Friday, March 20, 2015

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The Typhoons = The Jaybirds=Mike Redway = Ray Pilgrim !! 
(The first 'Beatles' cover band ever!) 
See scans for tracklisting -- Recorded 1963/1964 -- Released 1965 
A must for mid-sixties fans!! -- hard to find! 

Ray Pilgrim (born in London in 1936) was one of the most prolific big band singers, radio broadcasters, recording and session singers in Britain in the late 1950s/early 1960s. 

He recorded mainly for UK's Embassy Records under the Ray Pilgrim name and also made nearly 150 cover records for the Embassy Records label using in addition to Ray Pilgrim the name Bobby Stevens (particularly in earlier 1960-1962 releases). In later releases he used the names The Typhoons, The Starlings, The Jaybirds and the Beatmen.[1] He was the lead vocals in The Typhoons alongside Mike Redway, and the lead vocals in The Starlings alongside Joan Baxter). 

His recordings under various names were released on over 30 different labels in over 20 different countries with aggregate sales estimated at around five million. He also recorded TV jingles, demos, and film soundtracks. 

The Typhoons name was coined in February 1963 as Embassy found themselves covering increasingly more records by beat bands rather than the more traditional solo singer recordings that had dominated the hit parade in previous years. 

Ray and Mike recorded the first Typhoons track for Embassy on 7th February 1963 ... which probably made them the world’s very first recording Beatles tribute band! 

Embassy’s parent company’s name was Oriole, which was of course the name of a bird. So they decided to invent some group names using other bird names such as: The Eagles, The Jaybirds, and The Starlings. 

Unfortunately, they found that The Eagles name was already in active use. This was at a very late stage in February 1963 when they were just about to release their first Beatles cover. So out went The Eagles and the Typhoons name was chosen instead. So ... it wasn’t a bird; it was a ‘plane! And it stuck, becoming one of the best remembered names on Embassy. 

The Typhoons only existed as a studio band. The actual singers involved were in fact chosen from Embassy’s existing roster of artists. From 1963 to 1965 there were 62 songs credited on the label as The Typhoons. Ray Pilgrim sang on 29 of them, Mike Redway sang on 20, Ken Barrie on 13, Tony Crane on 19, Joan Baxter on 3, and Paul Rich on 1. 

