The Tornados have today’s almost forgotten track

This track, to those who were there at the time, will never be forgotten, but there are many here who were not listening to the radio devotedly in the very early 60s, and this one might not have meant as much to them as children as it did to us who were already teens…it represents something else, too, for, aside from The Shadows who backed Cliff Richard, The Tornadoes were one of the first Brit groups to have an impact on North America, and believe me when I say this track had an impact, as it was top ten everywhere…they were studio musicians primarily, under the care of controversial producer Joe Meek who was, seriously, a little unbalanced to say the least (google him for one of rock’s strangest stories), and one member, Heinz, the blonde guy in the video, had some success as a solo artist, but for all their facelessness, this band meant something special for at least one single…

 

Greg Simpson

Greg Simpson firmly believes his career in the music industry officially began on March 14, 1965 when a band gave him ten dollars as commission for helping them find a gig. He hasn’t looked back since then and looks forward to celebrating his fiftieth in 2015 with an enormous party paid for by the hundreds of dollars he’s made since then. His career has covered all aspects from radio for many years, and including working for record labels, artists and, since 1992, Canadian Music Week where he programs the radio stream and manages all conference streams and events in real time annually. He also attends half a dozen conferences a year doing research for CMW and is generally accepted as a knowledgeable cat with a few stories to tell. At the root of it all, though, is his undying love for music and musicians.

 

 

Published on May 3, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

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