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The Mike Sammes Singers - Pick Yourself Up
The Mike Sammes Singers - Pick Yourself Up
Published: 2010/03/12
Channel: kester1940
Mike Sammes Singers - Somewhere My Love
Mike Sammes Singers - Somewhere My Love
Published: 2013/01/09
Channel: top401966
Mike Sammes Singers
Mike Sammes Singers 'Sounds Sensational' LP
Published: 2009/04/24
Channel: thetragicyouth
Last of the Summer Wine theme - as sung by Mike Sammes Singers
Last of the Summer Wine theme - as sung by Mike Sammes Singers
Published: 2009/06/01
Channel: geordieboy56
Mike Sammes Singers - Sammes Session LP
Mike Sammes Singers - Sammes Session LP
Published: 2009/05/11
Channel: thetragicyouth
With A Flair - Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Mike Sammes
With A Flair - Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Mike Sammes
Published: 2015/01/24
Channel: jasonthequiet
Portobello Road - Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Mike Sammes Singers
Portobello Road - Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Mike Sammes Singers
Published: 2015/02/08
Channel: jasonthequiet
The Mike Sammes Singers - It
The Mike Sammes Singers - It's impossible
Published: 2010/08/14
Channel: André Berthier
Vic Lewis With The Mike sammes Singers - Blackbird
Vic Lewis With The Mike sammes Singers - Blackbird
Published: 2012/09/28
Channel: woodhouse122
The Mike Sammes Singers - Hotel California
The Mike Sammes Singers - Hotel California
Published: 2011/07/24
Channel: woodhouse122
The Mike Sammes Singers  - How Much Of The Dream Comes True
The Mike Sammes Singers - How Much Of The Dream Comes True
Published: 2012/08/19
Channel: ar04azr
For The Fallen by Mike Sammes The Agincourt Men
For The Fallen by Mike Sammes The Agincourt Men's Chorus 2014
Published: 2014/03/24
Channel: acimusica1
AZM - Tiptoe Through the Tulips - Joe Burke, ar. Mike Sammes
AZM - Tiptoe Through the Tulips - Joe Burke, ar. Mike Sammes
Published: 2013/07/21
Channel: Akademicki Zespół Muzyczny
The Mike Sammes Singers – Scarborough Fair - Canticle
The Mike Sammes Singers – Scarborough Fair - Canticle
Published: 2016/10/26
Channel: Elyan
Mike Sammes Singers - Do You Hear What I Hear
Mike Sammes Singers - Do You Hear What I Hear
Published: 2011/12/09
Channel: Disney Audio Archive
The Old Home Guard - Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Mike Sammes Singers
The Old Home Guard - Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Mike Sammes Singers
Published: 2015/01/18
Channel: jasonthequiet
Morecambe and Wise with the Mike Sammes Singers.mpg
Morecambe and Wise with the Mike Sammes Singers.mpg
Published: 2011/12/26
Channel: TYLERDARBYDIGGER
sounds sensational (1965) FULL ALBUM mike sammes singers johnny scott
sounds sensational (1965) FULL ALBUM mike sammes singers johnny scott
Published: 2017/06/04
Channel: nuggets from the moon
The Mike Sammes Singers - I want to be happy
The Mike Sammes Singers - I want to be happy
Published: 2013/10/11
Channel: SoyonsSuave
The Mike Sammes Singers - Lollipops And Roses
The Mike Sammes Singers - Lollipops And Roses
Published: 2013/04/14
Channel: philsmusic1000
The Mike Sammes Singers - The Mood I
The Mike Sammes Singers - The Mood I'm In (1965)
Published: 2011/07/10
Channel: Raphael Pour-Hashemi
The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise - Mike Sammes Male Choir
The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise - Mike Sammes Male Choir
Published: 2013/11/01
Channel: Ardee Music
Mike Sammes Singers - The girl from Ipanema
Mike Sammes Singers - The girl from Ipanema
Published: 2016/03/09
Channel: Dario LaLuna
Somewhere my Love   Mike Sammes singers
Somewhere my Love Mike Sammes singers
Published: 2014/08/02
Channel: peldoman
The Mike Sammes Singers - "Timex"
The Mike Sammes Singers - "Timex"
Published: 2013/04/03
Channel: Gyu Doh
Mike Sammes Singers  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Mike Sammes Singers Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Published: 2014/12/20
