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     Since the original publication of the (British) Embassy Singles listing in 1991, only one catalogue number (WB 117) remains unaccounted for, and there has also been some additional EP information. Purchasers of the listing have been kept up-to-date with added supplementary pages, but that information is now included here so that it can easily be updated.
     The basic but incomplete listing of Embassy LPs can be found here - Embassy LPs, 1959-1965. Any further information is welcome.
Guy Pelletier

Added Aug-2009 & Jan-2010; Updated 02-Jun-2016

     The following information is thanks to: Graham Alexander, Dick Anscombe, Barrie Beeching, Allen Dean, Bill Dean-Myatt, Chris Dunkley, Peter Hughes, Albert Hunt, Matthew McNicol, Bea Moorcroft, Theo Morgan, Bill Pallister, Theo Rensen, Doug Talbott, Graham Winsor

WB 146

BENNY LEE
THE THREE OSCARS

No such luck
Sincerely

WB 507

PAUL RICH
  *& MARION WILLIAMS

Down the Lane
Two similar kinds of people* or Opposites*
[see below for further information on this release]

WB 578

THE STARLINGS
MARILYN LEE

One fine day
I wonder

WB 588

PAUL RICH

No one
Two silhouettes

WB 613

PAUL RICH & THE BEATMEN
MIKE REDWAY

My baby left me
Do you really love me too

WT 2012

TERRY BRANDON
THE JAYBIRDS
THE TYPHOONS
SALLY HYDE

Looking thru the eyes of love
Anyway, anyhow, anywhere
Mr. Tambourine Man
Leave a little love

WT 2013

JOAN BAXTER
THE TYPHOONS
REDD WAYNE
THE STARLINGS

In the middle of nowhere
Heart full of soul
To know you is to love you
Tossing and turning

     It is reported that the following 45 rpm singles were also pressed at 78 rpm: 378, 379, 380, 382, 383, 384, 387, 388, 389, 393, 394, 395, 397, 398, 401, 403, 405, 406, 407, 410, 411, 414, 415, 419, 420, 421, 422, 424, 427, 428, 433
     To keep up to date with further Embassy 78 rpm "discoveries", please refer to http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/label/embassy/
 

 
     Note the following additional or corrected EP information:

WEP 1074

(a) ESTELLE VALERY, (b) ANDY COLE,
(c) JOHN CAMERON, w. Singers & Orch.
  dir. Gordon Franks

"Hits From The Desert Song"
French military marching song (a) / Desert song (a,b) / Riff song (c) // One alone (b) / Romance (a)

WEP 1109

(a) MIKE REDWAY, (b) JOAN BAXTER,
(c) PAUL RICH, (d) MARILYN LEE,
(e) THE EMBASSY GROUP

"Songs From The Musical 'No Strings'"
The sweetest sounds (a,b) / Maine - Eager beaver (e) / Nobody told me (c,d) // Loads of love (d) / Look no further (a,b) / No strings (c,d)

WEP 1116

REDD WAYNE w. Gerry Glenn & His Orch.
  *or BUD ASHTON & His Group

"Wonderful Life"
Wonderful life / On the beach // A matter of moments / *Theme for young lovers

WEP 1117

JULES RUBEN & THE LATINAIRS

incorrectly shown as WEP 1116

WEP 1122

JULES RUBEN, His Piano and Percussion

"Latin-American Piano"

 
Per Andy Whitaker (added Jan-2010): ADD to Listing
EMBASSY EP – WEP 1122 - "Latin-American Piano" by Jules Ruben, his Piano and Percussion
     
Andy acquired this very late number EP (it would have been issued in 1965, around the time that Embassy's parent company was acquired by CBS) from a seller in Australia. I speculate that because of the take-over, this Embassy EP never made it to the Woolworth's stores, instead it was sold off as a job-lot to an Australian company (Oriole was always an exporter).
     Andy also says: "I've recently been chatting with Bob Rogers, who was guitarist with The Ted Taylor Four back in the 1960s. The group recorded for Oriole and were also employed on Embassy recordings. Ted Taylor's distinctive clavioline featured on various keyboard-orientated instrumentals, while Bob Rogers confirmed his alter-ego of axe hero Bud Ashton, or as he said, 'One of them'. 
     "He told me other session players performing under that pseudonym included Judd Proctor, Eric Ford and Ernie Shears (the latter responsible for the intro on 'Move It'). He emphatically confirmed that Bert Weedon was never employed in Ashton guise.
     "The same selection of six-stringers also appeared on the Steve Stannard recordings, explaining the very similar sounds and playing styles. It was a case of 'what's in a name' back then, as even the two artist aliases were equally interchangeable on occasion, with Steve Stannard credited on the singles: Man Of Mystery, Rocking Goose, Riders In The Sky and Ja-Da, but with the same titles attributed to Bud Ashton on the LP 'Play Man Play'!"

     Let me add that session guitarist Ernie Shears was THE lead guitarist on Cliff Richard's "Move It" and greatly helped to make it a British rock 'n' roll classic.

 
Per Bill Williams
(by email, 28-Feb-2014) re
WB 507:
     "
Hi, Just to let you know that the "B" side of Embassy WB 507 by Paul Rich and Marion Williams is "Opposites", not "Two Similar Kinds Of People". I have the record."

Response from Paul Pelletier: "Thanks for the email. Two separate people gave me the information years back that "Two Similar Kinds Of People" was on one side of Embassy WB 507, and I note this is confirmed on 45cat by someone else. However, I own a copy of the "Blitz!" CD and have played the track "Opposites". "Two Similar Kinds Of People” is part of the lyrics of "Opposites". The clear evidence is that pressings of Embassy WB 507 exist with either "Two Similar Kinds Of People" or "Opposites" on one side, but it is exactly the same recording and song. I suggest "Opposites" is on a later pressing when it was realised that a mistake was made by titling it "Two Similar Kinds Of People".

     In May 2015, Stuart Ralls also emailed the same information, which has prompted the belated updating of this webpage - thank you to both Bill and Stuart.

 
Per Stuart Ralls
(by email, 29-May-2015) re
WB 144:
     "There is title variation on WB 144. My copy has "Una Casa Portuguesa" whilst some images show it as "Uma Casa Portuguesa", surely a mistake?"

Response from Paul Pelletier:

 
     Regarding pseudonyms, in his highly recommended book "Skiffle, The Definitive Inside Story", Chas McDevitt confirms being the Cranes Skiffle Group, but categorically denies that his group, or Nancy Whiskey, had anything to do with the Coffee Bar Skifflers on the EP WEP 1008
      Linda Joyce is actually Maureen Evans
      Les Carle is actually Ken Barry, who later became the voice of TV's "Postman Pat"

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