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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

John Schroeder (producer / arranger)

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY:

Famed producer and arranger, John Schroeder was born John Francis Schroeder in January 1935 in London. He formed Sounds Orchestral with piano player Johnny Pearson, also releasing albums to his name (usually as John Schroeder Orchestra) or with different aliases, such as The City Of Westminster String Band.

He was producer in countless singles, especially during the 60s and early 70s. I just include here a brief discography, but based only on albums.

John Schroeder passed away on January 31st, 2017 due to cancer.

   3 BANDS (WITH 32 SELECTED RECORDINGS):

BAND / ARTIST.RECORDINGS
The City Of Westminster String Band  5 RECORDINGS:
  • A Touch of velvet and a sting of brass - The City Of Westminster String Band (1968)

  • The Look of Latin - The City Of Westminster String Band (1969)

  • Latin escapade - The City Of Westminster String Band (1970)

  • Home lovin´ hits - City Of Westminster String Band (1971)

  • Knock three times and more - City Of Westminster String Band (1971)

  • Other info on members of The City Of Westminster String Band (I know up to 2 members)
    To be covered (1):Lew Warburton
    John Schroeder Orchestra  9 RECORDINGS:
  • The Dolly catcher - The John Schroeder Orchestra (1967)

  • You´ve made me so very happy - John Schroeder Orchestra (1971)

    • Members: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    • Guests: Tony Carr, Clem Cattini, Vic Flick, Albert Hall, Bobby Haughey, Mike Morgan, Brian Odgers, Alan Parker, Alan Tew (RIP: David Byron, Don Honeywell)
  • Piano vibrations - John Schroeder (1971)

  • Dylan vibrations - John Schroeder (1971)

    • Members: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    • Guests: Tony Carr, Clem Cattini, Allan Clarke, Roger Coulam, Les Hurdle, Jim Lawless, Dennis Lopez, Mike Morgan, Bill Parkinson, Ray Swinfield, Rick Wakeman, Lew Warburton (RIP: Stan Barrett)
    • Comments: The album was reissued in 2003 under the Rick Wakeman name.
  • Witchi Tai To - John Schroeder (1971)

    • Members: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    • Guests: Tony Carr, Clem Cattini, Derek Grossmith, Albert Hall, Alan Hawkshaw, Clive Hicks, Jim Lawless, Mike Morgan, Brian Odgers, Alan Parker, Lew Warburton (RIP: David Byron, Don Honeywell)
  • Love vibrations - John Schroeder (1972)

  • Gangster movie vibrations - John Schroeder (1972)

  • Latin vibrations - John Schroeder (1972)

    • Members: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    • Guests: Leon Calvert, Tony Carr, Brian Dee, Chris Karan, Dennis Lopez (RIP: Johnny Pearson + Kenny Wheeler)
  • War & peace & other television themes - VVAA (1973)

  • Sounds Orchestral  18 RECORDINGS:
  • The Soul of Sounds Orchestral - Sounds Orchestral (1965)

    • Members: (RIP: Kenny Clare, Pete McGurk, Johnny Pearson, John Schroeder)
  • Cast your fate to the wind - Sounds Orchestral (1965)

    • Members: Tony Reeves (RIP: Kenny Clare, Pete McGurk, Johnny Pearson, John Schroeder)
  • Meets James Bond - Sounds Orchestral (1965)

    • Members: (RIP: Kenny Clare, Tony Gilbert, Pete McGurk, Johnny Pearson, John Schroeder, Ronnie Verrell)
  • Plays favourite classical melodies - Sounds Orchestral (1966)

    • Members: (RIP: Kenny Clare, Tony Gilbert, Pete McGurk, Johnny Pearson, John Schroeder)
  • Hits Orchestral - Sounds Orchestral (1966)

    • Members: (RIP: Kenny Clare, Tony Gilbert, Pete McGurk, Johnny Pearson, John Schroeder)
  • Meets Henry Mancini - Sounds Orchestral (1967)

    • Members: (RIP: Kenny Clare, Tony Gilbert, Pete McGurk, Johnny Pearson, John Schroeder, Ronnie Verrell)
  • Sounds Latin - Sounds Orchestral (1967)

    • Members: (RIP: Kenny Clare, Pete McGurk, Johnny Pearson, John Schroeder)
  • Words - Sounds Orchestral (1968)

