The Drugstore's Rockin', Vol. 4

The Drugstore's Rockin', Vol. 4


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After years of putting out exemplary reissues of classic country, rockabilly, and roots rock material, Germany's Bear Family has tiptoed into the uncharted waters of teen-centric pop
ock of the 1950s and '60s with the The Drugstore's Rockin' series, and Vol. 4 proves that the label is treating these rare sides with the care and enthusiasm that is Bear Family's hallmark. These cuts cover all the bases: rockabilly-lite (Janis Martin's swingin' "Drugstore Rock 'n' Roll"), stepped-up country ("Don't Pretend" by Bobby Edwards and Earl Sinks' "Shake 'Em Up and Let 'Em Roll"), romantic melodrama ("Love at First Sight" by Bobby Louis and "Penny Moved Away" by Barry de Vorzon), moody narratives ("April Avenue" by the post-Buddy Holly Crickets and "Johnny Vagabond" by the memorably named Bonnie Guitar), jazzy dance tunes (Sam Butera's "Bim Bam"), and lots, lots more. While some of these cuts have a high treacle quotient, there's a lot of fine picking to be heard (often featuring some high-powered behind-the-scenes session men), and even the weakest artists on board (bottom of the class would probably be a pre-Dobie Gillis Dwayne Hickman) are miles ahead of the Fabian/Frankie Avalon axis of prefab teen idols. Colin Escott's heroically researched liner notes offer up all the information you could hope for on these artists, and the tunes show that even the square kids knew how to have a pretty good time before drugs, fuzz boxes, and the Beatles turned everything upside down. Big fun, both ironic and otherwise.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/25/2003
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127166784
catalogNumber: 16678
Rank: 107014

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chet Atkins   Electric Guitar,Leader
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar
Bill Nelson   Drums
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Bucky Pizzarelli   Guitar
Sam Butera   Leader,Saxophone,Vocals
Lyle Ritz   Bass
Tommy Allsup   Guitar
Barry De Vorzon   Vocals
Johnny Carroll   Rhythm Guitar
Leroy Van Dyke   Vocals
Janis Martin   Vocals
Dwayne Hickman   Vocals
Norman Petty   Organ
Billy Strange   Guitar,Leader
Buzz Cason   Harmonica,Vocals
Jerry Allison   Drums
Georgie Auld   Tenor Saxophone
Perry Botkin   Piano,Leader
Harold Bradley   6-string bass
Red Callender   Bass
Don Costa   Conductor
Paul Ferrara   Drums
Frank Flynn   Drums
Buddy Harman   Drums
Milt Holland   Drums
Buddy Killen   Bass
Tony Liuzza   Bass
Willie McCumber   Piano
William Pitman   Guitar
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Jesse Sailes   Drums
Ray Sherman   Piano
Lou Sineaux   Trombone
Tommy Tedesco   Bass
Larry Breen   Bass
Alton Hendrickson   Guitar
Bob Moore   Bass
Joe Guercio   Piano
Milton Norman   Guitar
George Tomsco   Guitar
Lynn Bailey   Bass
Jerry Naylor   Vocals,Group Member
Grady Owen   Bass
Margie Singleton   Vocal Harmony
Jerry Glenn Kennedy   Guitar
Leon Bagwell   Bass,Group Member
Johnny Fallin   Vocals
William Paul Ackerman   Drums
Robert Bain   Guitar,Leader
Alexander Caiola   Guitar,Leader
Raymond D. Martinez   Drums
Clifford E. "Bud" Shank   Tenor Saxophone
Robert V. "Bobby" Hammack   Piano
Kelton D. "Kelso" Heston   Guitar
Bob "Bobby" Roberts   Guitar
Nick Greene   Vocals
Bill Pittman   Bass
Joseph Robert 'Bobby' Gibbons   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bobby Bare   Composer
Johnny Beecher   Illustrations
Sam Butera   Composer
Barry De Vorzon   Composer,Vocal Overdubs
Sonny Curtis   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Janis Martin   Composer
Ned Miller   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Dorsey Burnette   Composer
Sheldon Harnick   Composer
Jerry Allison   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Illustrations
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Earl Sinks   Contributor
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Johnny Fallin   Composer
Patty Rainwater   Composer
Sylvia Dee   Composer
Jack Rhodes   Composer
Ray Stanley   Composer
Bill Tilghman   Composer
Sonny West   Composer
Sue Miller   Composer
Sabine Ziegler   Artwork
Nick Kenny   Composer
Bill Peppers   Composer
John Firminger   Illustrations
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Kenny Loran   Composer
Marv & Patty Rainwater   Duet
Kendall Hayes   Composer
Johnny Rose   Composer
Nick Greene   Composer

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