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Rock & Roll Is Still Alive

Recorded 'live' at Pickett's Lock, London, 15 May 1976

AVAILABLE ON CD - EMAIL: info@midnightrock.eu

Sleeve notes: '1-2-3-4-5, ROCK 'N' ROLL IS STILL ALIVE!!' This is the message that will hit you in both ears, chanted by thousands on the opening track of this album. It then goes on to prove it. This album was recorded on Saturday 15th May, 1976, in the huge 'aircraft hanger' venue of Picketts Lock Sports Centre, London, England, in front of 3000 jiving, bopping, and cheering Rock 'n' Roll fans from all over the country. It was a culmination of a day's Rock 'n' Roll activity in London, which will go down in music history. The Rock 'n' Roll Radio Campaign of 1976.

However, the events leading up to this epic recording began in the dark winter days of 1975, as an idea to gather Rock 'n' Roll fans from all over the country to join forces and march through the streets of London to BBC Broadcasting House, to demand more time on Radio for our kind of music: Original Rock 'n' Rol, seemed impossible, but after months of publicity, promotion, touring around and foot-slogging spreading the word, the great day arrived and there outside Hyde Park, London. was the amazing sight of thousands of people (over 5000) nearly all Teddy Boys and Girls, all resplendent in their best gear, ready to march, and march they did! To the BBC where a 50.000 strong petition and a taped pilot Rock 'n' Roll show were handed in. After the march, the day was far from over for all those fans who had made the journey to London. The climax of this unique day was the live Rock 'n' Roll show, the result of which rests inside the cover of this album. For this major event, three of the top Rock 'n' Roll bands in the country were to play: CRAZY CAVAN 'N' THE RHYTHM ROCKERS, THE HELLRAISERS and FLYING SAUCERS.

With the excitement of the day the atmosphere at Picketts Lock was electric. We all knew it was to be something special and with the sheer immense size of the auditorium it had all the ingredients of a night of Rock 'n' Roll, the kind of which had not been seen since the 1950's. We welcomed the fans with some of their favorite records as they were pouring in. Then it was time for the first band... FLYING SAUCERS! Five lads from Edmonton, London. Flying Saucers have established themselves as one of the most highly-rated bands on the circuit, with a sound hat captures the feel and guts of the halcyon days of Rock 'n' Roll. They got the show underway in fine style featuring such numbers as the storming 'Piano Nellie' (originally recorded by Bobby Brant). Their rendition of Charlie Gracie's 'Fabulous' (a million-seller for him in 1957) is one of the outstanding tracks of the album and would make a great single. Considering that they had already played for two hours (from a truck at the head of the march, Flying Saucers played an amazing set and left the stage to a huge ovation for their highly authentic Rock 'n' Roll.

Following a break for more records, we then introduced... THE HELLRAISERS! They have been playing under this name for three years, having been formed out of the Houseshakers. Their line-up is Graham Fenton (vocals), Terry Clemson (guitar), Dave Taylor (piano), Paul Oldnall (bass), and John Hollywood (drums). They have backed some of the greatest U.S. Rock 'n' Roll stars, such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent and Chuck Berry. The Hellraisers certainly live up to their name on this album and roared through standards like Bill Haley's 'Rock The Joint' and Jerry Lee's 'Whole Lotta Shakin'. One of Dave Taylor’s compositions, 'Dim Light Boogie' with Graham sounding (and looking) like the late great Gene Vincent himself, really show off their versatility. At the end of their spot, the crowd were going wild. '1-2-3-4, LISTEN TO THE TEDDY BOYS ROAR!!' and the sound threatens to lift the roof off the lofty heights of Picketts Lock.

Some more disks and the big moment is here, the final band of the night. We lead the crowd through a yelling, spelling of their name C-R-A-Z-Y C-A-V-A-N 'N' THE RHYTHM ROCKERS! The roar which greeted the on-stage arrival of 'Cavan' will rattle your speakers. This is the outfit quoted in the music press as 'Britain's No. 1 Rockabilly band'. Although a well-worn cliche Crazy Cavan have become legends in their own time. They are: Cavan Grogan (vocals), Lyndon Needs (lead guitar/vocals), Terry Walley (rhythm guitar), Don Kinsella (bass). and Mike Coffey (drums). They all came from South Wales and began life in 1964 as 'Count Dracula and the Vampires' but over the last few years have progressed to their current status and have a following that would be the envy to many bands who regularly grace the 'pop' charts. With their 100% Rockabilly sound and their own solid core of self-penned songs, they have become cult figures in Britain and on the continent. They have released a single and an EP of original material on their own label (which are now very rare and command staggering prices), and also an album which sold 40,000 copies on import to Britain, having been recorded in Holland. This live recording shows Crazy Cavan at their best. The crowd reaction you can hear, was in response to their fine set, which included many of their own songs. 'Rockabilly Star' is as well known to their fans as many of the original Rock 'n' Roll classics. They also introduced some new material (Stompin' Shoes), from their 'Rockability' album on Charly Records. They finished too soon, for the crowd, who brought them back for two encores.

Then it was all over. The events of 15th May. 1976 will assume legendary status in years to come, but fortunatly, this album documents the most exciting and dynamic display of home-grown Rock 'n' Roll ever seen in Britian. We are proud to say we were there, along with 3000 others and if you want proof of the claim of this albums title, then listen and dig the sound of three top British Rock 'n' Roll bands, at their rockin' best in front of their own crowd...

Geoff Barker & Stu Colman'Rock 'N' Roll is Still Alive''Timespan Disco' June 1976 Album conceived by Lee Allen - Carousel Artistes Produced, Coordinated and Compiled by John Schroeder. Concert compared by Stu Coleman and Geoff Barker. Recorded Live at Picketts Lock by The Manor Recording Unit/Engineer Alan Perkins Edited and Mixed at Island Studios, Basing Street Engineers Frank Owen and Howard Kilgour. A big thank you to all the staff at Picketts Lock Centre who contributed so much to making the event such a success.

Cadillacs & Moonlight (CD)

 

Dave Taylor: Cadillacs & Moonlight

Midnight Rock Good Time Series vol. 1. Explosive Big Band Boogie, Jump Jive and fifties Rock & Roll. Rockin' Dave Taylor has come up with his own style of Big Band Rock & Roll, led by his singing and piano playing in the Dave Taylor trademark style.


 

Dave Taylor, as far as I am concerned, is a synonym for Rock'n'Roll at its best, purist and most flourishing form. Ever since our first meeting at Midem, Cannes, in 1986, I noted that Dave often referred to the same names and professional phrases which I myself like to use when talking about music.

 

This professionalism can clearly be heard in Dave's recordings. It also transpired that we were both Big Band fans. This CD contains that same, powerful Rock'n'Roll and Rhythm'n'Blues with which Dave has captivated the audiences of the Imatra Big Band Festival since 1988. The Finnish public, who only associated Rock'n'Roll with guitars, were amazed when Dave Taylor brought a real Swinging and Rocking Mini Big Band to Imatra.

 

To this day, there are still stories told about Dave's performances (playing the piano upside down or performing unnerving acrobatics during his stage shows; his unique entrance to the venue by parachute and his inimitable Boogie Woogie playing technique - yet, never compromising the quality of the music). On this CD, which is the first in the Good Time compilation series of Dave's recordings, we can also enjoy some of his romantic ballads and, above all, Dave's overwhelming piano playing, which never fails to impress.

I hope you will enjoy Cadillacs & Moonlight as much as I, and I anxiously await the release of Volume 2...

Raimo Henriksson
General Manager
Warner/Chappell Music, Finland

 

Big band boogie and Rock'n'roll. Dave Taylor has come up with his own style of big band rock'n'roll led by his own piano-playing. This CD contains the track 'Cadillac Car' which was hugely popular in Rock'n'Roll clubs in the late seventies.

 

TRACK LIST:

 

1.CADILLAC CAR
2. PEGGY SUE
3. YOU'D BETTER LISTEN TO ME NOW
4. THIS OL' PIANO
5. GO CAT GO
6. BOOGIE WOOGIE
7. DON'T WANT TYIN' DOWN GIRL
8. POUNDIN' THE TRACKS
9. HEY LITTLE GIRL
10. MIDNIGHT ROCK
11. ROCKIN' ROLLIN' SPACEMEN
12. SHUFFLIN'
13. UNDER THE MOONLIGHT
14. TWELVE O'CLOCK ROCK
15. CHOO CHOO CH' BOOGIE
16. DAVE'S BOOGIE
17. ALL BY MYSELF
18. STRUNG OUT!
 
CREDITS
 

 

 

 

1.      CADILLAC CAR (Dave Taylor) 3.33

Sound Engineer Harold Burgon. Arranger/Conductor Paul 'Ekke' Fagerlund. Producer Dave Taylor. Executive Producer Vexi Salmi. Studio Soundtrack Studio, Helsinki, Finland, 22 January 1979. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Juha Björninen. Trumpet Jörgen Petersen. Alto Sax Pentti Lasanen. Tenor Sax Seppo Rannikko. Baritone Sax Pentti Lahti. Bass Pekka Sarmanto. Drums Ilpo Kallio. Backing Vocals Vesa Enne, Kaj Lind, Irina Milan. Solos: Tenor Sax Seppo Rannikko. Piano Dave Taylor.

"You surge out of the slip road like a flash and hit the gas pedal. The curvature of your car reflects your virility. Time will tell who is the supreme one. Ebony and ivory speak volumes without the need for interpretation. The band croaks and bubbles, rocks and rolls. You are the master in your car - everyone else is far behind."

2.      PEGGY SUE (J. Allison/N. Petty) 2.31

      Sound Engineer Harold Burgon. Arranger/Conductor Paul 'Ekke' Fagerlund. Producer Dave Taylor. Executive Producer Vexi Salmi. Studio Soundtrack Studio, Helsinki, Finland, around October 1978. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Heikki Laurila. Bass Pekka Sarmanto. Drums Ilpo Kallio. Backing Vocals Vesa Enne, Kaj Lind, Irina Milan. Solos: Guitar Harold Burgon - yes, the Sound Engineer!

3.      YOU'D BETTER LISTEN TO ME NOW (Dave Taylor) 2.57
      
      Sound Engineer Mike Brown. Arranger Dave Taylor. Producer Dave Taylor. Studio Wave Studios, London, 23 December 1985. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Terry Smith. Trumpet Raoul D'Oliveira. Alto/Tenor Sax Pete Thomas. Tenor Sax Dave Bitelli. Tenor/Baritone Sax Nick Pentelow. Trombone Don Lang. Bass Mick Gilligan. Drums Paul Robinson. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Trumpet Raoul D'Oliveira. Tenor Sax Pete Thomas.

4.      THIS OL' PIANO (Hodges/Peacock) 3.51
      
      Sound Engineer/Arranger/Producer Dave Taylor. Studio Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, 8 May 1996. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Band The Dave Taylor Rock*n*Roll Orchestra. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor.
      
5.      GO CAT GO (Dave Taylor) 2.21

      Sound Engineer Juha Heininen. Arranger/Producer Dave Taylor. Studio Tacca Studio, Helsinki, Finland, 1980. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar unknown. Pedal Steel Olli Haavisto Tenor Sax Martti Peippo. Bass Martti Peippo. Drums unknown. Backing Vocals Dave Taylor. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Pedal Steel Olli Haavisto.
      

6.      BOOGIE WOOGIE (Dave Taylor) 3.19

      Sound Engineer Phil Chilton. Mixing Engineer Martin Giles. Arranger Paul 'Ekke' Fagerlund/Dave Taylor. Producer Dave Taylor. Studio Yard Studios and Wave Studios, London, 18-23 December 1986. Mixed at Twickenham Film Studios and Wave Studios. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Terry Smith. Pedal Steel Gerry Hogan. Trumpet Raoul D'Oliveira, Stuart Brooks, Lawrence Parry, Alan Elsdon, Tony Hepworth, Richard Sidwell. Alto Sax Pete Thomas, Nick Pentelow. Tenor Sax Dave Bitelli, Bimbo Acock, Olaf Vass, Nick Payne, Nick Pentelow. Baritone Sax Bud Beadle. Trombone Don Lang, Pete Thoms, John Mumford. Bass Trombone Chris Gower. Bass Peter Ind. Drums Paul Robinson. Backing Vocals Alan Carvell. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Alto Sax Pete Thomas.
      