    • Members: (RIP: Kenny Clare, Pete McGurk, Johnny Pearson, John Schroeder)
    • Guests: (RIP: Barry Morgan)
  • Portrait in stereo - Sounds Orchestral (1968)

    • Members: (RIP: Kenny Clare, Pete McGurk, Johnny Pearson, John Schroeder)
  • Sounds Orchestral at the movies - Sounds Orchestral (1969)

  • Sounds like a million - Sounds Orchestral (1969)

    • Members: (RIP: Kenny Clare, Pete McGurk, Johnny Pearson, John Schroeder)
  • Good morning starshine - Sounds Orchestral (1970)

    • Members: (RIP: Kenny Clare, Johnny Pearson, John Schroeder)
    • Guests: Tony Carr, Dennis Lopez
  • You´ve got a friend - Sounds Orchestral (1971)

  • Sleepy shores - Sounds Orchestral (1972)

  • Wigwam - Sounds Orchestral (1972)

  • Clouds - Sounds Orchestral (1974)

  • Love me for a reason - Sounds Orchestral (1975)

  • Perform 20 great TV themes - Sounds Orchestral (1978)

    • Members: (RIP: Kenny Clare, Tony Gilbert, Johnny Pearson, John Schroeder)
    • Guests: Martin Kershaw, Dave Richmond (RIP: Eric Ford, Barry Morgan)
    • Technical: Mike Bobak
    Other info on members of Sounds Orchestral (I know up to 9 members)
    Old pages (1):Tony Reeves
    To be covered (3):Kenny Clare, Pete McGurk, Ronnie Verrell
    Not enough info (4):Frank Clark, Tony Gilbert, Johnny Pearson, Russ Stableford

       43 ALBUMS AS PRODUCER:

    BAND / ARTIST.RECORDINGS
    Ronnie Barker Band  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Ronnie Barker´s unbroken British record - Ronnie Barker (1978)

  • The Bystanders  1 COMPILATIONS:
  • Birth of Man - The Bystanders (1990)

    • Members: Clive John, Jeff Jones (RIP: Micky Jones, Ray Williams)
    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    Other info on members of The Bystanders (I know up to 7 members)
    To be covered (5):Clive John, Jeff Jones, Micky Jones, Deke Leonard, Ray Williams
    Not enough info (2):Gerry Braden, Vic Oakley
    Crazy Cavan ´n´ The Rhythm Rockers  3 RECORDINGS:
  • Rockability - Crazy Cavan ´n´ The Rhythm Rockers (1976)

  • Our own way of rockin´ - Crazy Cavan ´n´ The Rhythm Rockers (May 1977)

  • Live at Picketts Locks, May 1976 - Crazy Cavan ´n´ The Rhythm Rockers (August 2014) (LIVE)

    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    • Comments: Recorded live in May 1976, but released in 2014.
    Other info on members of Crazy Cavan ´n´ The Rhythm Rockers (I know up to 7 members)
    Not enough info (7):Mike Coffey, Cavan Grogan, Don Kinsella, Lyndon Needs, Graham Price, Brian Thomas, Terry Walley
    Cymande  4 RECORDINGS:
  • Cymande - Cymande (1973)

  • Second time round - Cymande (1973)

    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    • Comments: CD reissue contains 2 bonus tracks.
  • Promised heights - Cymande (1974)

  • A Simple act of faith - Cymande (November 2015)

  • 2 COMPILATIONS:
  • The Best of Cymande - Cymande (1992)

  • The Message - Cymande (1999)

    • Members: Sam Kelly
    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    • Comments: This compilation contains the 3 complete albums by the band, plus 3 additional tracks.
    Other info on members of Cymande (I know up to 10 members)
    To be covered (1):Sam Kelly
    Not enough info (9):Desmond Atwell, Joey Dee, Derek Gibbs, Pablo Gonsales, Ray King, Patrick Patterson, Mike Rose, Peter Serreo, Steve Skipio
    Ferris Wheel  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Can´t break the habit - The Ferris Wheel (1967)

  • Other info on members of Ferris Wheel (I know up to 7 members)
    To be covered (7):Terry Edmunds, Dennis Elliott, Bernie Holland, Marsha Hunt, Linda Lewis, Barry Reeves, Michael Snow
    Clinton Ford Band  3 RECORDINGS:
  • Dandy - Clinton Ford (1966)

