ROCK AND ROLL CLASSICS…BILL HALEY AND HIS COMETS…”CRAZY MAN CRAZY”

BILL HALEY AND HIS COMETS CHARTED THE FIRST ROCK AND ROLL RECORD ON THE POP CHARTS ON MAY 5, 1953 WITH THEIR RECORDING OF…”CRAZY MAN CRAZY” ON THE ESSEX RECORD LABEL (321).  THE SINGLE RECORD CHARTED AT #12 ON THE BILLBOARD CHART WHERE IT REMAINED FOR 10 WEEKS.  THE FLIP-SIDE OF THE RECORD WAS…”WHATCHA GONNA DO”, IT DID NOT CHART.

BILL HALEY AND HIS COMETS ALSO CHARTED THE FIRST #1 ROCK AND ROLL RECORD…WHEN THEIR RECORDING OF “ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK” CHARTED ON MAY 14, 1955…THE SINGLE ON DECCA (29124) HELD THE #1 SPOT FOR 8 WEEKS AND REMAINED ON THE BILLBOARD POP CHART FOR 24 WEEKS.  THE FLIP-SIDE…”THIRTEEN WOMEN” DID NOT CHART.

JOE TROIANO’S “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL” IS PROUD TO PRESENT THESE TWO LANDMARK RECORDINGS.  ROCK AND ROLL…THE EARLY YEARS.

Bill Haley and his Comets – Crazy Man Crazy – 1953

Bill Haley and his Comets – Rock Around The Clock – 1955

TILL THE NEXT TIME…JOE (JOE T.)

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TRIVIA TEASER…540

TODAY’S TRIVIA TEASER QUESTION IS:  IN APRIL OF 1973…SINGER/SONGWRITER/ACTOR…KRIS KRISTOFFERSON CHARTED A RECORD THAT WOULD BECOME HIS BIGGEST POP AND COUNTRY HIT…THAT HE RECORDED…THE SINGLE RECORD CHARTED AT #16 ON THE POP CHART AND #1 ON THE COUNTRY MUSIC CHART.  IT WAS A MILLION-SELLING SINGLE…AMAZINGLY IT REMAINED ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 FOR 38 WEEKS AND ON THE COUNTRY CHART FOR 20 WEEKS.

CAN YOU NAME THE SONG

THE ANSWER IS PRINTED BELOW

TILL THE NEXT TIME—JOE (JOE T.)

 

 

 

ANSWER: “WHY ME”

“GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK & ROLL JUKEBOX…RON HOLDEN…”LOVE YOU SO” / “MY BABE”

RON HOLDEN CHARTED HIS TOP 10 HIT RECORD…”LOVE YOU SO”, ON THE DONNA RECORDS LABEL (1315) ON APRIL 4, 1960….THE SINGLE CHARTED AT #7 ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 AND REMAINED ON THE CHART FOR 19 WEEKS.  THE SINGLE RECORD CROSSED OVER TO THE BILLBOARD R&B CHART….CLIMBING TO #11 AND REMAINING ON THE CHART FOR 9 WEEK.  HIS GREAT VERSION OF…”MY BABE” DID NOT CHART.

RON PASSED AWAY IN 1997 AT THE AGE OF 57…”THE GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK & ROLL” IS PROUD TO PRESENT…RON HOLDEN with THE THUNDERBIRDS…WITH BOTH SIDES OF THIS CLASSIC RECORDING.

Love You So

My Babe

Till the next time…Joe (JoeT.)

LOST GOLD…JIMMY McCRACKLIN…”THE WALK” 1958

Jimmy McCracklin was born James Walker on August 13, 1921 in Helena, Arkansas.  A Blues singer/harmonica player and songwriter who first recorded for Globe Records in 1945.  His own band, The Blues Blasters, in 1949.  Jimmy was also a professional boxer in the mid 1940’s.

His first charted hit was the huge Pop and R&B hit record…”THE WALK” on Checker Records (885) in 1958.  The single charted first on the Billboard Pop chart on February 24, 1958 and on the Billboard R&B chart on March 10, 1958.  On the Pop chart Jimmy’s record became a #7 hit and remained on the chart for 16 weeks.  He would chart at #5 on the R&B chart and remain on the chart for 8 weeks.  The flip side of the single record was…”I’M TO BLAME”, it did not chart.

