Simon Dupree and The Big Sound 'Trivia Stories'

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  Trivia ::: Last updated ::: 13th October 2007.  
  The new CD 'Part Of My Past' is the definitive 'Simon Dupree And The Big Sound' Anthology.
It includes all of the bands singles, plus the single recorded as 'The Moles'.
'We Are The Moles' part One and Two. ( The Beatles in disguise ? !! )
Plus the tracks from the LP 'Without Reservations' are included, some are in both mono
and stereo.
It also includes 16 previously unreleased tracks which were to be on album which was shelved
called : - "Once More Into The Breach Dear Friends".
At least three other tracks are known to exist : 'Hava Nagila', 'Homeland' and
'She Won't Come Back'.
  On the track 'Reservations' part of the last break was accidentally deleted.
This would mean us doing the whole thing again and loosing a days work.
The producer managed to fix this by physically cutting the tape and splicing it.
No computer help in those days.
He must have done a good job because to my knowledge this has never been noticed.
If you have the record and you are really, really, really bored,
have a listen to the last break, it's bit of a jumble.
It doesn't appear on the new CD, computer help no doubt.

The actress Jacqui Chan, ( not Jackie Chan ! ) speaks the erotic spoken words on 'Kites'.
( Jacqui Chan appeared in the films 'Krakatoa', 'East of Java', 'Cleopatra',
'The World of Suzie Wong' .... Etc. )
Jacqui had bit of a problem with this as she couldn't speak Chinese.
She took the words to her Grandmother who taught her the correct pronunciation.
Several Chinese people I know who speak a variety of Chinese dialects, are unable to understand any of these words.
All is forgiven because she's a lovely person.

Phil Shulman's recollection is :- "Jacqui Chan couldn't speak Chinese as she was born and raised in Trinidad.
So a local Restaurateur was quickly brought in to to write a few lines that Jacqui
then recited phonetically, it was all a bit of a farce, really"

After all this time I have no idea which version is correct !
Perhaps both versions are partly correct ?
e.g - A local Restaurateur quickly wrote a few lines.
Jacqui Chan then took these lines to her Grandmother, who taught Jacqui to
recite them phonetically.

I have procured a picture of the actual restaurant where these famous words
were written ........!

simon dupree_restaurant
  'A Little Picture Playhouse' was written by Eric Hine.
Eric had found the original words and music to this song in his mothers piano stool at home.
This was plagiarized and passed off as his own without telling the the rest of the band.
This song was recorded and was put on the LP 'Without Reservations'.
After the LP was released the song was noticed by the holders of the original copy right.....
The band was sued. It was settled out of court. Gee, thanks Eric ..... (*) .....
  Dudley Moore played the piano on 'Broken Hearted Pirates'.
Dudley was a friend of the arranger and conductor of the song Chris Gunning.
Eric does the part of the parrot, very appropriate don't you think ?!!
Dudley Moore also played on 'You', 'Rain' and 'Can't You See'.
  Elton John plays on the track 'Laughing Boy From Nowhere'.
This song also features Phil Shulman's son Calvin - laughing.
Elton John also wrote and played on the song 'I'm Going Home' ( Lyrics by Bernie Taupin )
Elton also plays piano on the track 'Give It All Back'.
  On the track 'Amen' my bass guitar was purposely played out of tune ( slightly flat ).
Also the bass line is played a fraction behind the beat.
This was to try to give the number more feel.
Some people may well ask, 'Isn't that the way you always played' ......!
  The Track 'Day Time, Night Time' was written by Mike Hugg from 'Manfred Mann'
'Manfred Mann' had previously released the track which was called 'Each And Every Day'.

'Day Time, Night Time' was a hit record for Keith Hampshire in Canada in 1973.
Keith had been a DJ for Radio Caroline in 66/67, where he played the guts out of our
version of the song trying to make it a hit. As he says 'Twas not to be'.

We recording our first LP 'Without Reservations' at the Abbey Road studios the same time
as 'The Beatles' were recording there ‘Sgt. Peppers’ LP.
They used studio two through the night, we used the same studio during the day.
Immediately after 'The Beatles' had vacated studio two the atmosphere was really pleasant,
we could float around the studio without the use of our legs.
The doorman would complain to us that they were going to get busted, and he would loose his job.
The poor guy was immediately given the name 'jobs-worth'.

We only knew 'The Beatles' well enough to say something like, 'How yer doing' or 'Good morning'.
Sometimes our paths would cross in the studio or in the studio's small canteen.
They seemed a good humoured bunch of guys who treated Abbey Road as there second home.

'The Beatles' never had there equipment taken out of studio two, it was packed away neatly into
the corner of the studio by their roadies.
Now what was the point of our roadies unloading gear, when perfectly good equipment was
not more than ten feet away ?
So apart from there guitars we used 'The Beatles' equipment.

Our biggest problem was remembering how it had been packed, and repacking it
correctly at the end of the day.
With apologies to Paul, Ringo ... Etc. The cheque's in the post.
During this time we discovered the magic Mellotron that 'The Beatles' had been using
on 'Sgt. Peppers'.
This was pulled out, experimented with , and used on a few of our tracks.
We acquired a Mellotron of our own shortly after this.
I think we were the second or third band to use one on stage, after 'The Moody Blues'.

I was in the small canteen at Abbey Road.
John Lennon was playing Blackjack with a few friends at one of the tables.
The game was being watched by a few casual observers.
John Lennon's turn came and he bought a card for sixpence.
One of the observers coughed and sneered a bit hinting the great John Lennon
could only afford sixpence.
With this John Lennon stood up with a look of fury on his face and said to the guy,
"Listen mate, that may be sixpence to you, but to me that's a five pound note"
John was of course referring to the amount of income tax that he had to pay.
This would have been an exaggeration, but the guy took the point and soon after slunk away.
And no - it wasn't me that made the remark.

  Phil Shulman in an interview he gave on 16th March 2004, relates a story about
John Lennon at Abbey Road.
I will repeat it here, I'm sure Phil won't mind.
Phil :: - 'The Big Sound' recorded at Abbey Road, rubbing shoulders with 'The Beatles'.
We would chat with them but you couldn't show you were in awe of them because we were a
professional band too and everything was competitive,' says Phil.
'Around the time of John and Yoko's love in, one of the beds they used was in the studio
set up behind screens.
'I went in one day and no-one was about so I sat on it and bounced about a bit.
Then I stood up and started using it as a trampoline.
John Lennon walked in, saw my head bobbing up and down and said;
"What you doin', wack?"
When he realized what I was doing he told me to "**** off "...!
If you get really bored, more Trivia will be placed here shortly.
  © P.O'Flaherty - 2004.  
Below ::: Jacqui Chan and Simon Dupree ::::
Jacqui Chan and Simon Dupree

Two mistakes :: 'Kites' was written by 'Hal Hackaday' and 'Lee Pockriss'
not Evelyn King.
'For Whom The Bell Tolls' wasn't a hit record.


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