JUKE BOX - OCTOBER 2014
A-Z OF 50S MUSIC "W"
1. 1950 - WE'RE GONNA ROCK - GUNTER LEE CARR
Yet another example of "Rock & Roll" in the so-called pre-rock years, this one featuring some pumpin' piano playing that Jerry Lee would be proud of.
2. 1951 - WHISKEY & GIN - JOHNNIE RAY
This was "The Prince of Wails" first release, and unlike his two million selling follow up, 'Cry', this went nowhere.
3. 1952 - WE'RE GONNA ROCK THIS JOINT TONIGHT - JACKSON BROTHERS
These Jackson Brothers were rock'n'roll pioneers.
4. 1953 - THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER - CHECKERS
The oft-recorded US-penned song about war-torn Britain is given a different treatment by the King records vocal group.
5. 1954 - WORK LITTLE CARRIE - DOC POMUS
As Hank Ballard was "working" with Annie, future song-writing superstar Doc Pomus was doing the same thing with Carrie.
6. 1955 - WELL NOW DIG THIS - JODIMARS
Not long after backing Bill Haley on 'Rock Around The Clock', the group had a string of standout rock records that strangely sold few at the time. This one's title was later used by arguably the No.1 R'n'R magazine of all time.
7. 1956 - WHILE I DREAM - THE TOKENS (FEATURING NEIL SEDAKA)
A top notch pop track recorded long before the Tokens' Lion went to sleep or Neil went ape.
8. 1957 - WHY DON'T THEY UNDERSTAND - GEORGE HAMILTON IV
9. BREAK MY MIND - GEORGE HAMILTON IV
The late singer's big British-penned pop hit (allegedly written by Joe 'Mr Piano' Henderson about his friendship with Petula Clark) followed by one of his Top 10 country hits from 1967.
10. 1958 - WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE EACH OTHER - KENNY ROGERS
The later country superstar with a little known pop goodie from his youth.
11. 1959 - WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR - MARIE ADAMS & THE JOHNNY OTIS SHOW
This is the version that inspired Emile Ford to cover the old song (his version topped the UK chart). It was thought that it might be a great follow up to Otis' huge similarly titled UK hit, 'Ma, He's Making Eyes At Me'.
12. WAR PAINT - BARRY MANN
The later UK hit for the Brook Brothers as performed earlier by its composer.
TRIBUTE TO COSIMO MATASSA
13. RIP IT UP (REHEARSAL) - LITTLE RICHARD
This is literally just one of hundreds of great tracks recorded at Matassa's New Orleans studio. You might like to note the slight lyric differences between this and the final version.