Wayne’s Music 31 May/1 June 2014. Original recordings you didn’t hear in the 50s and 60s.
‘Every Breath I Take’ Gene Pitney with another classic produced by Phil Spector The Wall of Sound hits the listener hard.
‘Rock A Bye Baby’ Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton who put “Hound Dog” into the charts, and when Elvis took it to #1, and sold over a million copies, Willie Mae received a cheque for $500 and never saw another.
‘Hot Rod Susie’ The manin Brothers
‘Vigilante Man’ Woody Guthrie with this 1948 pressing.
‘Step By Step’ The Crests. The East Coast of America trademark in the late 50s was Doo-Wop, and leading the charge was a Brooklyn quartet called the Crests, formed up in 1955.
‘I Love You The Way You Are’ Bobby Vinton - the Polish prince because of his Lithuanian and Polish ethnic background
‘Living Like A King’ Memphis Slim with some blues that gave America soul …
‘Little Star’ The Elegants with their ONE pop memory adapted from Twinkle twinkle little star
‘San Francisco Bay Blues’ the original – the writer of the song Jesse Fuller released it in 1958 – quite a few years before Eric Clapton came on the scene with his version.
‘Dance Girl’ Billy Donahue's real name was Rowland Scherman.
‘You’ll never get Away’ Little Frankie Brunson – Rhythm and Blues legend from Buffalo, New York.
‘Let’s Dance’ Floyd Dixon a true Rhythm and Blues original who was part of the developing scene in the 50s and early 60s
‘Sleep Walk’ Santo And Johnny Farina with One of the great electric guitar tracks from the period –
‘Come And Get It’ Maurice Williams And The Zodiacs (named after the Ford Zodiac) –
‘If You Can’t Rock me’ Debbie Stevens with a tribute to the Wild Women Of Rock who represented only a tiny percentage of recording artists in the 1950s.
‘Salty Dog’ Ramblin Jack Elliott – really did run a way from home and join – the rodeo! When he was 15.
‘Sixteen Candles’ The Crests.
‘Poetry In Motion’ Johnny Tillotson .
‘Johnny Oh’ Nancy Whiskey with The Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group –
‘Baby Talk’ Tom and Jerry (alias Simon and Garfunkel) in one of the low points of their careers –
Wayne’s Music Sunday 1 June 2014. The Originals you didn’t hear in the 50s and 60s. PART ONE
‘Ooh Baby’ Buddy Greco in 1958.
‘My Wish Came True’ one of the King’s atmospheric ballads from the pen of blues pianist and singer Ivory Joe Hunter …
‘Well – Alright’ Buddy Holly with another one of his marvelously simple songs, performed with minimal accompaniment.
‘Shakin All Over’ Johnny Kidd and The Pirates with the classic rocker
‘Great Big Eyes’ The Rivieras came onto the scene in the late 50s just as the Doo-Wop era was losing its grip on the record buying public.
‘Mr Sandman’ Chet Atkins the guitar maestro and leading hand in introducing the Nashville Sound
‘The Countryside’ Jim Henson - you will recognize the voice as soon as you hear it – the man who found fame in later life as the man who created The Muppets – this is a song he d elivered in spoken “word jazz” style.
‘Sweet Bird Of Youth’ Nat King Cole delivering an excellent song as only he could at the peak of his performing years in the 50s.
‘Heaven Fell Last Night’ The Browns with their distinctive harmony – Jim Ed and sisters Maxine and Bonnie with one of the early songs by John D Loudermilk.
‘In The Heart Of A Fool’ Johnny Ray recorded this when he went to Cadence records in 1960 …
‘Whispering Grass’ Dee Clark with his version of the 1940 hit song made famous by the Ink Spots.
‘Father Time’ The Poni Tails – an underated harmony girl group in the bad old days …
‘Canine Stomp’ The late Johnny Parker – the jazz pianist was the keyboard man on Humphrey Lyttelton’s “Bad Penny Blues” –
‘Pick A bale Of Cotton’ Lonnie Donegan got a lot of his material from American folk, work songs or spirituals …
‘Mr Happiness’ Johnny Maestro (the voice of the Crests) when he branched out on a solo career in 1961 …
‘Nuages’ Django Reinhardt - one of the great guitar players of all time – all the more so because the third and fourth fingers of his left hand were paralysed after a fire -
‘Mule Skinner Blues’ by The Fendermen, thirty years after Jimmie Rodgers composed and recorded it.
‘Lucky Lips’ Dottie Evans with a song recorded first in 1957 by Ruth Brown, then Britain’s Alma Cogan had a go at it, and Dottie Evans put out her cover version … Cliff Richard added it to his list of hits in 1963.
‘Young Girl’ the Godfather of Rhythm and Blues Johnny Otis in 1953 with his own band and vocal group, The Peacocks.
‘From Now Until Forever’ Adam Faith with pizzicato strings which became a feature of John Barry’s work with the singer …
‘Do You Love Me Like You Kiss me’ Connie Francis gives this 1959 production the full works.
‘One Way Ticket To the Blues’ Neil Sedaka -
‘Apron Strings’ Cliff Richard and The Drifters.
‘The Humour is On me Now’ Ruby Murray
‘Achoo-Cha-Cha’ The McGuire Sisters with a novelty song with a very typical 50s feel.
‘I’m Gonna Be A wheel Someday’ Fats Domino going a little faster on this release than he did on most of his songs …
‘Ay Ay Ay Paloma’ Ivo Robic the Croatian singer/songwriter who got his start with the Radio Zagreb orchestra.