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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

November 1975

The band's 1975 album "Heavy Rock" reached #3 in the United Kingdom, as of September 1975. It was the band's first album since "Show Business" to miss the top spot. Chudley Maron, the band's music supervisor, and their producer of all their albums, save "Heavy Rock", began to get worried that the band's musical output was slipping, and encouraged the band to revert to the musical strategy of their third and fourth albums "Still In Business" (1973), and "Merry Christmas" (1974), in order to record and release another album that was a blockbuster.

However the recording sessions for this album would be the last in which Chudley Maron made a solo stand as an album producer, since Riley Ganz would be brought in by Sam Whitby to co-produce the band's next album, and all the albums thereafter. 1976 would see the release of the band's sixth album which would be known as "Neapolitan". This was the last album to be issued under the Sky Dive Records label. It was also the last album to be recorded in Dohrn Studios, since the band would be relocating to the newly finished Moonlight Bay Studio.

27th November 1975

This was the band's first official recording session for their sixth album. Once again, Chudley Maron would serve as the producer of the band's music, much to the renewed delight of all the band members, except Sam Whitby who seemed eager to search for another producer, apparently dissatisfied with Chudley's latest efforts.

On this day the band recorded two new compositions. "Now We're Getting Along" was a composition written primarily by Peter McDonald, with input from Sam Whitby. "Can't Hear a Word" was a composition written primarily by Sam Whitby, with input from Peter McDonald.

Now We're Getting Along

Album: Neapolitan
Released: 2nd November 1976
Recorded: 27th November 1975, 12:47 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:04:37
Genre: Reggae Rock
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Peter McDonald, with Sam Whitby
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Harmony vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Grand Piano
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Harmony vocal, Xylophone

Can't Hear a Word

Album: Neapolitan
Released: 2nd November 1976
Recorded: 27th November 1975, 2:42 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:04:23
Genre: Raga Rock
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Sam Whitby, with Peter McDonald
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Harmony vocal, Electric Sitar
Peter McDonald — Harmony vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Tabla
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Acoustic Guitar

18th December 1975

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Paper-bag Monster Truck Delivery" which was written by Peter McDonald and Sam Whitby. As it's title implies, the song's lyrics are very surreal and rather nonsensical.

Paper-bag Monster Truck Delivery

Album: Neapolitan
Released: 2nd November 1976
Recorded: 18th December 1975, 3:38 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

16th March 1976, 11:19 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:05:39
Genre: Blues-Rock, Hard Rock
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Alto Saxophone
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Cello
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum kit, Percussion
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Electric Piano

23rd December 1975

Single Release — A Christmas Tale / Happy Christmas

28th December 1975

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Traffic Jam" which was written by Peter McDonald and Sam Whitby. Peter stated that he and Sam would have chosen to record the song for their fifth album "Heavy Rock" but that just slipped out of their minds, so they didn't get to record it in time to release it on their fifth album.

They would consider releasing it on their sixth album. But they had a lot of other songs that they wanted to record and release on their sixth album, including some of their previously unreleased recordings that dated back from as early as 1972.

Traffic Jam

Album: Neapolitan
Released: 2nd November 1976
Recorded: 28th December 1975, 9:01 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

21st March 1976, 10:01 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:05:01
Genre: Blues-Rock, Hard Rock
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Alto Saxophone
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Cello
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum kit, Percussion
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Electric Piano

12th January 1976

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Close My Door" which was written by Devon O'Connell. It was a soft rock song, although it did have a jazzy feel and a slight disco edge to it.

As Sam Whitby later said "Devon never had an easy time trying to get us to record his songs, because we usually thought they were no good. Either that or we didn't think they would be appealing to fans. But this is the third composition he's presented to us that we've agreed to record, and his songwriting has gradually improved over the years that he's been with us".

Close My Door

Album: Neapolitan
Released: 2nd November 1976
Recorded: 12th January 1976, 11:32 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

20th January 1976, 12:35 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:51
Genre: Jazz Music, Soft Rock
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Devon O'Connell
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Lead vocal, Ludwig Drum kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Keyboard
Ernesto Selby — Tenor Saxophone
Ron Hayhurst — Flute
Kendrick Vantassel — Boehm System Clarinet
Lacy Gram — Alto Saxophone
Johnathan Martz — Trombone
Erich Phong — Trumpet
Bobbie Dossett — Flugelhorn

20th January 1976

Session musicians Ernesto Selby, Ron Hayhurst, Kendrick Vantassel, Lacy Gram, Johnathan Martz, Erich Phong, and Bobbie Dossett respectively recorded tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trombone, trumpet, and flugelhorn overdubs for Devon O'Connell's song "Close My Door".

