Certainly the stock copy I bought new in 1961 had Maximillian on the "B" side. Ten years later I (regrettably) sent it to Coventry - well, Poland actually - and it is now probably gathering dust in some Polish Radio Station's long neglected basement archive. Now I just have to be content with Jody....
Nice one Keith i never thought of that i am just delighted to be able to add it to my UK collection as it has been a long time since i got something to get excited about. Has anybody out there got a Promo copy of Kelly on United Artists UP 35535 the live version from 1973.
This little gem just dropped in my letterbox this morning.I never knew that this existed with a London Boxed Logo which i assume dates it 67/68 ? that makes it now 3 Del Boxed singles. Runaway / So Long Baby / Two Kinds Of Teardrops. Oh i still need a copy of So Long Baby.
Because of the runaway success (sorry) of this release, it is possible that DECCA farmed out production to meet demand?
I have one solid-centre LONDON single - The Chordettes on HLA 9400 - and the record looks and feels different from any other LONDON single I have. The vinyl is thicker and whereas other LONDON singles have a diameter of just over a tenth of an inch less than 7", the solid centre one has a diameter of a fraction over 7". In fact, it won't fit in some original LONDON sleeves that I have.
I saw that copy on ebay.Another way of getting the track is the French EP Runaway on London RE 10.095.A Promo copy of The Snake sold for £79 recently so you got the track quite cheap.Watch for stock copies of Runaway with the matrix # 45- MSCE 5097 - IC.Thats the mispress you are looking for. All the Promo copies of Runaway play The Snake.They were recorded at the same session.
some uk stock copies were also mispressed with The Snake, I had been looking for one for years, but ironically got this from ebay this week - http://www.45cat.com/record/95421
which is the Belgium issue from 61, which also plays the snake instead of Jody.
I have heard of solid centre Londons, and I've got HLU8327 - Slim Whitman's 'Dear Mary' (first released in 1956) with a solid centre. I've no idea if they were deliberate issues or just a mistake at the pressing plant.
With regard to HLX9710 with the boxed London logo, this must have been a re-issue from some time after May, 1967 when this format was introduced.
Del re-recorded 'Runaway' in 1967 as 'Runaway '67', so maybe London re-issued 'Teardrops' for some reason?
Today being the 21 st Anniversary of the tragic death of Del Shannon i have kept this London 45 till then.This is an unique Solid Center copy of Runaway from 61. I bought this at a record fair in the UK in the late 80s along with another solid center Del 45.Can any of our London experts shed any light on this.Dels career went from Runaway to Walk Away the last single he promoted on his last tour.
Hard to believe that it is 50 years ago today that Del went into Bell Sound Studios in New York City and recorded my favourite song of all time .Musicians were Al Caiola Lead Guitar, Milt Hinton Bass Guitar,Joe Marshall Drums and Max Crook Musitron and Bill Ramal Saxaphone.As with almost all his BigTop recordings Producer was Harry Balk and Arranger was Bill Ramal and the Engineer was Bill McMeekin.
Promo copy now uploaded. All Promo copies played Maximillians The Snake on the b side and not Jody .The Snake was a favourite with Northern Soul collectors. Maximillian was of course Del Shannons keyboard player and co writer of Runaway Max Crook.