Don Lang (musician)

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Don Lang (born Gordon Langhorn, 19 January 1925 – 3 August 1992)[1][2] was an English trombone player and singer, who led his own band, Don Lang & his Frantic Five.

Biography[edit]

Lang was born in Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. He and his band appeared on the first BBC Television show for teenagers, Six-Five Special, for which he recorded the theme tune. In 1958 his cover version of "Witch Doctor" reached the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart,[2] and he played trombone on the song "Revolution 1" on The Beatles' White Album.

He retired in the 1980s and died of cancer in 1992.[3]

Singles discography[edit]

Don Lang[edit]

  • HMV POP115: "Cloudburst" / "Seventeen" — 1955, UK #16[2]
  • HMV POP150: "Four Brothers" / "I Want You to Be My Baby" — 1956
  • HMV POP178: "Rock Around the Island" / "Jumpin' to Conclusions" — 1956
  • HMV POP224: "Rock and Roll Blues" / "Stop the World I Wanna Get Off" — 1956
  • HMV POP260: "Sweet Sue Just for You" / "Lazy Latin" — 1956

Don Lang & his Frantic Five[edit]

  • Electrola HMV 45-EG 8775: "Red Sputnik Rock (Red Planet Rock)" / "Texas Tambourine" — 1956
  • HMV POP289: "Rock Around the Cookhouse" / "Rock Mister Piper"
  • HMV POP335: "Rock-A-Billy" / "Come Go With Me"
  • HMV POP350: "School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell)" —1957, UK #26[2]
  • HMV POP488: "Witch Doctor" — 1958, UK #5[2]
  • HMV POP649: "A Hoot and a Holler" / "See You Friday"
  • HMV POP682: "Reveille Rock / Frankie and Johnny" - 1959 UK pressing
  • HMV POP714: "Sink the Bismarck" / "They Call Him Cliff" — 1960, UK #43[2][4] (the title of the B-side is a reference to Sir Cliff Richard)

Albums[edit]

Peaksoft PEA017: The Complete 50s Singles - 2012 (also includes HMV POP714 from 1960)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Don Lang - Biography - IMDb". Us.imdb.com. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 312. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "AOL - News, Sports, Weather, Entertainment, Local & Lifestyle". Music.aol.com. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]

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