Articles & letters written in.Includes session members who worked with
Clem Cattini Tornados & Joe Meek includes Pictures Magazine Articles
Please send any if you would donate cheers Tom
You won't remember me - I am Roger, the Nashville Teens roadie, and I was side stage when Lyn did her appearances at Brighton in 1999 and at her benefit gig at the Beck Theatre. I've only tonight found your web-site and only just learned that Lyn is no longer with us. I couldn't find a date on the website, so I have no idea how long ago she passed away.
She was a great entertainer, and watching her perform despite her illness was a great example to us all. On behalf of Ray Phillips and all the other lads in the Teens, please accept our condolences.
So you were influenced by producers like Meek and Phil Spector? - Well, I always liked "Telstar", and I once read Meek's biography. He was an interesting character, I've always liked oddballs. I've never felt that I fitted in, particularly in the music
http://www3.sympatico.ca/craig.smith/chum62.htm visit this site for chart information on Tornados and Other Group's
Article On Billy Fury & The Tornados
Three tracks accompanied by the Tornados were also recorded at the session. These tracks were the familiar I Can't Help Loving You, Candy Kisses (DR 30383) and the truly beautiful ballad I'm Hurting All Over (DR 30384). Candy Kisses was eventually released in February 1977 on The Billy Fury Story (Decca DPA 3033/34). This deleted album is now collectable in its own right, especially the white label test pressings and the Belgian double album release with Tommy Steele (Decca DA 207/208).
I Can't Help Loving You is not an especial favourite of many fans, being perhaps overlong and a little slow. It saw its digital release on the Once Upon A Dream CD.
The original Billy Fury And The Tornados EP which featured the track is, as with all of Billy's EPs, much sought-after. I'm Hurting All Over on the Once Upon A Dream CD is a real gem. It features Billy at his plaintive best, and for part of the song he hums along in Elvis style. It was originally planned for issue on They Called It Rock 'N' Roll but was replaced by I Got Someone.
April 30 1963 saw the recording of the live LP We Want Billy. This was mixed in both mono and stereo, and the stereo original is very much a collector's item, despite the later Decca re-issue. This LP saw a release on the London label in the USA and in the Philippines and on the PAX label in Israel. The New Zealand Decca release featured blue instead of the usual dark background on the classic front cover. Presumably other foreign issues also exist.
At the same time, the Tornados also apparently recorded a version of Telstar, their chart-topping instrumental hit of the previous year. Clem Cattini, drummer and leader of the group, could not recall the session.
An article in Record Collector several years ago mentioned the discovery of the rehearsal tapes for the live LP, but to date no other information has been forthcoming. Certainly the prospect of alternative takes, and perhaps more live tracks, is an exciting one. Rumour has it that a London milkman has them in his garage.
The album saw a general stereo release with its re-issue in 1983. Collectable today is the test pressing, a white label with the figure 1 on one side and 2 on the other. Tracks are the same as on the general release.
I will be writing an article on the "Churchills" soon who had the hits in Israel with "Too Much In Love Too Hear" Not the Tornados. Robb Huxley formed the Churchills.There is a CD out now Tom Hammond
http://www.johnbruinsma.nl/biopart5.html..Website article on Clem sessionwork
Robin was a fan of Roy Orbison and The Tornados (Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees)
http://www.richieunterberger.com/talmy2.html Shel Talmy Talking about Clem
Below is Clem Recording Info with Rolling Stones
Heart Of Stone 3'49 Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman not present; guitar by John McLaughlin; bass by Jimmy Page; drums by Clem Cattini METAMORPHOSIS, Decca SKL 5212 (UK), June 6, 1975 / Abkco ANA 1 (US), June, 1975 METAMORPHOSIS, Decca SKL 5212 (UK), June 6, 1975 / Abkco ANA 1 (US), June, 1975 METAMORPHOSIS PLUS (BT CD)
In early September Luther goes into the studio to start his third solo CD, tentatively titled If You Dare. Musicians on the tracks will be Simon Cooper (drums - Lazy Dollies), Max Middleton (piano - Jeff Beck, Mick Taylor), Huw Lloyd-Langton (guitar - Widowmaker, Hawkwind) and Phil Andrews (Hammond B3 organ - Robert Plant). Guest musicians will include a vocal duet with Ian Hunter (you know who he his!) and Clem Cattini (drums - Tornados). The album will be produced by Mick Dolan, who was also the producer on Floodgates. The CD will be out in early 2001, with a special track available for download on the Internet.
Alan Price - A Rock 'n' Roll Night At The Royal Court Theatre
(Further LP Clem Has Played On)
Label: Demon/Westside Cat No: EDCD680 Format: CD(Another Clem performance)
A two-album CD containing two albums from the Seventies: Love - A Kind of Hate Story (1970), and Tim Rose (1974). It includes work by musicians such as Herbie Flowers, Clem Cattini, Alan Hawkshaw, Gary Wright and producer Shel Talmy. 'Powerful, emotional, very accessible and timeless'.
