Bill Wellings, Australian ex-pat (and former catalogue model), had pioneered the anonymous pop cover versions concept with the Top Six EPs in the mid-60s (a series which gave a big break to a young arranger by the name of Johnny Harris).
Wellings formed BWD in the late sixties and did an exclusive deal with Music for Pleasure (MFP) - the first 'Hits' LP, Hits 67, came out some time later. It was widely rumoured that this LP featured David Bowie singing on the track 'Penny Lane', but it was actually session man Tony Steven. Hits 70 did feature Elton John, though.
The first Hot Hits LP came in 1970, and features versions of 'Vehicle' and 'Groovin' With Mr Bloe' (the latter played by Larry Adler). Hot Hits Vol. 2 features Blue Mink's Barry Morgan on drums, as does Vol 4.
Among the Music Directors regularly used by BWD Productions were Alan Moorhouse, Johnny Harris, Johnny Howard and Len Hunter.
BWD was based in Guildford. Bill Wellings is deceased, with the BWD catalogue now in the hands of his wife. BWD also recorded for the Contour label, using the name 'Cherry Orchard Productions' - Swing Gently with Strauss being one of their releases.
- Popcorn (and other switched-on smash hits) (1972/73) Axis Records (EMI) AXIS 6060
- 01 - Popcorn
- 02 - Samson And Delilah
- 03 - Mouldy Old Dough
- 04 - Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep
- 05 - Wig Wam Bam
- 06 - Morning Has Broken
- 07 - Jungle Juice
- 08 - Seaside Shuffle
- 09 - Softly Whispering I Love You
- 10 - Jeepster
- 11 - Song Sung Blue
- 12 - Back Off Boogaloo
- Go Moog release (1973) MFP with same track list EMI/MFP 50071
- Ticker Tape (1974)
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