JACK HAMMER





NORTH-AMERICAN SINGLES

DECCA 29938 THE JUMPING JAGUARS (probably featuring Jack Hammer & Mame Watts) Knock Kneed Nellie From Knoxville / Shut The Door Baby
(a-side written by Jack Hammer, b-side by Jack Hammer-Mame Watts)
5/1956 US
DECCA 30109 JACK HAMMER Football Rock / So What10/1956 US 
ROULETTE R-4046 JACK HAMMER WITH HUGO PERETTI & HIS ORCH. Girl, Girl, Girl / Chant Of Love1958 US
APEX 76243 JACK HAMMER WITH HUGO PERETTI & HIS ORCH. Girl, Girl, Girl / Chant Of Love1958 CAN
KAPP K-274 JACK HAMMER Whispering Grass / We Three (My Echo My Shadow And Me)4/1959 US
KAPP K-287 JACK HAMMER Little-Bitty Goose Pimples / What Every Young Lover Should Know1959 US
RONNEX 1284 JACK HAMMER Don't Let Baby Know / The Wiggle1962 US
SOUL S 35088F (promo) JACK HAMMER Colour Combination / Colour Combination1971 US
SOUL S 35088 JACK HAMMER Colour Combination / Swim1971 US

Note: Franny Beecher (of Bill Haley's Comets) has confirmed that 'The Jumping Jaguars' was a side-project for him, and the lead singer on "Knock Kneed Nellie From Knoxville" and "Shut The Door Baby" would have actually been Billy Williamson. Both songs were recorded between "Rockin' Thru The Rye" and "Calling All Comets" sessions (on April 24, 1956). The Bill Haley authority Alex Frazer-Harrison however suspects in 'A Bill Haley Who's Who' column on www.rockabillyhall.com that in his opinion it isn't Williamson singing. According to Marv Goldberg, Frederick "Money Guitar" Johnson, the guitarist and the baritone singer of a Baltimore vocal group The Swallows, had also been playing guitar with the group named The Jumping Jaguars c. 1956-57 before joining again The Swallows in late 1957. The possible connection between Jack Hammer, Mame Watts and The Jumping Jaguars comes from the liner notes of Charly LP 'Rock Sock The Boogie' written by Adam Komorowski.

In addition, Jack Hammer on 45 "Black Widow Spider Woman" / "Doggone That Moon" (issued as by Jack Hammer & The Pacers) in 1959 on Milestone #2001 is actually a white c&w artist Werly Fairburn (a-side being written by Billy Joe Tucker who also did recordings by himself under the name of Billy Hodges - the flipside "Doggone That Moon" again was reissued on Milestone 2013 backed with "You Are My Sunshine", both sides now credited to Werly Fairburn.)





