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31.03.2024 - 17:36 von rockintheblues

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rockintheblues » Croatian Rockabilly Festival Tear it Up 30.05. - 03.06.2024.

Croatian Rockabilly Festival Tear it Up 30.05. - 03.06.2024.
03.03.2024 - 12:16 von rockintheblues

Croatian Rockabilly Festival
Tear it Up
30.05. - 03.06.2024.

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rockintheblues » Elvis Presley - interview

Elvis Presley - interview
29.02.2024 - 23:25 von rockintheblues

This interview was around the time l think just before he started making King Creole1958 .

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Rockin'Rocket » The Golden Age Of American Rock'n'Roll The Follow-Up Hits

The Golden Age Of American Rock'n'Roll The Follow-Up Hits
03.01.2024 - 13:08 von rockintheblues

The Golden Age Of American Rock'n'Roll The Follow-Up Hits

Here’s a great way to start the New Year. Ace’s Golden Age of American Rock’n’Roll series has proven to be extremely successful, having featured most of the significant records of the 1954-1963 era across its 11 volumes. Then there’s the sidebar strand of Special Editions covering Doo Wop, Novelty Records, Bubbling Under and Country. Now comes the latest theme, Follow Ups Hits.

Among the rockin’ highlights are teenage Bobby Freeman’s gloriously dumb Betty Lou Got A New Pair Of Shoes, a pounding rocker heavily influenced by Little Richard that danced into the Top 40 in 1958; Penny Loafers And Bobby Socks by Joe Bennett & the Sparkletones from the same year, an even better record than their hit debut Black Slacks; the raw-almost-to-the-point-of-punk Dance To The Bop, one of several Gene Vincent performances featured in the low-budget exploitation movie Hot Rod Gang; and The Bluebird, The Buzzard And The Oriole by Bobby Day, a song so similar to his previous hit, Rockin’ Robin, that it’s hard to tell where one starts the other ends. The Olympics’ (I Wanna) Dance With The Teacher was not a doppelganger for their previous hit, although it did serve as a model for several of their ensuing dance craze successes like Hully Gully and Baby, Do The Philly Dog.

As you’d expect from anything carrying the Golden Age brand, there is plenty of variety, so there are some great less up-tempo moments too, like Shy Girl, a gorgeous 1963 slowie by harmony specialists the Cascades; smoky-voiced Sammy Turner’s revival of Irving Berlin’s Always, built around a wonderful sax riff by King Curtis; This I Swear by the Skyliners, featuring Jimmy Beaumont, one of the most soulful blue-eyed vocalists of his time; and Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta by Ernie K-Doe, a tremendous Sam Cooke soundalike. K-Doe’s New Orleans compatriots Shirley & Lee enjoyed a long run of R&B hits, but very few of these crossed over to the pop market. One that did was I Feel Good, which followed their greatest hit Let The Good Times Roll into the Top 40 in 1956.

The most successful record of almost all of the artists featured on this CD is contained on the main Golden Age series (and the three that aren’t can be found on other Ace comps). Most Ace buffs worth his or her salt will know those 30 biggies, but fewer might be as familiar with some of the artists’ follow-up hits, although each one did reach the Billboard Hot 100. Many of them are first time on CD, or are so obscure that they are really hard to find on other current compilations. It’s that slight unfamiliarity that makes this latest Golden Age collection so good.

By Mick Patrick

01 Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay - Danny & the Juniors

02 Betty Lou Got A New Pair Of Shoes - Bobby Freeman

03 (I Wanna) Dance With The Teacher - The Olympics

04 Magic Wand - Don & Juan

05 There Oughta Be A Law - Mickey & Sylvia

06 Always - Sammy Turner

07 Penny Loafers And Bobby Socks - Joe Bennett & the Sparkletones

08 Oh What A Fool - The Impalas

09 Like The Big Guys Do - The Rocky Fellers

10 Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta - Ernie K-Doe

11 I Feel Good - Shirley & Lee

12 Tear Drop - Santo & Johnny

13 Arrow Of Love - The Six Teens featuring Trudy Williams

14 Betty And Dupree - Chuck Willis

15 Dance To The Bop - Gene Vincent

16 P That's My Little Suzie - Ritchie Valens

17 The Age For Love - Jimmy Charles

18 Some Kinda Fun - Chris Montez

19 Tell Me - Dick & Deedee

20 The Girl With The Story In Her Eyes - The Safaris

21 PThe Bluebird, The Buzzard And The Oriole - Bobby Day

22 Shy Girl - The Cascades

23 Preview Laugh - The Velvets

24 This I Swear - The Skyliners

25 P Do What You Did - Thurston Harris

26 No One Knows - Dion & the Belmonts

27 Fire Of Love - Jody Reynolds

28 I'll Take You Home - The Corsairs

29 California Sun - Joe Jones

30 Turvy II - Cozy Cole
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rockintheblues » Red Bluejeans & Checkerboard Socks

