Friday, July 16, 2021

Red Hot Rockabilly Part 2 - various artists


1     –Ricky Nelson      My Bucket's Got A Hole In It     2:01
2     –Bob Luman     Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache     2:18
3     –Dennis Herrold     Make With The Lovin'     1:57
4     –Johnny Burnette     Sweet Baby Doll     2:31
5     –Eddie Cochran     Nervous Breakdown     2:18
6     –Sammy Gowans     Rockin' By Myself     1:49
7     –Laura Lee Perkins     Oh La Baby     1:56
8     –Johnny Garner     Kiss Me Sweet     2:18
9     –The Strikes      Rockin'     2:15
10     –Ricky Nelson      Boppin' The Blues     1:54
11     –Buddy Knox     Party Doll     2:12
12     –Bob Luman     Your Love (Version No. 2)     2:44
13     –Eddie Cochran     Mean When I'm Mad     1:51
14     –Lew Williams     Abracadabra     1:55
15     –Merle Kilgore     Ernie     1:43
16     –Al Jones      Loretta     1:56
17     –Gene Henslee     Rockin' Baby     1:59
18     –The Strikes      I Don't Want To Cry Over You     2:01
19     –Bill Lawrence      Hey Baby     2:10
20     –Johnny Burnette     Love Kept A-rollin'     2:26
21     –Eddie Cochran     Guybo     1:45
22     –Bob Luman     Make Up Your Mind Baby     2:27
23     –Ricky Nelson      Don't Leave Me     2:26
24     –Dennis Herrold     Hip Hip Baby     2:01
25     –Laura Lee Perkins     Kiss Me Baby     1:51
26     –Dorsey Burnette     I Only Came Here To Dance     1:59
27     –Ronnie Smith      Long Time No Love     2:19
28     –Jimmy Craig      Oh Little Girl     2:07
29     –Ricky Nelson      One Of These Mornings     2:12
30     –Eddie Cochran     Long Tall Sally     1:45
31     –Laura Lee Perkins     Gonna Rock My Baby Tonight     2:07

 Red Hot Rockabilly Part 2

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Monday, July 12, 2021

The Best of The Fireballs ...The Original Norman Petty Masters


The Fireballs, sometimes billed as Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs, were an American rock and roll group, particularly popular at the end of the 1950s and in the early 1960s. The original line-up consisted of George Tomsco (lead guitar), Chuck Tharp (vocals), Stan Lark (bass), Eric Budd (drums), and Dan Trammell (rhythm guitar).

The Fireballs were formed in Raton, New Mexico, in 1957, and got their start as an instrumental group featuring the distinctive lead guitar of George Tomsco. They recorded at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico. According to group founders Tomsco and Lark, they took their name after their standing ovation performance of Jerry Lee Lewis's "Great Balls of Fire" at the Raton High School PTA talent contest in New Mexico, USA. They reached the top 40 with the singles "Torquay" (1959), "Bulldog" (1960), and "Quite a Party" (1961). "Quite a Party" peaked at No. 29 in the UK Singles Chart in August 1961. Tharp, Budd, and Trammell left the group in the early 1960s, but the Fireballs added Doug Roberts on drums, plus Petty Studio singer/pianist Jimmy Gilmer to the group.

Besides their own recordings, the Fireballs were studio musicians for other recording artist projects. Among many, folk singer Carolyn Hester and Arthur Alexander. Norman Petty had been Buddy Holly's main recording producer; after Holly's death, he obtained the rights to Holly's early rehearsal and home demo recordings. From May 1962 until August 1968, Petty had the Fireballs overdub the Holly material, making them the band he never knew he had, though the band had met Holly at Petty's studio in 1957. The overdubs were originally released on four albums of "new" Holly material throughout the 1960s with four of the efforts, released as singles, charting. In 1964, they recorded and released an album (solely under Jimmy Gilmer's name) of a dozen Holly covers called Buddy's Buddy, likely inspired by the posthumous collaborations.

All of the Fireballs' material has been reissued on Ace Records (UK) and Sundazed record labels. The Fireballs continued performing with original members George Tomsco, Stan Lark, and Chuck Tharp until 2006, when Tharp died of cancer. Gilmer returned as lead vocalist in 2007. Lark retired from the group in 2016. Tomsco has continued to release CD's of new material using the Fireballs name and continues to do the occasional show as a "solo Fireball", and also along with Gilmer. 

