VINCE TAYLOR – Jet Black Leather Machine [50s/60s R-Billy]

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”Who was Vince Taylor? For one, he was the inspiration behind David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust. He also wrote one of the great Rock songs of all time, “Brand New Cadillac” (most famously covered by The Clash off their 1979 opus, London Calling). Granted, stylistically he owed a huge debt to his heroes, Elvis Presely, Gene Vincent & Eddie Cochran. And while not the most original Rocker on the scene, he did trademark the black leather suit before any of them. Of course, at the height of his popularity, just as he was about to break through, he notoriously “lost it” onstage. Apparently, the acid he allegedly scored off of Bob Dylan was part of the reason he wrapped a towel around his head, proclaimed himself Jesus Christ & preached to the crowd before trashing his band’s gear Who-style.”

 

 

”All that said, in terms of the material there aren’t alot of originals like “Brand New Cadilliac”. In fact, a case could be argued that the likes of Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran & Gene Vincent laid down the definitive versions of many of the songs herein. What sets Vince Taylor apart however is not the material he covered, but how he did it. In terms of intensity, attack & edge, this is some of the most ferocious Rockbilly around. We’ve all heard “Long Tall Sally” a thousand times, but not with this kind of abandon.

The French praised him for his feral wildness onstage & listening to the likes of “Cadillac”, “Jet Black Leather Machine” & “Since My Baby Left Me”, it was no myth. Other standouts include a stellar “Jezebel” & “Hi Heeled Sneakers”. Also noteworthy is the eerie, “Endless Sleep” .

As for “Cold White & Beautiful”, granted singing an upbeat song about your baby shooting herself is not going to be a guaranteed hit, but the jauntiness of this rare B-side is likely to send a chill up your spine. As will no doubt, Taylor’s performances throughout.” [LEPER MESSIAH]

 

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MAMIE VAN DOREN – The Girl Who Invented Rock’n’Roll [Titillating 50’s/60’s R’n’R]

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”Mamie Van Doren is an American actress, model, singer and sex symbol who is known for being one of the first actresses to recreate the look of Marilyn Monroe. Van Doren is perhaps best remembered for the rock ‘n’ roll, juvenile delinquency, exploitation movie Untamed Youth (1957), and other films of this calibre.

Van Doren went to star in several bad girl movies that later became cult films. She also appeared in some of the first movies to feature rock ‘n’ roll music and became identified with this rebellious style, and made some rock records.

Some of Van Doren’s more noteworthy movies include Teacher’s Pet (1958) at Paramount Pictures, Born Reckless (1958) at Warner Brothers, High School Confidential (1958) and The Beat Generation (1959), the latter two at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. But Van Doren was just as well known for her provocative roles. She was in prison for Girls Town (1959), which provoked censors with a shower scene where audiences could see Van Doren’s naked back. As Eve in The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1960) she wore only fig leaves, and in other films, like The Beautiful Legs of Sabrina (1959), Sex Kittens Go to College (1960) and Vice Raid (1960) audiences were clued in as to the nature of the films from the titles.” [wiki]

 

 

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Don’t know if she invented R’n’R but this Rhino rec. collection of Mamie’s 1957-67 recordings is a real cool mix of rockers, ballads, exotica and calypso with tittyshakin’ flavor. First tunes I’ve heard were from ’64 single ”The Bikini With No Top On The Top/So What Else Is New” with Mamie and another 60’s bombshell June Wilkinson, great summer beach fun exploatation [my fav]. Other cool stuff is ’67 ”The Boy’s Catchers Theme” and colaboration with rock legend Eddie Cochran in ”The Beat Generation”, ”Ooh Ba La Baby!”, ”Rollin’ Stone”, ”Salamander” and ”Go Go Calypso!”. Say… Mmmm Mamie!

