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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

8th May 1971

The four band members - Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell - together with their producer - Chudley Maron - gathered in the studio to record the band's first original composition. An electric blues rocker called "Missile Line 01-1-10".

Missile Line 01-1-10

A-Side: Rock It!
Chart Position: #35 (UK Single)
#42 (US Single)
Album: Cherry Beat
Released: 9th September 1971 (Single Release)

9th November 1971 (Album Release)

Recorded: 8th May 1971, 11:55 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

15th July 1971, 11:24 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:29
Genre: Blues-Rock
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Peter McDonald, with Sam Whitby
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Harmony vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Hammond Organ
Chudley Maron — Electric Piano

7th July 1971

The four band members - Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell - together with their producer - Chudley Maron - gathered in the studio to record two new compositions. "Midnight Parade" and "Festival".

Midnight Parade

B-Side: Festival
Chart Position: #1 (UK Single)
#2 (US Single)
Album: Cherry Beat
Released: 8th August 1971 (Single Release)

9th November 1971 (Album Release)

Recorded: 7th July 1971, 2:45 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

14th July 1971, 3:30 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:26
Genre: Power Pop
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Sam Whitby, with Peter McDonald
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Harmony vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Tambourine
Sam Whitby — Double tracked lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Electric Piano

Festival

A-Side: Midnight Parade
Chart Position: #11 (UK Single)
#21 (US Single)
Album: Cherry Beat
Released: 8th August 1971 (Single Release)

9th November 1971 (Album Release)

Recorded: 7th July 1971, 4:07 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

14th July 1971, 4:22 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:20
Genre: Power Pop
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Double tracked lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Tambourine
Sam Whitby — Harmony vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Electric Piano

9th July 1971

The four band members - Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell - together with their producer - Chudley Maron - gathered in the studio to begin work on a new composition.

A psychedelic rock song "Rainballs", which was Peter's attempt at doing the same sort of music The Beatles had done on their 1966 album Revolver [UK].

Of course, there was absolutely no way a song like that would be recorded and completed using basic equipment. A couple more sessions at least would be necessary in order to complete the song.

Rainballs

A-Side: Magpie
Chart Position: #42 (UK Single)
#51 (US Single)
Album: Cherry Beat
Released: 11th October 1971 (Single Release)

9th November 1971 (Album Release)

Recorded: 9th July 1971, 2:12 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

17th July 1971, 4:39 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
18th July 1971, 10:04 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
19th July 1971, 12:53 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:31
Genre: Experimental Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Raga Rock
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Harmony vocal, Backwards Electric Guitar, Sitar, Tape loops
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Tape loops
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Tambourine, Tabla, Tape loops
Sam Whitby — Harmony vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Hammond Organ, Tambura, Tape loops
Chudley Maron — Electric Piano, Rain-stick

11th July 1971

The four band members - Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell - together with their producer - Chudley Maron - gathered in the studio to begin work on a new composition. A hard rock song called "Rock It!"

Rock It!

B-Side: Missile Line 01-1-10
Chart Position: #1 (UK Single)
#4 (US Single)
Album: Cherry Beat
Released: 9th September 1971 (Single Release)

9th November 1971 (Album Release)

Recorded: 11th July 1971, 3:45 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

15th July 1971, 10:33 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
21st July 1971, 1:53 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:03
Genre: Hard Rock, Proto-Metal
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar, Electric Slide Guitar, Trumpet
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Sound Effects through brass instruments
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Cowbell
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Electric Guitar, Six String Bass Guitar, Sound Effects
Chudley Maron — Electric Piano

13th July 1971

The four band members - Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell - together with their producer - Chudley Maron - gathered in the studio to record a new composition. An acoustic ballad called "Magpie".

Magpie

B-Side: Rainballs
Chart Position: #1 (UK Single)
#6 (US Single)
Album: Cherry Beat
Released: 11th October 1971 (Single Release)

9th November 1971 (Album Release)

Recorded: 13th July 1971, 1:05 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

16th July 1971, 12:45 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
20th July 1971, 6:47 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:34
Genre: Folk Music
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Bass-line on Electric Guitar, Percussion
Peter McDonald — Harmony vocal, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar, Cymbals, Tape loops
Devon O'Connell — Bongo Drums
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Foot Tapping
Chudley Maron — Maracas

14th July 1971

Sam Whitby double tracks his lead vocal on Midnight Parade. Devon O'Connell records tambourine overdubs for the track.

