#69 Singers-EP.9-Johnny O’Keefe Part 1
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This weeks episode takes us back to the Singers series, with Part One of the Johnny O’Keefe story. The first episode takes us from July ‘57 to May ‘58. So there’s a lot to go and a lot more research to do! Particular thanks to Bob Hayden and Don Hudson for their definitive work, “Johnny O’Keefe Discography”(2020) which lays out a complete and accurate music chronology.

Highlights of Episode 1: Johnny O’Keefe & The Dee Jays’ first record release was on 78 only. We’ll hear Eddie Cochran’s version of Am I Blue, the first 45; you will notice a difference to Johnny’s version! We talk about the first Lee Gordon Big Show and how Johnny & The Dee Jays were signed-up after Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps were stranded in Hawaii. And we’ll attempt to unravel The Wild One/Real Wild Child confusion. Plus, the Festival applause over-dubbing on the 2nd EP, Shakin’ at The Stadium Vol.1. which wasn’t ‘live’ at all but which did give the world the career-defining Wild One. Enjoy the Music!

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