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Don Lang

The usual perception about the history of English rock & roll is that very few of the jazzmen who preceded it managed to find much success with the new music. Don Lang was the exception. Born Gordon Langhorn in Yorkshire, he was originally a trombone player specializing in dance music and played with bands led by Teddy Foster, Vic Lewis, and others, and he made his first records with Lewis' orchestra. It was as a member of a band led by Ken Mackintosh that he began making appearances on record as a singer, initially under his given name. Eventually, he took the name Don Lang and went solo in the mid-'50s, initially cutting records for English Decca. In 1955, he jumped to HMV Records, part of the EMI group of labels, and hit the Top 20 in England with a superb recording of "Cloudburst," which featured a dazzling scat vocal performance by Lang. In 1956, as skiffle music and then rock & roll began making themselves felt in England, Lang and his band the Frantic Five began working with the new music. The group also became a regularly featured act on The 6.5 Special, the first British television variety series to acknowledge rock & roll and Lang also sang the theme song each week.

Despite his weekly exposure on television, Lang had trouble selling records until 1957, when he charted with a cover of "School Day," the Chuck Berry song. He subsequently reached the British Top 10 with his version of "Witch Doctor," a novelty tune by David Seville, the future creator of Alvin & the Chipmunks. Lang remained popular into the very early '60s and then he returned to his jazz-pop roots, leading a band that remained fully employed on England's dancehall circuit for many years. Lang wasn't forgotten by the British rock music world, however, and on June 21, 1968, he was one of four trombonists engaged to perform on the Beatles song "Revolution 1" from the group's White Album. Fondly remembered by British audiences from his days on The 6.5 Special, he occasionally turned up on the British oldies circuit and also could be found playing jazz again during the 1970s and early '80s. He retired late in the decade, even as his son Brad Lang became visible as a bassist with the groups ABC, Jade Warrior, Wham, and Wishbone Ash. Lang died of cancer during the summer of 1992, after a long illness. His music is best known in England, where Castle Communications has issued compilations of some of his vintage recordings. ~ Bruce Eder
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Capital Gold Fifties Legends

Disc 1

1. Jailhouse Rock

2. Rave On

3. Wake Up Little Susie

4. Lost John

5. Singing The Blues

6. Living Doll

7. The Story Of My Life

8. It's Late

9. Oh Carol

10. What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For

11. Stupid Cupid

12. Yakety Yak

13. Witch Doctor

14. Hoots Mon

15. See You Later Alligator

16. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

17. Ooby Dooby

18. Good Golly Miss Molly

19. C'mon Everybody

20. At The Hop

21. Move It

22. Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O

23. Please Don't Touch

24. All Shook Up

25. Be Bop A Lula

26. Willie And The Hand Jive

27. Why Do Fools Fall In Love

28. Sweet Little Sixteen

29. Endless Sleep

30. I Walk The Line

31. Blueberry Hill

32. What I'd Say

Disc 2

1. Dream Lover

2. Magic Moments

3. Whatever Will Be, Will Be

4. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

5. Just Walkin' In The Rain

6. Kiss Me Honey Honey

7. Green Door

9. Rawhide

10. This Ole House

11. When

12. Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat

13. Feet Up (Pat Him On The Po Po)

15. That's Amore

16. Three Coins In The Fountain

17. Rock And Roll Waltz

18. Sixteen Tons

19. Day-O (Banana Boat Song)

20. Mr. Sandman

21. Dreamboat

22. Rockin' Robin

23. A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)

24. What Do You Want

25. Only Sixteen

26. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine

27. Butterfly

28. Big Man

29. All I Have To Do Is Dream

30. Travellin' Light

31. Smile

32. It's Only Make Believe

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Track List: Golden Oldies

Disc 1

1. Young At Heart

2. All I Have To Do Is Dream

3. Just Walkin' In The Rain

4. Dreamboat

5. Come Outside

6. Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat

7. I Remember You

8. The Locomotion

9. Walkin' Back To Happiness

10. How Do You Do It

11. Congratulations

12. Georgy Girl

13. We're Gonna Change The World

15. This Ole House

16. You're Sixteen, You're Beautiful (And You're Mine)

17. What Do You Want

18. What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?

19. Sixteen Tons

20. The Story Of My Life

21. Memories Are Made Of This

22. Standing On The Corner

23. Wheels Cha Cha

25. Downtown

26. Lollipop

27. Pickin' A Chicken

28. You Belong To Me

30. Secret Love

Disc 2

1. Lipstick On Your Collar

2. Move It

3. The Wanderer

4. Runaway

5. Telstar

6. Take Good Care Of My Baby

7. Nut Rocker

8. Hippy Hippy Shake

9. C'mon Everybody

10. Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)

11. Wonderful Land

12. Why Do Fools Fall In Love

13. Witch Doctor

14. Ain't Misbehavin'

15. Bye Bye Love

16. Rock Island Line

17. The Cumberland Gap

19. Be Bop A Lula

20. Papa Loves Mambo

22. Right Said Fred

23. Bring Me Sunshine

24. Lily The Pink

25. Happiness

26. I'm Into Something Good

27. Don't Throw Your Love Away

28. California Girls

29. Do Wah Diddy Diddy

30. Ma (He's Makin' Eyes At Me)

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such a fun and cute song its stuck in my head
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I love the chorus sounds like chipmucks

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