The Hullaballoos were a British band, just in case the sleeve didn’t clue you in. Roulette was an American label, one of many smaller record companies based in New York City at the time. In order to compete, they had to exploit what was hot at the time. In 1964, nothing was hotter than The Beatles—and by extension, record executives believed, any other British foursomes that even vaguely looked the part.
This particular quartet started out as Ricky Night and the Crusaders, but new management meant a new name and a new look. In this case, that meant Carnaby Street duds and matching blonde hair-dos. For a group from from a small, Northern city like Hull, that was a pretty radical change. Hull, by the way, was the home to future rockers like Mick Ronson of David Bowie’s Spiders From Mars, as well as 80’s groups like The Housemartins and Everything But the Girl. So as the first Hull group to make it in the States, The Hullaballoos could be seen as trailblazers of sorts.
Like the Beatles, The Hullaballoos cut their teeth on 1950’s rock and roll classics, such as this cover of Buddy Holly’s “I’m Gonna Love You Too.” Click here for Buddy’s version, and click here for a corker of a cover by Blondie.
Yep. That was the Hullaballoos on Hullabaloo. And yes, that was George Hamilton, mistakenly introducing them as a band from London, and thereby missing the real meaning of their name. Continue reading