50’s & 60’s Retro
Whether having a famous parent in the music business is an asset to any aspiring offspring is debatable. Consider having to live up to expectations, reaching the heights reached by one's mother or father - not an easy task if that person is, say, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra or Judy Garland. The Crosby brood did not ultimately succeed, and who could compete with Frank? But lucky for us, Miss Garland's girl, Liza Minelli, made the grade, and ... [MORE]
As is well known, for the greater part of the Forties, Dinah Shore was the most popular female singer in the United States. A regular performer on radio, and queen of the juke-boxes, her record sales were second only to those of Bing Crosby for a considerable time she even outsold Frank Sinatra. And her popularity is not in the least surprising, for she had so much going for her - not least a voice like cream, like velvet, and a sense of ... [MORE]
If Jeri Southern had been born say twenty years later, in the post-war years after 1945 which have seen enormous changes in the shape of popular music, to survive in the business as a singer/pianist she would almost have certainly been expected to have written as well as sung her material. As it is, born in 1926, she belongs to a generation blessed with the pick of songs from an extraordinary array of talented Twentieth Century writers ... [MORE]
These two CD’s contain Kay’s earliest recordings, mainly from 1944 to 1946, but beginning with two tracks she recorded in 1939 with Glenn Miller when his regular female singer, Marion Hutton, was ill. While Kay’s later recordings were much more in what was then mainstream pop, these recordings are firmly rooted in jazz. During the period covered, Kay was the female singer with several bands, including Charlie Barnet and his orchestra, Les Paul and his ... [MORE]
Della Reese is the ultimate performer. Her voice is beyond description:amazingly powerful, expressive with flawless elocution and most original articulation, that requires much taste to be appreciated by real connoissers! Each song is a unique composition and none is like the other. After you listened to Della, the other blues or jazz stars seem colourless, despite their own qualities, they all are outcasted by Della's incredible ... [MORE]
Perennieal Christmas favourites arranged for Keely Smith by orchestral master Goerge Greely. Keely picks the finest crop of Christmas songs, from favourite carols like Silent Night and Adeste Fideles to novelty items like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer as well as the most famous Christmas song of all White Christmas. This is a CD for all the family - the perfect accompaniment to the season of peace and good-will. [MORE]
Howlin' Wolf was a primal force in the history of the blues and worthy to be labelled one the most important and influential blues artists of the past 50 years. This is the first time that his music has been presented in this way featuring the A and B sides from every single he released between 1951 and 1960. Fantastic and iconic tracks such as 'Smokestack Lighting', 'Spoonful' and 'How Many More Years' helped to inspire the British blues movement of the ... [MORE]
This superb package features the A and B sides of every single released between 1953 and 1960 for one of the most influential blues artists of the past 50 years, Muddy Waters. Includes such iconic hits as 'Got My Mojo Working', 'I Just Want to Make Love to You', 'Mannish Boy' and 'I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man'. These recordings influenced the Rolling Stones and the direction of popular music in the 1960s. Fully detailed liner notes cover his entire career. [MORE]
Although it wasn't until 1964 when Johnny Rivers finally became a star with his hit 'Memphis' he had a career going back to 1958. Here we have the earliest recordings of the 60s superstar getting their most comprehensive reissue yet! He recorded rockabilly and beat ballads and examples of all of his early attempts at a hit are featured on this full length CD. Anyone entranced with the roots of 60s pop can't help but be hooked on this collection. Fully ... [MORE]
Aretha Franklin is one of the giants of soul and American pop music, her success was so great she eventually went on to be named, 'Lady Soul'. On this magnificent 2CD set we look at her early pre-Atlantic recordings.
For the first time ever her 1956 debut gospel album is compiled alongside her first three RnB/pop Albums. Just one listen to the material on offer here and it is clear that she was well on her way to being the RnB star that we know her ... [MORE]
Merging the sounds of '50s RnB with the power of gospel vocals may have been conceived by some as the devils work, but as we all know, Ray forged quite the career out of it and became a pioneer and a major influence by devising a whole new form of black pop music. It is here though that we have both volumes of 'Modern Sounds in Country Music' with their wonderful, unique and groundbreaking fusion of jazz, RnB and CnW.
The first volume topped the US LP ... [MORE]
Lena Horne's recorded work has been somewhat overshadowed by her Hollywood roles and her work in civil rights activism during the 1960s, but on this wonderful 2CD set we focus on her music.
Collected together here are four of her albums that she released between 1957 and 1962: 'Stormy Weather', '...At the Waldorf Astoria', Lena at the Sands', and 'Lena Lonely and Alive'. This is a great mixture of studio and live music that enables the listener to get ... [MORE]
Over the years, Santo and Johnny have kept a list of the songs that people ask for over and over again. It is with some of these songs that we begin our journey with, including classics such as 'Spanish Harlem', 'Brazil' and 'Along the Navajo Trail'. Continuing on we whisk you off to 'A Foggy Day in London Town' before we proceed to meet 'The Poor People of Paris'. Covering the last 12 tracks of this disc, Santo Johnny have created the perfect musical ... [MORE]
The Champs were propelled to stardom when they topped the US Pop, RnB and UK charts in the summer of 1958 with their debut single, the Latin-flavoured instrumental 'Tequila'. Spawning a plethora of covers, the song earned a Grammy Award in 1959 while the band - whose varying line-up reads like a who's who of early Californian rock music - went on to enjoy further hits into the early 1960s.This 2CD set comprises their first studio albums along with ... [MORE]
There have been many collections of these pre- Simon Garfunkel releases but this is the first chronological compilation to feature all of their commercially released singles between 1957 and 1961.
