Teenage Crush, Vol. 4

Teenage Crush, Vol. 4


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Vol. 4 of the Teenage Crush series offers another 28 tracks from the mildest side of late-'50s/early-'60s rock & roll, slanted toward (but not entirely devoted to) teen idol-style singers of the era. A bunch of these are big, familiar hits -- Johnny Burnette's "Dreamin'," Bobby Vee's "Take Good Care of My Baby," James Darren's "Goodbye Cruel World," Lou Christie's "Two Faces Have I," Frankie Avalon's "Why," Bobby Darin's "Queen of the Hop," Clyde McPhatter's "Treasure of Love," and the Fleetwoods' "Mr. Blue." Its value to rock & roll oldies collectors is that it mixes these with somewhat lesser-known hits and a bunch of low-charting Billboard Top 100 entries that never get played on the radio anymore. That does mean, however, that much of the CD isn't as memorable as the aforementioned big hits, drifting by innocuously without leaving much of a trace. There are some interesting rarities here, like Huelyn Duvall's Conway Twitty-like ballad "Little Boy Blue" and Tommy Boyce (later half of hit artists Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, who also wrote some of the Monkees' hits) and his 1962 Dion imitation "I'll Remember Carol"; in fact, there are a number of Dion imitations here, reminding listeners just how big Dion was in the early '60s. Other highlights are Ricky Nelson's "Never Be Anyone Else But You" -- not a rarity (in fact it made the Top Ten), but not one of the first songs that comes to mind when the Nelson catalog is sampled -- and Dale & Grace's "Stop and Think It Over," also a Top Ten hit, and an enjoyable country-swamp pop-influenced ballad even if it did sound much like their bigger smash "I'm Leaving It All Up to You." But Tommy Dee's "Three Stars" 1959 tribute to the recently departed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper has got to be one of the most godawful maudlin hits of the period.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2004
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667002424
catalogNumber: 1015
Rank: 73337

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Technical Credits

Sonny James   Composer
Lou Christie   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Merritt Brunies   Composer
Barry De Vorzon   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Woody Harris   Composer
Dale Wright   Composer
Tommy Boyce   Composer
Tommy Dee   Composer
Jack Fishman   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Charles F. Kenny   Composer
Dickey Lee   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Allen Reynolds   Composer
Bernie Wayne   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Joe Shapiro   Composer
Lee Morris   Composer
Malcolm Baumgart   Liner Notes
Jules Cassard   Composer
Bob Marcucci   Composer
Dudley Mecum   Composer
Robert Thibodeau   Composer
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes
Jerry Arnold   Composer
Gloria Shayne   Composer
Lou Stallman   Composer
DeWayne Blackwell   Composer
Henry Brunies   Composer
Ted Ellis   Composer
Doyle Turner   Composer
Connie Conway   Composer
Baker Knight   Composer
Dean Christie   Composer
Twyla Herbert   Composer

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