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Rock 'n' Roll USA Vol. 2 1959-62
Rock 'n' Roll USA Vol. 2 1959-62

Various Artists
Styles: America's Greatest Hits, Pop, Rock 'n' roll
Catalogue Number: ACFCD7506
This is the second volume in a two-volume release charting the presence of rock ‘n’ roll in the upper echelons of the US hit parade from its first substantial presence in the mid-50s through to the early 60s, by which time it had been moulded by Tin Pan Alley, re-interpreted by successive waves of new talent and influenced the artists who would bring about the next serious musical explosion with the British Invasion of the ‘60s. This great value 150-track 5-CD set encompasses the second period of that process. Rock ‘n’ roll encapsulated the aspirations and instincts of the baby-boom generation as mass media and the long-awaited emergence from post-war austerity saw long-established musical strands in blues, R&B and country come together, and rebellious teenagers rejected the established norms of popular music to claim a piece of the musical high ground. Even now, 60 years after that process crystallised with the hysteria created by Bill Haley’s “Rock Around The Clock” in the movie “The Blackboard Jungle” and the first high profile successes of Elvis Presley, the story of the rise and rise of rock ‘n’ roll still fascinates social and cultural commentators, to the extent that 2015 saw a complete season of radio and TV programmes devoted to the genre on BBC radio and TV channels in the UK. These two sets chart the presence and progress of rock ‘n’ roll insofar as it was reflected in mass popular taste in the USA through the pop record sales charts. They therefore include just about every record that could be called rock ‘n’ roll in its many forms and interpretations which made the Top 10, or close to it, in the pop charts in the USA during the stated period. There will be some debates about what was included and what was left out – that’s half the fun of the subjectivity of music – but whichever way you look at it, it makes for marvellously entertaining listening.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 It's Late Ricky Nelson
2 Guitar Boogie Shuffle The Virtues
3 Pink Shoelaces Dodie Stevens
4 Charlie Brown The Coasters
5 Never Be Anyone Else But You Ricky Nelson
6 I Need Your Love Tonight Elvis Presley
7 Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home) The Impalas
8 Turn Me Loose Fabian
9 Kansas City Wilbert Harrison
10 Dream Lover Bobby Darin
11 Tallahassee Lassie Freddy Cannon
12 Lonely Boy Paul Anka
13 Along Came Jones The Coasters
14 Lipstick On Your Collar Connie Francis
15 Tiger Fabian
16 A Big Hunk Of Love Elvis Presley
17 There Goes My Baby The Drifters
18 Forty Miles Of Bad Road Duane Eddy
19 Frankie Connie Francis
20 What'd I Say (Part 1) Ray Charles
21 Just A Little Too Much Ricky Nelson
22 Sea Of Love Phil Phillips With The Twilights
23 Sleep Walk Santo & Johnny
24 I Want To Walk You Home Fats Domino
25 I'm Gonna Get Married Lloyd Price
26 ('Til) I Kissed You The Everly Brothers
27 Baby Talk Jan & Dean
28 Heartaches By The Number Guy Mitchell
29 Teen Beat Sandy Nelson
30 Mr. Blue The Fleetwoods
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Poison Ivy The Coasters
2 Just Ask Your Heart Frankie Avalon
3 Red River Rock Johnny & The Hurricanes
4 Be My Guest Fats Domino
5 Oh! Carol Neil Sedaka
6 Way Down Yonder In New Orleans Freddie Cannon
7 Hound Dog Man Fabian
8 Running Bear Johnny Preston
9 Go Jimmy Go Jimmy Clanton
10 Handy Man Jimmy Jones
11 Teen Angel Mark Dinning
12 You Got What It Takes Marv Johnson
13 What In The World’s Come Over You Jack Scott
14 Wild One Bobby Rydell
15 Sweet Nothin’s Brenda Lee