Letter From ex Tornado 1978 Fureys Tornados
I came across your site through Combo Organ! (I'm trying to trace my 70s
I often tell people that I was once in the Tornados (which I was --- I
think) ... and I usually relay the story about there being at least two
Tornado groups. The funny thing being that when I played in one, the other
group were actually gigging in the same town at the same time! (It was
Accrington in 1975).
You may help clear this one up for me. Billy Fury (I was the keyboard player
in his backing band of 1975) said that he owned the rights to the name and
that the other band (which he mentioned were an offshoot of the Heinz
element) had no right to call themselves the Tornados.
Anyway, I was 22 at the time, and the others in the band (from Southend)
were even younger! We had a great time. And I had to play Telstar on my
Hammond (I always loved that tune; and the production) as well as most of
Billy's hits. I went on to be the keyboard player and composer with England
(progressive rock). I'm still playing now... but I made a living from
teaching jazz piano in London.
With very best wishes, and I have great admiration for 60s musicians.
PS Tony Arnold recently re-mastered some 70s tapes for me. He of course, has
a lot of tales about Joe Meek, and also claims to be responsible for the
wrong chords in the guitar part of 'House of the Rising Sun'. (Apparently
his band played this 'unknown' number in a London Club when the Animals
turned up in the audience ... and he reckons, pinched it!)
another LP Clem Played On
Another Star Ascending (The Boxer)
Ralph McTell - acoustic guitar, vocals
Hank De Vito - steel guitar
(unknown) - bass
Clem Cattini - drums
Kokomo - backing vocals
Jim Parker - piano, string arrangement
(Produced by Shel Talmy,
Engineered by Hugh Jones and Keith Bessey at IBC Studios March 1976
Here's an interesting one an LP by Duke Ellington has a Version of "Telstar" anyone know anything on this
Right Duke Ellington LP with Telstar. Next to it band doing a rip roaring version. Well worth a listen
visit the above link to see how many CDs there are available with versions of Telstar on unbelievable.When you get there put in Telstar in search box and wow!!!!!!
JOE MEEK...Again, not a surfer, but he is permanently ingrained in my gestalt as a result of his Telstar... My best friend bought a copy, and we played it until it disintegrated . My buddy Mike was amazed that the record lasted three minutes and fourteen seconds. I was amazed that a truly bizarre cosmic consciousness other than mine existed. Opened my eyes and stunned my ears at the pivotal age of 13. Joe Meek is legendary as the first independent record producer in England. As such, he, not the Beatles, led the British Invasion of America. Telstar hit number one in America in 1962, well over a year before the Beatles. Also, it should be noted, Joe Meek was obsessed with the occult, Buddy Holly, his homosexuality, electronics and his continuing lawsuit over the rights to Telstar. On the tenth anniversary of Buddy Holly's death, while wasted on pills, he shot his landlady and then himself to death with his lover's hunting rifle. They don't make role models like that any more! (for the record, I turned out strictly hetero and am still alive as I enter this). You will not believe It's Hard to Believe It Razor and Tie RE 2080-2. Also, almost all of Joe's entire ouevre is being reissued in a 10 volume series on the Triumph label. For a truly bizarre listening experience, hear Joe himself compose on on Joe Meek - Work in Progress, RPM 121. For the best of his best, try the Tornados, the EP Collection ,See for Miles SEECD445. For more on the Meekster and many other bands, check out
Just visited the Web Site. Good work. I enjoyed the reading and the
pictures. Brought back a few memories. I see Clem's hair has gone the same
way as mine. Please say Hello to him for me.
I didn't work for Joe Meek, but his back up singers [The cameos] were
friends of mine Ted/ Babs & Guy Fletcher. Guy & I went on to form another
band called The Cameos.
Joe Meek equipment is now produced by Ted Fletcher !!
I worked a zillion sessions in the UK and all over Europe... Check out early
Donna Summers... i was the idiot who invented the disco bass line.
Vic will be in UK end of this week...
