Sunday, October 17, 2021

A Capitol Rockabilly Party, Part 1.... by various artists

1    Skeets McDonald–    You Oughta See Grandma Rock    2:02
2    Simon Crum–    Stand Up, Sit Down, Shut Your Mouth    2:08
3    Del Reeves–    My Baby Loves To Rock    1:52
4    Faron Young–    Honey Stop    2:06
5    Jerry Reed–    When I Found You    2:26
6    Wanda Jackson–    Rock Your Baby    1:43
7    Hank Thompson–    Rockin' In The Congo    2:22
8    Bob Luman–    Try Me    2:15
9    Tommy Sands–    The Worryin' Kind    2:27
10    Gene Vincent–    Woman Love    2:32
11    Skeets McDonald–    You Better Not Go    2:36
12    Cliffie Stone–    Barracuda    2:14
13    Jerry Reed–    I've Had Enough    2:12
14    The Louvin Brothers–    Cash On The Barrelhead    2:39
15    Rose Maddox–    My Little Baby    1:52
16    Tennessee Ernie Ford–    Smokey Mountain Boogie    2:37
17    Tommy Collins–    Black Cat    2:10
18    Bobby Norris–    I Went Rockin'    2:11
19    Bobby Lee Trammell–    You Mostest Girl    1:56
20    Johnny Fallin–    Party Kiss    2:04
21    The Farmer Boys–    Cool Down Mama    2:32
22    Jean Shepard–    He's My Baby    2:05
23    Faron Young–    When It Rains, It Pours    2:26
24    Wanda Jackson–    Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad    2:36
25    Rudy Grayzell–    There's Gonna Be A Ball    2:40
26    Hank Thompson–    Lost John    2:14
27    Leon Chappel–    Slow Down Sweet Mama    2:42
28    Cliffie Stone–    Jump Rope Boogie    2:37
29    Jimmy Heap–    Sebbin' Come Elebbin'    2:43
30    Dub Dickerson–    My Gal Gertie    2:14
31    Hank Thompson–    A Six Pack To Go    2:07

 Rockabilly Party, Part 1

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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Ricky Nelson – Lonesome Town: The Complete Record Releases 1957-1959


Eric Hilliard Nelson (May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985), known professionally as Ricky Nelson, was an American singer, pop pioneer, musician and actor. From age eight he starred alongside his family in the radio and television series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. In 1957 he began a long and successful career as a popular recording artist. The expression "teen idol" was first coined to describe Nelson, and his fame as both a recording artist and television star also led to motion picture roles. 

He placed 53 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, and its predecessors, between 1957 and 1973, including "Poor Little Fool" in 1958, which was the first number one song on Billboard magazine's then-newly created Hot 100 chart. He recorded 19 additional top ten hits and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 21, 1987. In 1996 Nelson was ranked No. 49 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time. 

1-1        I'm Walkin'
1-2        A Teenager's Romance
1-3        You're My One And Only Love
1-4        Be Bop Baby
1-5        Have I told You Lately That I Love You
1-6        Honeycomb
1-7        Boppin' The Blues
1-8        Be Bop Baby (album version)
1-9        Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (album version)
1-10        Teenage Doll
1-11        If You Can't Rock Me
1-12        Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
1-13        Baby I'm Sorry
1-14        Am I Blue
1-15        I'm Confessin'
1-16        You True Love
1-7        True Love
1-18        Stood Up
1-19        Waitin' In School
1-20        Shirley Lee
1-21        Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You)
1-22        There's Good Rockin' Tonight
1-23        I'm Feelin' Sorry
1-24        Down The Line
1-25        Unchained Melody
1-26        I'm In Love Again
1-27        Don't Leave Me This Way
1-28        My Babe
1-29        I'll Walk Alone
1-30        There Goes My Baby
1-31        Poor Little Fool

