The Scorpions’ Tale
By Olaf Owre

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NAMESAKES

When you mention The Scorpions, most people think about the German band mostly known for their highly successful 'heavy metal' ballads during the 1980’s.

Others perhaps vaguely remember a British instrumental trio who recorded for Parlophone in 1961.

This article is about another group called The Scorpions, a 60’s beat combo from Manchester, England. They proved far more successful in Holland than in their home country, and are often believed to be a ’Nederbeat’ band alongside The Outsiders and Q65 – all falling into a category of so-called ’freakbeat’, a term invented two decades later to describe a certain type of wild, raw-sounding beat music.


The Scorpions #1 (1964) from left to right: Rodney Postill, Tony Briley, Peter Lewis, Mike Delaney and Tony Postill.

 

The group was formed in early 1964 by singer and frontman Peter Lewis, with Tony Briley on bass guitar and Mike Delaney on drums. Two cousins, Tony Postill (full name: Anthony Harold Postill) and Rodney Postill (full name: Joseph Rodney Postill), completed the quintet’s line-up on lead- and rhythm guitar respectively.

The Scorpions were aiming for a recording deal, but at the height of the British ’Beat Boom’ the competition between groups was very stiff indeed. They reportedly played at the famous Cavern club in Liverpool, but a record contract seemed elusive.

SCORPIONS GO DUTCH

Whereas other British groups often went to Hamburg, Germany to get gigs and eventually achieve success, The Scorpions decided to try their luck in Holland in July 1964. It was still ’early days’ for Dutch beat music, and there was plenty of work to be found in Holland.

The Scorpions got signed by Dutch promoter Jan Vis to play the lucrative dance hall circuit around the country from their new base in Den Bosch. The record companies in Holland were also starting to take notice, and The Scorpions were quickly signed by CNR, who brought in Addy Kleyngeld to produce their first recordings. Their debut single was released in August 1964. It was a cover of Chuck Berry’s ”Bye Bye Johnny” with ”Rip It Up” on the flip, but made no immediate impact on the record buying public. Yet the group stuck with their classic rock and roll style on a trio of follow-up singles released in October-November. Their renditions of Richie Barret’s ”Some Other Guy”, the Ray Charles hit ”What ’d I Say”, and another Chuck Berry number, ”Johnny B. Goode”, were all very representative of the group’s energy packed live performances at the time.

The group also showed a softer side with a decent version of ”Just One Look”, though without the close harmonies of The Hollies’ hit version. However, in spite of being given massive airplay by Radio Veronica and Radio Noordzee, The Scorpions’ first four singles all failed to register in the charts.


FLYING DUTCHMEN

In late 1964 bassist Tony Briley left the group. Rodney Postill then took over on bass, Tony Postill switched from lead to rhythm guitar, and Terry Morton (full name:Terence James Morton) came in as new lead guitarist. He had previously played with Wayne Fontana & The Jets and The Country Gentlemen.

Their next choice for a single, released in December 1964, was Fats Domino’s ”Hello Josephine”, which had previously been covered by fellow Mancunians Wayne Fontana & The Mindbendersin 1963.

And with ”Hello Josephine” The Scorpions finally got their breakthrough as a recording act in Holland. The single entered Radio Veronica’s Top 40 on February 20th. 1965 and stayed in the charts for an impressive 33 weeks, 13 of which in the top 10 and peaking at the No. 2 spot.

   
The boys from Manchester were now big stars in Holland. It seemed almost impossible to follow up the enormous success of ”Hello Josephine”. Their next offering on single, ”Ann Louise”, was quite a contrast to previous releases. It was a much softer beat ballad with a pretty melody, but only reached a modest No. 36 in May 1965 and stayed for 2 weeks only in the charts. An album with the obvious title of ”Hello Josephine” was also released by CNR that same month to cash in on the group’s chart success. This contained all the group’s singles, A- and B-sides, and was released in CNR’s ”Hartewens” series.

   

The Scorpions underwent a new line-up change in early 1965 when drummer Mike Delaney quit and was replaced by Ian ”Skins” Lucas, who had previously played with Wayne Fontana & The Jets.

The success of ”Hello Josephine” secured consistent bookings for the group, but they also found time to start recording a new album, again with Addy Kleyngeld behind the controls.

One of the tracks laid down on tape for the album was ”Greensleeves”. This was picked as their next single, coupled with ”Hey Honey”, a number penned by the group. Released in June 1965, The Scorpions’ version of ”Greensleeves” was undoubtedly an attempt at copying The Country Gentlemen’s 1963 version of the song (UK Decca F.11766). But even though Terry Morton had a past in The Country Gents, The Scorpions didn’t quite manage to capture the raw and gutsy, powerful sound of Peter Cowap’s band.

 

1965 also saw The Lords from Germany do a cover of ”Greensleeves” (German EMI/Columbia C 23132). Their version also owed a lot to The Country Gents’ earlier recording. Nevertheless, The Scorpions scored their third consecutive hit in Holland with ”Greensleeves”. As from July 24th. 1965 it had a 5-week run in the Top 40 chart, with No. 22 as highest position.

The Scorpions TV show, Holland 1965
Dave Vernon (bass), Ian Lucas (drums), Graham Lee (lead), Peter Lewis (vocals), Roy Smithson (keyboards)

PROUD MOMENT

Things now looked really bright for the group in Holland, but then at the peak of their success, their work permits expired, and they had to return home to Manchester. This seemed to be a crushing blow for the group as three members quit – Tony Postill, Rodney Postill and Terry Morton.