"There are musicians and musical styles which speed through the superficial crest of fashion waves for just a moment, only to sink after a passing second of success under the surface of a fresh wave. There are musicians and musical styles which are more like scrapbook pictures of mental darkness rather than the real composers of euphony illustrations. There are musicians and musical styles that protrude like the twin peaks of the Himalayas and continue their lives despite the tides of success. Happy Birthday Boogie Woogie!"

7.      DON'T WANT TYIN' DOWN GIRL (Dave Taylor) 4.17
      
      Sound Engineer Harold Burgon. Arranger/Conductor Paul 'Ekke' Fagerlund. Producer Dave Taylor. Executive Producer Vexi Salmi. Studio Soundtrack Studio, Helsinki, Finland, 22 January 1979. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Juha Björninen. Trumpet Jörgen Petersen. Alto Sax Pentti Lasanen. Tenor Sax Seppo Rannikko. Baritone Sax Pentti Lahti. Bass Pekka Sarmanto. Drums Ilpo Kallio. Backing Vocals Vesa Enne, Kaj Lind, Irina Milan. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Baritone Sax Pentti Lahti.

8.      POUNDIN' THE TRACKS (Dave Taylor) 3.15

      Sound Engineer Martin Giles. Arranger/Conductor Paul 'Ekke' Fagerlund/Dave Taylor. Producer Dave Taylor. Studio The Chocolate Factory and Falconer Studios, London, 18-19 October 1988. Mixed at Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, December 1996. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Barry Squires. Pedal Steel Stewart Johnson. Trumpet Raoul D'Oliveira, Tony Hepworth, Alan Elsdon. Alto Sax Al Stuart, Kit Packham. Tenor Sax Nick Pentelow, Bimbo Acock. Baritone Sax Nick Payne. Trombone Don Lang, Pete Thoms, John Mumford. Bass Trombone Chris Gower. Bass Dan Quinton. Drums Paul Robinson. Solos: Tenor Sax Nick Pentelow. Piano Dave Taylor.

"Music styles and musicians come and go like local buses. Some are on time and some are late, and some just hang about at the depot. Today a worshipped hero, tomorrow a told-off milkman. Those who get hold of the wind are taken by storm and the one who walks in the air fades into the mist. The Honky Tonk train takes you there. Its movement is endless. Many travel this train to seek freedom. Men are just men - only the names change like railway stations; Pete Johnson, Pinetop Smith, Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis - or, for that matter, Dave Taylor. The Honky Tonk train means freedom, and in it you will always find the magic piano which rolls in the air with the undulating lines of the bass guitar."

9.      HEY LITTLE GIRL (Dave Taylor) 4.00

      Sound Engineer Harold Burgon. Arranger/Conductor Paul 'Ekke' Fagerlund/Dave Taylor. Producer Dave Taylor. Executive Producer Vexi Salmi. Studio Soundtrack Studio, Helsinki, Finland, 23 January 1979. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Juha Björninen. Trumpet Jörgen Petersen. Alto Sax Hannu Saxelin. Baritone Sax Pentti Lahti. Bass Pekka Sarmanto. Drums Ilpo Kallio. Backing Vocals Vesa Enne, Kaj Lind, Irina Milan. Solos: Alto Sax Hannu Saxelin. Piano Dave Taylor.
      Strings recorded at the Chocolate Factory, London, October 1988. Mixed at Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, February 1997. Sound/Mixing Engineer Martin Giles. String Section fixed by Chris Green.

10.      MIDNIGHT ROCK (Dave Taylor) 2.12

      Sound Engineer Dave Taylor. Arranger Dave Taylor. Producer Dave Taylor. Studio Recorded in Finland on Dave's old Revox B77, in 1981. Mixed at Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, February 1997. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar/Lap Steel unknown. Tenor Sax Martti Peippo. Bass unknown. Drums unknown. Solo: Piano Dave Taylor.

11.      ROCKIN' ROLLIN' SPACEMEN (Dave Taylor) 2.40

      Sound Engineer Juha Heininen. Arranger Dave Taylor. Producer Dave Taylor. Studio Tacca Studio, Helsinki, Finland, 1980. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar unknown. Pedal Steel Olli Haavisto. Tenor Sax Martti Peippo. Bass Martti Peippo. Drums unknown. Solos:. Piano Dave Taylor. Pedal Steel Olli Haavisto. Acoustic Guitar Taisto Wesslin.
      
12.      SHUFFLIN' (Dave Taylor) 4.21

      Sound Engineer/Arranger/Producer Dave Taylor. Studio Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, January 1993. Musicians: Piano Dave Taylor. Pedal Steel B.J. Cole. Band The Dave Taylor Rock*n*Roll Orchestra. Remixing Engineer Martin Giles. Pedal Steel recorded at Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, 3 April 1997.

"The roads used to be bumpy, now they're smooth, there is the difference. The bumps are no longer there. This is smooth, swinging, shuffling roll. The worn out bones have been engraved with skilful carvings, it lives again."

13.      UNDER THE MOONLIGHT (Dave Taylor/Carlos Segarra) 2.56
      
      Sound Engineer Phil Chilton. Mixing Engineer Martin Giles. Arranger Paul 'Ekke' Fagerlund/Dave Taylor. Producer Dave Taylor. Studio Yard Studios and Wave Studios, London, 18-23 December 1986. Remixed at Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, 8-9 February 1997. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Terry Smith. Alto Sax Nick Pentelow. French Horns B. Onenine. Violins Bob Loveday, Jackie Shave, Peter Hanson, Jonathan Rees. Violas unknown. Cellos Amanda Goodall, Nikki Thomas. Bass Glyn Evans. Drums Paul Robinson. Backing Vocals Alan Carvell.

"Good grief! Hurray! The tank is empty. Never mind. The car rolls slowly downhill to a small side road. Car parked. Hands off the wheel. Convertible roof down. Gazing at the moon, seats laid back horizontally. Only you and me."

14.      TWELVE O'CLOCK ROCK (Dave Taylor) 2.55

      Sound Engineer Harold Burgon. Arranger/Conductor Paul 'Ekke' Fagerlund. Producer Dave Taylor. Executive Producer Vexi Salmi. Studio Soundtrack Studio, Helsinki, Finland, 22 January 1979. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Electric/Slide Guitar Juha Björninen. Trumpet Jörgen Petersen. Alto Sax Pentti Lasanen. Tenor Sax Seppo Rannikko. Baritone Sax Pentti Lahti. Bass Pekka Sarmanto. Drums Ilpo Kallio. Backing Vocals Vesa Enne, Kaj Lind, Irina Milan. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Juha Björninen.

 15.      CHOO CHOO CH' BOOGIE (Horton/Darling/Gabler) 2.47

      Sound Engineer Antti Joki. Arranger/Conductor Kaj Backlund. Producer Dave Taylor. Executive Producer Vexi Salmi. Studio Finnlevy Studios, Helsinki, Finland, 1975. Lead vocal recorded at Takomo Studio, Helsinki, Finland, 1982. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Heikki Laurila. Trumpet Kaj Bäcklund, Markku Johansson, Simo Salminen. Alto Sax Pentti Lasanen, Hannu Saxelin. Tenor Sax Joel Lahti, Juhani Aaltonen. Baritone Sax Kalle Fält. Trombone Sointu Huuskonen, Juhani Aalto. Bass Pekka Sarmanto. Drums Ilpo Kallio. Solo: Piano Dave Taylor.

"The tank is filled. The journey continues. Competition with the Honky Tonk Train. Left hand slaps the knee like train wheels on the tracks, right hand still lingers under her frock. You feel like Alan Freed."

16.      DAVE'S BOOGIE (Dave Taylor) 3.29

      Sound Engineer Harold Burgon. Arranger/Conductor Paul 'Ekke' Fagerlund. Producer Dave Taylor. Executive Producer Vexi Salmi. Studio Soundtrack Studio, Helsinki, Finland, November 1978. Musicians: Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Heikki Laurila. Trumpet Jörgen Petersen. Alto Sax Pentti Lasanen. Tenor Sax Juhani Aaltonen. Baritone Sax Pentti Lahti. Trombone Juhani Aalto. Bass Pekka Sarmanto. Drums Ilpo Kallio. Backing Vocals Vesa Enne, Kaj Lind, Irina Milan. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Alto Sax Pentti Lasanen.

"The Big Band rolls it, but it's the piano that makes the machine gallop. It used to be Boogie Woogie. Now it's Turbo Boogie."

17.      ALL BY MYSELF (D. Bartholomew/A. Domino) 2.45

Sound Engineer Harold Burgon. Arranger Paul 'Ekke' Fagerlund. Producer Dave Taylor. Executive Producer Vexi Salmi. Studio Soundtrack Studio, Helsinki, Finland, around October 1978. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Heikki Laurila. Bass Pekka Sarmanto. Drums Ilpo Kallio. Solos: Guitar Heikki Laurila.

"You are clear about yourself. This is the testimony and life biography. Your journey is about to end, the lights of the ballroom are already flickering. Everything is fine. She's yours and your body is ready to swing left and right."

18.      STRUNG OUT! (UNDER THE MOONLIGHT) (Dave Taylor/Carlos Segarra) 6.25

      Bonus Track.      Rehearsal takes during recording session, details as 13.


Quotations by Tapani Ripatti, Finnish Broadcasting Corporation for Dave Taylor, the album Happy Birthday Boogie Woogie (DTLP200). Translated by Bobby Boulter.

Midnight Rock Studio is owned and operated by Dave Taylor.

Shotgun Boogie (CD)

 

 

 

 

Dave Taylor: Shotgun Boogie

 

Midnight Rock Good Time Series vol.2 Explosive Big Band Boogie, Jump Jive and fifties Rock & Roll. Rockin' Dave Taylor has come up with his own style of Big Band Rock & Roll, led by his singing and piano playing in the Dave Taylor trademark style.


Track List:


1. SHOTGUN BOOGIE
2.  BIG'N'BOUNCY
3. ROCKABILLY MUSIC JUST HIT TOWN
4. DON'T EVER GO
5. WHITE CHRISTMAS
6. BLAST-OFF!
7.  I DON'T CARE IF THE SUN DON'T SHINE
8. BIG BEAM BOOGIE (Alt Version)
9. LONELY AS I CAN BE
10. KANSAS CITY
11. IT DOESN'T MATTER
12. FIDDLE DIDDLE BOOGIE
13. RAZZLE DAZZLE
14. WON'T YOU
15. JIVE WITH ME (JIVE JIVE JIVE)
16. GOOFIN'
17. YOU'RE WRONG
18. DO YOU REMEMBER (Alt Version)
19. TWENTY FLIGHT ROCK20. SPOOKY BOOGIE



SHOTGUN BOOGIE - DAVE TAYLOR 
 
 



Take a deep breath, little Texan Rockville. A new law and order is riding into town with Dave "Fastfinger" Taylor.

Shotgun Boogie - like a start-off shotgun in a Texan barn-dance. Although the rednecks travelling to the dance from Rockville will be jolted to modern times with a bang. Good morning and good night! The dandyish debauchers have been replaced by Dave's gang. Who's that crazy straw-hat fiddler? When Dave's fingers hit the piano in Big'n'Bouncy, the back-drop changes from a country barn-dance to a glittering prism sphere of the Rockville ballroom. This is Fastfinger Boogie Woogie. Stop the music! That Yakety-Waxaphonist is too much!
Blast-Off brings Chicago mist into the Rockville nightlife. "Good Rockin' Tonight" scream the horns, just like a lecherous bull. The piano runs over you like a jovial centipede.


This can be found in the Rockville Women's Club dictionary under "S" - for "Sinful". Yippee! It Doesn't Matter - Oh Carol! Oh Neil! Oh God! And the chorus, "Bop-shoowaddy-waddy".Are my eyes deceiving me? Rockville's circle of old seamstresses sophisticatedly rub their haunches against the silk chairs. It's a groove, baby! Fiddle Diddle Boogie - is there such a thing as CountryJazz? If not, there is now! This is the dark ale of Rockville. The veterans are panting with their beards covered in froth. "Blood is the eldest of the ointments" but Dave "the Fastfinger" is a killer only in music.
He has even drunk Finnish lager.