Includes tracks originally recorded as Tom Jerry, Jerry Landis, Artie Garr and Tico The Triumphs plus rare solo singles from both Art and Paul.
The music on this disc is a far cry from the music that Simon and Garfunkel produced over the last forty years ... [MORE]
This is the second release in our new series showcasing RnB vocal groups from different parts of the US. This collection features The Edsels from Ohio, The Eldorados from Chicago The Counts from Indianapolis, and The Turbans from Philadelphia. The set features the A and B sides of all The Counts early singles for the very first time on one CD in the UK. Plus all the hits and more you would expect from all of the groups including: 'Rama Lama Ding Dong', ... [MORE]
This is the first release in our series showcasing RnB vocal groups from different parts of the USA. This collection features The Willows, The Valentines and The Fiestas from New York and The Nutmegs from New Haven, Connecticut. It includes all the hits the four groups enjoyed including 'Church Bells May Ring' by The Willows, 'Lily Maebelle' and 'Woo Woo Train' by The Valentines, 'A Story Untold' and 'Ship of Love' by The Nutmegs and 'So Fine' and 'You ... [MORE]
The first ever CD collection featuring Jo Ann Greer, one of the most talented and distinctive vocalists of the 1950s, who toured with the Les Brown Orchestra for more than 30 years. 28 recordings, most on CD for the first time, including early singles with orchestral backing by: Dave Barbour Jerry Gray Dick Stabile and Ray Anthony, with whom she had the hits 'Wild Horses' and 'The Hokey Pokey', as well as 11 great tracks with Les Brown's Band of Renown ... [MORE]
Jasmine are pleased to issue this superb collection of 25 songs from The Cardinals who like many groups of the early RnB/doo wop era strangely never received the hits or following they deserved. Today they are considered one the greatest of the early doo-wop groups by fans and collectors alike. The set features the A and B sides of all their singles and includes their hits including 'Shouldn’t I Know', 'Wheel of Fortune' and 'The Door Is Still Open'.
Despite their comparative lack of chart hits, The Harptones are one of the most beloved doo wop groups of the ‘50s. This is by far the best collection ever of this superb group which includes hits and rarities with many of the tracks making their CD debut. The set features such classics as 'A Sunday Kind Of Love', 'Life Is but a Dream' and their biggest hit 'Why Should I Love You'.
Listening to the content of this 2CD set it is hard to believe that ... [MORE]
The Du Droppers were an early ‘50s RnB vocal group who were more influenced by blues and gospel than many groups of the time and are much revered by today’s collectors of early RnB. With 38 tracks this is the most comprehensive Du Droppers CD ever released and features their very rare EPs as well as all of their notable singles including their hits 'I Wanna Know' and 'I Found Out'.
This is a must for early RB fans and if you like The Dominoes, Clovers ... [MORE]
During the 1950s, Lonnie Donegan reigned as the undisputed 'King of Skiffle' and he is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential musicians of his era. This unique 58-track, 2CD collection contains all his singles, both As and B-sides issued between 1954-1961.
The set features 32 UK hits, including Lonnie’s four UK No. 1s Cumberland Gap, Gamblin’ Man, Putting On The Style and My Old Man’s A Dustman. Also included ... [MORE]
Jasmine has done it again! A fantastic collection of 45 tracks recorded between 1954 and 1961 by one of the greatest doo wop groups, The Five Satins. Features the early singles as The Scarlets and their entire collection of chart hits as The Five Satins. Of course this includes, 'In the Still of the Night' which is regularly voted as the greatest doo wop song ever. Fully detailed liner notes cover their entire career. This is yet another superb addition ... [MORE]
Don Rondo was amongst the finest of ballad singers during the late '50s but somehow - with just a few exceptions - chart success eluded him, despite a succession of fine recordings. However we at Jasmine recognise a fine baritone voice when we hear one. Features his hits: 'Two Different Worlds', 'White Silver Sands' and 'There's Only You' plus another 25 tracks that include 'While We're Young', 'Dormi, Dormi, Dormi', 'City Lights' and 'My Foolish Heart'. ... [MORE]
The George Mitchell Minstrels presented traditional American minstrel fare from the turn of the century and the heyday of both American and British vaudeville. There was also an element of country music as well as the use of British Music Hall standards from the Edwardian era. Featured here are two original albums from the most popular British LP act of the pre-Beatles era whose Saturday night BBC TV show was the highest rated variety show of the '60s ... [MORE]