50’s & 60’s Retro
SIX-FIVE SPECIAL and JACK GOODS 'OH BOY!'
Towards the end of the 1950s when television and rock and roll were in their infancy the BBC launched what was to be it's first attempt at a rock and roll programme. It was noisy. It was brash. It was chaotic. The high brow press hated it but the young people took it to their hearts. Six-Five Special was born! Almost a year later 'Oh Boy!' was launched on ITV by the same producer who created Six-Five ... [MORE]
Helen O'Connell had a long career from singing in groups in the '40s to being a solo artist and star of TV shows in the '50s This is the first in depth look at Helen's singles from 1951 - 1957.
Best known for her squeals on 'Green Eyes' and her versions of many of the standards of the era. This set also shows her versatility from singing novelties such as the great 'How Do You Like Your Eggs In the Morning' with Dean Martin to the soul searing 'Body ... [MORE]
With their unique blend of humour and Rock 'n' Roll, The Coasters were one of the most popular vocal groups of the '50s transcending the limited popularity of many other R'n'B groups of that time. A generous 30 tracks, including their earliest releases as The Robins through to their hit making heyday, and presents for the first time all their singles and A and B sides in chronological order. Includes all of their major hits such as 'Yakety Yak', 'Charlie ... [MORE]
This unique 2 CD set features 49 No. 1s and 1 No. 2 compiled from Billboard Magazine's R'n'B Charts between 1953 and 1958, and covers some of the most iconic and influential performers and recordings of the 20th century. Includes seminal recordings from many artist who are still performing today including: B.B. King, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Etta James and Little Richard. Compiled in chronological order and illustrating the amazing progress made by R'n'B ... [MORE]
'50s female rock and roll is very rare on CD and this compilation brings together some of the brightest and most innovative female rockers of that era. Everything on this collection rocks, no ballads, no mid tempos just raucous non stop rock and roll! Big stars like Connie Francis, Wanda Jackson and Brenda Lee join forces with lesser known artists like Laura Lee Perkins and Jo Anne Campbell. Many of these artists became famous during the 1970s Rockabilly ... [MORE]
Clever, bold, endowed with a wealth of ideas that border on the miraculous, Andre Popp placed himself at the head of the list of young avant-garde musicians with the suddenness of a thunderbolt. A madly inventive arranger/conductor André employed state-of-the-art studio craft to create his wacky masterpieces. Includes two of the greatest albums of the space age pop era, the groundbreaking 'Delirium in Hi-Fi' and 'Popped' are here in their entirety. ... [MORE]
Guy Mitchell was one of the most popular pre-rock 'n' roll vocalists whom to many evokes the last period of America's innocence before the rock 'n' roll revolution. He was also a precursor to the late '50s teen idols as he was the first major recording artist whose career was crafted in the studio, by the record company and sold to the public by the way of records and radio, not concerts. His claim to fame began with his double sided hit 'My Heart Cries ... [MORE]
Bob Merrill was one of popular music's most prolific and popular songwriters who despite being unable to read music wrote more pop hits in the '50s than anyone else. This 2CD set has a whopping 61 tracks featuring a multitude of big name artists such as Tony Martin, Guy Mitchell, Burl Ives, Patti Page, Doris Day and many more! Includes his first big hit and in fact million seller 'If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked A Cake' with Eileen Barton, and the ... [MORE]
Rock 'n' Roll instrumentals enjoyed huge popularity in the late 1950s and here are 25 of the biggest hits, illustrating the kind of discs that made a whole generation of teenagers pick up instruments and start a group. Top Ten hits include, 'Tequila', 'Rebel Rouser' and 'Topsy' and of course 'Honky Tonk' which started the whole trend and became a huge million selling pop and R 'n' B hit! Includes legendary guitarists like Link Wray and Duane Eddy. ... [MORE]
2CD overview of the rise of the American teenage stars containing 50 hits from the UK and US that scored hits and fame in wake of Elvis Presley's international breakthrough. Features the No. 1 hits 'Young Love' - Tab Hunter, 'Love Letters In the Sand' - Pat Boone, 'Diana' - Paul Anka, 'Poor Little Fool' - Ricky Nelson, 'Bird Dog' - The Everly Brothers and 'It's Only Make Believe' - Conway Twitty. Includes many of the most distinctive voices and enduring ... [MORE]
Jackie Wilson was one of the biggest and most influential black R and B performers of the Rock and Roll era and was considered a major influence on the growth of soul music in the '60s. This 25 track selection spans his work chronologically from 1953 - 1958 and includes 8 titles recorded as lead singer of Billy Ward's Dominos with many tracks composed by Motown's Berry Gordy. Includes the hits: 'To be Loved', 'You Better Know It', 'Lonely Teardrops', ... [MORE]
This 2CD collection includes 50 of the most commercially successful vocal group recordings of the fifties and is the perfect overview of this musical genre. Featuring the most famous of all Doo-Wop songs which were pop and/or RB hits between 1954 and 1958. A large proportion of these songs have been given a new lease of life as major pop hits. Amongst these are Dean Martin's, 'The Door Is Still Open To My Heart', Kylie Minogue's 'Tears On My Pillow', The ... [MORE]