It's all happening in front of the saloon. Who dropped the guitarist in the well? Sounds like that. And who will pay the whining fiddler? You're Wrong. Ian Dury, you're wrong. Haven't you heard the news? It's no longer enough to hit me with your rhythm stick. Grandmas have rubber slacks and leather whips; let's have some more of this! Woolly tights swivel even though the feet are firmly aground. The old ladies beat each other with knitting needles.

Reels of wool have replaced silicon. Youth is here and now. Spooky Boogie - in the saloon, the ghost piano plays endless Boogie Woogie. Rockville has no physical dimension. You can get there by invitation only. Jive With Me. Amidst the rising mist looms Rockville where, in the "Two I's" Café, Bob Wills, Rufus Penniman, J.B. Summers, Amos Milburn, Don Lang, Sugarchile Robinson and Dave "the Fastfinger" reside in the sunset, at the golden edge of the horizon, in the sound of the final vibrating note.

Tapani Ripatti
Helsinki 1998


Hengähdä syvään, sinä Texasin pieni Rockville, uusi laki ja järjestys ratsastaa kaupunkiin Dave "The Fastfinger" Taylorin vanavedessä.

SHOTGUN BOOGIE on kuin lähtölaukaus Texasin latotansseihin. Tosin Rockvillesta tanssipaikalle matkannut punaniskaväki kokee kovan herätyksen nykyaikaan. Huomenta ja hyvää yötä! Keikarimaisen playboys-porukan paikan onkin anastanut Daven jengi. Kuka on tuo hullu heinähattuinen viulisti? - Kun Daven sormet alkavat rummuttaa BIG'N'BOUNCY -biisissä pianoa, vaihtuvat maisemat latotansseista ‘Rockville Ballroom' -salin peilipallo-välkkeeseen. Tätä on Fastfinger Boogie Woogie. Stop the Music! Yakety-Wax-fonisti on liian paljon.
BLAST OFF! Chicagon utua Rockvillen bailuputkeen.
"Good Rockin' Tonight" valittavat pillit kiimaisten sonnien lailla. Piano juoksee ylitsesi kuin hilpeä tuhatjalkainen. Tämä löytyy Rockvillen naiskerhon sanakirjasta kirjaimen "s" kohdalta - niin kuin "syntinen". Jipii! IT DOESN'T MATTER. Oh Carol! Oh Neil! Oh God! Ja kuorrutukseksi "Bab-showaddy-waddy". Näinkö oikein? Rockvillen vanhat ompeluseurarouvat hierovat hienostuneen arasti ahteriaan silkkituolejaan vasten.

Se on se imu, baby! FIDDLE DIDDLE BOOGIE - onko olemassa kantrijazzia? Jos ei, niin nyt on! Tämä menee Rockvillen tummalle oluelle. Vanhat isännät huohottavat parta vaahdossa. ‘Veri on vanhin voitehista', mutta Dave "The Fastfinger" on ‘killer' vain musiikissa. Hän on juonut jopa suomalaista lageria. Saluunan edessä on hirveä meininki. Kuka pudotti kitaristin kaivoon? Soundi on sellainen. Kuka maksaa vinkuvat viulut? YOU'RE WRONG. Ian Dury, olet väärässä. Etkö ole kuullut viimeisiä uutisia? "Hit me with your Rhythm Stick" ei enää riitä. Mummotkin vaativat kumihousuja ja nahkaruoskaa; lisää tätä! Villahousut pyörivät vaikka jalat ovat maassa paikoillaan. Tädit piiskaavat toisiaan sukan kutimilla. Lankakerillä korvataan silikoni, nuoruus on taas täällä ja nyt.
SPOOKY BOOGIE.Saluunassa soittaa aavepiano päättymätöntä Boogia. Rockvillella ei ole fyysistä ulottuvuutta. Sinne voi päästä vain jos kuulee oikean kutsun. JIVE WITH ME. Usvasta nousee Rockville, jonka ‘The Two I's" -kuppilassa Bob Wills, Rufus Penniman, J.B. Summers, Amos Milburn, Don Lang, Sugarchile Robinson ja Dave "The Fastfinger" elävät auringon laskussa, taivaanrannan kultaisessa reunuksessa, viimeisessä väräjävässä äänessä.

Tapani Ripatti, Yleisradio
Helsinki 1998


1.      SHOTGUN BOOGIE (Tennessee Ernie Ford) 3.50

Producer Dave Taylor. Sound Engineer Martin Giles. Arranger Dave Taylor. Mixing
Engineer Dave Taylor. Studio Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, 12 March 1997.
Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Jim Knowler. Pedal Steel B.J. Cole. Tenor Sax John Wallace. Fiddle Barry Wickens. Bass Jarrod Coombes. Drums Paul Robinson. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Jim Knowler. Fiddle Barry Wickens. Pedal Steel B.J. Cole.

2.      BIG'N'BOUNCY (Dave Taylor) 3.04

Producer Dave Taylor. Arranger Paul Fagerlund/Dave Taylor. Sound Engineer Phil Chilton. Mixing Engineer Martin Giles. Studio Yard Studios and Wave Studios, London, 18-23 December 1986. Mixed at Twickenham Film Studios and Wave Studios. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Barry Squires. Pedal Steel Gerry Hogan. Trumpet Raoul D'Oliveira, Stuart Brooks, Lawrence Parry, Alan Elsdon, Tony Hepworth, Richard Sidwell. Alto Sax Pete Thomas, Nick Pentelow. Tenor Sax Dave Bitelli, Bimbo Acock, Olaf Vass, Nick Payne, Nick Pentelow. Baritone Sax Bud Beadle. Trombone Don Lang, Pete Thoms, John Mumford. Bass Trombone Chris Gower. Bass Peter Ind. Drums Paul Robinson. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Tenor Sax Bimbo Acock. Trumpet Stuart Brooks.

"When Dave's fingers hit the piano in Big'n'Bouncy, the back-drop changes from a country barn-dance to a glittering prism sphere of the Rockville ballroom. This is Fastfinger Boogie Woogie. Stop the music! That Yakety-Waxaphonist is too much!"

3.      THANK YOU MR PHILLIPS (Dave Taylor) 3.05
      (ROCKABILLY MUSIC JUST HIT TOWN)

Producer/Arranger Dave Taylor. Sound Engineer Juha Heininen. Studio Tacca Studio,
Helsinki, Finland, 1980. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar unknown. Pedal Steel Olli Haavisto. Tenor Sax Martti Peippo. Bass Martti Peippo. Drums unknown. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Tenor Sax Martti Peippo. Guitar unknown.

4.      DON'T EVER GO (Dave Taylor) 3.30

Producer Dave Taylor. Arranger Paul Fagerlund/Dave Taylor. Sound
Engineer Martin Giles. Studio The Chocolate Factory, London, 18 October 1988. Mixed at Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, 12 October 1997. Mixing Engineer Dave Taylor. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Electric Guitar Barry Squires. Acoustic Guitar Judd Proctor. Flute Nick Pentelow. French Horn The Midnight Horns. Bass Paul Carmichael. Drums Paul Robinson. Solos: Flute Nick Pentelow. String Section Contractor/Cello Chris Green. String Section Leader Pat Halling.

5.      WHITE CHRISTMAS (I. Berlin) 3.27

Producer/Arranger/Sound Engineer Dave Taylor. Studio Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, 30 November 1997. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Band The Dave Taylor Rock*n*Roll Orchestra, featuring The Midnight Horns. Solo: Piano Dave Taylor.

6.      BLAST-OFF! (Dave Taylor) 3.39

Producer/Sound Engineer Dave Taylor. Arranger Dave Taylor/Paul Fagerlund.
Studio Soundtrack Studio, Helsinki, Finland, 22 January 1979. Mixed at
Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, 21 March 1998. Mixing Engineer Dave Taylor.
Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Electric Guitar Juha Björninen. Trumpet Jörgen Petersen. Alto Sax Pentti Lasanen. Tenor Sax Mike Hobart, Seppo Rannikko. Baritone Sax Mike Hobart, Pentti Lahti. Bass Pekka Sarmanto. Drums Ilpo Kallio. Solos: Tenor Sax Mike Hobart. Piano Dave Taylor. Baritone Sax Mike Hobart.

"Blast-Off brings Chicago mist into the Rockville nightlife. "Good Rockin' Tonight" scream the horns, like lecherous bulls. The piano runs over you like a jovial centipede. This can be found in the Rockville Women's Club dictionary under "S" - for "Sinful". Yippee!"

7.      I DON'T CARE IF THE SUN DON'T SHINE (Mack David) 2.07

Producer/Mixing Engineer Dave Taylor. Recorded on Revox B77 at Dave's apartment in Jyväskylä, Finland, 1979. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Lauri Petrisalo. Bass Markku Laamanen. Drums unknown. Solo: Piano Dave Taylor.

8.      BIG BEAM BOOGIE (Dave Taylor) 3.47

Producer/Arranger/Sound Engineer Dave Taylor. Studio Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, January 1993. Musicians: Piano Dave Taylor. Band The Dave Taylor Rock*n*Roll Orchestra, featuring The Midnight Horns.

9.      LONELY (AS I CAN BE) (Dave Taylor) 1.54

Producer/Arranger Dave Taylor. Sound Engineer Juha Heininen. Studio Tacca Studio,
Helsinki, Finland, 1980. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Electric Guitar
unknown. Bass Martti Peippo. Drums unknown. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Acoustic Guitar Taisto Wesslin.

10.      KANSAS CITY (Leiber/Stoller) 2.31

Producer Dave Taylor. Arranger Paul Fagerlund/Dave Taylor. Sound Engineer Phil Chilton. Mixing Engineer Martin Giles. Studio Yard Studios and Wave Studios, London, 18-23 December 1986. Mixed at Twickenham Film Studios and Wave Studios. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Barry Squires. Pedal Steel Stewart Johnson. Trumpet Raoul D'Oliveira, Stuart Brooks, Lawrence Parry, Alan Elsdon, Tony Hepworth, Richard Sidwell. Alto Sax Pete Thomas, Nick Pentelow. Tenor Sax Dave Bitelli, Bimbo Acock, Olaf Vass, Nick Payne. Baritone Sax Bud Beadle.Trombone Don Lang, Pete Thoms, John Mumford. Bass Trombone Chris Gower. Bass Peter Ind. Drums Paul Robinson. Solo: Tenor Sax Nick Pentelow.

11.      IT DOESN'T MATTER (Dave Taylor) 4.15

Producer Dave Taylor. Executive Producer Vexi Salmi. Arranger Paul Fagerlund/Dave Taylor. Sound Engineer Harold Burgon. Studio Soundtrack Studio, Helsinki, Finland, 23 January 1979. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Juha Björninen. Alto Sax Hannu Saxelin. Baritone Sax Pentti Lahti. Bass Pekka Sarmanto. Drums Ilpo Kallio. Backing Vocals Vesa Enne, Kaj Lind, Irina Milan. Strings recorded at the Chocolate Factory, London, October 1988. Mixed at Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, February 1997. String Section Contractor/Cello Chris Green. String Section Leader Pat Halling. Sound/Mixing Engineer Martin Giles. Solo: Alto Sax Hannu Saxelin.

"Oh Carol! Oh Neil! Oh God! And the chorus, "Bop-shoowaddy-waddy". Are my eyes deceiving me? Rockville's circle of old seamstresses sophisticatedly rub their haunches against the silk chairs. It's a groove, baby!"

12.      FIDDLE DIDDLE BOOGIE (Dave Taylor) 5.18

Producer/Arranger Dave Taylor. Sound Engineer Martin Giles. Mixing Engineer Dave Taylor. Recorded at Dave's '12 Bar', 12 March 1997. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Jim Knowler. Pedal Steel B.J. Cole. Fiddle Barry Wickens. Horn Section The Midnight Horns. Bass Jarrod Coombes. Drums Paul Robinson. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor Guitar Jim Knowler. Fiddle Barry Wickens.

"Is there such a thing as Country Jazz? If not, there is now! This is the dark ale of Rockville. The veterans are panting with their beards covered in froth. "Blood is the eldest of the ointments" but Dave "Fastfinger" Taylor is a killer only in music. He has even drunk Finnish lager. It's all happening in front of the saloon. Who dropped the guitarist in the well? Sounds like that. Who will pay the fiddler? Dave calls the tune."

