Archive for January, 2012


Growing up in the 1950s it is hard not to remember the great sounds of early rock and roll.  One of the songs that became a huge hit was recorded by the legendary R&B bandleader/composer…Johnny Otis…the classic…WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE.  The single record on Capitol Records (3966), made its Billboard Top 100 debut on June 23, 1958 and charted at #9.  The record remained on the Top 100 for 16 weeks.  WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE charted even higher on the Billboard R&B chart, reaching #3.  The song is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame..

With its great rhythm and beat the record was a natural for the teen market.  Johnny was born John Veliotes on December 28, 1921 in Vallejo, California.  In 1945 he started his own band, charting many hit records…one of his best is his version of HARLEM NOCTURNE-1951.  He wrote, EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART which became a big hit for Gladys Knight and The Pips in 1961.

Johnny was known as the “Godfather of Rhythm and Blues”.  Johnny’s R&B Caravan featured the top R&B artists of the 1950s.  He is credited with discovering, Jackie Wilson, Hank Ballard and Little Willie John to name a few.  He was also a well-known DJ in Los Angeles.

Johnny charted four hit records in the rock era, the biggest of course is his classic,  WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE.  Others include,  CRAZY COUNTRY HOP-#87 in 1958…CASTIN’ MY SPELL-#52 in 1959 and MUMBLIN’ MOSIE-#80 in 1960.  All of the single records were released on Capital Records.

Johnny Otis was selected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 (non-performer).  On January 17, 2012 Johnny passed away at the age of 90.  His music lives on…in our hearts and minds…remembering the days of WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE…wonderful memories from the “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL.

CLICK ON A TITLE BELOW…THE LEGENDARY JOHNNY OTIS IS WAITING TO SING FOR YOU!!!

Willie And The Hand Jive

Crazy Country Hop

Willie Did The Cha Cha Cha—Flip side of “Crazy Country Hop”

Till the next time—Joe

THE WORLD LOST ONE OF THE MOST GIFTED FEMALE VOCALISTS OF ALL-TIME WITH THE PASSING OF ETTA JAMES ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012.  BORN JAMESETTA HAWKINS ON JANUARY 25, 1938 IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA.  SHE FOUGHT FREQUENT BOUTS WITH DRUG ADDICTION AND FINALLY WAS CURED IN THE LATE 1970S.

HER HIT RECORDS ARE LEGENDARY…HER FIRST IN 1955…THE WALLFLOWER ON MODERN RECORDS (947) BECAME A #1 R&B HIT.  THE SONG ALSO KNOWN AS…ROLL WITH ME HENRY…IS THE ANSWER SONG TO HANK BALLARD’S…WORK WITH ME ANNIE”.

HIT AFTER HIT CHARTED ON VARIOUS RECORD LABELS THROUGHOUT THE 1960S AND 1970S.  HER CLASSIC HIT…AT LAST, WON A GRAMMY AWARD IN 1961.  HER LAST TOP 10 R&B HIT IS HER 1967 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME RECORDING OF…TELL MAMA.  ETTA CHARTED 30 R&B HIT SINGLE RECORDS AND 28 BILLBOARD HOT 100 HITS.

HER WONDERFUL MUSIC WILL BE ENJOYED FOR YEARS TO COME…SHE IS TRULY A CLASSIC…THE LEGENDARY ETTA JAMES…A MUSICAL LEGACY…SHE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED IN THE “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.

CLICK ON THE TITLE TO ENJOY…THE “LEGENDARY” ETTA JAMES…SINGING HER #1 HIT RECORD…”THE WALLFLOWER”

The Wallflower—Etta James #1 R&B hit record from 1955

TILL THE NEXT TIME—JOE

HI,  THANKS FOR STOPPING BY TRIVIA TEASER TODAY.  TODAY’S QUESTION IS:  IN 1957 THIS FATS DOMINO HIT RECORD BECAME A #1 BILLBOARD R&B HIT.  THE SINGLE RECORD REMAINED AT #1 FOR 6 WEEKS AND SOLD OVER 1 MILLION COPIES.  THE RECORD ALSO CROSSED OVER TO THE BILLBOARD TOP 100 (POP CHART) AND BECAME A #4 HIT RECORD.  THE SONG ALSO BECAME A TOP 10 HIT FOR RICKY NELSON.  CAN YOU NAME THE SONG?

THE ANSWER IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST.

