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Five long years after Eric Records unveiled the last numbered volume of our flagship series detours through Music City and Soulsville notwithstanding we proudly present Hard To Find 45s on CD Volume 9: 1957-1959. This jam-packed platter is a veritable potpourri of pop, reflecting the wide-open world of Top 40 radio before the days of niche marketing and narrow-casting. Within the span of these 23 tracks, youll hear rollicking New Orleans rhythm n blues (Huey Piano Smith), irrepressible rockabilly (Carl Mann), and spirited workouts on the Wurlitzer (Dave Cortezs Happy Organ), steel guitar (Santo & Johnnys Tear Drop), and a whole String of Trumpets (from, who else, the Trumpeteers).
Of course, what makes the Hard To Find 45s series so great are the long lost treasures rescued, restored, and resplendent! Ten of these tracks have never been available on CD songs like White Bucks and Saddle Shoes by Bobby Pedrick, Jr. Who, you ask? Well, young Mr. Pedrick wasnt even a teenager yet when he made his chart debut in 1958 with this rockin ode to fashionable footwear. Over 20 years later, he hit #1 with Sad Eyes under his more familiar moniker, Robert John.
Youll also hear Narvel Felts rockin the house with Honey Love, long before he charted over 40 Country hits during the 70s, and the Shepherd Sisters early girl group classic Alone (Why Must I Be Alone). Perhaps most exciting, however, is the one track on Hard To Find 45s on CD Volume 9: 1957-1959 that never made the Top 100: Everybody Outta The Pool by the Lifeguards a crazy, clattering instrumental romp featuring several members of Bill Haleys Comets. And, of course, theres Jody Reynolds somnambulant paean to death, Endless Sleep. Unforgettable!
Hard To Find 45s on CD Volume 9 serves up 53 minutes of pop platters, all lovingly remastered for the highest quality sound. Of special note is Tommy Facendas High School USA, a song released in dozens of versions, each tailored to a different region of the country. This is the national version, making its stereo debut here. This terrific collection includes a 12-page booklet with detailed biographies of all the artists by Greg Adams. And, dont miss Hard To Find 45s on CD Volume 10: 1960-1965. Hard to find? Not anymore!
15 Top 30 hits! 10 tracks never before on CD!
|1.||CD Debut in StereoHIGH SCHOOL U.S.A. (National version)||Tommy Facenda||#28||10/5/59|
|2.||ENDLESS SLEEP||Jody Reynolds||#5||5/5/58|
|3.||BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO||Jivin’ Gene & The Jokers||#69||8/24/59|
|4.||ROCKIN PNEUMONIA AND THE BOOGIE WOOGIE FLU||Huey Piano Smith||#52||7/29/57|
|5.||ROBBIN THE CRADLE||Tony Bellus||#25||4/13/59|
|6.||CLICK CLACK||Dicky Doo & The Donts||#28||1/27/58|
|7.||LUCKY LADYBUG||Billy & Lillie||#14||12/8/58|
|8.||CD DebutWHITE BUCKS AND SADDLE SHOES||Bobby Pedrick, Jr.||#74||10/27/58|
|10.||ROCKIN LITTLE ANGEL||Ray Smith||#22||12/21/59|
|11.||MONA LISA||Carl Mann||#25||5/18/59|
|12.||CD Debut in USAHONEY LOVE||Narvel Felts||#90||1/25/60|
|13.||CD DebutEVERYBODY OUTTA THE POOL||The Lifeguards||||1/1/59|
|14.||CD DebutTEENAGE HAYRIDE||Tender Slim||#93||12/28/59|
|15.||THE HAPPY ORGAN||Dave Baby Cortez||#1||3/2/59|
|16.||CD DebutPHILADELPHIA U.S.A.||The Nu Tornados||#26||11/3/58|
|17.||CD DebutI DONT KNOW WHAT IT IS||The Bluenotes||#61||11/30/59|
|18.||ALONE (Why Must I Be Alone)||The Shepherd Sisters||#18||9/16/57|
|20.||CD DebutTEAR DROP||Santo & Johnny||#23||11/16/59|
|21.||CD DebutHIDEAWAY||The Four Esquires||#21||9/8/58|
|22.||CHANSON DAMOUR (Song Of Love)||Art & Dotty Todd||#6||3/31/58|
|23.||CD DebutA STRING OF TRUMPETS||The Trumpeteers||#64||4/13/59|
Chart positions taken from Joel Whitburns Record Research series of Billboard chart books.