Siw Malmkvist (Primaballerina / Mir fehlt der Knopf am Pyjama) (Single)
1969 (SWE) (GER)
Posted: 24 Aug 2019 02:27 PM PDT
Continuing The International Singles Collection is..........
"Primaballerina" (Italian "First Ballerina" - the second highest female
ballet dancer) is a 1969 song performed by Swedish singer Siw Malmkvist and
written by Hans Blum. It was the German entry in the Eurovision Song
Contest 1969. Malmkvist was the second of three female Scandinavian
schlager artists to represent Germany in the Contest in the late 1960s and
early 1970s, the first being Norwegian Wenche Myhre in 1968 with "Ein Hoch
der Liebe" and the third Danish Gitte Hænning with "Junger Tag in 1973.
Malmkvist had previously also represented her native Sweden in the 1960
Contest with "Alla andra får varann".
Siw Gunnel Margareta Malmkvist , born December 31, 1936 in Borstahusen in
Landskrona , is a Swedish schlager singer and actor .
Siw Malmkvist was inducted into the Swedish Music Hall of Fame in 2016 .
Siw Malmkvist grew up in a children's kingdom house in Landskrona. She is
the daughter of the phosphate worker Albert Malmkvist (1901–1979) and
Sigrid Lind (1899–1988) as well as the older sister of the singer Lil
Malmkvist and aunt of Morgan Alling . His career began in his teens when
Siw sang with various orchestras at home in Skåne . 1955she competed in a
singing competition that became crucial to her future career. She won the
semi-finals at home in Skåne and had to go to Stockholm's concert hall
where the grand finale took place. She also won there, got a bell in prize
and also got to record her first gramophone record " Tweedle Dee ".
The breakthrough had to wait until 1959 when she became the hostess of
Lennart Hyland's TV entertainment Big Arm . The same year she won the
Melodifestivalen with the song " Augustin ", but it was already decided in
advance that Brita Borg would represent Sweden in the international finals
in Cannes . With "Augustin" Siw Malmkvist got his first hit; it went
directly into fourth place on the trade magazine Show-Business sales list
on March 1, 1959 and was sold in over 60,000 copies. However, she got more
chances to come out into the world, in 1960 she got to represent Sweden
with " Everybody gets each other " when Eurovision Song Contest 1960was
decided in London . She ended up in tenth place with the song that Inger
Berggren and Östen Warnerbring had won in the Melodifestivalen 1960 ,
earlier that year.
In 1959 she was launched in what was then West Germany , where she became
very popular. The big breakthrough came in the spring of 1961 with " Danke
für die Blumen ", her German-language version of " You Don't Understand
Nothing " (" Wedding Cake "), which quickly rushed up the top layer on the
charts and reached fourth place as best. The year before, in 1960, she had
recorded a single under the pseudonym "Die Jolly Sisters", where she, among
other things, sang " Die Liebe ist een seltsames Spiel ". The record sold
pretty well, but Connie Francis got the big hit with the melody in both
German and English. The song was Francis' American list topper "
Everybody""Siw Malmkvist, however, won the battle for record buyers in
Sweden, where the tune was renamed" Thin Discs ". It became her biggest
success in Sweden." Thin Discs "topped the sales lists for seven weeks and
sold just over 97,000 copies. the success was " Don't read the letter I
wrote you ", also a list that sold in over 80,000 copies.
From 1963 she lived in Helsinki for a few years , with her husband Lasse
Mårtenson and daughter, and recorded some records in Finnish. Siw Malmkvist
became the first Swedish artist in the American Billboard list in 1964 .
Together with Umberto Marcato she sang " Sole Sole Sole " in Italian and
was 5 weeks on the list and reached the best place 58.
Siw Malmkvist had great success in the melody competition
Schlager-Festspiele in Baden-Baden . At the 1962 debut, she came second
with " Die Wege der Liebe ". In 1964 she won the competition with "
Liebeskummer lohnt sich nicht ". It sold in over 1,000,000 copies and was
one on the West German sales list for ten weeks. The melody was called "
Love Pit " when she sang it in Swedish. In 1968 Siw Malmkvist won a second
time, now with the tune " Harlekin ". The following year she won West
Germany's selection for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1969 . In the Madrid
final she placed in ninth place with "Primaballerina ", a place she also
shared with Sweden's contribution" Judy my friend "with Tommy Körberg .