13.      RAZZLE DAZZLE (Charles Calhoun) 3.08

Producer Mikko Alatalo. Sound Engineer unknown. Studio MS Studio, Lahti, Finland, 1978.
Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Arttu Kakko. Sax Hannu Lehtoranta. Bass Tapsa Häkkinen. Drums Jussi Ikonen. Solos: Guitar Arttu Kakko. Piano Dave Taylor.

14.      WON'T YOU (Dave Taylor) 2.20

Producer/Arranger Dave Taylor. Sound Engineer Mike Brown. Studio Wave Studios, London, 23 December 1985. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Terry Smith. Trumpet Raoul D'Oliveira. Alto/Tenor Sax Pete Thomas. Tenor Sax Dave Bitelli. Tenor/Baritone Sax Nick Pentelow. Trombone Don Lang. Bass Mick Gilligan. Drums Paul Robinson. Backing Vocals Alan Carvell. Solo: Baritone Sax Nick Pentelow.

15.      JIVE WITH ME (JIVE JIVE JIVE) (Dave Taylor) 2.56

Producer/Arranger Dave Taylor. Sound Engineer Juha Heininen. Studio Tacca Studio,
Helsinki, Finland, 1980. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar unknown. Pedal Steel Olli Haavisto. Tenor Sax Martti Peippo. Bass Martti Peippo. Drums unknown. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Acoustic Guitar Taisto Wesslin.

16.      GOOFIN' (Beecher/Grande) 3.35

Producer/Arranger/Sound Engineer Dave Taylor. Studio Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, 12 March 1997. Musicians: Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Jim Knowler. Band The Dave Taylor Rock*n*Roll Orchestra, featuring The Midnight Horns. Solos: Guitar Jim Knowler. Piano Dave Taylor. Tenor Sax Dave Bitelli.

17.      YOU'RE WRONG (Dave Taylor) 2.14

Producer Dave Taylor. Executive Producer Vexi Salmi. Arranger Paul Fagerlund. Sound Engineer Harold Burgon. Studio Soundtrack Studio, Helsinki, Finland, 22
January 1979. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Electric Guitar Juha Björninen. Trumpet Jörgen Petersen. Alto Sax Pentti Lasanen. Tenor Sax Seppo Rannikko. Baritone Sax Pentti Lahti. Bass Pekka Sarmanto. Drums Ilpo Kallio. Backing Vocals Vesa Enne, Kaj Lind, Irina Milan. Solos: Alto Sax Pentti Lasanen. Piano Dave Taylor.

"You're wrong, Ian Dury, you're wrong. Haven't you heard the news? It's no longer enough to hit me with your rhythm stick. Grandmas have rubber slacks and leather whips; let's have some more of this! Woolly tights swivel even though the feet are firmly aground. The old ladies beat each other with knitting needles. Balls of wool have replaced silicon. Youth is here and now."

18.      DO YOU REMEMBER (Dave Taylor) 4.16

Producer Dave Taylor. Arranger Paul Fagerlund/Dave Taylor. Sound Engineer Martin Giles Studio The Chocolate Factory, London, 18 October 1988. Mixed at
Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, 5 April 1997. Mixing Engineer Dave Taylor.
Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Electric Guitar Barry Squires. Acoustic Guitar Judd Proctor. French Horn The Midnight Horns. Baritone/Alto Sax Nick Pentelow. Bass Paul Carmichael. Double Bass Dan Quinton. Drums Paul Robinson. String Section Contractor/Cello Chris Green. String Section Leader Pat Halling.

19.      TWENTY FLIGHT ROCK (E. Cochran/N. Fairchild) 3.18

Producer/Sound Engineer/Arranger/Mixing Engineer Dave Taylor. Studio Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, 12 March 1997. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Jim Knowler. Pedal Steel B.J. Cole. Tenor Sax John Wallace. Fiddle Barry Wickens. Bass Jarrod Coombes. Drums Paul Robinson. Solos: Fiddle Barry Wickens. Guitar Jim Knowler. Pedal Steel B.J. Cole. Piano Dave Taylor.

20.      SPOOKY BOOGIE (Dave Taylor) 5.36

Producer/Sound Engineer Dave Taylor. Recorded 'live' at the Prince of Orange, Rotherhithe, London, 23 September 1984. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Andy Drudy. Trumpet Raoul D'Oliveira. Tenor Sax Nick Pentelow, Ivan 'Butch' Ewarts, Dave Bitelli. Baritone Sax Kit Packham. Bass Mick Gilligan. Drums Paul Robinson. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Baritone Sax Kit Packham. Tenor Sax Dave Bitelli.

"In the saloon, the ghost piano plays endless Boogie Woogie. Rockville has no physical dimension. You can get there by invitation only... Jive With Me."

21.      DAVE TAYLOR - UNPLUGGED - RECORDED AT THE NOBODY'S INN

MUSICIANS: WHO CARES!

Still Rockin' in The Same Ol' Way (CD)

The CD cover was commissioned from a photo taken in Angeles City in 1986, when Rockin Dave was there on his first tour

Midnight Rock Good Time Series vol. 3. Explosive Big Band Boogie, Jump Jive and fifties Rock & Roll. Rockin' Dave Taylor has come up with his own style of Big Band Rock & Roll, led by his singing and piano playing in the Dave Taylor trademark style.

 

Dave Taylor: Still Rockin

 

Still Rockin’ in the Same Ol’ Way – the Beginning…

After arriving in Finland from the UK in 1977, Dave was starting to make a name for himself in the clubs around Finland. During those early days Dave worked as a session player on albums and in the making of various TV jingles for chart-topping producer/artist Mikko Alatalo. It wasn’t long before Dave recorded his own single Dim Light Boogie/Razzle Dazzle, during which time Dave met a bass player who played Dave a copy of a Big Band Swing album by local artiste, Kalle Fält.

The album was arranged by Paul Fagerlund, with lyrics written by Vexi Salmi, featuring some of the top session players on the Finnish music scene. It was that record which sparked off Dave’s career in Finland. He loved the album and one year later he was under a recording contract for Vexi’s record company, with the same arranger and band behind him. The result of this liaison became known as Rockin’ in the Same Ol’ Way, initially released in 1978 on an EP, and followed shortly by the album. All She Wants to Do Is Rock, Rockhouse and Rockin’ in the Same Ol’ Way, contained on this compilation, were all released on the original LP.

“Excellent songs, brilliant production.” (Dave Price, Head of Production, BBC Radio)

…And Then…

This CD kicks off with All She Wants to Do Is Rock from 1978 – a Wynonie Harris original, one of Dave’s all time favourite artistes and, sure enough, Dave gives the track his characteristic Boogie treatment.

Dim Light Boogie was the first of Dave’s songs ever to be released. It was recorded by Charly Records for the Rock*n*Roll Is Still Alive album in 1976, sung by Graham Fenton of Matchbox fame, during a live performance by the Hellraisers, one of Daves first bands. Dim Light Boogie was also featured in 1978 on the Finnish TV version of Jukebox Jury, ‘Levyraati’. Dave tied first place with Count Basie! Subsequently, Charly Records released much of Dave’s material during the period 1976-1993.

“If Dave is not soon among the hottest names in the Finnish music scene, I will readily eat grilled chicken shit!” (Jukka Rönkä, Warkauden Lehti Newspaper)

It Doesn’t Matter and You’re Wrong were originally recorded by Dave in 1977 at a little studio in Tin Pan Alley in London with Dynamite, a new band he had just formed, with Roger Cover on bass. You’re Wrong was the first number Dave recorded under his own name. After the recording session, armed with his original mastertape, Dave walked into the offices of CBS in London. Having been rejected by the powers that be at CBS, he came down in the lift, where he was approached by the manager, at that time, of Alvin Stardust. As the story goes, he took a liking to Dave’s new single after hearing it in the A&R department and promised to include one of these new tracks on the B-side of the forthcoming Alvin Stardust single. This said, he walked out, equipped with Dave’s mastertape. Unfortunately, he was never seen or heard of again, and Dave could do little else other than go back into the studio some months later and re-mix the tracks… a lesson learnt! The band, Dynamite, is still going strong today. I should also mention that Dave was unsuccessfully looking for a ‘black’ bass vocalist for the backing vocals on It Doesn’t Matter. He ended up singing all the harmonies himself!

Nick Barnes, bass player with Little Tina & Flight ’56, recalls that, in 1977, the Dutch Rockhouse Records had invited the band for a tour of Holland and to record an album. Bert Rockhouse had seen Dave on stage with the Hellraisers and suggested that Dave should be asked to play on the record with Little Tina & Flight ’56. So, Dave’s first encounter with the band was on a trip back from Rouen with the Hellraisers, being dropped off their tour bus, with his upright piano, at the port of [Newhaven], then loading up the piano into the Flight ’56 tour bus and heading for Holland, for his first show with Little Tina. This was closely followed by four days in the studio in the making of the album ‘This Little Girl’s Gonna Rock It’. Following the tour with Little Tina & Flight ’56, one day while Dave was having a drink with Bert Rockhouse in his studio, they discussed many aspects of music production, leading to Dave’s recording of the song Rockhouse. Although the track was written for Rockhouse Records, when Dave was looking around for an outlet for the song, Vexi Salmi beat Rockhouse to it and it was released on the original Rockin’ in the Same Ol’ Way LP.

“There is hardly any rocker in the Nordic Countries who can offer as fierce a stage show.” (Suosikki Magazine)

Dave originally heard the song I’ll Be Glad at the Solar Penguin hotel in the Algarve back in 1977, whilst performing at the casinos in and around Albufeira. It was written by Bobby Boulter, who was later to become Dave’s road manager. Dave liked the melody and decided to record his own version of the song.

Now That I’ve Found You was composed by Dave in 1978, originally entitled ‘Laajavuori’ – inspired by the famous ski-jump in Jyväskylä, Finland, which Dave could see out of his apartment window. The song was recorded with a full orchestra in 1986 and it was re-named ‘Song Number One’ as there were no lyrics for it! Words for the song were written by Dave in 1990 and the track was finally mixed in 1998. It has never been released until now, 23 years after it was first composed! The 2-inch mastertape of the song was nearly lost due to corrosion, and when it was put on the machine for mixing the tape shredded and stuck to the recording heads. After discussions with Ampex, the mastertape was ‘dried out’ for 3 days in a special oven at Ampex headquarters and transferred into digital format just in time to save it. This song combines a full symphony orchestra. Note the haunting counter-melody. The track features Dave’s late arranger colleague, Paul Fagerlund, at his best.

Rockin’ Rollin’ Spacemen was a demo track, recorded ‘live’ at Dave’s apartment in Finland around 1980 on his old, faithful Revox B77! For those in the know, this arrangement is an interesting variation of the final version eventually released on the Jive Jive Jive LP in 1981, which can be found on Good Time Series vol. 1, Cadillacs & Moonlight.

While residing in Finland, Dave was once arrested at his home in the middle of the night for working without a work permit and deported to Germany! Following wrangles with the Finnish Immigration Authorities, in 1982 Dave’s single, Can’t Stand Those People, was dedicated to them. Dave was annoyed, quite rightly so, as is evidenced by the lyrics of the song: “What do we call those people…”. (The song must have hit the spot as the formalities were radically changed, albeit some years later, when Finland joined the EU!) The beat is masterfully held together by Olli ‘Big Daddy’ Ahonen on drums although, when first released, his name was fatefully misprinted as ‘Pig Daddy’ – a name which has stuck with him ever since! The guitarist, Jari Siekkinen, arguably was Finland’s answer to Tommy Steele!

Mr Rock was originally released in 1982, on an LP of the same name. Schooldays, a cover of the Louis Jordan favourite, represents a taste of Big Band Swing, also first released on the Mr Rock LP.

“Fantastic! He jumped onto stage from nowhere and totally bewildered his audience – I have never seen anything like it!” (Markku Veijalainen, MTV)

The B-side of the single Mind Your Own Business (1982) is also is included on this CD – a track entitled Rock Me. This song was adapted into a promotional track for Beavers, one of the largest jeans manufacturers in Scandinavia, and distributed on a red flexi-disc under the name of The Girl in Beaver Jeans.

A full orchestral treatment has been given to the Jive Jive Jive LP original from 1981, I’ve Lost Her Again – recorded in 1988, mixed 9 years later in 1997!

