Jackie Lee Discography
Part 2 - International releases
LEE & THE RAINDROPS There's no-one in the whole wide world / Last one
to know London International INT45-10602, USA, 1962.
The first Jackie Lee recording to be issued outside of the
UK. It was clearly given quite a push because at least six pressings were
made of the radio play copies. Early copies have red text on gold labels,
subsequent pressings are black text on white. Details of the stock issue
are unknown - perhaps none were pressed.
JACKIE LEE & THE RAINDROPS There's no-one in the whole wide world / Last one to know W&G WG-S-1361, Australia, 1962. Handy biographical info on the label of this Antipodean issue. The fact that these Oriole recordings were issued overseas suggests far greater commercial success was expected than actually happened.
JACKIE LEE und DIE ANGELS mit BERLIPP'S BAND Tschau, tschau Amigo / Nichts geht über unsere Liebe Ariola 45-362, Germany, 1962. Almost too obscure to contemplate is this single which Jackie recorded in Frankfurt following a crash-course in phonetic German. Exactly how this all came about is a little unclear, but it seems that someone thought Jackie's voice was similar to that of the chart-topping Connie Francis. Jackie travelled to Germany with her mother and overdubbed the vocal onto a pre-recorded backing track. The plug side leads off with the sound of a steam train leaving a station and is a weepy ballad. Far better is the b-side, which, if we can forgive Jackie her shaky German - and I think we can - is a sweet little tune with Vox organ and strict tempo rhythm section. The backing was provided by popular German band leader Friedel 'Fred' Berlipp, but who were the Angels? They sang nicely, whoever they were. Not issued anywhere else in any other language. Incredibly, there is a Dutch cover version of the B-side by Anneke Grönloh with the title Niets ter wereld kan ons scheiden
& THE RAINDROPS I built my world around a dream / There goes the lucky one Jaylee
10604, USA, 1962. Received
some sort of distribution from London Records, apparently. Rather
difficult to find now, as it probably was in 1962. The stock copy neatly
replicated the UK Oriole label design and is exceptionally rare. White
promos are easier to find, but it's all relative. The picture sleeve was
completely unknown until a copy materialised in Canada in 2006 and is surely the
rarest Jackie Lee record.
JACKIE & THE RAINDROPS I built my world around a dream / There goes the lucky one London 9-5.382, Belgium, 1962. Scarce early European issue.
JACKIE LEE The end of the world / Goodbye is such a lonely word Oriole STU42135, Denmark, 1963. One of the easiest non-UK singles to find, but also the only early Jackie single from any territory with a picture sleeve.
JACKIE & THE RAINDROPS My heart is your heart / Down our street Colpix CP738, USA, July 1964. Sides reversed from European issues.
JACKIE & THE RAINDROPS Down our street / My heart is your heart Palette PB40.196, Belgian issue, 1964. Picture shows the second line-up of The Raindrops - (left to right) Len Beadle, Jackie, Brian Adams, John Putnam.
JACKIE LEE I cry alone / ‘Cause I love him Epic 5-9807, USA, 1966. Jackie's first post-Raindrops solo single licensed from Decca in the UK to Epic in America
JACKIE LEE Lonely clown / Love is gone Epic 5-10183, USA, June 1967. Jackie's EMI debut appears to have been issued in the USA almost two years after the UK release
EMMA REDE Just like
a man / I gotta be with you Columbia C23470, Germany,
1967. Currently the only known European issue of any of the EMI titles.
The existence of this single surely suggests that other Columbia tracks were
issued outside of the UK, and hopefully with better artwork than this presumably
JACKIE LEE Born to lose / Saying goodbye London 45-LON-20031, USA, 1967. Only recently (2010) discovered American issue of the Decca 45 from John Keating's Robbery! soundtrack.
JACKY White horses / Too many chiefs Philips 40533, USA, May 1968. Yellow label American DJ copies are easier to obtain than the standard UK release. US stock copies are a little tougher to find.
JACKY White horses / Too many chiefs Philips BF-389, Australia, 1968. Pressed by Alberts.
