Ray Edenton (guitars) ; Henry Strzelecki
(bass) ; Floyd Cramer (piano) ; Bill Justis (trumpet) ; Jim Hall, Boots
Randolph (saxes) ; Gene Mullins (trombone) ; Buddy Harman (drums) ; The
Anita Kerr Singers (vocal chorus).
Produced by Chet Atkins.
July 31, 1962 is the date of the only 1962 session by THE COASTERS.
"The Climb, Parts 1 & 2" is released on Atco 6234 in September. Part 1
is the vocal side, part 2 is an instrumental. Original title : "The
Slime" (rejected by Jerry Wexler). Also recorded is "Bull Tick Waltz"
(Atco 6251, February 1963, c/w "The P.T.A." from a session on January
Personnel : Carl Gardner, Billy Guy, Will 'Dub' Jones, Earl Carroll
(vocals) ; Billy Butler, Curley Palmer, Bucky Puzzarelli (guitars) ;
Al Lucas (bass) ; Mike Stoller (piano / arranger) ; Wilbur 'Dud' Bascomb,
Lamar Wright (trumpets) ; Harry DeVito (trombone) ; King Curtis or Buddy
Lucas (tenor sax) ; Gary Chester (drums). Plus a string section (on "The
Climb"), arranged by Alan Lorber.
Produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in New York City.
July 31, 1962 : Final Columbia session by LARRY COLLINS, at Nashville's
Columbia Studio. The result is the single "Hey Mama Boo-A-Lacka"/"More
Than A Friend", released on August 24 (Columbia 42534). The third track
from this session, "The Pied Piper Poodle", is first released in 1983,
on the Larry Collins / Joe Maphis LP "Rockin' Rollin'" (Bear Family BFX
Personnel : Grady Martin, Ray Edenton, Jerry Kennedy (guitars) ; Joe
Zinkan (bass) ; Bill Pursell (piano) ; Dutch McMillin (trumpet) ; Boots
Randolph (sax) ; Buddy Harman (drums).
Produced by Don Law and Frank Jones.
July 31, 1962 : Third July session by SANDY NELSON and his drum kit. He
records the remaining eight numbers for the "Country Style" LP (Imperial
LP 9203, August) : "Waterloo", "The Wild Side Of Life", "Four Walls",
"Fraulein", "Geisha Girl", "Bimbo", "Chew Tobacco Rag" and "North Wind".
Also laid down are three tracks for the album "Compelling Percussion"
Imperial LP 9204, his third August LP release!) : "Drums - For Drummers
Only", "Drums - For Strippers Only" and "Civilization".
Glen Campbell plays guitar and banjo on the "Country Style" tracks, more
Produced by Eddie Ray and Sandy Nelson at an unknown Hollywood studio.
July 1962, unknown date : NARVEL FELTS records the single "Lovelight Man"/
"Larry and Joellen", which is released on Renay 303, probably in December.
A third track from this session, "Slippin' and Slidin'", remains in the
can until 1990, when Bear Family issues the Narvel Felts CD "Memphis Days"
(Bear Family BCD 15515), which also includes the other two tracks.
Produced by Roland Janes at Sonic Studio in Memphis.
(Probably) July 1962, unknown date : SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS records a
single with PAT NEWBORN, "Nitty Gritty"/"Ashes" (Chancellor 1117, August)
in Philadelphia, with unknown personnel.
Arranged and conducted by Russ Faith. Produced by Bob Marcucci and Russ
July 1962, unknown date : PETER, PAUL AND MARY record their version of
"If I Had A Hammer" (Warner Bros 5296, August), which will peak at # 10
on the Billboard charts. The reverse, "Gone the Rainbow", also stems from
this session. A third track, "Settle Down (Goin' Down That Highway)" will
appear in January 1963 (Warner Bros 5334, c/w "500 Miles" from a February
session) and reaches # 56.
Personnel : Paul Yarrow, Paul Stukey, Mary Travers (all vocals / guitars) ;
more details unknown.
Produced by Albert B. Grossman in New York City (probably Bell Sound
With thanks to Bill Daniels, Mike Thompson, Jarle Jensen, Steve Walker,
Tony Wilkinson and Henk Gorter.
Additions and corrections welcome.
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