The music featured here didn't appear out of a vacuum. But those of us teenagers in Seasons time line, we didn't have a direct connection with the pioneers (or legends) of our music. Rock 'n' Roll radio was tamed in 1957 and wouldn't make a resurgence until The Beatles busted things up. Our access to the early singles was via their "greatest hits" packages. This led us to the rest of their bodies of work and how they influenced the bands covered.

Drawing on influences of blues, folk, country and early rock 'n' roll, the artists of the day reached back into the vast library of American music. Blues artists are spotlighted on their own page; this page focuses on our "legends." Chuck, Elvis, Eddie & Gene, Sun Studios, and the multitude of singles that formed the roue of our stew.

Each "legend" also has a "covers" section, highlighting songs that were popularized by these folks. Maybe not written by them, but still regarded as "theirs." To lessen the amount of bytes used, Elvis' covers of the other "legends" has been omitted. As has many of the medleys that feature a bunch of these songs (I'm looking at you, Cat Mother and Savoy Brown!).

New in 2020: Each "hits" album now has a pop-up box (blue note) that has details of the songs on that album. Original label & number, release date, and peak Billboard Pop Chart number & date (and weeks at that high spot). Note that many of these artists had higher chart numbers on the R&B Charts. Originally added this info "inline" with the songs, but it looked to confusing, so you get the pop-up box. Now you don't have to look up that info.

At the bottom is a series presenting what we considered "oldies." The Art Laboe story and the Oldies But Goodies records are just a click away. This compilation series belongs here (and not here) because these are the legendary singles that started this whole crazy ride. Many great artists and many great songs all in one place (well, 15 anyway).


Chuck Berry

Without Chuck, our rock wouldn't roll.
Chuck Berry's Golden Decade
Chess LPS-1514D
4/67 BB [UK: 4/72]
Back Cover

Inside Cover

Side One
Maybelline† Berry-Fratto-Freed 2:22
Deep Feeling Berry 2:18
Johnny B Goode Berry 2:42
Wee Wee Hours† Berry 3:06
Nadine (Is It You?) Berry-Freed 2:37
Brown-Eyed Handsome Man Berry 2:19
Side Two
Roll Over Beethoven† Berry 2:25
Thirty Days (To Come Back Home)† Berry 2:25
Havana Moon Berry 3:09
No Particular Place To Go Berry 2:45
Memphis Berry 2:11
Almost Grown Berry 2:19
Side Three
School Days Berry-Clarke-Cobb 2:43
Too Much Monkey Business Berry 2:57
Oh, Baby Doll Berry 2:39
Reelin' And Rockin' Berry 3:18
You Can't Catch Me Berry 2:45
Too Pooped To Pop ("Casey") Berry 2:37
Side Four
Bye Bye Johnny Berry 2:07
Around And Around Berry 2:38
Sweet Little Sixteen Berry 3:04
Rock And Roll Music Berry 2:34
Anthony Boy Berry 1:52
Back In The USA Berry 2:30
Collective personnel:
Chuck Berry-guitar, steel guitar, vocals
Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rogers, Matt "Guitar" Murphy-electric guitar
Johnnie Johnson, Otis Spann, Lafayette Leake-piano
Willie Dixon, George Smith-bass
Fred Below, Jasper Thomas, Ebby Hardy-drums
Jerome Green-maracas
L C Davis-tenor sax
Etta James, Martha Berry, The Marquees-backing vocals

Note: †Singles issued as by: Chuck Berry & His Combo
#1 R&B hits: Maybelline, School Days, and Sweet Little Sixteen.
School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell) shortened to the more familiar School Days.

