A few words from Brian Taylor, Chairman of The Allard Chrysler Action Group:
"A few years ago Canadian rock/blues artist Ked Dieter and drag racer Sam Eidy created an excellent tribute song to raise funds for the restoration of Europe’s first dragster – Sydney Allard’s 1961 Allard Chrysler owned by the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. Called Ally Blue, it is straight from the rock and blues music box with a vocal salute to the Beach Boys from Mack Sanders. This link takes you to the track.
This original track features lyrics by Ked and Sam with all music, main vocals and wild guitar from Ked with backing vocals from Mack. There is even the sound of the Allard Chrysler plus sound bites from Sydney Allard and Tommy Ivo recorded in 1964 while they were in the UK during the final year that the dragster was run in anger. It can be downloaded from the previous link with funds generated going towards Allard Chrysler dragster restoration and maintenance costs.
During the last few years, as I have been travelling on Saturday afternoon to get ready to work on the Allard Chrysler dragster the following day, I found myself listening to Danny Howard’s Dance Anthem programme between 4 and 7pm on BBC Radio One. I started to think it would be great to have a Dance Anthem Allard track as a companion to Ked’s original rock song and, thanks to a musical collaboration between the Essex based Hipnotic Jazz and Ked in Canada, we now have it. Links to information about the collaborators are below.
The brief was to create music that reflects the sound of a Chrysler Hemi on idle and the initial fire-up of the recreated 354 Chrysler Hemi engine in Europe’s first dragster (2012) features on the track. As well as pointers to modern Dance Anthems, I gave Hipnotic Jazz samples from ‘70s disco music and Tangerine Dream.
An early mix of this music was used as the introduction theme music for the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame video of the 2014 Gala Awards Dinner. This link takes you to this trailer that also features the music.
The final mix features Hipnotic Jazz's remixed anthem track with its constant pulsating and sometimes hypnotic electro rhythm, plus the Allard Chrysler Hemi and Ked’s screaming guitar. Is it a true Dance Anthem? I don’t know. But it is pretty close and certainly, to my ears, is a musical reflection of a Hemi.
Ked Dieter said
“I just sprinkled a shaker full of guitar on this already fantastic track created by Hipnotic Jazz. Just to be given the opportunity to contribute to another song for a great cause – the restoration of Europe’s first dragster - and have my name attached to the project, is payment enough”.
Hipnotic Jazz said,
“Like Ked, I approached the idea of working on the track as helping the Allard Chrysler Action Group promote the project, and I enjoy collaborating through music. It's something quite different to my normal album tracks. It'd be nice if we could raise some funds from downloads too."
All proceeds will go towards the restoration and maintenance costs of the Allard Chrysler dragster.
released April 14, 2015
Produced, mixed and mastered by Hipnotic Jazz
Guitar performed by Ked Dieter
Intro, percussive idle, inspiration by 354 blown Chrysler Hemi
Photo by Delta Pixels