 The Fireballs

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Saturday, July 3, 2021

Red Hot Rockabilly Part 1 - various artists

1     –Ricky Nelson      Believe What You Say     
2     –Bob Luman     Red Hot     
3     –Weldon Rogers     So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye     
4     –Bill Mack     Play My Boogie     
5     –Johnny & Dorsey Burnette     Do Baby Do     
6     –Billy Eldridge     Let's Go     
7     –Lew Williams     Bop Bop Ba Doo Bop     
8     –The Strikes      If You Can't Rock Me     
9     –Eddie Cochran     Cradle Baby     
10     –Merle Kilgore     Everybody Needs A Little Lovin'     
11     –Bob Luman     Blue Days, Black Nights     
12     –Ricky Nelson      You Tear Me Up     
13     –Buddy Knox     Rock Your Little Baby To Sleep     
14     –Bill Allen      Please Give Me Something     
15     –Roy Brown     Hip Shakin' Baby     
16     –Johnny & Dorsey Burnette     Warm Love     
17     –Laura Lee Perkins     Don't Wait Up     
18     –Johnny Garner     Didi Didi     
19     –Johnny Burnette     Me And The Bear     
20     –Bob Luman     Bring Along Your Lovin' (take 3)     
21     –Ricky Nelson      Stood Up     
22     –Eddie Cochran     Little Lou     
23     –Lew Williams     Centipede     
24     –Warren Miller     Everybody's Got A Baby But Me     
25     –Johnny & Dorsey Burnette     Boppin' Rosalie     
26     –Bobby Lonero     Little Bit     
27     –Laura Lee Perkins     I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Livin'     
28     –Johnny & Dorsey Burnette     That's All I Care     
29     –Eddie Cochran     Sweetie Pie     
30     –Roy Brown     We're Goin' Rockin' Tonight

 Red Hot Rockabilly Part 1

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Roots of Rhythm'n'Blues 22 Hot Rockin' Originals


1     –Wynonie Harris     Good Rockin' Tonight    
2     –Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five     Choo-Choo-Ch' Boogie    
3     –Helen Humes     Be-Baba-Leba    
4     –William "Wild Bill" Moore     We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll    
5     –The Ravens      Ol' Man River    
6     –Joe Liggins     The Honeydripper    
7     –Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup     So Glad You're Mine    
8     –Cecil Gant     Hit That Jive, Jack    
9     –Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends     Gotta Gimme What'Cha Got    
10     –Roy Milton     R M Blues    
11     –Sister Rosetta Tharpe     That's All    
12     –Jimmy Witherspoon     Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do (pt. 1)    
13     –Lionel Hampton     Hey! Ba-Ba-Be-Bop    
14     –Amos Milburn     Chicken Shack Boogie    
15     –Nellie Lutcher And Her Rhythm     Fine Brown Frame    
16     –Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson     When My Baby Left Me    
17     –Charles Brown     Drifting Blues    
18     –Camille Howard     X-Temporaneous Boogie    
19     –Paul Williams Sextette     Thirty-Five, Thirty    
20     –Slim Gaillard     Slim Gaillard's Boogie    
21     –Dinah Washington     A Slick Chick    
22     –Erskine Hawkins And His Orchestra     After Hours     

 Roots of R'n'B

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Monday, June 7, 2021

Johnny O'Keefe...Real Wild Child...Australia's first rock and roll king


John Michael O'Keefe (19 January 1935 – 6 October 1978) was an Australian rock and roll singer whose career began in the 1950s. Some of his hits include "Wild One" (1958), "Shout!" and "She's My Baby". In his twenty-year career, O'Keefe released over fifty singles, 50 EPs and 100 albums. O'Keefe was also a radio and television entertainer and presenter.

Often referred to by his initials "J.O.K." or by his nickname "The Wild One", O'Keefe was the first Australian rock'n'roll performer to tour the United States, and the first Australian artist to make the local Top 40 charts. He had twenty-nine Top 40 hits in Australia between 1958 and 1973.

In September 1956 O'Keefe and his friend Dave Owen (an American-born tenor sax player) formed Australia's first rock'n'roll band, The Dee Jays. O'Keefe's 'trademark' was his flamboyant stage attire, which included gold lame jackets and brightly coloured suits trimmed with fake fur. Many of these outfits were made for him by Sydney 'showbiz' costumier Len Taylor, although one famous red suit trimmed with leopard-print velvet cuffs and lapels.

O'Keefe and the Dee Jays' first major break was a support spot on Lee Gordon's first "Big Show" rock'n'roll tour, which starred Little Richard, Gene Vincent, and Eddie Cochran. When Gene Vincent and his band were stranded in Honolulu on their way to Australia, Gordon contacted O'Keefe and asked him to fill in for Vincent for the first night of the tour in Wollongong. This was followed by another support spot on the second all-star Big Show, which included The Crickets (with lead singer Buddy Holly on his first and only Australian tour), Jerry Lee Lewis and Paul Anka.

"Wild One" was also recorded by Jerry Allison with Buddy Holly backing on guitar in 1958 under the alias "Ivan" (his middle name) after hearing Johnny perform it on tour; it reached #68 on the American Billboard singles chart and was revived in 1986 and recorded by Iggy Pop as Real Wild Child. A cover by Christopher Ocasek was used on the soundtrack for the movie Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. It was also recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis, Everlife, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Glamour Camp, Marshall Crenshaw, Brian Setzer, and Wakefield and Jet.  

 Real Wild Child

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Duane Eddy...The Absolutely Essential Collection


Duane Eddy (born April 26, 1938) is an American rock and roll/rockabilly/country/surf guitarist. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, he had a string of hit records produced by Lee Hazlewood, which were noted for their characteristically "twangy" sound, including "Rebel-'Rouser", "Peter Gunn", and "Because They're Young". He had sold 12 million records by 1963. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2008.

