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  • Carter Bill - Cool Tom Cat (10″LP + CD) (10``LP)


    1-LP (10″/25cm) with 12 page booklet, bonus CD. 12 tracks (LP), 24 tracks (CD). Total playing time approx. 28 min. (LP), 53 min. CD.

    Bill Carter: fantastic rocker from Arkansas!

    Luxury edition consisting of a 10″ vinyl LP plus CD with large-format booklet – containing all his rockers from 1954 to 1961!

    For example: recordings for 4-Star Records with the Carolina Drifters.

    The CD contains bonus tracks by Bill Carter and the Carolina Drifters as well as all the rockers released on the Indio label by Clyde Arnold and Ray Smith, among others.
    Carter was rediscovered by Mark Lee Allen, who interviewed him several times and wrote the booklet introduction.
    Bill Carter has personally supported our project!   Roland Heinrich wrote the detailed liner notes.

    Bill Carter was born in 1929 in Eagleton, Arkansas, moved with his family to Oklahoma in 1937 and six years later to Indio in California. His family encouraged his interest in music at an early age and provided funding for singing lessons when Bill was in his teens. Local radio stations presented him before he joined the US Air Force in 1949. During his military service in California he formed his first C&W bands and performed in the San Francisco area and even at a radio station in San Antonio, Texas.

    After completing his military service in 1953 Carter joined Jim DeNoone’s country band as a singer and performed at the ’California Hayride’ in San Francisco. In the same year, Bill Carter was the vocalist on the band’s recording sessions for Gilt-Edge Records. Finally, he formed his own trio, with whom he worked regularly over the next five years, pursuing the goal of becoming known beyond the local area. Between 1956 and 1961, Carter recorded under his own name for small and medium-sized labels such as 4-Star, Republic, Tally, Black Jack, Honey B, ’D’, Rural Rhythm and Ozark. The up-tempo number ’I Wanna Feel Good’, produced for Tally in Bakersfield, California in 1957, became his biggest hit and opened the doors to the ’Louisiana Hayride’ and the ’Grand Ole Opry’. Finally, in 1959 he ventured into Rockabilly and recorded ’Cool Tom Cat’.

    In the following years Carter followed a new musical orientation and also produced gospel oriented material, not only under his own name. He took part in other recording sessions as a singer and worked as a producer. In the first half of the 1960s he participated in recordings for no less than thirteen different record companies. It was during this period that Bill Carter became a convinced Christian and met a brother in spirit in the Baptist preacher Leonard Sipes, who formerly called himself Tommy Collins. From then on, Carter’s main focus was on Christian music, which he also brought to the stage with his own formation, the Bill Carter Singers, founded in 1969.

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  • Darin Bobby - Highlight (10``LP)

    1-LP 10inch (limited to 500 copies – green vinyl), 12 tracks.
    • 1:1 reproduction of an extremely rare Japanese pressing as limited collector’s edition!
    • Probably first released in 1961 – no details are known.
    • Originals are sold for more than $500 … if you see one offered!
    • Original Atco recordings from 1959 to 1961.
    • A total of four bonus tracks, including Eden Ahbez’s great composition ’Nature Boy’ as well as ’You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby’, ’Queen Of The Hop’ and ’Mighty Mighty Man’.
    • Bobby Darin’s repertoire was never limited to straight rock & roll, he liked timeless swinging pop and jazz numbers like ’Beyond The Sea’ or ’Mack The Knife’.
    • Carefully remastered for superior sound quality and pressed on high-quality vinyl!
    • Limited to 500 colored copies!
    Bobby Darin was born in New York City in 1936 and first appeared in local coffee houses in the mid-1950s. A first single from that time, ’My First Love’, went down without causing much attention.

    Connie Francis’ manager got him an appearance in the ’Tommy Dorsey Show’ and also got him a record deal with Decca Records. His debut single for the label, a cover version of ’Rock Island Line’, and other releases between 1956 and ’58 left no trace. It was only with his move to Atco Records and the 1958 ’Queen Of The Hop’, which sold millions of copies, that his career took off. In the following years he landed a total of four Top 10 hits, including the number one hits ’Dream Lover’ (USA) and ’Mack The Knife’ from the Threepenny Opera (UK) – awarded with a Grammy!