Grizzly Bear Boogie was among the sixteen piano Boogie Woogie instrumental tracks licensed by Dave to Charly Records for the Boogie in the City album, recorded in 1993. It was originally played by Neville Dickie – another of Dave’s mentors - in the late 1960s, at the height of his success. At the age of 11, when learning to play the piano, Dave would often hear Neville Dickie on the radio and decided to write to him asking for guidance on how to play Boogie Woogie. Neville replied, sending Dave the original music to three of his songs – one of which was none other than Grizzly Bear Rag! A horn section brings colour to the original version of Driving Home, also first released on the Boogie in the City album in 1993.

Seven Nights to Rock, Honey Hush, Back to Basics and Poor Ol’ Mr Woogie are all recent productions recorded at Dave’s Midnight Rock Studio, all featuring top class musicianship. Back to Basics – a pun on words, also borrowed by John Major – acts as a tribute to one of Dave’s all time favourites, Count Basie. As a 15-year old teddy boy, Dave used to jive to Honey Hush at the Cocked Hat in Nottingham, before he was playing professionally. Here the track features the wailing trombone of Robert Jarvis, the first-rate guitar of Jim Knowler and the commendable double bass of Jarrad Coombes.

Dave tells of his first, self-imposed audition: “It was with Rock Island Line, a very good professional band, which was touring around the circuit. They had a hit with Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie in 1973. I was 15, I had been to see the band play, called the club and managed to find out the telephone number of their manager, Phil ‘Phab’ Bailey (who later became involved with Shakin’ Stevens, Matchbox and Crazy Cavan). Rock Island Line did not have a piano player and I told Phab that I wanted to join the band! He politely informed me that they were not looking for a pianist, but I pushed him and found out where the band was scheduled to play next. I snatched a lift from a friend and drove several hundred miles to the venue, with my piano, HH amplifier and 2 Carlsboro 4 x 12s. When I arrived at the club, I told the band I had been sent by Phab for an audition, to which the band politely informed me that they were not looking for a pianist. Despite their negative attitude (!) I set up right in the middle of the stage and I guess they didn’t have the heart to send me away. No-one bought me a beer, though! The show turned out to be great, it was a wild night and everyone, including the band, had a good time. Unfortunately, the band was not looking for a pianist and I did not get the job!”

Over the past ten years or so, Phab has released Dave’s material on a regular basis on his various productions.

Poor Ol’ Mr Woogie, a Chas & Dave original, Dave has transformed into a powerful, distinctive run.

This CD is concluded with Rockin’ in the Same Ol’ Way, the album title track of 1978. This track was also featured on Jukebox Jury on Finnish TV and, uncannily, again came in second place after Count Basie’s Splanky.

“Dave Taylor is the most sensational act in the Scandinavian show business today and undoubtedly the most promising and talented performer in the Scandinavian rock scene for years.” (Jyrki Hämäläinen, Editor/TV Presenter)

…Still Rockin’ in the Same Ol’ Way

Dave performed at the renowned Cannes TV Festival in October 1998. As his support, Dave chose the great Italian Swing & Jive band, the Good Fellas. The success of that show was such that it led to a further engagement, this time at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1999, where Dave, again with the Good Fellas, appeared at the launch party for the new Austin Powers film, ‘The Spy Who Shagged Me’. The audience included top Hollywood stars and producers, such as Steven Spielberg, Val Kilmer, Charles Bronson as well as Richard Branson.

As a sequel to the K-Tel release in 1996, a new Hooked on Jive CD consisting of Dave’s recordings was issued on the Emporio label at the end of 1998. In March 1999, Dave was asked to compose another jingle for CMR radio station’s Rock*n*Roll programme, Good Rockin’ Tonight, hosted by Dell Richardson.

At the end of 1999, Dave also found time to record a special celebratory Millennium CD, Time for Rock & Roll, featuring 12 tracks – one for each position on a clock face. In-keeping with the 12 points of a clock, only 1200 CDs were manufactured. All were sold within one month of release!

Following extensive touring in the UK and Spain in December 1999, including a Millennium party hosted by Sir Dai Llewellyn in Cardiff’s prestigious St. David’s Spa Hotel, Dave returned to Italy in January 2000, performing at some of Italy’s top clubs with the Good Fellas. At the time of going to print, Dave’s material is about to be issued on a new compilation on Raucous Records, which is currently under production. And look out for vol. 4 in the Good Time Series! 'A Rockers' guide to the Galaxy'

“I appreciate your music very much.” (Mauno Koivisto, President of Finland)

 

STILL ROCKIN' IN THE SAME OL' WAY CREDITS

 

1.      ALL SHE WANTS TO DO IS ROCK (McRae/Harris) 2.28    

Producer Dave Taylor. Executive Producer Vexi Salmi. Arranger/Conductor Paul 'Ekke' Fagerlund. Sound Engineer Harold Burgon. Studio Soundtrack Studio, Helsinki, Finland, November 1978. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Heikki Laurila. Trumpet Jörgen Petersen. Alto Sax Pentti Lasanen. Tenor Sax Juhani Aaltonen. Baritone Sax Pentti Lahti. Trombone Juhani Aalto. Bass Pekka Sarmanto. Drums Ilpo Kallio. Backing Vocals Vesa Enne, Kaj Lind, Irina Milan. Solo: Baritone Sax Pentti Lahti.

2.      ROCK ME (Alternate version) (Dave Taylor) 3.07

Producer/Arranger Dave Taylor. Sound Engineer Pekka Nurmikallio. Studio Microvox Studio, Finland, 1981. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar unknown. Bass Markku 'Masa' Laamanen. Drums Nelu. Solos: Guitar unknown. Piano Dave Taylor.

3.      DIM LIGHT BOOGIE (Dave Taylor) 2.01

Producer Dave Taylor. Executive Producer Vexi Salmi. Arranger/Conductor Paul 'Ekke' Fagerlund. Sound Engineer Martin Brushane. Studio Brushane Studio, Helsinki, Finland, 1979. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Juha Björninen. Tenor Sax Pentti Lasanen. Baritone Sax Pentti Lahti. Bass Pekka Sarmanto. Drums Ilpo Kallio. Backing Vocals Vesa Enne, Kaj Lind. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Juha Björninen.

4.      NOW THAT I'VE FOUND YOU (Dave Taylor) 4.40

Producer Dave Taylor. Arranger/Conductor Paul 'Ekke' Fagerlund/Dave Taylor. Sound Engineer Phil Chilton/John Ravenhall. Mixing Engineer Dave Taylor. Studio Yard Studios, Middlesex, 18 December 1986. Mixed at Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, 14-22 November 1998. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Pedal Steel Gerry Hogan. Bass Glynn Evans. Drums Paul Robinson. Alto Sax Nick Pentelow. Acoustic/Electric Guitar Barry Squires. Trombone Don Lang, Chris Gower, Fayaz, John Mumford. Bass Trombone Chris Gower. Trumpet Raul D'Oliveira, Alan Elsdon, Tony Hepworth, Richard Sidwell. French Horn B.Onenine, Margorie Dunn. Oboe Katie Clemmow. Cello Nicki Thomas, Amanda Goodall. Viola A. Nette, G. Raham. Violin Jonathan Rees, Peter Hanson, Jackie Shave, Bob Loveday. Percussion Howard Tibble. Backing Vocals Alan Carvell. Solos: Electric Guitar Barry Squires. Alto Sax Nick Pentelow.

5.      SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK (Moon Mullican) 4.24
      
Producer/Arranger/Sound Engineer Dave Taylor. Studio Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, 11 April - 18 May 1999. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Jim Knowler. Pedal Steel B.J. Cole. Tenor Sax John Wallace. Baritone Sax Mike Hobart. Trombone Robert Jarvis. Bass Jarrod Coombes. Drums Paul Robinson. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Tenor Sax John Wallace. Pedal Steel B.J. Cole. Trombone Robert Jarvis. Guitar Jim Knowler.

6.      YOU'RE WRONG (Alternate version) (Dave Taylor) 2.01

Producer Dave Taylor. Sound Engineer Al/Tim. Studio Virtual Earth Studio, London, 27 May 1977. Mixing Engineer Dave Taylor. Re-mixed at Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, January 1999. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Tony Brent. Tenor Sax Albie. Bass Roger Cover. Drums Pete Gammon. Solos: Tenor Sax Albie. Piano Dave Taylor.

7.      I'LL BE GLAD (Bobby Boulter) 2.24

Producer/Arranger Dave Taylor. Sound Engineer Juha Heininen. Studio Tacca Studio, Helsinki, Finland, 1980. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Electric Guitar unknown. Pedal Steel Olli Haavisto. Bass Martti Peippo. Drums unknown. Backing Vocals unknown. Solos: Guitar unknown.

8.      CAN'T STAND THOSE PEOPLE (Dave Taylor) 3.28

Producer/Arranger Dave Taylor. Sound Engineer Pekka Nurmikallio. Studio Microvox Studios, Finland, 1982. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Jari Siekkinen. Tenor/Baritone Sax Martti Peippo. Tenor Sax Jukka Keranen. Double Bass Jukka Manninen. Drums Olli 'Pig Daddy' Ahonen. Solos: Tenor Sax Martti Peippo. Guitar Jari Siekkinen. Baritone Sax Martti Peippo. Piano Dave Taylor.

9.      ROCKHOUSE (Dave Taylor) 3.05

Producer Dave Taylor. Executive Producer Vexi Salmi. Arranger/Conductor Paul 'Ekke' Fagerlund. Sound Engineer Harold Burgon. Studio Soundtrack Studio, Helsinki, Finland, November 1978. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Heikki Laurila. Trumpet Jörgen Petersen. Alto Sax Pentti Lasanen. Tenor Sax Juhani Aaltonen. Baritone Sax Pentti Lahti. Trombone Juhani Aalto Bass Pekka Sarmanto. Drums Ilpo Kallio. Backing Vocals Vesa Enne, Kaj Lind, Irina Milan. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Tenor Sax Juhani Aaltonen.


10.      GRIZZLY BEAR BOOGIE (Botsford) 2.07

Producer/Arranger/Sound Engineer Dave Taylor. Studio Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, January 1993. Musicians: Piano Dave Taylor. Band The Dave Taylor Rock*n*Roll Orchestra.


11.      IT DOESN'T MATTER (Alternate version) (Dave Taylor) 3.49

Producer Dave Taylor. Sound Engineer Al/Tim. Studio Virtual Earth Studio, London, 27 May 1977. Mixing Engineer Dave Taylor. Re-mixed at Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, January 1999. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Tony Brent. Tenor Sax Albie. Bass Roger Cover. Drums Pete Gammon. Backing Vocals Dave Taylor. Solo: Tenor Sax Albie.

12.      ROCKIN' ROLLIN' SPACEMEN (Alternate version) (Dave Taylor) 2.40
      
Producer/Mixing Engineer Dave Taylor. Recorded on Revox B77 at Dave's apartment in Jyväskylä, Finland, around 1979. Mixed at Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, April 1999. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano/Accordion Dave Taylor. Guitar/Slide Guitar Lauri 'Liri' Petrisalo. Bass Markku 'Masa' Laamanen. Drums unknown. Solos: Guitar/Slide Guitar Lauri 'Liri' Petrisalo.

13.      MR ROCK (Dave Taylor) 2.18

Producer/Arranger Dave Taylor. Sound Engineer Pekka Nurmikallio. Studio Microvox Studios,

Finland, 1982. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Jari Siekkinen. Tenor/Baritone Sax Martti Peippo. Tenor Sax Jukka Keranen. Double Bass Jukka Manninen. Drums Olli 'Pig Daddy' Ahonen. Solos: Baritone/Tenor Sax Martti Peippo.

14.      BACK TO BASICS (Dave Taylor) 5.12

Producer/Arranger/Sound Engineer Dave Taylor. Studio Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, 13 November 1998. Musicians: Piano Dave Taylor. Band The Dave Taylor Rock*n*Roll Orchestra featuring the Midnight Horns.

15.      HONEY HUSH (Lou Willie Turner) 5.27

Producer/Arranger/Sound Engineer Dave Taylor. Studio Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, 11 April - 18 May 1999. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Jim Knowler. Pedal Steel B.J. Cole. Tenor Sax John Wallace. Baritone Sax Mike Hobart. Trombone Robert Jarvis. Bass Jarrod Coombes. Drums Paul Robinson. Solos: Tenor Sax John Wallace. Baritone Sax Mike Hobart. Piano Dave Taylor. Pedal Steel B.J. Cole. Guitar Jim Knowler. Trombone Robert Jarvis.

