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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

Early - May 1973

So far, the band had released five number one singles, which could hardly be called a failure. Cherry Beat's first album had reached number five in late 1971, and stayed there for three consecutive weeks. Sadly their second album "Show Business" released in 1972 only reached number twenty-five for one week before it fell off the charts.

Cherry Beat's second album by far reached the most negative critical response out of all their albums. Their critics scolded them for covering popular songs by other artists for their albums without bothering to make sure that all the songs they covered fitted comfortably together on their records.

Indeed the band had chosen a diverse selection of covers for their second album. 1950s rock and roll songs "Peggy Sue", "The Girl Can't Help It", and "Clarabella". 1970s hard rock songs "Immigrant Song", and "Smoke on the Water". And a 1970s jazz and soul composition "The Candy Man".

One critic was reported to have said "Songs like "The Candy Man", "Immigrant Song", and "Peggy Sue", don't belong together on the same album, not with rock ballads like "The Ballad of Louise Starker"". The critical response of their second album eventually pressured the band into splitting up, but their music supervisor and producer Chudley Maron insisted that they wouldn't put the breaks on yet.

"Take a break from recording professionally, and wait at least ten months before you resume recording subsequent albums and singles" he'd say "I personally don't think you need to be releasing covers on your records, you've proven that you're capable of writing your own songs, look at how many number one singles you've already got!"

Chudley's words certainly helped to boost the band's confidence. They took his advice and waited at least ten months before they would start recording tracks for their next album. They would jam together on numerous occasions, but let their professional careers rest in the mean time.

16th May 1973

This was the band's first official recording session for their third album. The band members of Cherry Beat would still record covers, but they were confident that they would not need to release any more covers on their albums. Between June 1972 and May 1973, the band had written enough songs to make at least one album and two singles. Chudley Maron wrote a couple of songs and offered them to the band to record, but the members of the band, particularly Peter and Sam firmly said "We're not recording those songs for our next album, but we'll consider recording them for our fourth album instead".

On this day the band recorded two original compositions. Both of them were rock and roll styled songs, as they were continuing to write and record songs in their rock and roll vein, although they often experimented with blues-rock, hard rock, power pop, and boogie rock. "Nips of Pity" and "Squeeze Me Nice" were both rock and roll songs written solely by Peter McDonald. Both songs would make the band's third album.

Nips of Pity

Album: Still In Business
Released: 11th November 1973
Recorded: 16th May 1973, 12:25 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

1st June 1973, 2:03 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:20
Genre: Boogie Rock, Rock and Roll
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead Guitar, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar
Peter McDonald — Vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Tambourine
Sam Whitby — Rhythm Guitar, Electric Piano

Squeeze Me Nice

Album: Still In Business
Released: 11th November 1973
Recorded: 16th May 1973, 1:03 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

8th June 1973, 2:48 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:34
Genre: Boogie Rock, Rock and Roll
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — 12-String Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Double tracked lead vocal, Double tracked harmony vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Rhythm Guitar, Electric Piano

23rd May 1973

The band members were in the studio again recording two more original rock and roll compositions. "Tights of Pain" had been written solely by Sam Whitby, while Peter McDonald had helped him to polish off the rough edges of his composition "Shake Those Hips". "Tights of Pain" would be featured on the band's third album, while "Shake Those Hips" became the B-Side of the band's next single.

Tights of Pain

Album: Still In Business
Released: 11th November 1973
Recorded: 23rd May 1973, 11:24 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

14th June 1973, 10:33 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:08
Genre: Boogie Rock, Rock and Roll
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Tambourine
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Harmony vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Hammond Organ

Shake Those Hips

A-Side: Shake, Rattle and Die
Chart Position: #39 (UK Single)
#44 (US Single)
Album: Still In Business [1993 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 7th October 1973 (Single Release)
6th April 1993 (Album Release)
Recorded: 23rd May 1973, 12:45 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

11th June 1973, 3:22 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:10
Genre: Boogie Rock, Rock and Roll
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Sam Whitby, with Peter McDonald
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar

1st June 1973

Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell add electric piano, acoustic rhythm guitar, and tambourine overdubs to "Nips of Pity", respectively.