Peter McDonald double tracks his lead vocal on Festival. Devon O'Connell records tambourine overdubs for the track.

15th July 1971

Torquil Dohrn, Peter McDonald, Devon O'Connell, and Sam Whitby record electric slide guitar, electric guitar, cowbell, and six string bass guitar overdubs for Rock It!, respectively.

Sam Whitby records hammond organ overdubs for Missile Line 01-1-10.

16th July 1971

Torquil Dohrn records a bass-line on electric guitar, and Peter McDonald records a harmony vocal and an acoustic rhythm guitar overdub for Magpie.

17th July 1971

Torquil Dohrn turns his lead guitar around for Rainballs, so that it plays backwards. Peter McDonald records an acoustic guitar overdub for the song. Devon O'Connell records a tambourine overdub, Sam Whitby, a hammond organ overdub, and Chudley Maron, a rain-stick overdub. Two more sessions were proven necessary in order to complete the song, making it more complex than any previous Cherry Beat recording.

18th July 1971

Torquil Dohrn, Devon O'Connell, and Sam Whitby record sitar, tabla, and tambura overdubs respectively to Rainballs.

19th July 1971

Torquil Dohrn, Peter McDonald, Devon O'Connell, and Sam Whitby record tape loops and add them to Rainballs. The song was now completed.

20th July 1971

Peter McDonald records and adds tape loops to Magpie.

21st July 1971

Torquil Dohrn records a trumpet overdub to Rock It! Peter McDonald adds sound effects through brass instruments, and Sam Whitby adds sound effects.

8th August 1971

Single Release — Midnight Parade / Festival

9th September 1971

Single Release — Rock It! / Missile Line 01-1-10

11th September 1971

The four band members - Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell - together with their producer - Chudley Maron - gathered in the studio to record rock and roll covers of "Shake, Rattle and Roll", "Blue Suede Shoes", and "Roll over Beethoven".

Shake, Rattle and Roll

Album: Cherry Beat
Released: 9th November 1971
Recorded: 11th September 1971, 9:43 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:03:02
Genre: Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Roll
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Jesse Stone
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Vocal, Double Bass
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Grand Piano

Blue Suede Shoes

Album: Cherry Beat
Released: 9th November 1971
Recorded: 11th September 1971, 10:47 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:02:30
Genre: Country Blues, Rockabilly, Rock and Roll
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Carl Perkins
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Double Bass
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Grand Piano

Roll over Beethoven

Album: Cherry Beat
Released: 9th November 1971
Recorded: 11th September 1971, 12:01 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

13th October 1971, 11:35 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:02:46
Genre: Rock and Roll
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Chuck Berry
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead Guitar, Handclaps
Peter McDonald — Double Bass, Handclaps
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Handclaps
Sam Whitby — Double tracked vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Handclaps
Chudley Maron — Grand Piano

26th September 1971

The four band members - Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell - together with their producer - Chudley Maron - gathered in the studio to record rock and roll covers of "Wake Up Little Susie", "Jailhouse Rock", and "Twist Little Sister". However none of these three songs would make the album.

Wake Up Little Susie

Album: Cherry Beat [1992 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 3rd June 1992
Recorded: 26th September 1971, 10:38 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:02:09
Genre: Country Music, Rockabilly
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Boudleaux Bryant, Felice Bryant
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Harmony vocal, Double Bass
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Harmony vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Grand Piano

Jailhouse Rock

Album: Cherry Beat [1992 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 3rd June 1992
Recorded: 26th September 1971, 10:53 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:02:30
Genre: Rockabilly, Rock and Roll
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Vocal, Double Bass
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Grand Piano

Twist Little Sister

Album: Cherry Beat [1992 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 3rd June 1992
Recorded: 26th September 1971, 11:27 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:02:05
Genre: Beat Music, Rock and Roll
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: John Beveridge, Pete Oakman
Producer: Chudley Maron
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, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Grand Piano

29th September 1971

The four band members - Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell - together with their producer - Chudley Maron - gathered in the studio to record rock and roll covers of "I Got Stung", "Soldier of Love (Lay Down Your Arms)", and "The Twist".