2-1        Believe What You Say
2-2        My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
2-3        I Got A Feeling
2-4        It's Late
2-5        One Of These Mornings
2-6        Believe What You Say (Album version)
2-7        Lonesome Town
2-8        Tryin' To Get To You
2-9        Be True To Me
2-10        Old Enough To Love
2-11        Never Be Anyone Else But You
2-12        I Can't Help It
2-13        You Tear Me Up
2-14        It's All In The Game
2-15        Restless Kid
2-16        You'll Never Know What You're Missing
2-17        That's All
2-18        Just A Little Too Much
2-19        One Minute To One
2-20        Half Breed
2-21        You're So Fine
2-22        Don't Leave Me
2-23        Sweeter Than You
2-24        A Long Vacation
2-25        So Long
2-26        Blood From A Stone
2-27        I've Been Thinkin'
2-28        I Wanna Be Loved
2-29        Mighty Good
2-30        My Rifle,My Pony and Me

3-1        Interview 

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Saturday, October 2, 2021

Since I Fell For You...The Essential Annie Laurie


Annie Laurie (tentatively identified as Annie L. Page, August 11, 1924 – November 13, 2006) was an American jump blues and rhythm and blues singer. She is most associated with the bandleader and songwriter, Paul Gayten, although she also registered hit singles in her own name. Laurie first recorded in the mid-1940s and her professional career lasted until the early 1960s. 

Reportedly Dinah Washington's favourite singer, and an influence on vocal stylists like Billy Wright and Joe Williams, ANNIE LAURIE was one of the outstanding R&B/Jump Blues singers of the immediate post-WWII era.

This compilation presents the very best of her recordings between 1947-62 and is a must-have for collectors as it includes sides which have never previously appeared on CD, notably her very first release, 'St. Louis Blues'.

She recorded prolifically in the late 40s and early 50s, for six different labels, enjoying both R&B and crossover Pop success, before suddenly retiring from singing in 1962, to devote her life to the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Her biggest success - and her signature song - was 'Since I Fell For You', in 1947, following which she also registered with 'Cuttin' Out', 'I'll Never Be Free', 'It Hurts To Be In Love' and 'If You're Lonely'.

She also enjoyed regional success on the Cashbox New Orleans "Hot" Chart with releases like 'Annie's Blues', 'I Ain't Gonna Let You' and 'My Rough And Ready Man'.

St. Louis Blues (With Dallas Bartley)
Since I Fell For You (With Paul Gayten)
I Still Love You (With Paul Gayten)
One Sweet Letter From You (With Paul Gayten)
Annie's Blues (With Paul Gayten)
Cuttin' Out (With Paul Gayten)
My Rough And Ready Man (With Paul Gayten)
I'll Never Be Free (With Paul Gayten)
I Ain't Gonna Let You In (With Paul Gayten)
Get Me Some Money
Lonesome And Blue
I Feel So Right Tonight
Stop Talkin' And Start Walkin'
It's Been A Long, Long Time
In The Mood For You
Rockin' And Rollin' Again
You Promised Love
It Hurts To Be In Love
It Must Be You
Please Honey Don't Go
You're The Only One For Me
Love Is A Funny Thing
Nobody's Going To Hurt You
Someday Someway
Hold On To What You Got
Since I Fell For You (Re-Recording)
If You're Lonely
It's Gonna Come Out In The Wash Someday
Trouble In Mind
Time Out For Tears

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Gee Whiz The Class Records Story 1956-1962....50 original recordings