16.      I'VE LOST HER AGAIN (Alternate version) (Dave Taylor) 3.44

Producer Dave Taylor. Arranger/Conductor Paul 'Ekke' Fagerlund/Dave Taylor. Sound Engineer Martin Giles. Studio The Chocolate Factory, London, 18 October 1988. Mixed at Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, 21 October 1997. Mixing Engineer Dave Taylor. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Electric Guitar Barry Squires. Acoustic Guitar Judd Proctor. Flute Nick Pentelow. Harp F. Atar. French Horn The Midnight Horns. Bass Paul Carmichael. Drums Paul Robinson. String Section Contractor/Cello Chris Green. String Section Leader Pat Halling. Solo: Tenor Sax John Wallace.

17.      SCHOOLDAYS (Edwards/Cobb) 2.46

Sound Engineer Antti Joki. Arranger/Conductor Kaj Backlund. Producer Dave Taylor. Executive Producer Vexi Salmi. Studio Finnlevy Studios, Helsinki, Finland, 1975. Lead vocal recorded at Takomo Studio, Helsinki, Finland, 1982. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Heikki Laurila. Trumpet Kaj Bäcklund, Markku Johansson, Simo Salminen. Alto Sax Pentti Lasanen, Hannu Saxelin. Tenor Sax Joel Lahti, Juhani Aaltonen. Baritone Sax Kalle Fält. Trombone Sointu Huuskonen, Juhani Aalto. Bass Pekka Sarmanto. Drums Ilpo Kallio. Solo: Piano Dave Taylor.
      
18.      DRIVING HOME (Alternate version) (Dave Taylor) 2.59

Producer/Arranger/Sound Engineer Dave Taylor. Studio Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, January 1993. Musicians: Piano Dave Taylor. Band The Dave Taylor Rock*n*Roll Orchestra featuring the Midnight Horns.

19.      POOR OL' MR WOOGIE (Hodges/Peacock) 4.43

Producer/Arranger/Sound Engineer Dave Taylor. Studio Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, 13 February 1999. Musicians: Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Jim Knowler. Band The Dave Taylor Rock*n*Roll Orchestra featuring the Midnight Horns.

20.      ROCKIN' IN THE SAME OL' WAY (Dave Taylor) 2.35

Producer Dave Taylor. Executive Producer Vexi Salmi. Arranger/Conductor Paul 'Ekke' Fagerlund. Sound Engineer Harold Burgon. Studio Soundtrack Studio, Helsinki, Finland, November 1978. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Heikki Laurila. Trumpet Jörgen Petersen. Alto Sax Pentti Lasanen. Tenor Sax Juhani Aaltonen. Baritone Sax Pentti Lahti. Trombone Juhani Aalto. Bass Pekka Sarmanto. Drums Ilpo Kallio. Backing Vocals Vesa Enne, Kaj Lind, Irina Milan. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Tenor Sax Juhani Aaltonen.

Research by Stella Silver.

A Rocker's Guide to the Galaxy - (CD)

Dave Taylor: A Rocker
Dave Taylor: A Rocker

A Rocker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a journey through time and space. The time, 1957 onwards - the space, the planet Earth. The journey is a supersonic trip. Your Cadillac is on the runway to the speed of sound, and beyond… Blast-off.


Album Notes

ON A HIGH NOTE

Dave Taylor has somehow been part of my life for the last 30 years or so. Dave had been playing in various rock'n'roll bands since the early 1970s but, for me, it all started in 1976, when Dave was a member of The Hellraisers, one of the rock’n’roll bands that performed at the legendary Pickett’s Lock Festival in May 1976. A festival that embodied the British rockabilly boom of the mid to late 1970s. We released the best of the live recordings from Pickett’s Lock on a Charly compilation album titled “Rock’n’Roll is still alive”, which sold in excess of 100,000 copies. This album included a track called “Dim Light Boogie”, written by the young pianist in the Hellraisers, Dave Taylor.

Dave’s unmistakeable rocker's image and considerable musical talent was soon recognised in rock’n’roll circles, especially after his recording of “Cadillac Car”, which narrowly failed to turn into a big crossover top 40 hit.

As long as I've known him, Dave Taylor has been a true citizen of the world, rocking his audiences in Holland, France, Germany Belgium, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Hong Kong, The Philippines, Japan, Macao, the USA, Canada and any other nation I might not be aware of. Yet, Dave always came home from his musical adventures, surprising me with a visit upon his return, that invariably included an English pint or three.

Dave’s musical orientation betrays his eclectic taste. His favourite musicians include piano players like Merrill Moore, Freddie Slack, Count Basie and Neville Dickie, guitarists Speedy West and Barney Kessel, saxophonists Earl Bostic, Lester Young and Illinois Jacquet and trumpeter/vocalist Louis Prima. Dave’s talent to entertain a broad audience made him my obvious choice to provide the music for my 50th Birthday party.

I hope to share his company and champagne for many years to come. Here’s to Dave Taylor, a rocker through and through.

Joop Visser, August 2006

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A Rocker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a journey through time and space. The time, 1957 onwards - the space, the planet Earth. The journey is a supersonic trip of Music that transverses styles and places through which Dave Taylor travels with his Piano, along the Milky Way. To hear the Music is to catch a flying star and slide down the rainbow to the pot of gold – it is all within your grasp if you only follow your instincts. The Music is ageless, timeless, spaceless. Feel the golden glow of harmony spiralling through the ages. Take a rocket to the moon or join a band of rockin’ rollin’ spacemen from Mars. The Music knows no form, no rules, no boundaries. The universe will not wait any longer. Your imagination is eager to be your chauffeur, your Cadillac is on the runway to the speed of sound, and beyond… Blast-off!
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Liner notes for A Rocker’s Guide to the Galaxy – MCD607

Dave was only 20 when he took up an invitation to return to Scandinavia. He loaded his upright piano into the back of his van, and headed for Finland from London. The fact that he did not have a driving licence did not cause him too much concern, as he did not have a work permit either! In 1978 Dave arrived in the west coast town of Turku and drove to Jyväskylä, where he skimped aliving, playing small local venues. His travels then took him to Helsinki, where he had been engaged to perform in some smoky dives. While doing a show at the Alibi Club in Helsinki, Dave was approached by a talent scout from Finland's largest booking agency, Polartuotanto Oy, who asked him to take part in the legendary Finnish Rock & Roll contest of that time, the "King of Rock". Dave agreed and became an overnight sensation while performing in that event, at the Culture House in Helsinki. He was the absolute top of the bill that night, receiving rave reviews from all the critics - the Dave Taylor fever was a fact! Soon after the Culture House performance, Dave was booked back at the Alibi Club as the star attraction of the night, supported by one Alvin Stardust, who was currently number 1 in the UK charts! There were several thousand people at the "King of Rock" contest and, afterwards, these thousands of Finnish revellers went on the rampage, emulating the Rock & Roll concerts of the likes of Bill Haley in the 1950s. As for Dave, he was immediately signed up by Vexi Salmi of Levytuottajat Oy, one of the largest Finnish record companies.

Jyrki Hämäläinen, Chief Executive of the major Finnish pop music magazine, Suosikki, exclaimed: “Dave Taylor is the most sensational act in Finnish show business today. He is without doubt the most promising and talented performer in years to arrive on the Finnish rock music scene, and certainly has something to offer every Rock & Roll lover no matter wherever in the world he is heard.” And so Dave was quickly whisked into the top Helsinki recording studio to record his first solo album, Rockin' in the Same Ol' Way. Keep it up Baby was one of the album tracks recorded in 1979 at Soundtrack Studios, Helsinki, and originally released on Dave's inaugural vinyl LP. That popular album featured the excellence of Finnish musicians of the day, and a brilliant baritone solo by Pentti Lahti.

Raimo Henriksson, Chief General Manager of Warner Chappel Music, who later came to buy out Dave's publishing rights from Levytuottajat Oy, said: “Dave Taylor, as far as I am concerned, is a synonym for Rock & Roll at its best and in its purest and most flourishing form. His professionalism can clearly be heard in his recordings.”One such recording is Goin’ to Heaven, which is probably the closest that Dave has ever got to writing gospel music! This track was recorded in Finland with Dave’s then backing band, the "Jumping Paralyzers", who were joined in the studio by the renowned Martti Peippo on tenor sax (who went on to lead the Lahti Big Band, and still does today). In 1980 Dave was left in charge of a Helsinki recording studio, Takka Studios, for two weeks, while its owner was away on holiday. He decided to make the most of that time by creating the album Countrybilly (later to be known as Jive Jive Jive on its UK Charly release), where the Boogie Woogie instrumental, Fingertippin’ Boogie, was first released. Featuring Olli Haavisto, Finland’s only pedal steel player at that time! Also a product of those two weeks was I’ve Lost Her This Time. The backing singers on the track consisted of a choir from the local church who turned up to record an album while Dave was studio-sitting, and they then found themselves singing backing vocals for him! After this ballad, Dave wrote and recorded Rockabilly Lumberjack. Listen out for the unique glass-breaking piano sound in Dave’s solos, which became Dave’s trademark sound. All the tracks recorded for the Countrybilly/Jive Jive Jive album were inspired by Dave’s interest in Western Swing, as well as Dave’s personal favourite piano player, Merrill E Moore. Dave’s combination of these influences produced the unusual and dynamic sound of the album.

Seppo Elonen, the celebrated journalist of Blues News magazine, once quoted about Dave’s recordings: “No better Rock & Roll record has ever been made in Finland. Dave’s music has to be categorised as Rock & Roll, even though his style is original to such an extent that Dave’s own definition of ‘Swing Rock’ describes his music a great deal better. Mr Elonen added that Dave is a very convincing vocalist and a positively brilliant piano player - which can clearly be heard in the big band arrangement of Saturday Night Fish Fry, the classic Louis Jordan track, recorded in 1982 at Takomo Studios, Helsinki. The crème de la crème of Finnish big bands in action, led by Dave’s friend and colleague, the late Paul Fagerlund, together with Markku Johansson. Hear the tension building up throughout the track. Dave adopts a very jazzy piano style on this one. Blueberry Hill is one of the numbers Dave likes to perform at his live shows, here arranged by Dave for a fine, large orchestra, recorded in London in 1989. The track features Dan Quinton on double bass, and a great tenor sax solo by Nick Pentelow (on his day off from the West End musical 'Blood Brothers'). Over the years, Dave has performed this song from Finland to the Philippines and from Hong Kong to Homerton, and everywhere in between.

When the Finnish authorities eventually discovered that Dave was working without a work permit, and that, in addition to this, he was living with his then girlfriend who was only 15 years old, he was promptly deported. This left in jeopardy many contractual engagements for TV and radio appearances, live performances and recordings, and consequently this resulted in an eloquence of lawyers running around like headless chickens, endeavouring to sort matters out. They quickly got to work, securing a work permit for Dave. Meanwhile, Dave decided to set up his own company, DT Records, to employ the many musicians and administrative staff needed to keep the show on the road. On the grounds that Dave became an employer to many Finnish nationals, it would have been untenable for the authorities to decline his re-entry, thus denying a number of Finnish musicians their livelihood. Consequently, Dave was welcomed back to Finland with open arms and even the then Finnish President, Mauno Koivisto, gave his personal dispensation for Dave to marry his 15-year old girlfriend, Tina. In view of the Finnish authorities’ earlier stance, Dave wrote a song for them, entitled Mind Your Own Business. Listen out for the unusual flattened fifth stabs in the verses. The guitarist booked for the recording session could not make it and, at the last minute, Dave ventured to his favourite Helsinki haunt, St. Urho's Pub, in search of a replacement guitarist! As Dave explained to the authorities in a letter, the first chorus line of the song “Why Don’t You Mind Your Own Business”, loosely translated, meant “why don’t you form your own company and look after it”... Well, luckily the powers that be swallowed it, and were very pleased with this magnanimous gesture!