 

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HIGH SCHOOL RUMBLE vol.1-3 [Explosive 50’s/60’s Instrumentals]

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Are you for more hot instrumental rockin’ action? This here is a Real COOL vinyl comp. series of raw 50s/60’s R’n’R & surf instros. Mostly little known groups but pretty wyld. Well, some of the tunes you could hear on other comps but who cares, ya gotta hear ’em again [and learn well] alright? Gid!

 

 

THE KEYMEN vs THE KEYMEN [’60s Garage/Surf vs ’50s R&B/Lounge]

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Actually not [likely] the same band but there’s always a bit of mistery. The Keymen [Originally known as The Fabulous Keymen] were 60’s garage/surf combo from Las Cruces, New Mexico and here they are featured with solid unreleased ’65 set of surf instros, cool ’67 garage single ”What Am I To Do” and some so so/lame frat rock, blue-eyed soul covers.

The ‘other’ Keymen were ’50s rock instrumental group who had one small hit with “Gazackstahagen” in 1958. suported by Dick Clark. Their album is fun all-instro sax driven R&B/Lounge slab with covers of hit tunes in seductive Las Vegas Grind style. Go Keymen Go !!!

 

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BERT WEEDON [50’s & 60’s Instrumentals]

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“Herbert Maurice William ‘Bert’ Weedon was an English guitarist whose style of playing was popular and influential during the 1950s and 1960s. He was the first British guitarist to have a hit record in the UK Singles Chart, in 1959, and his best-selling tutorial guides, Play in a Day, were a major influence on many leading British musicians, such as Eric Clapton, Brian May, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, Dave Davies, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page.

He joined the BBC Show Band directed by Cyril Stapleton in the 1950s, when he began to be featured as a soloist. He also worked as a session musician on many early British rock and roll and other records for artists such as Adam Faith, Billy Fury and Tommy Steele and worked as an accompanist to visiting American singers such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Nat King Cole. It is estimated that he performed on over 5,000 BBC radio broadcasts. He was also seen regularly on British television in the 1950s, including some of the most popular children’s television programmes. In 1959 he was asked by Top Rank Records to make a record as a solo guitarist. He became the first British guitarist in the UK Singles Chart, with “Guitar Boogie Shuffle” in 1959.

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His playing style focused on both rhythm and melody, and was itself influenced by the jazz guitarists of the 1950s, notably Les Paul. Weedon placed a lot of emphasis on control of tone, and wanted to make the guitar the star of his music. The style became best known through the music of the Shadows, especially Hank Marvin” [wiki]

All instro best of collection of this guitar “Big head”. Some real cool rockin’ stuff mixed with some out-dated dud and so so tunes, so the choice is yours. My favs: BIG BEAT BOOGIE, SORRY ROBBIE, GINCHY, RED GUITAR, TWELVE STRING SHUFFLE, GIN MILL GUITAR,  KICK OFF, TOKYO MELODY, SOUTH OF THE BORDER, CHARLIE BOY, STRANGER THAN FICTION,  BLACK JACKETS… Dig!

Surfadelic Presents – MICHIGAN RUMBLE ! [’50s & ’60s R’n’R]

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Woah Dad! What we got here? Another super ultra rockin’n’rollin’ Surfadelic comp. And I can tell you it’s pretty big fat ”project” cause I have to select some 93 trax for three volumes of 50’s & 60’s Michigan rock’n’roll rumble. As you know I’ve recently have posted some obcure Michigan rockers as intro for this big collection of some rare, unissued and underground stuff. Here you gotta deal mostly with raw R-Billy, Rock’n’Roll, Instrumentals and few 60’s garage cuts. Some of this tunes already can be heard on various comps but some not, so if you are curious to know what is all about, don’t miss it. It’s Michigan Rumble ok! Dig !!!