JACKY White horses / Too many chiefs Philips BF326857, New Zealand, 1968. Nicely misprinted as the singular White horse. It is presumed that all copies are labelled thus. Fabulously obscure issue of Jackie's best-known single.
JACKY White horses / Too many chiefs Philips 326857BF, Netherlands, 1968. Generic Philips artwork - see also Portuguese issue below.
JACKY White horses / Too many chiefs Philips P37009, Portugal, 1968. Four track EP featuring on the other side two unrelated recordings by the Definitive Rock Chorale.
JACKY White horses / Too many chiefs Philips 326857BF, Sweden, 1968. Black labelled Scandinavian issue with tasteful variation from the album photo session. Printed on attractive metalicized bronze paper on one side only.
JACKY White horses
/ Too many chiefs Philips 326857BF, Spain, 1968.
packaged artefact. Titled in
Spanish on the label (Caballos blancos b/w Demasiados jefes - indios insuficientes) but sung in English. Same catalogue number as the Dutch
issue. Exceptionally rare.
JACKY White horses / Too many chiefs Philips BF326857, Singapore, 1968. Discovered only in 2013, this is understood to be a Singaporean issue. Same catalogue number as European issues, and yet another variation on the artwork.
JACKY White horses
/ Too many chiefs Philips 326857BF, Italy, 1968.
Excellent artwork, unique to this issue, by graphic
artist Mario Convertino. Splendid, and v rare.
JACKY White horses / Too many chiefs Philips SSP996, South Africa, 1968. Pressed in tiny quantity.
JACKY White horses
/ Too many chiefs Philips SFL-1168, Japan, 1968.
Fake stereo single, super-rare.
JACKY We're off and running / Well that's loving you Philips 326897BF, Spain, 1968. It would appear that the Fonogram art department was enjoying a siesta when it came to the issue of Estamos lejos y corriendo / Bien, esto es amarte. The sublime artwork for the Spanish White horses was given to a young child with a pair of scissors and some felt pens. Still, it has period charm and is undoubtedly a very scarce record, the existence of which would tend to suggest the single was issued in other European territories.
JACKY Love is now / Never will I be Page One PGK-2905, Australia, 1969. Most of us have brains far too small and under-developed to appreciate the obscurity and scarcity of this record. British copies of Jacky's career highlight are none too easy to locate and it had been thought that the single only received a domestic release. How wrong we were! If it was issued in the Antipodes, surely it must have been sold in European territories outside of the UK?
JACKIE LEE Rupert / Going to the circus Pye 14855AT, Germany, 1970. Unlike the original UK release, the German issue was packaged in a vaguely pop-art sleeve.
JACKIE LEE Rupert der Bar / Going to the circus Pye 14887AT, Germany, 1970. German language version to tie in with the transmission of ATV's television series. Possibly not the easiest language to sing in, but a valiant attempt. Without question, the most obscure European Jackie Lee Pye release. Unless you know different.
JACKIE LEE Rupert / Going to the circus Astor AP1749, Australia, 1970. Yes, it was even issued Down Under.
JACKIE LEE Rupert / Yendo al circo Pye / Music Hall MH-31.620, Argentina, 1970. Sadly the B-side is not sung in Spanish, but the mere fact that Jackie's recording found its way to the Argentine Republic at all is stretching the limits of credibility. Promotional copies appear to be easier to find than stock copies, but it's all relative.
Rupert was licensed to, and consequently believed to have been issued in, France, Italy, Scandinavia and Canada among other territories. The sheet music for Rupert was published by ATV_Kirshner Benelux so it seems logical to assume Pye pressed up the single for Belgium/Netherlands/Luxembourg. It is believed that Jackie had records released in Japan and possibly Israel, but no examples have yet turned up. Where are they all hiding?
JACKIE LEE Johnny said come over / Co Co Pye 582, The Philippines, 1971. Probably the winner for obscurity value. Exactly how many copies were pressed by Dyna Products Inc., and how many sold, is something we can only ponder. And just to increase the collector-frenzy quotient, the B-side is different from the UK issue. And of course, there are two pressings with different colour labels. Nice.
JACKIE & NICKY Break out the morning / Children of love Ariola 13155AT, Holland, 1974. Final recording issued by Jackie before her retirement from music.
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