Gichy Dan's Beachwood # 9 ZE REDUX ALBUM

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BACK ON BEACHWOOD #9

Back in 1976 August Darnell first rise to notoriety as bass player, vocalist and lyricist for « Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band », one of disco's most unusual ensembles. The brainchild of August's brother Stony Browder Jr., and featuring the vocals of Cory Daye, the vibes work of « Sugar Coated » Andy Hernandez and the jungle drums of Mickey Sevilla, Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band was one of the most singular groups ever to cross-over pop. Sounding like a '40s big band with a more modern beat, the band went gold with their first album, including the mighty hit, « Cherchez La Femme ».

By 1978, Darnell swiftly became ZE Records’ in-house producer-ringmaster, helming brilliant productions at the all-night sessions at Blank Tapes which threw together disparate friends, freaks and musicians in different combinations. « Gichy Dan's Beachwood #9 » was one of the first side-projects of Darnell. August, about to leave his older brother Stony Browder’s Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band through frustration at his restrictive bassist-songwriter role. The story goes that Darnell had written a number of tunes that Savannah Band wound up not using, so he called his pal Ronnie Rogers to put together a band featuring the talents of Frank « Pago Pago » aka « Gichy Dan » Passalaqua and vocalist Lourdes Cotto along with a huge roster of musicians whose names would adorn many Darnell-produced album covers in years to come.

Silken-voiced Staten Island crooner Gichy Dan, aka Frank Passalacqua, took his name from Beachwood # 9, an old rock'n'roll number from the 1950s. « We would concoct this romance thing, then make up some profound story, » as Coati Mundi says. Gichy Dan was baby-faced, sweetly dispositioned and everyone adored him. Adriana says, « Gichy Dan would have been a new Johnny Mathis, if he hadn't prematurely died of AIDS. » For August, « Gichy Dan was the precursor to Kid Creole and the Coconuts; had I known it, he would have been Kid Creole. I knew he could handle the material. »

Co-producer of the project was Ron Rogers. Ronnie was a musician, producer, future ZE Records artist, and a great songwriter who was about to get fame with « Deputy of Love » for Don Armando, « Spooks in Space » for Aural Exciters, « Cowboys & Gangsters » for Gichy Dan, and his own 12” Ep « Don’t Play with My Emotions ». Ron also collaborate on various ZE Records’ albums: Cristina’s debut, Aural Exciters, Kid Creole & the Coconuts, Don Armando, and produced Snuky Tate’s « He's the Grove » and Caroline Loeb’s debut album for ZE Records.

Rogers, was called « the sunny side of the street » by Village Voice journalist, Carol Cooper. « Darnell was still committed to Savannah band, but had written a batch of songs Savannah couldn't use. So Darnell and Rogers took Juan Cotto, Frank « Gichy Dan » Passalaqua, and Lourdes Cotto into Blank Tapes to manufacture the most intriguing pop album of 1979. Frank Passalaqua and the Cottos were a cagey choice for the vocally demanding collection of ballads and Caribbean-flavored show tunes, for they represented just the right touch of racial and sexual ambiguity to overcome all the usual obstacles to airplay and fame in America. If Elvis was the bridge to white audiences for black music and performers, Gichy Dan was to be the inoffensive way to crossover Darnell's apocryphal troops of south-sea islanders, Caribbean natives, chino-clad immigrants, and zoot-suited fancy men. » (Carol Cooper Village Voice, 1982)

Gichy Dan's Beachwood #9’s debut album was released on RCA in 1979. Ron Rogers wrote and produced two new tracks for Gichy Dan in 1981 « Cowboy & Gangsters » and « Action Man » released on ZE Records.

When ZE Records was relaunched in 2002, the long forgotten back catalogue went hip again when a new generation discovered through the re-release of the expanded Mutant Disco albums, a timeless brilliant catalogue of songs that Djs would remix or edit. Among them Gichy Dan’s « Cowboy & Gangsters » was re-edited by Social Disco Club and Brennan Green, and « On A Day Like Today » by Theo Parrish and Todd Terje and sampled by Bob Sinclair and Sugarhill Gang. Though these edits they became cult dance hits in the 2000’s.

Frank « Gichy Dan » Passalaqua prematurely died of AIDS, today August Darnell lives in the UK, still touring and records under the name of Kid Creole, Ron Rogers still lives and produces music in N.Y.C.

More than 30 years later this music is still a brilliant demonstration of the originality and talent of these great artists. This expanded reissue with 7 bonus tracks remastered by its original producer Ron Rogers is a tribute to these visionary mavericks.