    Bobby Darin died in California on December 20, 1973. In 1990 he was inducted into the ’Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ and nine years later into the ’Songwriters Hall of Fame’. Finally, in 2010 his life’s work was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

    With the exact reproduction of an extremely rare Japanese 25cm LP – strictly limited to 500 colored copies – Bear Family releases twelve recordings from his most successful recording period!

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  • Various - That’ll Flat Git It! Vol. 37 – Rockabilly & Rock ’n’ Roll From The Vaults Of Capitol Records (CD)


    1-CD (Digipak) with 36 page booklet, 35 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 minutes.

    The second CD compilation with Rockabilly and Rock ’n’ Roll recordings from the catalog of the first major label residing at the US West Coast, Capitol Records of Los Angeles.

    The first volume was released in the 90’s as ’That’ll Flat Git It! Vol.3’ (BCD15624).

    Some of the best known rockers of the time recorded for Capitol: Wanda Jackson, Gene Vincent, Tommy Sands, Jack Scott.
    Our compilation also presents musicians like Bob Luman, Hank Thompson or Cliffie Stone – less known but by no means musically weaker!

    Carefully restored and remastered recordings.

    DeLuxe packaging with extensive liner notes by Bill Dahl and detailed discographic information.
    As the first major label based on the West Coast when it opened its doors in 1942, Capitol Records was knee-deep in country and rockabilly throughout its early heyday. Capitol’s rockabilly legacy is amply illustrated on this exciting collection, which takes in the label’s best-known rockers (Wanda Jackson, Gene Vincent, Tommy Sands, Jack Scott) as well as the no-hit wonders that makes this series so revelatory. Future country stars Jerry Reed, Roy Clark, Bob Luman, Darrell McCall, and Del Reeves, veteran C&W luminaries Skeets McDonald, Sonny James, Rose Maddox, Cliffie Stone, and Hank Thompson, and former Bill Haley bandsmen The Jodimars and Nashville’s favorite backing vocalists The Jordanaires are all here rocking. So are Nick Greene, Kenny Loran, Johnny Fallin, Bobby Louis, Ronnie and Roy, and Gary Von Ilg, who all certainly deserved a higher profile than their mere handful of rare Capitol 45s received. Since Capitol maintained a sizable presence in both Los Angeles and Nashville under Ken Nelson’s A&R supervision, both of those recording centers are prominent throughout this jam-packed disc. To quote Ray Stanley’s raucous track on this disc, Let’s Get Acquainted with Capitol’s spectacular rockabilly history!

    N o t e :
    For technical reasons Vol. 37 was moved up. BCD17605 ’That’ll Flat Git It! Vol.36 (TNT)’ will be released March 5, 2021.

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  • Various - Destination Lust Pt. 2 – Chicksville U.S.A. – The World Of Love, Sex and Violence – 33 Erotic Fantasies (CD)

    1-CD with 16-page booklet – 33 Tracks – Total playing time approx. 79:00 min. 
    • Finally – the second part of the seductive first release is available, another crazy compilation of the most beautiful ’minor matter’ in the world: love, sex and all its varieties! 
    • Rare and interesting things at a spectacularly low price as part of the ’Destination’ series on Bear Family.
    • Welcome to ’Chicksville U.S.A.’! We present more than 30 historical-erotic jewels, pleasurable items from the 1950s and 60s!
    • What would ’Chicksville U.S.A.’ be without the movie goddess Marilyn Monroe and her fellow artist Jayne Mansfield!
    • There are also plenty of ’bombshells’ from the music scene of the time: Pat Morrissey, Kay Martin, Dorothy Collins, Dinah Washington and two rarities from Frances Day as Gale Warning!
    • Concentrated femininity creates wordless men: burlesque instrumentals by Sam ’The Man’ Taylor, Barney Kessel and the Upsetters are the answer.
    • Hits and rarities are combined here, many for the first time on CD! 
    • The richly illustrated full-color booklet contains song-by-song notes by Marc Mittelacher.
    Erotic retrospect into earlier decades
    Eroticism and sexuality was officially not an issue in the first decades after the war. But unofficially, behind closed doors, in dark, smoky clubs, strip joints, and under the counter, they let it all hang out. They did it just as wildly as today, but not as obviously. They preferred to sing about it rather than talk about it behind closed doors, because music seemed to be more harmless, although these recordings show the opposite.
    Destination: Lust
    The erotic-slippery journey towards lust continues! Erotic voices, such as those of Pat Morrissey, Cleo Laine, Mabel Scott and of course Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield, make you want more. With so much concentrated femininity the men are left without words, and Sam ’The Man’ Taylor, Barney Kessel and Little Richard’s accompanying band The Upsetters respond with burlesque instrumentals. Dinah Washington sings ”the thing” to her boyfriend and Big Jay McNeely answers with ’Man Eater’. 

