Two lovely misunderstandings have been brought to our attention.
Firstly, a delightful email from Billy listener Mark Callan in North Shields. He espied online what he thought was a new Jenkins release.
"....Entitled "The One & Only", it clearly promised to be - what, exactly? Greatest hits? An East German bootleg? A gem plucked from time's great misfiling cabinet?
To avoid any disappointment on the part of my fellow aficionados, I think it only fair to announce that said item is in fact Billy J KRAMER's greatest hits....
And what made it worse was that I emailed the sellers to complain (mildly), at which they apologised profusely and promised to send me the item I had ordered. It arrived today. It was, again, Billy J KRAMER'S greatest hits...
But then I thought: Billy J. ENKINS could just as well do "Little Children", "Trains & Boats & Planes", "Boys Cry" and "Do You Want To Know A Secret?". So how's about it, guys and gals, is Billy J. ENKINS looking for a new project?"
Mr Jenkins replied:
"......Not such a daft idea J. Enkins sings J. Kramer - sort of 'True Love Collection' revisited. I used to quite like BJ and the Dakotas actually....! Nice quiff too!"
And we at billy.com duly dispatched Mr Callan a complimentary CD for making us smile. And we were delighted to find that Billy J. Kramer is still very much live, well and musically active!
The second misunderstanding is a most generous album review in the July issue of 'Jazzwise' - the number one most read UK monthly jazz mag.
As a 'thank you' to those in the media who championed Billy's music over the last year, we presented them with private listening copies of the BBC Big Band Plays Billy concert, recorded by BBC R3 'Jazz Line Up' on the South Bank last November.
Whilst most flattered by the kind words written by that most excellent jazz journalist Andy Robson, for what was, indeed, a most memorable concert, we must stress that there is no album of that name available for purchase.
Meanwhile, the new album 'Jazz Gives Me The Blues' on VOTP Records (VOTP VOCD 116) can now be ordered here at jazzcds!
Orders from jazzcds come straight to the Billy Office - so, not only are you supporting the musicians, but you can be assured of a First Class delivery and personal attention to your order!