Don Lang (musician)

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Don Lang (born Gordon Langhorn, 19 January 1925 – 3 August 1992)[1] was an English trombonist and singer who led Don Lang and His Frantic Five.


Lang was born in Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. He and his band appeared on Six-Five Special, the first BBC Television show for teenagers, for which he recorded the theme song. In 1958 his cover version of "Witch Doctor" reached the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] He played trombone on the song "Revolution 1" on the Beatles' White Album. He retired in the 1980s and died of cancer in 1992.



  • The Complete '50s Singles – 2012 (Peaksoft) (includes HMV POP714 from 1960)


Don Lang

  • HMV POP115: "Cloudburst"/"Seventeen" – 1955, UK No. 16[1]
  • 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

  • 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 No. 26[1]
  • HMV POP488: "Witch Doctor" – 1958, UK No. 5[1]
  • 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 No. 43[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records. p. 312. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived April 29, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.

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