Monday, July 4, 2022

Sonny West – Sweet Rockin' Rock-Ola Ruby

 Joseph "Sonny" West (born July 30, 1937 near Lubbock, Texas) is an American songwriter and musician, best known as the co-writer of two of Buddy Holly's biggest hits: "Oh, Boy!" and "Rave On".

In 1956 West formed a band with Jimmy Metz (string bass), Doc McKay (drums) and Buddy Smith (guitar). They recorded "Rock-Ola Ruby" and "Sweet Rockin' Baby" at the local radio station KLVT in Levelland. Bob Kaliff, a disc jockey at KLVT, then arranged for West to re-record the two songs at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico. Only 700 copies of the songs were released on Petty's Nor-Va-Jak label.

In February 1957 West recorded a song, "All My Love", with McKay (drums), Metz (trumpet), and Glen Dee Hardin (piano). Only a few copies of this recording were made, which were sent to record companies to attract their interest in releasing the record commercially. One of the copies was heard by Buddy Holly, who with The Crickets recorded a version of the song at Petty's studios in Lubbock, as "Oh, Boy!" in July 1957. It was subsequently released in October and went on to reach number 10 on the US charts and number 3 on the UK charts in early 1958. The song was attributed to West, Petty, and Bill Tilghman, although according to West it was written by him alone, with Petty requiring his name to be added as part of the commercial contract with Holly. It was not until 2002 that West's version of "All My Love" was commercially released, when it was included on this debut solo album, Sweet Rockin' Rock-Ola Ruby.

At the end of 1957 Petty took over as West's manager and arranged a two-year recording contract with Atlantic Records, with a minimum of four releases. In December that year West recorded "Rave On", which was released on February 17, 1958, with the B-side, "Call on Cupid", on Atlantic Records, but achieved little commercial success. The song was inspired by a line from Carl Perkins' 1956 song "Dixie Fried".

On January 25, 1958 Holly recorded a version of "Rave On" at Bell Sound Studios in New York as a track for his debut solo album, Buddy Holly, with Coral Records releasing it as a solo single in April 1958. Although it barely made the top 40, peaking at No. 37 in the United States, it reached No. 5 in England.

In the spring of 1958 West recorded "Baby Bessie Lee", "Doll Britches" and "Linda Loves a Hula Hoop", backed by Sonny Curtis (guitar), Vi Petty (piano), George Atwood (bass) and McKay/Bo Clarke (drums) at Petty's Clovis Studios. In early 1959 Sonny flew to Phoenix, Arizona, where he recorded two songs, "Love Denied" and "Pretty Little Girl", with Al Casey on guitar. While neither song was released, "Love Denied" was later covered by Waylon Jennings, who also covered "Rave On". In 1961 West and Casey also recorded a version of Freddy Fender's "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights". 

1 Sweet Rockin' Baby

2 Rock-Ola Ruby

3 All My love

4 Rave On

5 Call On Cupid

6 Dreamboat

7 Baby Bessie Lee

8 Doll Britches

9 Linda Loves A Hula Hoop

10 Love Denied

11 Pretty Little Girl

12 Wasted Days And Wasted Nights

13 Maybe You're The One

14 Evening Star

15 Sugar Hill

16 Ride

17 Oh Boy

18 Dire Need

19 The Rave Is Gone

20 Cast Iron Arm

21 A Bad Case

22 Big City Woman

23 Sweet Dreams

24 I've Had It

Sonny West

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Barbara Pittman at Sun Records – Getting Better All The Time


Barbara Pittman (April 6, 1938 – October 29, 2005) was an American singer, one of the few female singers to record at Sun Studios. As a young teenager, she recorded some demos of songs for others. Pittman's most popular recordings include "I Need A Man" on the Sun label and "Two Young Fools in Love", released on Sam Phillips' International label.

Barbara Pittman was born and grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. As a child, she was friends and neighbors with Elvis Presley. She recalled to an interviewer, "I sang with him, I knew him, I lived down the street from him when we were kids in North Memphis. His mom and mine used to get together to have what they called Stanley parties. They call them Tupperware parties now. I practically lived out at Graceland in the 1950s before Elvis went into the service. He was going to take me on the road with him, and then he got drafted." It was Presley who first brought Pittman to Sun Studios.