    The great listening pleasure also takes you into the rooms of sweet pain, Lincoln Chase’s rare recording ’Sweet Torture’ and ’Slave Chain’ by The Spinners. Ruth Wallis’ statement about the many varieties of sex: ’Man, It’s A Jungle’! We broke our way through the jungle of lustful music, and here again we combined very rare titles with nostalgic hits. Marilyn’s song ’I Want To Be Loved By You’ from the movie ’Some Like It Hot’ is legendary! And the rarities, some of them are here again on CD for the first time! 

    Among them a complete Pye single by Frances Day under the pseudonym Gale Warning, which contains a rare erotic version of Elvis Presley’s ’Heartbreak Hotel’. In addition recordings of Kay Martin, Felix and His Fabulous Cats and the Spanish Senoritas of Hermanas Serrano, who sing about the legendary ’Casanova’! A wicked atmosphere is created when mambo sounds, go-go sounds and tittyshakers alternate with orchestral numbers, be it Berlingeri with his orchestra, Diane Maxwell’s rare Challenge recording, or Que Martin and His Band. Another highlight is the British Peter Jay and The Jaywalkers, who not only take us back to the glory days of the Parisian Folies Bergère with their version of the French ’Can Can’, but also bring this compilation to a brilliant end. The CD comes with annotations for each song and many photos and illustrations in the 16-page booklet!

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  • Brown Clarence Gatemouth - Rocks (CD)

    1-CD (trifold digipak) with 36 page booklet, 29 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min.
    T-Bone Walker, the ’inventor of the electric blues guitar’, opened the gate and young guys like Johnny ’Guitar’ Watson and Clarence ’Gatemouth’ Brown raced through!
    • In the late 1940s, young Clarence ’Gatemouth’ Brown first conquered the stages of his home state of Texas with incredible energy and speed.
    • Clarence ’Gatemouth’ Brown revolutionized the way of playing the electric guitar and remains a role model for whole generations of blues guitarists to this day.
    • Recordings from 1947 to 1960 for Aladdin and Peacock.
    • Compilation of Clarence ’Gatemouth’ Brown brilliant, up-tempo numbers – both instrumental and vocal!
    • Carefully mastered from the best possible sources.
    • Detailed and enjoyable biography by Bill Dahl in an extensive and illustrated booklet & discography.
    One evening in 1947 T-Bone Walker and his band headlined the then popular and huge Bronze Peacock Club in Houston. Walker had to interrupt his show for health reasons – an opportunity that the 23-year-old did not miss. On the instructions of the club owner he took T-Bone Walker’s guitar and went on stage. ”It was the first time I played guitar in public. Well, this crowd, man, we had about 800 people in there, and it was an all black audience. And I went up there and immediately invented ’Gatemouth Boogie’. I made about $600 in tips in about 15 minutes. That was a lot of money back then.”   
    Don Robey, the club owner, became his patron and producer. Dissatisfied with the first recordings produced for Aladdin in Los Angeles in 1947, he founded his first own record company, Peacock Records, for which Gatemouth produced exclusively until the early 1960s.
    Chicago music historian and blues expert Bill Dahl has put together this luxuriously crafted CD album for Bear Family Records®, featuring the most exciting and innovative faster guitar recordings of Clarence ’Gatemouth’ Brown.  This is the most comprehensive and competent story about a chapter in Texas blues guitar history, which became so important for the future development of modern blues. The fat booklet contains the excitingly told biography, plus many photos, illustrations and a discography of the recordings on this album.
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  • Moore Merrill - Boogie My Blues Away (Käytetty CD)


