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~ Cherry Beat ~
Characters - Relationships - Session Musicians - Songs
~ Recording Sessions ~
Part One - Part Two - Part Three - Part Four - Part Five - Part Six - Part Seven - Part Eight
Part Nine - Part Ten - Part Eleven - Part Twelve - Part Thirteen - Part Fourteen - Part Fifteen
Part Sixteen - Part Seventeen - Part Eighteen - Part Nineteen - Part Twenty

Mid July 1979

The band's ninth album "Drink Up" had just reached the top of the charts, unlike it's precedecessor "Rocky Road" which only managed to reach #5. The band members were not surprised that their ninth album had been more successful than their eighth album had been. They also weren't very pleased with the finished product of "Rocky Road".

The four band members of Cherry Beat stated that their ninth album "Drink Up" was a better album to make than their last album "Rocky Road". We recorded various sound effects to suit the nature and the subject of the individual songs in question.

This was one of the main reasons why critics praised this album. They found the added sound effects to be funny, inventive and an excellent solution to stop their music from deteriorating during the tension filled times that the band members were still experiencing.

26th July 1979

This was the first official recording session for the band's tenth album. The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Shaved Fish" which was a Peter McDonald composition.

Shaved Fish

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 26th July 1979, 4:19 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

27th July 1979, 1:27 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
28th July 1979, 2:19 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
29th July 1979, 10:23 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:17
Genre: Experimental Rock, Jazz Rock, Music Hall
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Chudley Maron, Peter McDonald
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Alto Saxophone, Maracas
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Grand Piano, Sound Effects, Handclaps
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Timbales, Bongo Drums
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Vibraphone, Sound Effects
Chudley Maron — Sound Effects

27th July 1979

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell respectively record grand piano, vibraphone, alto saxophone, and timbales overdubs for "Shaved Fish" on this day.

28th July 1979

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Chudley Maron record sound effects for "Shaved Fish" on this day.

29th July 1979

Peter McDonald, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell respectively record handclaps, maracas, and bongo drum overdubs for "Shaved Fish" on this day.

30th July 1979

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Sunny Jim" which was a Sam Whitby composition.

Sunny Jim

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 31st July 1979, 5:07 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

12th August 1979, 11:17 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:09
Genre: Pop Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Chudley Maron, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric 12-String Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Tambourine
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Bryce Beighley — Harpsichord

12th August 1979

Sam Whitby and Devon O'Connell respectively record backing vocal, and tambourine overdubs for "Sunny Jim" on this day.

13th September 1979

The band started work on a new composition on this day. "Pineapple Disease" which was a Peter McDonald composition.

The song was started, during the band's visit to India, where they were introduced to some Indian instruments, the band previously hadn't played in their music.

The only instrument the Cherry Beat band members were already truly familiar with that was played on "Pineapple Disease", aside from the tabla, was the harmonium.

Pineapple Disease

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 13th September 1979, 11:54 AM, Bombay Studios, Bombay, Maharashtra, India

15th September 1979, 12:59 PM, Bombay Studios, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
24th September 1979, 10:11 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:36
Genre: Raga Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Peter McDonald
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Harmony vocal, Shehnai, Bansuri
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Sarod
Devon O'Connell — Pakhavaj, Tabla Tarang
Sam Whitby — Harmony vocal, Harmonium

15th September 1979

Torquil Dohrn and Devon O'Connell respectively recorded bansuri and tabla tarang overdubs for "Pineapple Disease" on this day. The band members were still visiting India at the time.

24th September 1979

Peter McDonald, and Sam Whitby and Torquil Dohrn respectively record lead, and harmony vocals for "Pineapple Disease" on this day. The band were already back in Oxford by the time this day's session took place.

9th October 1979

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Jelly-phone" which was a Sam Whitby composition. As Devon O'Connell would later comment "Had Jelly-phone been recorded in the 90's, it probably would have ended up sounding similar to Sheryl Crow. I'm not sure whether that's the case, but that's how I imagine it would sound, had it been written and recorded a decade and a half later".

