Brian Hyland

Brian Hyland  (born November 12, 1943) is an American pop recording artist who was particularly successful during the early 1960s.  He continued recording into the 1970s.  Allmusic journalist Jason Ankeny states:  “Hyland’s puppy-love pop virtually defined the sound and sensibility of bubblegum during the pre-Beatles era.”  Although his status as a teen idol faded, he went on to release several country-influenced albums and had additional chart hits later in his career.  (More from Wikipedia)

For the month of December 1963the Lonely Ones performed seven days a week at a club called Storyville in Cologne (Köln), Germany (almost exactly one year after the last of the Beatles’ several residencies in Hamburg, Germany took place).  British singer Paul Hanford was a sometime “guest vocalist” over this period; he previously had a hit in the U.K. with “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” (Brian Hyland had the original hit in 1960 with “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”).  At this point, the band still had more of a pop sound but would transition to a harder R&B band the following year. 


(May 2014)


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