3rd February 1976

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Denim Blues, Blacks, Greys and Whites", often abbreviated to "Denim Blues" which was primarily written by Peter McDonald, with input from Sam Whitby.

The song, along with "Do the Ronde Ronde" were two of the first compositions Cherry Beat recorded to feature a "Wall of Sound" production approach, though it would be restrained on "Denim Blues" to prevent the track's sound from being "too full".

Denim Blues, Blacks, Greys and Whites

Album: Neapolitan
Released: 2nd November 1976
Recorded: 3rd February 1976, 12:27 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

5th February 1976, 11:37 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
7th February 1976, 12:03 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:36
Genre: Blues-Rock, Hard Rock
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Peter McDonald, with Sam Whitby
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Slide Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Peter McDonald — Double tracked lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar, Grand Piano
Chudley Maron — Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Grand Piano
Ricky Stanbery — Tenor Saxophone
Chester McGlade — Cello
Elisha Bedsole — Violin
Patricia Cockrill — Violin
Tracey Lessman — Violin
Ned Morphis — Violin
Noel Kontos — Alto Saxophone
Ellsworth Hutchins — Violin
Williams Torian — Violin
Grady Ashman — Viola
Neal Nobriga — Viola
Gonzalo Northup — Violin
Marcellus Folger — Violin
Terrance Bustamante — Violin
Dallas Guertin — Cello

5th February 1976

Torquil Dohrn and Peter McDonald overdub acoustic guitars onto "Denim Blues". Sam Whitby and Chudley Maron overdub grand pianos onto the song.

7th February 1976

Orchestral overdubs were added to "Denim Blues" on this day. Session musicians Elisha Bedsole, Patricia Cockrill, Tracey Lessman, Ned Morphis, Ellsworth Hutchins, Williams Torian, Gonzalo Northup, Marcellus Folger, and Terrance Bustamante played violin. Grady Ashman and Neal Nobriga played viola. Chester McGlade and Dallas Guertin played cello. Ricky Stanbery played tenor saxophone, and Noel Kontos played the alto saxophone.

Chudley Maron stripped back the orchestration on the final mix so that even in the more passive parts of the song, the orchestration level is very low.

13th February 1976

Session musicians Elisha Bedsole and Gonzalo Northup record violin overdubs for "Think" which had been started during the sessions for "Heavy Rock" but obviously not recorded for that album. Neal Nobriga recorded viola overdubs, and Chester McGlade and Dallas Guertin recorded cello ones. The song was now completed.

17th February 1976

Peter McDonald and Torquil Dohrn respectively record keyboard and alto saxophone overdubs for "Jeep".

18th February 1976

Peter McDonald double tracks his lead vocal on "Denim Blues".

Peter McDonald double tracks his lead vocal on "Jeep".

20th February 1976

Peter McDonald and Devon O'Connell respectively record lead guitar and tambourine overdubs for "Ticket to Paris".

23rd February 1976

Sam Whitby double tracks his lead vocal on "Ticket to Paris".

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell respectively record cello, electric piano, alto saxophone and percussion overdubs for "Soldier Rhymes". Sam also double tracks his vocal for the song.

28th February 1976

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell respectively record cello, keyboard, sound effects through woodwind instruments, and percussion overdubs for "Daymare".

4th March 1976

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell record handclaps for "Daymare".

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell record handclaps for "Do the Ronde Ronde".

7th March 1976

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell record keyboard, lowrey organ, harmonica, and percussion overdubs for "Do the Ronde Ronde".

11th March 1976

Torquil Dohrn records alto saxophone overdubs for "Do the Ronde Ronde". Session musicians Wiley Stancill and Ricky Stanbery recorded baritone and tenor saxophone overdubs respectively. Jared Underhill, Darin Askins, and Jackie Barb recorded trumpet overdubs, and Delmer Matousek and Johnathan Martz recorded trombone overdubs.