But remaining members Peter Lewis and drummer Ian Lucas refused to give up the group. They got in Graham Lee (real name: Graham Caunce, he also used the name ’Leeman’ in the 60’s) on lead guitar/vocals. He had previously played with another Manchester band called The Chancellors. Bass duties were assigned to Dave Vernon, and Roy Smithson came in on organ/vocals. The ’new-look’ Scorpions rehearsed intently in their home town before returning to Holland in September 1965, this time to a town called Bergen. They appeared on the ’Tiener Top Show’ in Den Haag on September 12th. alongside a then newly formed Dutch band called Golden Earring.

They also completed the recording of the group’s second album ”Climbing The Charts”, which as a whole was leaning more towards R&B and a general ’Beat’ sound than the first one, which had been dominated by re-makes of old rock ’n’ roll numbers. The album was released by CNR in October 1965.

A new single taken from the album, recorded by the previous Scorpions line-up, was released by CNR that same month. This combined a good cover of the Ray Davies written ”So Mystifying” with B-side ”Hey Little Girl”, but couldn’t repeat the chart success for the group. In November, however, they appeared in a show called the ’Grand Gala Du Disque” alongside Lucille Starr, Unit 4+2, Wayne Fontana and The Everly Brothers – a proud moment for The Scorpions, still remembered with fondness by Graham Lee. Seven years later, in 1972, when The Everly Brothers did a tour of the UK, Lee met up with Don and Phil backstage at the Batley Variety Club in West Yorkshire. He then also got the opportunity to say hello to Ike and Margaret Everly, who were travelling with their sons on that tour.

November 1965 saw the release of ”Baby Baby Balla Balla” as a new single, with ”I’ve Got My Mojo Working” on the flip. This gave The Scorpions their fourth chart hit in Holland. ”Baby Baby Balla Balla” peaked at No. 17 and stayed in the charts for 13 weeks, reportedly helped to some extent by the sales figures of versions of the same song by Chubby Checker & The Maskers and The Sorrows being added to the total.  

HOME AWAY FROM HOME

Work permits in Holland expired again in early 1966, and the Scorpions went back to Manchester. Ian Lucas then left to join a Dutch band called Marks. He was replaced by Tommy Unthank, an old friend of Graham Lee’s from The Chancellors. A tour of Denmark and Spain has been mentioned in various articles about the band, but according to Lee the group never played there. They did some gigs in Belgium and Germany, but Holland was definitely their ”home away from home”, and in mid 1966 they got a new base at ’Hotel Benelux’ in Wernhout. The owner, Jan Hesseling, became their new manager.

The group had begun working on a new album, but their next single, released in June 1966, was again a number taken from the ”Climbing The Charts” album, titled ”Sweet And Lovely”. The B-side was an organ drenched cover of Them’s ”Gloria” written by Van Morrison. ”Sweet And Lovely” was a great beat number with a rocking, ”start-stop” kind of rhythm pattern, and some excellent guitar work by Graham Lee – a song with obvious hit potential.

At around the same time the ”Climbing The Charts” album was re-packaged by CNR under the title ”Sweet And Lovely” and issued in the ’Hartewens”-series. The Scorpions seemed to be promoted quite well in Dutch music magazines such as Hitweek and Kink, but record sales were not sufficient to secure a new chart entry.


The Scorpions #5 (1966) from left to right:
Peter Lewis, Tommy Unthank, Roy Smithson, Graham Lee and Dave Vernon.

Picture taken while in Vlissingen (Flushing, Holland) in Bellamy Park,
around the corner from the nightclub '' where the played several times.

   

Then for some reason their rather unpredictable record company decided to change the billing of the group to The Scorpion's on their next single was released in September 1966.

It was a fine rendition of Ben E. King’s timeless R&B ballad ”Stand By Me”, coupled with ”Tobacco Road”, which had been a big hit for The Nashville Teens in 1964.

 

   

STING IN THE TAIL

A new single came in October 1966 when they recycled Wilson Pickett’s hit ”Land Of A Thousand Dances”, given the title ”The Nana Song” by the record company, supposedly to make it easier to remember for the Dutch public. It was another fine R&B raver by the group, with Peter Lewis and Graham Lee sharing the lead vocal work on the recording. ”Too Many Lovers” on the flip was a beat/garage rock number penned by Graham Lee. This song was picked up twenty years later by an American band from San Diego, California called The Tell-Tale Hearts, who released it as a single in Australia in 1986. Their version was more or less a blueprint of the original from 1966.

   
In Germany The Scorpions’ single ”The Nana Song”/”Too Many Lovers” was released on EMI/Columbia, which marked a change of label from Polydor International. But the single failed to chart in both Germany and Holland.
   

A new album for the Dutch market, ”Keep In Touch With The Scorpions”, was released by CNR in late 1966. This showed a more versatile and polished group compared to previous efforts. The album contained a mixture of Drifters style soft R&B ballads such as ”Stand by Me”, ”Under The Boardwalk” (released as a single in Japan!) and ”Ecstasy, a couple of slightly rougher R&B covers like ”Gloria” and ”The Nana Song”, plus a few harmony based beat numbers with a more polite, clean guitar sound.

According to Graham Lee, the Scorpions were never really satisfied with the sound on their recordings for CNR. A lot was lost due to inept mixing and production.

