For those of you new to these budget-label fake hits, be advised that none of these are the originals (hence, "fake hits," though technically the hits themselves are real enough), even if a few sound vaguely like the performances they ape. EPs like these featured the big hits of the day/week/month on cheap pressings and typically with as many tracks per side as the company could manage to fit, and who cares if the result was a noisy pressing, even in mint shape. They didn't care, that's for sure.
Before I forget to mention it, the de-clicking function on my VinylStudio program continues to amaze me--one pass, and all I had to do, mostly, was edit the start and end points. Had to remove a few noisier pops is all.
The Promenade, Tops, Bravo, etc. EPs typically came with a paper sleeve, though these show up far less frequently than the discs--I'm lucky in owning a number of these sleeves. In the case of Promenade, the problem is properly matching sleeves with vinyl, since the numbering systems were very weird, and the sleeve numbers didn't always match what was on the vinyl. Today's offering is a perfect example--the sleeve says "A-12-D," while the labels read RR 21 and RR 22.
I typically store discs and pic sleeves separately, so they become strangers fast. And so my major project of the moment is to reunite them.
Fake hits also came out as regular singles--i.e., with one track per side--but mostly we're talking about EPs. It's hard to impossible to make general observations about these labels--they seem to have operated outside of the realm of rules as any rational person defines rules. The slapdash nature of these copycat operations almost make them seem like maverick operations, but they had no desire to act independently--their survival depended on conforming as rigidly as possible to current recording industry trends, budget (barely) permitting.
Some funny artist credits here--"Little Bobbie" doing Keep a Knockin', The Melon Sisters wishing us a Happy Happy Birthday Baby, Eli Whitney (but he died in 1825!!) giving us Jail House Rock (not be confused with Jailhouse Rock--wait a minute....), The Wright Bros. (oh, please....) flying high with Only Because, and Allan Freed giving us Whole Lot of Shakin' Goin' On. Actually, it's "Lotta," and the famous DJ was Alan Freed, not Allan Freed, but nice try, Promenade. Can't say they put no work into their fakery.
Just Born (To Be Your Baby) was a Perry Como hit, by the way. Only Because was the Platters. Why Don't They Understand--George Hamilton IV. Lot of Lovin' is actually Gene Vincent's Lotta Lovin'. The year for this EP, then, is probably 1957.
Click here to hear: Rock 'n Roll (Promenade RR 21 and 22)
Great Balls of Fire--Billie Case
Just Born--Michael Reed
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine--Johnny Logan
Why Don't They Understand--Johnny Logan
Whole Lot of Shakin' Goin' On--Allan Freed
Only Because--The Wright Bros.
Lot of Lovin'--Tony Castro
Keep a Knockin'--Little Bobbie
Happy Happy Birthday Baby--The Melon Sisters
Jail House Rock--Eli Whitney
April Love--Pat Boone
Rock 'n Roll, with the Promenade Orch. and Chorus (Promande RR 21 and RR 22)