14th March 1976

Torquil Dohrn records a trombone overdub for "Do the Ronde Ronde". This would be the last session for the song.

16th March 1976

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell record cello, electric piano, alto saxophone and percussion overdubs respectively for "Paper-bag Monster Truck Delivery".

18th March 1976

Single Release — Jeep / Think

21st March 1976

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell record cello, electric piano, alto saxophone and percussion overdubs respectively for "Traffic Jam".

24th March 1976

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell record handclaps for "I've Been Pinched".

26th March 1976

Peter McDonald and Devon O'Connell respectively record cello and percussion overdubs for "I've Been Pinched".

29th March 1976

Peter McDonald, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell respectively record cello, moog synthesizer, and percussion overdubs for "Kitty in a Tank".

1st April 1976

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Canary Tunes" which was primarily written by Sam Whitby, with input from Peter McDonald. It was the first new composition the band had recorded since they'd written and recorded "Denim Blues".

Canary Tunes

Album: Neapolitan
Released: 2nd November 1976
Recorded: 1st April 1976, 11:49 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

3rd April 1976, 12:01 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
6th April 1976, 8:22 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:15
Genre: Jazz Rock, Soft Rock
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Sam Whitby, with Peter McDonald
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Harmony vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Alto Saxophone, Agogo Bells
Peter McDonald — Double tracked harmony vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Vibraslap, Whistling
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum kit, Cowbell, Conga Drums
Sam Whitby — Double tracked lead vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Güiro, Whistling

3rd April 1976

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn and Devon O'Connell respectively record vibraslap, güiro, alto saxophone, and cowbell overdubs for "Canary Tunes".

6th April 1976

Torquil Dohrn and Devon O'Connell respectively record agogo bells and conga drums for "Canary Tunes". Peter McDonald and Sam Whitby double track their vocals, and record whistling overdubs.

8th April 1976

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Chamber of Love" which was primarily written by Peter McDonald, with input from Sam Whitby.

Chamber of Love

B-Side: Daymare
Chart Position: #1 (UK Single)
#1 (US Single)
Album: Greatest Hits
Released: 28th April 1976 (Single Release)
10th February 1985 (Album Release)
Recorded: 8th April 1976, 9:01 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

10th April 1976, 10:35 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:37
Genre: Hard Rock, New Wave
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Peter McDonald, with Sam Whitby
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Keyboard
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar

10th April 1976

Peter McDonald and Torquil Dohrn respectively record keyboard and moog synthesizer overdubs for "Chamber of Love".

14th April 1976

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Riding on a Steam Train" which was primarily written by Peter McDonald, with input from Sam Whitby.

Many years later Peter and Sam confirmed that the song wasn't just about having a ride on a steam train. They confirmed otherwise, hence the first part of the song's title, what the song was really mostly about.

They didn't openly speak about this in the wrong places, because they didn't want people to think the song was inappropriate for younger listeners. Peter and Sam said that they felt that it was a perfect fit for a children's song, and didn't want to spoil the enjoyment the children got from the song.

However there were a few radio stations that subsequently refused to play the song, upon discovering what it meant.

Riding on a Steam Train

Album: Neapolitan
Released: 2nd November 1976
Recorded: 14th April 1976, 9:47 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

16th April 1976, 5:15 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
19th April 1976, 8:08 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:08
Genre: Country Rock, Jazz Music
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Peter McDonald, with Sam Whitby
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Alto Saxophone, Boehm System Clarinet
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Banjo
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum kit, Tambourine
Sam Whitby — Harmony vocal, Steel Guitar, Lowrey Organ
Oliver Janas — Harmonica
Delmer Matousek — Trombone
Darin Askins — Trumpet
Jackie Barb — Trumpet
Johnathan Martz — Trombone
Erich Phong — Trumpet

16th April 1976

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell respectively record banjo, lowrey organ, alto saxophone, and tambourine overdubs for "Riding on a Steam Train".

19th April 1976

Torquil Dohrn records a clarinet overdub for "Riding on a Steam Train". Session musician Oliver Janas records a harmonica overdub. Delmer Matousek, and Johnathan Martz record trombone overdubs, and Darin Askins, Jackie Barb, and Erich Phong record trumpet overdubs for the song.

25th April 1976

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Don't Count on Me" which was written by Torquil Dohrn.

