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    So, it's probably been covered on the VV site before, but who was behind these albums? Just picked up #2 today - mainly because it had a girl sitting on a Mark I Capri, and had a version of 'Paranoid' on it ...

    Pleased to find some open drums, and generally lush production - reverb swamped hand claps are all around us...

    I think this is the only Hot Hits I have, always get them and the '16 Chart Hits' series mixed up ....


    Also scored a Run DMC seven, a guitar tuition seven, 'L.O.V.E' by Paul Mauriat and a spare of the Elektrik Cokernut 'Go Moog!' LP - so if anyone wants it, gimme a shout ...

    Rubs.

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    i've managed to get a few of those "hot hits" things. a few open breaks to be had, for sure. i would also like to know what the score is with BWD!

    wouldn't mind that elektrik cokernut moog album, if it's going, rubs!


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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (wooly @ Sep. 17 2003,13:27)]i've managed to get a few of those "hot hits" things. a few open breaks to be had, for sure. i would also like to know what the score is with BWD!

    wouldn't mind that elektrik cokernut moog album, if it's going, rubs!

    Thing is, I've just realised that I did buy it thinking that the one I'd found previously with open drums was a Hot Hits, when in fact it was 16 Chart Hits ...

    Turned out nice though

    Mail me your address and I'll post the moog-ness off to you this week ...

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    mmmm, Mk 1 Capri...

    i think i have a spare Go Moog if anyone else needs it

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    Ah, you've picked up on one of my specialist areas! I'm planning to expand on this in an article, but here's a condensed version.

    BWD productions were founded by Australian ex-pat (and former catalogue model) Bill Wellings. Wellings had pioneered the anonymous pop cover versions concept with the 'Top Six' EPs in the mid-60s (a series which gave a big break to a young arranger by the name of Johnny Harris&#33

    Bill Wellings formed BWD in the late sixties and did an exclusive deal with MFP - the first 'Hits' LP, 'Hits 67' came out some time later. It's widely rumoured this LP features David Bowie singing on the track 'Penny Lane', but it's not him (it's actually session man Tony Steven). 'Hits 70' does feature Elton John, though.

    The first 'Hot Hits' LP came in 1970, and features great versions of 'Vehicle' and 'Groovin' With Mr Bloe' (the latter played by the very famous indeed Larry Adler&#33

    Hot Hits vol 2 features Blue Mink's Barry Morgan on drums, as does vol 4.

    Among the MDs regularly used by BWD Productions were Alan Moorhouse, Johnny Harris, Johnny Howard and Len Hunter.

    They were based in Guildford, and still listed in the Yellow Pages until about ten years ago. Bill Wellings is sadly deceased, with the BWD catalogue now in the hands of his wife Dee.

    BWD also recorded for Contour, using the name 'Cherry Orchard Productions' - 'Swing Gently With Strauss' is one of theirs.

    Right, hope that all makes sense (I had to write it very quickly), but hopefully my article will explain things in greater detail.

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    blimey, that is some good info. cheers lord thames.

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    how many 'hot hits' where there? Maybe 20?

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    Nice work Lord of Thames! That explains the nice drums I've just been listening to

    And here's the Capri for bongolia, with the added bonus of a leggy blonde lady leaning against it.

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    thanks, but she's obscuring the car - get out of the way, woman!

    that's only the basic model - crappy wheels and no black vinyl roof. all models had those bizarre fake air vents in front of the rear wheels though. saw a beautiful minty red and black 3 litre GT in Finsbury Park on the way to the last HF&S. a good omen, since the night was great!

    old Fords are lovely. the Essex boy in me speaking...

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (bongolia @ Sep. 17 2003,15:34)]saw a beautiful minty red and black 3 litre GT in Finsbury Park on the way to the last HF&S.
    Nah, it's got to be Daytona Yellow for me.... used to pass one everyday on the way to work, complete with the Webasto wheels and black vinyl roof

    Actually, they are not *that* expensive to pick up these days in the grand scale of classic cars....
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    not many Mk 1s left though. but you're right they are fairly cheap. Mk 1 Cortinas are nice too (and cheap). and Volvo 1800s are nice and not cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Lord Thames @ Sep. 17 2003,13:53)]the anonymous pop cover versions concept with the 'Top Six' EPs in the mid-60s (a series which gave a big break to a young arranger by the name of Johnny Harris&#33
    Does anyone know whether JH worked on a Spanish RCA series of disco albums, credited to a group called Blackbuster (groan) around about 1976 / 77? I found one last week (volume 6) which credits a "J.Harris" as producer.

    (...its nothing special by the way. A mixture of covers and originals. There's one percussion track which might work in a mix or something).
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    i've been trying to make a Johnny Harris discog:
    http://bongolia.org/music/johnny_harris.php
    so any additions are welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (bongolia @ Sep. 17 2003,17:40)]not many Mk 1s left though. but you're right they are fairly cheap. Mk 1 Cortinas are nice too (and cheap).
    There is a very nice Mk I Lotus Cortina (a la Jim Clark) 'round the corner from my parents.... god knows how much one of those will cost.
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    yeah the Lotus ones are a lot and many are fakes i think, or that maybe Lotus Mk 2s

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    You've got a Renault 12, Soundhog? I love them - used to have a white N-reg estate. Went down to a scrapyard in Pease Pottage about twenty years ago, and still much missed. By me, anyway.

    There were 20 Hot Hits LPs in all, plus some 'hits of the year' round ups from 1967-73. By 1973 relations between MFP and BWD had deteriorated, and they went elsewhere for their cover versions (namely Syd Dale and Adrian Kerridge's Beatt International.)