16 Stuck On You Elvis Presley
17 Cradle Of Love Johnny Preston
18 Stairway To Heaven Neil Sedaka
19 Cathy’s Clown Everly Brothers
20 Good Timin’ Jimmy Jones
21 Alley Oop Hollywood Argyles
22 Swingin’ School Bobby Rydell
23 Because They’re Young Duane Eddy
24 Only The Lonely Roy Orbison
25 When Will I Be Loved Everly Brothers
26 Walk, Don’t Run The Ventures
27 Walkin’ To New Orleans Fats Domino
28 The Twist Chubby Checker
29 Chain Gang Sam Cooke
30 Save The Last Dance For Me The Drifters
31 You're Sixteen Johnny Burnette
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Poetry In Motion Johnny Tillotson
2 Devil Or Angel Bobby Vee
3 You Talk Too Much Joe Jones
4 Stay Maurice Williams And The Zodiacs
5 Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
6 Blue Angel Roy Orbison
7 New Orleans Gary U.S. Bonds
8 Angel Baby Rosie and the Originals
9 Will You Love Me Tomorrow Shirelles
10 Rubber Ball Bobby Vee
11 Shop Around The Miracles (feat. Bill Smokey Robinson
12 Calendar Girl Neil Sedaka
13 Pony Time Chubby Checker
14 There's A Moon Out Tonight The Capris
15 Where The Boys Are Connie Francis
16 Walk Right Back Everly Brothers
17 Blue Moon The Marcels
18 On The Rebound Floyd Cramer
19 Runaway Del Shannon
20 But I Do Clarence 'Frogman' Henry
21 Mother-In-Law Ernie K. Doe
22 Daddy's Home Shep & The Limelites
23 Mama Said The Shirelles
24 Running Scared Roy Orbison
25 Hello Mary Lou Ricky Nelson
26 Stand By Me Ben E. King
27 Every Beat Of My Heart Pips
28 Quarter To Three U.S. Bonds
29 I Like It Like That Part 1 Chris Kenner
30 Hats Off To Larry Del Shannon
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Let's Twist Again Chubby Checker
2 Tossin ' And Turnin' Bobby Lewis
3 Last Night Mar-Keys
4 Pretty Little Angel Eyes Curtis Lee
5 Hurt Timi Yuro
6 Little Sister Elvis Presley
7 My True Story The Jive Five
8 Who Put The Bomp Barry Mann
9 When We Get Married The Dreamlovers
10 The Mountain's High Dick And Deedee
11 His Latest Flame Elvis Presley
12 Hit The Road Jack Ray Charles
13 You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby Bobby Darin
14 Bristol Stomp The Dovells
15 Runaround Sue Dion
16 Ya Ya Lee Dorsey
17 This Time Troy Shondell
18 The Fly Chubby Checker
19 Please Mr. Postman The Marvelettes
20 Goodbye Cruel World James Darren
21 What's Your Name Don & Juan
22 Let There Be Drums Sandy Nelson
23 Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen Neil Sedaka
24 Twistin' The Night Away Sam Cooke
25 Duke Of Earl Gene Chandler
26 The Wanderer Dion
27 Baby It's You The Shirelles
28 Hey! Baby Bruce Channel
29 Lover Please Clyde Mc Phatter
30 Dream Baby Roy Orbison
Disk 5:
Track Title Artist
1 Unchain My Heart Ray Charles & His Orchestra
2 Peppermint Twist Joey Dee and the Starliters
3 Good Luck Charm Elvis Presley
4 Mashed Potato Time Dee Dee Sharp
5 Shout (Part 1) Joey Dee & The Starlighters
6 The One Who Really Loves You Mary Wells
7 Palisades Park Freddy Cannon
8 The Wah Watusi The Orlons
9 Speedy Gonzales Pat Boone
10 The Loco-Motion Little Eva
11 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Neil Sedaka
12 Things Bobby Darin
13 Sheila Tommy Roe
14 She's Not You Elvis Presley
15 Party Lights Claudine Clark
16 Vacation Connie Francis
17 Sherry The Four Seasons
18 Green Onions Booker T. & The MGs
19 Rinky Dink Baby Cortez
20 Let's Dance Chris Montez
21 Monster Mash Bobby Boris Pickett &The Crypt-Kickers
22 Do You Love Me The Contours
23 He's A Rebel The Crystals
24 Big Girls Don't Cry Four Seasons
25 Return To Sender Elvis Presley
26 Next Door To An Angel Neil Sedaka
27 Bobby's Girl Marcie Blane
28 Don't Hang Up The Orlons
29 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans
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