    …comes the boogie-woogie country boy, Merrill Moore. While you can sure hear the roots in Pete Johnson, Meade Lux Lewis etc., Moore isn’t strictly boogie-woogie, rockabilly, country swing, or country, but there’s no question that all of those styles are right at home with him. What’s more, he’s been at this since 1950, predating most rockabilly artists. But again, he’s a mixer that isn’t easily pegged down. If you’re a fan of Bob Wills, Moon Mullican, boogie-woogie piano, country style rockabilly, newer artists like Wayne Hancock, Dale Watson etc. and you’d like to go to the well, this is the ticket. Merrill believes in speed, so don’t expect something cool and jazzy-think hillbilly boogie and you’ll be on the right track. His version of ”House of Blue Lights” is one of the best ever recorded. Moore never had a real hit, not because the material wasn’t there, but in the early 50’s Capitol just didn’t know what to do with him. You might think of him as something like Jerry Lee Lewis without the baggage. Same ability to cross genres without losing credibility but not quite as unhinged as the Killer can get. If you like any of this style of music you really can’t go wrong with this set. Merrill played well into the nineties, and for all we know he’s still pounding the keys somewhere tonight. God bless him!

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  • Ford Tennessee Ernie - Songs Of The Civil War (Käytetty CD)


    Kaksi legendaarista albumia nyt samalla cd:llä! American Civil War enthusiasts have long treasured Tennessee Ernie Ford’s ’Civil War Songs Of The South’ and ’Civil

    War Songs Of The North.’ Released by Capitol Records in 1961 at the start of the Civil War Centennial, these albums

    gathered long-forgotten patriotic numbers, dramatic saga songs, rousing camp sing-alongs and sentimental parlor tunes

    from the bloody four-year conflict between the Union and Confederate states.

    Both albums stand as a testament to Ford’s sensitivity and versatility as a vocalist. No other American popular singer of

    his era could interpret such diverse, historic material as effortlessly as Ford did on his Civil War albums. He breezes

    through spirited comic songs with the same light-hearted touch that made him one of the country’s most beloved

    television personalities. His somber, unforgettable bass-baritone vocals on Lorena and The Vacant Chair underscore the

    sadness and despair that inspired these laments. Ford’s musical director Jack Fascinato skillfully blended elements of

    period authenticity into arrangements that would appeal to contemporary audiences.

    Ford fans and Civil War enthusiasts alike have long waited for a definitive compact disc reissue of these classic albums.

    An earlier Capitol CD collection, released after Ken Burns’ acclaimed 1990 documentary series The Civil War aired on

    American public television, slipped out of print before anyone knew it existed. Copies now fetch more than US$100 on

    collectors’ markets – when they turn up at all.

    This Bear Family compact disc finally restores all twenty-four songs from these landmark LPs. This reissue also includes

    a booklet containing the complete lyrics for each song – including verses that Ford and Fascinato edited from their

    recordings – and new notes on the songs and original albums by Dave Samuelson.

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  • Cash Johnny & Carl Perkins - I Walk The Line/Little Fauss And Big Halsy (Käytetty CD)


    2 soundtrack levyä samalla cd:llä.

    Johnny Cash’s two soundtrack albums have become collectors’ items over the years. In 1970, he and Carl Perkins wrote the themesong and incidental music for the cult Robert Redford biker movie ’Little Fauss And Big Halsy,’ and Johnny wrote the music for a John Frankenheimer movie originally titled ’September Country,’ then re-titled ’I Walk The Line.’ Rather than recycle old recordings, Johnny and Carl made all new recordings for these two soundtracks,  even if a few of the songs were of older vintage. Although the songs work best in the context of the movies, both albums work excellently as standalone music. The songs for ’I Walk The Line’ in particular, capture the torment of a small town sheriff (Gregory Peck) tortured by his love for a young girl (Tuesday Weld). The Bear Family reissue CD comprising both these long-deleted albums.

