Second Helpings: Sequels to the Songs That Left 'Em Hungry for More

Second Helpings: Sequels to the Songs That Left 'Em Hungry for More

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Overview

As clever an idea for a compilation as they come, Ace's 2015 collection Second Helpings: Sequels to the Songs That Left 'Em Hungry for More rounds up 24 singles that were explicit sequels to hits. Almost all of these songs date from the first half of the '60s -- the ringer is the closing "My Image of a Girl (Is You)," where the doo wop group the Safaris revisited a hit in 1989, many years after the original -- and there's no strict stylistic guideline, either. Many of these songs are pop in some fashion but there's also a lot of country, rock & roll, soul, and even blues, with Slim Harpo turning "I'm a King Bee" into "Little Queen Bee (Got a Brand New King)," a song that illustrates just how shameless almost every one of these sequels was. The bittersweet exception is Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue Got Married," where the object of his affection grows up and moves on, here presented in a version overdubbed by the Fireballs in 1966. Everything else rides on the coattails of the hit -- Booker T. & the MG's serve up "Mo' Onions," Paul Anka asks you to "Remember Diana," the Shirelles thrill that "(Mama) My Soldier Boy Is Coming Home" -- and the fun of the collection lies in that blatant calculation: even the stars (and maybe especially their labels) want another big hit, so they'll follow the path of least resistance toward their goal. Even if the songs aren't great -- which is more often than not -- the spirit is fun, and there are some memorable singles here, too: George Jones is horrified that his baby brought home "Root Beer" instead of white lightning, the Marvelettes swing with the "Twistin' Postman," Marty Robbins remembers "Feleena (From El Paso)" and, of course, Harpo proves that his low-key, low-down groove sounds good on any song or in any setting.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667070225
catalogNumber: 5017931
Rank: 79008

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Garry Sherman   Conductor
Sammy Lowe   Conductor
Russ Faith   Conductor

Technical Credits

George Jones   Composer
Marty Robbins   Composer
Paul Anka   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Neil Diamond   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Wanda Jackson   Photo Courtesy
Barry De Vorzon   Composer
Claudine Clark   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer,Producer
Alan Lorber   Arranger
Norman Petty   Producer
Jan Berry   Composer,Producer
Perry Botkin   Composer
Carl D'Errico   Composer
Ray Ellis   Producer
Bob Feldman   Composer
Leroy Glover   Arranger
Jerry Goldstein   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Richard Gottehrer   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Frank Jones   Producer
Stanley Kahan   Producer
Stan Kesler   Producer
Don Law   Producer
J.D. Miller   Producer
Ken Nelson   Producer
Lewis Steinberg   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer,Producer
Wayne Walker   Composer
Artie Wayne   Composer,Producer
Jerry West   Composer
Al Jackson   Composer
Gil Garfield   Composer
Richard Clasky   Composer
Marvin Rosenberg   Composer
Russ Faith   Arranger,Composer
Berenice Abbott   Cover Photo
Janie Bradford   Composer
Darrell Edwards   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Edna Lewis   Composer
Robert Bateman   Composer
James Sheppard   Composer
Fred Anisfield   Composer
Bob Elgin   Composer
Ted Ellis   Composer
BrianBert   Producer
Lee Thomas   Composer
Roger Christian   Composer
Sam Szczepanski   Liner Notes
Don Altfield   Composer
Mal Williams   Producer
Jay Snyder   Arranger,Producer
Harold W. "Pappy" Daily   Producer
Owen B. Masingill   Orchestra Director
Eric Charge   Photo Courtesy
Colm O'Brien   Memorabilia
Robert Kalina   Composer
William Stevenson   Composer
Snuff Garrett   Producer
Ron Blackwell   Composer
Ernest Salters   Composer

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