Chanteur Country US né le 28 Octobre 1929 à Houston (Texas).

Born 28 October 1929, Houston, Texas, USA. A singer-songwriter, Torok played guitar at the age of 12. In 1953, while Torok was still at college, he saw Jim Reeves’ Abbott recording of a song he had written, called ‘Mexican Joe’, become a smash hit number 1 on all charts (Torok, who at the time did not know anything about Jim Reeves, had hoped that Hank Snow would be given the song - his wish came true the following year when his song ‘My Arabian Baby’ appeared as the b-side of Snow’s hit ‘I Don’t Hurt Anymore’). Torok was himself signed to the Abbott label and later that year, he had a number 1 in both the Billboard country and juke-box charts with his song ‘Caribbean’. The song, which remained in the country charts for 24 weeks, also became a Top 5 hit in both the Best Sellers and Jockey charts. He became a member of The Louisiana Hayride on KWKH Shreveport. In 1954, Torok gained a number 9 country hit with the ridiculous-sounding ‘Hootchy Kootchy Henry (From Hawaii)’, and in 1956/7, he even had success in the UK pop charts with his songs ‘When Mexico Gave Up The Rhumba’ and ‘Red Light, Green Light’. This success led to him touring in the UK in 1957. Torok made further recordings for Mercury, RCA, and Starday, and his last US chart entry was ‘Instant Love’, for the Reprise label in 1967. He continued to write songs, usually working in partnership with his wife (she has used both Gayle Jones and Ramona Redd as pseudonyms), and some have been recorded by top artists including Skeeter Davis, Kitty Wells, Glen Campbell and even Dean Martin. Hank Snow recorded ‘The Mysterious Lady From Martinique’ on one of his last RCA albums and ‘Redneck’ was a Top 20 hit for Vernon Oxford in 1976. Torok joined Cedarwood Music in the late 70s and worked on a recording project telling the history of Nashville from 1780 to 1980. He is also a talented painter and painted a mural on display in the Elvis Presley Museum in Nashville.

Talents : Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter

Style musical : Traditional Country, Rockabilly, Rock 'n' Roll

Caribbean (1953)

Red Light, Green Light (1956)

Two Words (True Love) (1957)

BE KIND TO ME (1958)

GUARDIAN ANGEL (1960)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t., Singles & EP

1949 78 t. FBC FBC-102 (US) .

Mitchell Torok & The Tex Sons - Nacogdoches County Line / I'll Get My Love From Someone Else

1949 78 t. FBC FBC-115 (US) .

Mitchell Torok with The Sabine River Valley Boys - Clingin' Heart / Piney Woods Boogie

1950 78 t. & SP ROYALTY 304 (US) .

Yearnin' (Sally Lee & Mitch Torok) / Table Hoppin' Blues (Sally Lee)

1950 78 t. & SP ROYALTY 305 (US) .

Someday (When Someone Hurts You) (Sally Lee & Mitch Torok)  / Sober Up (Mitch Torok)

03/1953 78 t. ABBOTT 136 (US) . Little Hoo-Vee / Judalina
03/1953 SP ABBOTT 136-45 (US) .

Little Hoo-Vee / Judalina

08/1953 78 t. ABBOTT 140 (US) . Caribbean / Weep Away
08/1953 SP ABBOTT 140-45 (US) .

Caribbean / Weep Away

11/1953 78 t. ABBOTT 150 (US) . Hootchy Kootchy Henry (From Hawaii) / Gigolo
11/1953 SP ABBOTT 150-45 (US) .

Hootchy Kootchy Henry (From Hawaii) / Gigolo

12/1953 78 t. IMPERIAL 8224 (US) . Sober Up (Mitch Torok) / Someday (When Someone Hurts You) (Sally Lee & Mitch Torok)
12/1953 SP IMPERIAL 45-8224 (US) . Sober Up (Mitch Torok) / Someday (When Someone Hurts You) (Sally Lee & Mitch Torok)
03/1954 78 t. ABBOTT 156 (US) . Living On Love / Edgar, The Eager Easter Bunny
03/1954 SP ABBOTT 156-45 (US) .

