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Frankie Vaughan was an all singing and dancing star of the '50s who's popularity was not affected by the arrival of Rock and Roll, and this set proves just why that was. With all his '50s hits plus some B sides, new to CD tracks and even tracks unreleased in the UK. Hits include 'Istanbul', 'Happy Days and Lonely Nights', 'Tweedle Dee' and 'Seventeen' plus his No. 2 hit 'Green Door' and No. 1 'The Garden of Eden'. Funnily enough 'Give Me the Moonlight' ... [MORE]
Rock n Roll's quintessential live performer, the controversial Jerry Lee Lewis was arguably Sun Records' chief Sam Phillips's most talented/import discovery after Elvis. This special compilation presents the very best of 'The Killer's' recordings for Sun, between 1956-59 including all his early singles, his first LP, and a plethora of collectors' rarities. Moreover this unique set showcases his vast range and versatility covering RR, RB, Blues, Country, ... [MORE]
THE SINGLES - As and Bs
For the first time on one 2-CD set both sides of all of Little Richard's important single releases recorded between 1956 and 1957. Includes several of Rock Roll's most iconic recordings and undeniable classics such as 'Tutti Frutti', 'Long Tall Sally', 'Lucille' and many more. This is the perfect presentation for one of Rock and Roll's greatest artists and his greatest hits. With detailed sleeve notes incorporating all his ... [MORE]
The many talents of Della Reese has meant she has enjoyed a long and successful career as top drawer performer of Jazz, Blues, R and B, Gospel and stylish pop music. Here the spotlight is on her two complete albums and a collection of her singles from Jubilee records including the classic hit 'And That Reminds Me'. This is a great introduction to the work of Della Reese and shows exactly why she was to considered one of the foremost interpreters of the ... [MORE]
A veritable feast of Nat 'King' Cole tracks await you on this 2 CD collection, and a feast indeed it is, for every single one of these 55 tracks made the Top 30 in either the U.S.A. or Britain during the Fifties. The hits include: 'Mona Lisa', 'Orange Coloured Sky', 'Too Young', 'Pretend' and so many more it would take too long to list them all! It seems Nat 'King' Cole will never go out of fashion and since his death his music has frequently graced the ... [MORE]
What more can really be said of 'The Man in Black?' The distinctive, basic sound of his deep baritone voice, stark, percussive guitar transcended any one genre and created his own sub-genre between the blunt honesty of folk, the rebellion of rock roll, and the weariness of country. Includes the classic hits 'I Walk The Line', 'Ballad of a Teenage Queen' and 'Don't Take Your Guns To Town'. Johnny Cash is simply an institution in music history and is ... [MORE]
Ralph Marterie was one of the last big band leaders to have repeated commercial success in the face of the rock and roll revolution of the '50s. Includes many standards and well known songs like the swinging 'Bumble Boogie', the RB themed 'Tricky' and the Top Ten 'Pretend', 'Caravan', 'Skokiaan' and the twangy surf guitar lines 'Shish Kebab'. There has always been a market for music that aspires to do nothing more than entertain and this fantabulous CD ... [MORE]
What is there to say about Frank Sinatra that hasn't already been said? Very little one would say, but what we can tell you is we think that this two CD collection contains the cream of the crop from the singles that Sinatra released in just a little over 6 years - 6 years when he was considered by many to be at his peak. With standout hits such as 'Three Coins in the Fountain', 'Learnin' the Blues' and 'Love and Marriage' plus many well known standards. ... [MORE]
Though he might have been ranked second at any given moment to Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, or Harry James, Tommy Dorsey was overall the most popular bandleader of the swing era who's high standards and attention to detail made him a maestro of the swing band. Through his love of jazz Tommy Dorsey introduced the concept of the what was to be the first 'band-within-a- band' using members of his own orchestra to form a small group to continue ... [MORE]
Jaye P. Morgan was an actress, comedienne and one of the hottest singers of the 1950s who became a household name with her husky vocal style. This is the first set to include all of her major hit records and great album together in one package. Hits include: 'That's All I Want From You', 'The Longest Walk', 'If You Don't Want My Love', 'Danger, Heartbreak Ahead', 'Softly, Softly', and 'Pepper Hot Baby'. In addition are classic duets with Eddy Arnold and ... [MORE]
Lou Busch was a major arranger - conductor who created an alter ego for himself in the guise of Joe 'Fingers' Carr the ragtime and honky-tonk pianist. For the first time on one compilation we present both facets of the spectacular Lou Busch / Joe 'Fingers' Carr career.
All of Joe 'Fingers' Carr's hits are included: 'Lets Do It Again!', 'Music! Music! Music!', 'Maple Leaf Rag', 'Portuguese Washerwomen', 'Sam's Song', 'Down Yonder', 'Tiger Rag', 'Beer ... [MORE]
Few child stars make the transition to even mild teenage success, much less do they go on to enjoy careers as adults. Yet Brenda Lee - aka 'Little Miss Dynamite' was the exception, building on her childhood fame to become one of the worlds most popular singers. This special compilation deals with her earliest work, anthologising everything that Brenda recorded between 1956-58, including her early hits 'Jambalaya', 'One Step At A Time', 'Lets Jump The ... [MORE]
2009 is the 50th anniversary of the formation of the worlds most recognisable record label - Motown - and all through the year reissue CDs, major print articles and TV specials have celebrated the music of Berry Gordy.
This compilation is the first ever attempt to gather together examples of Gordy's song writing and production skills in the late 1950s prior to the formation of his legendary label.
This unique collection brings together many of the ... [MORE]
For the first time on one 2CD set both sides of all The Drifters single releases between 1953 and 1958 and includes seminal recordings from two of the groups most important lead singers, Clyde McPhatter and Johnny Moore.
Features such influential and much covered original hits as 'Such A Night', 'Money Honey', 'Ruby Baby' and their definitive R 'n' B version of 'White Christmas'. Plus bonus tracks including the groups harmony back-up vocals on two ... [MORE]
The Big 18 was a studio-only big band assembled by musical director Fred Reynolds in 1958 with the idea to showcase some of the star sidemen from the big band era. With expert arrangements and solos written by Charles Shirley, and the incredible personnel line up featuring Buck Clayton, Billy Butterfield, Lou McGarity and many more! 18 tracks in stereo covering both albums 'Live Echoes of the Swinging Bands' and 'More Live Echoes of the Swinging Bands', ... [MORE]
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]
Featuring The Small Groups Off: Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Gene Krupa, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Harry James, Duke Ellington.
Many big bands followed a trend originally set by Tommy Dorsey which was to form a 'band-within-a band'. By using just a few members of their own orchestras big band names were able to create more spontaneous jazz through the musical freedom of a smaller group.
Featuring many great standards and original rare ... [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]