However none of these three songs would be immediately released, with "Soldier of Love" and "The Twist" needing overdubs. The two songs would receive the respective overdubs of a violin and tenor saxophone in late 1974.

I Got Stung

Album: Cherry Beat [1992 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 3rd June 1992
Recorded: 29th September 1971, 4:42 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:02:38
Genre: Rock and Roll
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: David Hess, Aaron Schroeder
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Vocal, Double Bass
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Grand Piano

Soldier of Love (Lay Down Your Arms)

Album: Cherry Beat [1992 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 3rd June 1992
Recorded: 29th September 1971, 5:51 AM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

2nd December 1974, 6:12 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom [1]

Duration: 0:02:23
Genre: Soul Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Buzz Cason, Tony Moon
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Ellsworth Hutchins — Violin [2]

The Twist

Album: Cherry Beat [1992 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 3rd June 1992
Recorded: 29th September 1971, 6:11 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

2nd December 1974, 6:48 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom [3]

Duration: 0:02:39
Genre: Rock and Roll
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Hank Ballard
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
Ricky Stanbery — Tenor Saxophone [4]

11th October 1971

Single Release — Magpie / Rainballs

13th October 1971

Sam Whitby double tracks his lead vocal on Roll over Beethoven. Torquil Dohrn, Peter McDonald, Devon O'Connell, and Sam Whitby also record and add handclaps to the song. Later that day, the group begin work on a new composition called "Please No More" which was Peter McDonald's attempt at imitating the boogie rock style of Status Quo.

The band also recorded a third song on this day, "Propinquity", a Country song that Michael Nesmith had written before he became a member of The Monkees. He also recorded a version of the song in 1968 before he left The Monkees. The Monkees' version was eventually released on Missing Links Volume Three.

Please No More

Album: Cherry Beat
Released: 9th November 1971
Recorded: 13th October 1971, 1:35 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:03:22
Genre: Boogie Rock
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Double tracked vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Hammond Organ

Propinquity (I've Just Begun to Care)

Album: Cherry Beat
Released: 9th November 1971
Recorded: 13th October 1971, 3:37 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:03:20
Genre: Country Music
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Michael Nesmith
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Double tracked vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Peter McDonald — Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Steel Guitar
Chudley Maron — Hammond Organ
Donald Key — Banjo

14th October 1971

Peter McDonald double tracks his lead vocal on Please No More.

Torquil Dohrn double tracks his lead vocal on Propinquity.

15th October 1971

The group records two more rock and roll covers for their first album. One of them was a song "Rip It Up" that had originally been recorded by Little Richard. The other was a Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller song "Shake 'Em Up (and Let 'Em Roll)" which had previously been recorded by The Monkees.

Rip It Up

Album: Cherry Beat
Released: 9th November 1971
Recorded: 15th October 1971, 7:04 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:02:39
Genre: Rock and Roll
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Robert Blackwell, John Marascalo
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead Guitar, Handclaps
Peter McDonald — Vocal, Double Bass
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Rhythm Guitar, Handclaps
Chudley Maron — Tambourine
Wiley Stancill — Baritone Saxophone, Handclaps
Ricky Stanbery — Tenor Saxophone, Handclaps
German Sprinkle — Alto Saxophone, Handclaps

Shake 'Em Up (and Let 'Em Roll)

Album: Cherry Beat
Released: 9th November 1971
Recorded: 15th October 1971, 7:36 PM, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:02:15
Genre: Jazz Music, Rock and Roll, Soul Music
Label: Sky Dive Records
Author: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Alphonse Labounty — Boehm System Clarinet

References

  1. The mix released as a bonus track on the 1992 Compact Disc reissue of Cherry Beat omits the violin overdub recorded on this day.
  2. The mix released as a bonus track on the 1992 Compact Disc reissue of Cherry Beat omits the violin.
  3. The mix released as a bonus track on the 1992 Compact Disc reissue of Cherry Beat omits the tenor saxophone overdub recorded on this day.
  4. The mix released as a bonus track on the 1992 Compact Disc reissue of Cherry Beat omits the tenor saxophone.

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