Pittman spent time working in Lash LaRue's western shows in 1955–1956. When she returned, she began recording at Sun Records. Between 1956 and 1960, she would cut four different singles there as well as a host of material that was never released, including demo records. Her records did not achieve much commercial success; Pittman stated in interviews that this was due to a lack of promotion on the part of the label.

After her time at Sun she moved to California in the 1960s. She sang on the soundtracks of several motorcycle films, including Wild Angels, Wild on Wheels and Hells Angels. This was under the name of Barbara and the Visitors. Pittman also recorded for Del-Fi Records, although no material was released by them.

I Need A Man

No Matter Who's To Blame

Sentimental Fool (1)

Voice Of A Fool

Two Young Fools In Love

I'm Getting Better All The Time

Take My Sympathy (1)

Cold, Cold, Heart

Everlasting Love

Eleventh Commandment

Handsome Man

Just One Day

Love Is A Stranger

The Lonely Hours

Sentimental Fool (2)

Cold, Cold, Heart (1)

Everlasting Love (1)

No Matter Who's To Blame (1)

I'm Getting Better All The Time (1)

Take My Sympathy (Demo)

Two Young Fools In Love (Demo)

I'm Getting Better All The Time (Demo)

No Matter Who's To Blame (2)

I'm Getting Better All The Time (2)

Sentimental Fool (3)

I Forgot To Remember To Forget

I'm Getting Better All The Time (3)

Getting Better All The Time

Thursday, June 23, 2022

The Royal Teens – Short Shorts And More Golden Classics

The Royal Teens were an American rock and roll band that formed in New Jersey in 1956 and originally consisted of Bob Gaudio on piano, Tom Austin on drums, Billy Dalton on guitar and Billy Crandall on saxophone. Originally, the group's name was simply "The Royals", but they were persuaded to add the word "Teens" in order to avoid having the same name as an existing band. The group is best known for its single "Short Shorts", which was a number 3 hit in the United States in 1958. The follow-up single, 1959's "Believe Me", hit number 26. They never recorded an album, and broke up in 1965.

The term "Short Shorts" in the song referred specifically to very short cutoff jeans as worn by teenage girls. The term appears to have originated with Bob Gaudio and Tom Austin. According to the group's website, they coined the term in 1957, and hit on using it as a song theme and title that summer when they saw two girls in cutoffs leaving a local teen spot.

Short Shorts

Royal Blue

Little Trixie


All Right Baby

Believe Me

My Memories Of You

Sham Rock

Dottie Ann

Wounded Heart

My Kind Of Dream

Open The Door

The Royal Teens

Sunday, June 19, 2022

The Spaniels – Play It Cool ...... classic Doo Wop / Rhythm and Blues


The Spaniels were an American R'n'B and doo-wop group, best known for the hit "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight".

They have been called the first successful Midwestern R'n'B group. Some historians of vocal groups consider Pookie Hudson to be the first front-man of a vocal group because the Spaniels pioneered the technique of having the main singer solo at his microphone while the rest of the group shared a second microphone.

The group debuted in late 1952 at Roosevelt High School in Gary, Indiana as Pookie Hudson and The Hudsonaires. They changed their name to The Spaniels, and in April 1953, became one of the first artists to sign with Vee-Jay Records. The group recorded "Baby It's You", their initial release, on May 5, 1953. Released in July, the song reached No. 10 on Billboard's R'n'B record chart on September 5, 1953.

In Spring 1954, "Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight" hit No. 24 on Variety's pop chart, and rose to No. 5 on Billboard's R'n'B chart. The Spaniels played regularly at the Apollo, The Regal, and other large theaters on the Chitlin circuit.

1 I Like It Like That

2 Hey Sister Lizzie

3 You're Gonna Cry

4 Play It Cool

5 False Love

6 Crazee Baby

7 (You Game Me) Peace Of Mind

8 Great Googley Moo

9 Automobiles

10 Tina

11 House Cleaning

12 Baby It's You

13 (Get Away Child) You Don't Move Me

14 Crazee Baby

15 I Need Your Kisses

16 Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight

17 I'm Gonna Thank You

18 Jessie Mae

19 Lucinda

20 I Owe You

21 Bounce

22 Red Sails In The Sunset

23 Please Don't Tease

24 You Painted Pictures

25 Baby Sweets

26 Everyone's Laughing

Play It Cool

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

King Of The Surf Guitar: The Best Of Dick Dale & His Del-Tones


Richard Anthony Monsour (May 4, 1937 – March 16, 2019), known professionally as Dick Dale, was an American rock guitarist. He was the pioneer of surf music, drawing on Middle Eastern music scales and experimenting with reverb. Dale was known as "The King of the Surf Guitar", which was also the title of his second studio album.