Michel Esteban, Bahia, 2011.

01 • Laissez Faire • 5:37    
Lead Female Vocals Lourdes Cotto

02 • Splendor In The Grass • 4:35
Lyrics by Carrash Brozine

03 • You Can't Keep A Good Man Down / So So Celina • 6:37    
Drums : Special Guest Appearance Butch Bond 
Vocals The Beachwood Kids

04 • Young Hearts • 5:09

05 • The Lady From The Caribbean • 5:09    
Accordion Kay Arden 
Bongos Jose Alverio

06 • On A Day Like Today • 5:28    
Vocals The Beachwood Kids

07 • Winter On Riverside Drive • 4:56    

08 • Cowboys & Gansters Mutant Disco Version • 7:28

09 • Cowboys & Gansters Single Version • 5:53

10 • Action Man • 5:19

11 • On A Day Like Today Todd Terje Friendly Children New Edit • 6:49
Additional Production & Edited by Todd Terje 2009
Vocals by The beachwood Kids

12 • Cowboys & Gansters Shux Edit • 3:34

13 • Cowboys & Gansters Social Disco Club Edit • 7:24
Additional Production & Edited by Social Disco Club 

14 • On A Day Like Today Theo Parrish Friendly Children Original Edit • 0:00
Additional Production & Edited by Theo Parrish 2004
Vocals by The Beachwood Kids

15 • Cowboys & Gangsters Brennan Green Edit • 0:00

16 • On A Day Like Today Dj Anonymous Edit • 0:00
 

Tracks 1 > 7, 11,14,16 Written by August Darnell
Published by Perennial August (BMI) 
Track 2 « Splendor In The Grass » Lyrics by Carrash Brozine

Tracks 8 > 10, 12, 13 & 15 Written by Ron Rogers
 Published by Bug Music, Night Notes Music (BMI)

MUSICIANS

Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals • Frank "Pago Pago" Passalacqua
Backing Vocals • Juan Fabian Cotto , Lourdes Cotto 
Directed by Warren Schatz 
Acoustic Guitar • Scipio Sargeant 
Drums, Percussion [Balaphone], Synthesizer • Ronnie Rogers 
Bass • King Creole 
Guitar, Steel Drums, Percussion • Freddy Harris
Piano • Gilbert Colon
Vibraphone, Marimba • Norman Freeman  
Orchestrated by Sugar Coated Andy Hernandez
 

SOUND

Recorded at Blank Tapes, New York 
Recording Engineer • Bob Blank
Songs 1 to 7 Mixed by Warren Schatz, Howard (« Doctor ») Lindeman 
& Al Garrison at RCA Records, New York 
Originaly Mastered by Jack Adelman 
A & R Coordination • Lauren Klumpp 
Management, Care, Direction • Susandra Minsky 
Musical Consultant & Conductor • George Andrews 

Horns & Strings Arranged by Sugar Coated Andy Hernandez & August Darnell 
Orchestrations by « Sugar Coated » Andy Hernandez

Songs 1 to 7 Produced by August Darnell & Ron Rogers 
For Gichy Dan Music Productions, Inc
Directed by Warren Schatz
Original Album originally distributed by RCA Records, New York, N.Y. 1979
Songs 8 to 10 Produced by Ron Rogers 

Remastered by Ron Rogers and Michel Bassignani 2011
This selection produced by Michel Esteban for ZE Records Mundo Ltda.
Special Thanks to Ron Rogers
 
Original Sound Recording Made by ZE Records © 1979,1980, 2009, 2011


DESIGN
Artwork by David Jarvis 
Art Direction Artwork by Acy R.Lehman

Back in 1976 August Darnell first rise to notoriety as bass player, vocalist and lyricist for « Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band », one of disco's most unusual ensembles. The brainchild of August's brother Stony Browder Jr., and featuring the vocals of Cory Daye, the vibes work of « Sugar Coated » Andy Hernandez and the jungle drums of Mickey Sevilla, Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band was one of the most singular groups ever to cross-over pop. Sounding like a '40s big band with a more modern beat, the band went gold with their first album, including the mighty hit, « Cherchez La Femme ».
By 1979, Darnell swiftly became ZE Records’ in-house producer-ringmaster, helming brilliant productions at the all-night sessions at Blank Tapes which threw together disparate friends, freaks and musicians in different combinations. « Gichy Dan's Beachwood #9 » was one of the first side-projects of Darnell. August, about to leave his older brother Stony Browder’s Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band through frustration at his restrictive bassist-songwriter role. The story goes that Darnell had written a number of tunes that Savannah Band wound up not using, so he called his pal Ronnie Rogers to put together a band featuring the talents of Frank « Pago Pago » aka « Gichy Dan » Passalaqua and vocalist Lourdes Cotto along with a huge roster of musicians whose names would adorn many Darnell-produced album covers in years to come.

