Chris Andrews – Lady Oh Lady + Something On My Mind (1966)

FrontCover1I want to reduce my single collection …

Christopher Frederick Andrews (born 15 October 1942) is an English-German singer-songwriter whose musical career started in the late 1950s.

Andrews was born in Romford, Essex, England, and by his mid teens had formed his own group, Chris Ravel and the Ravers. On 14 March 1959, he made his British television debut, performing on the Oh, Boy! show. He would later return in April to perform a cover of Cliff Richard’s, “Move It”.

For Adam Faith, Andrews wrote “The First Time” (No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart, 1963) and “We Are in Love” (No. 11, 1964), and then a string of hits for Sandie Shaw. They included “Girl Don’t Come” (No. 3, 1964/65), “I’ll Stop at Nothing” (No. 4, 1965), “Message Understood” (No. 6, 1965) and “Long Live Love” (No. 1, 1965). The latter remained a chart topper in the UK Singles Chart for three weeks. “Girl Don’t Come” was covered by Cher on her debut album, All I Really Want to Do.

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Also in 1965, Andrews as a solo artist, got to No. 3 in the same listings with “Yesterday Man”, which peaked in Germany at No. 1 for four weeks; followed up with a No. 13 hit in the UK “To Whom It Concerns”. The instrumental section of this song was used as the theme for RTÉ’s long-running TV programme, The Late Late Show, until 1999, and a re-arranged version returned as the show’s theme music in September 2009. As well as obtaining a high placing in the UK chart, “Yesterday Man” climbed to No. 1 in Ireland and Germany. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Later releases were not as successful, but his own hits are seen as early examples of bluebeat influenced white pop music. Although his chart appearances dwindled in Britain by 1966, his chart topping success continued in mainland Europe for a number of years, particularly in Germany, and Andrews often recorded in foreign languages.

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It is possible that Chris Andrews’ huge success in Germany was connected to the fact that his two UK hits, at least, were rhythmically redolent of Oom-pah music (although not intentionally so; see above), thus making them more acceptable to older German audiences who would not have liked many of the other Anglophone songs which became hits there.

In South Africa, his later single releases proved particularly popular, with “Pretty Belinda” (1969), “Carol OK” and “Brown Eyes” (both 1970) all topping the charts there. “Yo Yo” reached No. 7 at the end of 1970.

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Andrews remains active in his career as a singer-songwriter, working primarily in continental Europe and in the United Kingdom. He lives with his second wife Alexandra, who is also his manager, in Selm, Germany, and Mallorca. Because of the Brexit vote, Andrews also obtained German citizenship in 2016. (wikipedia)

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And here´s one of his countless singles from the Sixties … As far as I know, this single was only released in Germany.

And “Lady Oh Lady” is a real hot Beat-number … but was not so sucessful as “I´m Her Yesterday Man”.


Chris Andrews (vocals)
Ken Woodman Orchestra

Ken Woodman

01. Lady Oh Lady (Andrews) 2.54
02. Something On My Mind (Andrews) 2.20



Various Artists – Live in Hamburg `80 – (Rock n Roll Is Still Alive …) (1980)

FrontCover1The Star-Club was a music club in Hamburg, Germany that opened Friday 13 April 1962 and was initially operated by Manfred Weissleder and Horst Fascher. In the 1960s, many of the giants of rock music played at the club. The club closed on 31 December 1969 and the building it occupied was destroyed by a fire in 1987. The address in Hamburg area St. Pauli was: Große Freiheit 39; Große Freiheit is a side street of the Reeperbahn.

The club achieved worldwide renown through the performances of The Beatles, who played there 13 April – 31 May, 1–14 November, and 18–31 December 1962. A performance or parts of several performances from the end of the latter stay was or were recorded on a home tape machine, and a remixed version was released in 1977 as Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962.

The Beatles’ first Hamburg Club performance was at the Indra Club (also in Große Freiheit) on 17 August 1960.

Musicians who played here:

English musicians (alphabetical): The Beatles, Chicken Shack (featuring Christine McVie (Perfect)), Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, Cream, Lee Curtis and the All-Stars, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Earth (pre-Black Sabbath), The Graduates, The Jimi Hendrix Experience (US/UK, March 1967), The Jaybirds (featuring Alvin Lee of Ten Years After), Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas (band), The Liverbirds, The Overlanders, The Pretty Things, The Remo Four, The Searchers, Kingsize Taylor and The Dominoes; Richard Thompson, Soft Machine, and Tony Vincent and The Giants, Jane Cane (jazz singer). The Roadrunners – Liverpool’s original R & B band of the 60’s. Katch 22


Chubby Checker (live at the Starclub, Hamburg, 1964

American musicians: Ray Charles, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Bill Haley, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny and the Hurricanes, Brenda Lee, Jerry Lee Lewis (who released a highly praised live album recorded at the club in 1964) and Little Richard, who at that point had Billy Preston in his band. The Monks, with Gary Burger, Eddie Shaw, Dave Day, Roger Johnston and Larry Clark played at the Top Ten Club a number of time 1965, 1966, and 1967.

German musicians: The Rattles (Hamburg) and many more

Italian musicians: Mino Reitano
Star-Club Records

In the early 1960s the Clubowners also started a record label, Star-Club Records, subsidiary of Philips Records (by wikipedia)

And many years later, Herbert Hildebrandt organised many Rock n Roll Parties in another Star-Club in Hamburg. And he invited many stars from the early days of the legendary Star Club … and this is a very rare live recording from these parties … listen, close your eyes … and enjoy the magic of these days of the early sixties, when all beginns.

The stars were accomponied by a group called “Rock Circus” – a German band featuring Herbert Hildebrandt, Dicky Tarrach (ex-Rattles) and Peter Hesslein (ex- Lucifers Friends) … what a line up … and the crowd went crazy ! It was a night, the legends went out to play !


Rock Circus:
Sigi Bensinger (saxophone)
Bartold Dunker (piano)
Peter Hesslein (guitar)
Herbert Hildebrandt (bass, vocals)
Lee Patterson (percussion, vocals)
Dicky Tarrach (drums)

01. Cliff Bennett: Money (Bradford/Gordy) 3.32
02. Tony Sheridan: Lucille (Penniman/Collins) 2.33
03. Beryl Marsden: Shot Of Rhythm And Blues (Thompson) 2.36
04. Chris Andrews: Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (Williams/David) 2.53
05. Johnny & The Hurricanes: Red River Rock (King/Mack/Mendelson) 2.32
06. Wee Willy Harris: Bony Moronie (Williams) 2.36
07. P.J. Proby: Niki Hoeky (Vegas/Ford) 5.28
08. Rock Circus: I Still Keep On Rocking (Hildebrandt/Wienhauer) 2.25
09. Lee Curtis: It’s Only Make Believe (Twitty/Nance) 3.19
10. Rock Island Line: Baby Says (Wooltorten) 1.54
11. Screaming Lord Sutch: Son Of Jack The Ripper (Lord Sutch) 3.39
12. Deryl Wilkie: I’m Going Home (Traditional)*) 1.37

*) in fact this is Alvin Lee´s “I´m Going Home”

LabelB1* (coming soon)