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Selected MP3s of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, and classic easy listening from the original vinyl.

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Guitars & All That Jazz was a radio station that webcast via Live365 for 11 years, ending in June 2011. The playlist consisted of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, early rock 'n' roll, lounge music and classic easy listening.

I hope to share some of this music with you via this blog. Most of it will be taken from the original vinyl (LPs and 45s) , cassettes and the occasional commercially unavailable CD.

Here's hoping you'll find something to enjoy. Please note files are available only for a limited time.

I urge you to purchase the digital version of the albums featured, either on CD or via download, wherever possible.

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There are now two music streams. Click the appropriate player to the right.
1. Guitars & All That Jazz: Five hours of the best in jazz, guitars and other instrumental gems. New songs are added weekly.
2. Tiki Shores: Music to sweep you away to a tropical isle, a South American dance floor or a bossa nova on the beach at Rio. About 4.5 hours of classic exotica music, Latin rhythms and bossa nova.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Johnny and His Cellar Rockers - Exodus (single)

                                                                                      Picture sleeve from Yesterday's Gold blog)

Johnny and his Cellar Rockers was an instrumental group fronted by Dutch guitarist Jan Akkerman when he was just 15 years old. Akkerman went on to form the group Focus and continues today with a successful solo career.

Johnny and his Cellar Rockers, formed in late 1960, were obviously influenced by the success of Britain's The Shadows, as were many Dutch instrumental groups of the period. The Cellar Rockers managed to get a recording contract with Phillips in 1961 and as their first single recorded Exodus, the movie theme that the piano duo of Ferrante and Teicher had a huge hit with in North America the previous year.


Johnny and his Cellar Rockers continued until 1964, when the group morphed into another band, the Hunters.

Akkerman and flutist Thijs van Lier fronted the 1970s progressive rock band Focus, best known for its 1973 hit Hocus Pocus. Akkerman departed in 1976 to concentrate on his solo career.

In 2005, the Dutch Rock and Pop Institute issued a two-CD set, Johnny and his Cellar Rockers: The Complete Collection '61-'68. It also included recordings by the Hunters and Jan Akkerman's first solo album, which came out in 1968. The set is no longer available in any form, legally that is, although there are numerous sites of a more dubious nature where it can be obtained.

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