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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

December 1981

The recording sessions for the band's eleventh album saw the departure of the band's drummer Devon O'Connell. Their music supervisor Chudley Maron had refused to lend a hand in the eleventh album's production, due to the ongoing conflicts and tension within the band.

Longtime session percussionist Riley Ganz who'd produced several of the band's songs from 1977 to 1981 was fired by Peter McDonald, when his partner Sam Whitby suggested that Riley should become the sole producer for the band's twelfth album, a suggestion which infuriated Peter, as he wasn't satisfied with most of Riley's production efforts.

Near the end of the recording sessions for the band's eleventh album, Chudley Maron, at Peter's request, found Gregory Dogan, a young producer who's production efforts were on pair with Chudley's own. Gregory produced the last recorded song for the band's eleventh album, and was to continue serving as the band's producer for the entire recording session for the band's twelfth album.

When the band's eleventh album was released, it had become clear that the band was passing their popularity peak outside the United Kingdom. The band's eleventh album "X-Rayed" only managed to reach #29 in the United States, while the band's latest single "Moolah Mogul" only reached #43 in the United States.

For the band's twelfth album, it was decided that the new material would be recorded in the stadium, at the back of Moonlight Bay Studios. It was perfect for a live performance. The band would record the new material live in-front of a private party consisting of their friends, relatives, and associates.

The recordings would not feature any live cheering nor anything beyond that from the audience, so it was much like recording their music in the studio, only they were recording outside in the stadium.

The parties at Moonlight Bay made sure that no one in the neighbourhood would be disturbed by the private performance. They didn't want to accidentally replicate something similar to what The Beatles had intentionally done back in 1969.

There were a few concerns raised prior to the band's upcoming private performance, as Devon O'Connell had left and the band was in need of a drummer. Peter McDonald had programmed a drum machine for a few of the band's tracks on their eleventh album, but as he would be playing his höfner bass guitar for the performance, he would be unable to program the drum machine as effectively as if he weren't preoccupied with the bass.

Sam Whitby suggested that they could get Percy Duncan, a session drummer to play for the band's private performance, but the other two band members disagreed, as they didn't want anyone outside of the band to contribute to the band's performance. In the end they decided to allow their producer Gregory Dogan to program a drum machine, after agreeing that having their producer contribute was different from having a session musician contribute.

31st December 1981

This was the night that the band had decided to host their private performance. The band recorded and played a total of fifteen new songs, thirteen of which would be released on the band's twelfth album, while the other two would be released as a non-album single.

The songs the band played at the performance were "Moonlight Bay", "Carnival", "Electronic Blues", "Hailstones", "Kokako", "Funky Rhythm", "Pigeon Post", "Sub-Station", "Vintage Days", "Bishops and Knights", "Knee Length Skirt", "Cherry Tree", "Woodland Drive", "Viking Helmet", and "Execuputter".

As with the number of songs recorded for the band's 1975 album "Heavy Rock", the songs recorded for the band's album "Sunset Stadium" featured an equal amount of compositions from Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Torquil Dohrn. The three of them had contributed five songs for "Sunset Stadium" each.

However since two of Sam's songs were released as a non-album single, only three of his songs made the album. Curiously most Cherry Beat albums were dominated either by Peter or to a slightly greater extent Sam. For "Sunset Stadium", Peter and Torquil dominated the album as all five of their respective compositions were included on the album.

Both of Sam's songs that were released as a non-album single would however be reunited with their siblings on the 1997 reissue of Sunset Stadium, so thus he had an even number of tracks to the amount Peter and Torquil had on the album in 1997 onward.

Moonlight Bay

B-Side: Carnival
Chart Position: #1 (UK Single)
#32 (US Single)
Album: Sunset Stadium
Released: 15th February 1982 (Single Release)

9th April 1982 (Album Release)

Recorded: 31st December 1981, 7:30 PM, Moonlight Bay Stadium, Oxford, United Kingdom

1st January 1982, 8:41 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:28
Genre: Hard Rock, Power Pop, Synthpop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby, with Peter McDonald
Producer: Gregory Dogan
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Harmony vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Gregory Dogan — Drum Programming, Music Sequencer

Carnival

A-Side: Moonlight Bay
Chart Position: #39 (UK Single)
#67 (US Single)
Album: Sunset Stadium
Released: 15th February 1982 (Single Release)

9th April 1982 (Album Release)

Recorded: 31st December 1981, 7:36 PM, Moonlight Bay Stadium, Oxford, United Kingdom