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  • Cash Johnny & Carter June - It`s All In The Family (Käytetty CD)


    ”ust recently, June Carter issued a well-received solo album, her first in a long time. As she explains in interviews, she has spent the last few years looking after her husband, Johnny Cash. June’s last great solo album was ’Appalachian Pride’, dating from 1976, now reissued by Bear Family.

    Despite the fact that she grew up on the road with her famous mother, Maybelle, June has always been intensely proud of her family’s roots in Appalachia. That was never more evident than on these recordings where she lends her personal stamp to songs like East Virginia Blues, Another Broken Hearted Girl and Big Balls In Nashville.

    ’Appalachian Pride’ has been rounded out with Johnny Cash’s children album, ’The Johnny Cash Children Album’ on which Johnny (with some help of his family: June Carter Cash and Rosey Nix) makes music for everyone’s family. The titles include: I Gotta Boy (And His Name Is John) (& JUNE CARTER CASH); Little Green Fountain (& JUNE CARTER CASH & ROSEY NIX), The Mystery Of Number Five and Ben Dewberry’s Final Run. Here’s a rarely heard side of Johnny Cash. The Man in Black lightens up!

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  • Jim & Jesse - 1952-1955 (Käytetty CD)


    These 20 recordings for Capitol mark the beginning on record of one of the most consistently innovative partnerships in bluegrass history. The songs include I´ll Wash Your Love From My Heart, Are You Missing Me, Virginia Waltz, Are You Lost In Sin, Purple Heart, Air Mail Special, Too Many Tears, My Darling´s In Heaven, and I´ll See You Tonight (In My Dreams).

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  • Lewis Jerry Lee - Old Time Religion (Käytetty CD)


    Originally unissued live recordings from 1970. The best gospel recordings of Jerry Lee’s career. A rare glimpse of the preacher he might have been. 20 well-known gospel standards including ’Peace In The Valley’, ’Precious Memories’ and ’Amazing Grace’. Jerry Lee Lewis’ music at its best: Forget the content and listen to the passion. — At his core, Jerry Lee Lewis has always been a gospel singer. His earliest and best records have revealed that passion, even when he was singing about women and lovin’. Jerry’s famous religious debate with Sam Phillips took place at the recording session for ’Great Balls Of Fire’. His musical life has always been a tug of war between God and the Devil. — The truth is, these may be the best gospel recordings Jerry ever made in his long career. ’I believe in that old time religion!’, he shouts, and proceeds to show us why, with a little spontaneous preaching and testifying between selections. Thankfully, the tape was rolling. These barely documented recordings from December, 1970 were made three days after he renounced worldly music. They reveal Jerry working with his road band on the stage of a small church out on Highway 41 in Memphis. There are humorous moments too, as when Jerry flogs his latest LP to the congregation (’You need the album and we need the money’). But in the end, nobody at his record company knew what to do with these tapes and they were originally unissued. Thanks to Bear Family, the music receives the treatment it should have some 40 years ago. Accompanying notes by Sun historian Hank Davis examine the music and document the events in Jerry’s life that led to these recordings on this particular Sunday morning. — As we all know, Jerry was back to singing worldly music within months. But these recordings were made at a magic moment. They are indispensible to any Jerry Lee Lewis fan. Forget their subject matter and listen to his passion. That’s what Jerry’s best music has always been about.

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  • Lymon Frankie & The Teenagers - Rocks (Käytetty CD)


     All-time Fifties classics such as Why Do Fools Fall In Love and I’m Not A Juvenile Delinquent!

     The beginning of rock ’n’ roll as music for, by, and about teenagers!

     33 classics from the 45 (RPM) era on one CD!

     The full story of Frankie Lymon’s descent into addiction and his early death. He was one of the first casualties of rock ’n’ roll.