Don't Count on Me

A-Side: Sybel Cannibals
Chart Position: #39 (UK Single)
#43 (US Single)
Album: Greatest Hits
Released: 1st June 1976 (Single Release)
10th February 1985 (Album Release)
Recorded: 25th April 1976, 10:12 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

27th April 1976, 11:38 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:01
Genre: Jazz Music, Soft Rock
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Electric Piano
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum kit, Claves
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Lowrey Organ

27th April 1976

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Devon O'Connell respectively record electric piano, lowrey organ, and claves overdubs for "Don't Count on Me".

28th April 1976

Single Release — Chamber of Love / Daymare

1st May 1976

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Sybel Cannibals" which was written by Torquil Dohrn, Peter McDonald, Devon O'Connell and Sam Whitby, based on an original idea by Torquil Dohrn.

According to Torquil, he had this strange dream where he was listening to Manuel and the Music of the Mountains' instrumental compositions Mas Que Nada (Say No More) and Adios Muchachos.

A third composition with the deep chanting of "We're the Sybel Cannibals", but otherwise in that classical style was also part of the dream. Torquil then said "I made sure that third composition was really just in the dream, before me and my fellow bandmates claimed ownership of the song". Since Sybel Cannibals just came to Torquil in a dream, it's title is completely meaningless.

Sybel Cannibals

B-Side: Don't Count on Me
Chart Position: #1 (UK Single)
#4 (US Single)
Album: Greatest Hits
Released: 1st June 1976 (Single Release)
10th February 1985 (Album Release)
Recorded: 1st May 1976, 11:32 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

4th May 1976, 5:39 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:00
Genre: Experimental Music, Pop Music, Tango Music
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn, with Peter McDonald, Devon O'Connell, Sam Whitby
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Classical Guitar, Flute
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Double Bass, Cello
Devon O'Connell — Lead vocal, Ludwig Drum kit, Percussion
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Classical Guitar, Accordion
Chudley Maron — Backing vocal, Grand Piano, Bandoneón
Elodia Torian — Backing vocal
Amber Stark — Backing vocal
Charlotte Henderson — Backing vocal
Esther Lynmore — Backing vocal
Alphonse Labounty — Boehm System Clarinet
Chester McGlade — Cello
Ron Hayhurst — Flute
Ned Morphis — Violin
Kendrick Vantassel — Boehm System Clarinet
Ellsworth Hutchins — Violin
Gonzalo Northup — Violin
Terrance Bustamante — Violin

4th May 1976

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, Devon O'Connell and Chudley Maron respectively add cello, accordion, flute, percussion, and bandoneón overdubs to "Sybel Cannibals". Session musicians Alphonse Labounty, and Kendrick Vantassel added clarinet overdubs. Chester McGlade added cello overdubs. Ned Morphis, Ellsworth Hutchins, Gonzalo Northup, and Terrance Bustamante added violin overdubs, and Ron Hayhurst added a flute overdub.

1st June 1976

Single Release — Sybel Cannibals / Don't Count on Me

11th June 1976

The band recorded a cover of Chuck Berry's song "Maybellene". However, like all Cherry Beat covers, this recording was not considered for release on the band's sixth album.

Maybellene

Album: Neapolitan [1994 Compact Disc Reissue] [Bonus Disc]
Released: 14th November 1994
Recorded: 11th June 1976, 6:47 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:02:23
Genre: Rockabilly, Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Chuck Berry
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Vocal, Grand Piano
Chudley Maron — Maracas

17th July 1976

The band recorded a cover of The Dave Clark Five's song "Glad All Over". However, like all Cherry Beat covers, this recording was not considered for release on the band's sixth album.

Glad All Over

Album: Neapolitan [1994 Compact Disc Reissue] [Bonus Disc]
Released: 14th November 1994
Recorded: 17th July 1976, 10:05 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

18th July 1976, 8:08 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:02:48
Genre: Beat Music, Rock and Roll
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Dave Clark, Mike Smith
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Alto Saxophone
Peter McDonald — Double tracked lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Harmony vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Keyboard

18th July 1976

Torquil Dohrn records an alto saxophone overdub for "Glad All Over". Peter McDonald's vocal is also double tracked.

31st August 1976

The band members were in the studio again recording a new composition on this day. "Bop Bop Shuop" which was written by Peter McDonald and Sam Whitby. However the track was not considered for release on the band's sixth album.