Dale was one of the most influential guitarists of all time and especially of the early 1960s. Most of the leading bands in surf music, such as The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean and The Trashmen, were influenced by Dale's music, and often included recordings of Dale's songs in their albums. His style and music influenced guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend, Eddie Van Halen and Brian May.

He has been mentioned as one of the fathers of heavy metal. Many credit him with tremolo picking, a technique that is now widely used in many musical genres (such as extreme metal, folk etc.). His speedy single-note staccato picking technique was unmatched until guitarists like Eddie Van Halen entered the music scene.

Working together with Leo Fender, Dale also pushed the limits of electric amplification technology, helping to develop new equipment that was capable of producing thick and previously unheard volumes including the first-ever 100-watt guitar amplifier. Dale also pioneered the use of portable reverb effects.

The use of his recording of "Misirlou" by Quentin Tarantino in the film Pulp Fiction led to his return in the 1990s, marked by four albums and world tours. He was also nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category for the song "Pipeline" with Stevie Ray Vaughan.

In "Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time", Dale was ranked 31st in 2003 and 74th in the 2011 revision.

1 Let's Go Trippin' 2:10

2 Shake 'N' Stomp 2:08

3 Misirlou 2:15

4 Mr. Peppermint Man (Vocal) 2:12

5 Surf Beat 2:38

6 Take It Off 2:08

7 King Of The Surf Guitar (Vocal) 2:10

8 Hava Nagila 2:03

9 Riders In The Sky 2:12

10 The Wedge 2:32

11 Night Rider 1:45

12 Mr. Eliminator 2:00

13 The Victor 3:11

14 Taco Wagon 2:05

15 Tidal Wave 2:00

16 Banzai Washout 2:15

17 One Double One Oh! (Instrumental Version) 2:36

18 Pipeline 2:58 (with Stevie Ray Vaughan)

Friday, May 27, 2022

The Coasters – Rollin' With The Coasters - 26 Greatest Hits & Classic Tracks All Original Recordings...remastered


The Coasters were formed on October 12, 1955, when two of The Robins, a Los Angeles–based rhythm-and-blues group, joined Atlantic Records. They were dubbed The Coasters because they went from the west coast to the east. The Robins included Carl Gardner and Bobby Nunn. The original Coasters were Gardner, Nunn, Billy Guy, Leon Hughes (who was replaced by Young Jessie on a couple of their early Los Angeles recordings), and the guitarist Adolph Jacobs. Jacobs left the group in 1959.

The songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller started Spark Records and in 1955 produced "Smokey Joe's Cafe" for the Robins (their sixth single with Leiber and Stoller). The record was popular enough for Atlantic Records to offer Leiber and Stoller an independent production contract to produce the Robins for Atlantic. Only two of the Robins—Gardner and Nunn—were willing to make the move to Atlantic, recording their first songs in the same studio as the Robins had done (Master Recorders). In late 1957, Nunn and Hughes moved to New York and joined with Cornell Gunter and Will "Dub" Jones to form The Coasters. The new quartet was from then on stationed in New York, although all had Los Angeles roots.

The Coasters' association with Leiber and Stoller was an immediate success. Together they created a string of good-humored "storytelling" hits that are some of the most entertaining from the original era of rock and roll. According to Leiber and Stoller, getting the humor to come through on the records often required more recording "takes" than for a typical musical number.

1 Smokey Joe's Cafe

2 Down In Mexico

3 Turtle Dovin

4 One Kiss Led To Another

5 Brazil

6 Searchin

7 Young Blood

8 Lola

9 Idol With The Golden Head

10 (When She Wants Good Lovin') My Baby Comes To Me

11 Sweet Georgia Brown

12 What Is The Secret Of Your Success?

13 Dance!

14 Gee, Golly

15 Yakety Yak

16 Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart

17 The Shadow Knows

18 Sorry But I'm Gonna Have To Pass

19 Charlie Brown

20 Three Cool Cats

21 Along Came Jones

22 That Is Rock And Roll

23 Poison Ivy

24 I'm A Hog For You

25 Run Red Run

26 What About Us

The Coasters

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Jo Ann Campbell ‎– That Real Gone Gal - the complete Gone and Roulette recordings


Jo Ann Campbell (born July 20, 1938 in Jacksonville, Florida) is an American pop singer.

