Cruisin' 1957

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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
The predecessors of hip-hop MCs or just thwarted rock & rollers with giddy natures? Early rock & roll DJs -- heirs to the trailblazing, early-'50s R&B and blues DJs in Memphis and Nashville -- could make a small claim to both labels. To millions of '50s teens, at least, they offered salvation from a increasingly staid world of modern kitchen appliances and sock hops. Culminating with the nationwide fame of Alan Freed and given a major blow by his subsequent indictment during the payola scandal, early DJ culture produced a wealth of fast talking and often goofy radio personalities who introduced the country to Elvis, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard. For ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
The predecessors of hip-hop MCs or just thwarted rock & rollers with giddy natures? Early rock & roll DJs -- heirs to the trailblazing, early-'50s R&B and blues DJs in Memphis and Nashville -- could make a small claim to both labels. To millions of '50s teens, at least, they offered salvation from a increasingly staid world of modern kitchen appliances and sock hops. Culminating with the nationwide fame of Alan Freed and given a major blow by his subsequent indictment during the payola scandal, early DJ culture produced a wealth of fast talking and often goofy radio personalities who introduced the country to Elvis, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard. For listeners equally enthralled by both the vintage DJs in-between-song patter and the music of the era, Increase Records has put together several volumes spotlighting major-market DJs on the air from 1955-1970. This third installment, Cruisin' 1957, features WIBG's Joe Niagara from Philadelphia. He's half hipster, half car salesman, mixing praise for Berry's "School Days" with spots pushing Muntz-brand TV's. All the cuts are classics: the Coasters' "Searchin'," Larry Williams' "Bony Maronie," the Spaniels' "Goodnight Sweetheart," Jimmie Rodgers' "Honeycomb," and Bill Justis' "Raunchy." Sure, some of the music suffers from overexposure or sounds a bit too kitschy for its own good, but with Joe Niagara making it all seem so dramatic and fun with his jingles, station I.D.s, and sundry car ads, who's taking notes?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/1993
  • Label: Increase Records
  • UPC: 015668195722
  • Catalog Number: 1957
  • Sales rank: 47,299

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Susie Q (0:57)
  2. 2 Happy, Happy Birthday Baby - The Tune Weavers (2:59)
  3. 3 School Days (2:32)
  4. 4 Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight (5:21)
  5. 5 Little Darlin' - The Diamonds (3:12)
  6. 6 Over the Mountain, Across the Sea (3:04)
  7. 7 Bony Moronie - Larry Williams (3:16)
  8. 8 To the Aisle (3:31)
  9. 9 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Jerry Lee Lewis (3:16)
  10. 10 Long Lonely Night (3:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lee Andrews Track Performer, Track Performer
Chuck Berry Track Performer
The Diamonds Track Performer
Jerry Lee Lewis Track Performer
Larry Williams Track Performer
Dale Hawkins Track Performer
The Spaniels Track Performer
Johnnie & Joe Track Performer
The Five Satins Track Performer
The Tune Weavers Track Performer
Technical Credits
Larry Williams Composer
Maurice Williams Composer
Dale Hawkins Composer
Billy Smith Composer
Sunny David Composer
Stan Lewis Composer
M. Williams Composer
Dave Williams Composer
Jerry Hopkins Liner Notes
Stuart Wiener Composer
Eleanor Broadwater Composer
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