He would have 4 more Billboard Hot 100 hits.  None of them would reach the popularity of “THE WALK”.  Jimmy would do much better on the R&B charts through the years, two more singles would become Top 10 hits, they are…”JUST GO TO KNOW” #2 in 1961 (Art-tone 825) and “THINK” in 1965, #7 (Imperial 66129).  He would chart a total of 7 R&B Top 40 hits between 1958 and 1966.  His classic single, “THE WALK” remains the biggest of his hits…why this tune has become LOST GOLD…is a puzzle.  Maybe it’s because modern radio has forgotten the hits and the hit makers that made this wonderful music…WE HAVE NOT!!!

“THE GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL” is proud to present both sides of this classic recording for you to enjoy and “Remember”.

The Walk (1958)

I’m To Blame

Till the next time…Joe (JoeT)

ELVIS PRESLEY…GOSPEL CLASSICS

THESE ARE A FEW OF ELVIS PRESLEY’S GOSPEL CLASSICS….GOSPEL MUSIC WAS A FAVORITE OF ELVIS’S AND THE FEELING HE PUT INTO EACH TUNE CAN BE FELT….HOPE YOU ENJOY…THESE ARE BUT JUST A FEW OF HIS MANY WONDERFUL GOSPEL RECORDINGS….

How Great Thou Art

Stand By Me

We Call On Him

Only Believe

A Thing Called Love

Help Me

Crying In The Chapel

Till the next time…Joe (JoeT)

TRIVIA TEASER…539

IN MARCH OF 1955 THE MOONGLOWS WOULD CHART A HIT RECORD ON THE CHESS LABE (1581) THAT WOULD BECOME THEIR HIGHEST CHARTING HIT ON THE BILLBOARD POP CHARTS AT #20.  BOBBY LESTER WAS THE LEAD VOCALIST ON THIS TUNE THAT WOULD ALSO BECOME A #1 R&B HIT.

CAN YOU NAME THE TUNE?

THE ANSWER APPEARS BELOW

TILL THE NEXT TIME—JOE (JOE T.)

 

 

 

TRIVIA TEASER ANSWER: SINCERELY……FLIP SIDE WAS…TEMPTING

 

 

 

 

HOKIS POKIS….”NOW THAT YOU’RE GONE” / “DING DING DONG”

TODAYS FEATURED ARTIST IS HOKIS POKIS…THIS VERY TALENTED GROUP WAS HUGE IN THE NEW YOUR CITY NIGHT CLUBS IN THE MID 1970’S.  THEY SIGNED A RECORDING CONTRACT WITH TK RECORDS, ON THEIR SHIELD LABEL IN 1975.

THE GROUPS FIRST BIG HIT WAS “NOWHERE”… WITH ANOTHER CLUB FAVORITE… “CAN’T WAIT FOR LOVE” ON THE FLIP SIDE (SHIELD 6101).  HOKIS POKIS FOLLOWED THAT 1975 HIT WITH ANOTHER IN THAT YEAR…A CLASSIC CLUB FAVORITE…”SWING”.  THE FLIP SIDE OF THE RECORD…”GETCHA GIRL” ON (SHIELD 6103) ALSO RECEIVED MANY SPINS IN NEW YORK NIGHT CLUBS.

HOKIS POKIS TOURED WITH LABEL MATES, KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND AND RECORDED OTHER TUNES ON VARIOUS LABELS.  THEIR NEW CD IS TITLED…”COLORS”.  THERE ARE A VARIETY OF STYLES ON THE ALBUM FROM COUNTRY TO 50’S STYLE POP…THE GROUP REFERS TO THEIR STYLE TODAY AS…”20TH CENTURY DOOWOP”.

“NOW THAT YOU’RE GONE” IS FROM A NEW ANTHONY TARSITANO MOVIE…”ICE”, STARRING TONY MUSANTI AND KEVIN CORRIGAN.  THE REMAINING MEMBERS OF THE GROUP….WHO HAVE BEEN FRIEND FOREVER ARE…NICKEY SPANO…JOE SCAROLA AND JOEY DIGIROLAMO…I HAVE BEEN PLAYING THIS WONDERFUL TUNE ON MY RADIO SHOW ON www.oldiesplus.net AND THE RESPONSE HAS BEEN GREAT.  I KNOW YOU WILL ENJOY THIS WONDERFUL TUNE ALONG WITH “DING DING DONG” .  YOU CAN BECOME FRIEND WITH THE GROUP BY GOING TO THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE…THEIR 1975 HITS ARE ON YOUTUBE FOR YOU TO ENJOY.

HERE IS…HOKIS POKIS….SINGING THEIR TWO NEW HITS…”NOW THAT YOU’RE GONE”  AND  “DING DING DONG”

Now That You’re Gone (from the movie ‘Ice’)

Ding Ding Dong

 

Till the next time…Joe (JoeT)