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Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Blue Birds (from Greece)

The Blue Birds formed in the port town of Piraeus, near Athens. They were one of the first Greek garage bands, releasing a national hit "Julie" in 1965 on Philips. The flip, Way to Heaven is supposed to be a good, moody song, but I haven't heard it because I have the ROL release, in which Julie is backed with an instrumental number by different band. The ROL label 45s were given away to promote ROL laundry detergent!
Their next 45 was also released on both Philips and ROL, both sides included this time. Sweet Polly / Just Remember are both excellent garage numbers, with fantastic farfisa organ playing and good harmonies.
Two other early singles are highly rated, but with a change in lineup in 1967, their music developed with psychedelic and folk influences. They stopped singing in English and wrote songs with Christian themes to the lyrics. In total the Bluebirds released thirteen 45s and one fine album, Xylinos Stavros (Wooden Cross).
Band members were:
Giorgos Petridis: Vocals (-1967, + Lja Laoytari)
Yannis Psimoppoylos: Guitar, Vocals
Leonidas Louloudis: Bass (-1967, Manolis Laoytaris)
Swkratis Ardavanis: Organ
Gavrilis Pantzis: Drums (-1972, + Nikos Kalogerakis)

The Blue Birds - Julie

The Blue Birds - Sweet Polly

The Blue Birds - Just Remember

3 comments:

spyconaut said...

geiaa!!loipoun auta ta diamantia synithws apo ta blogs..enw exoume poly kali poiotita. an kai ta digmata mas eimai liga. psaxnw kai alles ellinikies garage bands opws oi ''the stormies'' kai oi ''the hippy's''!!synexise tin kali douleia!!

Spyros said...

my friend spyconaut thank you for your comments.
For the greek 60s garage band of stormies please visit http://www.garagehangover.com/?q=Stormies and for the Hippy;s visit http://www.garagehangover.com/?q=Hippys
regards
spyros

PersianLand said...

Ψάχνοντας για το αγαπημένο μου τραγούδι Julie έπεσα πάνω στις πληροφορίες σας. :) Δεν ήξερα καν ότι είναι έλληνες. :) Ο πατέρας μου είπε ότι το άκουγε στα νιάτα του. Πραγματικά το Julie μου φτιάχνει κάθε φορά το κέφι :)
Καλή δουλειά.