4th June 1973

The band members were in the studio again recording two more original rock and roll compositions. "Tunnel Walk" had been written solely by Sam Whitby, while what would subsequently become known as "Dark Power" had been written solely by Peter McDonald.

The band would later be forced to re-record the second of the two songs, and dispose of the original recording, upon discovering that the original title of the song had a meaning that may have taken offence, had it been released. To avoid offence, the track was re-recorded under the new title "Dark Power".

Peter McDonald said that he never intended to write a song with such a title. It was supposed to mean independence while being in the dark as opposed to independence in the light.

Tunnel Walk

Album: Still In Business
Released: 11th November 1973
Recorded: 4th June 1973, 3:08 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

5th June 1973, 2:04 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:15
Genre: Blues Rock, Rock and Roll
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead Guitar, Harmonica
Peter McDonald — Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Hammond Organ

5th June 1973

Sam Whitby and Torquil Dohrn add hammond organ and harmonica overdubs to "Tunnel Walk" respectively.

8th June 1973

Peter McDonald records harmony vocal and acoustic rhythm guitar overdubs for "Squeeze Me Nice". He also double tracks his lead and harmony vocals. Sam Whitby also records an electric piano overdub for the song.

11th June 1973

Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell respectively add hammond organ, harmonica, and percussion overdubs to "Shake Those Hips".

14th June 1973

Peter McDonald adds an acoustic rhythm guitar overdub to "Tights of Pain". Sam Whitby records harmony vocal, and hammond organ overdubs. Devon O'Connell records a tambourine overdub.

18th June 1973

The band members were in the studio again recording two more original compositions. "Rock and Roll Theme" had been written primarily by Peter McDonald, with input from Sam Whitby.

"Rock and Roll Theme" had originally been considered as a B-Side to "Shake, Rattle and Die", but since "Shake Those Hips" was omitted from the final pressing of the band's third album, it was released as the B-Side instead.

"Jeanie-Lee" was primarily written by Torquil Dohrn, with input from Peter McDonald. This made "Jeanie-Lee" the first recorded Torquil Dohrn composition to be commercially released, although the first Dohrn composed song to appear on "Still In Business" was "How Could You?".

Rock and Roll Theme

Album: Still In Business
Released: 11th November 1973
Recorded: 18th June 1973, 10:22 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

25th June 1973, 2:45 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:45
Genre: Hard Rock, Rock and Roll
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Peter McDonald, with Sam Whitby
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Double tracked lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Cello
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Cowbell
Sam Whitby — Double tracked harmony vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Electric Piano

Jeanie-Lee

Album: Still In Business
Released: 11th November 1973
Recorded: 18th June 1973, 2:49 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

5th July 1973, 3:48 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
6th July 1973, 9:27 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:21
Genre: Glam Rock, Jazz Fusion
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn, with Peter McDonald
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Double tracked lead vocal, Lead Guitar, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Peter McDonald — Double tracked harmony vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Lowrey Organ

23rd June 1973

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Devon O'Connell respectively add cello, electric piano, and cowbell overdubs to "Rock and Roll Theme".

4th July 1973

The band members were in the studio again recording two more original compositions. "Lil-Emmaline" had been written primarily by Peter McDonald, with input from Torquil Dohrn. "Chaos Symphony" was solely a Peter McDonald composition.

"Chaos Symphony", along with "Rock and Roll Theme", had originally been considered as a B-Side to "Shake, Rattle and Die", but since "Shake Those Hips" was omitted from the final pressing of the band's third album, it was released as the B-Side instead.

Lil-Emmaline

Album: Still In Business
Released: 11th November 1973
Recorded: 4th July 1973, 9:21 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

13th July 1973, 8:01 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:20
Genre: Glam Rock, Jazz Fusion
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Peter McDonald, with Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Double tracked harmony vocal, Lead Guitar, Alto Saxophone
Peter McDonald — Double tracked lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Cello
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Cowbell
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Lowrey Organ
Erich Phong — Trumpet
Bob Brannon — Oboe

Chaos Symphony

Album: Still In Business
Released: 11th November 1973
Recorded: 4th July 1973, 10:39 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

24th July 1973, 4:35 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:09
Genre: Hard Rock, Power Pop
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Peter McDonald — Double tracked vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Cello
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Percussion
Sam Whitby — Rhythm Guitar, Keyboard
Chudley Maron — Vibraphone

5th July 1973

Sam Whitby and Torquil Dohrn respectively record lowrey organ, and baritone saxophone overdubs for "Jeanie-Lee".