INTERVIEW BY EMAIL WITH GEORGE BELLAMY
Nov 16th 200:
Hi Tom Hope you are keeping well,nice to hear from you it's been ages-How can you get hold of a mint Copy After 35 years is beyomd me-I only have a ropey old copy ( alluding to Where I'm Bound)- myself that jumps all over the place.The B: side was an original song of mine and wasn't particulary influenced by anything else, but the 3/4 tempo and Clem On Drums and me on Rhythm guitar would obviously give it some familiar feel-On Lead Guitar I think It Was Pete Wilsher and I can't remember the bass player-I was on vocal backing with John Carter & Ken Lewis as far as I recall and the arrangements were done by Dave Gold who I worked with at the time at KPM Music In Denmark Street.It was recorded at the Marquee Studios in Wardour Street one of the in places at the time- Hope this is what you wanted and now you have my email address so its much easier to keep in touch-By The way I'm Playing in a Band Called Rough Terrain which is pure 50/60's R&R and for more info look at our websute best wishes George
NOV 22nd 200
HI Tom Where I'm Bound was written by the great Folk/Singer songwriter Tom Paxton- but EMI printed his name wrong on the label called him Pax Thompson- what an insult but I could not get it altered as the records were pressed I have never heard of Party Spirit but Cyclone sounds familiar and I wouldn't mind copies please if that's okay- Norman Hale was our first keyboard Player as BIlly Fury insisted on us getting one before he took us on as a Band his band- As I recall Norman did one nationwide tour with us backing Billy but after that Joe edged him out because he was "leading Heinz Astray" Hope this is the information you wanted see ya George
NOV 29th 2000
Hi Tom-Thanks for the CD Parcels-Some of the tracks sound familiar but they must be very early rehearsal tapes in the studio no wonder they were never used..On the other CD of all different cover versions Of telstar I think most of them are dreadful what more can I say- I played in The resident band at the Astor Club ( which was actually in Berkley Square not Wardour Street)-from 1966-1969- and was doing sessions during the Day-I dont actually remember the Guys from the Moontrekkers but it was possible because playing there 6 nights a week for three Years I met loads of people-The Krays used the Club alot I was playing there the night they had a big party in the Club and by the next Morning they had all been lifted by The Police- Regarding Norman Hale I Said what I thought but maybe Clem has a better memory than me- Why not ask Roger as he will know when he joined the Band and took over from Norman That may answer the question??? se Ya George
JANUARY 14TH 2001
Hi Tom Hope you're keeping well and that you had a nice Christmas and New Year- I can't remember if I told you that the band I play in is Called Rough terrain- and we now have our own website and if you want to have a look go to--http:/members.tripod.co.uk/RoughTerrain As a matter of Interest to Tornados Fans would it be possible to have a link to our site fron The Tornados site which it seems you are running?? Please let me know
( George has now left "Rough terrain and Lives in Spain) Nor does the link work
May 30th 2001
Hi Tom yes I did write "Workout" that Alan recorded I was also on the session.I was also on Pandoras Box/gemini but I cannot remember the details--of why it was not released see ya George
Heres an interesting piece form the NME early 1960 replacement for Heinz on Bass Ray Martin supposedly Tab Martin real name as stated is the Tabs Real Name or what ..if not who was this guy..
Hello Tom, I've just spent a great sad/happy hour on your site, and just wanted to thank you for it. I was piano player with the Jaywalkers in the 60's, and knew all the guys well at that time - and today it is that both groups have lost half of our original members. In 1962 we had a little bet with the Tornados on who would be first to top the charts!!!!! and it was so ironic the way it turned out with the amazing success of Telstar, and our little piddling Can Can 62 (somewhere in the bottom of the top 20) - so we definately lost that one!!! When I left the Jays in 1966, Alan Caddy unwittingly got me a job at Polydor Records, and I became assistant to the head of A & R, Chris Parmenter for a few years. While I was in Polydor I used Clem on every session I could - and remember even delaying some to suit Clem's diary. If I can ever get round to organising a website for the Jays, I'd like to make a prominant link to your site, just to show how close the two bands were in time and friendship. Thanks once again Tom Lloyd Baker (now known as Fred Lloyd - original nom de plume)
HERE IS A INTERVIEW WITH ROGER LAVERNE AND CLEM CATTINI ON CHERRY T.V.
Black Market Audio
Les Compagnons de la Chanson ("Telstar - Une étoile en plein jour", French vocal version)
Alberto Cortez (Spanish vocal version, titled "Magica Estrella")
The Eagles (1960s)
Camillo Felgen (German vocal version, titled "Telstar (Irgendwann Erwacht Ein Neuer Tag)")
Les Fradkin (2008)
The Gaylads (vocal version called "Red rose", includes the Studio One band doing an organ version)
Kenny Hollywood (vocal version, titled "Magic Star", 1962)
The Ashley Hutchings Big Beat Combo (1994)
Laika and the Cosmonauts
James Last (1966)
The Latin Quartet (Spanish vocal version, titled "Magica Estrella")
The Lively Ones
Takako Minekawa (1998)
Monsters From Mars
Los Mustang (Spain, 1960s)
Not Breathing (2000)
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) (1979)
The Rapiers (2001)
The Residents (1974)
The Rockin' Rebels
The Roosters (1981)
The Shadows (1981)
Margie Singleton (vocal version, titled "Magic Star (Tel-Star)", 1963)
Susan and the Surftones (1996)
The Television Personalities (1993)
Billy Vaughn ("1962's Greatest Hits," first track)
Velvett Fogg ("Telstar 69", 1969)
Sam Wright Group (Big/C-17)
above is a new version of Telstar orchestrated would love to find this anyone got it