1-1    Bob & Earl–    Gee Whiz
1-2    Bobby Day–    Rockin' Robin
1-3    Oscar McLollie–    Convicted
1-4    Jeani Mack–    Dirty Dishes
1-5    Googie Rene–    Ez-Zee
1-6    The Classics –    Gosh, But This Is Love
1-7    Johnny Guitar Watson–    The Bear
1-8    Terry & Jerry–    People Are Doing It Everyday
1-9    The Blenders –    My Heart's Desire
1-10    The Satellites –    Heavenly Angel
1-11    The Hollywood Chicks–    Hey, Little Gigolo
1-12    The Pelicans–    I Bow to You
1-13    The Pharaohs –    Teenagers Love Song
1-14    The Intervals–    Here's That Rainy Day
1-15    Bobby Day–    The Bluebird, The Buzzard & The Oriole
1-16    Eugene Church–    The Struttin' Kind
1-17    The Titans –    No Time
1-18    Googie Rene–    Cool It At The Coliseum
1-19    The Sputniks –    Wait A Little While
1-20    Bob & Earl–    You Made A Boo Boo
1-21    The Tangiers –    School Days Will Be Over
1-22    The Rollettes–    Sad Fool
1-23    The Searchers –    Ooo Wee
1-24    Oscar McLollie & Jeanette Baker–    Hey Girl - Hey Boy
1-25    Eugene Church–    I Ain't Goin' For That

2-1    Bobby Day–    Little Bitty Pretty One
2-2    Oscar McLollie–    The Honey Jump
2-3    Jesse Belvin–    I'm Confessin'
2-4    The Classics –    If Only The Sky Was A Mirror
2-5    The Satellites –    You Ain't Sayin' Nothin'
2-6    Bob & Earl–    That's My Desire
2-7    The Tangiers –    Don't Try
2-8    The Hollywood Chicks–    Tossin' An Ice Cube
2-9    The Intervals–    Wish I Could Change My Mind
2-10    The Sputniks –    My Love Is Gone
2-11    Googie Rene–    Flapjacks
2-12    Jeani Mack–    Super Duper
2-13    The Searchers –    Wow Wow Baby
2-14    The Blenders –    Little Rose
2-15    Terry & Jerry–    Mama Julie
2-16    Eugene Church–    Miami
2-17    Oscar McLollie & Jeanette Baker–    Let Me Know, Let Me Know
2-18    Bob & Earl–    When She Walks
2-19    Paul Clifton–    I Need You
2-20    The Sputniks –    Johnny's Little Lamb
2-21    Bobby Day–    My Blue Heaven
2-22    Sonny Sinbad–    Emily
2-23    Eugene Church–    Pretty Girls Everywhere
2-24    Googie Rene–    Side Track
2-25    The Rollettes–    Kiss Me Benny

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

The Everly Brothers...The Absolutely Essential Collection


The Everly Brothers were an American country-influenced rock and roll duo, known for steel-string acoustic guitar playing and close harmony singing. Consisting of Isaac Donald "Don" Everly (February 1, 1937 – August 21, 2021) and Phillip "Phil" Everly (January 19, 1939 – January 3, 2014), the duo was raised in a musical family, first appearing on radio singing along with their father Ike Everly and mother Margaret Everly as "The Everly Family" in the 1940s. When the brothers were still in high school, they gained the attention of prominent Nashville musicians like Chet Atkins, who began to promote them for national attention.

They began writing and recording their own music in 1956, and their first hit song came in 1957, with "Bye Bye Love", written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. The song hit No. 1 in the spring of 1957, and additional hits would follow through 1958, many of them written by the Bryants, including "Wake Up Little Susie", "All I Have to Do Is Dream", and "Problems". In 1960, they signed with the major label Warner Bros. Records and recorded "Cathy's Clown", written by the brothers themselves, which was their biggest selling single. The brothers enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1961, and their output dropped off, though additional hit singles continued through 1962, with "That's Old Fashioned (That's the Way Love Should Be)" being their last top-10 hit.

Long-simmering disputes with Wesley Rose, the CEO of Acuff-Rose Music, which managed the group, a growing drug usage in the 1960s, as well as changing tastes in popular music, led to the group's decline in popularity in its native U.S., though the brothers continued to release hit singles in the U.K. and Canada, and had many highly successful tours throughout the 1960s. In the early 1970s, the brothers began releasing solo recordings, and in 1973 they officially broke up. Starting in 1983, the brothers got back together, and would continue to perform periodically until Phil's death in 2014. Don died seven years later.

