Peter Beil

Corinna Corinna

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German pop singer Peter Beil had a big hit in his native country with a 1961 cover of Ray Peterson's "Corinna, Corinna," which was itself a remake of a Big Joe Turner hit from 1956. Beil then sang the double-tracked vocal on a cover of Ricky Nelson's "Hello, Mary Lou" credited to the Ricky Boys, and found himself with another hit despite competition from Jan & Kjeld's rendition. Soon thereafter, Franco Duvall became Beil's partner in the Ricky Boys as Beil juggled parallel careers as a solo vocalist and a Ricky Boy. Corinna, Corinna collects 30 of Beil's solo and Ricky Boys recordings for the Fontana and Philips labels from 1959-1965, but strangely omits "Hello, Mary Lou," even though a photo of the single's picture sleeve appears in the booklet. Most of Beil's songs are German-language covers of American tunes, performed in the well-orchestrated teen pop style of artists such as Ray Peterson and the Everly Brothers. Beil's repertoire isn't confined to obvious teen pop songs, however -- he sings several country classics and traditional pop songs, and many of the American songs he tackles were not big hits in the United States. These are German-language recordings reissued for the Deutsch market, and the liner notes appear only in German.

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