6th July 1973

Torquil Dohrn records a tenor saxophone overdub for "Jeanie-Lee".

9th July 1973

The band members were in the studio again recording two more original compositions. "How Could You?" was the first song the band recorded to be written solely by Torquil Dohrn, the first Torquil composition to appear on a Cherry Beat record, and the first song Cherry Beat recorded in which Torquil took sole credit as a songwriter.

The band also re-recorded "Dark Power" on this day, after discovering that the song's original title meant something that listeners would take offence, had the original recording been released. It was written solely by Peter McDonald.

How Could You?

Album: Still In Business
Released: 11th November 1973
Recorded: 9th July 1973, 4:23 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

29th July 1973, 11:43 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:23
Genre: Jazz Blues, Rock Music
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar, Alto Saxophone
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Cello
Devon O'Connell — Harmony vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Cowbell
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Lowrey Organ
Lacy Gram — Alto Saxophone
Noel Kontos — Alto Saxophone
Darin Askins — Trumpet
Jackie Barb — Trumpet
Erich Phong — Trumpet
Horace Voris — Oboe
Tomas Newkirk — Oboe
Dominick Stowell — Oboe

Dark Power

Album: Still In Business
Released: 11th November 1973
Recorded: 9th July 1973, 5:11 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

17th July 1973, 6:33 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:10
Genre: Experimental Rock, Punk Rock
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Peter McDonald — Vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Cello
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Percussion
Sam Whitby — Rhythm Guitar, Keyboard
Chudley Maron — Celesta

13th July 1973

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell respectively add cello, lowrey organ, alto saxophone, and cowbell overdubs to "Lil-Emmaline". Session musicians Erich Phong and Bob Brannon respectively add trumpet and oboe overdubs to the song.

17th July 1973

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, Devon O'Connell, and Chudley Maron respectively add cello, keyboard, moog synthesizer, percussion, and celesta overdubs to "Dark Power".

24th July 1973

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, Devon O'Connell, and Chudley Maron respectively add cello, keyboard, moog synthesizer, percussion, and vibraphone overdubs to "Chaos Symphony".

29th July 1973

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell respectively add cello, lowrey organ, alto saxophone, and cowbell overdubs to "How Could You?" Session musicians Lacy Gram, and Noel Kontos record alto saxophone overdubs. Darin Askins, Jackie Barb, and Erich Phong record trumpet overdubs. And Horace Voris, Tomas Newkirk, and Dominick Stowell record oboe overdubs.

5th August 1973

The band members were in the studio again recording two more original compositions. "Beethoven Bounce" was a sole composition by Sam Whitby, written in the boogie rock style that the band was currently influenced by. But like most tracks the band were recording at this time, it had mixed rock and roll flavours.

"Bellaroy" was written primarily by Sam Whitby, with input from Peter McDonald. However the band's drummer Devon O'Connell had been complaining that the other band members weren't giving him enough opportunity to sing lead, harmony, or backing vocals on the band's records. Torquil Dohrn was sympathetic, and so in addition to singing harmony on songs written or co-written by Torquil, he was able to persuade Peter and Sam to let Devon sing lead on "Bellaroy".

