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Wayne’s Music 20/21 April 2013.  The story of the LABELS.

‘You Can’t Judge A Book By its Cover’ -  Bo Diddley with one of his rough-hewn early numbers.  His style and sound inspired countless British and American blues bands.

‘As Time Goes By’ – Johnny Nash when he started out on ABC Paramount Records  -
‘Rip It Up’ -  Little Richard on the label that signed him up first, Specialty records, the little outfit that also nurtured the early career of Sam Cooke. .

‘Just Got Rid Of A Heartache’ – Shirley Gunter on Modern records which was a real family affair run by the four Bihari Brothers – lester, Jules, Saul and Joe – in Los Angeles in 1945. 

‘Seventeen’ – Boyd Bennett and His Rockets were one of the early groups to record for the British Label – Parlophone.

‘It’s All Over’ – The Everly brothers on ABC Paramount – with their original, (which came out in 1965 I think)..

‘Dream Myself A sweetheart’ – Clarence Frogman Henry was very much a part of the Pye International story when he was on the roster..

‘Everybody’s Body’ – George Hamilton the 4th –was messing about with pop tunes before  he became one of Country Music’s International Ambassadors –

‘ Lawdy Miss Clawdy’ – it was the owner of Specialty Records, Art Rupe who discovered Lloyd Price, and this was the very first recording on the label in The delta City with Dave Bartholomew’s band featuring Fats Domino on the piano.

‘The Wallflower (Dance With me Henry) ‘ – Etta james – when she got her start as one of the top performers in the Modern records stable.

‘Teardrop’ – Santo and Johnny Farina – with a sound that’s very rarely heard these days – the big hit was “Sleepwalk” and right behind it “Teardrop” on The Parlophone label.

‘I’ll Try’ – Conway Twitty with what was the flip side of his breakthrough hit “It’s Only Make Believe’.  .

‘I Wanna Thank Your Folks’ – Johnny Burnette – the seminal rocker in his early days with the Rock’N’Roll Trio before he started writing pop hits for Ricky Nelson.

‘Hit The Road Jack’ – Ray Charles in the days when his Tangerine label was distributed under the ABC-Paramount umbrella.

‘ Touch And Go’ -  Wynonna Carr enjoyed success during her Specialty records term …

‘My Happiness’ – Jimmy Beasley..

‘Let’s Do The Stroll’ – Donnie Elbert started out in a group called The Vibraharps – before embarking on a prolific solo recording career –

‘Pointed Toe Shoes’ -  this was Carl perkins fourth Columbia single following his defection from Sun records in late 1957.

‘Keep Your Love Locked (deep In Your Heart)  ‘ Paul Peterson, remember him?  From the sunkissed singer/actor school in California when he played Jeff to Shelley Fabares Shelly Stone on The Donna reed Show between 1958 and 1964. 

Wayne’s Music Sunday 21 April 2013.  It’s all about the LABELS.   PART ONE.

‘I Don’t Want To Cry’ -  Sam Cooke’s swan-song for the label that got him started – Specialty Records, which was at the vanguard of independent labels such as Imperial, Sun, Atlantic and Chess helping to shape the course of 20th Century popular music.

‘Old Man River’ – Hadda Brooks on the Modern label when she was an unknown before becoming the “Queen Of the boogie”.  She usually played the small part of a lounge piano player in films, and often sang the title song.  Brooks became the first African-American woman to host her own television show in 1957.

‘You Don’t Know What You’ve Got’ – Ral Donner (Ralph Stuart Emanuel Donner) recorded with a backing band The Starfires, and many thought it was actually Elvis doing the singing. 

Somebody Touched Me’  - Ruth Brown and Her Rhythm Makers with her 1954 original. Which was adapted by Atlantic records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

‘I’ll Take You Home’ – The Corsairs consisted of the Uzell brothers, Jay, James and Moses. And a cousin, George Wooten..


‘Sway’ – Rosemary Clooney with the Mambo King, Perez Prado on Bear Family records, a German company that specializes in re-issues of archival material from early rock and roll to old German Movie soundtracks.  .

‘ She Loves To Rock’ – Cornell Gunter and The Flairs – the rhythm and blues singer was an original member of the Platters, The Flairs, and The Coasters

‘Headin’ Home’              Shirley Gunter and The Flairs.

‘Love You So’ – The Crystals – featuring on the cream lineup of Specialty records catalogue culled from its mid-fifties heyday.

‘He’s Got The Whole World In His hands’ – Laurie London, the boy singer from London who found fame recording in both English and German.

‘I’m Looking Out The Window’ -  this is Peggy Lee three years before Cliff Richard got a hold of the song which was a adapted from the traditional folk ballad “Go Away From My Window’. 

‘Let me In’ – The Sensations – released on Pye International, bringing the world to your living room in the golden era of pop music.

‘Fever’ – Little Willie John with the original recording of a song that was more popular when Peggy Lee recorded it a few years later –

‘Saturday Dance’ – Shadows fans will know this one because it was the first ever release for the group – a bit of an oddity, being one of the few examples of British doo-wop from the 50s.

‘I Want You’ – The Cadets – were one of the first groups signed up by Modern records in 1955;  They started out in Los Angeles as the Santa Monica Soul Seekers, then  decided to switch from Gospel to Rhythm and Blues. 

‘Slow Down’ – Larry Williams – by the time Little Richard became a born again Christian and refused to play the Devil’s Music, Specialty Records had discovered a worthy replacement in New Orleans pianist Larry Williams.  .

‘The Twist’ – Hank Ballard And The Midnighters - wrote and recorded “The Twist" and invented the dance, which was notably covered by Chubby Checker a few years later.

‘It’ll be me’ – Jerry Lee Lewis – the killer did it before Sir Cliff cut it late in 1961CD2/7 (175)  ‘You Are Mine’ – Frankie Avalon – had one of the better voices of all the American teen idols in the 50s and 60s ….

‘House Of Bamboo’ – Andy Williams with the flip side of The Hawaiin Wedding Song -   

‘Baby Sittin’ – Carole king – one of her really early singles – from 1959.

 ‘Good Lookin’ – Etta “miss peaches”  James with a punchy little number on Modern records in 1956.

‘ Please Have Mercy’ – Linda Hayes with The Platters

‘Angel’ – Elvis presley – the song that was written for his film “Follow That Dream”

‘The Things We Did Last Summer’ – Shelley Fabares of “Johnny Angel” fame and of course her role as Mary Stone in The Donna Reed TV show