Twenty-five 45s. Or is that forty-five 25s? No, I got it right the first time. Confused myself a little, there.
Projects like this always take longer than I expect, which is odd, since I do a lot of projects like this--you'd think I would catch on. Anyway, some fun selections, with many examples of "pop" artists covering R&B/rock and roll, with Steve Lawrence's Speedoo and Nick Noble's Lucy Lou my favorites along that line. In fact, the Jesse Stone-penned Lucy Lou (the melody a borrowing of Frere Jacques!) may not even be a cover--I can't find info on the song. But it's a pop singer performing a slow-rocking song, and very well, I might add.
Plus, two pop singers covering Chuck Willis numbers--Georgie Shaw delivering an excellent I Can Tell (1955) and Patti Page giving us an adequate Search My Heart. I was hoping the latter would be on par with Patti's fabulous What a Dream (also penned by Chuck Willis), but it's not quite in that league. And, from 1954, Johnnie Ray's excellent Drifters cover, Such a Night--though most people probably associate the song with the 1960 Elvis version. Also, big band rock and roll, with a not-at-all-bad Bip Bam (Charles Calhoun, aka Jesse Stone) by Art Mooney (1954) and a so-so Buddy Morrow cover of William "Bill" Haley's Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie (1955). Morrow did better things in this vein, but it's fun to hear any cover of this one.
In my opinion, Gale Storm does a much better pop version of Why Do Fools Fall in Love than I Hear You Knocking, but she hit the Top Ten with both, so she needn't care what I think. Then we have the Modernaires, who date back to Paul Whiteman, doing a budget label-style medley of then-current pop tunes in the oddly titled Tops 'N Pops, Pts. I and II. That is, I don't think the preposition in is typically contracted, unlike and (which is often incorrectly contracted as 'n or n'). Oh, well--none of my business.
Some un-pop-ized doo wop and other instances of rock and roll grace our playlist--The G-Clefs' Darla, My Darlin' (1956); The Voxpoppers' The Last Drag (1958); Bill Haley's 1957 Hook, Line and Sinker (be on guard for thumping triplets); Sonny Sheets' Skippin (sic) Class (1961); Joe Caldwell and the Majestics' How Long Will It Last and its flip, Make Up Your Mind, with Felix Lark singing lead (both 1961); and the more-or-less r&r Wonder, by The Three G's (1958). Oh, and there's The Wanderers' A Little Too Long (1961), and a rip of The Stroll by Tina Diamond and Hal Gordon entitled The Glide, which is well sung by Don Cherry in an excellent Ray Conniff production.
Two nice Guy Mitchell sides, a charming Jerry Vale number (Around the Clock; 1958), and a swinging 1955 Jill Corey side, That's All I Need. In fact, Jill's side is an R&B cover, now that I check it out--penned by Lincoln (Such a Night) Chase, LaVerne Baker, and Howard Biggs. How about that?
DOWNLOAD: Twenty-five 45s
Lucy Lou--Nick Noble, 1957
The Glide--Don Cherry, 1958
A Little Too Long--The Wanderers, 1961
Wonder--The Three G's, 1958
Till We're Engaged--Guy Mitchell, 1958
The Last Drag--The Voxpoppers, 1958
Darla, My Darlin'--The G-Clefs, 1956
Around the Clock--Jerry Vale, 1958
Great Big Eyes--The Rivieras, 1960
Skippin (sic) Class--Sonny Sheets and Tonettes, 1961
Make Up Your Mind--Felix Lark and the Majestics, 1961
How Long Will It Last--Joe Caldwell and the Majestics, 1961
I Can Tell--Georgie Shaw, 1955
Hook, Line and Sinker--Bill Haley and His Comets, 1957
Search My Heart--Patti Page, 1955
Bip Bam--Art Mooney and His Orch., Vocal by Chorus, 1954
Tops 'N Pops--Pts. I and II--The Modernaires, 1955
Why Do Fools Fall in Love--Gale Storm, 1956
Speedoo--Steve Lawrence, 1955
The Chicken and the Hawk (Up Up and Away)--Same
I Hear You Knocking--Gale Storm, 1955
Such a Night--Jonnie Ray, 1954
Two--Guy Mitchell, 1959
That's All I Need--Jill Corey, 1955
Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie--Buddy Morrow and His Orch., Vocal: Jerry Mercer, 1954