Jelly-phone

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 9th October 1979, 9:47 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

10th October 1979, 3:04 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:36
Genre: Country Rock, Pop Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Sam Whitby
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Electric Piano
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Lowrey Organ

10th October 1979

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Torquil Dohrn respectively record electric piano, lowrey organ, and pedal steel guitar overdubs for "Jelly-phone" on this day.

26th October 1979

The band recorded a cover of a Jeff Lynne song "Don't Bring Me Down", originally recorded by Electric Light Orchestra, on this day.

However Cherry Beat's cover of the song was not intended for release on their tenth album. The band simply recorded a version of the song, because it was a song they enjoyed, even though they only releasing their own material by this time.

Don't Bring Me Down

Album: Blast Off! [1996 Compact Disc Reissue] [Bonus Disc]
Released: 10th September 1996
Recorded: 26th October 1979, 6:43 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

17th November 1979, 4:18 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:05
Genre: Hard Rock, Power Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Jeff Lynne
Producer: Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Metal Fire Door
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Keyboard

14th November 1979

The band recorded a cover of a Rick Nielsen song "Dream Police", originally recorded by Cheap Trick, on this day.

However Cherry Beat's cover of the song was not intended for release on their tenth album. The band simply recorded a version of the song, because it was a song they enjoyed, even though they only releasing their own material by this time.

Dream Police

Album: Blast Off! [1996 Compact Disc Reissue] [Bonus Disc]
Released: 10th September 1996
Recorded: 14th November 1979, 6:43 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

17th November 1979, 5:41 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:52
Genre: Power Pop, Rock Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Rick Nielsen
Producer: Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Percussion
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboard

17th November 1979

Sam Whitby and Devon O'Connell respectively record keyboard and percussion overdubs for their cover of "Dream Police" on this day, even though the band did not plan to release it on any of their singles, or studio albums.

That afternoon Torquil Dohrn recorded the sound of a door slamming, and added it to the end of their cover of "Don't Bring Me Down" on this day, despite the fact that the song wasn't going to be released on any of their singles, or studio albums.

25th November 1979

The band members subsequently decided to keep the two versions of "Tropical Beach Hearts" and "Pineapple Heart" separate. It was originally intended to have the 1972 and 1979 versions mixed together to create the best possible final version for both tracks. This idea was rejected on this day, and only the 1979 versions of the two tracks were scheduled for release on the band's tenth album.

1st December 1979

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Ghost Town" which was a Peter McDonald composition. The song shared a few similarities with the Paul McCartney and Wings song Goodnight Tonight, and several other Wings songs of the Disco genre.

The song featured backing vocals and keyboard from Peter McDonald's wife Elodia McDonald (née Torian) who was a long-term session vocalist of certain Cherry Beat recordings prior to becoming romantically involved with Peter. Riley Ganz volunteered to perform percussion on "Ghost Town" but Peter put his foot down, since his relationship with Riley had remained to be quite tense.

Ghost Town

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 1st December 1979, 10:23 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

8th February 1980, 10:47 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:17
Genre: Disco Music, Rock Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Peter McDonald
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Flamenco Guitar
Elodia McDonald — Backing vocal, Keyboard
Coleman Lovell — Percussion

8th December 1979

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Moment of Glory" which was a Sam Whitby composition.

Sam had found inspiration for the song, while listening to a "Nedra Talley" song "Full Circle" written by "Phil Keaggy" which Sam found he rather liked.

The song "Moment of Glory" featured backing vocals and electric piano from Sam Whitby's wife Amber Whitby (née Stark) who had adopted her husband's interest in music.

Moment of Glory

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 8th December 1979, 4:48 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

9th December 1979, 12:28 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:48
Genre: Funk Music, Soul Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Riley Ganz, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Riley Ganz — Percussion
Amber Whitby — Backing vocal, Electric Piano
Raphael Carnegie — Alto Saxophone
Corliss Sancho — French Horn
Kayla Haycock — French Horn

9th December 1979

Sam Whitby records Moog synthesizer overdubs for "Moment of Glory" on this day. The song was now officially complete.

