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I loved rock'n'roll from the moment I heard Gene Vincent and Frankie Lymon in the summer of 1956. Like most of us I've lost nearly all my records I bought as a teenager (including all the Chuck Berry's) but somehow - God knows how - I've kept the rare LaVernBaker Rock'n'Roll LP on London.
I have retired now, but for over 35 years I played (tenor sax) in various r'n'r and r'n'b bands (semi-pro). The best moment was as support act to Little Richard at Torquay in 2005. I interviewed Gene Vincent (we spoke for 20 minutes) for a student newspaper in 1963. I have been to many, many r'n'r, r'n'b and jazz gigs but by far the best was in The Johnny Otis show in London in 1972.
In the late summer of 1976 I was travelling around USA via Greyhound bus. One late afternoon at the end of August I ended up in San Antonio, Texas. I saw hundreds and hundreds of people making their way to a large auditorium. I followed along and outside I was offered a black market ticket (over the odds) for $12. I bought it and went inside - and that's how I saw Elvis live!

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26th Aug 2016
Betty Smith

A: Song Of India
B: Stormy Weather
Great version of the standard from Betty Smith. She blows well and never lets the listener down.

26th Aug 2016
The Betty Smith Group

A: Song Of The Boulevards
B: Begin The Beguine
Betty Smith was consistently good on record, although the material she was given doesn't always match up to her talent. This is a nice (but not exceptional) double-sider.

26th Aug 2016
Betty Smith's Skiffle

A: There's A Blue Ridge Round My Heart Virginia
B: Double Shuffle
Now this is proper skiffle, not like that ersatz Cort/McDevitt drivel.

26th Aug 2016
The Betty Smith Group

A: Bewitched
B: Hand Jive
The 'B' side is good, too. If you want to know how to hand jive - look no further.

26th Aug 2016
The Bob Cort Skiffle

A: School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell)
B: Ain't It A Shame (To Sing Skiffle On Sunday)
The more I play this the more I hate it: square, boring, tedious; now I know why skiffle always left me cold. Hail! Hail! Skiffle and roll, the beat of the washboard loud and bold! God, strewth! And as for the 'B' side: Ain't it a shame to play skiffle on Sunday. Stone the crowkers!
Thank God for rock'n'roll. I'd rather have Patti Page than this.

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The Moonglows

A: I Knew From The Start
London UKMSP. 15291957Promo Only 7"09.5

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