Almost Grown The Lovin' Spoonful (What's Shakin') 6/66
Around And Around The Animals (The Animals) 9/64
  The Rolling Stones (12X5) 10/64
Back In The USA MC5 (Back In The USA) 1/70
Beautiful Delilah The Kinks (You Really Got Me) 12/64
  Beacon Street Union (The Eyes Of The Beacon Street Union) 2/68
Brown Eyed Handsome Man John Hammond (I Can Tell) 6/68
  The Blues Project (Lazarus) 9/71
Bye Bye Johnny The Rolling Stones (UK EP) 1/64
Carol The Rolling Stones (England's Newest Hitmakers) 5/64
  The Rolling Stones (Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!) 9/70
Come On The Rolling Stones (1st UK 45) 6/63
  The Chocolate Watch Band (No Way Out) 9/67
County Line Bunky & Jake (L.A.M.F.) 1/69
Dance On Little Beauty Eagle (Come Under Nancy's Tent) ?/70
Guitar Boogie(as Jeff's Boogie) The Yardbirds (Over Under Sideways Down) 7/66
Havana Moon Geoff & Maria Muldaur (Sweet Potatoes) 7/72
How You've Changed The Animals (On Tour) 3/65
I Want To Be Your Driver The Blues Project (Live At The Cafe Au-Go-Go) 5/66
Johnny B Goode The Beach Boys (Concert) 10/64
  Johnny Winter (Second Winter) 10/69
  Johnny Winter And (Live) 5/71
  Grateful Dead (Grateful Dead) 9/71
Let It Rock The Rolling Stones (UK 45) 4/71
Little Queenie The Rolling Stones (Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!) 9/70
Maybellene John Hammond (John Hammond) 10/63
Memphis Tennessee The Hollies (Here I Go Again) 6/64
  The Animals (The Animals) 9/64
  Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band (Jug Band Music) 2/65
  Sandy Bull (Inventions)(stunning version) 6/65
 as Memphis Faces (A Nod Is As Good As A Wink... To A Blind Horse) 11/71
Nadine John Hammond (Southern Fried) 5/70
No Money Down John Hammond (Big City Blues) 11/64
The Promised Land Dave Edmunds (Rockpile) 6/72
Rock & Roll Music The Beatles ('65) 12/64
Roll Over Beethoven The Beatles (Second Album) 4/64
 (part of medley) Mountain (Flowers Of Evil) 11/71
Sweet Little Rock And Roller Dave Edmunds (Rockpile) 6/72
Sweet Little Sixteen The Animals (Animalization) 7/66
  The Hollies (Bus Stop) 10/66
  Ten Years After (Watt) 12/70
Talkin' 'Bout You The Rolling Stones (December's Children (And Everybody's)) 12/65
Too Much Monkey Business The Yardbirds (Five Live [UK LP]) 12/64
  The Kinks (You Really Got Me) 12/64
  Tom Rush (Take A Little Walk With Me) 5/66
 as Monkey Business The Youngbloods (Earth Music) 10/67
You Can't Catch Me The Rolling Stones (Now!) 2/65
  The Blues Project (Projections) 11/66
  Love Sculpture (Forms And Feelings) 2/70
You Two Bunky & Jake (L.A.M.F.) 1/69
▶ More Covers @ Second Hand Songs

Note: The Beach Boys' Surfin' USA (1963) is a rewrite of Sweet Little Sixteen. Credit was awarded to Chuck in 1966.
Chuck also recorded an album with the Steve Miller Band at the Fillmore Auditorium in 1967


Official Chuck Berry website
Online Chuck Berry discography


Little Richard

Little Richard story.
Little Richard's Grooviest 17 Original Hits!
Specialty Records SPS-2113
5/68 [UK: N/R]
Back Cover

Side One
Long Tall Sally† Blackwell-Johnson-Penniman 2:05
Send Me Some Lovin' Marascalco-Price 2:15
Good Golly, Miss Molly Marascalco-Blackwell 2:07
She's Got It† Marascalco-Penniman 2:12
Jenny Jenny Johnson-Penniman 2:00
Miss Ann Johnson-Penniman 2:05
Ready Teddy† Blackwell-Marascalco 2:05
Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Leiber-Stoller 2:05
Slippin' And Slidin'† Bocage-Collins-Penniman-Smith 2:10
Side Two
All Around The World† Turner 2:19
Tutti Frutti† LaBostrie-Lubin-Penniman 2:25
Lucille Penniman 2:20
Ooh! My Soul Penniman 2:05
True Fine Mama Penniman-Samuels-Whitcup 2:25
Heeby-Jeebies† Atkins 2:07
Boo Hoo Hoo Hoo Penniman-Wayne 2:17
Rip It Up† Blackwell-Marascalco 2:20

Note: †Singles issued as by: Little Richard & His Band

Freedom Blues / Dew Drop Inn
Esquerita-Penniman (3:00) / Esquerita-Penniman-Winslow (2:40)
Reprise 0907, 4/70 BB

Little Richard had this hit single in 1970, from another "comeback" album, The Rill Thing

Little Richard Covers
Directly From My Heart to You The Mothers Of Invention (Weasels Ripped My Flesh) 8/70
The Girl Can't Help It The Flamin' Groovies (Supersnazz) 9/69
Good Golly Miss Molly Creedence Clearwater Revival (Bayou Country) 1/69
Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey(part of medley) The Beatles (VI) 12/64
Keep A Knockin' The Flamin' Groovies (Flamingo) 7/70
  Mott The Hoople (Wildlife) 5/71
Long Tall Sally The Kinks (You Really Got Me) 2/64
  The Beatles (Second Album) 4/64
  Cactus (One Way... Or Another) 2/71
 (part of medley) Johnny Winter And (Live) 5/71
Lucille The Hollies (Here I Go Again) 6/64
  The Animals (Animalism) 11/66
Miss Ann Johnny Winter (Second Winter) 10/69
Rip It Up NRBQ (Boppin' The Blues) 2/70
Tutti Frutti MC5 (Back In The USA) 1/70
You're My Girl (I Don't Want to Discuss It) Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros) 11/68
Little Richard Medley Delaney & Bonnie & Friends (On Tour With Eric Clapton) 3/70
▶ More Covers @ Second Hand Songs



Prayers For Richard


Elvis Presley

The King melded blues, country, and gospel into a new form.
Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Vol 1
RCA Victor LPM-6401
8/70 BB [UK: ?/70]
Something Better

Originally that whole album was listed here. It's good—got all the hits—sing along. Since it came out in 1970, it's mostly meat with little filler. Before that pudgy, Vegas, pill-poppin' crap.

