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Rock n roll was still new in 1957, full of the exuberance and vitality of youth. Recapture those halcyon days of early rock with Hard To Find Jukebox Classics 1957: Rhythm & Rock, a compendium of classic and rare hits from the days of ducktailed cats and poodle-skirted chicks. One of two new volumes in Hit Parades Jukebox Classics series, Rhythm & Rock brings back a time when a nickel bought two and a half minutes of pure joy in jukebox heaven. Bursting with 24 classic and rare hits, digitally remastered to audiophile standards, this is one record hop you wont want to miss!
Be warned: Some of this vintage rock n roll is not for the faint of heart Little Richards Good Golly, Miss Molly and Ronnie Selfs Bop-A-Lena are two of the fiercest rockers the world had ever heard up to that point. If youve never heard “Bop-A-Lena” before, brace yourself! And songs like Chuck Willis “C.C. Rider” and Bobby Scotts “Chain Gang” will remind you why your parents thought this music might turn you into a juvenile delinquent!
But dont think these rhythm numbers skimp on melody – in addition to a raft of rockabilly, R&B, and rock n roll classics, youll hear the sublime vocal harmonies of Billy Ward & The Dominoes and The Rays, the gorgeous ballads of Clyde McPhatter and Sam Cooke, and the sweet teen serenade of Johnny Dees Sittin In The Balcony. Theres a touch of humor, too, with the vocal impressions of Clarence “Frogman” Henry on “Aint Got No Home,” and record buyers loved Johnnie & Joes “Over The Mountain; Across The Sea” so much that it became a hit twice!
Youll be mesmerized by the hypnotic rockabilly rhythm of Sanford Clarks The Fool, and we challenge you to listen to Thurston Harris irresistible Little Bitty Pretty One without humming along! Not one, but both of Charlie Gracies Top 20 hits are here, including his chart-topper, Butterfly. Hit Parade has received many requests for Billy Williams Im Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter and Sonny Knights Confidential, so were delighted to include both of those hard-to-find hits on this particularly hepped up edition of Jukebox Classics. With almost an hours worth of music and a 12-page booklet full of photos and lengthy biographical notes by noted music writer Greg Adams, Hard To Find Jukebox Classics 1957: Rhythm & Rock offers loads of entertainment value for a song. (Also see Hard To Find Jukebox Classics 1957: Pop Gold.)
ALL ORIGINAL 45 RPM SINGLE VERSIONS
|1.||ROCK & ROLL MUSIC||Chuck Berry||8||11/57|
||Buddy Holly & The Crickets||10||11/57|
|3.||GOOD GOLLY, MISS MOLLY||Little Richard||10||12//57|
|4.||Rare on CDBOP-A-LENA||Ronnie Self||63||12/57|
|5.||SHORT FAT FANNIE||Larry Williams||5||6/57|
|6.||AINT GOT NO HOME||Clarence Frogman Henry||20||12/56|
|7.||LITTLE BITTY PRETTY ONE||Thurston Harris||6||10/57|
|8.||LUCKY LIPS||Ruth Brown||25||2/57|
|9.||Rare on CDHAND CLAPPIN||Red Prysock||||9/55|
|10.||DONT LET GO (original mono single version)||Roy Hamilton||13||12/57|
|11.||Rare on CDCHAIN GANG||Bobby Scott||13||1/56|
|12.||DEEP PURPLE||Billy Ward & his Dominoes||20||9/57|
|13.||WITHOUT LOVE (There is Nothing)||Clyde McPhatter||19||2/57|
|14.||(I Love You) FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONS||Sam Cooke||17||12/57|
|15.||IM GONNA SIT RIGHT DOWN AND WRITE MYSELF A LETTER||Billy Williams||3||6/57|
|16.||YOU SEND ME||Sam Cooke||1||10/57|
|17.||Rare on CDCONFIDENTIAL||Sonny Knight||17||11/56|
|19.||OVER THE MOUNTAIN; ACROSS THE SEA||Johnnie & Joe||8||5/57|
|20.||C.C. RIDER||Chuck Willis||12||4/57|
|21.||CD Debut in USASITTIN IN THE BALCONY||Johnny Dee||38||3/57|
|22.||Rare on CDTHE FOOL||Sanford Clark||7||7/56|
Chart positions taken from Joel Whitburns Record Research series of Billboard chart books.