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(Jack Harlen, Frank “BENT FABRIC” Bjorn)

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No. 7    September 29, 1962




Nineteen sixty-two was a goofy year.    Two girls in Indiana standing two feet apart set some  obscure

record by tossing an ice cube back and forth 4,477  times before it melted. Some character baked up a

25, 000-pound cake for the Seattle Fair.    And a batch of instrumentals pervaded the airwaves of  top

40 stations.   KENNY BALL  and his band of jazzmen gave us “Midnight In Moscow.”  A trumpeter

named Herb Alpert scored his first of a string of hits, a tune about a “Lonely Bull.”   A clarinetist named

MR. ACKER BILK presented us  with “Stranger On The Shore.”  And a Danish piano man named Bent

Fabricius-Bjerre picked out a memorable melody called “Alley Cat .”


Bent was born in Copenhagen on December 7, 1924, to a mom and dad who  apparently knew just how

to raise a multi-talented lad.   In the wink of an eye, Bent was a musician and a teenage  bandleader.

Under his direction, Bent’s boys made some of what are claimed to be Denmark’s first jazz recordings.

In 1950, Bjerre became head of Metronome Records.    He played a mean piano, and for a while was the

host of the Saturday-night Danish TV program “Around a Piano.”   In addition to working as A&R man

for Metronome, he composed tunes under the pseudonym “Frank Bjorn.”


“Alley  Cat,” a Bent creation, was a very innocent-sounding number.   Its catchy  melody moved over a

lethargic bass pattern and faint percussion–the type of arrangement Bent would use on most of his

stateside records.    His Alley Cat album made Billboard’s top pop albums chart; strangely enough, the

title track won a Grammy for “Best Rock and Roll Record” in 1962.   Only one other Bent Fabric single,

an instrumental entitled  “Chicken Feed” (#63,  1963), appeared on the Hot 100.