Category Archives: Rockabilly and Rock n Roll

FRANKIE AVALON – Frankie Avalon – (Chancellor) – 1958

Of all the pure pop stars of the late 1950s and early 1960s Frankie Avalon is perhaps the most derided. Well, it’s either him or Fabian. Like Fabian he was Italian-American. Like Fabian he was a product of un-hip Philadelphia. … Continue reading

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FABIAN – Hold That Tiger! – (Chancellor) – 1959

I’ve always liked Fabian as a result of watching films he made in the 1960s. Not  just the teen films but  his two films with Jimmy Stewart, “Mr Hobbs Takes a Vacation” (1962) and Dear Brigitte (1965), as well as … Continue reading

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NICK LOWE – Pinker and Prouder Than Previous – (Demon) – 1988

This is generally considered to be Nick's worst album (or one of the worst). That doesn't mean it's bad it just mean's it's not up to the standards of what Nick Lowe fans expect.  Having said that there are those … Continue reading

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JOHNNY RIVERS – In Action! – (Imperial) – 1965

You know the drill. Biographical details and musical stylistic observations on Johnny Rivers are on any number of other entries on this blog. This was Johnny's 3rd album and 3rd album of 1964. It was his first studio album despite … Continue reading

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BLUE ANGEL – Blue Angel – (Polydor) – 1980

For my readers who say I don't comment on enough "recent" records, recent being the 1980s, I give you Cyndi Lauper. Well, Cyndi Lauper's first band. And it's a rockabilly band! Well, perhaps "rock revival" rather than the rockabilly they … Continue reading

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TRINI LOPEZ – More Trini Lopez at PJs – (Reprise) – 1963

I'm in a rush. Trini, Johnny, Melanie? When I'm in a rush to put out a comment I turn to old favourites –  or rather new favourites. Artists who haven't let me down, left my spirits and cause the words … Continue reading

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JOHNNY RIVERS – at the Whiskey a Go Go – (Imperial) – 1964

This is Johnny River's influential first album. Influential in that it set the style for him over his next five or six albums and also influential, musically, because a whole little subgenre of rock n roll was created …. the … Continue reading

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NICK LOWE and his Cowboy Outfit – The Rose of England – (Columbia) – 1985

In my (probably) myopic view of rock 'n' roll Nick Lowe is one of the holy ten of English acts who have practiced that distinctly American idiom over a lengthy time with any conviction. He knows how to rock out, … Continue reading

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DAVE EDMUNDS – Tracks on Wax – (Swan Song) – 1978

Edmunds' immersion and love of 50s and 60 straight ahead rock 'n' roll  meant he has kept the spirit of that music alive in times when it had very little commercial potential.   And, importantly, he did it with incredible … Continue reading

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JOHNNY RIVERS – Blue Suede Shoes – (UA) – 1973

Johnny does a covers album. Well, Johnny was never adverse to covers anyway. Normally, three quarters(or more) of the songs on any of his albums are covers. He wrote, but rarely. What he does is add his “go go” beat … Continue reading

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