TILL THE NEXT TIME—JOE

 

 

ANSWER:  I’M WALKIN’ —IMERIAL RECORDS (5428)

Thank You for the wonderful response to yesterday’s “Rock and Roll Quiz”.  The answers are:

1-Till

2-ABC-Paramount

3-O Dio Mio

4-Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go

5-Love Letters In The Sand

6-The Chantels

7-Pony Time

8-Dream Lover

9-Whispering Bells

10-Blueberry Hill

11-Don and Phil…Wake Up Little Susie

12-I’m A Man

13-To The Isle

14-Connie Francis

15-Shake, Rattle And Roll

16-Don’t Let Go

17-Mary Lou

18-Poor Little Fool

19-The Great Pretender

20-Love Me Tender

21-Personality…”Mr. Personality”

22-We Got Love

23-Star Dust-#12…Deep Purple-#20

24-Dreamin’

25-Hula Love

How did you do?…The music and the memories…the great artists that brought these songs to us are a part of history now….we were told the music would never last…but 57 years later I am proud to repeat the words of Danny And The Juniors…”Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay”.

To all of you who read my posts each day…”Thank You”…to all the great artists and people behind the scenes who have made this wonderful music…”Thank You”…The “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL” is here and stronger than ever…”LET’S KEEP OUR MUSIC ALIVE”.

Till the next time—Joe

The early years of Rock and Roll produced some of the greatest music of the rock era…how many of these question do you know the answer to….ready, set, begin:

1–The female pop group…The Angels charted their first Billboard Hot 100, Top 20 hit in 1961…Can you name the song?

2–Paul Anka recorded his early hit records for this legendary record label?

3–Annette (Funicello) charted 2 Billboard Hot 100, Top 10 hits, the first is TALL PAUL in 1959.  Can you name her second Top 10 hit record (1960)?

4–This song became a #6 hit record on the Billboard Hot 100 and a #1 Billboard R&B hit in 1960 for Hank Ballard And The Midnighters?

5–In 1957 Pat Boone charted a record that would become his longest charted hit at #1 (7 weeks), it would also be his longest charting single record at 34 weeks on the Billboard music charts…can you name the song?

6–Arlene Smith, Sonia Goring, Rene Minus, Jackie Landry and Lois Harris formed this legendary female vocal group…Can you name them?

7–Chubby Checker charted…THE TWIST at #1 twice, once in 1960 and the second time in 1961.  Can you name his other #1 hit record, it is also from 1961?

8–Before Bobby Darin charted his classic recording of…MACK THE KNIFE- #1 in 1959 he charted another classic that just missed #1…peaking at #2.  Can you name the song?

9–The Dell-Vikings charted 2 Billboard Top 100, Top 10 hits in 1957 on Dot Records…the first is the classic…COME GO WITH ME-#4…can you name the second record, it charted at #9?

10-This legendary Fats Domino classic became a #2 hit on the Billboard Top 100 in 1956 and a #1 Billboard R&B hit for 11 weeks in 1956.  Can you name the song?

11-This question has two parts…1-What are the first names of The Everly Brothers?  2-Can you name their first #1 hit record?

12-Fabian charted his first hit record in January of 1959 on Chancellor Records…Can you name that song?

13-The Five Satins second hit record made its Billboard Top 100 debut on July 22, 1957 and became a #25 hit record…Can you name this classic recording?

14-She is pop music’s #1 female vocalist from the late 1950s to the mid 1960s…who is she?

15-This recording became Bill Haley And His Comets first Billboard pop, Top 10 hit in late 1954.  The single record charted at #7 and remained on the Billboard charts for 27…Can you name their classic hit record?

16-This wonderful R&B classic by Roy Hamilton, made its Billboard Top 100 debut on January 13, 1958.  The record charted at #13 and remained on the Top 100 for 16 weeks.  Can you name this Roy Hamilton rocker?

17-This song by Ronnie Hawkins was about a girl who stole his “Cadillac car…jumped in his Caddy and drove it far”.  The record charted in August of 1959 and became his biggest hit single record…at #26.  Can you name the song?

18-What Ricky Nelson classic was the first #1 hit record on Billboard’s first Hot 100 chart (Pop Chart) on August 4, 1958?

19-This Platters classic, charted on December 17, 1955 on the Billboard Pop chart…the record became a #1 hit on the pop chart, it crossed over and became their biggest #1 hit on the Billboard R&B chart, holding the #1 spot for 11 weeks.  Can you name this Platters classic?

