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Electric Johnny & His Skyrockets - Compilation

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Electric Johnny & His Skyrockets - Compilation
1. Ave Maria No Morro
2. Barcarolle
3. Begin The Beguine
4. Black Eyes Rock
5. Carioca
6. Gitarren Spielt Auf
7. Guitar Humoresque
8. Isle Of Capri
9. Johnny On His Strings
10. Johnny's Beat
11. La Golondrina
12. La Paloma
13. O Sole Mio
14. Patricia
15. Should I
16. Sibony
17. South Of The Border
18. Swanee River
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The Skyrockets, founded in 1958, existed of Jan Schouten aka Electric Johnny (lead guitar) and his brothers Cor (drums), Daan (2d lead+rhythm guitar) and Henk (bass). They lived in Rotterdam and Jan had a job as electrician (hence his nickname). The valve amplifiers were made by the Schouten brothers. Electric Johnny played his unique mandolin styled guitar work on a Hofner Club 60 and since 1964 he also played a Burns Split Sonic. Singer/guitarist Roel Pichell (Roy Michaels aka Shorty Miller) and Gerrit Krause (drums) joined the group and early 1960 the group got a record contract from CNR. Their debut single in 1960 'Black Eyes Rock' c/w Johnny On His Strings' made them immortal in the Dutch rock history. The record was also released in the USA and Canada on Felsted; in the UK on London; Sweden/Denmark (Sonet) and France (Ducretet Thomson). Later on they developed a very own Indo-Rock style what they called 'South American Rock'. On stage they wore multi-colored shirts and Frans Huysmans came in the band on percussion instruments. Roy Michaels (aka Shorty Miller) and Gerrit Krause left The Skyrockets in 1961. Winnie (Wieneke den Hartog) became their new singer and she was replaced in 1964 by Willem Grift. Harold 'Boebie'de Groot (2d lead guitar) joined the ranks of The Skyrockets in 1961. The Skyrockets existed until 1968.

By Piet Muys, taken from yesterdaysgold.blogspot.com
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