   
While on tour in Holland in late 1966 or early 1967 bassist Dave Vernon quit the band to become a school teacher later on. Graham Lee then hurriedly flew home to Manchester and found Vernon’s replacement on bass in a guy called Jim (family name unknown), who came from another local band. This Scorpions line-up existed only for about 5 weeks. They were forced to return home to England in 1967, when the police discovered that the group had been working for several months in the country without a work permit. On returning home the Scorpions broke up. Roy Smithson quit the music business and became a police man in Manchester. He later married a Dutch girl. Peter Lewis got a job as a taxi driver and later worked for Scania trucks in Manchester.
 
Graham Lee formed The Pressmen Duo with Tommy Unthank and also did some solo work in 1968-69. The duo of Lee and Unthank started doing cabaret at the legendary ’Poco á Poco’ club in Stockport. Then when the owner wanted a complete band, Tommy Unthank again found himself behind the drums, and Peter Cowap was invited to join on guitar/vocals. The boys appeared on the ”Dave Lee Travis Show” with Peter Cowap performing ”Crickets”, which was a minor solo hit for Cowap in 1970. They played together for about 15 months until Cowap joined the Hermits in 1971. The band that evolved from the Pressmen Duo (name then shortened to The Pressmen) became the resident band at the ’Poco á Poco’ for about 7 years. with an ever rotating line-up of players, which over the years included Eric Haydock of The Hollies, Pete Fields and Dave MacDonald (also known as Dave Robin - see The Scorpions #8 and #9). Tommy Unthank quit in 1973, but Graham Lee stayed on until 1976. In the autumn of 1976 Lee was invited to play guitar on a UK tour with Guy Mitchell. They had first met as early as 1969. It was a good tour where they played venues such as Luton’s Caesar Palace, The Wakefield Fiesta, The Batley Variety Club and Jolly’s in Stoke. The year after, in 1977, Lee played guitar on a Little & Large comedy album titled ”Soopersonic Syd Sings” released on the Nevis label.
 

HELLO AGAIN JOSEPHINE

”Hello Josephine” was one of the most successful records ever released in Holland, and the song was still popular on Dutch radio stations for years and years after its original chart run in 1965. The ’oldie revival’ scene got big everywhere in the 1970’s, and record companies tried to cash in on it by re-releasing hit singles and albums from their back catalogue. For CNR in Holland The Scorpions’ ”Hello Josephine” was an obvious part of their re-issue program, and it was re-launched as a vinyl single several times. A number of ”Greatest Hits” compilation albums were also released.

Then in 1977 The Scorpions were approached by a Dutch television station to appear on a program called ”The Day The Music Died”. This was the group’s first re-union since they broke up in 1967, and ten years on they managed to assemble almost the same line-up: Peter Lewis was on lead vocals, Graham Lee on lead guitar/vocals, Roy Smithson on organ/vocals, and Tommy Unthank on drums. Cedric Terry was new on bass guitar. It was full playback on the TV show, so they were only miming to the songs. The show was screened in Holland on 18th. of August 1977, just after Elvis died. Their appearance really sparked the interest in The Scorpions again, and only a couple of weeks later, on 3rd. September, ”Hello Josephine” entered the Top 40! This time it peaked at No. 9 and stayed in the charts for 7 weeks.

 

The Scorpions were caught quite unprepared by this new chart action. None of them had expected a major chart comeback after only one appearance on TV. Some of the guys had day jobs and prior commitments they couldn’t break, so shortly after, when The Scorpions were invited to do another Dutch TV-show called ”Top Pop” the line-up was down to four men.

Roy Smithson and Cedric Terry were gone, and Dave Robin (real name: Dave McDonald), who had previously played with The Ivy League for 4 years in the early 70’s, had joined on bass/vocals. Drummer Tommy Unthank stayed with them for a few more weeks, but was then replaced by Max Hardy. After a short break they were back in Holland on a new tour in November 1977.

KILLROY WAS HERE

In spite of the second wind in the charts with ”Hello Josephine”, negotiations with CNR for a new recording deal fell through. However, they were soon signed by Telstar and entered the company’s studio in April 1978 to record a new album.

 
 
The backing tracks were actually done by Dutch session guys, with Peter Lewis adding lead vocals and Graham Lee adding lead guitar, as well as harmony and lead vocals. Producer was John van de Ven. The album was titled ”My Own Way To Rock” and contained 14 tracks including new, re-recorded versions of their big hits ”Hello Josephine” and ”Ann Louise”, as well as ”Gloria” and ”Stand By Me”, which they had also done in the 60’s. It was basically an album of gritty, down-to-earth rock ’n’ roll, not unlike their 1965 debut album in style, with excellent covers of classics such as Larry Williams’ ”Bony Maronie”, Johnny Kidd’s ”Shakin’ All Over” and Chuck Berry’s ”Carol” to name but a few. Peter Lewis was the featured lead vocalist on eleven of the songs on the album. Lead guitarist Graham Lee sang lead on two of them - the title track, ”My Own Way To Rock”, a Burton Cummings original, and the country flavoured Chuck Berry number ”You Never Can Tell”. On the song ”A Shot Of Rhythm & Blues” Lee and Lewis shared the lead vocal work.
 

The album was released in November 1978 on Killroy Festival, a Telstar subsidiary label. Two singles culled from the album were also released in that same year. First out was the title track, ”My Own Way To Rock” with ”Be Bop Alula” on the flip. It was a number from the same recording sessions, though not included on the album. This was followed by a single with the 1978 re-recordings of ”Hello Josephine” and ”Ann Louise”, but sales figures for both the LP and the singles were quite disappointing despite radio promotion and concert appearances. One of their last live performances was in Neede, Holland in March 1979, and the group returned home to Manchester and disbanded shortly after.

