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Monday, 29 September 2008

Of course there were much more special advertisement record labels in Holland in the 60’s than the few that I have written about so far in this Soundtrack. But I only wanted to mention the labels that released pop music. There are also advertisement labels that released cabaret records, or fairy tales, classical music, stories for children, etcetera. Of course you will have to read about all these labels too in the near future, but first I want to mention all the pop music labels.

Leeuwenzegel, a Dutch company that produced margarine, had a label called Lion Tops. There are, as far as I know, nine ordinary 45’s, with different bands on each side, and three EP’s, with on each side a different band playing two songs. All the information that I have about the Lion Tops records comes from a printed letter, that I found in one of the sleeves:

All the single-records came in the same sleeve:

I have no sleeves for the EP’s, so I have no idea if these exist and/or what they looked like.
The names of the musicians seem to indicate that it are no real bands but studio musicians. Bill Shade & The Rockets, Jean Campbell & the Blenders, The Town Sparrows and The Applejacks*… these are the kind of names that advertisement agencies make up when they try to sound hip. But I don’t know that for sure. It is also unclear if all musicians were from outside Holland. Some of the singers on the first releases sure are from *inside Holland.
Here is my favourite band, The Beating Five, with a song that sounds vaguely familiar to me, so it is probably a cover:


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Comments:

Aris

2008-09-29 13:32:43

Nay, doesn’t ring a bell! Must be writtem by these five Dutch guys from The Hague!

Bert

2015-05-14 22:32:38

Beste…

Hebben jullie meer informatie over Lion Tops Records (van Leeuwenzegel Margarine)

Ik zelf heb:

LZ104
Applejack van The Spartans b/w Blue Velvet van Tim Reynolds.

L-EP-11
My Boy Lollipop en Hello Dolly van Mariolein en The Swingcopators
b/w Shake Hands en I Love You Baby van The (Utrechtse) Jets.

Hebben jullie een complete lijst van alle verschenen titels en welke artiesten achter de groepsnamen enz. schuil gaan.

Dank
Bert

Bert

2015-05-14 22:32:39

Beste…

Hebben jullie meer informatie over Lion Tops Records (van Leeuwenzegel Margarine)

Ik zelf heb:

LZ104
Applejack van The Spartans b/w Blue Velvet van Tim Reynolds.

L-EP-11
My Boy Lollipop en Hello Dolly van Mariolein en The Swingcopators
b/w Shake Hands en I Love You Baby van The (Utrechtse) Jets.

Hebben jullie een complete lijst van alle verschenen titels en welke artiesten achter de groepsnamen enz. schuil gaan.

Dank
Bert

PLUT-Hans

2015-07-22 23:35:27

For the ones who are interested: the five lion tops EP’s are :
EP 11: A: My boy lollipop/ Hello dolly- Marjolein B: Shake hands/ I love you baby- The Jets. EP 12 : A : Lazy Elsie Molly/ Bye bye blondie- Big Ernie ( + the Jets ) B: Nobody I know/ Music Music!- The Pearl Sisters
EP 13 : A: Have I the right- Ton Theyn + Say you- Rudi Seedorf B: It hurts to be in love- Ronny Lake & Ton Theyn + Singing the blues- Rudi Seedorf& the Young Ones.
EP 14 : A: Bread and butter- Trix and the Paramounts+ Hokuspocus- The Luuckberries B: Let me make you smile again- Trix & the Paramounts + Let it be me- The Luckberries
EP 15 : A: Quand le soleil …- Yvonne Tolenaar + Thou shalt not steal- The Goldstar-brothers en de Jets B: Memphis tennessee/ Mountain of love- The Jets .
if you want a list of the 10 singles , please seand me a mail and I will send you the information. At this moment I’ve spare copies of nrs 101 & 110. Sunday july 26th I will have my stall on the fair at Janskerkhof in Utrecht. See you! …

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