Campbell began attending music school at the age of four, and won many honors as a drum majorette at Fletcher High School. In 1954 she travelled Europe as a dancer, then moved to New York, where she joined the Johnny Conrad Dancers and made several television appearances on shows such as The Milton Berle Show and The Colgate Comedy Hour.

In 1956, Campbell decided to quit dancing and become a singer. She received her first recording contract with RKO-Point Records in New York and released her debut single "Where Ever You Go" / "I'm Coming Home Late Tonight" with them in 1956. It was unsuccessful and she then signed a recording contract with Eldorado Records after performing at Harlem's Apollo Theater. She wrote and released her second single, "Come On Baby" in 1957. Later that year she released "Wait a Minute", and appeared at the Brooklyn Paramount and on Dick Clark's American Bandstand show.

Campbell appeared in two films: Go, Johnny, Go (1959) and Hey, Let's Twist! (1962), while continuing to release records. In June 1961 she reached No. 41 in the UK Singles Chart with "Motorcycle Michael". She had her biggest hit in August 1962 with "I'm the Girl from Wolverton Mountain", an answer song to Claude King's "Wolverton Mountain". Some pressings showed the title as "(I'm the Girl on) Wolverton Mountain". The song reached No. 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In April 1963, she followed up with "Mother, Please! (I'd Rather Do It Myself)", a take-off on an Anacin television commercial of the day, but this reached No. 88.

After marrying Atlantic Records record producer Troy Seals in 1964, Campbell left the music industry.

1 Wait A Minute

2 It's Time

3 I Really Really Love You

4 I'm Nobody's Baby

5 Mama (Can I Go Out Tonite)

6 Beachcomber

7 You're Driving Me Mad

8 I Ain't Got No Steady Date

9 Wassa Matter With You Baby

10 Rock And Roll Love

11 You-Ooh

12 Nervous

13 Happy New Year Baby

14 How About That

15 Tall Boy

16 Let Me Do My Twist

17 It's True (alt. take)

18 Mama (Can I Go Out Tonite) (alt. take)

19 Wait A Minute (Instrumental rhythm track)

That Real Gone Gal

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Charlie Feathers - Jungle Fever / Uh Huh Honey - compilation albums

These two Charlie Feathers compilations have similar tracks on each with a few variations. For the Charlie Feathers completists and rock and roll fans alike. They were acquired from another source so not my own copies, they are at 192kps. Enjoy anyway! 

Tongue-Tied Jill 1:55

Get With It 1:55

Bottle To The Baby 2:24

One Hand Loose 2:18

Nobody's Woman 2:12

Can't Hardly Stand 2:52

Everybody's Lovin' My Baby 2:06

Too Much Alike 2:10

When You Come Around 2:06

When You Decide 2:24

Jungle Fever 2:26

Why Don't You 2:24

Wild Wild Party 2:25

Today And Tomorrow 2:30

Stutterin' Cindy 2:19

Tear It Up 2:38

Uh Huh Honey 2:48

That Certain Female 2:90

She Set Me Free 3:12

A Wedding Gown Of White 2:42

Jungle Fever

Stutterin' Cindy 2:18

Tear It Up 2:38

Gone Gone Gone 3:00

Tongue Tied Jill 2:11

Wild Side Of Life 1:59

Do You Know 2:41

She Knows How To Rock Me 2:10

Wide River 2:28

Crazy Heart 2:22

Chicken Plucker 2:49

Uh Huh Honey 2:04

Cold Dark Night 2:17

Rain 1:46

Mama Oh Mama 2:44

There Will Be Three 3:25

That Certain Female 3:01

I Guess I'm Crazy 2:40

We're Getting Closer To Being Apart 2:57

Long Time Ago 2:29

Rain 1:52

Thursday, April 7, 2022

The First Rock And Roll Record - various artists


This three disc compilation aims to trace the history of rock and roll through its origins, influences, music styles and artists. Spanning four decades from the 1920's to the 1950's (and even one track from 1916!), these recordings cover several genres from the early blues and country, to swing, big band, rhythm and blues, western swing, jump blues and to what eventually became known as "rock and roll".

