Category Archives: Rock’n’Roll

(May 17, 2019): Fats Domino – I’m Ready

From the 1959 a-side single, I’m Ready / Margie (Imperial ‎– X5585). A tune not found on  the two 1959 long player releases of originals, but a 1960 LP hits compilation. Covered by the likes of Canned Heat, The Band, … Continue reading

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(June 11, 2018): Jerry Lee Lewis – Let A Soldier Drink

From the 1991 album, The Killer’s Private Stash.  Album credits: “Compiled By – Dewey, Cheatam & Howe; Design – Bubba At Day-Glo Album World.” Notes: “An Unbelievably rare collection of unissued recordings. Includes Jerry Lee’s first recordings, done at a … Continue reading

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(November 26, 2017): Jackie Wilson – Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want To Meet)

From the 1958 album, He’s So Fine.  This is one of five tunes co-written by Berry Gordie to appear on this LP.  The title is a throw to Louis Jordan and his 1948 single from the film “Reet, Petite, and … Continue reading

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(July 21, 2017): The Cadillacs – Speedo

From the 1957 album, The Fabulous Cadillacs.  A doo wop classic.  The song predates the swimming suit and took its name from lead singer Earl Carroll, known as Speedo.

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Before and After Chuck Berry (NYT)

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(June 20, 2016): The Adventurers – Rock and Roll Uprising

From the 1961 album, Can’t Stop Twistin’.  A Bobby McFerrin opening to this tune from one of many bands with this name. It released this sole long player, along with a few singles in the early 1960s. Led by Gerald Perry, the … Continue reading

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(June 4, 2106): Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit – 7 Nights to Rock

From the 1985 album, The Rose of England.  A rocking cover of this rockabilly classic by Buck Trail, Henry Glover, and Louis Inns.  Huey Lewis and Paul Carrack make guest appearances on this LP.  I used to wonder if Lowe drew the … Continue reading

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