The Bell Records Singles and Demos

During 1970 and maybe into early 1971 David Byron collaborated with Daniel Boone listed as Peter Lee Stirling or Peter Green on a series of singles recorded mainly for the Bell label.   Most of these releases were only demos and never saw light of day as an official release from our research so far.   It has been rumored that an entire album was recorded which highlighted these songs but never was released.  These four singles represent eight tracks, very close to a full albums worth of music.  The following listings aren't in any order of release, that information isn't known.   At this time we can't say David did lead vocals on all of these singles like everything else in the Byron / Boone catalogue.   The voices were so similar, even experts can't tell without questioning.   So unless you were there or know somebody who was, let's wait and see.   The last three tracks were released on the Chrysalis demo album "The Chrysalis Compendium" nearly four years later [but in shortened length] which adds even more questions to the story.    If you search to find a copy of these they may come with a hefty price tag as these would be a collectors dream item.           

Blair Emry

An official release single from Germany on the Bell label but nothing is known anywhere about this particular project.   Where did the name come from?   Were there more tracks recorded under this name that aren't released?   Was an entire album planned?  Interesting notes can be found right off however since the song Annabelle was recorded twice more by Daniel Boone.   Once where the lyrics were changed on all the verses, then again it was recorded in German in 1972 and released as a single by him.   That song had major success on the charts in Germany.   The version of Annabelle on this single is much different, it's the same melody and it has David Byron either singing lead or in duet fashion.   

 

Single Credits:

Production:  Shel Talmy
Arranged by: Phil Denys
1970 Hitmaker Music
Original release:  Bell Records [Germany]

Tracks:

1.  Annabelle [Peter Charles Green / David Byron]  2:43
2.  Driving On The Wrong Side [Peter Charles Green / Shel Talmy]  1:57

 


Original German Blair Emry single release 

 


Rare Blair Emry UK demo single release 

Faint Heart And The Fair Lady Band

Nothing is known or mentioned anywhere about this demo single.   Under the name of Faint Heart and the Fair Lady Band it's puzzling on the reasons chosen and the original intention of the demo.  Recorded in 1970 originally and it's not known if this ever had an official release or any other type exposure.   The same label and producer are listed as on Blair Emry so these have to tie in together given the time frame.


US demo release of "Sing A Little Sunshine Song"

 

Single Credits:

Production:  Shel Talmy
Arranged by: Phil Denys
1970 R&M Music
Original release:  Bell Records [demo only]

Tracks:

1.  Sing A Little Sunshine Song [Peter Charles Green / David Byron]  3:43
2.  So Long Susie [Peter Charles Green / Phil Peters]  2:40

 

Platinum

The third single and the third artist title used.  Released under the artist name of Platinum this is another part of the history and it makes little sense to keep changing band names; unless they did this to keep from drawing attention to the project due to contracts.   Again this is 1970 demo on the Bell label and Shel Talmy is again listed as producer.  He also gets writing credits for the B side of the single.   There has to be more not known at this time or what most would like to know.


US demo release of "Without You"

 

Single Credits:

Production:  Shel Talmy
Arranged by: Phil Denys
1970 R&M Music
Original release:  Bell Records [demo only]

Tracks:

1.  Without You [Stirling / Byron]  2:57
2.  If You Saw Johnny Now [Stirling / Byron / Talmy] 2:18 


Alternate UK demo release of "Without You"

 


UK demo B side "If You Saw Johnny Now"

Muff

The last of the mystery demos or singles for now, until more is uncovered or known about these projects.   This one is released under the artist name of Muff.    At this point nothing can be added to that to make sense.   Also the release date as 1971 but it's suspected that this would have been another of the Bell demos from 1970.   Shel Talmy isn't listed on the credits however but that may be the choice of the label.   Mother Records was a small independent British label but almost no information is found.

 

Single Credits:

Arranger: Johnny Arthy
A Mellow Jellow Production
1971 D.I.G.I.T. Music / Petal Music
Original release:  Mother Records

Tracks:

1.  Why Did You Leave Me [Peter Lee Stirling / David Byron]  2:45
2. 
Babe That Ain't Enough For Me [Peter Green / David Byron]  ? 

 

 

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