Two Tickets To Paris Soundtrack
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When the twist exploded on the America scene, it exploded with a force named Joey Dee. From the Peppermint Lounge in New York where it all started whirlwind Joey Dee and his Starliters hit records and nightclubs and the movie screen with an unprecedented impact. Now, in this original soundtrack recording comes the sound of Joeys second motion picture, Two Tickets To Paris. Its a picture for the young and the young at heart. It has vigour and vitality and its music is the music of the youth on the go. The story of Two Tickets to Paris spans two continents, but its music is of course universal. It is accepted, sung and danced to wherever young people gather. Joe Dee and his Starliters make the screen jump with excitement in Two Tickets To Paris. Get set now to jump with Joey Dee your ticket to Paris is this driving soundtrack from the motion picture.
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From the film emerged the hits Hey, Let’s Twist - # 20 Hot 100 in Feb-March 1962 and its flipside, Roly Poly - a # 74 in March - as Roulette 4408, and the March-April # 6 Shout - Part I as Roulette 4416 b/w Part II. The combined successes led to the second film in which Joey is engaged to Piper (now played by Jeri Lynn Fraser) who gets permission from her parents to accompany him and his band to a lucrative gig in Paris aboard the SS France - provided they are accompanied by a chaperone, played to the hilt by veteran actress Kay Medford, complete with constant whining delivered with a stereotypical Brooklyn twang. Along the way Joey gets in trouble with Piper when she sees him being kissed by the attractive French dancer Coco (played by Lisa James) who is merely trying to make her philandering boyfriend jealous. Gary Crosby (Bing’s son) plays a lounge crooner while another veteran comic actor, Charles Nelson Reilly - as he so often did back then - stole what was a very bland story as Claypoole.
The tracks are:
A1. What Kind Of Love Is This? - Joey Dee; A2. Willy Willy - Willie Davis & The Starliters; A3. The Open Sea - Henry Glover; A4. Twistin' On A Liner - Joey Dee; A5. C'est La Vie - Gary Crosby; A6. Instant Men - Kay Medford; B1. Two Tickets To Paris - The Two Tickets To Paris Orchestra & Chorus; B2. Teenage Vamp - Jeri Lynne Fraser; B3. Left Bank Blues - Henry Glover; B4. C'est Si Bon - Joey Dee; B5. Everytime (I Think About You) - Joey Dee & The Starliters; B6. This Boat - Joey Dee & The Starliters.
One charting single came out of the film, that being What Kind Of Love Is T his?, which the band took to # 18 in Aug-Sept 1962 as Roulettre 4438 (b/w Wing-Ding which was not part of the film).
Produced by Harry Romm, the musical director was Henry Glover (May 21, 1921 - April 7, 1991), very likely one of THE first - if not the first - Black Americans to become A&R man for a major independent recording label (Syd Nathan’s King/Federal operation out of Cincinnati) and who also made a mark as the producer of such top singers/bands of that era as Joey Dee & The Starliters, Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, The Essex, The ‘5’ Royales and Little Willie John. He performs two sides in the film as noted above.
The film may have been eminently forgettable, but at least the rousing soundtrack has been preserved in CD format by this Hallmark release, which has excellent sound reproduction and includes the original album sleeve notes.