Even today, Siw Malmkvist is one of the most popular foreign artists in
Germany.She was a movie star in Denmark when she played the lead role in
Förälskad in Copenhagen (1960). Siw Malmkvist quickly proved to be a great
talent on the stage, not just as a drummer. She played the lead role in the
musical Irma la douce in Turku in 1963, starred in the Kar de Mumma revue
at Folkan 1972 and in the Karl Gerhard cavalry Hello to you you old
primadonna at Vasan in 1976. In 1980 she made an unforgettable performance
by Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstockingin a cheerful performance at Folkan
in Stockholm. She was widely praised for her role of Luisa, the female lead
in the musical Nine at the 1983-84 Oscar Theater , where she played against
Ernst-Hugo Järegård in the male lead role as the film director Guido.
In recent years, she has participated in the musical I Hottest team at the
Nöjesteatern in Malmö (2000) and in Hans Alfredson's melodram Lille Lilley
at the Maximteatern (2002). In 2008, she made Ms. Schneider against Sven
Walter's Mr. Schultz in Colin Nutley's set of Cabaret at the Stockholm City
Theater . In 2014 Malmkvist participated in the musical Flashdance at the
Chinateatern where she played the role of Hanna. Sven Wollter and Malmkvist
meet again on stage in 2015 in the Riksteatern's set of Ylva Lööf's
comedyEvening topic LOVE .
On film, Malmkvist starred as Eivor in Warning for the Jönsson League
She has toured extensively in the national parks and has done several own
pub shows . In the mid-1990s, she performed at the Hamburg Stock Exchange
in Stockholm with Lill-Babs and Wenche Myhre . In 2004 she again performed
in the Melodifestivalen , that time together with Towa Carson and
Ann-Louise Hanson . They participated with the song " C'est la vie ",
written by Thomas G: son . With seven points, they came in ten in the grand
final of the Globe . On July 27, 2004 , the trio participated in Allsång at
In 2003 and 2012, Siw Malmkvist participated in the Arlövsrevyn.
In 2003 and 2004 Siw Malmkvist participated in the Diggiloo summer tour.
On June 2, 2004, Siw Malmkvist, Wenche Myhre and Gitte Henning premiered
with the show Gitte Wenche Siw - Die Show , which was played in Germany,
Austria and Switzerland. They toured around it for four years until they
ended in Kiel in June 2008 after 350 performances and many appearances in
In 2008, Malmkvist participated in the TV4 program Körslaget . Team Siw
became the first driver to leave the competition on April 5. During the
2008/2009 season, Malmkvist competed in the TV program On the track
together with David Bexelius . In the 2009/2010 season she participated
with Meg Westergren , Björn Ranelid , Kjell Bergqvist and Tommy Körberg in
SVT1 's Stars at the castle , where Siw Malmkvist was the main character in
the first program of five. In 2010-2011 she toured with Lill-Babs and
Ann-Louise Hanson under the name Three ladies .
In September 2010, Siw Malmkvist released his memoir, Thin Records of Me .
In 2011 she participated in Allsång at Skansen where she sang a potpourri
of her songs, which she received standing ovations from the audience.
In 2012 she was part of the genealogy program " Who do you think you
are? ". Where she found out that her ancestors were, among other things,
soldiers in the Battle of Poltava and also that she had snapping males in
the genus that were with the Loshultskuppen when the Swedish War Office was
In 2013 she was again in the Melodifestivalen together with Towa Carson and
Ann-Louise Hanson , but not as a competitor but as an opening act and break
entertainment, in the second competition.
Siw Malmkvist was married in 1963-1969 to Finnish musician Lasse
Mårtenson . Together they have a daughter. Malmkvist has been living with
the actor Fredrik Ohlsson since 1971. They have in common the son Henrik
Ohlsson (singer in Münning and Baba Guesthouse ), born in 1973.