Channel: Chuck Canuck
The Age Of Not Believing - Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Mike Sammes Singers
The Age Of Not Believing - Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Mike Sammes Singers
Published: 2015/01/24
Channel: jasonthequiet
The Mike Sammes Singers - Once in a while
The Mike Sammes Singers - Once in a while
Published: 2010/06/13
Channel: Socratess2007
Mike Sammes Singers  -  If
Mike Sammes Singers - If
Published: 2017/03/31
Channel: Sean Shon
The Mike Sammes Singers - "Vespa"
The Mike Sammes Singers - "Vespa"
Published: 2013/04/03
Channel: Gyu Doh
Dulux Super 3 - Mike Sammes Singers
Dulux Super 3 - Mike Sammes Singers
Published: 2008/05/13
Channel: stevepiers
The Mike Sammes Singers - The surrey with the fringe on top
The Mike Sammes Singers - The surrey with the fringe on top
Published: 2012/05/24
Channel: SoyonsSuave
The Mike Sammes Singers - Nice To Know You Care
The Mike Sammes Singers - Nice To Know You Care
Published: 2017/05/23
Channel: gOtYoUfIsH
Oh My Twisted Bach by Mike Sammes
Oh My Twisted Bach by Mike Sammes
Published: 2016/05/02
Channel: rollinrock12
Mike Sammes Singers - 2 tracks from the
Mike Sammes Singers - 2 tracks from the 'Smooth' LP
Published: 2009/04/24
Channel: thetragicyouth
Mike Sammes Singers - Ann veronica (1969) (FIRST post)
Mike Sammes Singers - Ann veronica (1969) (FIRST post)
Published: 2015/12/08
Channel: Oldies1 [RARE 1960s POP and custom-edited videos]
The Mike Sammes Singers - International Harvester Tractors
The Mike Sammes Singers - International Harvester Tractors
Published: 2012/06/23
Channel: SoyonsSuave
The Mike Sammes Singers - This Could Be The Start Of Something Big
The Mike Sammes Singers - This Could Be The Start Of Something Big
Published: 2013/09/08
Channel: philsmusic1000
World Pop Music (Selection) ----- When You Wish Upon A Star (The Mike Sammes Singers)
World Pop Music (Selection) ----- When You Wish Upon A Star (The Mike Sammes Singers)
Published: 2014/07/21
Channel: Paniyaki Yoo
The Mike Sammes Singers - New Loxene Extra
The Mike Sammes Singers - New Loxene Extra
Published: 2012/06/23
Channel: SoyonsSuave
The Mike Sammes Singers : The stolen hours
The Mike Sammes Singers : The stolen hours
Published: 2014/12/25
Channel: Turquoisehexagonable
Mike Sammes Singers - Winter Wonderland
Mike Sammes Singers - Winter Wonderland
Published: 2013/11/20
Channel: Christmas Movies
Vera Lynn and The Mike Sammes Singers: Do You Hear What I Hear
Vera Lynn and The Mike Sammes Singers: Do You Hear What I Hear
Published: 2015/05/05
Channel: xpuu
Edmundo Ros & The Mike Sammes Singers - How Near Is Love
Edmundo Ros & The Mike Sammes Singers - How Near Is Love
Published: 2016/11/22
Channel: Dimitris 004 New channel
Mike Sammes Singers  "I Must Know"
Mike Sammes Singers "I Must Know"
Published: 2009/04/12
Channel: thetragicyouth
The Mike Sammes Singers  - It
The Mike Sammes Singers - It's Impossible
Published: 2016/11/03
Channel: Ahmad F Elyan
Knowing When To Leave by the Mike Sammes Singers.wmv
Knowing When To Leave by the Mike Sammes Singers.wmv
Published: 2011/07/18
Channel: Joe Eggs
Mikes Sammes Singers - White Christmas (1969) [Full Album]
Mikes Sammes Singers - White Christmas (1969) [Full Album]
Published: 2015/11/19
Channel: Christmas Movies
Mike Sammes Singers / The Ted Taylor Organsound  : O Jesus I have promised
Mike Sammes Singers / The Ted Taylor Organsound : O Jesus I have promised
Published: 2016/07/06
Channel: Turquoisehexagonable
Mike Sammes Singers Christmas
Mike Sammes Singers Christmas
Published: 2009/12/17
Channel: thetragicyouth
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Mike Sammes
Birth name Michael William Sammes
Born (1928-02-19)19 February 1928
Reigate, England
Died 19 May 2001(2001-05-19) (aged 73)
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Vocal arranger
Session musician/singer
Years active 1950s – 1980s
Labels Disneyland Records
Associated acts Mike Sammes Singers

