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Monday, 6 October 2008
Joan Selects - Volume 1
While I was working on the Rocker Stomp compilation “Doo Dob Sha Bam”, I thought I would ask Joan if she would like to make up a compilation for Be Bop Wino. And here it is, the first of perhaps twenty volumes of the obscurest Doowop, Rock ‘n’ Roll and R&B on the planet – all ripped from 45 rpm discs.
Here are some comments from Joan on some of the tracks:
The Drifters "Your Promise to Be Mine" (Johnny Moore on lead) is one of the great 5-part harmony songs of the entire doo-wop era. A fantastic ballad.
Ralph Mathis (lead on "Never Let You Go") is Johnny Mathis' brother.
Johnny TwoVoice is none other than Johnny Morrisette, who went on to a solo singing career on Sam Cooke's SAR label.
The Chuck Higgins + group song: "Shotgun Wedding" on Kicks records is not listed anywhere, and my copy, while gently used is the ONLY copy of this 45 I've ever encountered in my 30+ years of collecting. I do not know who the group is backing him. (Kicks records had several outstanding vocal groups at that time, including The Squires.)
The Dreamaires (Little Flaytus and the Dremaires) is a Doctor Dave Antrell effort. He was an eminent collector who actually put this record out in 1988.
The Blue Dots recording "Saturday Night Fish Fry" is an outstanding 5-part harmony remake of the Louis Jordan and the Tympany Five original from Decca Records.
Boogie Woody back on the mike! I would like to state that “Shotgun Wedding” by Chuck Higgins and Group is one of the weirdest records I have ever heard.
Ripped at 128 kbps mostly, with three tracks at 96 kbps. Password = greaseyspoon
1 Buy a Van – The Dreamaires - Antell 101
2 Geraldine – The El Venos - Groove 0170
3 Just Like Before – Tony Allen & the Twilighters – Bethlehem 3002
4 Tonight I Fell In Love – The Tokens – Warwick 615
5 Deep Freeze – The Roamers – Savoy 1147
6 Mama’s Daughter – The Checkers – King 4751
7 Saturday Night Fish Fry – The Blue Dots – Ace 526
8 Do Be Do Be Wop Wop – The Squires – Mambo 105
9 Now That I Have You – The Willows – 4-Star 1753
10 Just For You And I – The Supremes – Ace 534
11 Dear Ruth – The Buccaneers – Southern 101
12 My Pretty Baby – Johnny TwoVoice & the Medallions – Dootone 373
13 Walking With My Baby – The Vocal Tones - Cindy 3004
14 Come On Baby – The Youngtones – Brunswick 55089
15 What Did She Say – The Solitaires – Old Town 1012
16 Woe Woe Baby – The Personalities – Safari 1002
17 Loving A Girl Like You You – The Harptones – Bruce 123
18 Your Promise To Be Mine – The Drifters – Atlantic 1089
19 All Night Long – The Du Mauriers – Fury 1011
20 In Each Corner Of My Heart – The Nitecaps – Groove 0176
21 Shotgun Wedding – Chuck Higgins and Group – Kicks 3
22 Come On Baby – The Cordovans – Johnson 701
23 Nobody Loves You – The Leaders – Glory 239
24 Love My Baby – The Re-Vels Quartette – Atlas 1035
25 Never Let You Go – The Ambers – Ebb 142
26 Gonna Catch You Nappin’ – The Avons – Hull 726
27 The Other Night – The Five Dots – Dot 1204
28 Darlin’ Be Mine – The Earthquakes – Fortune 534
29 I Wrote A Letter –The Serenaders – Chock 101
30 Gumma Gumma – The Mello-Harps – Casino 104
Thank you Joan for all your hard work and willingness to share these blasts from the past.
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