Beethoven Bounce

Album: Still In Business
Released: 11th November 1973
Recorded: 5th August 1973, 11:59 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

15th August 1973, 12:01 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
21st August 1973, 1:23 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:11
Genre: Boogie Rock, Hard Rock, Rock and Roll
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead Guitar, Handclaps
Peter McDonald — Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Cello, Handclaps
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Percussion, Handclaps
Sam Whitby — Double tracked vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Lowrey Organ, Handclaps

Bellaroy

Album: Still In Business
Released: 11th November 1973
Recorded: 5th August 1973, 1:15 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

17th September 1973, 3:35 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:49
Genre: Glam Rock, Hard Rock
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Sam Whitby, with Peter McDonald
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Sound Effects through brass instruments
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Cello
Devon O'Connell — Lead vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Rain-stick
Sam Whitby — Harmony vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Lowrey Organ

8th August 1973

The band members were in the studio again recording another original composition. "Pepperoo" was a sole composition by Torquil Dohrn, making it his second sole composition. However it was rejected from "Still In Business", and thus it would not immediately see the light of a day.

Pepperoo

Album: Neapolitan
Released: 2nd November 1976
Recorded: 8th August 1973, 4:23 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

11th August 1973, 3:00 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom [1]

Duration: 0:03:44
Genre: Jazz Blues, Rock Music
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar, Alto Saxophone [2]
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Cello [3]
Devon O'Connell — Harmony vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Cowbell [4]
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Lowrey Organ [5]
Lacy Gram — Alto Saxophone [2]
Noel Kontos — Alto Saxophone [2]
Darin Askins — Trumpet [6]
Jackie Barb — Trumpet [6]
Erich Phong — Trumpet [6]
Horace Voris — Oboe [7]
Tomas Newkirk — Oboe [7]
Dominick Stowell — Oboe [7]

11th August 1973

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell respectively add cello, lowrey organ, alto saxophone, and cowbell overdubs to "Pepperoo" Session musicians Lacy Gram, and Noel Kontos record alto saxophone overdubs. Darin Askins, Jackie Barb, and Erich Phong record trumpet overdubs. And Horace Voris, Tomas Newkirk, and Dominick Stowell record oboe overdubs.

15th August 1973

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Devon O'Connell record cello, lowrey organ, and percussion overdubs for "Beethoven Bounce". Sam also double tracks his vocal for the song.

21st August 1973

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell add handclaps to "Beethoven Bounce".

24th August 1973

Peter McDonald and Sam Whitby double track their vocals on "Rock and Roll Theme".

27th August 1973

Torquil Dohrn and Peter McDonald double track their vocals on "Jeanie-Lee".

31st August 1973

Peter McDonald and Torquil Dohrn double track their vocals on "Lil-Emmaline".

4th September 1973

Peter McDonald double tracks his vocal on "Chaos Symphony".

8th September 1973

The band members were in the studio again recording another original composition. "Shake, Rattle and Die" was a rock and roll song written primarily by Sam Whitby, with input from Peter McDonald. It became the last song recorded by Cherry Beat that would make the album "Still In Business". It also became the band's next number one hit single.

Shake, Rattle and Die

B-Side: Shake Those Hips
Chart Position: #1 (UK Single)
#1 (US Single)
Album: Still In Business
Released: 7th October 1973 (Single Release)

11th November 1973 (Album Release)

Recorded: 8th September 1973, 12:39 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

13th September 1973, 11:18 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:35
Genre: Hard Rock, Rock and Roll
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Sam Whitby, with Peter McDonald
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Double tracked harmony vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Cello
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Cowbell
Sam Whitby — Double tracked lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Lowrey Organ

13th September 1973

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Devon O'Connell respectively add cello, lowrey organ, and cowbell overdubs to "Shake, Rattle and Die".

15th September 1973

Sam Whitby and Peter McDonald double track their vocals on "Shake, Rattle and Die".

17th September 1973

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell respectively add cello, lowrey organ, sound effects through brass instruments, and rain-stick overdubs to "Bellaroy".

21st September 1973

Although the band was largely recording their own material at this time, the band members would still occasionally record cover versions of rock and roll songs when business was slow.

On this day, session musicians Ricky Stanbery, Shaun Galloway, and Antony Newcomb respectively add tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, and cowbell overdubs to "Sweet Little Sixteen". A mix without these overdubs was released on the Cherry Beat compilation album "Rock and Roll Covers, 1971" in 1988.

The band would also record a cover of Chuck Berry's song "You Can't Catch Me" on this day, with Sam Whitby on lead vocals.

