The Beetles used to open for the Checkmates
The first British-based black rock’n’roll group — singer Emile Ford and Caribbean immigrants the Checkmates (including two of Ford’s brothers) — score a UK#1 (AU#1) with their self-produced recording What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?
The song itself was written way back in 1916. Emile (born in the West Indies; his mother was an opera singer) makes several albums, landing several more songs in the top-20. One of them, Counting Teardrops , is used as the title for Pye Records 2001 double-CD release of his 1959-63 records.
▷Allmusic Ford bio▹
An earlier, almost-8-minute version had been a minor US dance hit in 1984. Orlando version
It becomes part of their first album Please, released in March (UK#3, US#7) … and the duo is off.
By 2009 they’ve released 56 singles and 10 studio albums. ( Website )