In 1960, Jeffrey Kruger launched Ember Records as an independent, one of very few in the UK, where the majors held sway. Straight away, the label set about trying to break into the charts with many fine pop releases.
The Ember Sixties Pop series will collate the best of those records. Hello My Angel is the third instalment, picking up the story from where Two Timing Baby: Ember Sixties Pop Volume 2 (FVCD052) left off. For his debut single Ray Singer was backed by the arranging and producing talents of ace session pianist Arthur Greenslade and drummer Bobby Graham. Ray wrote the lively Tell Me Now himself, while the bluesy flip I’m Comin’ Home was provided by future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston. Norman Fowler from York acquired the stage name Steve Cassidy for his 1963 John Barry-produced Ember 45.
Ecstasy was penned by the unusual combination of Marty Wilde and Mike Pratt, the latter a future star in the TV series Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased). Count Downe & The Zeros were signed at the beginning of 1964 and cut their solitary single at Olympic. The plug side Hello My Angel is included here. Checking the original tapes for this compilation has turned up a tremendous trove of tracks that were unissued at the time. They will be of considerable interest to Sixties collectors. Mark Wirtz masterminded Marcus Tro’s only 45, writing, arranging and producing b-side What’s The Matter Little Girl. Another strong Wirtz production is Sheila & Jenny’s cover of When The Boy’s Happy (a fine Jeff Barry-Ellie Greenwich number originally a US hit for The Four Pennies aka The Chiffons). Chad Stuart & Jeremy Clyde were Ember’s most successful artists in the States. Lemon Tree had previously been a hit for Peter, Paul & Mary, while Early In The Morning was actually composed by Paul. Russ Hamilton re-recorded 1957 hit We Will Make Love for Ember with a more Sixties sound from the Greenslade-Graham team at Olympic.
Ray Ellington’s fourth single for the company combined Lionel Bart’s Rhythm Of The World with Roy Orbison’s If You Can’t Say Anything Nice. Lynn Holland’s only Ember 45 featured energetic versions of the standards And The Angels Sing and I Can’t Read Your Writing (For My Tears). Pete Dello of The Sunsets’ melodic Little Kelly first appeared on their 1964 LP Teenbeat.
- Tell Me Now (Ray Singer)
- I'm Comin' Home (Ray Singer)
- Ecstasy (Steve Cassidy)
- I'm A-Worryin' (Steve Cassidy)
- Hello My Angel (Count Downe & The Zeros)
- What's The Matter Little Girl (Marcus Tro)
- Lemon Tree (Chad Stuart & Jeremy Clyde)
- Early In The Morning (Chad Stuart & Jeremy Clyde)
- Valley Of Love (Russ Hamilton)
- Loneliest Boy In Town (Russ Hamilton)
- Rhythm Of The World (Ray Ellington)
- If You Can't Say Something Nice (Ray Ellington)
- And The Angels Sing (Lynn Holland)
- I Can't Read Your Writing (For My Tears) (Lynn Holland)
- When The Boy's Happy (Sheila & Jenny)
- But Please Don't Break Her Heart (Sheila & Jenny)
- We Will Make Love (Russ Hamilton)
- No One Can Love Like You (Russ Hamilton)
- Little Kelly (The Sunsets)
- Always On My Mind (Count Downe & The Zeros)
- Rolling Stone (Count Downe & The Zeros)
- I Don't Mean It (Count Downe & The Zeros)
- One Broken Heart (Count Downe & The Zeros)
- You're My Girl (Count Downe & The Zeros)
- How Can This Be True (Count Downe & The Zeros)
- If I Find A Word (Count Downe & The Zeros)
- Baby Come Back To Me (Count Downe & The Zeros)