Born in Corning, New York, he began playing the guitar at the age of five. At the age of 16, he obtained a Chet Atkins model Gretsch guitar and formed a duo, Jimmy and Duane, with his friend Jimmy Delbridge. While performing at local radio station KCKY, they met disc jockey Lee Hazlewood, who produced the duo's single, "Soda Fountain Girl", recorded and released in 1955 in Phoenix. Hazlewood then produced Sanford Clark's 1956 hit, "The Fool", featuring guitarist Al Casey, while Eddy and Delbridge performed and appeared on radio stations in Phoenix before joining Buddy Long's Western Melody Boys, playing country music in and around the city.

Eddy devised a technique of playing lead on his guitar's bass strings to produce a low, reverberant "twangy" sound. In November 1957, Eddy recorded an instrumental, "Movin' n' Groovin'", co-written by Eddy and Hazlewood. As the Phoenix studio had no echo chamber, Hazlewood bought a 2,000-gallon (7570-litre) water storage tank that he used as an echo chamber to accentuate the "twangy" guitar sound.

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Friday, May 14, 2021

Brumbeat - The Story Of The 60's Midlands Sound

Brumbeat, which originated in the British manufacturing capitol of Birmingham, was never remotely as well-known or recognized (at least, outside of Birmngham) as the Liverpool sound called Merseybeat or, for that matter, as familiar as the so-called "Tottenham Sound" embodied by the Dave Clark Five. Brumbeat, such as it was -- the term derived from the local slang term for Birmingham -- was also never as unified a sound as Merseybeat, possibly because it followed in its wake, and also because Birmingham was a bigger city with more hands involved in making music, from more different angles; and there was no one managerial figure, such as Brian Epstein, who dominated the field with his taste and perceptions in quite the same way in the early years; by the time "Brumbeat" was perceived -- though it could be argued that the term was really a creation of the music press looking for a story circa 1964-1965 -- British rock and roll music was already being perceived as a goldmine on an international scale.

This compilation set is essential listening for fans of 60's British rock'n'roll, and will contain at least a modest revelation or two for even the most sophisticated listener, based on its thoroughness and depth

1-1     –Spencer Davis Group*     Dimples    
1-2     –Nicky James     My Colour Is Blue    
1-3     –Jimmy Powell & The Five Dimensions*     That's Alright    
1-4     –The Wolves      Journey Into Dreams    
1-5     –The Rockin' Berries     You'd Better Come Home    
1-6     –Carl Wayne & The Vikings     Your Loving Ways    
1-7     –The Rockin' Berries     He's In Town    
1-8     –The Hellions     Daydreaming Of You    
1-9     –The Moody Blues     Go Now    
1-10     –The Brand     I'm A Lover Not A Fighter    
1-11     –Jimmy Powell & The Dimensions*     Sugar Babe    
1-12     –Johnny Neal & The Starliners*     Walk Baby Walk    
1-13     –Carl Wayne & The Vikings     You Could Be Fun (At The End Of The Party)    
1-14     –Keith Powell      People Get Ready    
1-15     –The Hellions     Dream Child    
1-16     –The Ugly's     Wake Up My Mind    
1-17     –Mike Sheridan's Lot     Take My Hand    
1-18     –The Montanas*     All That Is Mine Can Be Yours    
1-19     –Carl Wayne & The Vikings     My Girl    
1-20     –Peter London      Baby I Like The Look Of You    
1-21     –The Wolves      At The Club    
1-22     –The Revolution      Shades Of Blue    
1-23     –The Ugly's     The Quiet Explosion    
1-24     –The Settlers     Early Morning Rain    
1-25     –The Montanas*     That's When Happiness Began    
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2-1     –The Move     Night Of Fear    
2-2     –The 'N Betweens*     You Better Run    
2-3     –Keith Powell      It Keeps Rainin'    
2-4     –The Bobcats     Can't See For Looking    
2-5     –The Montanas*     Ciao Baby    
2-6     –The Exceptions*     The Eagle Flies On Friday    
2-7     –The Ugly's     Real Good Girl    
2-8     –The Montanas*     Difference Of Opinion    
2-9     –The Rockin' Berries     Dawn (Go Away)    
2-10     –Young Blood      Don't Leave Me In The Dark    
2-11     –The Lemon Tree     William Chalker's Time Machine    
2-13     –Gary Aston     His Lordship    
2-13     –The Rockin' Berries     Pain    
2-14     –Ian Campbell Group*     Doctor Junk    
2-15     –Velvett Fogg     Wizard Of Gobsolod    
2-16     –The Ugly's     I've Seen The Light    
2-17     –Paradox      Mary Colinto    
2-18     –Cinnamon Quill     Take It Or Leave It    
2-19     –Young Blood      The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill    
2-20     –Jefferson      The Colour Of My Love    
2-21     –The Ace Kefford Stand     For Your Love (Demo)    
2-22     –Idle Race*     Days Of Broken Arrows    
2-23     –Copperfield      I'm No Good For Her    
2-24     –Sight And Sound     Jackie    
2-25     –Jimmy Powell      Slow Down

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Sunday, May 9, 2021

Merseybeat - The Story of the 60's Liverpool Sound



Short-lived it may have been, but for a brief, explosive period, Liverpool was the unlikely epicentre of a worldwide music scene. This 50-track compilation explores the phenomenon of Merseybeat with a welter of hit recordings, cult classics and intriguing rarities. Incorporating the rockers, girl groups, balladeers and beat merchants, this is the ultimate primer of the movement which effectively kick started modern British music.