Living On Love / Edgar, The Eager Easter Bunny

06/1954 78 t. ABBOTT 162 (US) . The Haunting Waterfall  / Dancerette
06/1954 SP ABBOTT 162-45 (US) .

The Haunting Waterfall  / Dancerette

11/1954 78 t. Decca 29326 (US) . Roulette / Havana Huddle
11/1954 SP Decca 9-29326 (US) .

Roulette / Havana Huddle

01/1955 78 t. Decca 29408 (US) . The World Keeps Turning Around / A Peasant's Guitar
01/1955 SP Decca 9-29408 (US) .

The World Keeps Turning Around / A Peasant's Guitar

07/1955 78 t. Decca 29576 (US) . Too Late Now / Smooth Talk
07/1955 SP Decca 9-29576 (US) .

Too Late Now / Smooth Talk

10/1955 78 t. Decca 29661 (US) . Marching My Blues Away / Country And Western
10/1955 SP Decca 9-29661 (US) .

Marching My Blues Away / Country And Western

03/1956 78 t. Decca 29863 (US) . Red Light, Green Light  (Mitchell Torok & The Tulane Sisters) / No Money Down
03/1956 SP Decca 9-29863 (US) .

Red Light, Green Light  (Mitchell Torok & The Tulane Sisters) / No Money Down

07/1956 78 t. Decca 29986 (US) . When Mexico Gave Up The Rhumba (To Do The Rock And Roll) / I Wish I Was A Little Bit Younger (And Knew What I Know Now)
07/1956 SP Decca 9-29986 (US) .

When Mexico Gave Up The Rhumba (To Do The Rock And Roll) / I Wish I Was A Little Bit Younger (And Knew What I Know Now)

11/1956 SP Decca 9-30134 (US) .

Drink Up And Go Home / Take This Heart

02/1957 SP Decca 9-30230 (US) .

Pledge Of Love / What's Behind That Strange Door

08/1957 SP Decca 9-30424 (US) .

Two Words (True Love) / You're Tempting Me

03/1958 SP Decca 9-30599 (US) .

Be Kind To Me  / How Much (Do I Love You)

06/1958 SP Decca 9-30661 (US) .

Sweet Revenge / Love Me Like You Mean It

09/1958 SP Decca 9-30742 (US) .

These Things I Hold Dear / Date With A Teardrop

1958 SP GAYLA 1001 (US) .

All Over Again, Again (The Great Pretender with The Tennessee Two And A Half) / You Can't Get There From ( Here (The Great Pretender)

03/1959 SP Decca 9-30859 (US) .

Memories Of You Haunting Me Night And Day / Go Ahead And Be A Fool

03/1959 SP COLUMBIA 4-41358 (US) .

All Over Again, Again (The Great Pretender with The Tennessee Two And A Half) / You Can't Get There From ( Here (The Great Pretender)

05/1959 SP Decca 9-30901 (US) .

The P.T.A. Rock And Roll  / Teenie Weenie Bikini

07/1959 SP Guyden 2018 (US) .

Caribbean / Hootchy Kootchy Henry 

09/1959 SP Guyden 2028 (US) .

Mexican Joe / You Are The One

01/1960 SP Guyden 2032 (US)

I Want To Know Everything / Guardian Angel

04/1960 SP Guyden 2034 (US)

Pink Chiffon / What You Don't Know

1960 SP Guyden 2040 (US) .

Happy Street / Little Boy In Love

04/1961 SP MERCURY 71816 (US) .

El Tigre / Eating My Heart Out

09/1962 SP CAPITOL 4846 (US) .

Rio Grande / Fool's Disguise

03/1963 SP CAPITOL 4946 (US) .

