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Artist:Hurricane Smith
Label:  Columbia
Catalogue:DB 8943
Date:10 Nov 1972
Collection:  I Own It     I Want It 
Community:11 Own
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Release date from booklet 'The New Singles' No. 450


21st Jan 2015
 Both sides available here....

big swifty
8th Feb 2013

It was on BRMB Radio in Birmingham all the time when Tony Butler came on to start his Sports programme. I'm sure Reddingtons charged a tenner for anyone wanting a copy.

1st Aug 2011
 Thanks for that The Toad. Interesting that EMI allowed Norman Smith the opportunity to indulge in these odd recordings when a few years earlier they gave Mark Wirtz hell for "misusing" studio time for his "Teenage Opera" recordings.

I assume the B side here then is the exact same recording as the Amos Gherkin single? If so, wonder how it was re-copyrighted as a 1972 recording?

The Toad
1st Aug 2011
 'Theme From An Unmade Silent Movie' had been issued a couple of years earlier on Parlophone, under the unlikely pseudonym of The Amos Gherkin Quartet.

30th Jul 2011
 What on Earth was Norman thinking when he did this as a single? I get the distinct feeling he probably thought a piano based novelty might hit since by my reckoning this would date from around October 1972, the era when the infamous "Mouldy Old Dough" ended up reaching number one. Either way, it flopped and I'm not remotely surprised.

The whole "Hurricane Smith" chapter is downright peculiar. Norman Smith was a very gifted man but he did not have a good singing voice and his solo output makes for eccentric listening almost 40 years on.

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Netherlands - Columbia - 1972

Australia - Columbia - 1973

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