But there's a much more important Elvis album that needs to go here. It was the start of rock 'n' roll, melding gospel, country, blues, and jammin all into a delicious stew. Before 1976, it'd've cost you lots of bucks to hear the goodness that still shines thru this crappy-dynaflex-noisy disc. Yes, these are the original Sam Phillips produced 1954 Sun recordings of a kid and his pals inventing rockabilly. This is THE Elvis album you need:

The Sun Sessions
RCA Victor APM1-1675
3/76 BB RS500 [UK: 7/75] T20
Back Cover

78 RPM Label

45 RPM Label

UK Cover

Side One
That's All Right Crudup 1:54
Blue Moon Of Kentucky Monroe 1:59
I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine David 2:23
Good Rockin' Tonight Brown 2:10
Milkcow Blues Boogie Arnold 2:32
You're A Heartbreaker Sallee 2:08
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone Kesler-Taylor 2:34
Baby Let's Play House Gunter 2:13
Side Two
Mystery Train Parker-Phillips 2:24
I Forgot To Remember To Forget Kesler-Feathers 2:24
I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') Wakely 2:18
I Love You Because (1st Version) Payne 2:38
Trying To Get To You McCoy-Singleton 2:28
Blue Moon Rodgers-Hart 2:39
Just Because Robin-Shelton-Shelton 2:29
I Love You Because (2nd Version)(prev unr) Payne 3:21
Elvis Presley-vocals, guitar
Scooty Moore-lead guitar
Bill Black-double bass
Jimmie Lott-drums (I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone)
Johnny Bernero-drums (I Forgot To Remember To Forget, Trying To Get To You)
Produced by: Sam Phillips

Note: The Sun singles (both 45s and 78s) were issued as by: Elvis Presley, Scotty And Bill (see notes 2 and 3).
See more of these discs at the 45cat link.
The other six tracks were recorded at Sun, but issued on Elvis' first LP in '56 (except for the last one, of course)
Liner notes by noted British critic, Roy Carr (NME). Oh, and they released the album a year earlier. Why, RCA?

Elvis Presley Covers
All Shook Up Jeff Beck Group (Beck-Ola) 6/69
Blue Suede Shoes Beacon Street Union (The Clown Died In Marvin Gardens) 9/68
  John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (Live Peace in Toronto, 1969) 12/69
  John Sebastian (... Real Live) 4/71
  Jimi Hendrix/Band Of Gypsys (In The West) 2/72
Don't Be Cruel Dillard & Clark (45) 2/69
Heartbreak Hotel Stan Freberg (45)  3/56
  Blues Magoos (Never Goin' Back To Georgia) 10/69
Jailhouse Rock Jeff Beck Group (Beck-Ola) 6/69
▶ More Covers @ Second Hand Songs

Note: Kinda thin here, as a lot of Elvis' famous recordings were covers of other peoples versions. Hound Dog came from Big Mama Thornton
via Freddie Bell & The Bell Boys (exact same arrangement). Blue Suede Shoes should've put its original performer, Carl Perkins on the fast
track to fame 'n fortune, but he and the band got involved in an accident on the Joisey Turnpike on their way to do The Perry Como Show in
NYC. Life's sometimes a bitch. The listing for Stan Freberg makes up for that twist of fate.


Elvis The Music
Elvis: Echoes Of The Past


Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis story.
Original Golden Hits - Volume 1
Sun SUN-102
9/69 BB [UK: 10/70]
Back Cover

Side One
Crazy Arms† Mooney-Seals 2:45
End Of The Road† Lewis 1:46
Great Balls Of Fire† Hammer-Blackwell 1:57
It'll Be Me Clement 2:15
Move On Down The Line† Phillips-Phillips 2:13
You Win Again† Williams 2:53
Side Two
Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On Williams 2:52
Little Queenie† Berry 2:25
Breathless† Blackwell 2:41
Teen-Age Letter Richard 2:19
Lewis Boogie† Lewis 1:59

Note: †Singles issued as by: Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano

Jerry Lee Lewis Covers
It'll Be Me The Move (Something Else [UK EP]) 9/68
What's Made Milwaukee Famous
   (Has Made A Loser Out Of Me)
Rod Stewart (45 B-side) 11/72
You Win Again Mother Earth (Make A Joyous Noise) 8/69
▶ More Covers @ Second Hand Songs

Note: Also kinda thin here. The Killer's most famous hits: Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On and/or Great Balls Of Fire usually appear in
live Rock 'n' Roll medleys, like Savoy Brown Boogie (8/69), Mott The Hoople's Keep A Knockin' (4/71), or Johnny Winter And's
Rock & Roll Medley
(7/71). Then there's Cat Mothers' hit 45 Good Old Rock 'n' Roll (6/69).

2023 Update: You should really check out the Live At The Star-Club, released in Europe in 64—but not here until Rhino's 92 CD.


