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THE KALIN TWINS – “When”

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#74, 22nd August 1958

Hal and Herb Kalin’s only UK hit is a breezy little thing, floor-friendly and with enough quirky touches to suggest that something a bit more demented is trying to break the pop surface. It never quite does – the castanets are mere emphasis, never fiery; the backing vocals nudge at the edges of wackiness but then hold back. Enjoyable but minor – a sound jiving its way towards the generic.

LINK: The Kalins’ story in their own words – a jolly read!

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    Billy Smart on 27 Apr 2009 #

    Light Entertainment Watch: Just one UK TV appearance is listed. No copy survives;

    SIX-FIVE SPECIAL: with The Kalin Twins, Laurie London, Don Rennie, Joan Small, Jimmy Lloyd, Vince Eager, The Lana Sisters, The Six-Five Dates, Craig Douglas, Maurice Burman (1958)

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    lonepilgrim on 7 Nov 2010 #

    from the photo over at the Youtube link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G55yNWCnXTI) they look like the Golden Age version of Jedward – but despite a discernible sense of personality on this performance this cracks along quite nicely

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    chrisew71 on 28 Mar 2018 #

    Kind of surprised this hit so big in the UK. I see it was a decent hit in the US as well (#5), but still one of those oldies you only hear on shows that dig deep into the 1950s.

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