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Various - The Popsters They tried To Rock Volume 4 Bear Family

Various - The Popsters. They tried To Rock Volume 4.

Contains rarities that will surprise both pop fans and collectors. Contains
tracks that give new meaning to the word 'clueless.' Reveals the efforts
(some of them desperate) of singers, songwriters, musicians and
arrangers to come to terms with what rock 'n' roll really meant. Shows
some surprising successes at coming to terms with rock 'n' roll by singers
you'd never expect to 'get it.' Here are the companion Volumes to the
successful 'They Tried To Rock: The Hillbillies' Volumes 1 and 2.
Volumes 3 and 4 follow the early struggle by Popsters, including Frank
Sinatra, Doris Day, the Mills Brothers, Perry Como and Lawrence Welk,
who tried to come to terms with rock 'n' roll's challenge to traditional
pop music. This took place during the early to mid-1950s, before
anybody knew whether it was just a fad that would blow over or
something that truly threatened to revolutionize popular music. Many
Popsters hated it and privately made fun of it, while at the same time
they saw their record sales plummet and their radio play and personal
appearances affected. Popsters were faced with the same career-altering
choice that affected the Hillbillies in Volumes 1 and 2: Do we fight 'em or
join 'em? Some Popsters were equipped to adapt and did a fine job of it.
Others, weren't and didn't. For the first time, Bear Family has collected
some vintage performances by Popsters who tried their best to pass
themselves off as rockers. Many of these tracks by both the famous
and the not-so-famous - have become quite rare. You'll marvel at how
good some of them were. Others may draw a well-deserved snicker after
all these years. But good or bad, they all remind us just how potent a force
rock & roll was in the early days, and how even well-established Popsters
believed they had to change to survive.

1. Pat Boone: The Fat Man
2. Perry Como: Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So)
3. The Fontane Sisters: Rock Love
4. Art Mooney & His Orchestra: Tutti Frutti
5. Jo Stafford: I Got A Sweetie
6. Eileen Barton: Fujiyama Mama
7. The Chordettes: Eddie My Love
8. The Hilltoppers feat. Chuck Schrouder: Ka Ding Dong
9. Betty Johnson: Little White Lies
10. Vicki Young with Big Dave & His Orchestra: (I'm) All Shook Up
11. Ella Mae Morse: Lovey Dovey
12. Tony Bennett: Close Your Eyes
13. Jim Lowe: Blue Suede Shoes
14. Les Paul & Mary Ford: How High The Moon
15. Donny Baker: Drinkin' Pop-Sodee Odee (Pop Pop)
16. The Crew Cuts: Susie Q
17. Jean Dinning: Bo Diddley
18. Pearl Bailey: Can't Rock And Roll To Save My Soul
19. Teresa Brewer: Bo Weevil
20. Rosemary Clooney: Shot Gun Boogie
21. Nat King Cole: Send For Me
22. Doris Day: Two Hearts, Two Kisses (Make One Love)
23. Hugo & Luigi: Rockabilly Party
24. Guy Mitchell: Rock A Billy
25. Johnny Ray: Flip Flop And Fly
26. Lawrence Welk And His Champagne Music: Rock And Roll Ruby
27. The Diamonds: Why Do Fools Fall In Love
28. Dorothy Collins: My Boy Flat-Top
29. Cindy (Lord) & Lindy (Doherty): Let's Go Steady
30. Gloria Mann: Teenage Prayer
31. Georgia Gibbs: Rock Right
32. Don Cornell: See Saw
33. Don Cherry: Band Of Gold

This product was added to our catalogue on Thursday 07 May, 2015.
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