11th December 1979

The band recorded a cover of the Peter Gabriel song "Solsbury Hill" on this day. Like all Cherry Beat covers that were recorded after the release of the band's second album, this one was not immediately released.

Solsbury Hill

Album: Blast Off! [1996 Compact Disc Reissue] [Bonus Disc]
Released: 10th September 1996
Recorded: 11th December 1979, 11:38 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

12th December 1979, 12:31 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:24
Genre: Folk Rock, Progressive Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter Gabriel
Producer: Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead Guitar, Flute
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboard

12th December 1979

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Torquil Dohrn respectively record Moog synthesizer, keyboard, and flute overdubs for "Solsbury Hill" on this day.

13th December 1979

Peter McDonald recorded a cover of The Beatles' short song "Wild Honey Pie" on this day. Like all Cherry Beat covers that were recorded after the release of the band's second album, this one was not immediately released.

Peter recorded the track in three takes, the first yielding a lead vocal and acoustic guitar, the second yielding a second lead vocal and acoustic guitar, and the third yielding a bass drum.

Peter found the song to be very short, so he doubled the length when recording his version. Even with the entire song repeated, the Cherry Beat cover only clocked in at 1 minute and 46 seconds.

Wild Honey Pie

Album: Blast Off! [1996 Compact Disc Reissue] [Bonus Disc]
Released: 10th September 1996
Recorded: 13th December 1979, 9:31 AM, 10:12 AM, 10:46 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:01:46
Genre: Experimental Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Paul McCartney
Producer: Peter McDonald
Personnel: Peter McDonald — Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Bass Drum

17th December 1979

The band recorded a cover of the traditional Scottish poem "Auld Lang Syne" at their music supervisor Chudley Maron's request. Like all Cherry Beat covers that were recorded after the release of the band's second album, this one was not immediately released.

Auld Lang Syne

Album: Blast Off! [1996 Compact Disc Reissue] [Bonus Disc]
Released: 10th September 1996
Recorded: 17th December 1979, 2:31 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

19th December 1979, 3:04 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:01:54
Genre: Christmas Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Robert Burns, Traditional, arranged by Chudley Maron
Producer: Chudley Maron, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, 12-String Acoustic Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Backing vocal, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Backing vocal, Grand Piano
Elodia McDonald — Backing vocal, Sleigh Bells
Amber Whitby — Backing vocal, Sleigh Bells
Charlotte Dohrn — Backing vocal, Sleigh Bells
Esther O'Connell — Backing vocal, Sleigh Bells

19th December 1979

Sam Whitby records a backing vocal overdub for "Auld Lang Syne" on this day.

Devon O'Connell records a tambourine overdub for the band's cover of "Honey Don't", despite the cover having been in the can since before Devon joined the band.

Devon had in-fact previously recorded his drum kit overdubs for the track back in March 1971.

A mix without the tambourine overdubs recorded on this day was released on the Cherry Beat compilation album "Rock and Roll Covers, 1971" in 1988.

2nd January 1980

This was the band's first new composition to start the new decade. The 80's! Sadly, the band would split up in 1982. Sam Whitby very much liked Peter Gabriel's composition "Solsbury Hill" and wrote his own song under that same genre and style. The result was "Wind Farm".

Wind Farm

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 2nd January 1980, 1:38 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:04:03
Genre: Folk Rock, Progressive Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Sam Whitby
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Flute
Peter McDonald — Harmony vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboard

3rd January 1980

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Torquil Dohrn respectively record Moog synthesizer, keyboard, and flute overdubs for "Wind Farm" on this day.

12th January 1980

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "The Deed is Done" which was a Torquil Dohrn composition.

