Wayne’s Music 19/20 October 2013. The Forgotten 45s of the 50s and 60s.
‘Little Bitty pretty One’ Bobby Day with the song he wrote with the help of The Hollywood Flames, but to avoid any contractual issues, he used the name Bobby Day and The Satellites
‘That’s All I Need To Know’ Sam Cooke and The Soul Stirrers – when he started his secular career with Specialty Records.
‘I Know Where I’m Going’ The Countrymen
‘I Paid My Dues’ Little Esther
‘Should We tell Him’ The Everly Brothers – one of the songs that wasn’t a hit for the Brothers
‘Farmer John’ Don and Dewey a rock and roll duo from Pasadena, California – Don Harris and Dewey terry had some good years at Specialty Records.
‘Long Gone Baby’ Buddy Britten and The Regents.
‘Mercy, mercy, Mercy’ Joe Penny
‘Mr Wonderful’ The Beverly Sisters were a British Institution – they started out in 1953, sold out everywhere and for the best part of two decades were the highest paid entertainers in The British isles.
‘My Baby Don’t Want Me’ Sonny Knight, an interesting character, who recorded for small labels in the 50s and 60s, and w rote “The Day The Music Died”
‘Roses Are red My Love’ David Mcbeth
‘Rock, Granny Roll’ The Midnighters – from Detroit.
‘Skiffle Party’ The Vipers Skiffle Group – rode the Skiffle craze for all it was worth for a couple of years
‘Diggin’ The Moonglow’ Percy Mayfield, the singer songwriter who’s most famous number is “Hit The Road Jack” which he wrote for Ray Charles.
‘Who Does He Think he Is’ Penny Calvert with a poppy teen hit from 1961.
‘Kansas City’ The late Little Willie Littleford a teenage wonder and overnight sensation when in 1949 at the age of 18 he popularised the triplet piano style .
‘I never Had A sweetheart’ Connie Francis sang this for Tuesday Weld in the 1956 rock and roll exploit film Rock Rock Rock.
‘Do You Love Me pretty Baby’ Joe Liggins And The Honeydrippers.
‘Your Tender Look’ that cheeky, chirpy Cockney lad Joe Brown and His Bruvvers –
‘What A Real Woman’ Lonnie Johnson the man Lonnie Donegan named himself after.
Wayne’s Music Sunday 20th October 2013. More Forgotten 45s of the 50s and 60s. PART ONE.
‘Point Of No return’ Gene McDaniels with a smart, sophisticated performance over a bright arrangement highlighting some pretty sharp instrumentation … why Gene McDaniels pop hits were so underrated is beyond me.
‘Heartaches’ Patsy Cline (Virginia Patterson Hensley) was one of the most influential, successful and acclaimed female vocalists of the 20th century.
‘Sharing You’ Bobby Vee harmonizing with himself as he did on many of his hit recordings …but that was the “in” sound in the early 60s.
'Just Like In The Movies’ Jackie DeShannon one of the first of the female singer/songwriters of the rock and roll era …
‘Joey’s Song’ Bill Haley And His Comets with possibly one of the band’s last commercial successes – it came out on “Strictly Instrumental” a 1959 album, and featured Haley’s trusted side men Franny Beecher on lead guitar and Rudy Pompilli on saxophone.
‘Fabulous’ Alma Cogan –the gal with the giggle in her voice was the sweetheart of stage and radio in Britain in the fifties and early sixties
‘A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues’ Arthur Alexander, the American soul singer was the first to record A Sot Of Rhythm and Blues
‘There’s Gonna be Love At My House Tonight’ Willie Nelson
‘Love Me Or leave Me’ Eunice Waymon became Nina Simone when she was performing as a singer/pianist in Atlantic City
‘Exclusively Yours’ Carl Dobkins Jr – one of those rockabilly legends who just didn’t quit
‘Break It To me Gently’ Brenda Lee –a musical prodigy winning a music award at the age of six.
‘ Shake A hand’ Ruth Brown with some original Gold Soul …she belted this song out on Dick Clarke’s American Bandstand in 1962.
‘Dear hearts And Gentle People’ The Springfields – about the time when Dion O’Brian became Tom Springfield and Mary O’Brien became Dusty Springfield. Tim Field kept his own name as far as I know. .
‘Send Me Some Lovin’ Little Richard – with good old fashioned slow dance rock and roll
‘Cha Cha On The Moon’ Pat Reader – the Isle Of Wight’s Princess Of Song …
‘The Worryin’ Kind’ Tommy Sands with one that didn’t quite make it – but it certainly showcases his individual approach to pop music ….
‘I Can tell’ Bo Diddley Rhythm at its funky best – probably in 1962.
‘Someday’ Bobby Vee With The Crickets.
‘I’ll Be Tired Of You’ Sallie Blair -Big-voiced blues, ballads and pre-rock singer who had a moment in the late '50s spotlight recording for Bethlehem.
‘I Got A Woman’ Johnny Hallyday – unfairly described as the biggest rock star you’ve never heard of – but Johnny Hallyday was France’s answer to Elvis Presley in much the same way that Cliff Richard was once though of as the English version..
‘Time After Time’ Rod McKuen with some “sweet kitch” – he was one of the best-selling American poets in the 1960s
‘Come On, Come In’ Carmen McRae , another one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th Century
‘Whiskey, Women and Loaded Dice’ Joe Liggins and The Honeydrippers with an outstanding record – very hard to find these days.
‘Humpty Dumpty Heart Laverne Baker – started out under the billing of “Little Miss Sharecropper” – then she worked as Bea Baker before becoming LaVerne Baker when she was with the Todd Rhodes Band in 1952.