    • Members: (RIP: Clinton Ford)
    • Guests: George Chisholm, Alan Tew
    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
  • Clinton the clown - Clinton Ford with George Chisholm And The Inmates (1968)

    • Members: (RIP: Clinton Ford)
    • Guests: George Chisholm
    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
  • Songs for children aged from one to a hundred - Clinton Ford (1969)

  • Other info on members of Clinton Ford Band (I know up to 2 members)
    Not enough info (2):Clinton Ford, Frank Wan
    Eric Galloway Orchestra  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Dixie goes Latin - Eric Galloway And The Latin Beats (1969)

    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    • Comments: This album was also reissued under a different title, If my friends could see me now.
    Other info on members of Eric Galloway Orchestra (I know up to 1 members)
    Not enough info (1):Eric Galloway
    David Garrick Band  2 RECORDINGS:
  • A Boy called David - David Garrick (1967)

    • Members: (RIP: David Garrick)
    • Guests: Alan Tew (RIP: Johnny Pearson)
    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    • Technical: (RIP: Bill Foster)
    • Comments: CD reissue contains 5 bonus tracks.
  • Blow up live - David Garrick And The Dandy (1968) (LIVE)

    • Members: (RIP: David Garrick)
    • Guests: (RIP: Mike Gibbins, Pete Ham)
    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    Other info on members of David Garrick Band (I know up to 5 members)
    Already covered (2):Tex Makins, Ged Peck
    To be covered (2):Carlo Little, Mick Rogers
    Not enough info (1):David Garrick
    Gnidrolog  1 RECORDINGS:
  • ...In spite of Harry´s toe-nail - Gnidrolog (1972)

    • Members: Pete Cowling, Nigel Pegrum
    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    • Comments: Recorded in 1972.
    Other info on members of Gnidrolog (I know up to 6 members)
    Already covered (2):John ´Irish´ Earle, John Knightsbridge
    To be covered (2):Pete Cowling, Nigel Pegrum
    Not enough info (2):Colin Goldring, Stewart Goldring
    Jimmy James & The Vagabonds  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Open up your soul - Jimmy James & The Vagabonds (1968)

  • 1 COMPILATIONS:
  • Golden hour of Jimmy James And The Vagabonds - Jimmy James And The Vagabonds ( - )

  • Other info on members of Jimmy James & The Vagabonds (I know up to 4 members)
    To be covered (3):Art Regis, Dave Tedstone, Pip Williams
    Not enough info (1):Jimmy James
    Jefferson Band  1 RECORDINGS:
  • The Colour of my love - Jefferson (1969)

  • 1 COMPILATIONS:
  • The Colour of my love - the Pye anthology - Jefferson (2001)

  • Other info on members of Jefferson Band (I know up to 1 members)
    Not enough info (1):Geoff Turton
    John Kongos Band  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Confusions about a gold fish - John Kongos (1969)

  • Other info on members of John Kongos Band (I know up to 1 members)
    To be covered (1):John Kongos
    Man  2 RECORDINGS:
  • Revelation - Man (1969)

    • Members: Clive John, Jeff Jones (RIP: Micky Jones, Deke Leonard)
    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    • Comments: Some CD reissue contains 3 bonus tracks.
  • 2 oz of plastic with a hole - Man (1969)

    • Members: Clive John, Jeff Jones (RIP: Micky Jones, Deke Leonard, Ray Williams)
    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    Other info on members of Man (I know up to 20 members)
    To be covered (20):Josh Ace, Martin Ace, Al Hodge, Clive John, George Jones, Jeff Jones, Micky Jones, Deke Leonard, Alan ´Tweke´ Lewis, Rick Martinez, John McKenzie, Malcolm Morley, Bob Richards, Phil Ryan, Gareth Thorrington, John ´Pugwash´ Weathers, Ken Whaley, Ray Williams, Terry Williams, Will Youatt
    Mojos  1 COMPILATIONS:
  • Everything´s alright - the complete recordings - The Mojos (2009)

