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Ian Whitcomb

An odd footnote to the British Invasion, English singer and pianist Ian Whitcomb formed his R&B group Bluesville in Dublin, Ireland. He never had a hit in the U.K. and wasn't all that wild about rock & roll in the first place, preferring traditional forms of blues, ragtime, and Tin Pan Alley. But "You Turn Me On" -- a tongue-in-cheek three-chord knockoff at the end of a session with exaggerated falsetto vocals and an unforgettable orgasmic vocal hook -- hit number eight in America in 1965, and Whitcomb was briefly a star. The bluesy follow-up, "N-N-Nervous," was a small hit, and that was the end of Whitcomb's hit-making days. Not much of a rock & roll singer, Whitcomb quickly turned to vaudevillian, British music hall-styled material on his subsequent releases, with meager commercial (and artistic) results. A dedicated archivist, Whitcomb's book, After the Ball, is a thorough history of pre-rock popular music forms. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Ukulele Jamboree

1. You Cannot Go Away

2. Teddy's At It Again

3. Love Never Makes A Mistake

4. The All-American Hand Dance

5. Dancing At Twilight

6. Let's Have A Jolly Good Cough

7. Shiny Shoes

8. The Clap Clap Crew

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Track List: All The Hits Plus More

1. This Sporting Life (Billboard Hit 45, 1965.)

2. You Turn Me On (Top Ten Billboard Hit, 1965)

3. N-N-Nervous (Billboard Hit 45, 1965)

4. 18 Whitcomb Street (Instrumental Featuring James Burton And Jim Horn)

5. Too Many Cars On The Road

6. Good Hard Rock

7. Bye Bye

8. The Star

9. Sally Sails The Sky

10. Heroes Of The Rocker Pack

11. The Notable Yacht Club Of Staines

12. High Blood Pressure

13. Fizz

14. Groovy Day

15. The Boogie-Woogie Jungle Snake

16. Charlie's A Cripple

17. The House Of Dreams

18. Life's Not All That Bad, Is It?

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Track List: The Very Best Of Ian Whitcomb - You Turn Me On

1. You Turn Me On (Turn On Song)

2. When Rock 'N' Roll Was Young

3. Bony Moronie

4. N-E-R-V-O-U-S

5. Soho

6. Approaching Youths

7. Good Hard Rock

8. Dance Again

9. Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go With Friday On Saturday Night?

10. Cocaine Lil

11. Heros Of The Rocker Pack

12. The Boogie Woogie Jungle Snake

13. Whole Lotta Woman

14. Night Child

15. Groovy Day

16. Notable Yacht Club Of Staines

17. Yomping

18. Lover's Prayer

19. The Yellow Bird

20. Pure Sorrow

21. Sally Sails The Sky

22. Changes

23. Somewhere In Virginia In The Rain

24. You Turn Me On

25. This Sporting Life

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Track List: You Turn Me On! / Mod, Mod Music Hall

1. You Turn Me On

2. River Of No Return

3. Be My Baby

4. Nervous

5. Poor But Honest

6. Fizz

7. This Sporting Life

8. Too Many Cars On The Road

9. That Is Rock N' Roll

10. Sugar Babe

11. No Tears For Johnny

12. Poor Little Bird

13. Got A Date With An Angel

14. The Night I Appeared As Macbeth

15. August, 1914

16. Coney Island Washboard

17. Mother! Mother! Mother! (What A Naughty Boy Am I)

18. The Junkman Rag

19. The Sweetheart Of Sigma Chi

20. The Awful Tale Of Maggie May

21. Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go

22. Saucy Seaside Sue

23. Reindeer - A Ragtime Two Step

24. Ida! Sweet As Apple Cider

25. That Ragtime Suffragette

26. Oh Helen!

27. Your Baby Has Gone Down The Plug-Hole

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Track List: The Golden Age Of Lounge