1st January 1982, 1:47 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:36
Genre: Hard Rock, Power Pop, Synthpop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Gregory Dogan
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Sam Whitby — Harmony vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Gregory Dogan — Drum Programming, Music Sequencer

Electronic Blues

Album: Sunset Stadium
Released: 9th April 1982
Recorded: 31st December 1981, 7:42 PM, Moonlight Bay Stadium, Oxford, United Kingdom

1st January 1982, 3:33 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:38
Genre: Blues-Rock, Hard Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald, with Sam Whitby
Producer: Gregory Dogan
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Sam Whitby — Harmony vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Gregory Dogan — Drum Programming, Music Sequencer

Hailstones

Album: Sunset Stadium
Released: 9th April 1982
Recorded: 31st December 1981, 7:48 PM, Moonlight Bay Stadium, Oxford, United Kingdom

1st January 1982, 4:47 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:17
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Gregory Dogan
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Harmony vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Sam Whitby — Harmony vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Gregory Dogan — Drum Programming, Music Sequencer

Kokako

Album: Sunset Stadium
Released: 9th April 1982
Recorded: 31st December 1981, 7:53 PM, Moonlight Bay Stadium, Oxford, United Kingdom

2nd January 1982, 8:57 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:20
Genre: Folk Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Gregory Dogan
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Bass-line on Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Harmony vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Foot Tapping, Moog Synthesizer
Gregory Dogan — Drum Programming, Music Sequencer

Funky Rhythm

Album: Sunset Stadium
Released: 9th April 1982
Recorded: 31st December 1981, 7:59 PM, Moonlight Bay Stadium, Oxford, United Kingdom

2nd January 1982, 10:38 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:39
Genre: Hard Rock, Proto-Metal
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Gregory Dogan
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Electric Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Gregory Dogan — Drum Programming, Music Sequencer

Pigeon Post

B-Side: Cherry Tree
Chart Position: #1 (UK Single)
#38 (US Single)
Album: Greatest Hits
Released: 6th March 1982 (Single Release)
10th February 1985 (Album Release)
Recorded: 31st December 1981, 8:05 PM, Moonlight Bay Stadium, Oxford, United Kingdom

2nd January 1982, 2:45 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:42
Genre: Pop Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Gregory Dogan
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Gregory Dogan — Drum Programming, Music Sequencer

Sub-Station

Album: Sunset Stadium
Released: 9th April 1982
Recorded: 31st December 1981, 8:10 PM, Moonlight Bay Stadium, Oxford, United Kingdom

2nd January 1982, 6:01 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:25
Genre: Blues-Rock, Hard Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Gregory Dogan
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Gregory Dogan — Drum Programming, Music Sequencer

Vintage Days

Album: Sunset Stadium
Released: 9th April 1982
Recorded: 31st December 1981, 8:16 PM, Moonlight Bay Stadium, Oxford, United Kingdom

3rd January 1982, 9:41 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:32
Genre: Pop Rock, Progressive Rock, Synthrock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Gregory Dogan
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Gregory Dogan — Drum Programming, Music Sequencer

Bishops and Knights

Album: Sunset Stadium
Released: 9th April 1982
Recorded: 31st December 1981, 8:21 PM, Moonlight Bay Stadium, Oxford, United Kingdom

3rd January 1982, 11:11 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:37
Genre: Power Pop, Rock Music, Synthrock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Gregory Dogan
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Gregory Dogan — Drum Programming, Music Sequencer

Knee Length Skirt

Album: Sunset Stadium
Released: 9th April 1982
Recorded: 31st December 1981, 8:25 PM, Moonlight Bay Stadium, Oxford, United Kingdom

3rd January 1982, 1:04 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:06
Genre: Power Pop, Rock Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Gregory Dogan
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Gregory Dogan — Drum Programming, Music Sequencer

Cherry Tree

A-Side: Pigeon Post
Chart Position: #45 (UK Single)
#73 (US Single)
Album: Sunset Stadium [1997 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 6th March 1982 (Single Release)
24th October 1997 (Album Release)
Recorded: 31st December 1981, 8:30 PM, Moonlight Bay Stadium, Oxford, United Kingdom

3rd January 1982, 4:44 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:55
Genre: Blues-Rock, Folk Blues
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Gregory Dogan
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Gregory Dogan — Drum Programming, Music Sequencer

Woodland Drive

Album: Sunset Stadium
Released: 9th April 1982
Recorded: 31st December 1981, 8:29 PM, Moonlight Bay Stadium, Oxford, United Kingdom