A Mighty Mighty Man / For Somebody Who's Supposed To Be Hurtin' (You Sure Are Having Lots Of Fun)

10/1963 SP INETTE 105 (US) .

Mitch Torok & The Matches - (The Land Of) Bobby Beeble / Are You Trying To Tell Me Somethin

1964 SP GAYLA 1008 (US) .

Mitch Torok & The Matches - Louisiana Woman / I Can Stand It (As Long As She Can)

12/1964 EP LONDON REP 1014 (UK)

Louisiana Hayride - Caribbean / The Haunting Waterfall / Gigolo / Hootchy Kootchy Henry (From Hawaii)

08/1965 SP RCA VICTOR 47-8646 (US) .

The Man With The Golden Hands / I Needed All The Help I Can Get

10/1965 SP RCA VICTOR 47-8703 (US) .

Caribbean / Witch Woman

1966 SP REPRISE 0520  (US) .

Mitch & Gail - Blame It On The Times (We're Living In) / Friends And Enemies

12/1966 SP REPRISE 0541  (US) .

Instant Love / I Let The Hurts Put Me In The Driver's Sat

02/1967 SP REPRISE RA 0541 (GER)

Instant Love / I Let The Hurts Put Me In The Driver's Seat

02/1967 SP REPRISE 0555  (US) . The Great Pretender - Really Big Country Go-Go Shew / What's The World Comin' To
04/1967 SP REPRISE 0568  (US) .

Fallin' In Love Again / Baby, Baby, Baby

1971 SP CALICO 1003/4 (US) . Mitchell TOROK with Ramona REDD - California Mornin' / Hammer Me A House
1971 ? SP CALICO 1008 (US) .

Lights Of Texarkana / Comin’ Down To Leavin’

1971 ? SP CALICO 1010/11 (US) .

The Great Pretender - World's Greatest Country Show / ?

1972 SP JAMIE GOLDEN HITS J 912 (US) .

Need You (Donnie OWENS) / Caribbean (Mitchell TOROK)

1974 SP REPUBLICAN R-1974 (US) .

THE TALKING JUKE BOX -The Talking Juke Box, Part 1 / The Talking Juke Box, Part 2

1983 SP BELLAPHON 100-07-245 (GER)

Oldies Original Stars - Caribbean (Mitchel TOROK) / Mr Bass Man (Johnny CYMBALL)

1984 SP DELTA D45-3250 (US) .

MITCH TOROK - Madam President /  Star Spangled Banner



















Live Performances

19?? Live - (Go-Cat-Go CD 25750 (#9))

Livin' The Blues

19?? Live - (Dragon Street CD 70100 (#13))

Love Me Like You Mean It

19?? Live - (Dragon Street CD 70102 (#30))

Mr. D.J.

19?? Live - (Rollercoaster CD 3042 (#13))

Too Much

Unissued Tracks

19?? Unissued - (Dragon Street CD 70102 (#29) / Go-Cat-Go CD 25750 (#5) / Sunjay LP 588 (#22)

A Few More Memories

19?? Unissued - (Go-Cat-Go CD 25750 (#17) / Sunjay LP 588 (#9))

Pecos Jail

19?? Unissued - (Go-Cat-Go CD 25750 (#21) / Sunjay LP 588 (#18))

Ruby Lee

Albums

1960 LP 12" Guyden GLP-502 (mono) / GLPS-502 (stereo) (US)

Carribean BY MITCHELL TOROK - Caribbean / A Rose Covered Garden / Pink Chiffon / What You Don't Know (Won't Hurt You) / Little Hoo Wee / When The Stars Get In Your Eyes / I Want To Know Everything / Guardian Angel / Mexican Joe / You Are The One / Rig-A-Jig-A-Boom / Johnny's Gone Away To College

