Johnny Faire

Bertha Lou / Until The Law Says Stop

London : 45-HLU 8560


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  • Artist: Johnny Faire
  • A Side: Bertha Lou
  • B Side: Until The Law Says Stop
  • Label: London
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: E
  • Label Condition: E
  • Sleeve Condition: E+

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Dog-rare and highly sought after 1957 double helping of Rockabilly all the way from California to the offices of Decca Records in England. Release early 1958, it, like so many "unknown" artists on these shores was totally overlooked and quickly deleted from the catalogue. Today considered a true rarity in the British London series.

With Dorsey Burnette first recording the song in 1957, but contractual commitments required that release to be pulled and recalled by the record company "Surf Records" with another Johnny over-dubbing Dorsey's voice for a legitimate release of two wild rockers, back to back. Johnny Faire recorded two more strong Rocking 45s before fading into obscurity.

This testament to the rebellious youth of the late 50's was written and produced by yet another "Johnny"; another Californian the prolific Johnny Marascalco writer, producer and label owner, a major force in California during the 50's and 60's with his unique ability to capture the mood of the teens, no matter which genre he was catering for.

"Bertha Lou" latched onto the fashion for rockers involving a girls name, utilizing killer "Surf" guitar pulses to drive the relentless dance rhythms, with a frantic Johnny Faire bopping vocal at near breathless delivering all the good points of the irresistible "Bertha Lou", as he drives "Faire" crazy..

"gotta get a day with you...No Telling What I'd Do..." lyrically brilliant but the insane instrumental pause steals the show as skilled guitarists form join together in unison to drive the record to yet another level of teen euphoria.

The flipside is every note as impressive as "Johnny Marascalco" again draws a picture of a defiant attitude from the youth, 60 years later much can be compared to today's dance happenings..gonna dance "Until The Law Says Stop" is nothing new.

One truly outstanding double serving of Rockabilly in it's rarest form, a 1958 British tri-centre press in fine clean condition.

Condition Report

Tri-centre full intact, fine clean labels, no storage rub to the silver text, all crisp bright and unblemished. Vinyl reflects good gloss under light, reveals some very light surface hairlines, nothing that reacts with the stylus. Listen both sides play loud, clean and true.

A Side

  • Title: Bertha Lou

    B Side

  • Title: Until The Law Says Stop
  • Year: 1958
  • City: United Kingdom