1. Nola

2. Amapola

3. A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet

4. The Teddy Bears' Picnic

5. Merry-Go-Round By Moonlight

6. Same Old Moon - Same Old June

7. Rose Room

8. I'll Take Care Of Your Cares

9. Sol Tropical

10. Twelve O'Clock At Night

11. Moon Of Waikiki

12. In The Land Of Beginning Again

13. Rolling With The Quake

14. Who Made Little Boy Blue?

15. Beautiful Dreamer

16. Lotusland (A Rag Of Southern California)

17. The House Of Dreams

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Track List: Ragtime America

1. At The Ball That's All

2. Settle Down In A One Horse Town (Before You Can Show It To Me)

3. You've Got To Show It To Mother

4. The Loves Of Yesterday

5. Fuzzy Wuzzy Woo!

6. I'm Crying Just For You

7. You'd Never Know That Old Home Town Of Mine

8. My Apache

9. King Chanticleer

10. I Gave Her That

11. The Storybook Ball

12. I'm Gonna Live While I'm Living (Cos I'm Gonna Be A Long Time Dead)

13. Les Temps Du Chiffon

14. The War In Snider's Grocery Store

15. Rose Room (In Sunny Roseland)

16. The Candyland Christmas Ball

17. Oh! I Wish I Were Tarzan (Tarzan Of The Apes)

18. Goodnight Little Girl, Goodnight!

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Track List: Comedy Songs

1. The Farmyard Cabaret

2. Lucky Jim

3. Not Much

4. They All Walk The Wibbly Wobbly Walk

5. I Go So Far With Sophie (And Sophie Goes So Far With Me)

6. They're Parking Camels Where The Taxis Used To Be

7. My Dead Dog Rover

8. When Ragtime Rosie Ragged The Rosary

9. At The Vicarage Party

10. You've Got To Show It To My Mother

11. Storybook Farm

12. Is Izzy Azzy Wozz?

13. On The Pier

14. The Village Idiot

15. Masculine Women, Feminine Men

16. Oh! What A Beauty!

17. Till You Come Home

18. Charlie's A Cripple (You Know)

19. They Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dawg Aroun'

20. Roots

21. (I'm Gonna) Eat You Up

22. A Friend Of A Friend Of Mine

23. My Girl's P**sy

24. Life's Not All That Bad, Is It

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Track List: Lotusland: A Musical Comedy (Original Soundtrack)

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Track List: Red Hot Blue Heaven

1. When The Bees Make Honey Down In Sunny Alabam'

2. My Blue Heaven

3. The All-American Girl

4. Dream Train

5. A Friend Of A Friend Of Mine

6. Wurzel Fudge - The Village Idiot

7. Masculine Women! Feminine Men!

8. Take Your Girlie To The Movies (If You Can't Make Love At Home)

9. Long Lost Mamma (Daddy Misses You)

10. Bimini Bay

11. So Will I

12. Under A Texas Moon

13. Wurzel Fudge In London Town

14. My Girl's P**sy

15. The Farmyard Cabaret

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Track List: Under The Ragtime Moon

1. I'm Certainly Living A Ragtime Life (Ragtime Song)

2. Mommy's Little Pumpkin Coloured Coons (A Plantation Mammy Slumber Song)

3. Wigwam Wigwalk (An Indian Patrol)

4. Ruff Johnson's Hamony Band (Album)

5. Yaaka Hula Hicky Dula (Hawaiian Ragtime Song Of 1916)

6. Lawns Of Louisiana (Wistful Ragtime Instrumental)

7. The Day That The Ladies Take Power (Early Women's Liberation Song)

8. I Miss You Most Of All (Sentimental Ballad Of 1913)

9. They Go Wild, Simply Wild Over Me (Comic Song Of 1917)

10. That Twentieth Century Rag (Socialist Story Song)

11. Dance And Grow Thin (Irving Berlin Comedy Song)

12. Robinson Crusoe's Isle (Album)

13. Le Temps Du Chiffon (Ragtime Instrumental)

14. I Didn't Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier (Anti-War Protest Song)

15. When Alexander Takes His Ragtime Band To France (World War One Rag Song)

16. We're Going To Celebrate The End Of War In Ragtime (Topical World War One Song)

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Track List: Old Chestnuts & Rare Treats

1. Steppin' Out

3. Mandy, How Do You Do?

4. She Knows It

5. A Lemon In The Garden Of Love

6. America, I Love You

7. Robinson Crusoe's Isle

8. Bright Eyes

9. M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means The World To Me)

11. Homesick

12. A Precious Little Thing Called Love

13. Melancholy

14. Rosy Cheeks

16. Emma Louise (In Old Los Angeles)

17. She Lives Down In Our Alley

18. Roses Of Picardy

19. Oh You Beautiful Doll

20. I've Got My Eye On You

22. Where The Black Eyed Susans Grow

23. Dream Train

24. For Me And My Gal

26. Till We Meet Again

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Track List: Sentimentally Yours

1. Good Evening

2. If We Can't Be The Same Old Sweet Hearts (The We'll Just Be The Same Old Friends)

3. Here I Am

4. I Love You

5. Brown Eyes - Why Are You Blue?

6. Give Me The Moonlight, Give Me The Girl (And Leave The Rest To Me)

7. You'll Find Out Some Day

8. A Cottage For Sale

9. When I Lost You

10. Under A Texas Moon

11. Dreams

12. So Will I

13. Street Of Dreams

14. When We're Dancing

15. Then Came The Dawn

16. Regrets

17. So Long Sally

18. Mother Of Mine

19. Pal Of My Cradle Days

20. If You've Ever Loved

21. Thinking Of You

22. My Dog Has Fleas

23. In The Garden

24. On Paradise Island

25. Dream Daddy

26. It Looks Like Rain In Cherry Blossom Lane

27. Go To Sleep, My Little Cowboy

28. Goodnight

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Track List: Words And Music

1. Down On The Farm

3. Don't Trust Your Heart

5. Old Friends

6. My Confession

9. Goodbye, Old Boy

12. When You're There

13. Trottin' At The Troc

14. Lonely

15. Corn Husk

16. Same As Ever

17. Dancing Partners

18. My Garden

19. One & One

21. Mystery Riders

22. You're The One

23. Time And Again

24. Our House

25. Restless

26. My Pal

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