There was a time when pretty much anyone off the telly, or anyone on the silver screen, made a record.
There were very few ways of getting closer to the stars in the fifties and pre-Beatles sixties – so a 45 was a means for fans to grab something tangible.
It might be a novelty record (Terry-Thomas), a film theme (Sid James and Liz Fraser) or a serious stab at an alternative career (Ian McShane); sometimes it was a side project that reflected an intriguing, little known side to a star (Spike Milligan). Most sank like a stone, but they remain fascinating and delightful curios, totally reminiscent of the era of Ford Zephyrs, Consulate cigs and kitchen sink movies.
• Carry On stars by the truckload
• Most tracks available for the first time on CD
• Gorgeous artwork
• Thorough sleevenotes by noted pop historian Bob Stanley