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Freddie Bell & The Bellboys - Rockin Is Our Business Bear Family
[BCD 15901 AH]


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Freddie Bell & the Bellboys never had a hit in America but made history nonetheless by inspiring Elvis Presley to record "Hound Dog." Presley saw the Bellboys perform the song as part of their Vegas act, and his version is much closer to theirs than to Big Mama Thornton's original. Rockin' Is Our Business collects the recordings Bell and company made for the Teen, Mercury, and Wing labels from 1955-1957, including two versions of "Hound Dog." "Giddy Up a Ding Dong," the group's second most famous cut, seems to have made more of an impression in England and Australia than America, and is also presented in two versions. Most of the Bellboys' music is old-fashioned rock & roll that resembles a brassy, Las Vegas version of Bill Haley, but the group occasionally moves in other directions as well. "Old Town Hall," for example, sounds like something out of an Italian wedding reception, and it's easy to imagine Louis Prima singing "Take the First Train Out of Town." Rockin' Is Our Business has quite a bit of rock & roll.
Greg Adams
Personnel: Freddie Bell (vocals); Frankie Brent (vocals, guitar); McHouston "Mickey" Baker, Mickey Baker (guitar); Bernie Lowe (piano).Liner Note Author: Wayne Russell.Recording information: Hollywood, CA (1955-1957); N.Y.C., NY (1955-1957); Philadelphia, PA (1955-1957).Illustrators: Hans Peter Zdrenka; R.A. Andreas.Photographers: Hans Peter Zdrenka; R.A. Andreas.

Track Listing
1. Hound Dog
2. Move Me, Baby
3. Five, Ten, Fifteen Hours
4. Old Town Hall
5. Big Bad Wolf
6. I Said It and I'm Glad
7. Rockin' the Polonaise
8. Giddy Up a Ding Dong - (Overdub)
9. Hound Dog
10. All Right, Okay, You Win
11. Hucklebuck, The
12. Rompin' and Stompin'
13. Stay Loose, Mother Goose - (Overdub)
14. Hey There You
15. Take the First Train Out of Town - (Overdub)
16. Voo Doo
17. Teach You to Rock
18. I'm Advertisin'
19. You're Gonna Be Sorry
20. Variety
21. Rockin' Is My Business
22. Rockin' the Polonaise
23. Giddy Up a Ding Dong - (take Without Overdub)
24. Hound Dog - (take Without Overdub)
25. Stay Loose, Mother Goose - (Different Lyric)
26. You're Gonna Be Sorry
27. Rockin' Is My Business

This product was added to our catalogue on Thursday 03 November, 2011.


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