Sunday, February 28, 2010

One Scotch

Today's tune is 'One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer' by Pete Campbell. It's a very nice version of the Amos Milburn's 1953 classic - quite rare, but not in the least bit expensive. While trawling the web, I stumbled across this write-up from Black Music magazine:

An in-depth survey by Carl Gayle:-BILL AND PETE CAMPBELL:
Recording Label: BB...
Latest Releases: "Stand By Me" (Paradise), "Make Me Yours" by Bill Campbell (BB), "One Scotch One Bourbon One Beer" by Pete Campbell (BB).
Background: Bill is twenty-five; Pete a year younger. Both brothers were born and raised in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, where they sang in church choirs. At age 15, Bill recorded a tune called "Come On Girl" for producer Duke Reid. They came to Britain in the sixties and went to the People`s College of Further Education in Nottingham for three years. They started singing together in a six-piece band called Mighty Sparrow while still at college. After one gig in London they moved down to the capital. Their first disc was "You`re Mine" for Trojan in 1971. They later (1973) recorded "So Glad You`re Mine" for Count Shelly, as well as Ben E. King`s "Stand By Me" as a duo. Bill has sung things like "I`ll Be Missing You" and "Here I Am" solo, while his brother has done "The Love You Try To Hide" for Shelly`s labels. They formed the BB label themselves last year.
Prospects: Pete is a good vocalist but they lack capital. They ought to sing together more often.
Carl Gayle-Black Music April 1976:
Of course, there's another far better-known version. Prince Jazzbo's 'One Scotch' came out on the Pantomine label in 1972, and is one of his best tunes. The 1972 release had a dub on the b-side, but the copy I'm posting today is the 1973 release. This had a really nice vocal on the flip, a duet called 'Open Up Your Heart' by Glen Brown and Susan Prescott.

Check them both out

And just in case you were wondering what the original sounds like. here it is:


the_voice_of_reason said...

Laurel Aitken was the first Caribean artist to record it back in 1960, under the title "Hey Bartender", with a band that sounded very much like Clue J and the Blues Blasters, plus a full horn section.

It was released in the UK by Emile Shallit's Melodisc label, so production credits are uncertain - similar in style to "More Whiskey" on Treasure Isle, but I can't see The Duke giving full rights to a foreign-based label.

Jah said...

After re-reading this post, I'm a little confused as to whether you ever posted the first Jazzbo version of the 45 with the dub? Thanks.