Singles 
1960 
"Fall in Love with You" / "Wild One" (as Bobby Stevens) 
"Clementine" / "Stuck on You" (as Bobby Stevens) 
"Cradle of Love" / Hear of a Teenage Girl" (as Bobby Stevens) 
"Baby Doll" / "Gambler's Guitar" (as Ray Pilgrim) 
"Shakin' All Over" / "Angela Jones" (as Bobby Stevens) 
"Tie Me Kangaroo Down" / "A Mess of Blues" (as Bobby Stevens) 
"I Love You" / "Strawberry Fair" (as Bobby Stevens) 
"Lively" / "Lonely Pup" (as Bobby Stevens) 
1961 
"Counting Teardrops" / "Sway" (as Bobby Stevens) 
"Rubber Ball" / "You're Sixteen" (as Bobby Stevens) 
On album Back to the Twenties: "That's my Weakness Now" (Bobby Stevens/Don Duke and Dick Jordan) 
"Here Am I, Broken Hearted" (as Bobby Stevens) 
"If I Had a Talking Picture" (as Bobby Stevens) 
"When the Red Red Robin (Bobby Stevens/Don Duke and Dick Jordan) 
"Who Am I?" / "Wooden Heart" (as Bobby Stevens) 
"Are You Sure?" (Don Duke/Bobby Stevens and Dick Jordan 
"Granada" / Little Miss Make Believe" (As Ray Pilgrim) 
"Love Is Blind" (Ray Pilgrim/Dick Jordan) 
Blue Moon" / "Warpaint" (first as Bobby Stevens, second as Duke/Stevens and Dick Jordan) 
"More Than I Can Say" / "Hello Mary Lou" (first as Duke/Stevens. second as Bobby Stevens and Dick Jordan) 
"Mother-in-Law" / "But It Do" (as Bobby Stevens) 
"Halfway to Paradise" / "A Girl Like You" (as Bobby Stevens) 
"Johnny Remember Me" / "Time" (as Bobby Stevens) 
"That's My Home" (as Happy Knights) 
"Michael Row the Boat Ashore" / "Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp)" (as Bobby Stevens) 
"His Latest Flame" / "Big Bad John" (as Bobby Stevens) 
"Take Good Care of My Baby" (as Bobby Stevens) 
1962 
"Multiplication" / "The Young Ones" (as Bobby Stevens) 
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" / "The Language of Love" (as Bobby Stevens) 
"Red Red Roses" / "There's Always Me" (as Ray Pilgrim) 
"Forget-Me-Not" / "Lonesome" (as Bobby Stevens) 
"Peppermint Twist" / "Crying in the Rain" (first as Bobby Stevens, second as Bobby Stevens/Redd Wayne and Mike Redway) 
"Wimoweh" / "Can't Help Falling in Love" (as Bobby Stevens) 
"Never Goodbye" (as Bobby Stevens) 
"Good Luck Charm" / "I'm Looking Out the Window" (as Bobby Stevens) 
"Come Outside" / "Ginny Come Lately" (first as Bobby Stevens/Barbara Kay, second Bobby Stevens) 
"I Remember You" / Follow That Dream" (as Bob Stevens) 
"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" / Sealed with a Kiss" (both as Ray Pilgrim/Redway) 
"Lovesick Blues" / "Let's Dance" (as Ray Pilgrim) 
"No One Can Make My Sunshine Smile" (Ray Pilgrim/Redway) 
"Return to Sender" / It Only Took a Minute" (as Ray Pilgrim) 
"Baby Take a Bow" / "Bachelor Boy" (as Ray Pilgrim) 
1963 
"Please, Please Me" (as The Typhoons being Ray Pilgrim and Mike Redway) 
"Some Kinda Fun" / "Walk Right In" (first as Ray Pilgrim, second as backing vocals to Barbara Kay) 
"Charmaine" / "Rhythm of the Rain" (as The Typhoons) 
"Walk Like a Man" (as The Starlings being Ray Pilgrim and Joan Baxter) 
"How Do You Do It" (as Bobby Stevens) 
"Can't Get Used to Losing You (Les Carle, with Ray Pilgrim backing Ken) 
"Brown Eyed Handsome Man" / "From Me to You" (first as Ray Pilgrim, second as The Typhoons being Ray Pilgrim and Mike Redway) 
"I Like It" / "Falling" (as Ray Pilgrim) 
"Confessin' (That I Love You)" (as Ray Pilgrim) 
"Forget Him" (as Ray Pilgrim) 
"Twist and Shout" / "Bobby Tomorrow" (as Ray Pilgrim) 
"I'm Telling You Now" (as Ray Pilgrim) 
"Do You Love Me" / If I Had a Hammer" (as Ray Pilgrim) 
"Wishing" (as Ray Pilgrim) 
"Mule Train" (as Ray Pilgrim) 
"You Never Walk Alone" / "Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya" (first as Ray Pilgrim, second as The Starlings being Ray Pilgrim and Joan Baxter) 
"You Were Made for Me" / "Sue's Gotta Be Mine" (as Ray Pilgrim) 
"This Boy" / "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (The Typhoons being Ray Pilgrim and Mike Redway) 
"I Can Dance" / "Swinging on a Star" (first as Ray Pilgrim, second as Pilgrim and Jeanette Michel) 
1964 
"Hippy Hippy Shake" (The Typhoons) 
"Needles and Pins" / "Stay" (The Typhoons being Ray Pilgrim, Ken and Joan) 
"Don't Blame Me" (as Ray Pilgrim) 
"5-4-3-2-1" / "I'm in Love" (first as Ray Pilgrim, second as The Typhoons) 
"Bits and Pieces" / "Candy Man" (The Typhoons) 
"All My Loving" (The Typhoons) 
"Borne on the Wind" (The Typhoons) 
"Over You" / "Not Fade Away" (The Jaybirds) 
"Tell Me When" / "You Can't Do That" (The Jaybirds) 
"Can't Buy Me Love" (The Jaybirds) 
"Baby Let Me Take You Home" (The Jaybirds) 
"Hold Me" / You're No Good" (first as Ray Pilgrim, second as The Typhoons) 
A Hard Day's Night (EP by The Typhoons being Ray Pilgrim and Mike Redway) "A Hard Day's Night" 
"And I Love Her" 
"I Should Have Known Better" 
"Tell Me Why" 
"Kissin' Cousins" (as Ray Pilgrim) 
"Tobacco Road" / "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" (The Typhoons) 
"Have I the Right" / "Such a Night" (as Ray Pilgrim) 
"Together" / "I'm Crying" (The Typhoons) 
"Sha-la-la" / One Way Love" (The Typhoons) 
"Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um" / "He's in Town" (The Typhoons) 
"Somewhere" / Yeh, Yeh" (as Ray Pilgrim) 
1965 
"I Apologize" (as Ray Pilgrim) 
"The Game of Love" (The Typhoons) 
"It's Not Unusual" / "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" (The Typhoons) 
"Tossing & Turning" / Heart Full of Soul" (first as The Starlings, the second as The Typhoons) 
"Wooly Bully" / "Herlp!" (first as Ray Pilgrim, second as The Typhoons




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