On a Saturday night in 1964 at Rollerland a live recording took place of two songs.
"Shakin all Over" a UK hit recorded by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates became the first
North American cover of the song. And "Rollerland," a song written by Steven Blodgett
of Mike and the Ravens. Rollerland has been called by some to be the first Rock Punk
song ever recorded. Ironically while the song was covered my other bands, Mike and
the Ravens only recently recorded their version on their CD "Noisy Boys" released in
The band was set up near the entrance to the rink so that the placed in the business office. Usually a Saturday night crowd drew
two to three hundred. They were ask to gather near the band so their reaction could be easily picked up by the mics.
Both sides were recorded in one take on two full track Ampex portable recorders. Roy Urbanus was the producer and engineer.
Live recordings such as this were rare at that time. Especially single releases.
Roy used two Ampex portable single track recorders with a Shure mixer. Note the old RCA 77DX mics used for the instruments.
Photos taken after the event. Left to right.Tommy LaTour, Bill Kennedy, John Sullivan. and Skip Bushey
The Twiliters, third generation. John Sullivan departs
and Bruce Danville formally of the Thunderbolts enters.
Bruce is a multi- talented musician who plays guitar on
the Move It, the Girl from Liverpool, Mary Lou and Billy
Rollerland later became an upscale
restaurant, then a Union Hall. Finally
it burned down. A sad ending for a
place that hosted many of the hit
makers of the sixty's and
showcased so many great bands.
Today all that exist is a concrete
Publicity photos taken for the release of
Mary Lou on Venture Records.
The Twiliters second Empire single
was also recorded at Rollerland but
not with an audience. The natural
reverb acoustics made it ideal. "Move
it" which was the first hit single for The
UK's Cliff Richard and "The Girl from
Liverpool" penned by Bill Kennedy was
released in late 64.
The Band in action at the old Saxony Hotel in Rouses Point, NY.
Billy Pajonas has joined the band on organ.