1960 LP 12" LONDON HA-W 2279 (UK) Carribean BY MITCHELL TOROK - Caribbean / A Rose Covered Garden / Pink Chiffon / What You Don't Know (Won't Hurt You) / Little Hoo Wee / When The Stars Get In Your Eyes / I Want To Know Everything / Guardian Angel / Mexican Joe / You Are The One / Rig-A-Jig-A-Boom / Johnny's Gone Away To College
11/1966 LP 12" Reprise R-6223 (mono) / RS-6223 (stereo) (US)

Instant Fun Guitar Course - Lesson 1 The Strings / Lesson 2 How To Tune Your Guitar / Lesson 3 Key Of C / Lesson 4 Minors / Lesson 5 Strumming 4-4 Time / Lesson 6 Key Of G / Lesson 7 Minors / Lesson 8 Stumming 3-4 Time / Lesson 9 The Clamp / Lesson 10 Rhythm

1972 LP 12" Texas Specialty LH-8453 (US)

Ballads Of Texas BY Mitchell TOROK &  Ramona Redd - Texas You're Like A Woman;  Piney Woods; Battle Of San Jacinto; Padre Isle;  Judge Roy Bean;  Brazos River Bottom Land;  Sunday Go To Meetin';  Ferry Me Over To Bolivia;  Big Bend Country; Corpus Christi Bay; Spindletop; Ode To The High Plains

1992 LP 12" Cowgirlboy LP-5081 (GER)

The Original "Caribbean" - Caribbean / Hootchy Kootchy Henry (From Hawaii) / Filipino Baby / Gigolo / Weep Away / Little Hoo-Wee / Judalina / Haunting Waterfall / Dancerette / I Wish I Was A Little Bit Younger (And Knew What I Know Now) / When Mexico Gave Up The Rhumba (To Do The Rock And Roll) / World Keeps Turning Around / Peasant's Guitar / Living On Love / Edgar The Eager Easter Bunny / Sober Up

1992 LP 12" Guyden LP-502 (US)

Red Light, Green Light - You Are The One / Mexican Joe / I Want To Know Everything / Caribbean / Pink Chiffon / What You Don't Know (Won't Hurt You) / Rig-A-Jig-A-Boom / When Mexico Gave Up The Rhumba / Red Light Green Light / The PTA Rock And Roll / Teenie Weenie Bikini / What's Behind The Strange Door / Two Words / Sweet Revenge / Be Kind To Me / El Tigre / Living On Love

1996 4 CD BEAR FAMILY BCD-15906 (GER)

Mexican Joe In The Caribbean - Nacogdoches County Line / I'll Get My Lovin' From Someone Else / Clingin' Heart / Piney Woods Boogie / Yearnin' (& Sally LEE) / Someday (When Someone Hurts You) (& Sally LEE) / Table Hoppin' Blues (& Sally LEE) / Sober Up / Little Hoo-Wee / Judalina / Caribbean / Weep Away / Caribbean (alt) / Hootchy Kootchy Henry (From Hawaii) / Gigolo / Edgar The Eager Easter Bunny / Living On Love / The Haunting Waterfall / Dancerette / The World Keeps Turning Around / A Peasant's Guitar / Roulette / Havana Huddle / Smooth Talk (& Gale TOROK) / My Silly Old Heart / Sit Down You're Rocking The Boat / Too Late Now / My Kind Of Woman / Little Hoo-Wee / Marching My Blues Away / Country And Western (That's For Me) / Red Light, Green Light / No Money Down / It'll Be All Right / A Woman By Your Side / I Wish I Was A Little Bit Younger / Memories Of You Haunting Me Night And Day / When Mexico Gave Up The Rhumba / Go Ahead And Be A Fool / Drink Up And Go Home / Take This Heart / Pledge Of Love / Another Love From Now / What's Behind The Strange Door / You Never Belonged To Me / Sweet Revenge / Love Me Like You Mean It / You Win Again / I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With U) / Love Your Touch (Love You So Much) / Two Words (True Love) / You're Tempting Me / You Can't Keep A Good Man Down / Honolulu Baby / Filipino Baby / How Much (Do I Love You) / Be Kind To Me / These Things I Hold Dear / A Date With A Teardrop / All Over Again, Again / You Can't Get There From Here / You Drive, Buddy / The P.T.A. Rock And Roll / Here I Come Cruel World / Teenie Weenie Bikini / Cryin' Honky Tonk Blues / Caribbean / New Guitar / You Are The One / Especially For You / Kish Leon / Johnny's Gone Away To College / Mexican Joe / Little Hoo-Wee / Rig-A-Jig-A-Boom / You Are The One / That's My Desire / Guardian Angel / A Rose-Covered Garden / When The Stars Get In Your Eyes / I Want To Know Everything / Guardian Angel / Pink Chiffon / The Seventeenth Summer / What You Don't Know (Won't Hurt You) / Happy Street / Little Boy In Love / King Of Holiday Island / El Tigre / Eating My Heart Out / The Comancheros / Rio Grande / Fool's Disguise / A Mighty, Mighty Man / For Somebody Who's Supposed To Be Hurtin' / I'm Not Myself / Hawaiian Sunset / Little Secrets / I Wish / Timid Soul / El Tigre / Summer Romance / Your Love / Too Bad / Four Your Precious Love / The Tree / What Goes On In Your Heart / Imagination / Hidin' The Hurt / Little Teenage Heart / Country Music I Gave You The Best Years Of...

