BigTop's acts were a variety of pop music, rock and roll, and even comedy. They issued few albums, and much of their singles output was never issued on album by them. Ps, and Andrea Carroll. Balk was the "in studio" producer, with Micahnik more of the "wheeler-dealer. He had eight chart hits for Big Top, including his 1 debut 45 "Runaway" [Big Top ] in the spring of Little Girl" [Big Top38 in late ].
It looked like Del was done for, like so many other artists of the day whose "sound" eventually wore out its welcome with the public. But in the fall ofhe took a different approach, recording a Roger Miller tune, "The Swiss Maid" [Big Top ], which was a completely new sound and was rewarded by making By earlyDel was back in the top sellers with "Little Town Flirt" [Big Top ], which reached 12 and revived his career. Del Shannon left Big Top in the fall offorming his own Berlee label, a contraction of his parents' names.
He had chart records into the s, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He died in February, Johnny and Hey Little Shyrel - Various - Rockin On Top (Vinyl Hurricanes were formed in Toledo in as the Orbits, where they first recorded for the Twirl label for Harry Balk. I ran a fan club in the sixties for them and had contact with Johnny Paris even in the late 80's.
I met Irving Micahnik, their manager and co-producer, in Hamburg, Germany, in andand recorded demos of German folk Hey Little Shyrel - Various - Rockin On Top (Vinyl for Johnny and the Hurricanes after a meeting with Rudy Slezak, the manager of Aberbach Music, Germany, and Irving Micahnik songs that were never released, however.
The concert of Johnny and the Hurricanes in December,at the Star Club, Hamburg, was unforgettable for me, as the Beatles were playing as one of the warm-up bands for the Hurricanes that night!
See You Later, Alligator. A Teenager In Love. Just A Dream. Come Go With Me. So Fine. At The Hop. School Day. Queen Of The Hop. The Stroll. I'm Walkin'. La Bamba. Love Is Strange. Book Of Love.
Those for which we have indication of a stereo issue are listed with their stereo prefix "LPS-", LP). Many of the early albums LP) reissued later, using the later label styles. Some albums were reissued in electronic stereo. We have listed the albums' stereo availability when first issued. We know of no albums originally issued in mono only that were subsequently reissued in true stereo; Chess was notoriously prone to rechanneled stereo, both before and after the sale to GRT.
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This story and discography are copyright,by Mike Callahan. On stereo releases, a gold label with black printing was used, with the same graphics.
During this time, some issues used dark blue labels with silver printing near left ; graphics were the same. These were the original labels on to approximatelybut also appeared sporadically on original albums as late as LP Promotional labels were white with black printing, the graphics were the same as the black label.
Many of the early promotional offerings also were pressed in limited-edition multi-color vinyl, as shown at near left.
At about LP, Chess began transitioning away from the old label style. The first step was a change to a label with "CHESS" across the top instead of down the left side, with a chess knight used as a crest. At first, this label was black, with gold letters and a red-white-blue-gold color scheme for the crest.
These "crest" labels were used for a very few issues, from about LP to about LP Possibly when they ran out of the label blanks for the multicolor crest labels, an all-blue label with silver print was used, with the crest design but without the full color. These silver-and-blue labels were probably used in lieu of having the expensive crest multicolor labels reprinted, since they were changing the label design soon anyway, to the "fade" design shown below.
Just after the blue and silver crest label, an aqua and white "transition" label was used far left on LP-with the same design that would become the standard starting in latebut without the multicolor letters in the label name.
This "fade" design was also used for the Checker and Cadet labels, virtually the only difference being the label name. It was blue or purple on the top, fading to almost-white at the bottom of the label.
Printing was black. The "CHESS" name was in block letters above the center hole with the top of the letters red, the middle white, and the bottom blue. A stylized chess knight horse logo appeared on the right side under the label name. Various promotional issues used a few variations, but most just used the same label with the notation "D.
Copy - Not For Sale". This new label was used from LP to the end of the series, LP
Monkey Time 69, It All Works Out - Adem (2) - Seconds Are Acorns (CD, Album), Maybe - Justin Hayward, John Lodge - Blue Jays (Vinyl, LP, Album), Venezia - Gian Piero Alloisio - Ogni Vita E Grande (CD, Album), Bodies - The Almighty - Free N Easy (Vinyl), Rei - Tunai - Todos Os Tons (Vinyl, LP), Nobody But You, Scum (15) - Mother Nature (Cassette, Album), Fantasie D Moll - Various - Česká Varhanní Tvorba 18. Století (Vinyl, LP, Album)