1-1     –Billy Fury     My Advice (Demo)    
1-2     –The Three Bells     Steady Date    
1-3     –The Beatles     Ain't She Sweet    
1-4     –Gerry & The Pacemakers     How Do You Do It?    
1-5     –The Big Three     Some Other Guy    
1-6     –The Searchers     Sweets For My Sweet    
1-7     –Johnny Sandon And The Remo Four     Lies    
1-8     –The Searchers     Love Potion No.9    
1-9     –The Chants      I Don't Care    
1-10     –The Undertakers      Money (That's What I Want)    
1-11     –Jeannie & The Big Guys     Boys    
1-12     –Tommy Quickly, The Remo Four     Kiss Me Now    
1-13     –The Breakaways     Here She Comes    
1-14     –The Swinging Blue Jeans     Hippy Hippy Shake    
1-15     –The Trends      All My Loving    
1-16     –The Searchers     Needles And Pins    
1-17     –The Undertakers      Just A Little Bit    
1-18     –Jeannie & The Big Guys     I Want You    
1-19     –The Breakaways     He Doesn't Love Me    
1-20     –The Chants      Then I'll Be Home    
1-21     –The Trends      The Way You Do The Things You Do    
1-22     –The Remo Four     Sally Go Round The Roses    
1-23     –Johnny Sandon And The Remo Four     Some Kinda Wonderful    
1-24     –The Wackers      Love Or Money    
1-25     –Tony Jackson & The Vibrations     Bye Bye Baby  

2-1     –The 'Takers*     If You Don't Come Back    
2-2     –The Searchers     When You Walk In The Room    
2-3     –Tommy Quickly, The Remo Four     Wild Side Of Life    
2-4     –Mark Peters & The Silhouettes     Don't Cry For Me    
2-5     –Tony Jackson & The Vibrations     Fortune Teller    
2-6     –Greta Ann     Sadness Hides The Sun    
2-7     –Tony Jackson     Stage Door    
2-8     –Paddy, Klaus & Gibson     I Wanna Know    
2-9     –The Masterminds     She Belongs To Me    
2-10     –Jimmy Tarbuck     Wastin' Time    
2-11     –The Searchers     Take Me For What I'm Worth    
2-12     –The Koobas     Take Me For A Little While    
2-13     –Jason Eddie And The Centremen     What'cha Gonna Do Baby    
2-14     –Paddy, Klaus & Gibson     No Good Without You Baby    
2-15     –The Cryin' Shames     Please Stay    
2-16     –The Merseys     Sorrow    
2-17     –The Koobas     A Place I Know    
2-18     –The Searchers     Take It Or Leave It    
2-19     –Paddy, Klaus & Gibson     Quick Before They Catch Us    
2-20     –Jason Eddie And The Centremen     Singing The Blues    
2-21     –Chris Curtis     Aggravation    
2-22     –5 AM Event     Hungry    
2-23     –Eddie Cave & The Fyx     It's Almost Good    
2-24     –The Kirkbys     It's A Crime    
2-25     –The Cryin' Shames     Nobody Waved Goodbye 

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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Bo Diddley...The Absolutely Essential Collection


Ellas McDaniel (born Ellas Otha Bates; December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), known as Bo Diddley, was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and music producer who played a key role in the transition from the blues to rock and roll. He influenced many artists, including Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Animals, and the Clash.

His use of African rhythms and a signature beat, a simple five-accent hambone rhythm, is a cornerstone of hip hop, rock, and pop music. In recognition of his achievements, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2003, and the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2017. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Diddley is also recognized for his technical innovations, including his distinctive rectangular guitar, with its unique booming, resonant, shimmering tones.

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Ruth Brown....The Essential Recordings...40 tracks


Ruth Alston Brown (née Weston, January 12, 1928 – November 17, 2006) was an American singer-songwriter and actress, sometimes known as the "Queen of R'n'B". She was noted for bringing a pop music style to R'n'B music in a series of hit songs for Atlantic Records in the 1950s, such as "So Long", "Teardrops from My Eyes" and "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean". For these contributions, Atlantic became known as "the house that Ruth built" (alluding to the popular nickname for the old Yankee Stadium). Brown was a 1993 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Following a resurgence that began in the mid-1970s and peaked in the 1980s, Brown used her influence to press for musicians' rights regarding royalties and contracts; these efforts led to the founding of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Her performances in the Broadway musical Black and Blue earned Brown a Tony Award, and the original cast recording won a Grammy Award. Brown was a recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. In 2017, Brown was inducted into National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame. She is also the aunt to legendary hip hop MC Rakim. 

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

LaVern Baker...The Essential Recordings...40 tracks


Delores LaVern Baker (November 11, 1929 – March 10, 1997) was an American R'n'B singer who had several hit records on the pop chart in the 1950s and early 1960s. Her most successful records were "Tweedle Dee" (1955), "Jim Dandy" (1956), and "I Cried a Tear" (1958).

