Tuesday, May 3, 2022

VA - The Swan Records Story 1957-1962 [2016] (4 x CD's)

 

SWAN ROCK &' ROLL

VA - The Swan Records Story 1957-1962 [2016] (4 x CD's)

Swan Records was a mid-20th century United States-based record label, founded in 1957 and based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It had a subsidiary label called Lawn Records. Swan Records lasted until about 1967, when they were still known to have been reissuing 45's. The tapes were more recently bought by Rollercoaster Records in England. Rollercoaster has been issuing a series of high-quality CD's over the past few years, both on their own label and in conjunction with Ace Records (UK).

The label was owned by Bernie Binnick and Tony Mamarella, and featured the production talent of Frank Slay and Bob Crewe, who had been doing production on hits like "Silhouettes" by the Rays. Both Slay and Crewe were also songwriters of some note, Slay writing many of Freddy Cannon's hits and Crewe penning many of the Four Seasons' hits. Slay had his own minor hit, "Flying Circle" in late 1961 [Swan 4085], which was an adaptation of the Jewish standard "Hava Nagila." His publishing company, Claridge Music, was also the name of the record label he founded after he left Swan and relocated to Los Angeles. Bob Crewe, upon leaving Swan (ca. 1962-3), became well-known as co-writer of most of the Four Seasons hits and as the head of the Bob Crewe Generation, a conglomeration of musicians who hit the top-15 in 1967 with "Music to Watch Girls By" [DynoVoice 229], which also was used in a Pepsi Cola commercial.

This is a sensational mix of teenage angst, doo-wop, hard rockers and all the sort of stuff you loved in the late 50's and early 60's. Ever heard of Bonnie Fussell? No, nor had I, but Too High Class is a belter right up there with Frankie Ford's Sea Cruise. A few of these tracks you may have heard; chances are that most might be new to you. Gem after gem.  (Amazon)