Graham Lee then again teamed up with Peter Cowap in a band featuring Mo Clare on bass and Tony Franks on drums. They played ”The Talk Of The North” for 4-5 months in 1981-82, a club where they had a country music night on every Monday at the time.

 

END OF THE LINE

But Holland never really forgot The Scorpions. A few years later, in 1984, they received a new offer of recording an album and subsequently do three tours of Holland. The group got together again with the line-up from 1978-79 almost intact – Peter Lewis on vocals, Graham Lee on lead guitar/vocals, and Max Hardy on drums. Terry Howard was ’newcomer’ on bass/vocals. They started rehearsing to prepare for their planned engagements in Holland, but then Peter Lewis was taken ill, and sadly the band never got to do a live in concert performance. Lewis had an ulcer which eventually led to cancer, and he sadly passed away on 2nd. of January 1985.

According to his long-time band mate and close friend Graham Lee, the death of Peter Lewis was also the end of group.

GL: ”I always said I wouldn’t work without Peter, and Peter said he wouldn’t work without me. So with Peter dying that was also the end of The Scorpions.”

 
After 1985 Graham Lee did cabaret as a solo act in and around Manchester, in addition to working as an actor doing small parts in advertising, and television films and ’soaps’ such as ”Coronation Street” and ”Brookside”. He stood in for Lek Leckenby in Herman’s Hermits on a Swedish tour in 1992.
 

In the early 90’s some of the previous members of The Scorpions were talking about getting back together without Peter Lewis. Graham Lee would then have to do all the singing. It would be just for the odd show, nothing permanent. Maybe just do one tour of Holland or something. But they were all busy doing other things at the time, and nothing came of it.

In 1996 Lee did a tour of the Ukraine with a new band called Cobra. On returning home to England he stood in for Mike Maxfield on a tour with Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, before teaming up with Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders in 1998, doing the nostalgia circuit in the UK as well as cruises on the QE2.

A couple of years later he joined the Barry Whitwam led Herman’s Hermits and stayed with them for nearly 5 years, touring worldwide until April 2004.

At 61 Graham Lee claimed he had retired from the music business, but two years later, in 2006 he returned to the scene with a new incarnation of The Scorpions featuring Ian ’Skins’ Lucas, their drummer from 1965. Lucas has recently played with The Emperors of Rhythm home in Manchester.

On bass/vocals is Tom Morgan, who has a past in various bands, notably 2 years with The Herd in 1969-70, after which he joined Roundabout. Then Springfield Park for 3 years during the 80’s, and Sobs for 4 years in the 90’s.

After a highly successful comeback performance in Monnickendam, Holland on April 1st. 2006, the band’s line-up has been augmented to a quartet when another "class of ’65" Scorpions member, Roy Smithson, decided to come out of retirement and rejoin his old mates on organ/keyboards. The interest in the band still proves to be very strong in Holland, and has secured them a series of new concert bookings, including shows with other 60’s acts such as The Fortunes, The Tremeloes and others. They are also planning to do some new recordings soon, label deal pending.

In November 2006 the band recorded a comeback album in Manchester, England. The new 21-track CD was aptly titled ”The Scorpions Now” and was released on their own label in early 2007. It contained re-recorded hits and classic rock ’n’ roll numbers such as ”Lucille”, ”Boney Maronie” and ”Glad All Over”. The band’s inspired rockabilly version of Don Gibson’s ”Oh Lonesome Me” stands out as one of their best ever recordings, and has deservedly been given a fair amount of airplay by radio DJs in Holland.

In late May 2008 the Scorpions are back in Holland doing a ”Back To The Sixties” show in Zaandam with The Maskers and Johann Janssen & Koos van Roon. On this short spring tour they will also do a gig in Enschede, and as more bookings are coming in, new visits to Holland are likely later in the year.

 

 

Pictured right: The Scorpions reunion at the Moss Vale Pub in Dec, 2004.

L-R Graham Lee, Tommy Unthank, Ian Lucas, Dave Vernon, Dave Robin and Roy Smithson

scorpions
 

The Scorpions (#1) early 1964-late 1964

         
Peter Lewis Anthony Postill Rodney Postill Tony Briley Mike Delaney
lead vocals lead guitar/vocals rhythm guitar/vocals bass guitar/vocals drums


The Scorpions (#2) late 1964-early 1965

 

Wayne Fontana & The Jets (1962)
The Country Gentlemen (1964)

     
       
Peter Lewis Terence Morton Anthony Postill Rodney Postill Mike Delaney
lead vocals lead guitar/vocals rhythm guitar/vocals bass guitar/vocals drums
       
        Welder


The Scorpions (#3) early 1965-July 1965

       

Wayne Fontana & The Jets (1962)

       
Peter Lewis Terence Morton Anthony Postill Rodney Postill Ian Lucas
lead vocals lead guitar/vocals rhythm guitar/vocals bass guitar/vocals drums
         
         


The Scorpions (#4) July 1965-1966

 

The Chancellors (1962-64)

     
       
Peter Lewis Graham Lee Roy Smithson Dave Vernon Ian Lucas
lead vocals lead guitar/vocals organ/vocals bass guitar/vocals drums
       
        Marks (Dutch band)


The Scorpions (#5) 1966-early 1967

       

The Chancellors (1962-64)

       
Peter Lewis Graham Lee Roy Smithson Dave Vernon Tommy Unthank
lead vocals lead guitar/vocals organ/vocals bass guitar/vocals drums
       
      School Teacher  


The Scorpions (#6) early 1967 (ca. 5 weeks)

       

The Chancellors (1962-64)

       
Peter Lewis Graham Lee Roy Smithson Jim ???? Tommy Unthank
lead vocals lead guitar/vocals organ/vocals bass guitar/vocals drums
Taxi Driver
Scania trucks
The Pressmen Duo (1968-69)
The Pressmen featuring Peter Cowap (1969-71)
The Pressmen
(Poco á Poco 1971-76)
Policeman Taxi driver The Pressmen Duo (1968-69)
The Pressmen featuring Peter Cowap (1969-71)
The Pressmen
(Poco á Poco 1971-76)


The Scorpions (#7) 18th. August 1977

Re-union for a TV-program called “The Day The Music Died” in Holland.