Official Jerry Lee Lewis website


Carl Perkins

Carl Perkins story.
Blue Suede Shoes
Sun SUN-112
12/69 [UK: 1/71]
Back Cover

Side One
Blue Suede Shoes Perkins 2:12
Movie Magg Perkins 2:05
Forever Yours Perkins 2:34
All Mama's Children Cash-Perkins 2:04
I'm Sorry I'm Not Sorry Ballman 2:25
Glad All Over Bennett-Schroeder-Tepper 1:38
Side Two
Turn Around Perkins 2:55
Gone, Gone, Gone Perkins 2:35
Her Love Rubbed Off Perkins 2:50
You Can't Make Love To Somebody Perkins 2:35
Let The Juke Box Keep On Playing Perkins 2:50

Carl Perkins Covers
Blue Suede Shoes Beacon Street Union (The Clown Died In Marvin Gardens) 9/68
  John Lennon/Plastic On Band (Live Peace in Toronto, 1969) 12/69
  John Sebastian (Cheapo-Cheapo Productions Presents Real Live) 4/71
Matchbox The Beatles (Something New) 7/64
Honey Don't The Beatles ('65) 12/64
Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby The Beatles ('65) 12/64
Perkins recorded an album with... NRBQ (Boppin The Blues) 2/70
▶ More Covers @ Second Hand Songs

Note: Carl was instrumental in getting George out of retirement in 1985 .


Carl Perkins @ History Of Rock website


Gene Vincent

Sweet Gene only had one "hit" but his style influenced many of the musicians featured on this website. Jeff Beck has said that it was Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps that got him started—and that turned out pretty good! He was featured in one of the greatest rock 'n' roll movies of all time: The Girl Can't Help It.

One of the key features in the early Blue Caps records was amazing guitarist Cliff Gallup. Altho he only played on a handfull of Gene's records, his style influenced Jeff Beck (who recorded a tribute album in 1988). Cliff dropped out of The Blue Caps to raise a family.

Gene & Eddie Cochran were touring England in 1960 (no doubt planting the seeds of rockabilly as they went) when they were involved in a high-speed auto crash (4/16). Eddie was killed, and Gene damaged for life. He succumbed to the after-effects in 1971.

In the rockabilly revival in England in the 80s, Gene was their god.
Capitol DKAO-380
11/69 [UK: N/R]
Back Cover

Side One
Be-Bop-A-Lula† Sheriff Tex Davis-Vincent 2:34
Little Lover Carrol 1:58
Race With The Devil† Davis-Vincent 2:01
Important Words† Davis-Vincent 2:37
She She Little Sheila Merritt-Pullen-Whitey 2:25
Blue Jean Bop† Pearce-Recevevr 2:19
Side Two
Woman Love† Rhodes 2:33
Maybelline Berry-Fratto-Freed 2:22
Over The Rainbow Arlen-Harburg 2:55
Lotta Lovin' Bedwell 2:07
Yes, I Love You, Baby Facenda-Lipscomb-Peek-Vincent 2:04

Note: Singles issued as by: Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps
†Lead guitar is Cliff


Gene Vincent on Rockabilly Hall of Fame website
Cliff Gallup recordings with Gene


Eddie Cochran

Eddie Cochran story.
The Very Best Of
?/75 [UK: N/R]
Back Cover

Side One
Summertime Blues Capehart-Cochran 1:55
Sittin' In The Balcony Dee 1:58
Twenty Flight Rock Fairchild 1:43
Cut Across Shorty Walker-Wilkins 1:51
Nervous Breakdown Roccuzzo 2:30
Side Two
C'mon Everybody Capehart-Cochran 1:53
Hallelujah, I Love Her So Charles 2:15
Teenage Heaven Capehart-Cochran 2:06
Something Else Cochran-Sheeley 2:07
Milk Cow Blues Estes 2:40

Eddie Cochran Covers
C'mon Everybody NRBQ (NRBQ) 6/69
Cut Across Shorty Rod Stewart (Gasoline Alley) 6/70
Something Else The Move (Something Else [UK EP]) 9/68
Summertime Blues The Beach Boys (Surfin' Safari) 10/62
  Blue Cheer (Vincebus Eruptum) 1/68
 (part of medley) Terry Reid (Bang, Bang You're Terry Reid) 12/68
 (part of medley) The Flamin' Groovies (Supersnazz) 9/69
  The Who (Live At Leeds) 5/70
  Tyrannosauros Rex (45) 12/70
Twenty Flight Rock Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen (Lost In The Ozone) 11/71
What Kind Of Girl Are You The Hollies (Here I Go Again) 6/64
▶ More Covers @ Second Hand Songs

Note: Although there are only a few covers of Summertime Blues listed, I'll bet most of the bands on this website played
this song in their early days!


Remember Eddie Cochran


Buddy Holly

Horned-rim glasses with a Tex-Mex beat, Buddy Holly's bright light flashed ever so briefly, yet touched many rock 'n' rollers. The Hollies were named after him and The Beatles listed him as one of their prime influences.
Greatest Hits
Coral CRL-757492
3/67 [UK: 6/67]
Back Cover

Side One
Peggy Sue Allison-Petty 2:30
True Love Ways Holly-Petty 2:47
Bo Diddley McDaniels 2:19
What To Do Holly 1:52
Learning The Game Holly 2:10
It Doesn't Matter Anymore Anka 2:01
Side Two
That'll Be The Day† Allison-Petty 2:16
Oh Boy!† Petty-Tilghman-West 2:07
Early In The Morning Darin-Harris 2:05
Brown Eyed Handsome Man Berry 2:03
Everyday Hardin-Petty 2:07
Maybe Baby† Hardin-Holly-Petty 2:02

Note: †Singles issued as by: The Crickets
Only singles released when Buddy was alive are detailed in the pop-up box.

