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The Story of Pye Records

Jim Irvin, Sequel Records, 1998

"AY-YI-YI, THE BEAT IS CRAZY!" ‘Sucu Sucu’, an insanely catchy samba novelty, was a chart sensation in the autumn of 1961. The forgotten theme to a forgotten TV series, Top Secret, the tune was so popular in that season that no fewer than five rival versions fought for supremacy on the Hit Parade. Bandleader Laurie Johnson’s sold best and made the Top 10. His recording sounds like a particularly daft bit of hokum these days, and, like all the other versions, has long lain undisturbed in its grave.

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