Whilst not definitive or comprehensive (or totally accurate in terms of some "original" versions), it does give an insight into the evolvement and the terminology of what has become one of the most popular forms of music in history. A treat for both the purists and the casual listener.

(disc one)

Unknown Artist– The Camp Meeting Jubilee

Trixie Smith– My Man Rocks Me

Jim Jackson – Kansas City Blues

Charley Patton– Going To Move To Alabama

Hank Williams– Move It On Over

Tampa Red– It's Tight Like That

Clarence "Pinetop" Smith– Pinetops's Boogie Woogie

Jimmy Blythe– Jimmy Blues

Blind Roosevelt Graves– Crazy About My Baby

Washboard Rhythm Kings– Tiger Rag

Boswell Sisters*– Rock And Roll

Benny Goodman, Helen Ward– Get Rhythm In Your Feet

Harlem Hamfats*– Oh Red!

Mississippi Jook Band– Skippy Whippy

Robert Johnson– Cross Road Blues

Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa– Sing! Sing! Sing! (With A Swing)

Ella Fitzgerald– Rock It For Me

Sister Rosetta Tharpe– Rock Me

Bob Wills– Ida Red

Big Joe Turner– Roll 'Em Pete

Buddy Jones – Rockin' Rollin' Mama

John Lee Williamson– New Early In The Morning

Will Bradley– Down The Road A Piece

The Andrews Sisters– Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

Virginia O'Brien– Lullaby (Rock A Bye Baby)

(disc two)

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra– Flying Home

Illinois Jacquet– Blues, Pt. 2

T-Bone Walker– Mean Old World

Judy Garland– The Joint Is Really Jumpin' Down At Carnegie Hall

Gertrude Niesen– Rockin' The Town

Nat King Cole– Straighten Up And Fly Right

Sister Rosetta Tharpe– Strange Things Happening Every Day

Helen Humes– Be Baba Leba

Joe Liggins– Honeydripper

Arthur Smith – Guitar Boogie

Mose Allison– That's All Right (Mama)

Shirley And Lee– Let The Good Times Roll

Ella Mae Morse, Freddie Slack– House Of Blue Lights

The Delmore Brothers– Hillbilly Boogie

Pee Wee King– Ten Gallon Boogie (Original)

Wynonie Harris– Good Rocking Tonight

Wild Bill Moore*– We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll

Muddy Waters– I Can't Be Satisfied

Amos Milburn– Chicken Shack Boogie

Bill Haley– Rovin' Eyes

The Orioles– Its Too Soon To Know

Stick McGhee– Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee

Erline Harris– Rock And Roll Blues

Jimmy Preston– Rock The Joint

Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five– Saturday Night Fish Fry

Fats Domino– The Fat Man

Goree Carter– Rock A While

(disc three)

Hardrock Gunter– Gonna Dance All Night

Arkie Shibley And His Mountain Dew Boys– Hot Rod Race

The Dominoes– 60 Minute Man

Les Paul & Mary Ford– How High The Moon

Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats– Rocket '88

Charlie Gracie– Boogie Woogie Blues

Big Mama Thornton– Hound Dog

Charlie Gracie– Rockin' An' Rollin

Lloyd Price– Lawdy Miss Clawdy

The Dominoes– Have Mercy Baby

The Clovers– One Mint Julep

The Crows– Gee

Bill Haley And His Comets– Crazy Man, Crazy

Ray Charles– Mess Around

Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters– Money Honey

The Johnny Burnette Trio– Honey Hush

Big Joe Turner– Shake, Rattle And Roll

The Chords– Sh-Boom

Sunny Dae And The Knights*– Rock Around The Clock

Ray Charles– I've Got A Woman

Hank Ballard & The Midnighters– Work With Me, Annie

The Robins– Riot In Cell Block Number Nine

LaVern Baker– Tweedle Dee

Buddy Holly– Bo Diddley

Chuck Berry– Maybellene

Little Richard– Tutti Frutti

Carl Perkins– Blue Suede Shoes

Elvis Presley– That's Alright Mama

Bill Haley And His Comets– Rock Around The Clock

Elvis Presley– Heartbreak Hotel

The First Rock And Roll Record

Monday, March 28, 2022

Essential Rockabilly - The Imperial Story - various artists


1-1 Bob Luman– Red Hot

1-2 The Strikes – Rockin'

