So, was there really a "Bobby Krane"? Well, in this case, Bravo (Pickwick) has juxtaposed big band recreations (source unknown) with hard-rocking numbers, the latter having been traced to a group of Gateway Records singles credited to "Lindsey Powers," who was actually saxophonist/bandleader Buddy Lucas. Given the casual fashion in which Bravo slapped the "Bobby Krane" credit on the Lucas tracks, I'm inclined to suggest that there was no Bobby Krane. Also, Krane's name was used by Pickwick as the catch-all orchestra leader for its sound-alikes, even on sides which feature no orchestra. That, imo, is a red flag. "Bobby Krane" may ultimately be as useful an appellation as "Vocals and Orchestra by Popular Radio and Television Artists."
Anyway, I truly enjoy this thrift gift from Diane (thanks, Diane!), and it's partly because, and not in spite of, the clash of styles throughout. Other listeners may find that contrast difficult to deal with--as ever, it's your call. But, at the very least, this budget release is a classic example of a cheapie label taking a "What the heck?" approach to a playlist, with little thought given to the packaging of big band-era material under the title "Teen Age Favorites." I mean, Take the "A" Train was a teen age favorite at one time in pop history--just not in the mid to late 1950s.
On the other hand, Bravo could have done worse by, say, combining the rocking Buddy Lucas tracks (which sound like a more hardcore version of Bill Haley and His Comets) with, for example, accordion favorites or sing-along selections, which would have really made things incongruous. At least big band is related to the rock and roll style of Buddy Lucas--a style which goes back to the late 1940s, if not earlier.
I needed to make the cover a bit darker to match the real thing, and I assure you that the smiling blonde (who also appears on the cover of the Design label's Rock 'N' Roll at the Sugar Bowl--same pic) looks just as harshly lit in both a lighter and darker Photoshop adjustment. The Sugar Bowl LP is credited to "Big Luke" Sykes and His Orchestra, whom I'm told is also Buddy Lucas, but my copy is too beat-up to even attempt a listen, let alone a rip. Anyway, Teen Age Dance Party must have confused any and all teenagers who heard it, though to what extent, we can't know. Its possible that the purchasers of 99-cent LPs had come to expect less than truthful packaging, which is often the price buyers paid for spending less on their vinyl.
Come, revisit the big band and early rock and roll eras with Bobby Krane, whoever he was, and Buddy Lucas, known as "Lindsey Powers" on Gateway (his sides given the year 1955 at Discogs). It's amusing that Bobby Krane gets the main billing, even though the Lucas tracks outnumber his by 6 to 4. Just another waltz in the budget-label park! A zone in which the goals were to 1. provide entertainment and 2. save money--in the reverse order.
Oh, and I have no idea what Teen Deen could possibly mean. Any thoughts? Maybe it was supposed to be Teen Den and someone accidentally added an e?
UPDATE: My thanks to musicman1979 for leading me to the most likely source for the four "Bobby Krane" sides--the Stanley Applewaite Prom Date LP, on Design DLP 23.
DOWNLOAD: Teen Age Dance Party--Bobby Krane/Buddy Lucas (Bravo K 131; year unknown)
PLAYLIST (Gateway Records titles in parenthesis)
Pony Tail (Wailin' Away)--Buddy Lucas and His Combo
Stompin' at the Savoy--Bobby Krane and His Orchestra
Bobby Sox (All Gone)--Buddy Lucas and His Combo
Take the "A" Train--Bobby Krane and His Orchestra
Wiggle Walk--Buddy Lucas and His Combo
One O'Clock Jump--Bobby Krane and His Orchestra
Drag Race (Round Robin)--Buddy Lucas and His Combo
C Jam Blues--Bobby Krane and His Orchestra
Rocks and Rolls (Blazing Home)--Buddy Lucas and His Combo
Teen Deen--Buddy Lucas and His Combo