Siw Malmkvist has recorded around 600 songs in ten different languages
(Swedish, English, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, French,
Italian and Spanish) and has had 2012 songs on the Swedish peak . Among her
many finds include: "Jazz bacilli", "Girls in the back of the car", "Clean
my heart", "Wear and toss", "Cheese of happiness", "Mom is like her
mother", "Same old song" and " The rain is just pouring down ". The debut
at Svensktoppen took place on March 17, 1963, when "Gulle dough" became
list two . Her most successful year at the Swedish summit was 1967, when
she managed to place ten tunes on the list.
Awards & Awards (Selection) 1976 - Karl Gerhard's honorary award2005 -
Tiger bags2010 - HM King's medal of the eighth size in high blue band "for
long-standing appreciated efforts as artist and singer"2010 - Memorial
statue for 60 years on stage anniversary.2013 - Siw Malmkvist received a
memorial stone at Landskronas Walk of Fame inaugurated by Sweden's King
Carl XVI Gustaf2016 - Elected to the Swedish Music Hall of Fame.
"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"
Big TY to Music on Vinyl
The Librettos (Lets Go) Compilation Issue LP + CD 1964-66 (NZ)
Posted: 24 Aug 2019 01:35 PM PDT
The LP Let's Go with The Librettos (HMV), showing the 1965 lineup of the
band: (L-R) Lou Parun, Dave Diver, Rod Stone, Brian Peacock
The Librettos was a New Zealand pop/R&B group, active from 1960 to 1966.
They were one of New Zealand's most popular bands in 1964-65, and after
relocating to Sydney they gained recognition in Australia for their
polished live performances and their 1966 version of the Paul Revere & The
Raiders song "Kicks". Several members of the group went on to other notable
bands of the 1960s and 1970s - bassist Brian Peacock co-founded the highly
regarded Anglo-Australian "progressive pop" band Procession, Rod Stone
joined popular Australian '60s soul group The Groove, and drummer Craig
Collinge (the only Australian-born member) later played with Manfred Mann
Chapter Three and UK 1970s "proto-punk" band Third World War.
The Librettos formed in 1960 while its original members were attending
Rongotai College in Wellington, and they reportedly chose their name by
sticking a pin at random into the page of a dictionary. The original lineup
was Roger Simpson (lead vocal), Dave Clark (piano), Rod Stone and Johnny
England (guitars), Paul Griffin (bass) and Andy Shackleton (drums), who was
later replaced by Gordon Jenkins. They played regularly around Wellington
for some time before landing a residency at the city's leading pop
venue "Teenarama". They built up a solid following in the city during 1963,
and their profile was further boosted by a support slot on the 1964 NZ
national tour by British Merseybeat acts Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas and
Cilla Black. They became nationally popular after being spotted by
television producer Kevan Moore, who hired them as the resident band on his
nationally televised pop show Let's Go.
Gordon Jenkins quit in December 1963, prior to their TV work, and he was
replaced by Christchurch drummer Dave Diver. England left soon after, as he
didn't want to be a full-time musician at the time. He subsequently
released a single, "Jezebel"/"Linda Lu", in 1965 as Johnny England & The
Titans (on which he was backed by popular Wellington band The Premiers). He
was replaced by pianist/singer Lou Parun, who had already established
himself as a solo performer and had released four singles on the Lexian
Records label in 1962 and 1963.
Paul Griffin also left during 1964 and he was replaced by Brian Peacock
(bass, vocals), who had previously played with Christchurch band The
Downbeats. When Roger Simpson left he was not replaced, leaving Rod Stone
as the only member from the original line-up. Peacock's arrival saw the
group change their style to a more R&B-oriented sound, and he soon began
co-writing original material with Rod Stone. Later in 1964 the group was
signed to the New Zealand branch of HMV Records and they released four
singles: "Funny Things" b/w "I'll Send It Your Way", "Young Blood"
b/w "That's Alright With Me", "Baby It's Love" (a Peacock-Stone original)
b/w "Great Balls Of Fire", and "It's Alright" b/w "Walkin' The Dog".