Peter Lewis Graham Lee Roy Smithson Cedric Terry Tommy Unthank
lead vocals lead guitar/vocals organ/vocals bass guitar/vocals drums

The Scorpions (#8) September 1977-October 1977

   

The Ivy League (1970-74)
The Pressmen (1975-76)

 
     
Peter Lewis Graham Lee Dave Robin Tommy Unthank
lead vocals lead guitar/vocals bass guitar/vocals drums


The Scorpions (#9) November 1977-1979

Peter Lewis Graham Lee Dave Robin Max Hardy
lead vocals lead guitar/vocals bass guitar/vocals drums


The Scorpions (#10) 1984-

Peter Lewis Graham Lee Terry Howard Max Hardy
lead vocals lead guitar/vocals bass guitar/vocals drums
 
Died 1985

cabaret work solo
actor in TV plays & ads
Herman’s Hermits (1992)
Cobra (1995-96)
Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas (1997)
Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders (1998)
Herman’s Hermits (2000-04)

  Died 2001, home accident


The Scorpions (#11)  2006

  Emperors Of Rhythm (2000s) The Herd (1969-70)
Roundabout (1970s)
Springfield Park (1980s)
Sobs (1990s) 
 
Graham Lee Ian Lucas  Tom Morgan
lead vocals/lead guitar    drums bass/vocals
     

The Scorpions (#12)  2006 -

2010



Graham Lee Ian Lucas  Tom Morgan Roy Smithson
lead vocals/lead guitar    drums bass/vocals keyboards/vocals
       



 


Above: Show in Holland, 2009


The Scorpions (#13)  2010 -

Roy Smithson Tom Unthank Graham Lee Diccon Hubbard
keyboards/vocals drums lead vocals/lead guitar    bass/vocals
       


Image courtesy Paul Wilde



 

 

   
Holland, 2008 Publicity Shot 2009
   

Legendary guitarist James Burton and Graham Lee

 

The Scorpions have a new CDROM release, contact

Bert Bossink, P.O. Box 111, 5280 A C, Boxtel, Holland
telephone: 0411 677 456

email: B.Bossink@kpnplanet.nl

Tracks

One Dance With You : Shakin' All Over : Temptation : Honky Tonk : Abracadabra : Pol Salad Annie : Tobacco Road : Show Me The Way : Light My Fire : I've Got My Mojo Workin' : The Price Of Love : Mystery Train : Proud Mary : For Your Love : Black is Black : Bye Bye Johnny : Give Me Some Lovin' : :Month Of Saturdays



Discography:

SINGLES Holland:

   

(The Scorpions #1):

45: Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry)/Rip It Up (Blackwell-Marascalco) CNR UH 9930 with PS 8/64

45: Some Other Guy (Barrett-Glick)/Just One Look (Payne-Carroll) CNR UH 9722 with PS 10/64

45: What ‘d I Say (Ray Charles)/Not Fade Away (Norman Petty) CNR UH 9723 with PS 10/64

45: Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)/Keep A-Knockin’ (Penniman) CNR UH 9725 with PS 11/64

45: Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/(Ain’t That) Just Like Me (Carroll-Guy) CNR UH 9729 with PS 12/64

45: Ann-Louise (C. Corday)/ Baby Back Now (The Scorpions) CNR UH 9740 with PS 1/65

45: Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/Ann-Louise (C. Corday) CNR 141.330 (Re-issue) with AS 1975

45: Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/Mona Lisa (Livingstone-Evans) Rejoice RRS 007 (Re-issue) with AS 1970s (B-side by Kraayeveld)

45: Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/Mona Lisa (Livingstone-Evans) ARC Records 102.80 (Re-issue) with AS 1980s (B-side by Kraayeveld)

45: Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/(Ain’t That) Just Like Me (Carroll-Guy) CNR UH 9729 with PS, re-issue with same cover as original pressing 2002

(The Scorpions #1,B-side=#4):

45: Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/Baby Baby Balla Balla (Horst Lippok) BR.Music 45069 (Re-issue of original tracks) with PS 1984


1984 Re-issue
   

(The Scorpions #3):

45: Greensleeves (Trad.arr. The Scorpions)/Hey Honey (The Scorpions) CNR UH 9767 with PS 6/65

45: So Mystifying (Ray Davies)/Hey Little Girl (Dee Clark) CNR UH 9785 with PS 10/65

45: Greensleeves (Trad.arr. The Scorpions)/Hey Honey (The Scorpions) CNR UH 9767 with PS, re-issue with same cover as original pressing 2002

(The Scorpions #4,#5):

45: Baby Baby Balla Balla (Horst Lippok)/I’ve Got My Mojo Working (Foster) CNR UH 9788 with PS 12/65

45: Sweet And Lovely (Arnheim-Tobias)/Gloria (Van Morrison) CNR UH 9825 with PS 7/66

45: Stand By Me (King-Glick)/Tobacco Road (Loudermilk) CNR UH 9858 with PS 9/66

(above mentioned single billed as The New Scorpions)