The Deed is Done

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 12th January 1980, 2:37 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:03:36
Genre: Country Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Torquil Dohrn
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Harmony vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Lowrey Organ
Riley Ganz — Percussion
Charlotte Dohrn — Percussion

26th January 1980

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Fire!, Fire!, Fire!" which was primarily a Sam Whitby composition, with input from his wife, Amber Whitby (née Stark). This was the first time a band member would seek input from their wife to complete a song, and another sign of the band's growing fragmentation.

Fire! Fire! Fire!

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 26th January 1980, 11:27 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

31st January 1980, 12:29 PM, Faringdon Golf Course, Oxford-shire, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:49
Genre: Folk Rock, Waltz Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby, with Amber Whitby
Producer: Riley Ganz, Amber Whitby, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Riley Ganz — Backing vocal, Percussion
Amber Whitby — Backing vocal, Percussion
Nobuo Hagiwara — Electric Guitar
Toby Stidham — Electric Guitar
Leandro Groff — Electric Guitar
Cortez McNab — Electric Guitar
Percy Duncan — Snare Drums
Obdulia Dery — Snare Drums
Philip Murdoch — Snare Drums
Ellyn Compton — Snare Drums
Kayleigh Buckmaster — Snare Drums
Diego Ellefson — Snare Drums
Catarina Harvard — Bass Drums
Aron Hayburn — Bass Drums
Michaele Palafox — Sousaphone
Mikel Santucci — Sousaphone
Ivory Scanlon — Sousaphone
Arletha Molnar — Sousaphone
Corinne Roca — Euphonium
Randolph Canchola — Euphonium

31st January 1980

Session musicians Percy Duncan, Obdulia Dery, Philip Murdoch, Ellyn Compton, Kayleigh Buckmaster, and Diego Ellefson recording snare drum overdubs for "Fire! Fire! Fire!" on this day. Catarina Harvard and Aron Hayburn recorded bass drum overdubs, Michaele Palafox, Mikel Santucci, Ivory Scanlon, and Arletha Molnar recorded sousaphone overdubs, and Corinne Roca and Randolph Canchola recorded euphonium overdubs for the song.

Unlike their earlier marching band style composition "Waltz of Scotland", "Fire! Fire! Fire!" featured professional musicians that were already experts at playing the respective instruments each of them were asked to play. Despite this, "Fire! Fire! Fire!" was proven not to be a good fit for a single, the way "Waltz of Scotland" had been. It was considered to be the failed attempt at a single track, that ultimately became a potential album track for the band's next album.

None of the instrument overdubs that were recorded for "Fire! Fire! Fire!" on this day were done so at Moonlight Bay Studios, because the band felt that the inside air was not suitable to record a "marching brass band". They found a suitable place at the Faringdon Golf Course to record the marching brass band overdubs instead.

8th February 1980

Peter McDonald records a Moog synthesizer overdub for "Ghost Town" on this day.

19th February 1980

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Sweet Sorrow" which was primarily a Peter McDonald composition, with input from his wife Elodia McDonald (née Torian). This would be the last Cherry Beat composition to feature Chudley Maron as a producer.

Sweet Sorrow

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 19th February 1980, 2:41 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:03:50
Genre: Power Pop, Rock Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald, with Elodia McDonald
Producer: Chudley Maron, Elodia McDonald, Peter McDonald
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Lowrey Organ
Ron Hayhurst — Flute
Elodia McDonald — Backing vocal, Percussion
Nobuo Hagiwara — Acoustic Guitar
Toby Stidham — Electric Guitar
Leandro Groff — Classical Guitar
Luther Canup — Electric Guitar
Coleman Lovell — Percussion

1st March 1980

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Cat Burglar" which was primarily a Torquil Dohrn composition, with input from his wife Charlotte Dohrn (née Henderson).

