JUKE BOX - MAY 2013
A-Z OF 50S MUSIC
1. 1950 - EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER - THE TRENIERS
With it's "Let's Rock & Roll Tonight" lyric and "We're Gonna Rock" refrain, who could deny this was rock'n'roll before Freed and Haley "discovered" it?
2. 1951 - ELEPHANT ROCK - CHARLIE SINGLETON
More pre-rock'n'roll rock from the R&B field.
3. 1952 - EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART - THE ROYALS
In the days before The Midnighters were re-named, Henry Booth sang lead on the original recording of the song that gave Gladys Knight her first hit in 1960.
4. 1953 - EDDY'S SONG - EDDY ARNOLD
A cute country novelty in which the genre's top artists title-drops many of his earlier hits. How many can you spot?
5. 1954- ETERNAL LOVE - THE HERALDS
An overlooked doo-wop goodie from the Herald label - which might explain the group's name.
6. 1955 - ETERNITY - ERNEST KADOR
A good earlier track from the 'Mother-In-Law' man Ernie K-Doe.
7. 1956 - EVERYBODY'S LOVING MY BABY - CHARLIE FEATHERS
The rockabilly pioneer with an echo-drenched typical 56 rocker.
8. 1957 - EIGHTEEN - CONNIE FRANCIS
Her label MGM were just about ready to give up on Connie, and the lack of success for this this 'Fever' type track did nothing to change their mind.
9. 1958- ENDLESSLY - JOHNNIE RAY
This Brook Benton penned song was originally recorded by Johnnie Ray, before Brook himself made it into a hit.
10. 1959 -EVERYBODY'S GOING - EDDIE HOLLAND
Who at the time would have guessed that this Jackie Wilson clone would become of the most successful songwriters/producers of all time (Holland, Dozier & Holland).
11. 1960-EE-I-EE-I-OH! - JIMMY JONES
The Handy Man goes to McDonald's farm - there were a lot of nursery rhyme rockers at the time - it features a nice sax break
GEORGE JONES TRIBUTE
12. WHEN THE GRASS GROWS OVER ME
It's impossible to play all my faves by George - so I've decided to chose just one track by him and three tribute records to King George.
13. GEORGE JONES & JESUS - LANCE MILLER
14. JONES ON THE JUKE BOX - BECKY HOBBS
15. IS GEORGE JONES COUNTRY- TIM RAYBON
The later is unique in that it is an English penned tribute (by Jon Philibert)