Buddy Holly Covers
Buddy's Song Fleetwood Mac (Kiln House) 9/70
Everyday John Denver (Aerie) 11/71
Heartbeat Humble Pie (Town And Country) 11/69
I'm Gonna Love You Too The 13th Floor Elevators (Live) 8/68
Love's Made A Fool Of You Tom Rush (Take A Little Walk With Me) 5/66
Not Fade Away The Rolling Stones (England's Newest Hitmakers) 5/64
  The Rolling Stones (Got "Live" If You Want It!) 12/66
 (part of medley) Grateful Dead (Grateful Dead) 9/71
Maybe Baby Dewey Martin & Medicine Ball (Dewey Martin & Medicine Ball) 8/70
Rave On The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy) 2/70
Take Your Time The Hollies (Beat Group!) 6/64
That'll Be The Day The Crossfires (45) ?/63
Words Of Love The Beatles (VI) 6/65
Well, All Right Blind Faith (Blind Faith) 8/69
▶ More Covers @ Second Hand Songs

Note: Phil Ochs performed a Holly medley during his infamous March 1970 concert at Carnegie Hall.
The Hollies recorded an album of Buddy's songs in 1980.


Buddy Holly Archives


The Everly Brothers

Sweetest harmony this side of heaven. The unique blend of their voices inspired John & Paul and Artie & Paul and many other singers. Great country tunes, with a rockabilly feeling, earned them hits on both the C&W and Pop Charts of the day. Songs that everyone still sings today. Although they had their differences and went their separate ways for awhile, EB74 (produced by Dave Edmunds) was a strong comeback.

They toured with Simon & Garfunkel several times and you could see how honored Paul & Artie were to work with their idols.
15 Everly Hits
Cadence CLP-3062
3/63 [UK: N/R]
Back Cover

Side One
Wake Up Little Susie Bryant-Bryant 1:57
All I Have To Do Is Dream Bryant 2:17
Bird Dog Bryant 2:12
Devoted To You Bryant 2:21
('Til) I Kissed You D Everly 2:23
I Wonder If I Care As Much D Everly-P Everly 2:07
Claudette Orbison 2:12
Oh What A Feeling D Everly 2:04
Side Two
Let It Be Me Becaud-Curtis-Delanoe 2:33
Bye Bye Love Bryant-Bryant 2:17
Take A Message To Mary Bryant-Bryant 2:24
Problems Bryant-Bryant 1:54
Maybe Tomorrow D Everly-P Everly 2:04
When Will I Be Loved P Everly 2:03
Poor Jenny Bryant-Bryant 2:08

Everly Brothers Covers
Bye Bye Love Lothar & The Hand People (Presenting) 11/68
  Simon and Garfunkel (Bridge Over Troubled Water) 1/70
Devoted To You The Beach Boys (Party!) 11/65
Only Mama That'll Walk The Line Linda Ronstadt (Hand Sown... Home Grown) 3/69
Rocky Top Dillard & Clark (Through The Morning, Through the Night) 8/69
Take A Message To Mary Bob Dylan (Self Portrait) 6/70
Wake Up Little Susie Grateful Dead (History Of The Dead, Vol 1 (Bear's Choice)) 7/73
▶ More Covers @ Second Hand Songs

Note: The Everly Brothers are featured on the "One-Offs" page with their album Roots.


The Official Everly Brothers Family Fan Site


Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison: a gift from the universe to entertain us mortals. Undescribably beautiful voice—no matter if he sang Oooby Dooby or Crying. Songs that cut to the heart of things. "But, wait, what do I see? Is she walking back to me?" Outstanding career in the late 50s/mid 60s—came back even stronger with The Traveling Wilburys . Too soon, the universe called Roy back.

Just before he hooked up with George, Tom, and Bobby, Roy was working with Jeff Lynne on a comeback album and in the September of 1987 the most remarkable concert took place at The Coconut Grove in LA. Roy, in spectacular voice, is joined by Bruce, Elvis, Jackson, and James "Master of the Telecaster" Burton for a night of his greatest. Shot in black and white, it was shown on Cinemax the following January. If you don't own a copy of Black And White Night , you'll be excused while you open another tab and order a damn copy.

The Very Best Of Roy Orbison
Monument SLP-18045
8/66 BB [UK: N/R]
Back Cover

Side One
Only The Lonely Melson-Orbison 2:24
Crying Melson-Orbison 2:45
Running Scared Melson-Orbison 2:10
It's Over Dees-Orbison 2:47
Candy Man Neil-Ross 2:48
Side Two
Pretty Woman Dees-Orbison 2:55
Blue Angel Melson-Orbison 2:50
In Dreams Orbison 2:46
Dream Baby Walker 2:35
Mean Woman Blues DeMetrius 2:23

Note: There are no covers listed here, because you can't cover "The Big O." Nobody f$#ks with this legend!
Another Note: Roy made a western movie in 1967, check it out here


The Official Roy Orbison Website


Fats Domino

Larger than life itself, Antoine's stride piano style set the radio on fire in the 50s. Fats was also a session player, notably on Lloyd Prices' Lawdy Miss Clawdy.

