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R&B SPOTLIGHT #60 -R&B / pop hits of 1959- DBL COMP CD

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    60 tracks by various artists selected from the US charts of 1959.

    All of the songs were R&B and/or pop hits and many have become classics of the genre. The artists include such legends as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, the Coasters, Ruth Brown, Lavern Baker, Nat King Cole and Sarah Vaughan.

    The collection, including full details of the original label issues, is the second of an ongoing year-by-year series representing the Rhythm & Blues charts.

    The informative booklet notes are authored by respected Echoes/Record Collector journalist Mike Atherton.

    This 1959 installment in the year-by-year R&B Spotlight series sees the increasing popularity of Rhythm & Blues, with many of the entries also crossing over to the pop charts. The R&B chart mixed successes from both one-hit wonders and fifties stars. R&B with the Rock and Roll beat was represented by Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Lloyd Price and Little Willie John. Harmony vocal group sounds abounded with notable sides from the Flamingos, the Skyliners, the Crests, the Five Satins and Richard Barrett with the Chantels. Uptempo group items, often with a comedy slant, were very popular and the Coasters, the Clovers, the Cadillacs, the Accents and the Genies are amongst the excellent selections here. The whole Twist craze had it s beginnings in this year with the release of the original version written and recorded by Hank Ballard & The Midnighters. Ruth Brown, Lavern Baker and Clyde McPhatter pointed the way for the future direction of R&B with their polished, New York-produced recordings. Bluesier items still appeared in the charts with winners from Jimmy Reed, Little Walter and Lightnin Slim. Instrumental charters included catchy items from Dave Baby Cortez, the Spacemen and Paul Gayten. Tremendous tracks including classic songs like ‘Kansas City,’ ‘Sea Cruise,’ ‘Charlie Brown,’ ‘The Twist,’ ‘Since I Don’t Have You’ and ‘Love Potion No. 9’, all included here.

    Nice shrink-wrapped slip-case packaging


    1-1     –Lavern Baker     Bumble Bee     
    1-2     –Jessie Hill     Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Part 1)     
    1-3     –Rosco Gordon     Just A Little Bit     
    1-4     –Joe Turner*     Honey Hush     
    1-5     –The Coasters     What About Us     
    1-6     –Bo Diddley     Road Runner     
    1-7     –Hank Ballard & The Midnighters     The Coffe Grind     
    1-8     –Buster Brown     Fannie Mae     
    1-9     –Jimmy Reed     Baby What You Want Me To Do     
    1-10     –Wade Flemons     Easy Lovin'     
    1-11     –Little Willie John     Let Them Talk     
    1-12     –Lavern Baker     Shake A Hand     
    1-13     –The Platters     Harbor Lights     
    1-14     –Ruth Brown     Don't Receive Me     
    1-15     –Fats Domino     Walking To New Orleans     
    1-16     –Etta* & Harvey*     If I Can't Have You     
    1-17     –Dee Clark     How About That     
    1-18     –Little Anthony & The Imperials     Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop     
    1-19     –The Olympics     Big Boy Pete     
    1-20     –Jimmy Jones     Handy Man     
    1-21     –Lloyd Price     Question     
    1-22     –Joe Jones (2)     You Talk Too Much     
    1-23     –Johnny Otis Show*     Mumblin' Mosie     
    1-24     –Nat Kendrick & The Swans     (Do The) Mashed Potatoes (Part 1)     
    1-25     –Chubby Checker     The Twist     
    1-26     –Chuck Berry     Let It Rock     
    1-27     –The Coasters     Run Red Run     
    1-28     –The Hollywood Argyles*     Alley-Oop     
    1-29     –James Booker     Gonzo     
    1-30     –Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs     Stay     
    2-1     –Gary U.S. Bonds     New Orleans     
    2-2     –Bo Diddley     Crawdad     
    2-3     –Jimmy Jones     Good Timin'     
    2-4     –Chuck Berry     Too Pooped To Pop "Casey"     
    2-5     –Joe Turner*     My Little Honey Dripper     
    2-6     –Al Brown's Tunetoppers     The Madison     
    2-7     –Hank Ballard & The Midnighters     Finger Poppin' Time     
    2-8     –The Coasters     Besame Mucho (Part 1)     
    2-9     –Chubby Checker     The Hucklebuck     
    2-10     –Fats Domino     My Girl Josephine     
    2-11     –Aaron Neville     Over You     
    2-12     –Little Willie John     Heartbreack (It's Hurting Me)     
    2-13     –Wade Flemons     What's Happening     
    2-14     –Dee Clark     You'Re Looking Good     
    2-15     –Little Anthony & The Imperials     My Empty Room     
    2-16     –The Blue Notes (3)     My Hero     
    2-17     –The Spaniels     I Know     
    2-18     –The Five Satins     I'll Be Seeing You     
    2-19     –Lavern Baker     Wheel Of Fortune     
    2-20     –Little Willie John     Sleep     
    2-21     –Mickey & Sylvia     What Could I Do     
    2-22     –Lavern Baker     Shadows Of Love     
    2-23     –Bobby Hendricks     Psycho     
    2-24     –The Coasters     Shoppin' For Clothes     
    2-25     –Elmore James & His Broomdusters     The Sky Is Crying     
    2-26     –John Lee Hooker     No Shoes     
    2-27     –Etta* & Harvey*     Spoonful     
    2-28     –Chuck Berry     Jaguar And Thunderbird     
    2-29     –The Coasters     Wake Me, Shake Me     
    2-30     –Hank Ballard & The Midnighters     Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go

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