Don Lang (musician)

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Don Lang (born Gordon Langhorn; 19 January 1925 – 3 August 1992) was an English trombonist and singer who led Don Lang and his Frantic Five.

Biography[edit]

Lang was born in Halifax, England on 19 January 1925.[1] He and his band appeared on Six-Five Special, the first BBC Television show for teenagers, from 1956.[1] In 1958 his cover version of "Witch Doctor" reached the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] He played trombone on the song "Revolution 1" on the Beatles' White Album.[3] He retired in the late 1980s.[3] He died of cancer in London on 3 August 1992.[1][3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

Don Lang

  • HMV POP115: "Cloudburst"/"Seventeen" – 1955, UK No. 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

  • 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[2]
  • HMV POP488: "Witch Doctor" – 1958, UK No. 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 No. 43[2][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Danter, John (24 August 1992). "Obituary: Don Lang". Independent.
  2. ^ a b c d e Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records. p. 312. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ a b c Eder, Bruce. "Don Lang". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  4. ^ [1] Archived April 29, 2005, at the Wayback Machine

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