You Can't Catch Me

Album: Still In Business [1993 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 6th April 1993
Recorded: 21st September 1973, 6:22 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

22nd September 1973, 4:41 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:53
Genre: Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Roll
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Chuck Berry
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Double Bass
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Percussion
Sam Whitby — Vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Electric Piano
Ricky Stanbery — Tenor Saxophone
Shaun Galloway — Baritone Saxophone

22nd September 1973

Sam Whitby and Devon O'Connell respectively add electric piano and percussion overdubs to "You Can't Catch Me". Session musicians Ricky Stanbery and Shaun Galloway respectively add tenor and baritone saxophone overdubs.

27th September 1973

The band members were in the studio again, recording a cover version of The Beatles' song Thank You Girl, featuring Peter McDonald on lead vocals.

As Peter described it "We were 70's rock musicians rooted with 50's style rock and roll, therefore we were inspired by a lot of rock and roll musicians of the 50's and 60's. And of course, as members of a boy band of rock music, how could we not be inspired by artists like The Beatles?"

Sam Whitby said "The Beatles' original version of the song featured John Lennon on lead vocals, and although we can all reach the notes of John's low tenor range, none of us sound remotely, or otherwise similar to him, although I am capable of producing a rough edged vocal with a slight rasp to it. Out of all the members of Cherry Beat, Peter is probably the one that sounds the most like a Beatle, although he sounds most like Paul McCartney, but Paul did sing harmony on The Beatles' version of the song".

Peter said "I personally think my vocal on our version of "Thank You Girl" sounds more or less similar to Paul's vocal on "Can't Buy Me Love". Indeed I've got to say that my vocal sounds more like Paul's than like John's both in general, and range-wise. Both me and Sam are mid-range tenors much like Paul, rather than low tenors like John. There are some high tenor notes that Sam can reach that I cannot although he has proven to be capable at reaching all my lower notes as well".

Thank You Girl

Album: Still In Business [1993 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 6th April 1993
Recorded: 27th September 1973, 4:21 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

29th September 1973, 10:06 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:02:08
Genre: Beat Music, Rock and Roll
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: John Lennon, Paul McCartney
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Double tracked backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Harmonica
Peter McDonald — Double tracked lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Harmony vocal, Rhythm Guitar

29th September 1973

Torquil Dohrn records a harmonica overdub for "Thank You Girl". Peter McDonald, and Torquil also double track their vocals.

2nd October 1973

The band members were in the studio again, recording a cover of an Elvis Presley composition "Don't Be Cruel". Devon O'Connell handled the lead vocals, although the band had considered doing it with Peter McDonald, or Torquil Dohrn singing on lead vocals.

Don't Be Cruel

Album: Still In Business [1993 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 6th April 1993
Recorded: 2nd October 1973, 5:54 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:02:10
Genre: Pop Rock, Rock and Roll
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Otis Blackwell
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Double Bass
Devon O'Connell — Lead vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar

4th October 1973

The band members were in the studio again, recording another Elvis Presley cover, "All Shook Up". Once again Devon O'Connell handled the lead vocals, although the band had considered doing it with Peter McDonald on lead vocals.

All Shook Up

Album: Still In Business [1993 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 6th April 1993
Recorded: 4th October 1973, 10:50 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:02:06
Genre: Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Roll
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Otis Blackwell
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Double Bass
Devon O'Connell — Lead vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar

7th October 1973

Single Release — Shake, Rattle and Die / Shake Those Hips

10th October 1973

The band members were in the studio again recording two more original compositions. "Cocoa Star Rookies" was written mostly by Sam Whitby, but both he and Peter McDonald have pointed out that Peter did help with a few of the lyrics, and some of the music.

The second composition they recorded on this day was written solely by Sam Whitby. "Sweet Amber, Sweet" was inspired by Amber Stark who was Sam's girlfriend at the time. "Cocoa Star Rookies" was released as the band's next single after "Shake, Rattle and Die", with "Sweet Amber, Sweet" as the B-Side.