 

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GUITAR GABLE – Cool Calm Collected (With King Karl) [50’s R&B/Rockers]

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Guitar Gable was the stage name used by Gabriel Perrodin an American Louisiana rhythm & blues, rock’n’roll guitarist, singer and songwriter. With King Karl, Gable’s brother Clinton “Fats” Perrodin on bass guitar, and drummer Clarence “Jockey” Etienne, as The Musical Kings, they became studio band for record producer J. D. “Jay” Miller Excello Records. They backed musicians such as Lazy Lester, Classie Ballou, Skinny Dynamo, Bobby Charles and Slim Harpo [on legendary 1957. single I’m a King Bee, “I Got Love if You Want It“].

Guitar Gable and the Musical Kings had earlier recorded their own debut single for Excello in 1956. His first track was the pacy instrumental “Congo Mombo”, which relied on the melody of “Frankie and Johnny”. The A-side of the single was “Life Problem”, which featured King Karl’s vocals. The follow-up release included the swamp pop classic, “Irene”, which later influenced Jimmy Clanton’s “Just A Dream”.
Subsequent releases followed a similar pattern with Gable’s Caribbean-laced instrumentals such as “Congo Mombo,” “Guitar Rhumbo” and “Gumbo Mombo,” pitched against rock and roll tracks including “Cool, Calm, Collected” and “Walking in the Park.” It was the blues influenced ballads including “Irene,” “Life Problem” and “This Should Go On Forever” that caused most interest. The latter track was recorded by Gable and his band in 1958, but did not find favour with Miller. A cover version was recorded by Rod Bernard, and it reached the Top 20 of the US Billboard R&B chart. Gable’s original was finally released in February 1959, but failed to match the success of Bernard’s cover. [wiki]

Greasy & swampy R&B/Rockers and blues almost similar to Little Richard/Chuck Berry style by this Guitar [Clark] Gable 🙂 . This is 80’s vinyl compilation on Flyright Records. Be Cool Calm Collected and … Dig !!!

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LORD ROCKINGHAM’s XI [UK 50’s Lounge Instro Hoot]

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Lord Rockingham’s XI was a group of British session musicians, led by Harry Robinson, who had a No. 1 hit on the UK Singles Chart in 1958 with “Hoots Mon”.
The group was put together to play as the resident band on the pop TV programme Oh Boy!, which was produced by Jack Good, and shown nationally on ITV in the UK in 1958/59. They were fronted by Harry Robinson and also included jazz baritone saxophonist and later writer Benny Green, and organist Cherry Wainer.
In addition to backing singers such as Marty Wilde and Cuddly Dudley, they recorded several novelty rock instrumentals for Decca Records, the first being “Fried Onions”, which failed to chart in the UK but did slip into the US Billboard charts for a week at No. 96. The second single, Robinson’s “Hoots Mon”, a rocked-up version of the traditional Scottish song “A Hundred Pipers”, featuring Scotticisms like “Hoots mon, there’s a moose loose aboot this hoose!”, rose up the charts supported by weekly TV exposure, and stayed at number one for three weeks. They played “Long John” amongst others.
Following a legal case brought by descendants of the real Lord Rockingham, which was settled out of court, the group toured and made several less successful follow-ups, including “Wee Tom” (#16, 1959). They disbanded with the end of the TV show in 1959. “Fried Onions” was used in a television advertisement for Options indulgence chocolate drink, first shown on UK TV in December 2011. [wiki]

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… And now for somethin’ completely different

”Frolic Diner”/”Las Vegas Grind” kinda Sax & Sex instro lounge R&B/Roll.

Do The Squelch, Dig!!!

Rare Surf, Vol.6 – The Capitol Masters 2

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Pretty interesting collection of rare Capitol stuff from 50’s & 60’s, mostly Hot Rod, Girl Groups pop and some surf here & there. COOL STUFF: Shutdown Douglas & Hot Rod Rog [Hot Rod instros & songs from 60’s lp ”Hot Rod Rally”], Richie Allen, Susan Lynne ”Don’t Drag No More” & Sharon Marie [produced by Brian Wilson], Don Hinson ”Monster Surf Stomp”, Glen Campbell and the last track on cd which is actually Davie Allan & The Arrows version of ”Stranger From Durango”. Don’t Drag No More… Dig!!!

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