LA LA BROOKS (The Crystals) NEW SINGLE: LAST NIGHT RELEASE JUNE 2018.
For the last few months a team of talented people under the guiding hand of Mike Maslen of Halo Records UK has been locked away in a converted barn in the Yorkshire countryside owned by the Grammy nominated English musician John Parr best known for his 1985 US number one hit single ‘St Elmo’s Fire’ and for his 1984 single ‘Naughty Naughty’.
The team has been working on a project that will bring La La( Dolores) Brooks the one-time lead singer for the highly successful 60s American girl group the Crystals to the UK to work on two singles backed by three local talented Yorkshire girls. The Crystals an American vocal group from New York were considered one of the defining acts of the girl group era in the first part of the 1960s. The Crystals one of the most proment groups during a historic defining era that saw the assasination of JF Kennedy, The Vietnam War, Martin Luther King, Cuban Missile Crisis, death of Marilyn Monroe and of course from the UK’s North the Fab Four the Beatles.
Why the UK’s North and why three vocalists from that part of the world? The UK’s North has had a long history of producing talented rock musicians many of the industries greatest inspirers have come from this region including one of the most successful groups of all time the Beatles. Today the region can boast being the birth place of such successful artists as, Joe Cocker and the Grease Band (Chris Stainton Shefield); Def Lepard (Sheffield) genres Hard Rock, Heavy metal, Glam Metal; Jarvis Cocker front man for Pulp (Sheffield); Artic Monkeys first download single release in history no hard copy/CD it made NO1, winners of Brit awards Best British Group and Best Album three times; Marmozets rock band from West Yorkshire, Nominated Best British newcomer have sold 10 million records worldwide, and 1981 hit version of ‘Tainted Love’, Tasmin Archer born in Bradford Brit award 1993 Her first album ‘Great Expectations’ was the prelude to the UK and Ireland number one hit ‘Sleeping Satellite’. Also the North’s contribution to modern trends Grime/Rap/Hip Hop; Phychosis, Holochaust are good examples of the Sheffield club scene and the North’s financial contribution to the UK’s economy. Don’t forget John Parr you can see where this is going. This line could go on and on the region has inspired and produced some of the most talented musicians in the world and made an enormous contribution to the Economy of the UK.
The project is intended to be an introduction to a series that offers aspiring young musicians in the UK the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the greats of yesteryear hopefully continuing the tradition of great contempory music being created in the British isles.
There are essentially two main products being produced by the team
2 singles released with La La (Dolores Brooks) and the 3 Talented Yorkshire girls selected for the project in a re-creation of the Crystals line up from the 1960s’.
An initial 40 min documentary film covering the history of the Crystals the life of La La
(Dolores) Brookes the historic era and how it relates to the devlopment of music in the Midlands a simile, the background to the girls who will back La La on the 2 singles. The initial documentary will follow the release of the first single and follow La La and the girls as they promote the music. There is hope that the first documentary will precursor a series following the release of the next two singles
La La (Dolores) Brooks
Mike Maslen Halo Records UK
Scott Ford Musical Director a Yorkshireman. Trevor Staniland Producer from Yorkshire
Vocalists all from the UK’s North
Haley Victoria Leeson
Jessica Aziza Ayaven
Filming Richard Weaver
Voiceover and Link Jane ledsom Actor Vocalist and Musician
Shane Aurousseau Photographic Stills promotion
Song Writers Carmi Latham -Last Night, and Valeri Simpson – I’ve got a Man.