Baker began singing in Chicago clubs such as the Club DeLisa around 1946, often billed as Little Miss Sharecropper, and first recorded under that name in 1949. She changed her name briefly to Bea Baker when recording for Okeh Records in 1951 and then was billed as LaVern Baker when she sang with Todd Rhodes and his band in 1952.

In 1953 she signed with Atlantic Records as a solo artist, her first release being "Soul on Fire". Her first hit came in early 1955, with the Latin-tempo "Tweedle Dee", which reached number 4 on the R&B chart and number 14 on the national US pop chart. Georgia Gibbs recorded a note-for-note cover of the song, which reached number 1; subsequently Baker made an unsuccessful attempt to sue her and petitioned Congress to consider such covers copyright violations.

Baker had a succession of hits on the R'n'B charts over the next couple of years with her backing group, the Gliders, including "Bop-Ting-a-Ling" (number 3 R&B), "Play It Fair" (number 2 R&B), and "Still" (number 4 R&B). At the end of 1956 she had another hit with "Jim Dandy" (number 1 R&B, number 17 pop), which sold over one million copies and was certified as a gold disc. Further hits followed for Atlantic, including the follow-up "Jim Dandy Got Married" (number 7 R&B), "I Cried a Tear" (number 2 R&B, number 6 pop in 1958, with sax by King Curtis), "I Waited Too Long" (number 5 R&B, number 3 pop, written by Neil Sedaka), "Saved" (number 17 R&B, written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller), and "See See Rider" (number 9 R&B in 1963). In addition to singing, she did some work with Ed Sullivan and Alan Freed on TV and in films, including Rock, Rock, Rock and Mr. Rock & Roll. In 1964, she recorded a Bessie Smith tribute album. She then left Atlantic for Brunswick Records, for which she recorded the album Let Me Belong to You.

In 1990 Baker was among the first eight recipients of the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. In 1991, she became the second female solo artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, following Aretha Franklin in 1987. Her song "Jim Dandy" was named one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll and was ranked number 343 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. 

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Gene Summers...The Ultimate School of Rock'n'Roll


Gene Summers, born David Eugene Summers (January 3, 1939 – February 17, 2021), was an American rock'n'roll/rockabilly singer. His recordings include "School of Rock 'n Roll", "Straight Skirt", "Nervous", "Gotta Lotta That", "Twixteen", "Alabama Shake", "Fancy Dan" and his biggest-selling single "Big Blue Diamonds". Summers was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 1997 and The Southern Legends Entertainment & Performing Arts Hall of Fame in 2005. He still performed worldwide and celebrated his 50th anniversary as a recording artist in 2008 with the release of Reminisce Cafe. 

...more on wikipedia HERE

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1     School Of Rock & Roll     2:04
2     Nervous     2:22
3     Straight Skirts     1:56
4     Gotta Lotta That     2:05
5     I'll Never Be Lonely     2:14
6     Twixteen     1:51
7     Someone Somewhere     2:36
8     Alabama Shake     1:53
9     Almost Persuaded     1:58
10     You Said You Love Me     2:06
11     Dance Dance Dance     1:53
12     If You Don't Come Home     1:49
13     Just Because     2:01
14     Fancy Dan     1:58
15     Big Blue Diamonds     2:23
16     Someone Somewhere     2:43
17     Almost 12 O'Clock     1:44
18     The Push     2:04
19     The Great Pretender     2:05
20     Broken Dreams     2:29
21     Alabama Shake     1:44
22     The Clown     2:04
23     World Of Illusion     2:25
24     Cloudy Day     2:18
25     Who Stole The Marker (From The Grave Of Bonnie Parker)?     2:36
26     Goodbye Priscilla (Bye Bye Baby Blue)     2:22
27     Suzie Q     2:28
28     Baby Are You Kiddin'     1:32
29     Twixteen     2:12
30     Nervous     2:24
31     Rockaboogie Shake     1:34
32     Gotta Lotta That     2:13