Silken-voiced Staten Island crooner Gichy Dan, aka Frank Passalacqua, took his name from Beachwood # 9, an old rock'n'roll number from the 1950s. « We would concoct this romance thing, then make up some profound story, » as Coati Mundi says. Gichy Dan was baby-faced, sweetly dispositioned and everyone adored him. Adriana says, « Gichy Dan would have been a new Johnny Mathis, if he hadn't prematurely died of AIDS. » For August, « Gichy Dan was the precursor to Kid Creole and the Coconuts; had I known it, he would have been Kid Creole. I knew he could handle the material. »

Co-producer of the project was Ron Rogers. Ronnie was a musician, producer, future ZE Records artist, and a great songwriter who was about to get fame with « Deputy of Love » for Don Armando, « Spooks in Space » for Aural Exciters, « Cowboys & Gangsters » for Gichy Dan, and his own 12” Ep « Don’t Play with My Emotions ». Ron also collaborate on various ZE Records’ albums: Cristina’s debut, Aural Exciters, Kid Creole & the Coconuts, Don Armando, and produced Snuky Tate’s « He's the Groove » and Caroline Loeb’s debut album for ZE Records.

Rogers, was called « the sunny side of the street » by Village Voice journalist, Carol Cooper. « Darnell was still committed to Savannah band, but had written a batch of songs Savannah couldn't use. So Darnell and Rogers took Juan Cotto, Frank « Gichy Dan » Passalaqua, and Lourdes Cotto into Blank Tapes to manufacture the most intriguing pop album of 1979. Frank Passalaqua and the Cottos were a cagey choice for the vocally demanding collection of ballads and Caribbean-flavored show tunes, for they represented just the right touch of racial and sexual ambiguity to overcome all the usual obstacles to airplay and fame in America. If Elvis was the bridge to white audiences for black music and performers, Gichy Dan was to be the inoffensive way to crossover Darnell's apocryphal troops of south-sea islanders, Caribbean natives, chino-clad immigrants, and zoot-suited fancy men. »
(Carol Cooper Village Voice, 1982)

Gichy Dan's Beachwood #9’s debut album was released on RCA in 1979. Ron Rogers wrote and produced two new tracks for Gichy Dan in 1981 « Cowboy & Gangsters » and « Action Man » released on ZE Records.

When ZE Records was relaunched in 2002, the long forgotten back catalogue went hip again when a new generation discovered through the re-release of the expanded Mutant Disco albums, a timeless brilliant catalogue of songs that Djs would remix or edit. Among them Gichy Dan’s « Cowboy & Gangsters » was re-edited by Social Disco Club and Brennan Green, and « On A Day Like Today » by Theo Parrish and Todd Terje and sampled by Bob Sinclair and Sugarhill Gang. Though these edits they became cult dance hits in the 2000’s.

Frank « Gichy Dan » Passalaqua prematurely died of AIDS, today August Darnell lives in the UK, still touring and records under the name of Kid Creole, Ron Rogers still lives and produces music in N.Y.C.

More than 30 years later this music is still a brilliant demonstration of the originality and talent of these great artists. This expanded reissue with 7 bonus tracks remastered by its original producer Ron Rogers is a tribute to these visionary mavericks.

Michel Esteban, Bahia, 2011.

Track List
  • 1
    Laissez Faire
    05:42
  • 2
    Splendor In The Grass
    04:39
  • 3
    You Can't Keep A Good Man Down / So So Celina
    06:43
  • 4
    Young Hearts
    05:08
  • 5
    The Lady From The Caribbean
    05:12
  • 6
    Winter On Riverside Drive
    04:57
  • 7
    Cowboys & Gangsters - Mutant Disco Version
    07:21
  • 8
    Cowboys & Gangsters - Single Version
    05:43
  • 9
    Action Man
    05:17
  • 10
    On A Day Like Today - Todd Terje Friendly Children New Edit
    05:24
  • 11
    Cowboys & Gangsters - Shux Edit
    08:30
  • 12
    Cowboys & Gangsters - Social Disco Club Edit
    07:20
  • 13
    On A Day Like Today - Theo Parrish Friendly Children Edit
    05:15
  • 14
    Cowboys & Gangsters - Brennan Green Edit
    07:16
  • 15
    On A Day Like Today - Dj Anonymous Edit
    03:38
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