26 deranged and smokin' cool cats

compiled by Dr Boogie (vol.#3)

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The rocketing rise and fast decline of a music called Rockabilly (1954-59)

Rockabilly is a music genre that has a rather peculiar status in the history of modern music.
As a trend, rockabilly lasted only a few years, but it generated a near-unmatched number of recordings from hundreds of studios from as many American cities and small towns. This phenomenon can be explained partly by youth's sudden urge to express itself in a time when the USA was the richest country in the world and people were drawing maximum benefits from the spirit of entrepreneurship that was taking the whole continent by storm. Back then, you could very easily improvise yourself a record producer or label owner: all it took was a little bit of equipment and a small garage, basement, or backstore space. You started by pressing a hundred-copy run for the artist's family and friends. Sometimes, the product reached the ears of bigger label owners who would ensure its wider distribution.
Rockabilly appeared in the early 1950s. This form of musical expression can be summed up as a white, typically southern, and rural kind of rock and roll born in Memphis in 1954. The lyrics are often about recurring themes in '50s American pop culture, like cars and teenage love.
Young people identified with rockabilly in large numbers, forming gangs that could terrorize a neighbourhood by facing other gangs. Leather, Brylcreem, and motorcycles big and small were the signs by which they defined themselves.
Rockabilly and its close relative rock and roll quickly evolved into other forms of rock, before vanishing almost completely in the late '50s.
There was a certain revival in the '70s, and nowadays a surprising number of young bands have picked up the torch and are keeping this important style alive, a style that brings joy and the urge to dance to a still-sizeable audience.
The energy, boldness, wildness, and talent of these young pioneers can all be found on this compilation, which rediscovers 26 of these rock adventurers.
Dr Boogie

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FEATURES

JOHNNY JAY
JIMMY EDWARDS
CURLY COLDIRON
DANNY VERNE
EDDIE CASH
CHUCK DALLIS
THE CALS
AL URBAN
BILL LOGSDON & THE ROYAL NOTES
JOHN FRIIS & THE VALIANTS
RONNIE HAIG
JIMMY EVANS
JIMMIE DEE
JOHNNY KNIGHT
HARVEY HUNT
WAYNE HAAS
BILL MOSS
RONNIE ALLEN
JAY BROWN & THE JETS
GARY HODGE
CHARLES SENNS
CHARLES PAGE
T.K.HULIN
GENE MALTAIS
BING DAY
THE TRASHERS

TRACK LISTING CD-LP / 26 TRACKS

01 JOHNNY JAY Sugar doll 01:57
02 JIMMY EDWARDS Love bug crawl 01:57 *
03 CURLY COLDIRON Rockin' spot 01:53
04 DANNY VERNE Red hot car 02:31
05 EDDIE CASH Doin' allright 02:27
06 CHUCK DALLIS Good show but no go 02:05
07 THE CALS Country woman 02:22
08 AL URBAN Gonna be better times 02:17
09 BILL LOGSDON & THE ROYAL NOTES Spitfire 02:22 *
10 JOHN FRIIS & THE VALIANTS Bop a Lena 02:21 *
11 RONNIE HAIG Money is the thing of the past 02:22
12 JIMMY EVANS The joint's really jumpin 01:50
13 JIMMIE DEE Guitar pickin' man 02:07
14 JOHNNY KNIGHT Rock'n'roll guitars 02:05
15 HARVEY HUNT Big dog little dog 02:28 *
16 WAYNE HAAS Betty Ann 01:57
17 BILL MOSS Rockabilly ho 02:08
18 RONNIE ALLEN Juvenile delinquent 01:55
19 JAY BROWN & THE JETS Hanky panky 02:17
20 GARY HODGE Not for love or money 01:51
21 CHARLES SENNS Gee whee Liz 02:25
22 CHARLES PAGE Baby you've been to school 02:03
23 T.K.HULIN Little bitty boy 02:21
24 GENE MALTAIS Crazy baby 01:58
25 BING DAY I can't help it 01:48 *
26 THE TRASHERS Sledgehammer 02:13 *

* only available on CD

JOHN FRIIS & THE VALIANTS