EVERYBODY JIVE TO THE LONDON ROCK
: 25 Jumpin' British Rock'n Roll Spins
In the mid 1950s, while the Western World was still immersed in the aftermath of World War Two, a new concept was discovered.
This concept, stroppy and rebellious, was the teenager. Up till then you were a child until you became an adult.
One minute you were in short pants, the next you were smoking a pipe. Now there was an intermediary stage, during which you could experience the nascent pleasures of adulthood without having to succumb to its more mundane disciplines.
These new teenagers needed new idols.
They couldnt relate to the polite swing of the dance bands. Some found modern jazz a bit too esoteric, while, to be honest, the heart-throbs of the early 50s mostly looked like they were in their early 50s!
Suddenly a wild, new sound from the USA was being broadcast over select airwaves. Singers with exotic names like Jerry Lee, Elvis, Buddy and Gene were strutting their stuff. Hollywood was beginning to embrace this movement, and, over in The UK, jazzmen, dance band members, crooners and hopeful kids were suddenly buying guitars, greasing back their hair and rockin like there was no tomorrow.
Heres a selection of what was happening in the basements and coffee bars of Britain at that most wonderful and innocent of times. Weve got lids to be flipped, joints to be rocked and rugs to be cut. So what are you waiting for?
Mid-to-late 50s first wave rock & roll from the London Scene -- scrappy, rebellious, joint rockin' numbers.
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01. Jimmy Crawford : Long Stringy Baby
02. Cal Danger : Teenage Girlie Blues
03. Danny Rivers : I Got
04. Art Baxter & His Rock & Roll Sinners : Rock You Sinners
05. Tommy Bruce & the Bruisers : I'm on Fire
06. Wee Willie Harris : Love Bug Crowd
07. Ricky James : Bluer Than Blue
08. Roy Young : Big Fat Mama
09. Tony Crombie & the Rockets : London Rock
10. Derry Hart & the Hartbeats : Come on Baby
11. Mike Sagar & the Cresters : Deep Feeling
12. Danny Hunter & the Giants : Make It Up
13. Terry Dene : Next Stop Paradise
14. Don Lang & his Frantic Five : Red Planet Rock
15. Vince Eager : Five Days Five Days
16. Dean Webb : The Rough & the Smooth
17. Clyde Ray : Steady as a Rock
18. Janice Peters : This Little Girls Gone Rockin
19. Sharkey Todd & the Monsters : Cool Cool
20. Jimmy Miller & the Barbecues : Sizzlin Hot
21. Dickie Pride : Frantic
22. Duffy Power : Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On
23. Billy Sproud & the Rock n Roll Six : If You're So Smart
24. Terry Wayne : Slim Jim Tie
25. Vince Taylor & the Playboys : Jet Black Machine