In 1964 they also recorded and released their only LP, Let's Go With The
Librettos, which combined popular covers from their set with six
Peacock-Stone originals. It includes their cover of the Ventures
number "Let's Go", which was the theme for the TV show, and was probably
their best-known song in New Zealand, although it was never released as a
single. In 1965 they were offered another season with the Let's Go show but
turned it down in favour of going to Australia, like many other NZ acts of
The band relocated to Sydney in March 1965, but found it hard going -
arriving at the peak of the "Beat Boom" in Australia, they found themselves
competing with literally hundreds of other similar groups. Three days into
a residency at the Sylvania Hotel in Sydney's south, the band was sacked
for playing too many Beatles covers and "mod music", and they were forced
to take part-time jobs to make ends meet. Despite these setbacks, they were
able to record two more singles - HMV released an Australian-only
single, "Great Balls Of Fire"/"Twilight Time", while in New Zealand they
released "Ella Speed"/"I Want Your Love", which was recorded in Sydney in
Dave Diver quit in September 1965 and returned to New Zealand, where he
joined The Countdowns. He was replaced by Australian drummer Craig
Collinge. By November 1965 The Librettos were starting to gain wider
popularity. They made several appearances on TV pop shows including Sing
Sing Sing (hosted by Johnny O’Keefe), Saturday Date, Ten on the Town and TV
Tonight, took over a residency at Suzie Wong's, recently vacated by
legendary Sydney band The Missing Links and then began getting regular work
at the popular Sydney CBD venue The Bowl, run by Brisbane-based pop
impresario Ivan Dayman.
Later in the year The Librettos featured in a package tour of artists from
Dayman's Sunshine booking company and record label, backing fellow New
Zealander Jim McNaught, and Australian singers Marcie Jones, Peter Doyle
(later a member of Virgil Brothers and The New Seekers) and Graeme Chapman,
and they headlined an extended tour of rural New South Wales and Victoria.
They returned to New Zealand over the Christmas period, to undertake a
small tour, which played to packed houses, and they were acknowledged as
being New Zealand's best group in 1965.
Returning to Australia in early 1966 they were offered the chance to record
on Dayman's Sunshine label with the label's house producer Pat Aulton. The
first single released was "I Cry" / "She's A Go-Go", followed by a cover of
the Fontella Bass hit "Rescue Me" b/w "What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes
At Me For", but both singles flopped. Following these chart failures, Lou
Parun quit in April 1966 - he returned to New Zealand, and retired from the
music industry. Peacock took over as lead vocalist, and the remaining
members considered replacements, but eventually decided to stay as a
three-piece, and relocated to Melbourne. There they recorded their final
single, "Kicks"/"Whatcha Gonna Do About It", which received good airplay in
Melbourne (notably from leading DJ Stan "The Man" Rofe") but didn't sell
In late 1966 Australian solo star Normie Rowe (who was the Sunshine label's
most successful act) was preparing to relocate to London in an attempt to
break into the British pop scene, but before departure two members of his
backing band The Playboys opted to stay in Australia for family reasons, so
Rowe approached Brian Peacock and Rod Stone to replace them. In August
1966, The Librettos made one last recording at Festival Studios in
Sydney, "It's Loving Time" (which remained unreleased until 1997). The
LIbrettos played their last gig at Melbourne disco Pinocchio's that month,
and the revamped lineup of The Playboys with Peacock and Stone left for the
UK in November. Following the split, Craig Collinge formed a trio, The
Knack, which played consistently around Sydney during 1967 but did not
After The LibrettosNormie Rowe's English sojourn was ultimately
unsuccessful, and although it yielded several singles that were major hits
back in Australia (on which he was backed by professional British session
players), the cost of underwriting the venture reportedly precipitated the
financial collapse of Dayman's Sunshine group. While Rowe was overseas, the
lineup of the Playboys changed again - keyboardist Phil Blackmore had to
return to Australia for family reasons, and Rod Stone quit soon after,
reportedly after a disagreement with the other band members. He returned to
Australia, where he subsequently joined up with another New Zealander,
Peter Williams (ex-Max Merritt and the Meteors) to form The Groove, who
scored several hit singles in Australia, and later returned to the UK after
The Groove won the 1967 national final of the Hoadley's Battle of the
Trottman and Stone were replaced by two English musicians, organist Trevor
Griffin and guitarist Mick Rogers and The Playboys continued as Rowe's
backing group for live performances until he returned to Australia in
mid-1967. Before leaving England the Playboys scored a one-off single deal
with the recently formed Immediate Records, for whom they cut two original
numbers, "Sad" / "Black Sheep R.I.P." Although the single was not
successful at the time, it gained a cult following among collectors and was
later included in several major anthologies of 1960s pop, including Lenny
Kaye's Nuggets" series.
