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The Brook Brothers

For about five years, from 1958 through 1963, Ricky Brook (born on October 24, 1940) and Geoffrey Brook (born on April 12, 1943) bidded fair to become England's answer to the Everly Brothers. The two brothers, who deliberately cultivated nearly identical appearances on stage despite the nearly three years' difference in their ages, began performing skiffle together in 1956, amid the boom for that uniquely British amalgam of folk, blues, jazz, and rock & roll. After winning a talent competition, they chose to turn professional and developed a sound very similar to that of the Everly Brothers, who were just emerging as stars at the time -- they were also probably influenced to some extent by the Kalin Twins (themselves similar to the Everly Brothers) and their single "When." In 1960, they were signed to the Top Rank label and attracted attention with their cover of the Brothers Four hit "Greenfields," which became an Italian hit. Their subsequent singles included the Everly Brothers-related pairing "Please Help Me I'm Falling" b/w "When Will I Be Loved?" which failed to chart. In 1961, the Brook Brothers jumped to Pye Records and were assigned to producer Tony Hatch, and their second single for the label, "Warpaint," became a British Top 20 hit. They subsequently recorded a self-titled LP (containing their covers of "Hello Mary Lou" and "The Trolley Song," among other rock & roll and non-rock & roll standards), and toured with Cliff Richard and Bobby Rydell, thus enhancing their status and exposure in England, though, like virtually every other British act of the era, they never made an impact in America. The Brook Brothers enjoyed lesser hits with "Ain't Gonna Wash for a Week," "He's Old Enough to Know Better," "Welcome Home Baby," and "Trouble Is My Middle Name." The duo managed a lively appearance in Richard Lester's debut feature film, the scintillating jukebox movie It's Trad, Dad (also known as Ring-A-Ding Rhythm), miming in an elaborately shot and edited performance of the song "Double Trouble." By that time, in mid-1963, the beat boom out of Liverpool, spearheaded by the Beatles, was dominating the charts and the Brook Brothers seemed more suited to the cabaret circuit. They'd disappeared from view by 1965, leaving behind some fond memories for homegrown British audiences. At the end of the '90s, Castle Music put together a double-CD compilation of the Brook Brothers' complete Pye label recordings, including outtakes and rarities. ~ Bruce Eder
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Call Me - The Songs Of Tony Hatch

Disc 1

1. Downtown

3. Sugar And Spice

5. Call Me

6. Don't Sleep In The Subway

8. Count On Me

11. Run To Me

12. A Sign Of The Times

15. That's How It Goes

18. Life And Soul Of The Party

19. You've Got To Be Loved

21. I Know A Place

24. The Other Man's Grass (Is Always Greener)

28. Look For A Star

29. My Life

Disc 2

1. Joanna

2. Henry Hannah's 42nd Street Parking Lot

3. Round Every Corner

4. You're Making A Big Mistake

9. My Love

10. You'd Better Come Home

12. Send Her Away

15. A Step In The Right Direction

17. When Summertime Is Over

18. Who Am I?

20. That Boy Of Mine

23. Running To You

24. Tell Tale

29. Harvest Of Love

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Track List: 1963 The Soundtrack

Disc 1

1. Hey Paula

2. Up On The Roof

3. Little Town Flirt

5. Go Away Little Girl

6. Trouble Is My Middle Name

7. Globetrotter

8. That's What Love Will Do

11. Count On Me

12. Say Wonderful Things

15. Chariot

16. Harvest Of Love

18. Shame, Shame, Shame

20. Hands Off, Stop Muckin' About

21. Hobbies

22. Only The Heartaches

24. Hello Stranger

25. Sweets For My Sweet

Disc 2

1. Twist And Shout

4. From Me To You

6. Summer Skies & Golden Sands

9. Wipeout

10. Christine

11. Some Other Guy

14. You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry

16. Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya

19. Hippy Hippy Shake

20. That Boy Of Mine

21. From Russia With Love

22. You're No Good

23. Money (That's What I Want)

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Track List: Rewind The Sixties

1. Delaware

2. My Old Man's A Dustman

4. Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen

5. Sailor

6. Midnight In Moscow

7. Warpaint

8. On The Rebound

9. (Dance With The) Guitar Man

10. Sweets For My Sweet

11. Holy Cow

12. Summer In The City

13. Distant Drums

14. Silence Is Golden

15. Baby, Now That I've Found You

16. Israelites

17. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

18. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy

19. I'm Gonna Make You Mine

20. To Love Somebody

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