NON-AMERICAN SINGLES

OMEGA 9.61.062 THE JUMPING JAGUARS Knock Kneed Nellie From Knoxville / Shut The Door Baby1956 BEL
ORIOLE 45-CB 1634 JACK HAMMER, Accompanied by Johnny Van Horn Orchestra   Young Only Once / Juliette1961 UK
ORIOLE 45-CB 1645 JACK HAMMER Kissin' Twist / Melancholy Boy1962 UK
ORIOLE 45-CB 1728 JACK HAMMER Crazy Twist / Twist Talk1962 UK
ORIOLE 45-CB 1753 JACK HAMMER WITH THE JOHNNY VAN HORN ORCHESTRA Don't Let Baby Know / Number 25391962 UK
YUGOTON ? (p/s) JACK HAMMER Juliette / Tell The Gang Goodbye1962 YUG
DISQUES POP PO. 45 S 269 (p/s) JACK HAMMER Juliette / Kissin' Twist1962 FRA
RONNEX R 1266 JACK HAMMER Juliette / Tell The Gang Goodbye1961 BEL
W&G WG-S-1334 JACK HAMMER Juliette / Tell The Gang Goodbye1961 AUS
RONNEX R 1270 JACK HAMMER Kissin' Twist / Melancholy Boy1961 BEL
RONNEX R 1270 (p/s, pressed in c. 1978) JACK HAMMER The Kissin' Twist / Boogie Woogie Twist1962 BEL
RONNEX R 1271 (p/s) JACK HAMMER Twistin' King / Boogie Woogie Twist1962 BEL
RONNEX R 1273 JACK HAMMER & JO LEEMANS Crazy Twist / Twist Talk1962 BEL
RONNEX R 1275 (p/s) JACK HAMMER Twist In The Morning / Come Twist Around The Clock1962 BEL
RONNEX R 1279 JACK HAMMER Young Only Once / Don't Let Baby Know1962 BEL
RONNEX R 1284 (p/s) JACK HAMMER The Wiggle / The Wiggling Fool1962 BEL
ARTONE RX 24130 (p/s) JACK HAMMER Wiggling Fool / The Wiggle1962 HOL
RONNEX R 1300 JACK HAMMER Fire Baby / Stop-Slop1962 BEL
RONNEX R 1300 (p/s) JACK HAMMER Stop-Slop / Can't You Do It1962 BEL
RONNEX R 1301 (p/s) JACK HAMMER Espana Te Quiero / Ali Ben Ghazi (Bossa Nova)1962 BEL
TONO 45-STU 42103 (p/s) JACK HAMMER Kissin' Twist / Boogie Woogie Twist1962 DEN
TONO 45-STU 42119 (p/s) JACK HAMMER The Wiggle / The Wiggling Fool1962 DEN
GAZELL C-134 (p/s) JACK HAMMER Kissin' Twist / Twistin' King1962 SWE
GAZELL C-137 (p/s) JACK HAMMER The Wiggle / The Wiggling Fool1962 SWE
VOGUE POP PO.45 S 269 (p/s) JACK HAMMER Juliette / Kissin' Twist1962 FRA
VOGUE SCHALLPLATTEN PO.45 S 287 JACK HAMMER The Wiggle / The Wiggling Fool1962 GER
GAZELL C-141 (p/s) JACK HAMMER WITH THE JOHNNY VAN HORN ORCHESTRA Number 2539 / Spelling Twist1962 SWE
GAZELL C-149 (p/s) JACK HAMMER Twist In The Morning / Ali Ben Ghazi1962 SWE
VOGUE SCHALLPLATTEN DV 14643? JACK HAMMER Fire Baby / Stop Slop1962 GER
VOGUE SCHALLPLATTEN DV 14086 JACK HAMMER UND DAS ORCHESTER JOHNNY VAN HORN Twist In The Morning / Choo Choo Twist1962? GER
RONNEX R 1309 JACK HAMMER Electricity / Spelling Twist1963 BEL
RONNEX R 1312 JACK HAMMER Can't You Do It / Sugar Boy1963 BEL
RONNEX R 1348 JACK HAMMER Hey Jack / Incantesimo1964 BEL
POLYDOR 56091 JACK HAMMER Thanks / Love Ladder1966 UK
POLYDOR 56158 JACK HAMMER Ode To A Discotheque / Joe Poor Loves Daphe Elizabeth Rich1967 UK
UNITED ARTISTS UP 35029   JACK HAMMER What Greater Love / The Mason Dixon Line  1969 UK
UNITED ARTISTS UP 35029 (p/s)  JACK HAMMER What Greater Love / The Mason Dixon Line  1969 GER
ARENA 1005 JACK HAMMER, ORCH. JOHN HORN The Kissin' Twist / Boogie Woogie Twist196? GER
YOUNG BLOOD YB 1023 JACK HAMMER Colour Combination / Swim1971 UK
TAMLA MOTOWN TMATS 5007 (p/s) JACK HAMMER Colour Combination / Swim1971 POR
EXPERIENCE 3106 (p/s) JACK HAMMER (same artist?) Obviously I Love You / We Also Ran197? UK?
RONNEX R 1457 JACK HAMMER Twist In The Morning / Tell The Gang Goodbye1979 BEL