Cat Burglar

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 1st March 1980, 11:02 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:04:15
Genre: Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn, with Charlotte Dohrn
Producer: Charlotte Dohrn, Torquil Dohrn
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Harmony vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Ned Morphis — Cello
Neal Nobriga — Viola
Marcellus Folger — Violin
Wm Shorty — Marxophone
Charlotte Dohrn — Backing vocal, Tack Piano
Chiyoko Sakaguchi — Tabla
Coleman Lovell — Percussion
Katy Taranto — Violin

23rd March 1980

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Cut Loose" which was primarily a Devon O'Connell composition, with input from his wife Esther O'Connell (née Lynmore).

Cut Loose

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 23rd March 1980, 4:00 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:03:49
Genre: Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Devon O'Connell, with Esther O'Connell
Producer: Devon O'Connell, Esther O'Connell
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Lead vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Riley Ganz — Percussion
Delmer Matousek — Trombone
Tracey Lessman — Violin
Ron Hayhurst — Flute
Ned Morphis — Cello
Darin Askins — Trumpet
Marcellus Folger — Violin
Dallas Guertin — Cello
Erich Phong — Trumpet
Bryce Beighley — Harpsichord
Luciano Ransome — French Horn
Esther O'Connell — Backing vocal
Wilburn Charboneau — Trumpet
Leticia Angert — Violin
Tamar Crafts — Violin
Eleonore Hinojos — Violin
Katy Taranto — Violin
Corliss Sancho — French Horn
Kayla Haycock — French Horn
Morris Savala — Cello
Ty Pattillo — Flute
Reggie Valez — Flute
Gaylord Whelpley — Trumpet

2nd April 1980

The band recorded a cover of The Ramones' song "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" on this day. Like all Cherry Beat covers that were recorded after the release of the band's second album, this one was not immediately released. The band's cover of the song was spelled "Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio?"

The band also recorded a new composition on this day. "Get on Top" which was primarily a Sam Whitby composition, with input from his wife Amber Whitby. However the song would be banned from certain radio stations because of the song's sexually suggestive lyrics.

Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio?

Album: Blast Off! [1996 Compact Disc Reissue] [Bonus Disc]
Released: 10th September 1996
Recorded: 2nd April 1980, 3:50 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

3rd April 1980, 10:47 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:53
Genre: Punk Rock, Rock and Roll
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Douglas Colvin, John Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman
Producer: Riley Ganz, Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Grand Piano, Moog Synthesizer
Wilburn Charboneau — Trumpet
Raphael Carnegie — Alto Saxophone
Kayla Haycock — French Horn

Get on Top

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 2nd April 1980, 5:47 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

3rd April 1980, 7:17 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:47
Genre: Punk Rock, Rock and Roll
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby, with Amber Whitby
Producer: Riley Ganz, Amber Whitby, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Grand Piano, Moog Synthesizer
Riley Ganz — Percussion
Lacy Gram — Alto Saxophone
Amber Whitby — Backing vocal, Percussion
Luther Canup — Rhythm Guitar
Wilburn Charboneau — Trumpet
Corliss Sancho — French Horn

3rd April 1980

Sam Whitby records Moog synthesizer overdubs for "Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio?" and "Get on Top" on this day.

18th April 1980

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Old Mother Hubbard" which was primarily a Peter McDonald composition, with input from his wife Elodia McDonald.

The song was obviously inspired by the Sarah Catherine Martin nursery rhyme of the same name.

Old Mother Hubbard

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 18th April 1980, 5:17 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:03:35
Genre: Folk Rock, Power Pop, Traditional Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald, with Elodia McDonald
Producer: Elodia McDonald, Peter McDonald
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Keyboard
Elodia McDonald — Backing vocal, Bass Drums

5th May 1980

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Harvest Night" which was Torquil Dohrn composition. The song was notable for focusing primarily on the bass guitar, to the point where multiple bass guitars were played at the same time. Peter McDonald's bass guitar was also featured as the lead instrument.

