Two Timing Baby: Ember Sixties Pop Vol. 2 1961-1962

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 1 Disc
Release date: 10 May 2010

“The celebration of Jeff Kruger’s label continues” RECORD COLLECTOR 

"Should appeal to library music fans and instro hipsters" SHINDIG

CAT No: FVCD052UPC TEXT: 5055311000527

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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. Two Timing Baby is the second instalment, picking up the story from where Say When: Ember Sixties Pop Volume 1 (FVCD044) left off. Carter, Lewis & The Southerners’ first Ember single Two Timing Baby / Will It Happen To Me features Joe Meek engineering, Geoff Goddard on piano, Albert Lee on guitar, Chas Hodges on bass and Bobby Graham on drums. The Meek connection continues with Mark Douglas’ only single: Joe produced It Matters Not / Upside Down and Tornado Clem Cattini confirms he drums on both tracks. American songwriters Buddy Kaye and Phil Springer penned many hits, including The Next Time for Cliff Richard. They brought several songs to Ember and Grant Tracy was the adaptable vocalist on The Great Matchmaker / The Tears Came Rolling Down and the follow-up flip Taming Tigers. Other beneficiaries of the prolific Kaye and Springer were Johnny Carson (Are You Anyone’s Girl / Teenage Bachelor and, again, The Tears Came Rolling Down) and Sandra Gale (Hello Heartache / If She’s Right For You) who had been girl singer with the Ray Ellington Quartet, joining Ember when Ellington did. Kruger chose the songs for Lita Roza’s single with the aim of moving her sound towards pop and rock ‘n’ roll, and she turns in fine performances on Mama (He Treats Your Daughter Mean) / (He’s My) Dreamboat, aided by a driving band led by Tony Crombie. Brooklyn-born Kerry Adams recorded her single in New York, conducted by future soul giant Jerry Ragovoy. The Dale Sisters’ cute harmonies are evident on their second Ember single, Road To Love / Secrets. Tommy Sanderson’s second Ember 45 combined trad-jazz Ding Dong Rag with groovy Piano A Go Go, which would have made a great theme for a TV detective show.

Many of these original singles are highly collectable (mint copies of Mark Douglas are valued at £75, Carter, Lewis & The Southerners at £50 and Lita Roza at £30). Subsequent volumes will carry the story through to the end of the sixties, with further sought after tracks included. The series is complemented by compilations devoted to beat and rock from the Ember vaults. Recordings are mastered from tape, where available, and booklets illustrated with sleeve and label shots.



  1. Two Timing Baby (Carter, Lewis & The Southerners)
  2. Will It Happen To Me (Carter, Lewis & The Southerners)
  3. It Matters Not (Mark Douglas)
  4. Upside Down (Mark Douglas)
  5. The Great Matchmaker (Grant Tracy)
  6. The Tears Came Rolling Down (Grant Tracy)
  7. Mama (He Treats Your Daughter Mean) (Lita Roza)
  8. (He's My) Dreamboat (Lita Roza)
  9. Are You Anyone's Girl (Johnny Carson)
  10. Teenage Bachelor (Johnny Carson)
  11. The Painted Smile (Grant Tracy)
  12. Taming Tigers (Grant Tracy)
  13. Hello Heartbreak (Sandra Gale)
  14. If She's Right For You (Sandra Gale)
  15. One Track Mind (Johnny Carson)
  16. The Tears Came Rolling Down (Johnny Carson)
  17. Lonely Christmas (Kerry Adams)
  18. Every Boy Like Me (Kerry Adams)
  19. Road To Love (The Dale Sisters)
  20. Secrets (The Dale Sisters)
  21. Ding Dong Rag (Tommy Sanderson & The Sandmen)
  22. Piano A Go Go (Tommy Sanderson & The Sandmen)