45: The Nana Song (Jerry Wexler-Rick Hall)/Too Many Lovers (Graham Caunce) CNR UH 9878 with PS 10/66

   

(The Scorpions #9):

45: My Own Way To Rock (B. Cummings)/Be Bob Alula (Davis-Vincent) Killroy Festival/Telstar KS2930KF with PS 1978

45: Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/Ann-Louise (C. Corday) Killroy Festival/Telstar KS2726KF (re-recordings) with PS 1978

45: Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/Ann-Louise (C. Corday) Killroy Festival/Telstar Double Gold 6 KS2368KF (1978 re-recordings) with PS 1980

45: Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/Ann-Louise (C. Corday) Sky/Telstar TSI 4608 (Re-issue of 1978 recordings) with PS 1987

LPs Holland:

(The Scorpions #1):

LP: The Scorpions: “Hello Josephine” CNR Hartewens Serie GA 5000 1965

Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)/Keep A-Knockin’(Penniman)/Some Other Guy (Barrett-Glick)/Just One Look (Payne-Carroll)/(Ain’t That) Just Like Me (Carroll-Guy)/Ann-Louise (C. Corday)/Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry)/Rip It Up (Blackwell-Marascalco)/What ‘d I Say (Ray Charles)/Not Fade Away (Norman Petty)/Baby Back Now (The Scorpions)

(The Scorpions #3,#4):

LP: The Scorpions: “Climbing The Charts” CNR LPT 35023, gatefold sleeve with bonus photo of group posing on a train, 1965

Hey Little Girl (Dee Clark)/Sweet And Lovely (Arnheim-Tobias)/So Mystifying (Ray Davies)/Hey Honey (The Scorpions)/Bo Diddley (Ellias McDaniels)/You Treat Me Bad (C. Corday)/Greensleeves (Trad.arr. The Scorpions)/Cheated (C. Corday)/Gone Mama (The Scorpions)/Why Do You Love Me So (Hey Hello Baby) (Bruhn-Bushor)/Too Much Monkey Business (Chuck Berry)/Who Do You Love (Ellias McDaniels)

LP: The Scorpions: “Sweet And Lovely” CNR Hartewens Serie GA 5027 1966

Hey Little Girl (Dee Clark)/Sweet And Lovely (Arnheim-Tobias)/So Mystifying (Ray Davies)/Hey Honey (The Scorpions)/Bo Diddley (Ellias McDaniels)/You Treat Me Bad (C. Corday)/Greensleeves (Trad.arr. The Scorpions)/Cheated (C. Corday)/Gone Mama (The Scorpions)/Why Do You Love Me So (Hey Hello Baby) (Bruhn-Bushor)/Too Much Monkey Business (Chuck Berry)/Who Do You Love (Ellias McDaniels)

(The Scorpions #4,#5):

LP: The Scorpions: “Keep In Touch With The Scorpions” CNR SKLP 4240 1966

Gloria (Van Morrison)/Sticks And Stones (Titus Turner)/Stand By Me (King-Glick)/My Baby (Dixon)/Lonely Avenue (Pomus)/The Nana Song (Jerry Wexler-Rick Hall)/I’ve Got My Mojo Working (M. Field)/Under The Boardwalk (Resnick-Young)/I Can Tell (Chuck Willis)/Ecstasy (xxxxx)/Too Many Lovers (Graham Caunce)/Get Out Of My Life Woman (Toussaint)

(The Scorpions #1):

LP: The Scorpions: “Hello Josephine” CNR 241.332 (Re-issue of first album) 1968

Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)/Keep A-Knockin’ (Penniman)/Some Other Guy (Barrett-Glick)/Just One Look (Payne-Carroll)/(Ain’t That) Just Like Me (Carroll-Guy)/Ann-Louise (C. Corday)/Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry)/Rip It Up (Blackwell-Marascalco)/What ‘d I Say (Ray Charles)/Not Fade Away (Norman Petty)/Baby Back Now (The Scorpions)

LP: The Scorpions: “Greatest Hits” CNR Trofee Serie 385.250 (Re-issue of first album/blue label) 1970

Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)/Keep A-Knockin’ (Penniman)/Some Other Guy (Barrett-Glick)/Just One Look (Payne-Carroll)/(Ain’t That) Just Like Me (Carroll-Guy)/Ann-Louise (C. Corday)/Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry)/Rip It Up (Blackwell-Marascalco)/What ‘d I Say (Ray Charles)/Not Fade Away (Norman Petty)/Baby Back Now (The Scorpions)

LP: The Scorpions: “Greatest Hits” CNR Trofee Serie 385.250 (Re-issue of first album/red label) 1975

Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)/Keep A-Knockin’ (Penniman)/Some Other Guy (Barrett-Glick)/Just One Look (Payne-Carroll)/(Ain’t That) Just Like Me (Carroll-Guy)/Ann-Louise (C. Corday)/Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry)/Rip It Up (Blackwell-Marascalco)/What ‘d I Say (Ray Charles)/Not Fade Away (Norman Petty)/Baby Back Now (The Scorpions)

(The Scorpions #9):

LP: The Scorpions: “My Own Way To Rock” Killroy Festival/Telstar KFA 13053KL TMC 6794 1978

Gloria (Van Morrison)/My Own Way To Rock (B. Cummings)/Stand By Me (Ben E. King-Glick)/Proud Mary (John Fogerty)/A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues (Thomson)/Bony Maronie (Larry Williams)/Shakin’ All Over (Heath)/Carol (Chuck Berry)/Wild Side Of Life (Thomson)/Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartolomew)/Ann-Louise (C. Corday)/You Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry)/Walkin’ The Dog (Rufus Thomas)/Do Wah Diddy Diddy (Barry-Greenwich).