Harvest Night

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 5th May 1980, 7:37 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:03:59
Genre: Experimental Rock, Power Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Torquil Dohrn
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Keyboard
Charlotte Dohrn — Percussion
Arnold Coloma — Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Perry McMillan — Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Morris Savala — Cello

27th May 1980

The band recorded a cover of the Chuck Berry song "You Never Can Tell" on this day. Like all Cherry Beat covers that were recorded after the release of the band's second album, this one was not immediately released.

While the original Chuck Berry version featured two tenor saxophones, the Cherry Beat version featured two alto saxophones for the majority of the saxophone instrumentation. The band typically favoured alto saxophones over tenor saxophones. However tenor saxophones were still featured in the Cherry Beat recording to do the notes the alto saxophones couldn't reach.

You Never Can Tell

Album: Blast Off! [1996 Compact Disc Reissue] [Bonus Disc]
Released: 10th September 1996
Recorded: 27th May 1980, 4:11 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

28th May 1980, 12:47 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:02:48
Genre: Rock and Roll
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Chuck Berry
Producer: Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocals, Grand Piano
Ernesto Selby — Tenor Saxophones
Rafael Branum — Alto Saxophones

28th May 1980

Sam Whitby, and session musicians Ernesto Selby and Rafael Branum respectively record lead vocal, tenor saxophone, and alto saxophone overdubs for "You Never Can Tell" on this day.

29th May 1980

The band recorded a cover of the Marc Bolan song "20th Century Boy" on this day. Like all Cherry Beat covers that were recorded after the release of the band's second album, this one was not immediately released.

20th Century Boy

Album: Blast Off! [1996 Compact Disc Reissue] [Bonus Disc]
Released: 10th September 1996
Recorded: 29th May 1980, 2:33 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

30th May 1980, 12:26 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:50
Genre: Glam Rock, Hard Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Marc Bolan
Producer: Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Alto Saxophone
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Handclaps
Sam Whitby — Lead vocals, Lead Guitar

30th May 1980

Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell respectively record lead vocal, backing vocal, and handclap overdubs for "20th Century Boy" on this day.

9th June 1980

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Instant Carbonara" which was a Peter McDonald composition. The track was one of the few Peter McDonald written songs to be produced by Riley Ganz, and the only one to have been produced solely by him.

Peter McDonald was originally going to produce the track, with or without Chudley Maron. But Sam Whitby secretly encouraged Riley Ganz, whose production efforts were not usually praised by Peter, to produce a copy of the recording and send it to Peter.

Half furious, but half delighted, Peter agreed to settle with the Ganz mix of the recording as the band's next single. The song title was inspired by the John Lennon song "Instant Karma!" (We All Shine On).

Instant Carbonara

A-Side: Key Lime Pie
Chart Position: #2 (UK Single)
#8 (US Single)
Album: Greatest Hits
Released: 9th October 1980 (Single Release)
10th February 1985 (Album Release)
Recorded: 9th June 1980, 3:04 PM, Oxford Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

10th June 1980, 5:09 PM, Oxford Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:27
Genre: Experimental Rock, Hard Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Riley Ganz
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Chudley Maron — Backing vocal, Grand Piano
Elodia McDonald — Backing vocal, Digital Piano
Charlotte Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lowrey Organ
Riley Ganz — Backing vocal, Tambourine
Amber Whitby — Backing vocal, Electric Piano
Esther O'Connell — Backing vocal, Grand Piano
Junichi Ishimoto — Backing vocal, Handclaps
Coleman Lovell — Backing vocal, Chimes

10th June 1980

Riley Ganz, without Peter McDonald and Chudley Maron's knowledge, remixes and adds overdubs to "Instant Carbonara" on this day. Riley recorded backing vocal and tambourine overdubs.

Amber Whitby, Esther O'Connell, and session musicians Junichi Ishimoto and Coleman Lovell respectively record backing vocal and electric piano, backing vocal and grand piano, backing vocal and handclaps, and backing vocal and chimes overdubs.

18th June 1980

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "My Girlfriend" which was a Sam Whitby composition. The psychedelic feel of the song was loosely inspired by The Monkees' song "Daily Nightly". This explains why the Moog synthesizer is prominently used in this recording.