20-This Elvis Presley classic from 1956 became his fifth #1 hit single record of the year.  The record charted on October 20, 1956.  It was a Pop #1 hit for 5 weeks and remained on the pop chart for 23 weeks…the song is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has sales of over 5 million copies…Can you name the song?

21-This Lloyd Price classic from 1959 earned him his “nickname”…Can you name the song and his “nickname”?

22-In October of 1959 this Bobby Rydell record began its climb up the Billboard Hot 100…it would become his first Top 10 hit single record (#6) and remain on the Hot 100 for 17 weeks.  Can you name the song?

23-In 1957 Billy Ward And His Dominoes charted two Top 20 hit single records of songs that were both considered “standards”…Can you name them?

24-This song by Johnny Burnette became his first charted hit record in July of 1960…Can you name the song?

25-Buddy Knox charted three hit single records in 1957.  This song was his third hit of the year and became his second, Billboard Top 10 single of the year…can you name the song?

THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS WILL BE POSTED TOMORROW…HOW WELL DID YOU DO?

Till the next time—Joe

Roy Orbison charted so many classic hit records in his career.  In 1956 he charted his first hit…OOBY DOOBY on Sun Records (242).  The record label gave credit to Roy Orbison and Teen Kings.  The single record charted at #59 on the Billboard Top 100 and was the beginning of many classic hits to come.

Roy charted singles through 1989, with his last hit record…YOU GOT IT a #9 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.  On August 7, 1961 he charted…CANDY MAN on his record label of many years…Momument Records (447).  The single charted at #25 and remained on the Hot 100 for 14 weeks.  Just a week later on August 14, 1961, his classic ballad…CRYING, the other side of his single record charted.  This song is Roy Orbison at his best…belting out a sad love song as only he could.  CRYING became the “A” side of the single record, going all the way to #2 and remaining on the Hot 100 for 16 weeks.

Roy Orbison’s CRYING… won a Grammy: Hall Of Fame Award and it is listed at #68 on the Rolling Stone magazine Top 500 Songs.  Roy charted 31 hit single records…10 of these are Top 10 hits and 2 are #1 hits…(RUNNING SCARED-1961 and OH, PRETTY WOMAN-1964. Roy Orbison left us in December of 1988 at the age of 52…much too soon!!!

The “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL” IS HAPPY TO PRESENT BOTH SIDES OF THIS CLASSIC ROY ORBISON HIT FROM 1961…”CRYING” AND “CANDY MAN”.

Crying

Candy Man

Till the next time—Joe

Fred Milano of The Belmonts and Dion and The Belmonts died on January 4, 2012 of lung cancer.  He lived in Massapequa, on New York’s Long Island.  He and his friends Angelo D’Aleo and Carlo Mastrangelo from the Bronx, formed The Belmonts in the mid 1950’s.

They became Dion and The Belmonts after Dion DiMucci joined the group in 1958.  Dion and The Belmonts charted one classic hit after another, including…I WONDER WHY… in 1958…A TEENAGER IN LOVE…1959…WHERE OR WHEN…1959…NO ONE KNOWS…1958 and other classic hit single records.  In 1960 Dion left the group to go solo.  The Belmonts charted a string of hits in 1961 with…TELL ME WHY and  COME ON LITTLE ANGEL in 1962.  They charted 7 Billboard Hot 100 hit single records between 1961 and 1981.

Fred Milano was born in the Bronx on August 26, 1939.  He became a legal coordinator at New York’s Rikers Island jail complex, helping inmates research their cases…his place in rock history is secured through the legacy of his outstanding music with Dion and The Belmonts and The Belmonts…he lives in the “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.

Till the next time—Joe

THANK YOU FOR CHECKING OUT TRIVIA TEASER TODAY…TODAY’S QUESTION IS:  DANNY & THE JUNIORS CHARTED 4 BILLBOARD TOP 100 HITS BETWEEN DECEMBER OF 1957 AND SEPTEMBER OF 1960…TWO OF THEM ARE THE CLASSICS…”AT THE HOP” A #1 HIT RECORD AND THEIR FOLLOW-UP…”ROCK AND ROLL IS HERE TO STAY”, A #19 HIT.  CAN YOU NAME THEIR NEXT 2 BILLBOARD, TOP 40 HITS…ONE WAS ON ABC-PARAMOUNT RECORDS (1958) AND THE OTHER ON SWAN RECORDS (1960)?

THE ANSWER APPEARS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST.

