Felix Esseiva became their first manager, bringing them to Zürich for the ZJP events, including the 1964 New Year's Eve party and the 1st Swiss Yeah Yeah Festival. This took place at the Kasino, Zurich-Horn, 6. Feb. 1965. The group would play Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, You Really Got Me, Mashed Potatoes, Tell Me, Talk About Her and Bye Bye Johnny. Also on this festival bill were The Ladybeats - a cool all-girl beat band from Baden/Zurich in the style of The Liverbirds. Unfortunately nobody has ever found any recordings of them yet.

The Sevens

THE SEVENS in an early promo pic. from 1965. L to R: Markus "Muggi" Hungerbuehler (organ), Nando Gasparini (drums), Pierre Aebischer (vocals, rhythm guitar), Michel Bovay (bass), Pino Gasparini (lead guitar)

Nando had seen The First Album of The 5 Dorados on Layola records from Lucern, so he asked the manager if it was possible to get Les Pirates in contact with the Layola label. A short time later, Esseiva brought news that, by chance, John Lay of Layola Records in Lucern was about to produce a compilation album featuring some beat bands from Basel, and every group was asked to record two songs. The recordings were taped by Pitt Linder, the fantastic Swiss soundman, helper, equipment maker (he built the vocal PA for Les Pirates) at the Landgasthof Riehen, a restaurant with a back room and stage for concerts. Linder had built a studio on top of the stage inside the concert room, and the groups would play live in the center with the recording equipment surrounding the packed stage. It was on the first of August 1965 (the Swiss national day), when The Dynamites organist (and ex-Vampires guitarist and organist) Markus "Muggi" Hungerbühler joined Les Pirates. Muggi had started out as guitarist for The Kangaroos in 1961, they became (after watching many Hammer horror films at the movies) the very highly rated Vampires in 1962. In summer of 1965 Muggi joined The Dynamites. On the same day (August 1. 1965) Les Pirates signed a contract with Layola records to record two songs for the afore-mentioned compilation album project. By noon the same day Les Pirates were already at the Landgasthof Riehen for the recording of the two songs. Linder asked them to "go on and play", and so they played Seven and In God I Trust. A few minutes later, when they were finished, Linder and the producer from Layola records (it was Giorgio Moroder) said that the recording of the two songs came out great and that they would like to produce a whole album. The two songs were recorded live and in just one take. The pistol shots on Seven were added live during recording. It was only a cheap toy pistol, not a real one. The gimmick was never used on stage. The group were not satisfied with the results, but the producers of the recording were. The recording session would last until about 3 AM of the next morning. Some of the tracks were composed in the studio. The instrumental Panam happened spontaneously. There were no special effects used to get the distortion on the guitars. Like The Who, Pino would just turn his guitar to the speaker to get the feedback. All the tracks on this LP were recorded during this recording session. They were recorded live in one or two takes. Some of the vocals were added later. Some weeks later the group received a phone call from Layola records in Lucern, they had just found out that there was a French band already using the name Les Pirats, so to minimize the risk, a new name had to be found. They decided to use The Sevens, after their favourite original tune. The group wasn't very happy with the way their album had turned out. The original recordings had sounded much better than the record. The band members state that somebody, later on in the studio, must have somehow removed all the feedback and distortion from the original session tapes. Apparently even some bass parts are thought to be missing from the original tapes.

The Sevens

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