A few other Cherry Beat songs recorded at this time would also feature the Moog. It should be noted that the Moog synthesizer was not a new instrument to Cherry Beat recordings. It had been featured in several Cherry Beat songs since 1973.

My Girlfriend

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 18th June 1980, 4:29 PM, Oxford Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

9th August 1980, 3:37 PM, Oxford Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:33
Genre: Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Riley Ganz
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Lowrey Organ, Moog Synthesizer
Riley Ganz — Percussion

25th June 1980

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Heartbreaker" which was a Sam Whitby composition.

Heartbreaker

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 25th June 1980, 9:25 AM, Oxford Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

9th August 1980, 4:17 PM, Oxford Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:52
Genre: Experimental Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Riley Ganz
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Harmony vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Moog Synthesizer, Tape Loops
Chudley Maron — Backing vocal, Lowrey Organ
Riley Ganz — Backing vocal, Percussion

5th July 1980

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Verdanna Springs" which was a Sam Whitby composition.

Verdanna Springs

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 5th July 1980, 10:38 AM, Oxford Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

15th July 1980, 3:04 PM, Oxford Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:32
Genre: Experimental Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Riley Ganz
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Harmony vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Rain-stick
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Sound Effects
Chudley Maron — Lowrey Organ
Riley Ganz — Percussion, Tape Loops

12th July 1980

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Falafel, Falafel" which was a Peter McDonald composition.

Falafel, Falafel

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 12th July 1980, 11:36 AM, Oxford Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:03:25
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Riley Ganz, Peter McDonald
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Lowrey Organ
Riley Ganz — Percussion
Grady Ashman — Viola
Dallas Guertin — Cello
Eleonore Hinojos — Violin
Katy Taranto — Violin

15th July 1980

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Riley Ganz respectively record rain-stick, sound effects, and tape loops for "Verdanna Springs" on this day.

17th July 1980

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Self-Centred Heart" which was a Torquil Dohrn composition.

Self-Centred Heart

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 17th July 1980, 5:12 PM, Oxford Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

10th August 1980, 9:27 AM, Oxford Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:54
Genre: Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Torquil Dohrn, Riley Ganz
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar, Tape Loops
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Harmony vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Backing vocal, Lowrey Organ
Riley Ganz — Backing vocal, Percussion
Ned Morphis — Cello
Neal Nobriga — Viola
Leticia Angert — Violin
Tamar Crafts — Violin

9th August 1980

Sam Whitby records Moog synthesizer overdubs for "My Girlfriend" on this day.

Sam Whitby records tape loops for "Heartbreaker" on this day. The tape loops featured the sounds of a heartbeat. Of course it wasn't the sound of a real heartbeat that was featured in the recording.

10th August 1980

Torquil Dohrn records tape loops for "Self-Centred Heart" on this day. The tape loops featured the sounds of a heartbeat. Of course it wasn't the sound of a real heartbeat that was featured in the recording.

13th August 1980

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "I Was Born to Do This" which was a Torquil Dohrn composition.

I Was Born to Do This

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 13th August 1980, 6:59 PM, Oxford Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

21st August 1980, 5:03 PM, Oxford Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:32
Genre: Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Torquil Dohrn, Riley Ganz
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar, Sound Effects
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Harmony vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar
Riley Ganz — Percussion, Tape Loops
Ned Morphis — Cello
Neal Nobriga — Viola
Leticia Angert — Violin
Tamar Crafts — Violin

21st August 1980

Torquil Dohrn and Riley Ganz respectively record sound effects and tape loops for "I Was Born to Do This" on this day.

1st September 1980

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Blast Off" which was a Devon O'Connell composition. This song would become the title track for the band's tenth album.

This would be the last Cherry Beat composition to feature the participation of the band's music supervisor Chudley Maron, who was losing interest in contributing and producing material issued under the band's name.

