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The Songs & Recordings of Otis Blackwell 1952-62
The Songs & Recordings of Otis Blackwell 1952-62

Otis Blackwell
Styles: Pop, R&B, Rock 'n' roll
Catalogue Number: ADDCD3229
Otis Blackwell was one of those unsung but highly significant behind-the-scenes figures who played an important role in the careers of some major rock ‘n’ roll artists as well as influencing the direction that popular music took during those dynamic formative years. He was initially an R&B singer and songwriter in the early 1950s, making the classic record “Daddy Rolling Stone”, but found his metier as a brilliantly innovative songwriter whose work was recorded by artists across the pop spectrum, his big hit songs including “All Shook Up”, “Don't Be Cruel”, “Paralyzed” and “Return To Sender” for Elvis Presley, “Great Balls of Fire” and “Breathless” for Jerry Lee Lewis, “Handy Man” for Jimmy Jones and “Fever” for Peggy Lee, among many others. This great-value 62-track 2-CD set provides a fascinating cross-section of his career, comprising selected recordings under his own name for the RCA, Groove, Jay-Dee & Atlantic labels, plus recordings by other artists of his songs featuring 24 chart entries, including those mentioned above. Among the artists included are Pat Boone, Clyde McPhatter, Dee Clark, Lavern Baker, The Five Keys, Ben E. King, Cliff Richard, Bobby Darin, Charlie Gracie and Johnnie Ray, as well as an early incarnation of The Four Seasons as The Four Lovers. It offers an enlightening and entertaining insight into the work of a hugely talented pop practitioner who has not received the attention which his music deserves.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
2 Please Help Me Find My Way Home Otis Blackwell
3 The Fool That I Be Otis Blackwell
4 Number 000 Otis Blackwell
5 Oh! What A Babe Otis Blackwell
6 Here I Am Otis Blackwell
7 Daddy Rolling Stone Otis Blackwell
8 Tears! Tears! Tears! Otis Blackwell
9 You're My Love Otis Blackwell
10 Bartender Fill It Up Again Otis Blackwell
11 On That Power Line Otis Blackwell
12 Don't You Know How I Love You Otis Blackwell
13 I'm Standing At The Doorway Otis Blackwell
14 Nobody Met The Train Otis Blackwell
15 My Josephine Otis Blackwell
16 Ain't Got No Time Otis Blackwell
17 Go Away Mr. Blues Otis Blackwell
18 I'm Comin' Back Baby Otis Blackwell
19 You Move Me Baby Otis Blackwell
20 My Poor Broken Heart Otis Blackwell
21 Oh What A Wonderful Time Otis Blackwell
22 Let The Daddy Hold You Otis Blackwell
23 Make Ready For Love Otis Blackwell
24 You're the Apple of My Eye  Four Lovers
25 Don't Be Cruel Elvis Presley
26 Paralyzed  Elvis Presley
27 My Pigeon's Gone The Five Keys
28 Priscilla Eddie Cooley And The Dimples
29 All Shook Up  Elvis Presley
30 Great Balls of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 I Sit In My Window Russ Miller
2 Cool Baby Charlie Gracie
3 Breathless Jerry Lee Lewis And His Pumping Piano
4 Fever Peggy Lee
5 Up Until Now Johnnie Ray
6 For My Good Fortune Pat Boone
7 I'm Out To Getcha Thurston Harris
8 No Regrets Jimmy Barnes
9 Told Myself A Lie Clyde McPhatter
10 Just Keep It Up Dee Clark
11 Let's Talk About Us Jerry Lee Lewis And His Pumping Piano
12 Slow Motion Wade Flemons
13 Hey Little Girl Dee Clark
14 The Shape I'm In Johnny Restivo
15 Handy Man Jimmy Jones
16 You're Just Wasting Your Time Jimmy Bowen
17 Good News The Fiestas
18 Listen To Your Heart Fontane Sisters
19 Don't Be Cruel Bill Black's Combo
20 Livin' Lovin' Wreck Jerry Lee Lewis And His Pumping Piano
21 Shadows Of Love Lavern Baker
22 Pardon Me Billy Bland
23 Nine Times Out Of Ten Cliff Richard & The Shadows
24 Defenceless Lonnie Lee
25 Brace Yourself Ben E King
26 Make Me Know It Elvis Presley
27 You're Just The One To Do It Cliff Richard
28 Fever Pete Bennett & The Embers
29 Twistin' Fever The Marcels
30 I Feel Good All Over The Fiestas
31 All The Way Home Bobby Darin
32 Return To Sender Elvis Presley
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