Saturday, January 23, 2021

Great British Instrumentals of the 50's and 60's....60 legendary hits


1-1     –The Tornados     Telstar    
1-2     –The Hunters     The Storm    
1-3     –The Shadows     The Savage    
1-4     –The Fentones     The Breeze And I    
1-5     –Bert Weedon     Guitar Boogie Shuffle    
1-6     –The John Barry Seven     Walk Don't Run    
1-7     –The Vampires      Clap Trap    
1-8     –Arthur Greenslade & The Gee-Men     Rockin' Susannah    
1-9     –The Dave Clark Five     Chaquita    
1-10     –The Vigilantes     Man In Space    
1-11     –The Krew Kats     Trambone    
1-12     –Joe Brown     Pop Corn    
1-13     –The Outlaws      Swingin' Low    
1-14     –The Volcanos      Theme From Tightrope    
1-15     –Wee Willie Harris     Got A Match    
1-16     –The Cannons      I Didn't Know The Gun Was Loaded    
1-17     –The Eagles     Special Agent    
1-18     –Nero & The Gladiators     Entry Of The Gladiators    
1-19     –The Packabeats     Gypsy Beat    
1-20     –The Drifters      Jet Black
2-1     –The Shadows     F.B.I.    
2-2     –Nero & The Gladiators     In The Hall Of The Mountain King    
2-3     –The John Barry Seven And Orchestra     The James Bond Theme (From The Film 'Dr. No')    
2-4     –Rhet Stoller     Chariot    
2-5     –The Fentones     The Mexican    
2-6     –Lord Rockingham's XI     Hoots Mon!    
2-7     –The Scorpions      (Ghost) Riders In The Sky    
2-8     –Frank Weir & His Werewolves     Manhunt    
2-9     –The Hunters     Teen Scene    
2-10     –Joe Brown     The Switch    
2-11     –The Sneaky Petes     The Savage, Pt. 2    
2-12     –The Jetstreams     Bongo Rock    
2-13     –The Moontrekkers     Night Of The Vampire    
2-14     –Sounds Inc.     Sounds Like Locomotion    
2-15     –The Outlaws      Valley Of The Sioux    
2-16     –The Ravens Rock Group     The Ghoul Friend    
2-17     –The Chaps      Poppin' Part 1    
2-18     –The Checkmates      Yep!    
2-19     –Johnny 'The Gash' Gray With Ken Jones & His Orchestra     Tequila    
2-20     –The Fabulous Flee-Rekkers     Green Jeans
3-1     –The John Barry Seven     Hit And Miss    
3-2     –Bud Ashton Trio     Nut Rocker    
3-3     –Jet Harris     The Man With The Golden Arm    
3-4     –The Tornados     Love And Fury    
3-5     –The Barons      Samurai    
3-6     –George Chisholm     Honky Tonk    
3-7     –Bert Weedon     Apache    
3-8     –Tommy Steele & Joe Brown     Drunken Guitar    
3-9     –The Moontrekkers     There's Something At The Bottom Of The Well    
3-10     –The Krew Kats     Peak Hour    
3-11     –The Stacattos     Main Line    
3-12     –Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers     Can Can '62    
3-13     –The Flee-Rekkers     Lone Rider    
3-14     –The Scorpions      Scorpio    
3-15     –The Outlaws      Ambush    
3-16     –The Firestones      Party Twist    
3-17     –The Sleepwalkers      Sleepwalk    
3-18     –The Red Price Comb     Theme From Danger Man    
3-19     –The Shadows     Dance On!    
3-20     –Brian Fahey & His Orchestra  At The Sign Of the Swingin' Cymbal (From 'Pick Of The Pops')

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Car Songs Party...The Absolutely Essential Collection...All Original Recordings


1-1     –Chuck Berry     Maybellene    
1-2     –Jackie Brenston     Rocket 88    
1-3     –Gene Vincent     Race With The Devil    
1-4     –Lightnin' Hopkins     Automobile Blues    
1-5     –Johnny Guitar Watson     Motor Head Baby    
1-6     –Vernon Green And The Medallions     Buick '59    
1-7     –Billy"The Kid"Emerson Every Woman I Know (Crazy 'Bout Automobiles)   
1-8     –Nervous Norvus     Transfusion    
1-9     –Chuck Berry     No Money Down    
1-10     –Bob Luman     Red Cadillac & A Black Moustache    
1-11     –Rusty Draper     Pink Cadillac    
1-12     –Carl Perkins     Pop, Let Me Have The Car    
1-13     –The Del-Vikings*     Flat Tire    
1-14     –Joyce Green     Black Cadillac    
1-15     –Mike Fern  And The Del Royals*     Brave Jake    
1-16     –Jimmy Flaherty's Caravan*     This Old Bomb Of Mine    
1-17     –The Sabres      Hot Rod Kelly    
1-18     –Richie Deran and The New Tones     Girl And A Hot Rod    
1-19     –Johnny Bond     Hot Rod Jalopy    
1-20     –The Aquatones     Wanted (A Solid Gold Cadillac)    

