Kip Tyler

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Kip Tyler (May 31, 1929 - September 23, 1996) was an American rock and roll singer and bongo player.

Early life[edit]

Elwood Westertson Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois.[1]

Career[edit]

Lead singer of Sleepwalkers during his time at Union High School and later teamed up with rival musicians from Fairfax High School to form the early version of Kip Tyler and the Flips.[2] In early, 1957, Kip caught the attention of arranger Joesph Gershenson who hired him to work on a project connected to the movie "Rock, Pretty Baby".[1] Stemming from the success of movie, Tyler took on the name of Jimmy Daley (the main character of the movie who he provided a voice over for) and formed the band Jimmy Daley And The Ding-A-Lings. He recorded his first album at Decca records..[1] Songs such as "Red Lips and Green Eyes", "Hole in the Wall" and " Bongo Rock" were produced at Decca Records.[2] Unfortunately for Tyler, the sequeal to "Rock, Pretty Baby", "Summer Love" was a flop and so was the career of his surname, Jimmy Daley.[2]

In late 1957, he formed a new group, Kip Tyler And The Flips, responsible for the hits Jungle Hop, Let's Monkey Around and She's My Witch.[3] When the band split in 1959, Tyler attempted a solo career, but with limited success. In 1964 he recorded for the label Gyro Disk, and his success briefly peaked after recording a number of songs. Tyler's last single was made in 1965.

Music[edit]

Year Producer Song / LP Title
1956 SP DECCA 9-30163 (US) Can I Steal A Little Love (1) / Rock, Pretty Baby (1)
1956 EP DECCA ED 2480 (US) JIMMY DALEY & THE DING-A-LINGS: ROCK, PRETTY BABY, VOl.1 - Rock, Pretty Baby (1) / Dark Blue (1) / Free & Easy (1) / What's It Gonna Be (1) / Rockin' The Boogie (1)
1956 EP DECCA ED 2481 (US) JIMMY DALEY & THE DING-A-LINGS: ROCK, PRETTY BABY, VOL.2 - Rockabye Lullaby Blues (1) / Teen Age Bop (1) / The Most (1) / Can I Steal A Little Love (1) / Juke Box Rock (1) / The Saints Rock 'N Roll (1)
1956 EP DECCA ED 2482 (US) JIMMY DALEY & THE DING-A-LINGS: ROCK, PRETTY BABY, VOL.3 - (1)
1957 SP DECCA 9-30332 (US) Bongo Rock (2) / Hole In The Wall (2)
1957 SP DECCA 9-30358 (US) Red Lips And Green Eyes (1) / How's About A Little Kiss? (1)
1957 SP STARLA S-2 (US) Let's Monkey Around (2) / Vagabond Mama (2)
1958 SP CHALLENGE 1014 (US) Shadow Street / She Got Eyes
1958 SP CHALLENGE 59008 (US) Jungle Hop / Ooh Yeah Baby (2)
1958 SP EBB 154 (US) Rumble Rock / She's My Witch
1958 EP DECCA ED 2578 (US) JIMMY DALEY & THE DING-A-LINGS: SUMMER LOVE - (1)
1959 SP EBB 156 (US) Oh Linda / Hali-Lou
1960 SP IMPERIAL 5641 (US) Rocket 'Round The Universe / The Goblin Trot
196? SP TARGET ? (US) Twistin' & Stompin' (3) / ?
1962 SP TORCHLITE 501 (US) Drum Twist Pt.1 (4) / Drum Twist Pt.2 (4)
1964 SP GYRO-DISC 710 (US) That Bell Of Freedom (5) / Girl From Ipanema (5)
1964 SP GYRO-DISC 710 (US) That Bell Of Freedom (6) / On The Flipside (6)
1964 SP GYRO-DISC 711 (US) Toledo (7) / Eternity (7)
1965 SP GYRO-DISC 712 (US) The King Of Love (8) / Snowlight (8) 198? SP WAVY GRAVY LC-101 (US) Jungle Hop (2) / + Ronnie COOK & the GAYLADS

(1) Jimmy Daley & The Ding-A-Lings (Feat. Kip Tyler)

(2) Kip Tyler & The Flips

(3) The Kipsters

(4) Kipper & The Exciters

(5) Kip Tyler & The Surfers

(6) Kip Tyler & The White Fronts[4]

(7) Kip Tyler & The Break-Outs

Death[edit]

He died on September 23, 1996 Los Angeles, California from natural causes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "KIP TYLER". www.rockabilly.nl. Retrieved 10 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Hartmudo (13 February 2013). "hartmudo: Kip Tyler & the Flips". hartmudo.blogspot.com. Retrieved 10 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Kip Tyler & The Flips". Discogs. Retrieved 10 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Kip Tyler". www.rocky-52.net. Retrieved 10 June 2017.