Dave worked in Finland for a few more years before deciding to return to the UK in 1983 to further pursue his musical career. Boogie Woogie Countrygirl came about when Dave got together with bass player Jarrod Coombes and guitarist Jim Knowler, from the Keytones. The Joe Turner version of this song used to be played frequently in the Rock & Roll clubs in the 1970s and was always one of Dave's favourites. Anyone could easily be fooled into thinking that Jarrod is playing an electric bass, but it really is a double bass! The first break in the song was intended for a piano solo, but the backing riff turned out so powerful that it did not deserve to be covered up! Here is also a jazzed-up version of Giddy-Up-A-Ding-Dong, written by Freddie Bell, whom Dave had worked with as recently as 2004, with superb playing both by John Wallace on tenor sax and Jim Knowler on guitar. Listen out for the real horse whinnying, recorded over the fence of Dave’s back garden! Meanwhile, back in Finland, Mona Lisa was released on a single in 1979, with Dave’s own Dim Light Boogie on the A-side. Graham Fenton (of Matchbox fame) also recorded this song on the Pickett’s Lock 'live' album Rock'n'Roll is Still Alive three years earlier, together with his then band, the Hellraisers, featuring Dave on piano. Mona Lisa is a song which Dave had always liked, and he decided to do it in the Louis Prima style. Pentti Lasanen and Pentti Lahti on saxes in the Finnish band deserve a special mention.

Dave was booked to play a special one-off tour of Italy in 1995 and was supplied with a 9-piece Italian band by the name of the Good Fellas: Lucky Luciano (double bass), Fabrice La Motta (drums), Johnny Costa (guitar),Jimmy Gennaro (keyboards), Rico Romano (trumpet), Charlie Martino (trumpet), Wally di Capua (sax), Benny Marsala (sax), J.J. di Giacomo (trombone). They turned out to be one of the best backing bands Dave has ever played with and he still works with them now. Dave has recently accomplished many successful tours of Italy, performing at various clubs and festivals and, in April 2006, celebrated his 32 years of playing Rock & Roll at a commemorative gig in Cesena, Italy. Jumpin’ at the Woodside is a fabulous, fast and furious big band arrangement, highlighting a multitude of top London players. Recorded at Yard Studios and Wave Studios, London, in 1986, it is Dave’s tribute to Count Basie, and what a tribute! The all star musicians include Alan Elsdon on trumpet, Olaf Vass on baritone, Peter Ind on double bass, Terry Smith on guitar, Gerry Hogan on pedal steel and Paul Robinson on drums, as well as featuring Don Lang (of the legendary TV show '6-5 Special') in the trombone section. Dynamite! Tell Me - another of Dave’s tremendous ballads, written by him at the age of 15 - is released here for the first time on CD. The haunting oboe is beautifully played by Katie Clemmow. Alan Carvell provides the magnificent backing vocal harmonies, with Howard Tibble (from Shakin' Stevens' band) on percussion.

The version of Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie on this CD is a stark contrast to the one Dave first released in 1981 - faster, punchier and solid Rock & Roll. This track was recorded at the prestigious Abbey Road Studios, with the vocal track recorded and mixed at Midnight Rock Studio. There had been a double-booking at Abbey Road on the morning of the scheduled recording with the result that, when we arrived, the studio was instead reserved for Paul McCartney & Wings! Paul had not yet arrived, but Wings’ drummer, Steve Holly, was there and agreed that we could use Paul McCartney’s studio time for the morning session. When our drummer then phoned to say he was going to be late, Steve Holly offered to step in and play drums on the track. It also features Tim Green (of Mungo Jerry fame) on guitar.

In 1981, Dave wrote Rock Me, and recorded it in Finland. He released it on his own DT Records label. It later featured in an advertisement for Beaver's Jeans and was promoted by that company to such an extent that it went on to sell over 75,000 copies. Millennium Rock was a special millennium release, which Dave was commissioned to write for a live show he performed on Millennium Eve at a private party in Cardiff, hosted by Sir Dai Llewellyn, with a celebrity guest list featuring many faces from the Who’s Who of the political and society elite. The track became part of a limited edition release of 2000 CDs, entitled Time for Rock & Roll. Lipstick, Powder & Paint is the fruits of the same recording session as Boogie Woogie Countrygirl. The song Cryin’ over You is the epitome of what a smoochy ballad should sound like, and of Dave’s own composing, with an admirable number of key changes for those who like their music more challenging! Nick Pentelow provides the terrific alto sax solo. She Won’t Rock represents more from Dave’s two-week Takka Studio shut-in session. An imaginative combination and unique sound of Country, spiced with Rockabilly.

From the recording session in 1979 at Soundtrack Studio comes Tell Me Why. What a jiver! One of the backing vocalists, Vesa Enne, was the very first Rock & Roll singing child star in Finland and hugely popular - sadly no longer with us. Caldonia is a swinging big band recording from the Takomo Studio session of 1982. Originally recorded with an intricate electric bass line but Dave wanted slap bass, so he brought in a Rockabilly bass player and overdubbed the 'slap' only onto the track - which is not as easy as it sounds. Caldonia’s big head has never been hotter! In 2004, Dave was voted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame!

By way of post-scriptum, In July 2004 Dave was arrested and charged with "facilitation of an illegal immigrant". It transpired that a corrupt police officer had given false information to the public prosecutor, which culminated in Dave potentially facing a 14-year custodial sentence for people smuggling, due to the vast number of international trips he had made. Dave spent two years on bail as he fought to clear his name. The authorities decided to drop all charges after Documents seized from his home proved swiftly that the only foreign national he had traveled with was his wife, who had regularly accompanied him to gigs on the Continent.

1. KEEP IT UP BABY (Dave Taylor)
Producer Dave Taylor. Executive Producer Vexi Salmi. Arranger/Conductor Paul Fagerlund. Sound Engineer Harold Burgon. Studio Soundtrack Studio, Helsinki, 1978. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Heikki Laurila. Trumpet Jörgen Petersen. Alto Sax Pentti Lasanen. Tenor Sax Juhani Aaltonen. Baritone Sax Pentti Lahti. Trombone Juhani Aalto. Bass Pekka Sarmanto. Drums Ilpo Kallio. Backing Vocals Vesa Enne, Kaj Lind, Irina Milan. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Tenor Sax Pentti Lasanen.

2. GOIN' TO HEAVEN (Dave Taylor)
Producer/Arranger Dave Taylor. Sound Engineer Pekka Nurmikallio. Studio Microvox Studios, Lahti, 1982. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Jari Siekkinen. Tenor/Baritone Sax Martti Peippo. Tenor Sax Jukka Keranen. Double Bass Jukka Manninen. Drums Olli ‘Pig Daddy’ Ahonen. Solos: Guitar Jari Siekkinen. Baritone Sax Martti Peippo. Piano Dave Taylor.

3. FINGERTIPPIN’ BOOGIE (Dave Taylor)
Sound Engineer Juha Heininen. Arranger/Producer Dave Taylor. Studio Takka Studio, Helsinki, 1980. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar unknown. Pedal Steel Olli Haavisto. Bass Martti Peippo. Drums unknown. Solos: Pedal Steel Olli Haavisto.

4. I'VE LOST HER THIS TIME (Dave Taylor)
Sound Engineer Juha Heininen. Arranger/Producer Dave Taylor. Studio Takka Studio, Helsinki, 1980. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar unknown. Pedal Steel Olli Haavisto. Tenor Sax Martti Peippo. Bass Martti Peippo. Drums unknown. Backing Vocals Hiekkalahti Church Choir. Solos: Pedal Steel Olli Haavisto. Tenor Sax Martti Peippo.

5. ROCKABILLY LUMBERJACK (Dave Taylor)
Sound Engineer Juha Heininen. Arranger/Producer Dave Taylor. Studio Takka Studio, Helsinki, 1980. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar unknown. Pedal Steel Olli Haavisto. Tenor Sax Martti Peippo. Bass Martti Peippo. Drums unknown. Backing Vocals Hiekkalahti Church Choir. Solo: Piano Dave Taylor.

6. SATURDAY NIGHT FISH FRY (Jordan/Walsh)
Sound Engineer Antti Joki. Arranger/Conductor Kaj Backlund. Producer Dave Taylor. Studio Finnlevy Studios, Helsinki, 1975. Executive Producer Vexi Salmi. Dave's vocal recorded at Takomo Studio, Helsinki, 1982. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Heikki Laurila. Trumpet Kaj Bäcklund, Markku Johansson, Simo Salminen. Alto Sax Pentti Lasanen, Hannu Saxelin. Tenor Sax Joel Lahti, Juhani Aaltonen. Baritone Sax Kalle Fält. Trombone. Sointu Huuskonen, Juhani Aalto. Bass Pekka Sarmanto. Drums Ilpo Kallio.

7. BLUEBERRY HILL (Rose/Lewis/Stock)
Sound Engineer Martin Giles. Arranger/Producer Dave Taylor. Studio Chocolate Factory, London, 1989. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Barry Squires. Alto Sax Pete Thomas, Nick Payne. Tenor Sax Dave Bitelli, Bimbo Acock, Olaf Vass, Nick Pentelow. Baritone Sax Kit Packham. Double Bass Dan Quinton. Electric Bass Glynn Evans. Drums Paul Robinson. Solo: Tenor Sax Nick Pentelow.

8. MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS (Dave Taylor)
Producer Dave Taylor. Studio Martin Brushane Studio, Helsinki, 1981. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Double Bass Ari Hanninen. Guitar unknown. Drums Jere Laukkanen. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar unknown.

9. BOOGIE WOOGIE COUNTRYGIRL (Pomus/Ashby)
Producer/Arranger/Sound Engineer Dave Taylor. Studio Midnight Rock Studio, 1999. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Jim Knowler. Pedal Steel BJ Cole. Tenor Sax John Wallace. Baritone Sax Mike Hobart. Trombone Robert Jarvis. Bass Jarrod Coombes. Drums Paul Robinson. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Tenor Sax Mike Hobart. Pedal Steel BJ Cole. Trombone Robert Jarvis. Guitar Jim Knowler.

10. GIDDY-UP-A-DING-DONG (Freddie Bell)
Producer/Arranger/Sound Engineer Dave Taylor. Studio Midnight Rock Studio, 2003. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Band The Midnight Rock House Band. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Tenor/BaritoneSax John Wallace. Guitar Jim Knowler.

11. MONA LISA (Livingstone/Evans)
Producer Dave Taylor. Executive Producer Vexi Salmi. Arranger/Conductor Paul Fagerlund. Sound Engineer Martin Brushane. Studio Martin Brushane Studio, Helsinki, 1979. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Heikki Laurila. Tenor Sax Pentti Lasanen. Baritone Sax Pentti Lahti. Bass Pekka Sarmanto. Drums Ilpo Kallio. Solos: Tenor Sax Pentti Lasanen. Baritone Sax Pentti Lahti.

12. JUMPIN' AT THE WOODSIDE (Count Basie)
Sound Engineer Phil Chilton. Mixing Engineer Martin Giles. Arranger Paul Fagerlund/Dave Taylor. Producer Dave Taylor. Studio Yard Studios and Wave Studios, London, 1986. Mixed at Twickenham Film Studios and Wave Studios. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Terry Smith. Pedal Steel Gerry Hogan. Trumpet Raoul D'Oliveira, Stuart Brooks, Lawrence Parry, Alan Elsdon, Tony Hepworth, Richard Sidwell. Alto Sax Pete Thomas, Nick Pentelow. Tenor Sax Dave Bitelli, Bimbo Acock, Olaf Vass, Nick Payne, Nick Pentelow. Baritone Sax Bud Beadle. Trombone Don Lang, Pete Thoms, John Mumford. Bass Trombone Chris Gower. Bass Peter Ind. Drums Paul Robinson. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Tenor Sax Dave Bitelli. Baritone Sax Olaf Vass. Trombone Barry Weston. Drums Paul Robinson.

13. TELL ME (Dave Taylor)
Producer Dave Taylor. Arranger/Conductor Paul Fagerlund/Dave Taylor. Sound Engineer Phil Chilton/John Ravenhall. Mixing Engineers Martin Giles/Dave Taylor. Studio Yard Studios, 1986. Mixed at Wave Studio/Midnight Rock Studio, 1998. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Pedal Steel Gerry Hogan. Bass Glynn Evans. Drums Paul Robinson. Acoustic/Electric Guitar Barry Squires. French Horn B.Onenine, Margorie Dunn. Oboe Katie Clemmow. Cello Nicki Thomas, Amanda Goodall. Viola A. Nette, G. Raham. Violin Jonathan Rees, Peter Hanson, Jackie Shave, Bob Loveday. Percussion Howard Tibble. Backing Vocals Alan Carvell. Solo: Oboe Katie Clemmow.