     The music! The story! The fabulous photos!

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  • Ventures - Play Telstar – The Lonely Bull (10``LP)

    BEAR FAMILY Vinyl Club Exclusive – limited collector’s edition.
    • 10inch LP (limited edition – colored vinyl)
    • 12 tracks. Unique 10inch in our 11000 collectors series
    • Reproduction of the rare original album cover from Japan.
    • Painstakingly remastered for highest fidelity and pressed on high quality vinyl!
    • Limited to 500 copies!
    These great instrumental recordings may be widely known. Unique, however, is the 25cm version of this album, released in 1962 only in Japan on the local Liberty label. In the USA, the recordings appeared on the Ventures’ ninth LP, an extremely successful album peaking at position #8 in the billboard charts and was awarded a gold record for more than half a million sold copies.
    Over the years, the LP has been re-released countless times. But the reproduction of the Japanese first edition is unique, the original with this cover is hard to find – and we put two bonus tracks on top of the ten original tracks and had the whole thing sensitively remastered and pressed on high-quality colored vinyl. Fits perfectly into our collector’s series with limited 10inch records!
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  • Crombie Tony & The Rockets - Rockin’ With The Rockets (10``LP)


    Re-issue of an extremely rare 10″ LP from New Zealand! The original was released in 1958, also in England, but with a different cover.  

    Recordings made in 1957 and 1958.  ’Rockin’ With The Rockets’ is the only album released at that time.
    Tony Crombie was drummer and bandleader of the Rockets.   The single Teach You To Rock is considered the first ever British rock’n’ roll recording!
    Limited to 500 copies pressed on color vinyl
    BEAR FAMILY Vinyl Club Exclusive – Limited collector’s edition.

    The first British Rock ’n’ Roll recordings in our ’Bear Family Vinyl Exclusives’ series! Tony Crombie was actually a jazz drummer, but the beat and groove of the ermeging rock ’n’ roll music fascinated the artist, and so he switched to rock in 1956 – a short episode that ended shortly after the release of ’Rockin’ With The Rockets’. Crombie turned back to jazz.

    What remains is an exciting musical legacy, an unjustly unnoticed testimony to the fascination that rock ’n’ roll exerted on young Brits – and not quite as young British musicians.


    Tony Crombie was born in London on August 27, 1925. The multi-instrumentalist (drums and piano) got into jazz during the war years, first playing with colleagues such as Carlo Kramer, Johnny Claes or Tito Burns in various London jazz clubs, before founding his own band in 1947. This combo toured Ireland, among other places. In those days, young people in Britain were enthusiastic about jazz from the USA. Duke Ellington and Ray Nace toured the United Kingdom accompanied by Crombie and bassist Jack Fallon. In the late 1950s, Crombie, Ronnie Scott, Johnny Dankworth, Dennis Rose, Pete Chilver and Laurie Morgen were among the founders of the UK bebop movement, which found a home in the ’Club Eleven’.
    In the following years Crombie backed Annie Ross, Lena Horne and Carmen McRae and played in Victor Feldman’s band during the mid-fifties. At the same time he conducted his own modern jazz orchestra which also toured internationally.

    1956 saw a break in Tony Crombie’s musical biography. Enthusiastic about the new rhythms he heard, he turned completely to rock ’n’ roll for about two years and founded The Rockets. But as early as 1958 the rocking Rockets turned into a jazz combo. A year later Crombie founded Jazz Inc. and soon thereafter went to Monte Carlo for a year before becoming the drummer in the house band of ’Ronnie Scott’s Jazzclub’ in 1960. In the following years he had the opportunity to accompany jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Ben Webster, Jimmy Witherspoon and Coleman Hawkins. And he worked with jazz organists such as Mike Carr, Georgie Fame or Alan Clare.

    He celebrated his greatest commercial success with the composition of the film music to the crime series ’The Man from Interpol’. Miles Davis recorded his So Near So Far for his 1963 album To ’Seven Steps To Heaven’.
    Tony Crombie died in his native London on October 18, 1999.

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