1-3 Dennis Herrold– Hip Hip Baby

1-4 Dorsey & Johnny Burnette*– Warm Love

1-5 Laura Lee Perkins– Kiss Me Baby

1-6 Ricky Nelson – Stood Up

1-7 Johnny Garner– Didi Didi

1-8 Lew Williams– Bop Bop Ba Doo Bop

1-9 Gene Henslee– Rockin' Baby

1-10 Bob Luman– Red Cadillac & A Black Moustache

1-11 Merle Kilgore– Everybody Needs A Little Lovin'

1-12 Lew Williams– Centipede

1-13 The Strikes – If You Can't Rock Me

1-14 Ricky Nelson – Boppin' The Blues

1-15 Laura Lee Perkins– Oh La Baby

1-16 Ronnie Smith – Long Time No Love

1-17 Slick Slavin– Speed Crazy

1-18 Billy Eldridge– Let's Go Baby

1-19 Bob Luman– Your Love

1-20 Lew Williams– Gone Ape Man

2-1 Dennis Herrold– Make With The Lovin'

2-2 Lew Williams– Cat Talk

2-3 The Strikes – I Don't Want To Cry Over You

2-4 Weldon Rogers– So Long, Good Luck & Goodbye

2-5 Bob Luman– Make Up Your Mind

2-6 Laura Lee Perkins– I Just Don’t Like This Kind Of Livin'

2-7 Jay Blue– Get Off My Back

2-8 Jimmy Craig – Oh Little Girl

2-9 Dorsey & Johnny Burnette*– My Honey

2-10 Johnny Garner– Kiss Me Sweet

2-11 Lew Williams– Abracadabra

2-12 Merle Kilgore– Ernie

2-13 Ricky Nelson – My Bucket's Got A Hole In It

2-14 Bob Luman– All Night Long

2-15 Jackie Walker– Only Teenagers Allowed

2-16 The Strikes – Baby I'm Sorry

2-17 Laura Lee Perkins– Don’t Wait Up

2-18 Gene Henslee– Dig'n And Datin'

2-19 Lew Williams– Something I Said

2-20 Bill Allen – Please Give Me Something

The Imperial Story - one

The Imperial Story - two

Friday, March 25, 2022

The Champs – The Early Singles 30 Great 'A' & 'B' sides


The Champs are an American rock band, most famous for their Latin-tinged surf instrumental "Tequila". The group took their name from that of Gene Autry's horse, Champion, and was formed by studio executives at Autry's Challenge Records to record a B-side for the Dave Burgess single, "Train to Nowhere". The intended throwaway track became more famous than its A-side, as "Tequila" went to No. 1 in just three weeks, and the band became the first group to go to the top spot with an instrumental that was their first release. The song was recorded at Gold Star Studios in fall 1957, and in 1959 won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.

"Tequila" was written by the saxophonist Danny Flores, although he was credited as Chuck Rio because he was under contract to another record label (RPM Records) at the time. Flores, who died in September 2006, was known as the "Godfather of Latino rock". Flores' "dirty sax" and his low-voiced "Tequila" are the hallmarks of the song. Flores signed away the US rights to the song but retained worldwide rights until his death.

There are many cover versions of the tune, including a jazz version by guitarist Wes Montgomery in 1966. It has also been recorded by rappers A.L.T. and XL Singleton. The Champs also had success with instrumentals such as "Limbo Rock" and "El Rancho Rock". In 1985, "Tequila" featured prominently in the film Pee Wee's Big Adventure. The Champs also recorded a sequel to "Tequila" entitled "Too Much Tequila".

1 Tequila

2 Train To Nowhere

3 El Rancho Rock

4 Midnighter

5 Chariot Rock

6 Subway

7 Turnpike

8 Rockin' Mary

9 Gone Train

10 Beatnik

11 Caramba

12 Moonlight Bay

13 Night Train

14 The Rattler

15 Sky High

16 Double Eagle Rock

17 Too Much Tequila

18 20.000 Leagues

19 Red Eye

20 The Little Matador

21 Alley Cat

22 Coconut Drive

23 Tough Train

24 The Face

25 Honkey Pokey

26 Jumping Bean

27 Sombrero

28 The Shoddy Shoddy

29 Cantina

30 Panic Button

The Champs – The Early Singles

Monday, March 21, 2022

Ooh-Wee Baby! : The Best Of Frankie Ford


Frankie Ford (August 4, 1939 – September 28, 2015) was an American rock and roll and rhythm and blues singer, best known for his 1959 hit "Sea Cruise".

