Duo US, composé de véritables jumeaux, né Herbert et Harold Kalin, le 16 Févier 1934 à Port Jervis (New York). Les Kalin Twins se font connaître au printemps 1958 grâce à "When" enregistré pour Decca Records. Harold est décédé le 24 Août 2005 et Herbert, le 21 Juillet 2006.
Harold Kalin, twin brother harmony singers, sang like a pop-focused version of
the Everly Brothers, and they charted a few catchy records in 1958,
including one Top Five hit. They represent one of the better acts to find a
compromise between rock & roll and pop music, even if they weren't
the Everlys by a long shot.
Although Herbert and Harold were born in the same period as Elvis Presley, they came from more of a middle-class background, and from much further north as well. Not surprisingly, their musical preferences lay more with the pop music that preceded Elvis (so, to some degree, did Presley's own taste), and their music was closer in spirit to that tamer third wave of rock & roll, exemplified by Bobby Darin, Paul Anka, and Dion DiMucci.
The Kalins grew up in Port Jervis, NY, and pursued music as a career while in their teens. Their listening ran toward Tony Bennett, Johnny Ray, and Nat King Cole -- they weren't allowed to listen to R&B, although they did get to hear records by LaVern Baker, Ruth Brown, and other R&B stars of the period, even if these weren't central to their taste or experience. Their aspirations to a recording career were delayed until Hal's stint in the Army was over, and the two moved to Washington, D.C., in 1957. This led them to a hookup with songwriter Clint Ballard, who helped them land a contract with Decca Records.
The Kalins' first recording session took place in December of 1957, by which time the rock & roll boom was in full swing -- the record company wanted them to compete for the teen market and insisted that they try something close in spirit and beat to the newer sounds. Their first session yielded a trio of songs that went nowhere, but they struck gold three months later with "When," a catchy romantic pop/rocker with a good beat (originally intended as a B-side) that rose to number five in the United States and number one in England.
They appeared on The Milt Grant Show, Washington's answer to American Bandstand, and became nationally known, appearing on the typical package tours of the period. "Forget Me Not," a hastily scheduled and recorded follow-up done while they were on the road promoting the big hit, was notably less successful. Their next single, the ethereal and catchy "It's Only the Beginning," however, could have been close in spirit to the Everly Brothers, but for the inclusion of the chorus behind the brothers. During this period, they also recorded a pair of their own songs, "Clickety Clack" and "Oh! My Goodness."
By the middle of 1959, they were working in Nashville with Owen Bradley and doing songs by, among others, Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, who had previously supplied the Everlys with material. The Bryants' "Sweet Sugar Lips" -- The Kalins' final chart entry, at number 97 -- was as close to the Everlys' sound as The Kalins ever got, soft country-based rock complete with Hank Garland on guitar and Floyd Cramer at the piano. Meanwhile, out on the road, The Kalins also performed in England, opening for Cliff Richard.
Back home, the Kalin Twins kept recording until 1962, even hooking up with their one-time mentor, Clint Ballard. Among the highlights of the later part of their recording career were the duo's cover of "Zing, Went the Strings of My Heart," which recalled "When," and their soaring cover of "Picture of You," a hit in England for Brit-rocker Joe Brown (Paul McCartney has also been known to sing it, though not formally in concert). They also left behind a body of unreleased material from Nashville, featuring Garland and Cramer, that was fairly solid pop/rock.
As the 1960s dawned, The Kalins moved away from teen-oriented numbers, preferring to perform more mature material. Curiously, although their influence in the United States was minimal, it is probable that their number one hit in England with "When" was an influence on the fortunes and perhaps even the sound of the Brook Brothers, an English brother act (signed to Pye Records) with a nearly identical sound. The Kalins ceased recording after 1962, but three decades later, they were still performing as a pop-nostalgia act before audiences in their 50s.
Harold "Hal" Kalin died on August 24, 2005, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident, aged 71 and Herbert "Herbie" Kalin died July 21, 2006 from a heart attack, aged 72.