The Playboys returned to Australia with Rowe in July 1967. Later in the
year they went back on the road with Normie, but a planned eleven-week
national tour was dramatically cut short on 20 September, just as they
arrived in Perth, when Rowe received his call-up notice for compulsory
national service in the Australian Army. With Rowe due to start his army
stint in January 1967, The Playboys had already decided to go out on their
own; they had initially opted to wait until they completed Normie's
scheduled Australian/New Zealand farewell tour, but after a fight with Rowe
at Pinocchio's in Melbourne on 25 October, they quit the tour. Graham
Trottman opted to leave at this point, so Peacock contacted his former
Librettos bandmate Craig Collinge, who broke up The Knack and moved to
Melbourne to join the quartet, which was renamed Procession.
In 1997 EMI released a Librettos CD anthology, which compiled almost all of
their studio recordings, including all the tracks from their 1965 Let's Go
With The Librettos album and all of their HMV and Sunshine tracks, except
their final Sunshine 45 ("Rescue Me"/"What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes
At Me For").
PersonnelRoger Simpson (lead vocal), 1960–64Dave Clark (piano), early
1960sRod Stone (guitar, vocals) 1960-66Johnny England (guitar) 1960-63Paul
Griffin (bass) 1960-64Andy Shackleton (drums) 1960-61?Gordon Jenkins
(drums) 1961-1963Lou Parun (guitar, vocals) 1963-66Dave Diver (drums)
1963-65Brian Peacock (bass, vocals) 1964-66Craig Collinge (drums, vocals)
"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"
Goldie And The Gingerbreads (Can't You Hear My Heartbeat) EP (FRA) 1967
Posted: 24 Aug 2019 07:41 AM PDT
Goldie & the Gingerbreads were formed in 1962 by Ginger Bianco, Margo Lewis
and Goldie Zelkowitz. After a 1962 tour with Chubby Checker they added
guitarist/singer Carol MacDonald. They were the first all-female band to
sign to a major label, first to Decca in 1963 and then Atlantic in 1964.
Their single, "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat," reached #25 in the UK. They
recorded seven other singles through 1967 before breaking up. Goldie
Zelkowitz became later known as Genya Ravan and sang in Ten Wheel Drive and
made several solo albums.
"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"
The Spencer Davis Group (Gimme Some Lovin') LP (US) 1967
Posted: 24 Aug 2019 07:02 AM PDT
"Gimme Some Lovin'" is a song written by Steve Winwood, Spencer Davis and
Muff Winwood, although solely credited to Steve Winwood on the UK single
label, and performed by the Spencer Davis Group.
As recalled by bassist Muff Winwood, the song was conceived, arranged, and
rehearsed in just half an hour. At the time, the group was under pressure
to come up with another hit, following the relatively poor showing of their
previous single, "When I Come Home", written by Jamaican-born musician
Jackie Edwards, who had also penned their earlier number one hits, "Keep On
Running" and "Somebody Help Me". The band auditioned and rejected other
songs Edwards offered them, and they let the matter slide until, with a
recording session looming, manager Chris Blackwell took them to London, put
them in a rehearsal room at the Marquee Club, and ordered them to come up
with a new song.
"We started to mess about with riffs, and it must have been eleven o'clock
in the morning. We hadn't been there half an hour, and this idea just came.