(The Scorpions #1,#4,#5):

LP: The Scorpions: “The Scorpions” CNR/Hotline 447.049 (16-track compilation of original recordings) 1988

Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)/What ‘d I Say (Ray Charles)/Some Other Guy (Barrett-Glick)/(Ain’t That) Just Like Me (Carroll-Guy)/Ann-Louise (C. Corday)/Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry)/Rip It Up (Blackwell-Marascalco)/Keep A-Knockin’ (Penniman)/Not Fade Away (Norman Petty)/Baby Back Now (The Scorpions)/Stand By Me (King-Glick)/My Baby (Dixon)/Under The Boardwalk (Resnick-Young)/Get Out Of My Life Woman (Toussaint)

CDs Holland:

(The Scorpions #1,#4,#5):

CD: The Scorpions: “The Scorpions” CNR/Hotline 447.049 (16-track compilation of original recordings) 1988

Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)/What ‘d I Say (Ray Charles)/Some Other Guy (Barrett-Glick)/(Ain’t That) Just Like Me (Carroll-Guy)/Ann-Louise (C. Corday)/Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry)/Rip It Up (Blackwell-Marascalco)/ Keep A-Knockin’ (Penniman)/Not Fade Away (Norman Petty)/Baby Back Now (The Scorpions)/Stand By Me (King-Glick)/My Baby (Dixon)/Under The Boardwalk (Resnick-Young)/Get Out Of My Life Woman (Toussaint)

(The Scorpions #1,#3,#4,#5):

CD: The Scorpions: “The Scorpions” Arcade/Remind Series 5300207 (18-track compilation of original recordings) 1997

Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/Greensleeves (Trad.arr. The Scorpions)/Baby Baby Balla Balla (Horst Lippok)/Ann-Louise (C. Corday)/Baby Back Now (The Scorpions)/Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry)/Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)/(Ain’t That) Just Like Me (Carroll-Guy)/Just One Look (Payne Carroll)/Keep A-Knockin’ (Penniman)/Not Fade Away (Norman Petty)/Rip It Up (Blackwell-Marascalco)/Some Other Guy (Barrett-Glick)/What ‘d I Say (Ray Charles)/Tobacco Road (Loudermilk)/Stand By Me (King-Glick)/Under The Boardwalk (Resnick-Young)/Gloria (Van Morrison)

2CD-set: The Scorpions: “Hello Josephine – The Complete Collection” Hunter Records HRD 13602 (45-track compilation of original recordings plus previously unissued bonus tracks* – contains booklet with biography, discography and chart log) 1998

Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)/ Keep A-Knockin’ (Penniman)/Some Other Guy (Barrett-Glick)/Just One Look (Payne Carroll)/(Ain’t That) Just Like Me (Carroll-Guy)/Ann-Louise (C. Corday)/Rip It Up (Blackwell-Marascalco)/Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry)/What ‘d I Say (Ray Charles)/Not Fade Away (Norman Petty)/Baby Back Now (The Scorpions)/Hey Little Girl (Dee Clark)/Sweet And Lovely (Arnheim-Tobias)/So Mystifying (Ray Davies)/Hey Honey (The Scorpions)/Bo Diddley (Ellias McDaniels)/You Treat Me Bad (C. Corday)/Greensleeves (Trad.arr. The Scorpions)/Cheated (C. Corday)/Get Out Of My Life Woman (Toussaint)/Baby Baby Balla Balla (Horst Lippok)/Tobacco Road (Loudermilk)/*Fortune Teller (Neville)/Long Tall Sally (Johnson-Penniman-Blackwell)/Gone Mama (The Scorpions)/Why Do You Love Me So (Hey Hello Baby) (Bruhn-Bushor)/Too Much Monkey Business (Chuck Berry)/Who Do You Love (Ellias McDaniels)/Gloria (Van Morrison)/Sticks And Stones (Titus Turner)/Stand By Me (King-Glick)/The Nana Song (Jerry Wexler-Rick Hall)/My Baby (Dixon)/Lonely Avenue (Pomus)/I’ve Got My Mojo Working (M. Field)/Under The Boardwalk (Resnick-Young)/I Can Tell (Chuck Willis)/Ecstasy (xxxxx)/Too Many Lovers (Graham Caunce)/*You Treat Me Bad DEMO (C. Corday)/*Cheated DEMO (C. Corday)/*Hey Little Girl ORCH. TAKE (Dee Clark)/*Bo Diddley ORCH. TAKE (Ellias McDaniels)/*Greensleeves ORCH. TAKE (Trad. arr. The Scorpions)

(The Scorpions #1,#3,#4):
2CD-set: The Scorpions: “Two On One – Hello Josephine & Climbing The Charts” Hunter Records HMR 15922 (24-track compilation with their first two albums – contains 6-page booklet with photos and info) 2005

Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)/Keep A-Knockin’ (Penniman)/Some Other Guy (Barrett-Glick)/Just One Look (Payne-Carroll)/(Ain’t That) Just Like Me (Carroll-Guy)/Ann-Louise (C. Corday)/Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry)/Rip It Up (Blackwell-Marascalco)/What ‘d I Say (Ray Charles)/Not Fade Away (Norman Petty)/Baby Back Now (The Scorpions)Hey Little Girl (Dee Clark)/Sweet And Lovely (Arnheim-Tobias)/So Mystifying (Ray Davies)/Hey Honey (The Scorpions)/Bo Diddley (Ellias McDaniels)/You Treat Me Bad (C. Corday)/Greensleeves (Trad.arr. The Scorpions)/Cheated (C. Corday)/Gone Mama (The Scorpions)/Why Do You Love Me So (Hey Hello Baby) (Bruhn-Bushor)/Too Much Monkey Business (Chuck Berry)/Who Do You Love (Ellias McDaniels)