He made a comeback with Fats Is Back

in the summer of 1968. It included his version of two McCartney tunes Lovely Rita and Lady Madonna (which was based on Fats' style). It made the charts (barely).

Fats Domino Swings
Imperial LP-12091
Back Cover

Side One
The Fat Man Bartholomew-Domino 2:00
Blue Monday Bartholomew-Domino 2:25
Blueberry Hill Lewis-Rose-Stock 2:14
I'm In Love Again Bartholomew-Domino 2:00
Going To The River Bartholomew-Domino 2:32
My Blue Heaven Donaldson-Whiting 2:10
Side Two
Bo Weevil Bartholomew-Domino 2:00
Goin' Home Domino-Young 2:15
Please Don't Leave Me Domino 2:30
Ain't It A Shame Bartholomew-Domino 2:16
I'm Walking Bartholomew-Domino 2:12
Whole Lotta Loving Bartholomew-Domino 2:02

Note: No good compilation of Fats in the 60s.
This Lp was originally released in 1959, with reissues in 64, 67 & 69.

Lady Madonna / One For The Highway
Lennon-McCartney (2:17) / Domino (2:30)
Reprise 0763, 8/68 BB


Fats Domino Covers
Big Fat (The Fat Man) Canned Heat (Hallelujah) 7/69
Blue Monday Dave Edmunds (45) 7/71
I'm In Love Again The Animals (The Animals) 9/64
  Tom Rush (What's Shakin') 7/66
I've Been Around The Animals (The Animals) 9/64
▶ More Covers @ Second Hand Songs

Note: Ain't It A Shame (or Ain't That A Shame) has been performed by many groups, including John Lennon (Rock 'N' Roll, 1975),
and Cheap Trick (Live At Bodokan, 1978).
Canned Heat recorded We Remember Fats in 1973, a medley of his songs. Bob Hite was a huge fan of Fats.


The Official Fats Domino Website


Ray Charles

Ray Charles


A Man And His Soul
ABC Records ABCS-590X
3/67 BB [UK: N/R]
Back Cover

Inside Cover

Side One
I Can't Stop Loving You Gibson 4:13
What'd I Say Charles 4:30
Ol' Man River Hammerstein-Kern 5:35
One Mint Julep Toombs 3:02
Crying Time Owens 2:54
Makin' Whoopee Donaldson-Kahn 2:16
Side Two
Busted Howard 2:06
Takes Two To Tango(with Betty Carter) Hoffman-Manning 3:17
Ruby Parish-Roemheld 3:51
Let's Go Get Stoned Armstead-Ashford-Simpson 2:57
Cry Kohlman 3:31
Unchain My Heart James-Jones 2:52
Side Three
Georgia On My Mind Carmichael-Gorrell 3:37
Baby It's Cold Outside(with Betty Carter) Loesser 4:05
Worried Mind Daffan-Davis 2:54
I Chose To Sing The Blues Charles-Holliday 2:29
I Don't Need No Doctor Armstead-Ashford-Simpson 2:29
Born To Lose Brown 3:15
Side Four
Hit The Road, Jack Mayfield 2:00
You Are My Sunshine Davis-Mitchell 2:58
From The Heart Charles 3:30
Teardrops From My Eyes Toombs 3:22
No Use Crying Daniels-Gaines-Kober 3:15
Chitlin's With Candied Yams Charles 4:34

Note: Came with five page booklet

Ray Charles Covers
Hallelujah, I Love Her So The Animals (On Tour) 3/65
  Humble Pie (Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore) 11/71
Hit the Road, Jack The Animals (Animalism) 11/66
 (part of medley) Buzzy Linhart (The Time To Live Is Now) ?/71
I Believe to My Soul The Animals (On Tour) 3/65
  Love Sculpture (Blues Helping) 8/69
I Don't Need No Doctor The Chocolate Watchband (One Step Beyond) 3/69
  Harvey Mandel (Games Guitars Play) ?/70
  Humble Pie (Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore) 11/71
  New Riders of The Purple Sage (Powerglide) ?/72
I Got a Woman Elvis Presley (Elvis Presley) 3/56
  Al Kooper (Easy Does It) 8/70
Let's Go Get Stoned Manfred Mann (Pretty Flamingo) 11/66
  Joe Cocker (Mad Dogs And Englishmen) 8/70
Mary Ann Al Kooper & Mike Bloomfield (The Live Adventures Of) 1/69
The Night Time Is the Right Time Creedence Clearwater Revival (Green River) 8/69
Sticks and Stones Joe Cocker (Mad Dogs And Englishmen) 8/70
Talkin' 'bout You The Hollies (Here I Go Again) 6/64
  The Animals (The Animals) 9/64
What'd I Say John Mayall (Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton) 1/67
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The Official Ray Charles Website


The "Nuggets" of the day had to be the Oldies But Goodies record series.

Original Sound Records was started in the 1950s by California disc jockey Art Laboe who popularized the "oldies but goodies" format on radio KPOP during the "Art Laboe Show."

Though compilation albums of older material are now commonplace, Laboe was among the first (if not the first) to license material from several labels for the first successful "oldies" albums to hit the market, thus saving listeners thousands of hours of searching record stores for out-of-print 45s. Some of these songs are still hard to find!