Michael William Sammes[1] (19 February 1928 – 19 May 2001)[2] was an English musician and vocal session arranger, performing backing vocals on pop music recorded in the UK from 1955 to the 1970s.

Career[edit]

Born in Reigate, Surrey, Sammes was the son of pioneer photographer and film-maker Rowland Sammes.[3] He began his interest in music by learning the cello and played in the school orchestra at Reigate Grammar School.[citation needed] He then worked briefly for the music publisher, Chappell & Co. in London. He returned to music after national service in the RAF in the late 1940s when he formed a male vocal group called the Coronets at the urging of fellow musician Bill Shepherd. The Coronets did back-up work for the Big Ben Banjo Band and recorded for Columbia Records, releasing some covers of current hits.

After Shepherd withdrew, Sammes persisted. By 1957, he had assembled the core group that would form the Mike Sammes Singers, finding them soon steadily employed, for singers, soundtrack and radio jingles, working sometimes as many as four sessions in a day and up to six days a week. Mike Sammes was Mr Sowerberry on the 1960 soundtrack (World Record Club) of the Lionel Bart musical Oliver! and the Michael (sic) Sammes Singers also featured.

The Mike Sammes Singers performed the title themes for three of Gerry Anderson's shows, Supercar, Stingray, and The Secret Service. The group recorded seven albums between 1962 and 1988. In addition, they performed on numerous albums for Disneyland Records. Among the many hit singles featuring the Mike Sammes Singers are "No Other Love" (Ronnie Hilton), "A Handful of Songs" (Tommy Steele), "Why?" and "Strawberry Fair" (Anthony Newley), "Walkin' Back to Happiness" (Helen Shapiro), "The Last Waltz" (Engelbert Humperdinck), "Green Green Grass of Home" and "Delilah" (Tom Jones) and "Tears" by Ken Dodd.[2]

The singers departed from their usual commercial style when they provided backing vocals for the Beatles' song "I Am the Walrus", which required them to do "all sorts of swoops and phonetic noises" and chant the phrases "ho ho ho, he he he, ha ha ha", "oompah, oompah, stick it up your jumper" and "everybody's got one".[4] They also sang on the Beatles' "Good Night",[5] as well as on their last album, Let It Be, at the behest of Phil Spector. Sammes also provided the distinctive basso backing vocals on Olivia Newton-John's early country crossover hits, including "Banks of the Ohio", "Let Me Be There" and "If You Love Me (Let Me Know)". Despite this productivity, his group, the Mike Sammes Singers, have only one entry in The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles, for "Somewhere My Love" in July 1967. Sammes rewrote the song, "Marianne", with Bill Owen to provide Cliff Richard with a minor hit in September 1968.[citation needed]

The Mike Sammes Singers remained very busy into the 1970s, doing recordings for television (The Secret Service) and appearing on the small screen (the Val Doonican Show, 1971).[5] By the mid-1970s, though, the demand for backing vocals had faded considerably, due to the introduction of multi-tracking and synthesizers.[2] On "The Last of the Summer Wine", the Mike Sammes Singers contributed the "Summer Wine" song over the opening credits of the Christmas 1983 episode "Getting Sam Home".

Sammes died at the age of 73 in May 2001, several months after a fall from which he never fully recovered.[6] Johnny Trunk, of Trunk Records, was able to recover a number of reel-to-reel tapes from Sammes' house (despite it having been ransacked by house clearance), which he went on to compile as Music for Biscuits, so-named because it featured 1960s/1970s advertising jingles for Tuc biscuits, etc.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hymnsocietygbi.org.uk
  2. ^ a b c "Mike Sammes". Retrieved 17 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Reigate History. Reigate History. Retrieved on 24 April 2012.
  4. ^ "I Am the Walrus: In the Studio". The Beatles Bible. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Biography at Allmusic.com
  6. ^ "Mike Sammes". Retrieved 17 November 2016. 

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