EP'S

VOGUE DISQUES POP/RONNEX MPO.3.087 (p/s)  KISSIN' TWIST  
Kissin' Twist / Juliette / Tell The Gang Goodbye / Melancholy Boy
1962 FRA
VOGUE DISQUES POP/RONNEX MPO.3.091 (p/s) JACK HAMMER WITH THE JOHNNY VAN HORN ORCHESTRA: CRAZY TWIST
Crazy Twist / Twistin' King / Boogie Woogie Twist / Twist Talk
1962 FRA
VOGUE DISQUES POP/RONNEX MPO.3.102 (p/s) JACK HAMMER WITH THE HARRY KING ORCHESTRA
Electricity / Wiggling Fool / Fire Baby / The Wiggle
1962 FRA
GAZELL GEP-54 (p/s) JACK HAMMER WITH THE JOHNNY VAN HORN ORCHESTRA
Kissin' Twist / Twist Talk / Twistin' King / Boogie Woogie Twist
1962 SWE
GAZELL GEX-600 (p/s, blue vinyl) JACK HAMMER, BOB BLUNDER, MICHAEL COX, ERNIE ENGLUND: 4 HITS
Ali Ben Ghazi
196? SWE
DISCOPHON 27.060 (p/s) JOSÉ TORRES-JACK HAMMER  
Let's Twist Again / Kissin' Twist / (+ José Torres: Brigitte Bardot / Amor Amor)
1962 SPA
DISCOPHON ? (p/s) JACK JAMMER: TWIST 
Twistin' King / Boogie Woogie Twist / Crazy Twist / Twist Talk
1962 SPA
DISCOPHON 27.115 (p/s) JACK HAMMER-RAY ELLINGTON: MADISON  
The Wiggle / The Wiggling Fool / (+ Ray Ellington: The Madison / Jump Over)
1962 SPA
JUGOTON EP-RON-9094 (p/s) JACK HAMMER
Kissin' Twist / Twistin' King / Boogie Woogie Twist / Twist Talk
196? YUG
RONNEX 553 (p/s) SPELLING TWIST196? BEL 
ARIEL A-523 (p/s, 33 1/3 rpm) JACK HAMMER, JOHNNY VAN HORN Y SU ORQUESTA
Twist Del Beso / Muchacho Melancolico / Dile Adios A a Barba / Juliette
196? ARG
ARTON EP-208 (p/s) TWIST AROUND THE CLOCK
Twist Turn And Twirl / Choo Choo Twist / Come Twist Around The Clock / Twist And Shout
196? ISR




