Thursday, 25 October 2007

Terry Brandon/Rikki Henderson & The Beatmen

Terry Brandon & The Beatmen - Don't Bring Me Down (Embassy 662. 1964)

Terry & The Beatmen give the Pretties a run for their money. A great 45 and one the best Embassy covers I've come across. I have no idea who Terry Brandon was, but assume he was one of the many professional singers on the roster, many of whom came from out of the big-band era. Most of the back-up 'bands' on Embassy consisted of whoever was available to play on the recording date. By the sounds of it The Beatmen could have consisted on some well known names, anybody know?

Rikki Henderson & The Beatmen - Ain't That Lovin' You Baby

The Beatmen crop up again on the flipside, this time backing up Rikki Henderson. Rikki was a vocalist with the Denny Boyce Orchestra and won a recording contract with Embassy after entering a talen contest run by teen mag Mirabelle. He became one of the labels more prolifice artists between 1957 and 1964. As with Terry Brandon, Rikki clearly comes from a different era to the RnB guys of the day, but once again The Beatmen save the day with some cool guitar.


Anonymous said...

The Beatmen were a very important cover band in the UK for the various budget labels, which did the quicky 45s and eps and lps as well.I have loads of these .These cover jobs lasted well into the early 70s.

Anonymous said...

The Beatmen on Embassy were just session players.Terry Brandon was a fine singer but only recorded for Embassy for about a year.He did sing again as a cover artist on TOP SIX No.27 Lighting Strikes after that seems to have vanished