Penny Farthing Records

Penny Farthing Records

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Penny Farthing Records was established by UK record producer Larry Page, as a progression from his mildly successful 1960s record label, Page One Records. It did not repeat the top 20 hits of his earlier venture, but signed some artists of note.

These included Daniel Boone, whose "Beautiful Sunday" song, written by the singer, was a staple of early 1970s disc jockeys. Picked up by the Japanese TV show Beautiful Sunday some ten years later, this song was popular all over again in Japan. Page also recorded Daniel's wife (Lesley) Lelly Boone, but with no success, despite an appearance on BBC TV's Top Of The Pops.

The Dutch group, Shocking Blue, also had their big hit "Venus" with Penny Farthing Records.

In 1970, Penny Farthing Records released the single, "Sister Simon (Funny Man)" PEN 738, by the UK group (later known as The Sensations). While the A-side received airplay, the funky B-side, "Rastus Ravel", was well-received in the clubs. Both songs were written and produced by John Edward for Instant Sound Productions. The band's members were: John Fellows (bass guitar & vocals), Terry Shea (rhythm guitar & vocals), Richard Steen (lead guitar & vocals), Martin H. Samuel (drums), Peter Allatt (lead vocals). The single featured Maggie Stredder and Jean Ryder of The Ladybirds with Doris Troy as back-up singers. The group was a regular on the BBC Radio Terry Wogan, Dave Cash, Jimmy Young and shows.

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