Monday, 11 July 2011

Mono Mondays: Emile Ford and The Checkmates

Emile Ford
Emile Ford and The Checkmates hit the top of the UK pop charts in December 1959 with their single What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?

Emile, who is a Sound Scientist has the ability of getting the best sounds from his musical equipment, an ability that enabled him and his band, The Checkmates to win the Soho Fair talent competition in 1959 with Buena Sera.


It was Emile's interest in sound production that spurned him on to record his debut release in late 1959 for Pye records. Even though  producer Michael Barclay defined the recording as "Crap" after returning from lunch and hearing Emile's final production. The British public decided otherwise and What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For shared the top spot and ultimately toppled Adam Faith's What Do You Want? from the top of the charts in late 1959 staying there to see in 1960.

I researched Emile's story for an article last year and was shocked when conversing with Christine Jones of Emile's company Sound Revelation Services how inaccurate accounts of Emile's rise to fame have made books and the Internet over the years. Hopefully, my article redressed the balance somewhat.

You can check out my article on Emile Ford and the Checkmates  on Suite101 and read further about Emile's work at his official website.

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