    • Members: Nicky Crouch, Aynsley Dunbar (RIP: Eddie Harnett, Martin Smith)
    • Producer: Bob James (RIP: John Schroeder)
    Other info on members of Mojos (I know up to 16 members)
    Old pages (1):Aynsley Dunbar
    To be covered (2):Nicky Crouch, Martin Smith
    Not enough info (13):Duncan Campbell, Lew Collins, Dave Cowell, Tony Cowell, Eddie Harnett, Tony House, Stu James, Keith Karlson, John Konrad, Terry O´Toole, Deke Vernon, Jon Werrell, Adrian Wilkinson
    The Mooche  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Hot smoke and sassafras / Seen through a light (SINGLE) - The Mooche (May 1969)

  • Other info on members of The Mooche (I know up to 5 members)
    Already covered (1):Dave Winthrop
    Not enough info (4):Jeff Dann, Ian Pearce, Dave Soars, Brian Tatum
    Quiet World  1 RECORDINGS:
  • The Road - Quiet World (1970)

    • Members: Steve Hackett (RIP: Ernie O´Malley)
    • Guests: John Hackett
    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    Other info on members of Quiet World (I know up to 6 members)
    Old pages (1):Ernie O´Malley
    To be covered (1):Steve Hackett
    Not enough info (4):Dick Driver, John Heather, Lea Heather, Neil Heather
    The Sorrows  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Take a heart - The Sorrows (1966)

    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    • Comments: Some CD reissue contains 8 bonus tracks, but there´s a later reissue as a 2CD with many more bonuses.
    • My opinion: I like this album a lot. It´s typical, good British pop rock, but with a wild, sharp lead guitarist. It reminds sometimes to The Yardbirds or The Kinks.
    Other info on members of The Sorrows (I know up to 6 members)
    To be covered (1):Mick Bradley
    Not enough info (5):Don Fardon, Bruce Finley, Philip Packham, Wez Price, Pip Whitcher
    Status Quo  4 RECORDINGS:
  • Picturesque matchstickable messages from The Status Quo - The Status Quo (1968)

    • Members: John Coghlan (RIP: Rick Parfitt)
    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    • Comments: CD reissue contains 3 bonus tracks.
  • Spare parts - Status Quo (1969)

    • Members: John Coghlan (RIP: Rick Parfitt)
    • Guests: Alan Tew, Lew Warburton
    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    • Comments: Some CD reissue contains 5 bonus tracks.
  • Ma Kelly´s greasy spoon - Status Quo (October 1970)

    • Members: John Coghlan (RIP: Rick Parfitt)
    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    • Comments: There´s a CD reissue with 4 tracks from 1998, but there´s also a remastered CD reissue from 2003 with 10 bonus tracks.
    • My opinion: I love this album. It´s simply fantastic, with Quo in great shape, before they were so worldwide famous.
  • Dog of two head - Status Quo (1971)

    • Members: John Coghlan, Bob Young (RIP: Rick Parfitt)
    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    1 COMPILATIONS:
  • The Best of Status Quo - Status Quo ( - )

    • Members: John Coghlan (RIP: Rick Parfitt)
    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    Other info on members of Status Quo (I know up to 12 members)
    To be covered (8):Andy Bown, John Coghlan, John Edwards, Paul Hirsh, Pete Kircher, Matthew Letley, Jeff Rich, Bob Young
    Not enough info (4):Alan Lancaster, Roy Lynes, Rick Parfitt, Francis Rossi
    Steel Mill  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Green eyed God - Steel Mill (1972)

  • Other info on members of Steel Mill (I know up to 7 members)
    Not enough info (7):John Challenger, Derek Chandler, Chris Martin, Dave Morris, Colin Short, Jeff Watts, Terry Williams
    Trifle  1 RECORDINGS:
  • First meeting - Trifle (1971)

    • Members: Dick Cuthell, Alan Fealdman, Chico Greenwood, John Hitchen, Pat King, Barrie Martin (RIP: George Bean)
    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    • Comments: Recorded in September 1970. CD reissue contains 2 bonus tracks.
    • My opinion: Superb album
    Other info on members of Trifle (I know up to 10 members)
    Already covered (1):Rod Coombes
    To be covered (7):Dick Cuthell, Alan Fealdman, Chico Greenwood, John Hitchen, Pat King, Barrie Martin, B J Wilson
    Not enough info (2):George Bean, John Pritchard
    Shakey Vick Band  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Little woman you´re so sweet - Shakey Vick (1969) (LIVE)

