Hollywood Persuaders, The

Also known as Hollywood Persuaders, Los Persuaders, Persuaders, The
Members of Hollywood Persuaders, The: Paul Buff
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/paulbuffpresents

Discography of Hollywood Persuaders, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Drums A-Go-Go 17 Audio 2007 Air Mail Archive
2 Agua Caliente / Drums A-Go-Go 2 Audio 1965 Original Sound
3 Tijuana Surf / Grunion Run 2 Audio 1963 Original Sound
4 Tijuana 2 Audio 1963 Regency (2)
5 Tijuana 4 Audio 1964
6 Drums A-Go-Go 12 Audio 1965 Original Sound
7 Tijuana 2 Audio Gamma (4)
8 Vuelven Los Persuaders 4 Audio 1965 Hispavox
9 Hollywood A-Go-Go 2 Audio 1965 Original Sound
10 Persuasion / Juarez 2 Audio Original Sound
11 Hollywood A-Go-Go 2 Audio 1965 Original Sound
12 Persuaders A Go-Go 4 Audio 1965 Hispavox
13 Hollywood A-Go-Go 2 Audio 1965 Original Sound
14 Preludio A La Destruccion / Satisfaccion 2 Audio Gamma (4)
15 Los Persuaders 12 Audio 1965 Diana (3)


The Persuaders were really one key figure. That of [a=Paul Buff], whose engineering skills had led him to build PAL Studio in Cucamonga, initially at 8020 Archibald Avenue and then at 8040 - where it eventually became [a=Frank Zappa]'s 'Studio Z' in 1964. Buff offered flat-rate fee tariffs to up-and-coming bands who needed cost-effective recordings. He engineered a number of surf bands (despite being in the desert location) and his work launched The Surfaris and The Chantays, but he benefited no more than they by some devious re-recording of the works.

As Zappa (who had lived nearby with his first wife) began to occupy the studio, a number of other musicians began to regularly appear. Dave Aerni, Ronnie Williams and various personnel from Zappa's early groups. Buff created a number of 'labels' and pressed limited quantities of projects on them. A few San Bernardino stores would carry them and Buff then got local DJs to air-play them. When the radio station did their weekly sales-check with the stores they would discover stock had almost gone. That's because the studio team had anonymously purchased them all - and the station would chart the disc, at least into the top forty. Buff & co would then go to Hollywood and 'persuade' A&R music men to advance them large sums for national release of the 'hit'. Hence "The Hollywood Persuaders".

Some of the Buff 'scams' did actually chart. "Tijuana Surf" was #1 in the charts (above The Beatles) in 1964 (with Zappa's "Grunion Run" on the flipside). Buff's "Drums-A-Go-Go" was covered by Sandy Nelson and his original made its way into the soundtrack of "Natural-Born Killers"


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