03/2007 CD BACM CD D 188 (UK)

Drink Up And Go Home - Drink Up And Go Home / Take This Heart / Havana Huddle / Red Light Green Light / What's Behind The Strange Door / Pledge Of Love / Haunting Waterfall / Dancerette / A Peasant's Guitar / The World Keeps Turning Around / When Mexico Gave Up The Rhumba / I Wish I Was A Little Bit Younger / No Money Down / Hootchy Kootchy Henry From Hawaii / Gigalo / Weep Away / Caribbean / Judalina / Little Hoo Wee / Living On Love / Love Me Like You Mean It / Go Ahead And Be A Fool / Memories Of You Haunting Me Night And Day / Sweet Revenge / Sober Up / Edgar The Eager Easter Bunny 

12/2013 2 CD Acrobat ADDCD 3024 (UK)

When Mexico Gave Up The Rhumba - THE BEST OF MITCHELL TOROK :
CD 1 : Nacogdoches County Line / I'll Get My Lovin' From Someone Else / Clingin' Heart / Piney Woods Boogie / Yearnin' (featuring Sally LEE) / Table Hoppin' Blues (featuring Sally LEE) / Someday (When Someone Hurts You) (featuring Sally LEE) / Sober Up (featuring Sally LEE) / Little Ho-Wee / Judalina / Caribbean / Weep Away / Hootchy Kootchy Henry (From Hawaii) / Gigolo / Edgar The Easter Bunny / Living On Love / The HauntIng Waterfall / Dancerette / Roulette / Havana Huddle / A Peasant's Guitar / The World Keeps Turning Around / Smooth Talk (featuring Gail Ramona REDD) / Too Late Now / Marching My Blues Away / Country And Western (That's For Me)
CD 2 : Red Light,Green Light / No Money Down / When Mexico Gave Up The Rhumba (To Do The Rock And Roll) / I Wish I Was A Little Bit Younger (And Knew What I Know Now) / Drink Up And Go Home / Take This Heart / Pledge Of Love / What's Behind The Strange Door? / Two Words (True Love) / You're Tempting Me / Sweet Revenge / Love Me Like You Mean It / Caribbean (alternate take) / Memories Of You Haunting Me Night And Day / Go Ahead And Be A Fool / Little Ho-Wee (re-recording) / My Silly Old Heart / Sit Down You're Rocking The Boat / My Kind Of Woman / It'll Be All Right / A Woman By Your Side / Another Love From Now / You Never Belonged To Me / You Win Again / I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You) / Love Your Touch (Love You So Much) / You Can't Keep A Good Man Down

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