The group was highly influential on the music of the generation that followed it. Many of the top acts of the 1960s were heavily influenced by the close-harmony singing and acoustic guitar playing of the Everly Brothers, including the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Bee Gees, and Simon & Garfunkel. In 2015, Rolling Stone ranked the Everly Brothers No. 1 on its list of the 20 Greatest Duos of All Time. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class of 1986, and into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. Don was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2019, earning the organization's first Iconic Riff Award for his distinctive rhythm guitar intro to the Everlys' massive 1957 hit "Wake Up Little Susie".

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Saturday, August 14, 2021

Red Hot Rockabilly Part 3 - various artists compilation


1    Ricky Nelson –    Waitin' In School    2:01
2    Bob Luman–    All Night Long    1:39
3    The Strikes –    Baby I'm Sorry    2:35
4    Lew Williams–    Cat Walk    2:10
5    Merle Kilgore–    Ride Jesse Ride    1:52
6    Roy Brown–    Be My Love Tonight    1:43
7    Gene Henslee–    Diggin' 'N' Datin'    2:24
8    Lee Ross–    Lies    1:48
9    Al Casey –    Willa Mae    1:52
10    Ricky Nelson –    There Goes My Baby    2:12
11    Johnny & Dorsey Burnette–    My Honey    1:58
12    Buddy Knox–    Hula Love    2:19
13    Eddie Cochran–    Blue Suede Shoes    1:47
14    Dorsey Burnette–    It's Late    1:51
15    Wally Lewis–    Lover Boy    2:22
16    Nick Venet–    Love In Be Bop Time    1:57
17    Cliff Gleaves–    Long Black Hearse    1:35
18    Lew Williams–    Gone Ape Man    1:58
19    The Strikes –    My Poor Heart    2:37
20    Billy Briggs–    Chew Tobbacco Rag    2:40
21    Lew Williams–    Something I Said    1:48
22    Jackie Dee–    Buddy    1:51
23    Dick Banks–    Dirty Dog    2:06
24    Jay Blue–    Get Off My Back    1:37
25    Slick Slavin–    Speed Crazy    1:50
26    Johnny Burnette–    Kiss Me    2:16
27    Bob Luman–    Whenever You're Ready    2:01
28    Jackie Walker–    Only Teenagers Allowed    1:44
29    Billy Briggs–    Chew Tobbacco Rag No. 2    2:42
30    Johnny Burnette–    That's The Way I Feel    1:44
31    Laura Lee Perkins–    Come On Baby    2:00

Red Hot Rockabilly Part 3

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Saturday, August 7, 2021

Double Crossing Blues - all-star collaborations with energy and excitement


1     –Lonnie Brooks & Koko Taylor     If The Price Is Right     6:11
2     –Wynonie Harris & Joe Turner*     Battle Of The Blues     2:50
3     –Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf & Bo Diddley     Spoonful     4:12
4     –Buddy Guy & Junior Wells     High Heel Sneakers     2:58
5     –Louis Jordan & Ella Fitzgerald   Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own     3:12
6     –Bessie Smith & Clara Smith     My Man Blues     3:29
7     –Big Mama Thornton & Johnny Ace     Yes Baby     2:52
8     –John Cephas & Phil Wiggins     The Blues Will Do Your Heart Good     3:08
9     –Butterbeans & Susie     I Want A Hot Dog For My Roll     3:28
10     –Rufus Thomas & Carla Thomas     'Cause I Love You     2:45
11     –Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee     Red River Blues     3:20
12     –Bobby Bland & Little Junior Parker     Love My Baby     2:59
13     –Shirley & Lee*     Let The Good Times Roll     1:55
14     –Charles Brown & Amos Milburn     I Wanna Go Home     2:30
15     –Victoria Spivey & Lonnie Johnson    I Got Men All Over This Town     5:03

 Double Crossing Blues

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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.  

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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