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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.)

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”

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.)

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)

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)

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

 

 

 

 

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)

FREDDY CANNON BEGAN CHARTING HIT RECORDS IN MAY OF 1959 WITH HIS CLASSIC…TALLAHASSEE LASSIE…ON THE SWAN RECORDS LABEL (4031).  HIS LAST CHARTED HIT TO DATE CAME IN SEPTEMBER OF 1981…A ROCKER (OF COURSE)…LET’S PUT THE FUN BACK IN ROCK AND ROLL…A TUNE HE RECORDED WITH THE BELMONTS ON MIASOUND RECORDS (1002).  IN BETWEEN THESE TWO HIT RECORDS HE CHARTED A TOTAL OF 29 HIT SIDES…3 TOP 10 HITS AND 8 TOP 40 HITS.

THE FREDDY CANNON HIT FEATURED TODAY CHARTED IN OCTOBER OF 1961.  FOR ME AND MY GIRL…(SWAN 4083) BECAME A #71 HIT ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 AND REMAINED ON THE CHART FOR 6 WEEKS.  THE “B” SIDE OF THAT RECORD WAS…BLUE PLATE SPECIAL…A GOOD TUNE OF ITS OWN, THAT DID NOT CHART.

FOR ME AND MY GAL IS FROM THE 1942 MOVIE OF THE SAME NAME…STARRING, JUDY GARLAND AND GENE KELLEY…THEY ALSO SANG THE SONG IN THE FILM.  HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY THESE WONDERFUL SIDES BY… FREDDY “BOOM BOOM” CANNON…ONE OF THE GREAT ROCKERS FROM THE “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”

For Me And My Gal

Blue Plate Special

Till the next time…Joe

THE EVERLY BROTHERS RECORDED AND CHARTED SO MANY GREAT HITS BETWEEN 1957 AND 1984 ON THE BILLBOARD POP CHART, R&B CHART AND COUNTRY CHARTS.  IN 1957 THEY WOULD CHART TWO CLASSIC SINGLES RECORDS…BYE BYE LOVE, A #2 POP HIT AND A #1 COUNTRY HIT.  THEY WOULD FOLLOW THAT WITH THEIR FIRST #1 POP HIT…WAKE UP LITTLE SUSIE.  THAT SINGLE WOULD ALSO CHART AT #1 ON THE R&B AND COUNTRY CHARTS.

THE TWO SONGS THAT WERE ON THE FLIP SIDES OF THOSE TWO CLASSIC HITS WERE GREAT RECORDINGS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT…I WONDER IF I CARE AS MUCH…THE FLIP SIDE OF…BYE BYE LOVE AND…MAYBE TOMORROW…THE FLIP SIDE OF…WAKE UP LITTLE SUSIE.  THERE WOULD BE MANY MORE FABULOUS FLIPS THAT THE EVERLY BROTHERS WOULD RECORD AND CHART, BUT THESE TWO…WERE A SAMPLE OF THE FABULOUS HARMONY OF DON AND PHIL EVERLY.

CLICK THE SONG TITLE BELOW AND ENJOY…THE EVERLY BROTHERS…FABULOUS FLIPS…

I Wonder If I Care As Much

Maybe Tomorrow

Till the next time—Joe

LLOYD PRICE IS KNOWN TO 1950S AND 1960S POP MUSIC FANS FOR HIS CLASSIC HITS…STAGGER LEE IN 1958, PERSONALITY IN 1959, I’M GONNA GET MARRIED IN 1959…ALL #1 R&B HITS AND TOP 10 HITS ON THE POP CHARTS.  HIS HUGE POP HITS WERE ON THE ABC-PARAMOUNT RECORD LABEL.

IN 1952 LLOYD RECORDED A HUGE HIT THAT WOULD BECOME AN R&B AND ROCK CLASSIC…LAWDY MISS CLAWDY…ON THE SPECIALTY RECORDS LABEL (428-45).  THE SINGLE RECORD WOULD CLIMB THE BILLBOARD R&B CHARTS ALL THE WAY TO #1 AND REMAIN ON THE CHART FOR 26 WEEKS ON ITS WAY TO SALES OF OVER 1 MILLION COPIES.  HE WOULD FOLLOW THAT HIT RECORD WITH FOUR MORE TOP 10 HITS ON THE R&B CHART BETWEEN 1952 AND 1953, ALL ON SPECIALTY RECORDS.

IN 1957 LLOYD WOULD BE A RECORDING ARTIST WITH ABC-PARAMOUNT RECORDS AND RECORD AND CHART HIS FIRST HIT FOR THE LABEL…JUST BECAUSE WOULD ALSO BECOME HIS FIRST POP HIT…CHARTING AT #29 ON THE BILLBOARD POP CHART AND #3 ON THE R&B CHART.  THIS CLASSIC TUNE WAS FIRST RECORD BY LLOYD IN 1956 ON THE KRC RECORD LABEL (587) IN 1956.  THE SINGLE FAILED TO CHART AT THAT TIME.

THE REST IS HISTORY, LLOYD PRICE WENT ON TO BECOME AN R&B AND POP LEGEND AND WAS INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN 1998.

THESE TWO CLASSIC HITS ARE LISTED BELOW FOR YOU TO ENJOY….

Lloyd Price – Lawdy Miss Clawdy

Lloyd Price – Just Because

Till the next time…Joe