VARIOUS – KEB DARGE PRESENT’S ATOMIC RHYTHM – STAG-O-LEE CD

Rockabilly didn’t cross my world until the early nineteen eighties at a Dirtbox weekender in Bournemouth, until then I was a pure northern soul boy. I didn’t really get stuck into collecting the stuff until a decade later, but when I did what a wonderful world of tunes opened up to me, and I went wild on it. I was very lucky to be doing a record stall in Camden market at the time just across from Boz Boorer and Neil Scott’s stall. They along with other serious collectors Dave Vickers, Barney Koumis, Cosmic Keith, Jim Fox, Dave Crozier, and many others taught me all I needed to know. I only ever made one great rockabilly discovery which none of them knew, “Little Bit Lonesome” by Charles Ross, but I was happy enough buying all their recommendations as they were all new and exciting for me.
I have done several rockabilly comps before, but sadly the Philippines typhoon in 2013 destroyed my village and forced me to sell the bulk of my collection. Here are some of my favourites that I never got round to putting out before that happened. Two of the aforementioned collectors are no longer with us. I therefore dedicate this comp to Dave Vickers and Cosmic Keith who both had a huge influence on my life and my musical taste.
Keb Darge, London October 2020

01. Fender IV – Everybody Up
02. The Sonics – Marlene
03. James Mask -Hootchie Coochie Gal
04. John Worthan -The Cats Were Jumpin’
05. Vince Maloy -Hubba Hubba Ding Ding
06. Don Wade – Gone, Gone, Gone
07. Billy Wayne – I Love My Baby
08. Wally Willette and his Globe Rockers – Pink Elephants
09. Darrell Rhodes And The Falcons – Four O’Clock Baby
10. Arlie Miller And The Bullets -Lou Ann
11. Cruisers – Betty Ann
12. Joe D. Johnson – Rattlesnake Daddy
13. Bobby McDowell – Lonely
14. Jerry Arnold And The Rhythm Captains – Can’t Do Without You
15. Gene Terry – The Woman I Love
16. Glen Glenn – Blue Jeans And A Boys’ Shirt
17. Red Moore – Crawdad Son
18. Maylon Humphries And His Tri-Seniors – Worried ‘Bout You Baby
19. Van Brothers – Servant Of Love
20. Sonny Fisher – Sneaky Pete
21. Benny Cliff Trio – Shake Um Up Rock
22. Gene Norman – Snaggle Tooth Ann
23. Tommy Nelson – Hobo Bop
24. Lloyd McCollough – Gonna Love My Baby
25. Don Ellis And Royal Dukes – Blue Fire
26. Sonny Wallace – Black Cadillac
27. Floyd Mack – I Like To Go
28. Rod Morris – Alabama Jailhouse
29. Carl Trantham And The Rhythm Allstars – Where There’s A Will
30. Jim Oertling – Back Forty
31. Hodges Brothers – I’m Gonna Rock Some Too
32. Lonesome Drifter – Eager Boy

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