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the andy cochran tapes

Music was a big thing in the late fifties, you think the boys didn’t know that?

So scroll down and play the hit of the day while you read.

Take Andy Cochran, the stout of the south, the carney kid. Not only did Andy have the moves, he had the babes. How they flocked.

 

You wanna be this bloke? Have that zest, that style, that pompadour ?

That babe?

Word had it she just walked up to him after he exited the pit showered and changed after a rambunctious session out the back, plonked on his lap, had her publicity stooge take the shot, invited him for lunch, gave him her hotel key and three weeks later she flew him to Hawaii.

Everyone knew a bloke like Cochran, if you wanted to know what party to go to on a Saturday night, uninvited, you’d ask him because he always rolled up there with about five babes on each arm. Today we follow the guy with the drugs, back in the day we followed the guy with the babes. That’s evolution for you going backwards.

Hawaii is where Wheels, Dooley and Bennet pretended to play tennis while all the while they were envying Rick D Router’s skill at collecting lobsters.

Mike Bennett confided in me some time back (he’s the stud on the left) – so long ago he’s probably forgot – but nevertheless Col Collyer can confirm the unsubstantiated rumour that the only song Andy kept bubbling was this one.

Do wop, deeoobie oobie do wop.

What do you wanna make those eyes at me for
If they don’t mean what they say?
They make me glad, they make me sad
They make me wanna a lot of things that I never had
You’re fooling around with me now
Well you lead me on and then you run away
Well that’s all right
I’ll get you alone tonight
And baby you’ll find your messing with dynamite
So what do you wanna make those eyes at me for
If they don’t mean what they say?What do you wanna make those eyes at me for
If they don’t mean what they say?
They make me glad, they make me sad
They make me wanna a lot of things that I never had
You’re fooling around with me now
Well you lead me on and then you run away
Well that’s all right
I’ll get you alone tonight
And baby you’ll find your messing with dynamite
So what do you wanna make those eyes at me for
If they don’t mean what they say?
If they don’t mean what they say?Yeah
5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Andy was out here last weekend for a Da Fin promotion and has now gone back to Hawaii.

    October 9, 2019
  2. Terry Jenkings #

    Hello Pete – well Andy was back in Bondi last weekend…prowling the promenade, not missing a trick, telling the receptive crew from a later era what took place back in the day. Sure we’d all heard the stories before , but nothing beats having Mr. Dynamite tell them again.
    Andy will revisit Bondi again early next year and the audience in the Lush Coffee shop at the Pavilion will double as we are again told about what went on in Gelignite Jack’s car centre in Curlewis St. Andy finished his story telling by removing his Cap to show the Pompadour is still there .
    He’s now the last of the South Bondi Boys left in Hawaii and admits he misses Bondi banter and humour,….and other things !!!
    Keep well.👍

    October 9, 2019
  3. Mike Bennett #

    Hi guys. Andy called me from North Bondi the day he was leaving. Bennett he said, you should be here with me they’re everywhere. My God you should see this (meaning them) unbelievable, they’re beautiful! On, and on and on he went, Andy will never change….and I don’t want him too! Come to think of it I haven’t talked to him since. Wonder if he’s still there?

    October 14, 2019
  4. Mike, I hope to be passing through Scottsdale next year, say between May through August. Plans aren’t firmed yet but I’ll send you an email. Hope to catch Andy on way home via Hawaii.
    Cheers Red Ted

    October 14, 2019
  5. Mike Bennett #

    Any time Red Ted. It would be great to see you and talk about the old days. Send me an email when you can and I’ll give you my address, mobil etc. Just remember May’s a beautiful time of year but June, July, August, are hot, hot, hot. I’m shooting to be in Hawaii, August & September so the three of us together would be a lot of fun. Stay in touch mate. Aloha for now.
    Mike

    October 17, 2019

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