Rare 1961 Lp Jimmy Beasley TWIST WITH JIMMY BEASLEY On Crown CLP 5247 .. In the mid- to late '50s, pianist Jimmy Beasley recorded some of the most faithfully Fats Domino-like music of the period for Modern Records. Beasley, unlike Domino, wasn't from New Orleans. But the resemblance to Domino on many of his tracks wasn't an accident, as much of his Modern material was recorded in Cosimo Studios in New Orleans, with famed Crescent City songwriter-arranger Dave Bartholomew's band.
1963 Lp The Angels THE ANGELS SING TWELVE OF THEIR GREATEST HITS On Ascot 13009 The Angels' 1963 number one hit, "My Boyfriend's Back," is one of the half-dozen or so archetypal girl group classics. Hand clap beats, sassy vocals, slightly campy lyrics, and an arrangement paced by wailing horns and streetcorner harmonies; it was a surefire hit and one that the group could never live up to, although they continued to record for some time.
1966 Lp Chuck Jackson TRIBUTE TO RHYTHM AND BLUES VOLUME 2 On Wand 676 Chuck Jackson's 1966 album Tribute to Rhythm and Blues -- in which the smooth soul stylist allowed a gruffer side to come to the surface on a set of covers cut live in the studio with his road band -- was enough of a success to merit a follow-up, and Tribute to Rhythm and Blues, Vol. 2 followed later the same year. By most accounts, Jackson and his band didn't have to make another trip
1960 Lp Buddy Holly THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY Volume 2 On Coral CRL 57326 MAROON LABEL.. Buddy Holly is perhaps the most anomalous legend of '50s rock & roll -- he had his share of hits, and he achieved major rock & roll stardom, but his importance transcends any sales figures or even the particulars of any one song (or group of songs) that he wrote or recorded. Holly was unique, his legendary status and his impact on popular music all the more extraordinary for having been achieved in barely 18
RARE 1962 Lp Gene Mcdaniels THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF On Liberty LRP 3311 . Gene McDaniels was one of the more popular artists to emerge from the 1950s R&B scene just as "soul" began to establish itself as a distinct subcategory (and later the dominant sound) of the latter genre. Born Eugene Booker McDaniels in Kansas City, Kansas in 1935, and later raised in Omaha, Nebraska, he was the son of a minister, and gospel music, along with the words of the bible
1961 Lp Gary U.S. Bonds QUARTER TO THREE On Legrand LLP 3001 Soul Early R & B .. After moving to the Norfolk, VA, area in the mid-'50s, young Gary Anderson began plying his vocal wares, first in church, later with a local group called the Turks. When he was not yet 21, he was approached by local record producer Frank Guida to join his tiny Legrand label. Guida changed Anderson's name to U.S. Bonds, hoping the first release would get extra airplay
1962 Lp James Darren LOVE AMONG THE YOUNG On Colpix CP 428 TEEN ROCK.. Even more than the typical teen idol, James Darren's roots in authentic rock & roll were tenuous. Darren began recording for Colpix in the late '50s at the beginning of a screen career that saw him star in numerous films, most notably Gidget. More at home with standard MOR, show tune-like material than rock, and not much of a singer in any case.
1964 Lp Bobby Rydell SINGS FORGET HIM On Cameo C 1080 Teen Rock, Teeny Bopper.. One of the most sought-after nightclub and concert acts in the country, Bobby Rydell's interest in show business began at the ripe age of four. His performance in Bye Bye Birdie and his recordings "Wild One" and "Volare" made him a famous show business performer of the '60s. Rydell used his talents as an impersonator and drummer mostly in pursuing a musical career rather than an acting career.
Brian Setzer, singer and songwriter. He first found widespread success in the early with the rockabilly revival group Stray Cats, and revitalized his career in the late with his Swing revival band, The Brian Setzer Orchestra.
1964 Doo Wop Lp Jay & The Americans COME A LITTLE BIT CLOSER On Untied Artist UAL 3407. Though they had a bunch of hits across the 1960s, Jay & the Americans were a throwback to a previous era in their doo wop-influenced vocals, neatly groomed, short-haired appearance, and mix of pop/rock with operatic schmaltz. Built around the neck-bulging upper-register vocals of David Blatt aka Jay Black, their biggest hits -- "She Cried," "Cara Mia" (which you could