Cocoa Star Rookies

B-Side: Sweet Amber, Sweet
Chart Position: #1 (UK Single)
#1 (US Single)
Album: Greatest Hits
Released: 4th January 1974 (Single Release)
10th February 1985 (Album Release)
Recorded: 10th October 1973, 12:42 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

11th October 1973, 11:39 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
12th October 1973, 2:11 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
13th October 1973, 4:45 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:47
Genre: Hard Rock, Jazz Blues, Proto-Metal
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Sam Whitby, with Peter McDonald
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar, Electric Slide Guitar, Sound Effects, Alto Saxophone
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Sound Effects through brass instruments
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Percussion, Cowbell
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Six String Bass Guitar
German Sprinkle — Alto Saxophone
Jared Underhill — Trumpet
Lacy Gram — Alto Saxophone
Noel Kontos — Alto Saxophone
Darin Askins — Trumpet
Jackie Barb — Trumpet
Erich Phong — Trumpet
Bob Brannon — Oboe
Horace Voris — Oboe
Tomas Newkirk — Oboe
Dominick Stowell — Oboe

Sweet Amber, Sweet

A-Side: Cocoa Star Rookies
Chart Position: #36 (UK Single)
#47 (US Single)
Album: Greatest Hits
Released: 4th January 1974 (Single Release)
10th February 1985 (Album Release)
Recorded: 10th October 1973, 1:49 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

14th October 1973, 10:37 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:45
Genre: Hard Rock, Power Pop
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Sound Effects
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Cello
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Tambourine
Sam Whitby — Double tracked lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Lowrey Organ

11th October 1973

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell respectively add electric guitar, electric piano, electric slide guitar, and percussion overdubs to "Cocoa Star Rookies".

12th October 1973

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell respectively add sound effects through brass instruments, six string bass guitar, sound effects, and cowbell overdubs to "Cocoa Star Rookies".

13th October 1973

Torquil Dohrn, and session musicians German Sprinkle, Lacy Gram, and Noel Kontos record alto saxophone overdubs for "Cocoa Star Rookies". Jared Underhill, Darin Askins, Jackie Barb, and Erich Phong record trumpet overdubs. And Bob Brannon, Horace Voris, Tomas Newkirk, and Dominick Stowell record oboe overdubs.

As the band members of Cherry Beat described it, "We literally used all the instruments that were played on The Beatles' song "Helter Skelter", and The Monkees' song "Goin' Down". Except "Cocoa Star Rookies" doesn't feature trombones like "Goin' Down" does. Instead it features oboes".

14th October 1973

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell record cello, lowrey organ, sound effects, and tambourine overdubs for "Sweet Amber, Sweet". Sam also double tracks his lead vocal for the song.

11th November 1973

Album release — Still In Business

Still In Business — Album

Chart Position: #1 (UK Album)
#1 (US Album)
Released: 11th November 1973
Recorded: 16th May - 17th September 1973, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Genre: Pop Rock, Rock and Roll
Label: Sky Dive Records
Producer: Chudley Maron
Track Listing: Shake, Rattle and Die
Chaos Symphony
Beethoven Bounce
How Could You?
Lil-Emmaline
Jeanie-Lee
Bellaroy
Squeeze Me Nice
Tights of Pain
Nips of Pity
Dark Power
Tunnel Walk
Rock and Roll Theme

4th January 1974

Single release — Cocoa Star Rookies / Sweet Amber, Sweet

References

  1. The mix released as a bonus track on the 2010 Compact Disc reissue of Still In Business omitted the alto saxophone, cello, cowbell, lowrey organ, trumpet, and oboe overdubs recorded on this day.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The mix released as a bonus track on the 2010 Compact Disc reissue of Still In Business omits the alto saxophone.
  3. The mix released as a bonus track on the 2010 Compact Disc reissue of Still In Business omits the cello.
  4. The mix released as a bonus track on the 2010 Compact Disc reissue of Still In Business omits the cowbell.
  5. The mix released as a bonus track on the 2010 Compact Disc reissue of Still In Business omits the lowrey organ.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 The mix released as a bonus track on the 2010 Compact Disc reissue of Still In Business omits the trumpet.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 The mix released as a bonus track on the 2010 Compact Disc reissue of Still In Business omits the oboe.

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