ALBUMS

WARWICK W-2014 REBELLION - JACK HAMMER SINGS AND READS SONGS AND POEMS OF THE BEAT GENERATION  (LP)
Rose And The Rock / Mean And Evil Me / Concrete Desert / Dying Soldier / Neon Moon / Like / Ruby Red / Man Candle / Hawks And The Crowns / Coffee Espresso / Hobo With Oboe
1960 US
ORIOLE PS 40020 HAMMER + BEAT = TWIST  (LP)
Kissin' Twist / Boogie Woogie Twist / Twist And Shout / Spelling Twist / Twist Talk / Crazy Twist / Twist In The Morning / Twistin' King / Twist, Turn And Twirl / Come Twist Around The Clock / Twistin' Blues
1963 UK
RONNEX LP 001 THE TWISTIN' KING  (LP)
Kissin' Twist / Boogie Woogie Twist / Twist And Shout / Spelling Twist / Twist Talk / Crazy Twist / Twist In The Morning / Twistin' King / Twist, Turn And Twirl / Come Twist Around The Clock / Twistin' Blues
196? BEL
VOGUE PIVO 07-30 LE TWIST EST ROI  (LP)
Kissin' Twist / Twistin' King / Come Twist Around The Clock / Twist In The Morning / Twist Talk / Spelling Twist / Crazy Twist / Choo-Choo Twist / Twist Turn And Twirl / Twistin' Blues / Twist And Shout / Boogie Woogie Twist
196? FRA
MODE/DEUTSCHE VOGUE SCHALLPLATTEN MID 16025 HI-FI TWISTIN' AND SLOPPIN'  (LP)
Juliette / Can't You Do It / Twistin' Blues / Boogie Woogie Twist / Twist In The Morning / The Wiggle / Sugar Boy / Don't Let Baby Know / Kissin' Twist / Electricity / It's Good / Wiggling Fool
196? GER
ARTON AN 34 39 ROCK AND TWIST WITH JACK HAMMER  (10" LP)
Kissin' Twist / Juliette / Crazy Twist / Tell The Gang Goodbye / Let's Twist Again / Twistin' King / A Bouquet Of Teardrops / Twist Talk / Amor / Boogie Woogie Twist
(Note: the front cover features a picture of Johnny Hallyday!)
196? ISR
POLYDOR 582001 BRAVE NEW WORLD  (LP)
Brave New World / Thanks / Love Ladder / Switch Blade Operator / From The Tomb To The Tomb / Dosby Dania Amerikanski / Black Snow / Shut Up World / Down In The Subway / J.C. / When A Girl Loves A Girl / Off Limits Soldier Boy
(incl. three 'Northern soul' style vocal tracks + spoken poetry over a hip jazz score recorded with the UK musicians: George Kish:ld.gtr, Brian Daley:ac.gtr, Laurie Holloway:pno, Roger Coulam:org, Jim Lawless:vibes, Art Ellefson:ten.sax, Ray Swinfield:alto.sax/flute, Kenny Wheeler:tp, Johnny Marshall:tb, Spike Heatley:bs, Kenny Clare:dms)
1966 UK
ABA 3383 TWISTIN' KING  (LP)
Kissin' Twist / Boogie Woogie Twist / Twist And Shout / Spelling Twist / Twist Talk / Crazy Twist / Twist In The Morning / Twistin' King / Twist, Turn And Twirl / Come Twist Around The Clock / Twistin' Blues / The Wiggle
-- reissues: EMI 4M034-60151, 1977/Durium LP 30-299, 1978 ITA --
197? FRA
MELODIA JH 3102 THE WIGGLING FOOL - 20 GREATEST TWIST HITS  (LP)
Twistin' King / Kissin' Twist / Boogie Woogie Twist / Crazy Twist / Twist And Shout / Spelling Twist / Twist Turn And Twirl / Come Twist Around The Clock / Twistin' Blues / Choo Choo Twist / The Wiggle / Wiggling Fool / Can't You Do It / Sugar Boy / Eletricity / Fire Baby / It's Good / Juliette / Melancholy Boy / Stop Slop
19?? ITA
MARGINAL CDMAR 056 THE BEST OF JACK HAMMER : HAMMER + BEAT = TWIST  (CD)
Twist In The Morning / Kissin' Twist / Don't Let Baby Know / Girl, Girl, Girl / Boogie Woogie Twist / Twist And Shout / Spellin' Twist / Twist Talk / Crazy Twist / Twistin' King / Choo-Choo Twist / Twist, Turn And Twirl / Come Twist Around The Clock / Twistin' Blues / The Wiggle / Wiggling Fool / Can't You Do It / Sugar Boy / Electricity / Fire Baby / It's Good / Juliette / Melancholy Baby / Stop Slop / Espana Te Quiero / Ali Ben Ghazi / The Hawks And The Crowns / Ruby Red (Dying Soldier) / The Rose And The Rock / Mean And Evil Me
1997 BEL
OOZE MUSIC GROUP RECORDS OOZ 00619 TWIST COLLECTION  (CD)
Twist In The Morning / Kissin' Twist / Don't Let Baby Know / Girl, Girl, Girl / Boogie Woogie Twist / Twist And Shout / Spellin' Twist / Twist Talk / Crazy Twist / Twistin' King / Choo-Choo Twist / Twist, Turn And Twirl / Come Twist Around The Clock / Twistin' Blues / The Wiggle / Wiggling Fool / Can't You Do It / Sugar Boy / Electricity / Fire Baby / It's Good / Juliette / Melancholy Baby / Stop Slop / Espana Te Quiero / Ali Ben Ghazi / The Hawks And The Crowns / Ruby Red (Dying Soldier) / The Rose And The Rock / Mean And Evil Me
(reissue of Marginal CDMAR 056)
2001 RUS