Red Bluejeans & Checkerboard Socks
03.01.2024 - 12:59 von rockintheblues

Red Bluejeans & Checkerboard Socks

Elvis Presley brought a sense of tribal identity to America’s youth when he hit national TV in 1956, although teenage style was happening even before the coming of rock’n’roll. A teenage look was adopted in the same way that “our” music would be when it arrived. In the USA post-war prosperity brought teenage style much earlier than in our war-torn and austere continent, although occupying American forces did leave a certain mark. In Britain we invented the Teddy boy and girl, a sort of working class nose-thumbing to our elders and so-called betters. For us, the advent of rock’n’roll and its attendant style was held back by our very own skiffle craze, a folky off-shoot of trad jazz (chunky knits and corduroy). The froth was not blown off the coffee until well into 1957 on this side of the Atlantic, by which time the teenage “absolute beginner” had truly arrived. And the look was all-American.

Carl Lee Perkins was the man responsible for the granddaddy of all these songs about clothes. Born out of an expression heard by Johnny Cash while serving in the military; suggested as a song subject to a bemused Carl; exacerbated by something Carl overheard on a dance floor, and eventually written in the middle of a speed-addled night on a paper potato sack. Carl’s ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ was the first essentially country record to top all three of Billboard’s charts: country & western, R&B and popular. Carl’s meteoric career was the template for most of the early rockabilly exponents: full of wild highs and tragic lows. It’s true to say that despite its longevity, phenomenal influence over much that followed, including the Beatles, and its star-crossed nature, Carl's career would never quite rise beyond the reputation of that first massive hit. This album brings the original ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ to the Ace canon for the very first time. Can you believe that?

Our opening song (and album title) would have found record-hungry European teens of ’57 somewhat confused – an example of creative juxtaposition perhaps? Red blue jeans? But of course, with time came the clarification of all things spoken hep. Back in those days, and for some time to come, our brothers and sisters across the Pond called all jeans bluejeans (one word). Sometimes they called them Levi’s, but in the UK in the late 50s that description meant even less. So, of course, we have blue jeans … and they’re red! ‘Red Bluejeans And A Pony Tail’ was, of course, the successor to a hit from the previous year where we first heard of this strange apparel, in Gene Vincent’s very first release, ‘Be Bop A Lula’: “She’s the gal in the red bluejeans, She’s the queen of all the teens.”

From ‘Blue Suedes’ and ‘Red Bluejeans’ we could have moved in the same direction as pop music tended to do at the time. In the world of the hit parade we had ‘Short Shorts’, ‘Pink Shoe Laces’, ‘Black Denim Trousers’, ‘White Bucks’ and ‘Saddle Shoes’. Not for us such drab garb. Our outfitters have rounded up some ‘Straight Skirts’, ‘Tight Sweaters’, ‘Pink Peg Slacks’, ‘Slim Jims’, ‘Tight Capris’, ‘Penny Loafers’, ‘Squeaky Shoes’, ‘Boy’s Shirts’, ‘Plaid Skirts’, ‘Yellow Pants’, ‘Red and Blue Velvet’, ‘Sun Glasses’, ‘Checkerboard and Knee Socks’ and ‘Bermuda Shorts’.

And they all rock their socks off. Yes, with that get-up you better stay out of school. By Brian “Feel The Schmutter” Nevill

01 Red Bluejeans And A Pony Tail - Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps

02 Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins

03 Straight Skirt - Gene Summers & His Rebels

04 Dig Them Squeaky Shoes - Frank Starr & His Rock-Away Boys

05 Wash Machine Boogie - The Echo Valley Boys

06 I Don't Dig It - Mike McAlister

07 Pretty Plaid Skirt (And Long Black Sox) - Mel Smith & The Nite Riders

08 Clothes Line (Wrap It Up) - Boogaloo & His Gallant Crew

09 Blue Jeans And A Boy's Shirt - Glen Glenn

10 P New Shoes - Lee Denson

11 Penny Loafers And Bobby Socks - Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones

12 Pink Peg Slacks - Eddie Cochran

13 Tight Skirt And Sweater - The Versatones

14 Yellow Pants And Blue Suede Shoes - Little Miss Peggy

15 Tight Capris - Jody Reynolds & the Storms

16 Slim Jim Baby (Demo version) - Johnny Dollar

17 Blue Velvet - The Clovers

18 Gert's Skirt - The Debonaires

19 Sun Glasses - The Shades featuring The Knott Sisters

20 Knee Socks - The Ideals

21 Rainbow Doll - Jimmy Dell

22 White Buckskin Sneakers And Checkerboard Socks - The Bell Notes

23 Red Velvet - The Kirby Sisters

24 Bermuda Shorts - The Delroys
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rockintheblues » Elvis 16.08.1977

Elvis 16.08.1977
16.08.2023 - 00:59 von rockintheblues

Elvis Aaron Presley (* 8. Januar 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi; † 16. August 1977 in Memphis, Tennessee),
Elvis Presley He is considered one of the most important representatives of rock and pop culture of the 20th century

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