14. CHOO CHOO CH' BOOGIE (Horton/Darling Gabler)
Producers Phil Bailey/ Dave Taylor. Studio Abbey Road, London,1981/Midnight Rock Studio, 2005. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Drums Steve Holly. Guitar Tim Green. Bass Martin Wooltorton. Horn Section unknown. Backing Vocals Alan Carvell. Solo: Piano Dave Taylor.

15. ROCK ME (Dave Taylor)
Producer Dave Taylor. Studio Martin Brushane Studio, Helsinki, 1981. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Double Bass Ari Hanninen. Guitar unknown. Drums Jere Laukkanen. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar unknown.

16. MILLENNIUM ROCK (Dave Taylor)
Producer/Arranger Dave Taylor. Sound Engineer Martin Giles. Studio Chocolate Factory, London 1989/Midnight Rock Studio 1999. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Barry Squires. Pedal Steel Guitar Gerry Hogan. Trumpet Raoul D'Oliveira, Stuart Brooks, Alan Elsdon, Tony Hepworth, Richard Sidwell. Alto Sax Pete Thomas. Nick Payne. Tenor Sax Dave Bitelli, Bimbo Acock, Olaf Vass, Nick Pentelow. Baritone Sax Kit Packham. Trombone Don Lang, Pete Thoms, John Mumford. Bass Trombone Chris Gower. Double Bass Dan Quinton. Drums Paul Robinson. Solos: Tenor Sax John Wallace. Trumpet Stuart Brooks.

17. LIPSTICK, POWDER & PAINT (Stone)
Producer/Arranger/Sound Engineer Dave Taylor. Studio Midnight Rock Studio, Herne Bay, 1999. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Jim Knowler. Pedal Steel B.J. Cole. Tenor Sax John Wallace. Baritone Sax Mike Hobart. Trombone Robert Jarvis. Bass Jarrod Coombes. Drums Paul Robinson. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Tenor Sax John Wallace. Pedal Steel BJ Cole. Trombone Robert Jarvis. Guitar Jim Knowler.

18. CRYIN' OVER YOU (Dave Taylor)
Producer/Arranger/Sound Engineer Dave Taylor. Studio Midnight Rock Studio, 2001. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Band The Midnight Rock House Band. Solo: Alto Sax Nick Pentelow.

19. SHE WON'T ROCK (Dave Taylor)
Sound Engineer Juha Heininen. Arranger/Producer Dave Taylor. Studio Takka Studio, Helsinki, 1980. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar unknown. Pedal Steel Olli Haavisto. Tenor Sax Martti Peippo. Bass Martti Peippo. Drums unknown. Backing Vocals Dave Taylor. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Pedal Steel Olli Haavisto. Tenor Sax Martti Peippo.

20. TELL ME WHY (Dave Taylor)
Producer Dave Taylor. Executive Producer Vexi Salmi. Arranger/Conductor Paul Fagerlund. Sound Engineer Harold Burgon. Studio Soundtrack Studio, Helsinki, 1978. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Björn Björninen. Trumpet Jörgen Petersen. Alto Sax Pentti Lasanen. Tenor Sax Juhani Aaltonen. Baritone Sax Pentti Lahti. Trombone Juhani Aalto. Bass Pekka Sarmanto. Drums Ilpo Kallio. Backing Vocals Vesa Enne, Kaj Lind, Irina Milan. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Tenor Sax Pentti Lasanen.

21. CALDONIA (Moore)
Sound Engineer Antti Joki. Arranger/Conductor Kaj Backlund. Producer Dave Taylor. Studio Finnlevy Studios, Helsinki, 1975. Dave's vocal recorded at Takomo Studio, Helsinki, 1982. Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Heikki Laurila. Trumpet Kaj Bäcklund, Markku Johansson, Simo Salminen. Alto Sax Pentti Lasanen, Hannu Saxelin. Tenor Sax Joel Lahti, Juhani Aaltonen. Baritone Sax Kalle Fält. Trombone Sointu Huuskonen, Juhani Aalto. Bass Pekka Sarmanto. Drums Ilpo Kallio. Solos: Piano Dave Taylor. Tenor Sax Pentti Lasanen.

A Rockers Guide to the Galaxy (Unreleased)

 

This album was compiled by Hal Shaper, head of Sparta music publishing. Due to a conflict of interest between Hal and Rockin Dave, this album was never released.  

Rockin' In The Same Ol' Way - Vinyl Album

Rockin' In The Same Ol' Way    No Longer Available

 

CRL5016

Side 1

1. ROCKIN' IN THE SAME OL' WAY
2. TELL ME WHY
3. IT DOESN'T MATTER
4. 12 O'CLOCK ROCK
5. DON'T WANT TYIN' DOWN GIRL
6. YOU'RE WRONG

Side 2

1. CADILLAC CAR
2. KEEP IT UP BABY
3. HEY LITTLE GIRL
4. ALL SHE WANTS TO DO IS ROCK
5. ROCKHOUSE
6. DAVE'S BOOGIE

 

Rockin' in the Same Ol' Way

 

Dave Taylor, 21, is the most sensational act in Finnish show - business today.

He was born in England and after a colourful and wild way of life and string of smaller hits on the continent he finally settled down in Finland and became an overnight sensation while performing at the Culture House, where the biggest rock'n' roll event, King of Rock took place.

Dave didn't win the title, because he was still a citizen of Britain, but he was the absolute top of the bill that night and received raves from critics, and the Dave Taylor fever was a fact.

The secret of Dave Taylor's success is first class showmanship, excellent ability and a touch of rock feeling in the true fifties tradition.

Some people even felt that Dave is a modern 1979 version of the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis, with the same kind of guts and drive.

This title giant is without a doubt the most promising and talented performer in years on the Finnish rock scene.

And he certainly has something to give to every true rock'n' roll lover no matter where ever in Europe he is heard.


Jyrki Hamalainen
Editor in Chief Suosikki Magazine Finland 1979

*************

Prior to the album, the EP

Rockin' in the Same Ol' Way was released.

 


Won't You/Under The Moonlight - 7 inch single

Available - Email info@midnightrock.eu

 

Side 1

Won't You

Side 2

Under The Moonlight

Countrybilly - Vinyl Album

HELP709, released in 1980

Side 1

1. ROCKABILLY LUMBERJACK

2. GO CAT GO

3. SHE WON'T ROCK

4. I'VE LOST HER AGAIN

5. ROCKABILLY MUSIC JUST HIT TOWN

6. JIVE JIVE JIVE

Side 2

1. LONELY AS I CAN BE

2. BOUNCIN' CHEQUE BOOGIE

3. I'LL BE GLAD

4. ROCKIN' ROLLIN' SPACEMAN

5. FINGERTIPPING BOOGIE

No Longer Available

Big 'n' Bouncy - Vinyl Album

Big 'n' Bouncy Rockhouse LP8709

Side 1

1. BIG'N'BOUNCY
2. SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL
3. IT DOESN'T MATTER
4. ALL BY MYSELF
5. BOOGIE WOOGIE

Side 2

1. YOU'D BETTER LISTEN TO ME NOW
2. KANSAS CITY
3.CALDONIA
4. UNDER THE MOONLIGHT
5. GOIN' TO HEAVEN
6. JUMPIN' AT THE WOODSIDE


No longer available but check with Rockhouse Records in Holland

Caldonia - Cassette

CALDONIA

 

No Longer Available

The Chevron release happened while I was in Hong Kong on a second tour, and the record company needed a photo of me for the cover. I did send them a few, but they must have been lost somewhere since, at the last minute, the record company were panicking about a cover photo. They went to a photo archive company and asked for a ‘rock & roll’ photo, and were given an old photo of Roy Williams, complete with drape and quiff, which was taken in the early 1970s. That photo was then used on my release! It was a good photo, but it did cause quite a lot of speculation at the time, especially in view of the fact that three of the songs were also sub-published by Nervous Records.

Dim Light Boogie/Mona Lisa - 7 inch single RS507

 

Side 1
Mona Lisa (Livingstone)

Side 2
Dim Light Boogie (D Taylor)

 

No Longer Available

 

Watch the Video - Dim Light Boogie, written by Rockin Dave Taylor and televised here in 1979 in Helsinki, Finland.

 

 

MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS - 7 inch single DTS001

 

Side 1
MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS

Side 2
ROCK ME

Track 1 dedicated to the Immigration Service of Finland (Eila Kännö) back in 1979!

AVAILABLE - EMAIL: info@midnightrock.eu

Jive, Jive, Jive - Vinyl Album

Jive, Jive, Jive          Charly Records CR30210

 

Side 1

1. ROCKABILLY LUMBERJACK
2. GO CAT GO
3. SHE WON'T ROCK
4. I'VE LOST HER AGAIN
5. ROCKABILLY MUSIC JUST HIT TOWN
6. JIVE JIVE JIVE

Side 2

1. LONELY AS I CAN BE
2. BOUNCIN' CHEQUE BOOGIE
3. I'LL BE GLAD
4. ROCKIN' ROLLIN' SPACEMAN
5. FINGERTIPPING BOOGIE

 No Longer Available

Cadillac Car - 7 inch single

Cadillac Car    CYS 1063     No Longer Available

Side 1
Cadillac Car

Side 2
Rockhouse


 

Here Comes Countrybilly - 7 inch single HESG5

Here Comes Countrybilly!

AVAILABLE - EMAIL: info@midnightrock.eu

 

Side 1
LONELY AS I CAN BE

Side 2
I'VE LOST HER AGAIN

Steppin' Outa Line - E.P.

Available - Email: info@midnightrock.eu

 

Side 1
1. WON'T YOU (Dave Taylor) 2.16
2. SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL (Calhoun Stone) 3.24

Side 2
1. YOU'D BETTER LISTEN TO ME NOW (Dave Taylor) 2.56
2. ALL BY MYSELF (Bartholomew/Domino) 2.51

Arranger Dave Taylor. Producer Dave Taylor. Recorded at Wave Studios, London, 23 December 1985. Sound Engineer Mike Brown.

Musicians: Lead Vocal/Piano Dave Taylor. Guitar Terry Smith. Trumpet Raoul D'Oliveira. Alto/Tenor Sax Pete Thomas. Tenor Sax Dave Bitelli. Tenor/Baritone Sax Nick Pentelow. Trombone Don Lang. Bass Mick Gilligan. Drums Paul Robinson.

Pokorock

POKOROCK

 

Poko Rekords POKOLO 1 LP May 1979
     
More details »
A1. TEDDY & The TIGERS: Tribute to Buddy Holly 3:12
A2. Dave TAYLOR'S ROCKIN' 88'S: Razzle dazzle 3:06
A3. FREDDIE FALCON: Crazy love 2:28
A4. JAM ROCK BAND: Where are you now Buddy Holly? 3:16
A5. POPEDA: Suuret setelit 2:27
A6. KOLLAA KESTÄÄ: Tätä oli elämäni 2:28
A7. VOX: Run Rudolph run 2:22
 
B1. EPPU NORMAALI: Surf city 1:53
B2. ALFA: Hey hey hey 3:52
B3. DUCKS: Rockin chair 3:26
B4. Dave TAYLOR'S ROCKIN' 88'S: Dim light boogie 2:00
B5. KARANTEENI: Kaljupäinen gangsteri 2:19
B6. TEDDY & The TIGERS: Tiger twist 2:02
B7. EPPU NORMAALI: Jee jee 2:54
 

No Longer Available

Do You Remember - Maxi Single


Dave Taylor – Do You Remember
Label: Rossil – RISLP 14137
Format: Vinyl, 12", Maxi-Single
Country: Portugal
Released: 1982
Genre: Rock
Style: Rock & Roll


Tracklist


A       Do You Remember     
B1     Goin' To Heaven     
B2     Midnight Rock     

All Tracks composed and sung by Dave Taylor

Edições Rossil, Lda.

Deleted

Steppin' Outa Line Mini LP

Rockhouse MLP 8606

Side 1

1. WON'T YOU
2. SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL
3. MONA LISA

Side 2

1. YOU'D BETTER LISTEN TO ME NOW
2. ALL BY MYSELF
3. ROCKHOUSE

No Longer Available