Note: Jack Hammer on LP "This Is My Song" (Bellaphon BLPS 19275, 1978 GER) is apparently a different artist.



COMPILATIONS

POLYDOR 237 340 V/A: TEENAGER-PARTY '64  (LP)
Die Schone Lola / Little Sad Angel
1964 GER
YOUNG BLOOD SBYB 4 V/A: YOUNG BLOOD, VOL.2  (LP)
Swim / Color Combination
19?? UK
CROWN LP 100 V/A: ROCK, ROCK, ROCK, VOL.1  (LP)
Girl, Girl, Girl
1980 US?
CHARLY CR 30237   V/A: ROCK SOCK THE BOOGIE  (LP)
The Jumping Jaguars (prob. feat. Jack Hammer): Knock Kneed Nellie From Knoxville / Shut The Door Baby  
1984 UK
RED LIGHTNIN' RL 0059 V/A: R&B LAFF BLASTS FROM THE PAST  (LP)
Tony Middleton & Jack Hammer: Earth Cousins
1985 UK
HYDRA 7714 V/A: TEENAGE DANCE PARTY, VOL.3  (LP)
Football Rock
1990 GER
BLEND BLR 82016 V/A: ROCK & ROLL COLLECTION, VOL.16  (LP)
Girl, Girl, Girl
19?? BEL
STRIP CD 00102 V/A: LAS VEGAS GRIND, PART 1  (CD)
The Wiggle
199? GER
STRIP CD 00403 V/A: LAS VEGAS GRIND, PART 2  (CD)
Wiggling Fool
-- reissue: Crypt CD 403, 1995 GER --
1992 GER
SEQUEL NEM CD 619 V/A: ROULETTE ROCK 'N ROLL COLLECTION  (CD)
Girl, Girl, Girl
1992 UK
SEQUEL NEM 939 V/A: HERB ABRAMSON'S FESTIVAL OF GROUPS  (CD)
Tony Middleton & Jack Hammer: Earth Cousins
1997 UK
RHINO 78302 V/A: THE BEST OF THE BEAT GENERATION  (CD)
Like
2002 US
SOUL JERK SJ 1206 V/A: SOUL JERK - NORTHRN SOUL FOR THE DANCIN' MOOD  (LP)
Swim
200? GER?
ACE CDCHD 1220 V/A: LAND OF 1000 DANCES - ALL TWISTIN' EDITION  (CD)
Kissin' Twist
2009 UK
LESLEY LESCD 8 V/A: DECCA ROCK & ROLL PARTY, VOLUME ONE  (CD)
Football Rock
2010


                                                      

© Compiled by Pete Hoppula

Acknowledgments: Richard Baert | Pol Dodu | Pekka Halonen | Stephan Koenig | Philippe Chivot

Published sources: Rare Record Price Guide 2004 (Record Collector, 2002) | Music Master Price Guide For Record Collectors (Nick Hamlyn, 1991) | Bear Family BCD 15578 (cd liner notes of "Werly Fairburn - Everybody's Rockin'" by Colin Escott, 1992)

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