  • Other info on members of Shakey Vick Band (I know up to 17 members)
    To be covered (9):Rod Demick, Sam Kelly, Jim McCarty, Mike Piggott, Rod Price, Jim Roche, Roger Sutton, Top Topham, Mel Wright
    Not enough info (8):Tony Balch, Ned Balen, Bruce Langman, Ron Skinner, Nigel Tickler, Shakey Vick, Alan Vincent, John Whitehill
    Geno Washington Band  5 RECORDINGS:
  • Hand clappin´ foot stompin´ funky-butt... live! - Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (1966) (LIVE)

    • Members: Bud Beadle, Pete Gage (RIP: Clive Burrows)
    • Guests: Paul Turner
    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
  • Hipsters, flipsters, finger-poppin´ daddies! - Geno Washington And The Ram Jam Band (1967) (LIVE)

    • Members: (RIP: Clive Burrows)
    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    • Comments: CD reissue contains 11 bonus tracks.
  • Uptight - Geno Washington And The Ram Jam Band (1967)

  • Running wild - Geno Washington And The Ram Jam Band (1968) (LIVE)

    • Producer: (RIP: John Schroeder)
    • Comments: Recorded live in August 1968.
  • Sifters, shifters, finger clicking mamas - Geno Washington And The Ram Jam Band (1968)

  • Other info on members of Geno Washington Band (I know up to 32 members)
    To be covered (17):Bud Beadle, Steve Bingham, Jeff Blythe, Clive Burrows, John Culley, Colin Davey, Tom Duffy, Roger Flavelle, Pete Gage, Dave Greenslade, Steve Gregory, Tony Hall, Pat Higgs, Simeon Jones, Grant Serpell, Dave Tedstone, Sean Tyla
    Not enough info (15):Rod Baby, Pete Carney, Brent Carter, Frank Charlton, Keith Field, Matthias Fredericks, Alan Griffin, Hans Herbert, Lionel Kingham, Keith O´Connell, Herb Prestidge, John Roberts, Geno Washington, Malcolm Wolffe, Jeff Wright

       1 COLLECTIVE ALBUMS:

    BAND / ARTIST.RECORDINGS
    VVAA  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Sincerely, George and Ira - The music of George and Ira Gershwin - VVAA (September 1997)

    • Guests: Philip Catherine, Keith Copeland, Ray Drummond, George Mraz, Mickey Roker, Marvin ´Smitty´ Smith (RIP: Chet Baker, Chris Connor, Ted Dunbar, Bobby Durham, Harry ´Sweets´ Edison, George Gershwin, Hank Jones, Clifford Jordan, Lloyd Lambert, Buddy Montgomery, David ´Fathead´ Newman, Walter Norris, John Schroeder, Shirley Scott, Buddy Tate, Mal Waldron, Frank Wess)

       1 SESSIONS (FOR 1 ARTISTS):

    BAND / ARTIST.RECORDINGS
    Chet Baker Group  1 RECORDINGS:
  • My favorite songs - Chet Baker ( - )

  • Other info on members of Chet Baker Group (I know up to 24 members)
    Already covered (2):Bob Brookmeyer, Herb Geller
    To be covered (14):Pepper Adams, Chet Baker, Francy Boland, Philip Catherine, Al Cohn, Russ Freeman, Don Friedman, Philly Joe Jones, Kirk Lightsey, Gerry Mulligan, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Doug Raney, Phil Urso, Doug Watkins
    Not enough info (8):Bob Carter, Bob De Graaf, Riccardo Del Fra, Artt Frank, Michel Graillier, Elmo Hope, Peter Littman, Jean-Louis Rassinfosse

    RELATED WEBSITE LINKS: 6


    Official site(s) - tell them you saw the link here:

    From the always interesting Alex's Picks (by Alex Gitlin), we have:

    From the superb site Knights in Blue Denim: The British Blues Scene '68 - '70 (by Christer Fridhammar & Vanja), we have:

    Wikipedia doesn´t want to include links to this website, but I won´t do the same with them. So, from the great Wikipedia, we have:

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    John Schroeder mostly worked with these musicians: (name + number of credits)
    Alan Florence (34)
    Johnny Pearson (20)
    Kenny Clare (15)
    Ray Prickett (12)
    Pete McGurk (10)
    Lew Warburton (10)
    Frank Clark (6)
    Tony Carr (5)
    John Coghlan (5)
    Tony Gilbert (5)

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