Some of these albums even hit that chart magazine. Note that the #1's have been "iconed"—motivate your pointing thing over it to see when it happened. You're welcome.

V2.5 Update: No UK releases of these albums.
V3.1 Update: Added more chart data, both US and UK.

Oldies But Goodies (Vols 1-15)
Original Sound Records
Typical Back Cover (Vol 3 here)

Oldies But Goodies Vol 1, 1959 BB
Dreamy Side
Five Satins In The Still Of The Night BB 3:04
The Penguins Earth Angel 2:55
The Teen Queens Eddie My Love BB 3:12
The Mello Kings Tonite Tonite BB 2:30
Don Julian & The Meadowlarks Heaven And Paradise 2:50
The Medallions The Letter 2:50
Jump Side
Shirley & Lee Let The Good Times Roll BB 2:20
Sonny Knight Confidential T20 2:20
The Cadets Stranded In The Jungle T20 3:10
The Jaguars The Way You Look Tonight 2:20
Etta James Dance With Me Henry 2:23
Oscar McLollie Convicted 3:00

Oldies But Goodies Vol 2, 1960
Dreamy Side
The Clovers Devil Or Angel 2:21
The Heartbeats 1000 Miles Away BB 2:22
Jessie Belvin Goodnight My Love 3:05
The Velvetones Glory Of Love 2:45
The Nutmegs Story Untold 2:20
The Charts Deserie BB 2:21
Jump Side
Joe Turner Shake, Rattle, And Roll 2:57
The Crows Gee T20 2:17
Tony Allen Nite Owl 2:40
The Turbans When You Dance BB 2:22
"Peppermint" Harris I Get Loaded 2:30
Faye Adams Shake A Hand 2:15

Oldies But Goodies Vol 3, 1961 BB
Dreamy Side
The Flamingos Lovers Never Say Goodbye BB 2:50
The Shields You Cheated T20 2:31
The Dells Oh What A Night T20 2:50
Jerry Butler For Your Precious Love T20 2:40
Little Anthony & The Imperials 2 People In The World 2:32
Gene & Eunice This Is My Story 2:20
Rock Side
The Dell-Vikings Come Go With Me T20 2:35
Huey (Piano) Smith Don't You Just Know It T20 2:39
The El Dorados At My Front Door T20 2:35
Frankie Ford Sea Cruise T20 2:44
Preston Epps Bongo Rock T20 2:00
Little Richard Long Tall Sally T20 T20 2:05

Oldies But Goodies Vol 4, 1962 BB
Dreamy Side
The Rays Silhouettes T20 2:43
The Six Teens A Casual Look BB 2:15
The Dubs Could This Be Magic BB 2:15
Gloria Mann Teenage Prayer BB 2:27
The Five Satins To The Aisle BB 2:41
The Chantels The Plea 2:47
Rock Side
Mickey & Sylvia Love Is Strange T20 2:52
Jerry Lee Lewis Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On T20 2:50
Sandy Nelson Teen Beat T20 T20 2:27
Barrett Strong Money BB 2:35
Carl Perkins Blue Suede Shoes T20 T20 2:13

Oldies But Goodies Vol 5, 1963 BB
Dreamy Side
The Elegants Little Star  #1  UK 2:37
Rosie & The Originals Angel Baby T20 2:45
The Skyliners Since I Don't Have You T20 2:36
The Paradons Diamonds And Pearls T20 2:15
Shep & The Limelites Daddy's Home T20 2:47
The Channels The Closer You Are 3:00
Rock Side
The Hollywood Argyles Alley-Oop  #1  UK 2:36
Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs Stay  #1  T20 1:37
The Dominoes Sixty-Minute Man T20 2:25
Bobby Day Rockin' Robin T20 UK 2:25
Preston Epps Bongo Bongo Bongo BB 2:08
The Jewels Hearts Of Stone 2:29

Oldies But Goodies Vol 6, 1963 BB
Dreamy Side
Little Caesar & The Romans Those Oldies But Goodies T20 3:20
Dion & The Belmonts A Teenager In Love T20 UK 2:36
The Pips Every Beat Of My Heart T20 2:01
The Safaris Images Of A Girl T20 2:27
The Fireflies You Were Mine BB 1:52
The Skyliners This I Swear BB 2:48
Rockin' Side
Gary (U S) Bonds Quarter To Three  #1  T20 2:29
Bill Doggett Honky Tonk, Part I T20 3:07
Bill Doggett Honky Tonk, Part II 2:36
Gene Chandler Duke Of Earl  #1  2:22
Dee Dee Sharp Mashed Potato Time T20 2:27
Dee Clark Raindrops T20 2:37

Oldies But Goodies Vol 7, 1964 BB
Dreamy Side
Tommy Edwards It's All In The Game  #1   #1  2:35
The Paris Sisters I Love How You Love Me T20 2:04
Ritchie Valens Donna T20 2:20
Mark Dinning Teen Angel  #1  UK 2:36
The Chimes Once In A While T20 2:26
Jerry Butler He Will Break Your Heart T20 2:40
Rockin' Side
Jimmy Jones Handy Man T20 T20 2:02
Gary (U S) Bonds New Orleans T20 T20 2:44
The Champs Tequila  #1  T20 2:09
Dion Runaround Sue  #1  T20 2:41
Barbara George I Know T20 2:22
B Bumble & The Stingers Bumble Boogie BB 2:09