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Track lists


CD1

01 Dicky Doo & The Don'ts Click Clack 2:20

02 Billy & Lillie La Dee Dah 2:06

03 Billy Ford & The Thunderbirds The Monster 2:40

04 Doc Starkes Apple Cider 2:10

05 Doc Starkes Six Button Benny 2:42

06 Billy & Lillie Happiness 1:52

07 Dicky Doo & The Don'ts Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu 2:06

08 Dicky Doo & The Don'ts Flip Top Box 2:07

09 Upbeats My Foolish Heart 2:01

10 Billy & Lillie Greasy Spoon 2:20

11 Ron Hoffman Sleep, Baby, Sleep 2:35

12 Echoes Scratch My Back 2:26

13 Mary Swan I'll Wait For You 2:26

14 Loy Clingman Show Down 1:51

15 Johnny Mann & The Tornados Breaker Of Dreams 2:44

16 Johnny Mann & The Tornados Chickalou 2:08

17 Frankie Grier Oh, Gloria 2:29

18 Frankie Grier Lonesome For You 1:50

19 Billy & Lillie Lucky Ladybug 2:29

20 Quaker City Boys Teasin' 2:02

21 Dicky Doo & The Don'ts Teardrops Will Fall 2:08

22 Mary Swan Prisoner Of Love 2:21

23 Lillie Bryant Smokey Grey Eyes 2:28

24 Johnny Madera A Teenager's Dream 3:16

24 Lillie Bryant I'll Never Be Free 2:10

25 Billy & Lillie Tumble Down 2:25


CD2

01 Freddy Cannon Tallahasse Lassie 2:11

02 Jackie Lee Happy Vacation 2:27

03 Billy & Lillie Bells, Bells, Bells 2:02

04 Billy & Lillie Honeymoonin' 2:01

05 Freddy Cannon Okefenokee 2:34

06 Billy & Lillie Terrific Together 2:41

07 Billy & Lillie Swampy 2:48

08 Freddy Cannon Way Down Yonder In New Orleans 2:30

09 Dicky Doo & The Don'ts Wabash Cannonball 2:10

10 Ronnie Dawson Ain't That A Kick In The Head 2:34

11 Ronnie Dawson Hazel 3:05

12 Scotty McKay Little Lump Of Sugar 2:30

13 Scotty McKay Midnight Cryin' Time 2:26

14 Freddy Cannon Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy 2:17

15 Billy & Lillie Free For All 2:06

16 Freddy Cannon The Urge 3:00

17 Ronnie Dawson Decided By The Angels 2:27

18 Tams Valley Of Love 2:23

19 Freddy Cannon Happy Shades Of Blue 3:00

20 Billy & Lillie That's The Way The Cookie Crumbles 2:21

21 Billy & Lillie Over The Mountain, Across The Sea 2:31

22 Danny & The Juniors Twistin' USA 2:22

23 Freddy Cannon Humdinger 3:03

25 Danny & The Juniors Candy Cane, Sugary Plum 2:12


CD3

01 Lee Andrews & The Hearts I Miss You So 2:34

02 Lee Andrews & The Hearts I've Got To Cry 2:30

03 Freddy Cannon Muskrat Ramble 2:23

04 Danny & The Juniors Pony Express 2:28

05 Danny & The Juniors Day Dreamer 2:44

06 Billy & Lillie Ain't Comin' Back (To You) 2:16

07 Billy & Lillie Bananas 2:07

08 Bonnie Fussell & The Jives Too High Class 2:09

09 Freddy Cannon Buzz Buzz A Diddle It 2:25

10 Danny & The Juniors Cha Cha Go Go 2:11

11 Lee Andrews & The Neons A Night Like This 3:05

12 Lee Andrews & The Hearts You Gave To Me 2:10

13 Freddy Cannon Transistor Sister 2:20

14 Diane Bailey Someone Else's Hands 2:18

15 Ace Kennedy & The Candies I Made A Mistake 2:24

16 The Saturday Knights Texas Tommy 2:13

17 Danny & The Juniors Back To The Hop 2:02

18 Danny & The Juniors The Charleston Fish 2:08

19 Freddy Cannon For Me And My Gal 2:27

20 Danny & The Juniors Just Because 2:39

21 Frank Slay & His Orchestra Flying Circle 2:15

22 Lee Andrews & The Neons I Cried 2:09

23 Lee Andrews & The Neons P.S. I Love You 2:32

24 Roy Buchanan Mule Train Stomp 2:18

25 Ginger & The Snaps I'm No Runaround 2:35


CD4

01 Little Jimmy & The Tops Puppy Love 2:35

02 Danny & The Juniors Twistin' All Night Long 3:15

03 Danny & The Juniors Some Kind Of Nut 2:07

04 Freddy Cannon Teen Queen Of The Week 2:10

05 Freddy Cannon Wild Guy 2:25

06 Danny & The Juniors (Do The) Mashed Potatoes 2:07

07 Danny & The Juniors Doin' The Continental Walk 1:57

08 Teddy & The Twilights Woman Is A Man's Best Friend 2:18

09 Cody Brennan & The Temptations Shake The Hand Of A Fool 2:39

10 Cody Brennan & The Temptations Tragic Honeymoon 2:42

11 Freddy Cannon Palisades Park 1:50

12 Barry Petri Pretty Little Angel 2:50

13 Eddie Rambeau Summertime Guy 1:55

14 Danny & The Juniors Funny 2:52

15 Johnny Jackson I Did Em' All 2:12

16 Freddy Cannon What's Gonna Happen When Summer's Done 2:04

17 Gabriel & The Angels That's Life 2:28

18 Gabriel & The Angels Don't Wanna Trust No More 2:29

19 Mark Valentino The Push And Kick 2:21

20 Mark Valentino Walking Alone 1:55

21 Freddy Cannon If You Were A Rock And Roll Record 1:53

22 Artie Sullivan It's Time 1:48

23 Rochelle Johnson Playing The Field 2:25

24 Rockin' Rebels Wild Weekend 2:13

25 Teddy & The Twilights I'm Just Your Clown 2:11

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