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Various - On Bended Knee - Swamp Pop - CD
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An unlikely fusion of Cajun, Zydeco, R&B, R&R and C&W, it emerged in the mid 50s and was largely pio¬neered by young white Cajuns and black Creoles. Ironi¬cally, it wasn’t called Swamp Pop at that time - indeed, at first, it didn’t possess a separate identity. In fact, the term “Swamp Pop” wasn’t actually bestowed until the late 60s, when it was coined by an Englishman, Pop/Rock writer/ researcher/historian Bill Millar. But it seemed to fit the bill perfectly, and has been in common usage for much of the ensuing forty-odd years.

Stylistically, Swamp Pop owes much to New Orleans R&B, being readily identifiable by its piano triplets, plaintive melodies (often in 6/8 waltz time), bluesy guitar licks, rolling bass and a mournful horn section, all underpinned by a strong Rhythm & Blues backbeat. Lyri¬cally, the songs are often anguished tales of lost loves, failed romances, broken hearts and stark loneliness (NB: it should be stressed that not all Swamp Pop songs are ballads - but a hell of a lot are!)

As to what was the first Swamp Pop record, this has been the subject of some debate over the years. It would seem to boil down to a straight fight between Bobby Charles’ ‘On Bended Knee’, Earl King’s ‘Those Lonely, Lonely Nights’, and Roy ‘Boogie Boy’ Perkins’ ‘You’re On My Mind’, all of which were recorded at around the same time, during 1955. In the final analysis, it’s your choice (all three titles are included herein). But in the opinion of two of Swamp Pop’s most celebrated scholars - not to mention performers - both Johnnie Allan and Rod Bernard acknowledge ‘On Bended Knee’ as having been the piv¬otal recording.



Disc: 1
1. Those Lonely, Lonely Nights (Earl King)
2. On Bended Knee (Bobby Charles)
3. Cindy Lou (The Boogie Ramblers featuring Shelton Dunaway)
4. You're On My Mind (Roy Boogie Boy' Perkins)
5. Life Problem (Guitar Gable & The Musical Kings featuring King Karl)
6. Why Can't You (Bobby Charles)
7. Family Rules (Angel Child) (Guitar Jr)
8. Baby Give Me A Chance (Joe Hudson & His Rockin' Dukes (voc: Lester Robertson))
9. I Trusted You (Jimmy Clanton)
10. This Should Go On Forever (King Karl & Guitar Gable)
11. Mathilda (Cookie & The Cupcakes)
12. Shed So Many Tears (Elton Anderson)
13. Hippy-Ti-Yo (Bobby Page & The Riff-Raffs)
14. Just A Dream (Jimmy Clanton)
15. Broken Hearted Rollin' Tears (Guitar Jr)
16. Lost Love (Doug Ardoin & The Boogie Kings (voc: Elbert Miller))
17. Prisoner's Song (Warren Storm)
18. Lover Blues (Red Smiley & The Vel-Tones featuring Clint West)
19. Going Out With The Tide (Jivin' Gene & The Jokers)
20. Lonely Days, Lonely Nights (Johnnie Allan)
21. Jailbird (Red Smiley & The Vel-Tones)
22. My Baby Is Gone (Johnnie Allan)
23. Please Accept My Love (Jimmy Wilson)
24. The Crawl (Guitar Jr)
25. Born To Be A Loser (Jimmy Donley)
26. Walking In The Park (King Karl with Guitar Gable's Band)
27. Want A Come Back Home (Elton Anderson)
28. Crying Over You (Steve Rollins & The Continentals)
29. Genevieve (Randy & The Rockets featuring Dennis Norris)
30. Four Winds (Bobby Charles)
31. Crazy Baby (Buck Rogers)
32. Sea Of Love (Phil Phillips & The Twilights)

Disc: 2
1. Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do (Jivin' Gene & The Jokers)
2. Secret Of Love (Elton Anderson)
3. So Long So Long (Warren Storm)
4. Shedding Teardrops Over You (Rod Bernard)
5. Won't You Believe Me (Dale Houston)
6. Until Then (Cookie & The Cupcakes)
7. Take This Heart (Phil Phillips & The Twilights)
8. I'm A Little Boy (Looking For Love) (Warren Storm)
9. Give Me One More Chance (Rockin' Dave Allen & The Thunderbirds)
10. Write Me A Letter (Glenn Wells & The Blends)
11. Good Lovin' (John Fred & The Playboys)
12. Cheryl Ann (Prince Charles & The Rockin' Kings)
13. Just A Memory (Rod Bernard)
14. Goin' To St Louis (Margaret Lewis)
15. Slop And Stroll Jolie Blonde (Gabe Dean)
16. Heartbroken Love (Joe Barry)
17. Shirley Jean (Rockin' Dave Allen & The Thunderbirds)
18. Forever Is A Long Time (Tibby Edwards)
19. Walking Slowly (Rockin' Dave Allen & The Thunderbirds)
20. I'm A Fool To Care (Joe Barry)
21. Walking Down The Aisle (Little Alfred & The Berrycups)
22. Little Bitty Boy (T.K. Hulin & The Lonely Knights)
23. Cry Foolish Heart (Johnnie Allan)
24. Oh Teet Fille (Oh Little Girl) (Josef Barrios)
25. Since Your Love Has Grown Cold (Cookie & The Cupcakes featuring Shelton Dunaway)
26. Your Picture (Johnnie Allan)

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