Style musical : Rock 'n' Roll, Close Harmony
Walkin' To School (1958)
Three O'Clock Thrill (1958)
Forget Me Not (1958)
Years in activity :
Single & EP
|01/1958||SP DECCA 9-30552 (US)||.||Jumpin' Jack / Walkin' To School|
|05/1958||SP DECCA 9-30642 (US)||.||When / Three O'Clock Thrill|
|08/1958||SP BRUNSWICK 12135 (DE)||When / Three O'Clock Thrill|
|09/1958||SP DECCA 9-30745 (US)||.||Dream Of Me / Forget Me Not|
|1958||EP DECCA ED 2623 (US)||When - When / Three O'Clock Thrill / Jumpin' Jack / Walkin'To School|
|1958||EP DECCA ED 2641 (US)|
|1958||EP BRUNSWICK 10150 (F)||WHEN - When / Three O'Clock Thrill / Jumpin' Jack / Walkin' To School|
|11/1958||EP BRUNSWICK 10150 EPB (DE)||When / Three O'Clock Thrill / Jumpin' Jack / Walkin' To School|
|1958||EP BRUNSWICK 10150 EPB (S)||When / Three O'Clock Thrill / Jumpin' Jack / Walkin' To School|
|1958||EP BRUNSWICK 10612 (F)||Forget Me Not - Forget Me Not / Dream Of Me / Cool / School Bell Dreams|
|1958||EP BRUNSWICK 10614 (F)||Clikety Clack / You Mean The World To Me / The Spider And The Fly / Tag-A-Long|
|01/1959||SP DECCA 9-30807 (US)||.||It's Only The Beginning / Oh! My Goodness|
|04/1959||SP DECCA 9-30868 (US)||.||When I Look In The Mirror / Cool|
|06/1959||SP DECCA 9-30911 (US)||.||Sweet Sugar Lips / Moody|
|10/1959||SP DECCA 9-30977 (US)||The Meaning Of The Blues / Why Don't You Believe Me?|
|1959||EP BRUNSWICK OE 9449 (UK)||Forget Me Not / Dream Of Me / Oh! My Goodness / It's Only The Beginning|
|1959||EP BRUNSWICK 10 162 EPB (DE)||Forget Me Not - Forget Me Not / Dream Of Me / You Mean The World To Me / Clickety-Clack|
|1959||EP BRUNSWICK 10628 (F)||Sweet Sugar Lips / Moody / Oh ! My Goodness / It's Only The Beginning|
|1959||EP Columbia ECGE 70963 (S)||Los Gemelos Kalin - WHEN - When (Cuando) / Three O'Clock Thrill / Jumpin' Jack / Walkin' To School|
|03/1960||SP DECCA 9-31064 (US)||.||Loneliness / Chicken Thief|
|06/1960||SP DECCA 9-31111 (US)||.||True To You / Blue, Blue Town|
|10/1960||SP DECCA 9-31169 (US)||.||Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart / No Money Can Buy|
|02/1961||SP DECCA 9-31220 (US)||.||Momma, Poppa / You Mean The World To Me|
|07/1961||SP DECCA 9-31286 (US)||.||Bubbles (I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles) / One More Time|
|07/1962||SP DECCA 9-31410 (US)||.||
Trouble / A Picture Of You
|11/1966||SP AMY 969 (US)||.||
Sometimes It Comes, Sometimes It Goes / Thinkin' About You Baby
|1972||SP MCA MCS 6342 (DE)||OLDIES BUT GOLDIES - When (KALIN TWINS) / Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini (Brian HYLAND)|
|1973||SP MCA MCA-60031 (US)||.||When / Three O'Clock Thrill|
|1973||SP MCA 110042 (F)||
|1973||SP MCA MCA-60031 (DE)||THE ORIGINAL OLDIES - When / Three O'Clock Thrill|
|1979||SP Octember 19341 (US)||.||
American Eagle / When (disco version)
|1958||LP 12" DECCA DL-8812 (DE)||THE KALIN TWINS - When / Cool / School Bell Dream / Walkin' To School / The Spider And The Fly / Three O'Clock Thrill / Forget Me Not / Dream Of Me / You Mean The World To Me / Tag-A-Long / Clickety Clack / Jumpin' Jack|
|01/1966||LP 12" VOCALION VL-3771 (mono) /VL-73771 (stereo) (US)||WHEN - When / All I Have To Do Is Dream / Why Don't You Believe Me / Crazy Arms / Canadian Sunset / Side By Side / Cross Over The Bridge / I'll Never Be Free / Tonight You Belong To Me / Vaya Con Dios|
|1983||LP 12" BEAR FAMILY BFX 15122 (DE)||WHEN - Sweet Sugar Lips / Chicken Chief / Oh, My Goodness / Jumpin' Jack / Clickety Clack / Three O' Clock Thrill / The Spider And The Fly / No Money Can Buy / When / Forget Me Not / A Picture Of You / Zing ! Went The Strings Of My Heart / Walkin' To School / Momma / Poppa / It's Only The Beginning / You Mean The World To Me|
|1992||CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 15597 (DE)||WHEN - When ~ Three O'Clock Thrill / Jumpin' Jack / Walking To School / The Spider And The Fly / Forget Me Not / Dream Of Me / Oh My Goodness / Chicken Thief / It's Only The Beginning / Clicky Clack / Sugar Sweet Lips / Moody / A Picture Of You / You Mean The World To Me / School Bell Dream / When I Look In The Mirror / I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door / Little Miss Blue / Bye Bye Blackbird / Make Love To Me / Sail Along Silvery Moon / True Love / Tonight You Belong To Me ~/Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart / Momma Poppa / No Money Can Buy / Bubbles / One More Time / It's Just Terrible.|
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