Bop Bop Shuop

Album: Neapolitan [1994 Compact Disc Reissue] [Bonus Disc]
Released: 14th November 1994
Recorded: 31st August 1976, 2:05 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
14th November 2009, 6:37 PM, Eastern Sound Recorders, Oxford, United Kingdom [1]
Duration: 0:03:29
Genre: Boogie Rock, Rock and Roll, Surf Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby
Producer: Chudley Maron [2]
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Tenor Saxophone [3]
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Lead vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar

5th September 1976

The band recorded a cover of ZZ Top's song "Tush". However, like all Cherry Beat covers, this recording was not considered for release on the band's sixth album.

Tush

Album: Neapolitan [1994 Compact Disc Reissue] [Bonus Disc]
Released: 14th November 1994
Recorded: 5th September 1976, 4:33 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:02:30
Genre: Blues-Rock, Hard Rock, Texas Blues
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Rhythm Guitar

26th October 1976

The band members were in the studio again recording a new composition for their 1976 Christmas single. "Christmas Time (Is Finally Here)" which was written by Peter McDonald and Sam Whitby. Ever since the belated single release of "Happy Christmas" / "A Christmas Tale" failed to top the charts in December 1975, the band members wanted to release a Christmas song that would top the charts. When "Christmas Time (Is Finally Here)" was released in December 1976, the band members of Cherry Beat got their wish.

Christmas Time (Is Finally Here)

B-Side: Do the Ronde Ronde
Chart Position: #1 (UK Single)
#2 (US Single)
Album: Greatest Hits
Released: 15th December 1976 (Single Release)
10th February 1985 (Album Release)
Recorded: 26th October 1976, 4:45 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

27th October 1976, 3:33 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
28th October 1976, 8:01 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
29th October 1976, 9:04 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:59
Genre: Christmas Music, Pop Rock
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Harmony vocal, Backing vocal, 12-String Acoustic Guitar, Sleigh Bells, Handclaps
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Harmony vocal, Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Cello, Handclaps
Devon O'Connell — Harmony vocal, Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Bass Drums, Handclaps
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Harmony vocal, Backing vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Lowrey Organ, Handclaps
Chudley Maron — Backing vocal, Grand Piano
Elodia Torian — Backing vocal
Amber Stark — Backing vocal
Charlotte Henderson — Backing vocal
Esther Lynmore — Backing vocal

27th October 1976

Peter McDonald and Sam Whitby record harmony vocal overdubs for "Christmas Time (Is Finally Here)". Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell's respective girlfriends Amber Stark, Charlotte Henderson, and Esther Lynmore, together with session vocalist Elodia Torian recorded backing vocals for the song.

28th October 1976

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell respectively record cello, lowrey organ, sleigh bells, and bass drum overdubs for "Christmas Time (Is Finally Here)". The four of them also record additional backing vocal overdubs.

29th October 1976

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell record handclaps for "Christmas Time (Is Finally Here)". This would be the last session for the song, and the session that would wrap up the recording sessions for "Neapolitan".

2nd November 1976

Album release — Neapolitan

Neapolitan — Album

Chart Position: #1 (UK Album)
#2 (US Album)
Released: 2nd November 1976
Recorded: 11th February 1972, 8th - 11th August 1973, 5th December 1974, 23rd July - 28th December 1975, 12th January - 19th April 1976, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Genre: Blues-Rock, Jazz Rock
Label: Sky Dive Records
Producer: Chudley Maron
Track Listing: Ticket to Paris
Soldier Rhymes
Riding on a Steam Train
Traffic Jam
Kitty in a Tank
Paper-bag Monster Truck Delivery
Close My Door
Pepperoo
Now We're Getting Along
Canary Tunes
Denim Blues, Blacks, Greys and Whites
I've Been Pinched
Can't Hear a Word

15th December 1976

Single Release — Christmas Time (Is Finally Here) / Do the Ronde Ronde

References

  1. The mix released on the 1994 Compact Disc reissue of Neapolitan omitted the tenor saxophone overdubs recorded on this day.
  2. The 2009 stereo mix of the song was produced by Gregory Dogan instead.
  3. The mix released on the 1994 Compact Disc reissue of Neapolitan omits the tenor saxophone.

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