The official reason was that Chudley Maron had grown tired of the band's constant disagreements as to how their music should be produced, who should produce it, and how it should sound.

Blast Off

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 1st September 1980, 9:03 PM, Oxford Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

8th September 1980, 11:57 PM, Oxford Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:50
Genre: Art Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Space Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Devon O'Connell
Producer: Riley Ganz
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Handclaps
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Handclaps
Devon O'Connell — Lead vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Mellotron
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Handclaps
Chudley Maron — Keyboard
Riley Ganz — Percussion, Music Sequencer
Grady Ashman — Viola
Dallas Guertin — Cello
Eleonore Hinojos — Violin
Katy Taranto — Violin

8th September 1980

Devon O'Connell and Riley Ganz respectively add mellotron and music sequencer overdubs to "Blast Off" on this day.

20th September 1980

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Key Lime Pie" which was a Devon O'Connell composition. Devon described the song as a modern and experimental form of The Monkees' song "99 Pounds" written by Jeff Barry, which Cherry Beat had covered in early 1971.

Key Lime Pie

A-Side: Instant Carbonara
Chart Position: #8 (UK Single)
#2 (US Single)
Album: Greatest Hits
Released: 9th October 1980 (Single Release)
10th February 1985 (Album Release)
Recorded: 20th September 1980, 3:17 PM, Oxford Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

21st September 1980, 2:29 PM, Oxford Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
22nd September 1980, 1:41 PM, Oxford Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:28
Genre: Boogie Rock, Experimental Rock, Rock and Roll
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Devon O'Connell
Producer: Riley Ganz
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Handclaps
Peter McDonald — Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Moog Synthesizer, Handclaps
Devon O'Connell — Lead vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Knife and Fork, Handclaps
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Knife and Fork, Handclaps
Riley Ganz — Backing vocal, Percussion

21st September 1980

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell respectively record Moog synthesizer, knife and fork, acoustic guitar, and knife and fork overdubs for "Key Lime Pie" on this day.

22nd September 1980

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell record handclaps for "Key Lime Pie" on this day.

9th October 1980

Single Release — Instant Carbonara / Key Lime Pie

15th November 1980

Album Release — Blast Off!

Blast Off! — Album

Chart Position: #2 (UK Album)
#16 (US Album)
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 25th June 1979 - 5th May 1980, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
13th - 15th September 1979, Bombay Studios, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
31st January 1980, 12:29 PM, Faringdon Golf Course, Oxford-shire, United Kingdom, 18th June - 8th September 1980, Oxford Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Genre: Experimental Rock, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Producer: Charlotte Dohrn (Disc 1: tracks 8)
Torquil Dohrn (Disc 1: tracks 8, 12, 13, Disc 2: tracks 12, 13)
Riley Ganz (Disc 1: tracks 1, 2, Disc 2: tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13)
Chudley Maron (Disc 1: tracks 11, Disc 2: tracks 3, 4, 10, 11)
Elodia McDonald (Disc 1: tracks 4, 11)
Peter McDonald (Disc 1: tracks 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, Disc 2: tracks 3, 9, 11)
Devon O'Connell (Disc 1: tracks 10)
Esther O'Connell (Disc 1: tracks 10)
Amber Whitby (Disc 1: tracks 2, Disc 2: tracks 1)
Sam Whitby (Disc 1: tracks 2, 5, 9, Disc 2: tracks 1, 5, 8)
Track Listing — Disc One: Heartbreaker
Get on Top
Pineapple Disease
Old Mother Hubbard
Arrogance
Apocalypse
Ghost Town
Cat Burglar
Jelly-phone
Cut Loose
Sweet Sorrow
The Deed is Done
Harvest Night
Track Listing — Disc Two: Fire! Fire! Fire!
My Girlfriend
Shaved Fish
Tropical Beach Hearts
Moment of Glory
Blast Off
Verdanna Springs
Wind Farm
Falafel, Falafel
Pineapple Heart
Sunny Jim
Self-Centred Heart
I Was Born to Do This

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