Besides Tony Sheridan singing three songs, we are fortunate to have some of our best artists singing the other 9 songs!
- Our great and celebrated Jazz vocalist, Maria Winther is singing on three tracks!
- Our very much appreciated Blues singer, Bottleneck John is doing the vocals on two tracks!
- Our new Jazz vocalist, Yamina is doing the vocal on one track!
- Our Pop-singer Therese Mercedes Myrhed discovered by Bert Östlund, is singing on one track.
- One of the important members of Tiny Island, Nick Malmeström, is singing one of Tony Sheridans beautiful ballads.
- Being in a band most of his life, the main producer, arranger and bass player, Roger Ekman, is singing the rocker on the record!
Our Tony Sheridan story
In 1964, about three years after he had performed and recorded with The Beatles in Hamburg, he returned from a tour with a great band to record what was for us an unforgettable Rhythm & Blues album “Just a little bit of Tony Sheridan”.
In 2006 my old friend Anders Åslund who shared my interest in Tony’s work and who had been unable to find a re-mastered version of the LP joined me on a trip to Hamburg, where Tony was still living, to start discussions on future possibilities.
A further visit to Hamburg early in 2007, but this time together with Roger Ekman, a long time associate of Opus 3 Records, who was very well received by Tony as both producer and bassist.
After several meetings we realized that we had discovered a great many wonderful songs, literally a’treasure-trove’ of songs including for example “Tell me if you can” which Tony had written with Paul McCartney during their Hamburg period.
The album concept
Later in 2007 Tony came up to our studio in Sweden and we recorded two songs: “Tell me if you can” and “Indochina” – a song relating to his experience when he performed for the US soldiers in Vietnam during the 70-ties.
Sadly, Tony died at the beginning of 2013, leaving us not only with memories but also recordings which we had made of just him and his guitar in his home in Hamburg. These songs are in effect the jewels in a musical treasure created by Tony Sheridan.
A treasure not locked in a vault collecting dust, but an album performed by Opus 3 artists giving exposure to Tony’s creativity. The inclusion of “Skinny Minnie” was because it was known to be one of his biggest hits.
Roger Ekman was responsible for the many different arrangements, later joined by guitarist Peter Melin. On the drums we have Robert Carlsson who was also very good in finding the right grooves!
Peter Melin: Acoustic and Electric guitars
Bert Östlund: Acoustic and electric guitars, organ, Wurlitzer and piano
Björn Jansson: Tenor and Soprano sax
Filip Ekestubbe: Piano and Pump organ
Anna Wallgren: Cello
Tony Sheridan: Guitar
Bottleneck John: Dobro guitar
Roger Ekman: Höfner bass, Fender Precision Bass and Double bass
Robert Carlsson: Drums
Håkan Tingshagen: Drums
Listen to music samples
01. Tell Me If You Can Tony Sheridan (Paul McCartney -
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04. Travelling Through The Night, Yamina
07. Indochina Tony Sheridan (Tony Sheridan)
08. Open Road Maria Winther (Tony Sheridan)
01. Tell Me If You Can Tony Sheridan (Paul McCartney - Tony Sheridan) 3´13
02. Muscovado Maria Winther (Tony Sheridan) 4´48
03. Numbers On The Sun, Bottleneck John (Tony Sheridan) 4´23
04. Travelling Through The Night, Yamina (Tony Sheridan) 3´37
05. He Said Yeah, Therese Mercedes Myrhed (Tony Sheridan) 3´37
06. Julie, Julie Nick Malmeström (Tony Sheridan) 4´32
07. Indochina Tony Sheridan (Tony Sheridan) 4´51
08. Open Road Maria Winther (Tony Sheridan) 4´31
09. The Music Must Go On, Roger Ekman (Tony Sheridan) 4´45
10. Serene Is All Maria Winther (Tony Sheridan) 4´01
11. Skinny Minnie, Bottleneck John (B Haley - R Keefer - M Gabler - C Cafra) 3´17
12. The Puzzle Tony Sheridan (Tony Sheridan) 2´38
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It's a lovely recording
While Tony Sheridan never quite achieved the notoriety he was expected to, he's not forgotten. Both his music and association with the Beatles leave behind a lasting legacy to his talent. Add in an album such as this one, which showcases his own songwriting, and you have a worthy tribute. It's a lovely recording and a reminder of the talent we lost just a few short years ago.