4th January 1982, 10:38 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:00
Genre: Power Pop, Synthrock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Gregory Dogan
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Gregory Dogan — Drum Programming, Music Sequencer

Viking Helmet

Album: Sunset Stadium
Released: 9th April 1982
Recorded: 31st December 1981, 8:33 PM, Moonlight Bay Stadium, Oxford, United Kingdom

4th January 1982, 11:32 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:44
Genre: Folk Rock, Power Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Gregory Dogan
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Gregory Dogan — Drum Programming, Music Sequencer

Execuputter

Album: Sunset Stadium
Released: 9th April 1982
Recorded: 31st December 1981, 8:38 PM, Moonlight Bay Stadium, Oxford, United Kingdom

4th January 1982, 5:01 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:58
Genre: Experimental Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Synthpop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Gregory Dogan
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Gregory Dogan — Drum Programming, Music Sequencer

1st January 1982

Sam Whitby and Gregory Dogan respectively record Moog synthesizer and music sequencer overdubs for "Moonlight Bay" at Moonlight Bay Studios on this day.

Peter McDonald and Gregory Dogan respectively record Moog synthesizer and music sequencer overdubs for "Carnival" at Moonlight Bay Studios on this day.

Peter McDonald and Gregory Dogan respectively record Moog synthesizer and music sequencer overdubs for "Electronic Blues" at Moonlight Bay Studios on this day.

Peter McDonald and Gregory Dogan respectively record Moog synthesizer and music sequencer overdubs for "Hailstones" at Moonlight Bay Studios on this day.

2nd January 1982

Sam Whitby and Gregory Dogan respectively record Moog synthesizer and music sequencer overdubs for "Kokako" at Moonlight Bay Studios on this day.

Sam Whitby and Gregory Dogan respectively record Moog synthesizer and music sequencer overdubs for "Funky Rhythm" at Moonlight Bay Studios on this day.

Sam Whitby and Gregory Dogan respectively record Moog synthesizer and music sequencer overdubs for "Pigeon Post" at Moonlight Bay Studios on this day.

Peter McDonald and Gregory Dogan respectively record Moog synthesizer and music sequencer overdubs for "Sub-Station" at Moonlight Bay Studios on this day.

3rd January 1982

Peter McDonald and Gregory Dogan respectively record Moog synthesizer and music sequencer overdubs for "Vintage Days" at Moonlight Bay Studios on this day.

Torquil Dohrn and Gregory Dogan respectively record Moog synthesizer and music sequencer overdubs for "Bishops and Knights" at Moonlight Bay Studios on this day.

Torquil Dohrn and Gregory Dogan respectively record Moog synthesizer and music sequencer overdubs for "Knee Length Skirt" at Moonlight Bay Studios on this day.

Sam Whitby and Gregory Dogan respectively record Moog synthesizer and music sequencer overdubs for "Cherry Tree" at Moonlight Bay Studios on this day.

4th January 1982

Torquil Dohrn and Gregory Dogan respectively record Moog synthesizer and music sequencer overdubs for "Woodland Drive" at Moonlight Bay Studios on this day.

Torquil Dohrn and Gregory Dogan respectively record Moog synthesizer and music sequencer overdubs for "Viking Helmet" at Moonlight Bay Studios on this day.

Torquil Dohrn and Gregory Dogan respectively record Moog synthesizer and music sequencer overdubs for "Execuputter" at Moonlight Bay Studios on this day.

15th February 1982

Single Release — Moonlight Bay / Carnival

6th March 1982

Single Release — Pigeon Post / Cherry Tree

3rd April 1982

Torquil Dohrn publicly announces that he is no longer a Cherry Beat.

9th April 1982

Album Release — Sunset Stadium

Sunset Stadium — Album

Chart Position: #1 (UK Album)
#43 (US Album)
Released: 9th April 1982
Recorded: 31st December 1981, Moonlight Bay Stadium, Oxford, United Kingdom
1st - 4th January 1982, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Genre: Hard Rock, Power Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Producer: Gregory Dogan
Track Listing: Moonlight Bay
Electronic Blues
Carnival
Execuputter
Viking Helmet
Woodland Drive
Funky Rhythm
Knee Length Skirt
Kokako
Hailstones
Bishops and Knights
Vintage Days
Sub-Station

26th April 1982

Cherry Beat is now officially disbanded. Without Torquil Dohrn and Devon O'Connell around to help keep Peter McDonald and Sam Whitby together, the co-leaders of the band basically splintered, dissolving the band entirely. All four band members privately sensed that there would eventually be a band reunion or two. But none of them had any idea when.

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