He was born in Gretna, Louisiana, as Vincent Francis Guzzo, across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. He learned to sing and dance at an early age, and when at high school joined a group, the Syncopators, as singer and pianist. He was spotted by manager Joe Caronna, who took him to Johnny Vincent of Ace Records. Taking the stage name Frankie Ford, he made his first recordings for Ace in 1958. He toured locally in Louisiana, before recording a vocal overdub on the song "Sea Cruise", a song written and originally recorded by Huey "Piano" Smith with his group The Clowns, and featuring overdubbed bells and ships' horns. As Smith already had a record in the charts, and was away touring, the record label decided to release Ford's version, and it rose to #14 on the US pop chart and #11 on the R&B chart, selling over one million copies, and gaining gold disc status.

Ford was drafted in 1962, and performed for troops in Japan, Vietnam and Korea. He later recorded occasionally for small labels, but mainly performed in clubs in and around New Orleans. He appeared in the 1978 movie American Hot Wax, and toured in Britain and Europe, recording the album New Orleans Dynamo in London in 1989. He continued to record and perform through the 1990s. On May 16, 2010, at the Louisiana Music Homecoming in Erwinville, Ford was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

1 Sea Cruise (Take 1)

2 Cheatin' Woman

3 Last One To Cry

4 Sea Cruise (Take 13)

5 Roberta

6 Can't Tell My Heart What To Do

7 Alimony

8 Time After Time

9 I Want To Be Your Man

10 Chinatown (Take 5)

11 What's Getting On

12 Morgus The Magnificent (Morgus And The Three Ghouls)

13 Lonely Boy (Frankie And Mac)

14 Ocean Full Of Tears

15 Hour Of Need

16 Blow Wind Blow

17 It Must Be Jelly

18 Your Game Is Over

19 St. Louis Blues

20 Geronimo

21 I'm Worried Over You

22 Watch Dog

23 Can't Tell My Heart What To Do (Undubbed Take)

24 Time After Time (Undubbed Take)

25 Hour Of Need (Undubbed Take)

26 Danny Boy

27 Pretending You're Mine (Take 3)

Ooh-Wee Baby!

Friday, March 11, 2022

The Chess Rockabilly Story - various artists


1-1    Dale Hawkins–    My Babe
1-2    Eddie Fontaine–    Nothin' Shakin', But The Leaves On The Trees
1-3    Billy Barrix–    Cool Off Baby
1-4    Jackie Cannon–    Proof Of Your Love
1-5    Bobby Sisco–    Go, Go, Go
1-6    Lou Josie–    Breezin' Out
1-7    Bobby Dean –    Just Go Wild Over Rock And Roll
1-8    Larry Diamond–    True Love Come My Way
1-9    Dale Hawkins–    Little Pig
1-10    Dick Glasser–    Crazy Love
1-11    Mel Robbins–    Save It
1-12    Ray Stanley –    I Can't Wait
1-13    Rusty York–    Sugaree
1-14    Johnny Fuller–    All Night Long
1-15    Dale Hawkins–    Take My Heart
1-16    Baker Knight–    Hungry For Love

2-1    Billy Barrix–    Almost
2-2    Bobby Sisco–    Tall Dark And Handsome Man
2-3    Dale Hawkins–    Don't Treat Me This Way
2-4    Billy Miranda –    Run Rose
2-5    Jimmy Lee & Wayne Walker–    Love Me
2-6    Eddie Fontaine–    Don't Ya Know
2-7    Jackie Cannon–    Chill Bumps
2-8    The Brothers–    Lazy Susan
2-9    Dale Hawkins–    Baby, Baby
2-10    The Silva-Tones–    Roses Are Blooming
2-11    Del Saint & The Devils–    Rock Yea
2-12    Gene Simmons –    Bad Boy Willie
2-13    Lou Josie–    Why Did You Leave Me
2-14    Dale Hawkins–    Hot Dog
2-15    Rod Bernard–    Pardon Mr. Gordon
2-16    Jet Tones–    Jet Tone Boogie

 The Chess Rockabilly Story