Saturday, February 19, 2011

Die Autobahn To Düsseldorf - The Playtones

Rock 'n' Roll dansband The Playtones are in the third heat of the Swedish pre-selection Melodifestivalen with their song The King.
(update: Yay!, they made it to the Final)
(another update: The King ended 5th in the final, but the Rock 'n' Roll is King album enters the Swedish album charts at #1 in week 11)
Below video is The Playtones’ live coverversion of the 2009 Eurovision winner Fairytale (Alexander Rybak).
The Playtones released their Fairytale on the CD Rock 'n'Roll Dance Party which is the best selling album of 2010 in Sweden.
Their next album Rock ‘n’ Roll Is King will be out on March 9 and will of course include their Melodifestivalen entry.

The Playtones website
SVTs Melodifestivalen pages

That Dansband schlager is extremely popular in Sweden today is confirmed again by this week’s #1 on the album charts: Elisa’s debut album Det Här Är Bara Början
It features a feisty coverversion of Tusen Och En Natt, Swedens 1999 winner Take Me To Your Heaven by Charlotte Nilsson (Perrelli)

Elisa‘s website

The King
Brylcreem and Eurovision, do they gel?
The last time someone 'slightly' referred to Elvis it was a bit of a total disaster.
Read about that one (Copycat) and other Eurovision Rock 'n' Roll efforts here at Eurocovers.

More Autobahn stars:
Turkey  - Yüksek Sadakat
Lithuania - Mino
Finland - Milana Misic

For the latest on the 2011 songs and releases please check out the Düsseldorf Collection.
Latest news: Russia: Alexey Vorobyov and RedOne *** Portugal Homens Da Luta *** Armenia - Armenia picks Boom Boom for Emmy *** Croatia : Break A Leg by Daria Kinzer *** Iceland - Songvakeppni CD out now *** Slovakiia - Liisten to the Twiins. *** Netherlands: 3JS Never Alone *** Slovenia - Vanilija - EMA CD out now *** Greece - Watch My Dance *** Italy: English version out now *** Israel: Songs online *** Belarus: Born In The USSR?
Cyprus: Listen to the song now! *** Macedonia - Download Rusinka *** Latvia - Musiqq - Angel in disguise *** Ukraine - Mika Newton it is *** Moldova - Zdob Şi Zdub: Lucky Twice! *** Denmark - A Friend In London *** Serbia - Nina - Čaroban *** Estonia - Getter Jaani - Rockefeller street *** Ireland - Jedward cdsingle, charts. *** Austria: Nadine Beiler beats Trackshittaz *** Turkey: Song presented, watch video. *** Lithuania: Evelina Sašenko wins. *** Bulgaria - Poli Genova to Düsseldorf. *** Germany: Lena cdsingle info. *** Bosnia Hercegovina: More versions announced for Dino. *** Switzerland: In Love For A While, New version out now.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Die Autobahn To Düsseldorf: Yüksek Sadakat

Turkish singer Nilüfer (Nilüfer Yumlu) who we all of course remember from the 1978 Eurovision entry Sevince by Nazar (group, she was in it) has released a new album titled 12 Düet.

It means 12 Duets and it features 12 songs Nilüfer recorded with Turkish rock singers and bands.

Track 2 on the album is Göreceksin Kendini featuring Yüksek Sadakat.

Yüksek Sadakat is of course the 2011 Turkish entrant and Göreceksin Kendini is a coverversion of Tu Te Reconnaitras, the 1973 Eurovision winner by Anne-Marie David (for Luxembourg).

It is the third time Nilüfer recorded Göreceksin Kendini.
It first appeared on a single (CBS 1646, pic left) and a later recording was released on the Various artists album Bak Bir Varmış Bir Yokmuş 3 (Odeon Koleksiyon )

Nilüfer also recorded Greek entry Socrates (by Elpida, 1979) as Beyaz Mendil which was a b-side to single Oh Oh (Burç 3511).

On her album Sen Mühimsin Nilüfer released a wonderful version of the Turkish 1990 entry Gözlerinin Hapsindeyim originally by Kayahan Açar. (Yasar YCD 90007)

As far as I know Göreceksin Kendini is the first ever Eurocover for Yüksek Sadakat.
Read more about Yüksek Sadakat here at The Düsseldorf Collection.

Nilüfers 12 Düet album is out now in the Turkish shops.
Other artists duetting on the album are Şebnem Ferah, Malt, Teoman, Gece Yolcuları, Hayko Sepkin and many others.

Estando Contigo
Sadly it's the end of The Autobahn for David Sancho.
The actor and big band style singer was axed in yesterdays Spanish pre-thing round.
But let's pay him a visit at his website where you can listen to a highly enjoyable version of Estando Contigo, Spains first ever entry.
There's also some other songs in audio or video (Click Saber first, then canciones).

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Jody Wayne - Are You Sure

This coverversion of the 1961 U.K. entry Are You Sure is in the list of coverversions from South Africa. But that’s just because it was recorded when the singer, Jody Wayne lived there.

He’s a bit of a global person, our Jody. He was born in Bangalore, India from Canadian parents. He moved to England at three and to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) at 5, Back to England at 10 and back to Rhodesia where he formed the Diamonds with Mike Shannon.
He starred in theatre productions in London as a child actor (Cinderella) and a member of The Grashoppers.
A move to South Africa was followed by TV jobs as an actor and behind the scenes.
It sounds a bit like a Motown story, but it was while singing while he was working, Jody was discovered by his TV boss. Little Joe and the Travellers were born and they had their own TV show for two years.

After winning the Durban Song Festival with A Voice In The Dark (his first single) he scored his first hit with Tell Laura I Love Her.

Are You Sure was Jody’s third single in 1966 (PYE records) and many would follow, including # 1 hits like Patches, Sixteen Candles and The Wedding.
Are You Sure can also be fond on the LP It's Me Again from 1988.

Jody Wayne released nine studio albums and about 20 singles. He also played Joseph in a 1975 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
From the 70’s on he focussed more on songwriting and producing other artists' records.

Jody Wayne’s most recent project is the Smokie Jo tour and album. It’s a tribute to 70’s band Smokie, known from international hits like Living Next Door To Alice, Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone and Oh Carol.
Jody Wayne’s Smokie Jo album features hits of Smokie and some of his own platinum selling hits (Regala records 2009 on CD and DVD)
Two CDs have been issued featuring many of Jody Wayne’s older recordings. The Heart And Soul Of Jody Wayne and Send Me Some Loving. But neither has Are You Sure.

You can find more about 1961 U.K.  Eurovision entry and world wide hit Are You Sure in the Eurocovers post Team GB.
Update: Colin Day (a.k.a. Bob Allison) has past away, read more here at Eurovers
List of versions of Are You Sure . This has release details on the Allisons versions and info on 42 coverversions of the song. (Word document, e-mail me if you want it) (Updated November 2013)

Any corrections, additions and comments are of course very welcome.

Links and sources:
Jody Wayne fanpage Facebook