Ray Charles was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and was arguably most responsible for developing soul music over any other artist of his era. This unique 2CD, 50 track compilation covers the A and B sides of Ray's earliest singles and includes influential classics like 'I Got A Woman' and 'Night Time Is The Right Time'. Also featured are the original versions of much recorded songs like 'This Little Girl Of Mine', 'Lonely Avenue' ... [MORE]
The Four Aces were one of the most successful pre-rock vocal groups rising to fame in the '50s and who's unique sound favoured them to millions. Features the hits and million sellers '(It's No) Sin', 'Tell Me Why', 'Three Coins in the Fountain', 'Love Is a Many Splendored Thing' and more! Despite the plethora of groups who donned the 'Four' moniker this set proves that when all the cards are dealt The Four Aces take all the tricks! [MORE]
A former member of The Hilltoppers and music director for Dot records Billy Vaughn was also one of the most popular orchestra leaders and pop music arrangers of the '50s. In fact having more pop hits than any other orchestra leader during the rock n' roll era! The unmistakeable sound of Billy Vaughn and his orchestra romp through the hits: 'Melody Of Love', 'Shifting Whispering Sands' and the fantastic twin-sax sound on 'Sail Along Silvery Moon' and ... [MORE]
Jasmine are proud to present the first CD collection of The Satisfiers who were one of the most accomplished popular vocal groups of the '40s and '50s. This compilation features several major hits all in great fidelity: 'Ole Buttermilk Sky', 'Big Brass Band From Brazil', 'Personality' and 'Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy'. Plus many great standards such as 'I Hear Music' and 'Over The Rainbow'. Fantastic orchestral arrangements by Dick Jacobs, Russ Case, ... [MORE]
Gogi Grant was a major star who appeared at top cabaret venues across America and on many of the major television shows of her era. In 1956 she was voted Most Popular Female Vocalist by Billboard magazine.
Across this 2CD set we focus on her output from the late '50s with the albums 'Gigi', 'Welcome to my Heart', 'Torch Time' and 'Granted - It's Gogi', the later two containing fantastic orchestral backing of Henri René and Johnny Mandel. We also ... [MORE]
Due to the success of our first Eydie Gormé double CD 'Sincerely Yours' Jasmine JASCD 450 and the single CD by her and husband Steve Lawrence 'To You From Us' Jasmine JASCD 493 it was obvious another release was necessary. These CDs feature four of her best selling albums 'Eydie Swings The Blues', 'Eydie Vamps The Roarin' Twenties', 'Eydie In Love' and 'Gormé Sings Showstoppers' on one collection for the first time. [MORE]
Nelson Riddle was the most respected arranger - conductor of the 1950s and was largely responsible for the tremendously successful recordings of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Includes his major hits such as 'Lisbon', 'Antigua' and 'Port Au Prince' plus many more. Also featured are several classic tracks and standards plus rare tracks debuting on CD. In addition there are scores of sophisticated arrangements with Bing Crosby, Margaret ... [MORE]
La Rosa was one of the most popular singers of the 1950s, remembered for his appearances on the Arthur Godfrey Show and on radio, television, records, and stage. Including his major hits: 'Anywhere I Wander', 'Eh Cumpari', 'Suddenly There's A Valley', 'Mobile', 'Domani', 'Three Coins In The Fountain' and many American standards. With spectacular arrangements by Joe Reisman, Hugo Winterhalter and Archie Bleyer. This is the definitive La Rosa collection-the ... [MORE]
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme are known for performing together as well as being popular solo artists in their own right. Here for the first time in one compilation we largely focus our attention on their solo singles and hits and feature 25 tracks new to CD. Includes Eydie's chart entries 'Love Me Forever', 'Your Kisses Kill Me', 'You Need Hands', 'The Voice In My Heart' plus the outstanding film tracks 'Separate Tables' and 'Let Me Be Loved' from the ... [MORE]
The Four Lads were experts at close harmony and a cappella and were very much influenced by spiritual and gospel music. They scored an incredible number of pop Top 100 hits during the early '50s. Containing all of their major hits including 'Moments To Remember', 'Skokiaan', 'No Not Much', 'Who Needs You', 'Standing On The Corner', 'The Bus Stop Song'. Collaborations with Frankie Laine, and Jill Corey plus many full production numbers with esteemed ... [MORE]
Jimmy Boyd was one of the most successful child singing stars of the 1950s. Young Jimmy was responsible for one of the biggest ever selling Christmas album which included 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus' which sold 2 million copies in less than two months!
Duets are also featured with Rosemary Clooney, Frankie Laine and Jimmy's female child star equivalent Gayla Peevey. With many tracks new to CD plus previously unreleased tracks makes this a must ... [MORE]
In the 1940s and early 50s a young girl called Eve Young was making waves in the UK charting with some big hits. Across the pond in America there was a young singing sensation also taking the charts by storm called Karen Chandler. Unbeknown to most people was that they were one and the same! Featured are two of Britain's biggest No. 1 songs 'If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked A Cake' and 'Silver Dollar', and the U.S hit 'Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me'. ... [MORE]
Billy Eckstine was one of the greatest male pop stars to emerge from the 1940's and was a star of the concert stage, radio, television, recordings, films and night clubs. The distinguished orchestras of Nelson Riddle, Hugo Winterhalter and Pete Rugolo are featured. Plus all four selections from his Duke Ellington EP and his sessions with the great George Shearing.
Many tracks are debuting on CD along with the major hits 'I APOLOGISE', 'MY FOOLISH ... [MORE]