TILL THE NEXT TIME—JOE

 

 

ANSWER: DOTTIE-#39…CHARTED IN JUNE OF 1958……….TWISTIN’ U.S.A.-#27…CHARTED IN SEPTEMBER OF 1960

HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THIS SONG WAS A HIT 54 YEARS AGO…A FAVORITE ON AM RADIO, “CLICK CLACK” CHARTED ON THE BILLBOARD TOP 100 ON FEBRUARY 10, 1958 AND CLIMBED TO #28 ON THE CHART.  THE SINGLE ON SWAN RECORDS (4001) REMAINED ON THE TOP 100 FOR 14 WEEKS.

DICKY DOO AND THE DON’TS, A ROCK AND ROLL BAND WAS FOUNDED BY GERRY GRANAHAN IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK.  THEY WERE NAMED AFTER THE NICKNAME OF DICK CLARK’S SON…”DICKY DOO”.  THE GROUP FEATURED…HARVEY DAVIS, ROY GANGI, AL WAYE AND DAVE ALDRED, WHO WAS THE EX-DRUMMER OF BUDDY KNOX AND JIMMY BOWEN’S “RHYTHM ORCHIDS”.

THE FLIP-SIDE OF…CLICK CLACK IS…DID YOU CRY.  THE SINGLE DID NOT CHART, BUT THEIR FOLLOW-UP RECORD ON MAY 5, 1958…NEE NEE NA NA NA NA NU NU—SWAN (4006) DID.  IT BECAME A #40 HIT ON THE TOP 100.  THE FLIP-SIDE OF THE SINGLE…FLIP TOP BOX BECAME A RADIO HIT ALSO.  THE SINGLE RECORD CHARTED ON JUNE 9, 1958 AND BECAME A #46 HIT ON THE TOP 100.

DICKY DOO AND THE DON’TS WOULD HAVE ANOTHER HIT RECORD IN SEPTEMBER OF 1958 WHEN THEIR RECORDING OF…LEAVE ME ALONE (LET ME CRY), (SWAN 4014) MADE ITS BILLBOARD HOT 100 DEBUT.  THE RECORD WOULD CLIMB TO #44.  THE MELODY WAS BASED ON THE “BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC”.  ONE MORE SINGLE REACHED THE HOT 100.  ON FEBRUARY 2, 1959…TEARDROPS WILL FALL (SWAN 4025) MADE ITS DEBUT.  THE SINGLE RECORD REMAINED ON THE HOT 100 FOR 6 WEEKS AND CHARTED AT A HIGH OF #61.

DICKY DOO AND THE DON’TS CAN STILL BE HEARD ON OLDIES RADIO, SINGING THEIR BIG HIT…CLICK CLACK.  IN 1958 ROCK AND ROLL WAS YOUNG…SOME SAID IT WOULD NEVER LAST…BUT LAST IT DID AND STILL CONTINUES TO FILL THE AIRWAVES ON OLDIES RADIO AND INTERNET RADIO…THE MUSIC LIVES ON, IN THE “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.

CLICK ON THE TITLE BELOW…DICKY DOO AND THE DON’TS ARE SINGING THEIR 1958 HIT…”CLICK CLACK”…JUST FOR YOU.

CLICK CLACK

TILL THE NEXT TIME—JOE

JIMMIE RODGERS NOT ONLY CHARTED A #1 HIT RECORD…HONEYCOMB IN AUGUST OF 1957…WITH HIS FIRST CHARTED HIT, BUT CONTINUED TO CHART TOP TEN HITS WITH HIS FIRST 5 HIT SINGLE RECORDS, THEY ARE:

HONEYCOMB—8/1957 #1

KISSES SWEETER THAN WINE—11/57 #3

OH-OH, I,M FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN—2/58 #7

SECRETLY—5/58 #3

ARE YOU REALLY MINE—8/58 #10

HIS NEXT RECORD…BIMBOMBEY—11/58 JUST MISSED THE TOP 10, CHARTING AT #11.

ALL OF THESE HITS WERE ON ROULETTE RECORDS.  JIMMIE WOULD CHART 25 BILLBOARD HOT 100 HITS BETWEEN 1957 AND 1967.  HE IS THE #17 RANKED ARTIST OF THE 1950’S, AS LISTED BY JOEL WHITBURN IN HIS RECORD RESEARCH BOOK—TOP POP SINGLES 12TH EDITION.  HIS FOLK-POP RECORDINGS AND HIS WONDERFUL VOCAL RANGE, MADE HIM ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR RECORDING ARTISTS OF THE “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.

TILL THE NEXT TIME—JOE