    For the Johnny Harris discography, I've pinpointed one MFP LP he arranged ('Soul Hits', the cover features the price and track listing written on a woman's stomach) and I've got at least one Top 6 EP with a Harris credit.
    No idea about the RCA stuff, though it's not impossible he's involved.

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    I'm a bit sad that I couldn't hold on to my second car - couldn't afford to keep it on the road - a very nice black and gold mini 1275 GT (1293cc overbore actually). Very 70's 'boy racer'.

    Much cooler than the rusty German estate car I've got now

    On the Johnny Harris front, I'm assuming the Top 6 EPs you're all talking about are those on Avenue right ? The boy Boogiejuice was talking to me about them (he's quite the authority on JH) and mentioned that he'd arranged a couple of them.
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    No, these are EPs on the 'Top 6' label, though it probably provided Avenue with the inspiration for them.
    Johnny Harris actually got credited for his work on some of the Top 6s, unusually. Tony Hatch heard some of them, and got him in to arrange one of his LPs, and that's how the whole JH bandwagon started - without the Top 6 EPs we'd never have had 'Movements'!

    As for the Avenue ones, I know Cy Payne had a go at the arranging side of things (I think he did most of the 60s ones), and of course Alan Caddy, though how much he was involved in them is somewhat debatable, as his name was sometimes put on things he had nothing to do with.

    I've been told by someone who's been there that the bustling hub of Avenue Records is some bloke's house in Chingford....wonder if there's any old stock in the attic?

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    does anybody have a copy of hot hits 16? i'd like to see the pic on the back cover,as all the album cover websites only show the front, & i'd like to see what the sexy wetsuit-clad skindiver babe looks like on the back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilkinss77 View Post
    does anybody have a copy of hot hits 16? i'd like to see the pic on the back cover,as all the album cover websites only show the front, & i'd like to see what the sexy wetsuit-clad skindiver babe looks like on the back!
    Is this a record? Bringing a thread back from the dead after SIX YEARS!?

    Go and introduce yourself before everyone jumps to the conclusion that you're just a pervert...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Divine One View Post
    ...Before everyone jumps to the conclusion that you're just a pervert...
    Too late.
    You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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    I like the one with the bow and arrow best. My mum had that when I was a kid, would be 1972/3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malice-Cooper View Post
    I like the one with the bow and arrow best. My mum had that when I was a kid, would be 1972/3
    Alright version of 'Walk On By'. Like a condensed cover of Isaac Hayes's version.
    You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by son of stan View Post
    Does anyone know whether JH worked on a Spanish RCA series of disco albums, credited to a group called Blackbuster (groan) around about 1976 / 77? I found one last week (volume 6) which credits a "J.Harris" as producer. .
    Blackburster was a phillipino outfit, as far as I know.
    another 6 year gap between Q&A.
    we should do this sort of thread revival more often, helps prople have 'closure'!
    "THIS IS A FINE TAPE AND BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF YESTERYEAR WHEN THE MUSIC WORLD WAS GOOD AND NOT FOULED UP BY THE LONG HAIR SCURVES WHO JUST BEAT WILDLY ON ANYTHING AND COME UP WITH A LOT OF STUPID NOISE THat only damnfools and liars say they like it"

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    Quote Originally Posted by eclectiktronik View Post
    Blackburster was a phillipino outfit, as far as I know.
    another 6 year gap between Q&A.
    we should do this sort of thread revival more often, helps prople have 'closure'!
    same outfit that did a track called "Old Man", as comped by Juliano The Fat Gangster on "Funk Mode"?

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    They were based in Guildford, and still listed in the Yellow Pages until about ten years ago. Bill Wellings is sadly deceased, with the BWD catalogue now in the hands of his wife Dee.

    close, but no cigar. Bill Wellings is my dad, and news of his death is, I'm pleased to say, exaggerated. He is, in fact, still alive and living a blameless life in Midhurst, West Sussex. The company is still going, as you rightly say, under the stewardship of his ex-wife, Dee, my mother.

    i stumbled across this post while googling the old chap, and am pleased to resuscitate it one last time, possibly making it the lazarus of all blog posts.

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    Thanks for your response - all information is gladly received in these parts. And even better news that the old fella is still alive and well. It would be great to hear his reminiscences if you're ever visiting with a tape recorder!
    "THIS IS A FINE TAPE AND BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF YESTERYEAR WHEN THE MUSIC WORLD WAS GOOD AND NOT FOULED UP BY THE LONG HAIR SCURVES WHO JUST BEAT WILDLY ON ANYTHING AND COME UP WITH A LOT OF STUPID NOISE THat only damnfools and liars say they like it"

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    Quote Originally Posted by thisguy View Post
    They were based in Guildford, and still listed in the Yellow Pages until about ten years ago. Bill Wellings is sadly deceased, with the BWD catalogue now in the hands of his wife Dee.

    close, but no cigar. Bill Wellings is my dad, and news of his death is, I'm pleased to say, exaggerated. He is, in fact, still alive and living a blameless life in Midhurst, West Sussex. The company is still going, as you rightly say, under the stewardship of his ex-wife, Dee, my mother.

    i stumbled across this post while googling the old chap, and am pleased to resuscitate it one last time, possibly making it the lazarus of all blog posts.
    Thanks so much for putting me right - one of the frustrating things about looking into this area of music is there's so little info out there, my sources aren't always 100% reliable, quite clearly! As you may have guessed, I'm a great admirer of your dad's work. Do pass on my best wishes!

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    Great news! Thanks for the update, and my best also to Mr. Wellings Snr!
    I'm still striving to make records that sound as good as the BWD recordings

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