 

SINGLES Belgium:

(The Scorpions #1):

45: Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/(Ain’t That) Just Like Me (Carroll-Guy) Cardinal C3041 with PS 1965


SINGLES Germany:

(The Scorpions #1):

45: Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/(Ain’t That) Just Like Me (Carroll-Guy) Polydor International Production 421 006 with PS 1965

45: Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry)/Ann-Louise (C. Corday)  Telefunken U 55819 with PS   1965

(The Scorpions #5):

45: The Nana Song (Jerry Wexler-Rick Hall)/Too Many Lovers (Graham Caunce) Columbia/EMI C 23396 with PS 1966

 

   

LPs Germany:

(The Scorpions #1,#3,#4,#5):

LP: The Scorpions: “Hello Josephine” Polydor International Production 623012 1966

Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/Baby Baby Balla Balla (Horst Lippok)/Under The Boardwalk (Resnick-Young)/I’ve Got My Mojo Working (Foster)/ Gloria (Van Morrison)/Baby Back Now (The Scorpions)/ Rip It Up (Blackwell-Marascalco)/(Ain’t That) Just Like Me (Carroll-Guy)/ Some Other Guy (Barrett-Glick)/Not Fade Away (Norman Petty)/Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)/You Treat Me Bad (C. Corday)/Long Tall Sally (Johnson-Penniman-Blackwell)/Keep A-Knockin’(Penniman)

SINGLES Greece:

(The Scorpions #1,#4):

45: Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/Gloria (Van Morrison) Polydor International Production 201 with CS 1966

(The Scorpions #1):

45: (Ain’t That) Just Like Me (Carroll-Guy)/Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry) Polydor International Production 202 with CS 1966

SINGLES Japan:
(The Scorpions #4,#1):

45: Under The Boardwalk (Resnick-Young) /Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew) Polydor DP 1519 with PS 1966

   

SINGLES Switzerland:
(The Scorpions #1):  

45: Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/Just Like Me (Carroll-Guy) Layola L 17-206 with PS   1965



45: Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)/Keep A-Knockin’ (Penniman) Layola L 17-207 with PS  1965

45: Hello Josephine (Domino-Bartholomew)/Just Like Me (Carroll-Guy) Elite Special L 17-206 with PS   1965


 

UNRELEASED TRACKS:

(The Scorpions #5):

xx: Down The Road A Piece (Chuck Berry) remains unissued 1966

plus one more Chuck Berry song recorded in 1966

Related material:

The Tell-Tale Hearts:

SINGLES Spain:

45:”Promise” (Brandes)/”Too Many Lovers” (Graham Caunce) Munster Records 7130 with PS 2000

Contains the group’s version of “Too Many Lovers” (See 1966-album “Keep In Touch With The Scorpions”). The song was written by Graham Caunce Lee (See Scorpions #4,#5,#6,#7,#8,#9,#10).

SINGLES Australia:

45:”Promise” (Brandes)/”Too Many Lovers” (Graham Caunce) Kavern 7 with PS 1986

Contains the group’s version of “Too Many Lovers” (See 1966-album “Keep In Touch With The Scorpions”). The song was written by Graham Caunce Lee (See Scorpions #4,#5,#6,#7,#8,#9,#10).

CDs USA:

CD: The Tell-Tale Hearts: “High Tide (Big Noses & Pizza Faces) - Anthology 1983-1986” Bomp/Voxx VCD 2027 1997

Contains the group’s version of “Too Many Lovers” (See 1966-album “Keep In Touch With The Scorpions”). The song was written by Graham Caunce (See Scorpions #4,#5,#6,#7,#8,#9,#10,#11).

The Thanes:

SINGLES Australia:
45:”Hey Honey” (The Scorpions)/”It’s Gone” (Rob van Leeuven) Corduroy Records CORD-081 with PS   1996
Contains this Scottish group’s version of “Hey Honey” (See 1965 Scorpions-album “Climbing The Charts”). The song was written by The Scorpions.

CDs Italy:
CD: The Thanes – ”Undignified Noblemen” Teen Sound Records  Teens 032   2005
Contains this Scottish group’s version of “Hey Honey” (See 1965 Scorpions-album “Climbing The Charts”). The song was written by The Scorpions.


Links

Dutch fansite for the Scorpions:
www.everyoneweb.com/helloscorpions  (please note new address - March 2010)

In memory of Peter Lewis and Max Hardy. A million thanks to Graham Lee for his invaluable help with information, photos & inspiration to write this article.

Compiled by Olaf Owre
2008

Memories

In 1964 I met the Scorpions while they stayed in a garage at a pension in Brunssum in the south of the Netherlands, in the same pension where I stayed with my parents. The Scorpions were not famous at that moment but that night they gave their first concert in Holland and I was invited by them, it was extraordinary for me as a 14years old Dutch girl to met an English boyband.

Later that year they became famous with Hello Josephine and Ann Louise and I became famous at our highschool because I was on a photo with the scorpions.

Peter Lewis was my favorite boy of the band and I was sad when I heard has was passed away.
The photo of me with the Scorpions you can find at my Hyves-site.

Winnie Biesheuvel





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