We thought, bloody hell, this sounds really good. We fitted it all together
and by about twelve o'clock, we had the whole song. Steve had been
singing 'Gimme, gimme some loving' - you know, just yelling anything, so we
decided to call it that. We worked out the middle eight and then went to a
cafe that's still on the corner down the road. Blackwell came to see how we
were going on, to find our equipment set up and us not there, and he storms
into the cafe, absolutely screaming, 'How can you do this?' he screams.
Don't worry, we said. We were all really confident. We took him back, and
said, how's this for half an hour's work, and we knocked off 'Gimme Some
Lovin' and he couldn't believe it. We cut it the following day and
everything about it worked. That very night we played a North London club
and tried it out on the public. It went down a storm. We knew we had
another No. 1."In 1966, "Gimme Some Lovin'" reached number two in the UK
and number seven in the US. The song is ranked number 247 on the Rolling
Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The original UK version, which is the 'master' take of the song, differs in
several respects from the version subsequently released in the US on the
United Artists label, being slower, lacking the 'response' backing vocals
in the chorus, some percussion, and the "live-sounding" ambience of the US
single. These additional overdubs (which were performed by some of the
future members of Traffic), and the 'tweaking' of the recording's speed to
create a brighter sound, were the work of producer Jimmy Miller, who
remixed the song for its US release. (The US version has more often been
used on reissue CDs, even those coming from Europe.) The single features
the sound of the Hammond B-3 organ.
The Spencer Davis GroupSteve Winwood – lead guitar, lead vocals, organ,
pianoSpencer Davis – rhythm guitar, backing vocalsMuff Winwood – bass
guitarPete York – drums, percussion
Blues Brothers cover
In 1980, The Blues Brothers covered "Gimme Some Lovin'". The song is from
the movie soundtrack The Blues Brothers. Their version reached number 18 on
the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number 16 on Cash Box. On WLS-AM in Chicago,
the song peaked at number three.
"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"
60's Brit Girls
Posted: 24 Aug 2019 03:00 AM PDT
Tracklist1 –Sandie Shaw (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me 2 –
Petula Clark Downtown 3 –Julie Grant Up On The Roof 4 –Jackie Trent Where
Are You Now (my Love) 5 –Anita Harris Here, There And Everywhere 6 –Karen
Young (2) Wonderful Summer 7 –Helen Shapiro Today Has Been Cancelled 8 –
Kathy Kirby I Can't Say Goodbay 9 –Dodie West In The Deep Of The Night 10 –
Billie Davis No Other Baby 11 –Dee King Sally Go Round The Roses 12 –Sharon
Tandy I've Found Love 13 –Patti Brook Heaven Is Being With You 14 –Sandie
Shaw Puppet On A String 15 –Dana Gillespie Thank You Boy 16 –Petula Clark
This Is My Song 17 –Valerie Mountain Some People 18 –Julie Grant Come To Me
19 –Antoinette There He Goes (The Boy I Love) 20 –Kathy Kirby Danny 21 –
Dodie West Thinking Of You 22 –Anita Harris London Life 23 –Helen Shapiro
Waiting On The Shores Of Nowhere 24 –Billie Davis Just Walk In My Shoes 25 –
Sandie Shaw Message Understood 26 –Julie Grant Count On Me
"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About '60s.........
Posted: 24 Aug 2019 01:50 AM PDT
Despite the long and goofy title, this brings together 27 tracks of '60s
instrumentals from the psychedelic garage rock side of the equation. Many
of these sides were merely B-side throwaways, something to fill up the
other side of the single. While there's nothing on here that's hummable in
the way of melody, there's loads of hot, fuzz-toned guitar on almost every
track to recommend it. Most of the loose jams aboard take a big page from
the rave-up style of the Yardbirds, and many of the tracks remind one of
the climax to their arrangement of "I'm a Man." With no name groups on here
(a stray studio workout under drummer Hal Blaine's name is the only
exception), this is psychedelic jamming at its best -- or worst, take your
pick. Fans of '60s garage-band psychedelia will love this one.
"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"