Oldies But Goodies Vol 8, 1965
Dreamy Side
The Dixie Cups Chapel of Love  #1  UK 2:45
Troy Shondell This Time T20 2:35
Dale & Grace I'm Leavin' It All Up To You  #1  UK 2:13
Terry Stafford Suspicion T20 UK 2:27
Carla Thomas Gee Whiz T20 2:15
The Blue Jays Lovers Island BB 2:17
Rockin' Side
Bobby Darin Splish Splash T20 T20 2:11
The Coasters Searchin' T20 UK 2:17
Inez Foxx Mockingbird T20 2:38
Ernie Fields In The Mood T20 T20 2:29
Richie Valens La Bamba BB 2:05
Ernie Freeman Raunchy T20 2:15

Oldies But Goodies Vol 9, 1965
Dreamy Side
Timi Yuro Hurt T20 2:28
The Casinos Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye T20 UK 2:57
(Little Esther) Phillips Release Me BB 3:10
Don & Juan What's Your Name T20 2:25
Cathy Jean & The Roommates Please Love Me Forever T20 2:53
J Frank Wilson Last Kiss T20 2:24
Rockin' Side
Del Shannon Runaway  #1   #1  2:20
Bobby Fuller I Fought The Law T20 UK 2:07
The Castaways Liar Liar T20 1:52
Jewel Aiken The Birds And The Bees T20 2:07
Bobby Day Over And Over BB 2:20
Bobby Bland Turn On Your Lovelight BB 2:30

Oldies But Goodies Vol 10, 1966
Dreamy Side
The Righteous Brothers You've Lost That Loving Feeling  #1   #1  3:05
The Shirelles Dedicated To The One I Love T20 2:03
Frankie Avalon Venus  #1  T20 2:21
The Tune Weavers Happy, Happy Birthday Baby T20 2:32
The Duprees You Belong To Me T20 2:32
Johnny Ace Pledging My Love T20 2:28
Rockin' Side
Chuck Berry Roll Over Beethoven BB 2:30
The Isley Brothers Twist And Shout T20 UK2:30
Fats Domino My Blue Heaven BB 2:18
Bo Diddley Bo Diddley 2:30
Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs Wooly Bully T20 T20 2:20
The Olympics (Baby) Hully Gully BB 2:03


Memories of El Monte @ KCET


Ronnie Spector passed away yesterday (1/12/2022). Her hits in the early 60s are the sounds we'll love until our passing. Brian Wilson absolutely loved Ronnie's Be My Baby and wrote Don't Worry Baby as an answer record. Side note: She loved the song, but husband would not let her record it. Youtube link .

In those early days, she recorded for a very talented record producer whose method was termed "wall of sound." Ronnie (& The Ronettes), The Crystals (with La La Brooks and then Darlene Love in the lead), and The Righteous Brothers sure made our car radios blast in the early-mid 60s with these dynamic records (25 top 20 Billboard hits, 1958-1971).

This producer used a core of musicians called The Wrecking Crew that included Leon Russell (keys), Carol Kaye (bass), Hal Blaine (drums), Barney Kessel, Glen Campbell, and Tommy Tedesco (g). Add strings and horns and the result was magic. Made the best Christmas record ever. He also worked with The Fab Four (as a group and individually).

The producer was also a monster of a human being, ending up in jail for murder. Which is why it's hard to mention his name amidst all the great music he gave us. This two-record set has all of the songs we've memorized. Enjoy the music.

Phil Spector's Greatest Hits
Warner-Spector 2SP-9104
2/77 [UK: N/R]
Back Cover

Inside Cover

Side One
The Ronettes Be My Baby T20 T20 2:40
The Crystals Da Doo Ron Ron T20 T20 2:20
The Righteous Brothers You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'  #1   #1  3:48
The Crystals Then He Kissed Me T20 T20 2:39
The Ronettes Baby, I Love You BB T20 2:50
The Ronettes Walking In The Rain BB 3:16
Side Two
The Crystals He's A Rebel  #1  T20 2:33
The Crystals Uptown T20 2:22
Bob B Soxx & The Blue Jeans Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah T20 UK 2:50
Bob B Soxx & The Blue Jeans Not Too Young To Get Married BB 2:30
Darlene Love Today I Met The Boy I'm Gonna Marry BB 2:45
Darlene Love Wait 'Til My Bobby Gets Home BB 2:25
Side Three
Teddy Bears To Know Him Is To Love Him  #1  T20 2:23
Curtis Lee Pretty Little Angel Eyes T20 UK 2:40
The Paris Sisters I Love How You Love Me T20 2:03
Gene Pitney Every Breath I Take BB 2:43
Curtis Lee Under The Moon Of Love BB 2:50
The Crystals He's Sure The Boy I Love T20 2:37
Side Four
Ben E King Spanish Harlem T20 2:58
The Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody T20 T20 3:39
Ike & Tina Turner River Deep-Mountain High BB T20 3:33
The Righteous Brothers Just Once In My Life T20 3:57
Sonny Charles & The Checkmates LTD Black Pearl T20 3:23
The Righteous Brothers Ebb Tide T20 UK 2:50


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