2-1     –Gene Vincent     Pink Thunderbird    
2-2     –Chuck Berry     You Can't Catch Me    
2-3     –Eddie Cochran     Somethin' Else    
2-4     –The Beach Boys     409    
2-5     –Woody Guthrie     The Car Song    
2-6     –The Treniers     Convertable Cadillac    
2-7     –Howlin' Wolf     Mr. Highwayman    
2-8     –George Stogner     Hard Top Race    
2-9     –Bob Wills     Cadillac In Model "A"    
2-10     –Baker Knight     Bring My Cadillac Back    
2-11     –Doug Harden     Dig That Ford    
2-12     –Patsy Cline     I Love You, Honey    
2-13     –Roy Tann     Hot Rod Queen    
2-14     –Slick Slavin     Speed Crazy    
2-15     –Jimmy Carroll      Big Green Car    
2-16     –Vernon Green And The Medallions     59 Volvo    
2-17     –The Delicates      Black And White Thunderbird    
2-18     –Charlie Ryan  And The Timberline Riders     Hot Rod Lincoln    
2-19     –Leon Smith     Little Forty Ford    
2-20     –Eddie Ringo     Full Racing Cam
3-1     –Vince Taylor     Brand New Cadillac    
3-2     –Chuck Berry     Jaguar And The Thunderbird    
3-3     –Bo Diddley     Cadillac    
3-4     –Roy Brown*     Cadillac Baby    
3-5     –Tillman Franks & His Rainbow Boys*     Hot Rod Shotgun Boogie #2    
3-6     –Red Foley     Hot Rod Race    
3-7     –Luke McDaniel     The Automobile Song    
3-8     –Ricky Riddle     Drivin' Down The Wrong Side Of The Road    
3-9     –Hal Willis     My Pink Cadillac    
3-10    –Gene Vincent And His Blue Caps Why Don't People Learn How To Drive?   
3-11     –Hoyt Stevens     55 Chevy    
3-12     –Lightnin' Hopkins     Black Cadillac    
3-13     –Chuck Miller      Bright Red Convertible    
3-14     –Wally Hughes     Convertible Car    
3-15     –Howard Brady*     Hot Rod Boogie    
3-16     –Bert Keyes     Stop Jivin' Start Drivin'    
3-17     –Don Pearly     Drag Race    
3-18     –Rocky Davis And The Sky Rockets*     Hot Rod Baby    
3-19     –Jimmy Gallagher*     Ford And Shaker    
3-20     –Ray Burden     Hot Rodder's Dream     

 Car Songs Party


Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Spin Into Christmas - various artists compilation


24 track compilation from Festival/SPIN Records, Australia, with an eclectic collection of pop, rock'n'roll and country tunes from the 60's and 70's, featuring popular artists and some rarities.

1     –Ol' 55     (I Want A) Rockin' Christmas     4:22
2     –Johnny O'Keefe     Pretty Paper     2:34
3     –The Joy Boys     Christmas Guitar     1:55
4     –Col Joye     Jingle Bells     2:10
5     –Ray Melton      Sleigh Ride     2:19
6     –Noeleen Batley     Silent Night, Holy Night     2:28
7     –Col Joye     I'll Be Home For Christmas     2:33
8     –Jimmy Little     Christmas Roses     2:25
9     –Reg Lindsay     Ting A Ling A Jingle     2:11
10     –Rolf Harris     Happy Birthday Father Christmas     2:28
11     –Mike Preston     Christmas Alphabet     1:58
12     –The Aussie Singers     Merry Christmas Land     2:29
13     –Dale's Gang*     Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer     3:26
14     –The Love Machine  The Lonely Hearts Christmas Club Christmas Party     15     –Ol' 55     Little Saint Nick     3:10
16     –Jo Jo Zep And His Little Helpers     Run Rudolph Run     3:23
17     –Red Hot Rockin' Santas     Another Rock "N" Roll Christmas     3:47
18     –Shirley*     Christmas Time In The Neighbourhood     2:26
19     –Incredible Penguins     Happy Xmas (War Is Over)     3:51
20     –Riff Raff*     Reindeers On The Rooftop     3:02
21     –Shirley*     Christmas Children     3:41
22     –Dalvanius & The Fascinations     Mary's Boy Child     4:18
23     –Yu-En     Little Drummer Boy     4:37
24     –Mick Hamilton     Merry Christmas Mary     3:04

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Boyd Bennett...Tennessee Rock'n'Roll


Boyd Byron Bennett (December 7, 1924 – June 2, 2002) was an American rockabilly/rock'n'roll songwriter and singer. His two biggest hit singles, both written with John F Young and performed by him (Boyd) were "Seventeen" with his band, the Rockets (U.S. No. 5), (U.S. Rn'B No.7), as well as No.16 on the UK Singles Chart, and "My Boy, Flat Top" (U.S. No.39). He later became a disc jockey in Kentucky. He also worked with Francis Craig and Moon Mullican.

In 1955, Boyd Bennett and His Rockets recorded "Seventeen". Bennett aimed the song directly at the teenage audience, but producer Syd Nathan dismissed the effort and claimed that teenagers had no money to buy records. Bennett shrewdly waited until Nathan left for a two-week vacation, and prevailed upon Nathan's assistant Henry Glover to release the record.

It reached the Billboard chart on July 9, 1955, and went to the number five by September. Boyd and the Rockets traveled across the nation. The Boyd Bennett disc of "Seventeen" "changed record-producing/buying and marketing forever," wrote musicologist Robert Reynolds: "As Boyd Bennett had predicted, teenagers bought 'Seventeen' in droves and other record companies soon began producing songs aimed specifically at the teen market. The record hung around the Top Ten for five weeks. When all was said and done, [Bennett's] 'Seventeen' had sold three million copies."

Boyd Bennett and his band followed "Seventeen" with "My Boy Flat Top" (almost identical, melodically) which reached the Top 40 for a number of months, although a lesser seller than their earlier effort. Boyd also worked as a disc jockey in 1955 in Louisville, Kentucky. In March 1956, Boyd's group released their cover version of "Blue Suede Shoes".

