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Wayne’s Music March 31/April 1 – 2012.  The 45s you didn’t hear in the 50s.

Gonna Dance All Night                  Hardrock Gunter highlighting rock and roll’s generation-bending attitude with this 1950 release. The man from Birmingham, Alabama, who danced all night like lovers do to the honky-tonk blues with his perfect woman ..

Top Notch A Grade                singer, songwriter Al Reed’s observation on teenage life expounded all of the right words that fifties kids could identify with, and at the same time he was adding his bit to the rock and roll revolution.      

 Hot Rod Race               Arkie Shibley And His Mountain Dew Boys aligning teenagers with fast cars with this original version of The Hot Rod Race in 1950. 

When I See You           when the Chess Brothers set up their recording studio, the piano was rigged with drawing pins and a sheet of newspaper placed between the hammers and the strings.  This odd practice was referred to as a “tack piano” – and it was this instrument that Fats Domino used in 1957 when he recorded “When I See You”. 

60 Minute Man            The Dominoes, accentuating the risqué elements of the early rock era. 

Go To The Mardi Gras          Henry Roeland Byrd – professor Longhair started out as the front man for the Shuffling Hungarians, The Blues Scholars and The Blues Jumpers before he broke out as a solo act. 

How High The Moon             Les Paul and Mary Ford getting right into the commercial sounds that sell period by about 1951. 

You gave Me Love       James (Sugar Boy) Crawford – a bit of a chick magnet in his rock and roll days, with his carefully-coiffured pompadour and a totally disarming smile.  He would sidle onto a piano stool and give a powerhouse delivery of his songs to a captive audience.

Rocket ’88           Jackie Brenston and His delta cats, with what is often sighted as the first rock and roll record – powered by Ike Turner it embraced Rhythm and Blues and the new rootsy rock and roll sounds in 1951. 

Good Lovin                  Jimmy Beasley mostly recorded with Dave Bartholomew's band at New Orleans' legendary Cosimo's Studios. 

Rockin And Rollin       Charli Gracie – another Philadelphia rock pioneer, born on the same date as the late Bobby Darin, May 14 1936.

Candy Coated Kisses              The Monitors – used several names for their recordings – The Mellow Drops was one -  They played bars and lounges around the New Orleans area, until they were discovered by Dave Bartholomew,, who got them a recording session with Imperial Records. 

lawdy Miss Clawdy               Lloyd Price with his first biggie, which meant that piano playing would never be the same again.

Crazy Green Lizard              Billy Tircuit  was a founding member of The Monitors, and the group did record a number of Billy’s goofy songs, but Specialty Records declined to release the recordings, so Billy cut his own solo renderings for Pontchartrain records and eventually, they did get an airing. 

 One Mint Julep                  The Clovers - It was one of the first "drinking songs" to become a hit.

 I’m Mad At You                  Wynona Carr with the stentorian tonsils, cut her fair share of gospel sides followed by some real rockers.

Gee                    The Crows with the single that took a year to get on the Pop Hit Parades – it was the first 1950s doo-wop record to sell over one million records.

You’re Near me           Arthur and Booker -  James Booker and Arthur Booker, were unrelated, but teamed up to record this one off single for Chess records in 1956    

Crazy Man Crazy                  it runs for about two minutes and 7 seconds – it was Bill Haley’s first release in 1953 – it was a real breakthrough for The Comets – and the first rock and roll song to be televised nationally in the United States. 

Can’t Stop Loving You        Smiley Lewis came up with this a long time before country man Don Gibson wrote I Can’t Stop Loving You … it came out in 1954 when Smiley Lewis was jumpin all around on stage showing off his brand new Gibson Les Paul guitar when he was out on the road                            

Wayne’s Music Sunday 1 April 2012.  Those 45s you didn’t hear in the 50s.


Mess Around              Ray Charles in 1953 with all the teasing bravado of the new rock and roll tempo, souped up from his jazz or middle of the road ballads.

For Cryin’ Out Loud           more from The Big easy from Huey Smith who threw the rule book away when he was in the recording studio. 

Money Honey             Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters – introducing a little bit of soul into the mix with this irreverent social sketch.

Just My baby And Me                   Clarence Frogman Henry.

Honey Hush               Joe Turner – with a touch of boogie woogie, and setting feminism back a century with his outspoken “Honey Hush”. 


Tickle Toe         Paul Gayten – a New Orleans original, and one of the many who did not share in the rewards of the rock and roll explosion as he should have, but one who went out with one last ride to the top.    

Sh-Boom           The Chords - This Doo-Wop classic was the only hit for The Chords, who were an R&B group from the Bronx. 

Watchdog                   Frankie Ford – another song of the 50s I’ll bet you didn’t get to hear …

Rock Around The Clock      Sunny Dae and The Knights, kick started the revolution for Bill Haley and others.

Get Out Of My Life               Aaron Neville  with the A side of his second ever single in late 1959. 

 I’ve Got A Woman     Ray Charles – did this song alone invent “soul” music?  Maybe not , but it was certainly one of the prototypes when it was released in 1954.              

Can’t Believe You Want To leave          Little Richard must have given the VU meters at Cosimo’s studio in New Orleans a workout when he recorded this in 1957. 

Work With me, Annie          Hank Ballard And The Midnighters had a host of records out in the 50s, and this was the 12 bar blues number that started a franchise of question and answer records, which soon became very common in rock and roll.    

If I Only Knew           Professor Longhair – Henry Roeland Byrd – acknowledge as the Father figure of the New Orleans sound by many.

Riot In Cell Block Number Nine            The Robins with the classic and pervasive  R & B song from Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

Carnival Time           Al Johnson with his Anthem for Crescent City’s annual Mardi Gras Festival – which is probably why Johnson is an inductee of the Louisiana Hall Of Fame. 

Tweedle Dee                LaVern Baker –did the cha cha ever sound so sensual?                                 

Bo Diddley             Bo Diddley in 1955.  One of the Trinity who were there at the start – Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Bo Diddley … the Originator.

Maybellene            Chuck Berry                  

Tutti Frutti            Little Richard        

Blue Suede Shoes            Carl Perkins

That’s Alright Mama                   Elvis Presley with one of the numbers he did at the infamous appearance on The Louisianna Hayride in 1956 – nothing would ever be the same again. 

 Rock Around The Clock                this is indisputably the first Rock song to top the charts, and generally considered the beginning of the "Rock Era," at least for chart purposes.