In 1959, Bennett left King Records and commenced a subsequent brief recording career with Mercury. Noting that he was drifting away from a teenage audience, he left the music industry and built up his business interests, which included owning nightclubs and an air-conditioning parts manufacturer. In the 1970s and 1980s, Bennett had health issues with both lymphoma and pulmonary fibrosis. He retired in Dallas, although he made infrequent concert appearances, often with Ray Price. He also recorded for Dallas-based Christian record label Rainbow, including the 1980s album "Step Into The Sunshine".

Bennett was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame for his contribution to the genre.

 Tennessee Rock'n'Roll

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Chuck Berry...Five Classic Albums plus bonus singles and rare tracks

Excellent 4 disc compilation of Chuck Berry's early albums including After School Session (1957), One Dozen Berry's (1958), Chuck Berry On Top (1959), At the Hops (1960) and New Juke Box Hits (1961). Plus alternate versions, single releases and rare tracks. A must for any Chuck Berry and rock and roll fan. 



Sunday, November 1, 2020

Dale Hawkins...OH! Suzie-Q....30 track compilation


Delmar Allen "Dale" Hawkins (August 22, 1936 – February 13, 2010) was a pioneer American rock singer, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist who was often called the architect of swamp rock boogie. Ronnie Hawkins was his cousin.

He began recording in 1956. In 1957, Hawkins was playing at Shreveport, Louisiana clubs, and although his music was influenced by the new rock and roll style of Elvis Presley and the guitar sounds of Scotty Moore, Hawkins blended that with the uniquely heavy blues sound of black Louisiana artists for his recording of his swamp-rock classic, "Susie Q." Fellow Louisiana guitarist and future Rock and Roll Hall of Famer James Burton provided the signature riff and solo.

The song was chosen as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. An accompanying album, Oh! Suzy Q, was released in 1958. Creedence Clearwater Revival's version of the song on their 1968 debut album helped launch their career and today it is probably the best-known version.

In 1958 Hawkins recorded a single of Willie Dixon's "My Babe" at the Chess Records studio in Chicago, featuring Telecaster guitarist Roy Buchanan. He went on to a long and successful career. He recorded more songs for Chess into the early 1960's. However, his career was not limited to recording or performing. He hosted a teen dance party, The Dale Hawkins Show, on WCAU-TV in Philadelphia. He then became a record producer, and found success with The Uniques' "Not Too Long Ago," the Five Americans' "Western Union," and Bruce Channel's "Hey! Baby". In 1998, Ace Records issued a compilation album, Dale Hawkins, Rock 'n' Roll Tornado, which contained a collection of his early works and previously unreleased material. Other recordings included his 1969 country rock album, L.A., Memphis & Tyler, Texas; and a 1999 release, Wildcat Tamer, of all-new recordings that garnered Hawkins a 4-star review in Rolling Stone.

He was executive vice president of Abnak Records; Vice President, Southwest Division, Bell Records (here he produced Bruce Channel, Ronnie Self, James Bell, the Festivals, the Dolls, and the Gentrys); and A&R director, RCA West Coast Rock Division, working with Michael Nesmith and Harry Nilsson. In the 1990's, he produced "Goin Back to Mississippi" by R. L. Burnside's slide guitarist, Kenny Brown.

Hawkins' pioneering contributions have been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. 

Dale Hawkins 


Sunday, September 27, 2020

Hellooobaby! The Best of The Big Bopper 1954-1959


Jiles Perry "J. P." Richardson Jr. (October 24, 1930 – February 3, 1959), known as The Big Bopper, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and disc jockey. His best known compositions include "Chantilly Lace" and "White Lightning", the latter of which became George Jones' first number-one hit in 1959. Richardson was killed in a plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa in 1959, along with fellow musicians Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, and the pilot Roger Peterson.

Richardson, who played guitar, began his musical career as a songwriter. George Jones later recorded Richardson's "White Lightning", which became Jones' first No. 1 country hit in 1959. Richardson also wrote "Running Bear" for Johnny Preston, his friend from Port Arthur, Texas. The inspiration for the song came from Richardson's childhood memory of the Sabine River, where he heard stories about Indian tribes. Richardson sang background on "Running Bear", but the recording was not released until August 1959, six months after his death. The song became a No. 1 hit for three weeks in January 1960.

The man who launched Richardson as a recording artist was Harold "Pappy" Daily from Houston. Daily was promotion director for Mercury and Starday Records and signed Richardson to Mercury. Richardson's first single, "Beggar to a King", had a country flavor, but failed to gain any chart action. He soon cut "Chantilly Lace" as "The Big Bopper" for Pappy Daily's D label. Mercury bought the recording and released it at the end of June, 1958. It slowly began picking up airplay through July and August, and reached No. 6 on the pop charts spending 22 weeks in the national Top 40. In "Chantilly Lace", Richardson pretends to have a flirting phone conversation with his girlfriend; the record was comical in nature, with The Big Bopper presenting an exaggerated, but good-natured caricature of a ladies' man.

In November 1958 he scored a second hit, a raucous novelty tune entitled "The Big Bopper's Wedding", in which Richardson pretends to be getting cold feet at the altar. Both "Chantilly Lace" and "Big Bopper's Wedding" were receiving top 40 radio airplay through January 1959. 

                                    The Best of the Big Bopper