My Heart is an Open Book

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All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Carl Dobkins Jr. was a purveyor of mild-mannered rock & roll similar to Johnny Tillotson or Ricky Nelson with even less rockabilly fire who managed four Billboard hits in 1959-60, the biggest of which was the Top Five "My Heart is an Open Book." His second-biggest hit, "Lucky Devil" also recorded by Frank Ifield around the same time peaked at number 25, and his career as a teen idol went downhill from there. Dobkin's Decca recordings, collected on this exhaustive 30-track import, are lighter-than-air confections that often breeze past without making much of an impression, and even his few hits aren't among the most memorable songs of the era. A few novelties "Three ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Carl Dobkins Jr. was a purveyor of mild-mannered rock & roll similar to Johnny Tillotson or Ricky Nelson with even less rockabilly fire who managed four Billboard hits in 1959-60, the biggest of which was the Top Five "My Heart is an Open Book." His second-biggest hit, "Lucky Devil" also recorded by Frank Ifield around the same time peaked at number 25, and his career as a teen idol went downhill from there. Dobkin's Decca recordings, collected on this exhaustive 30-track import, are lighter-than-air confections that often breeze past without making much of an impression, and even his few hits aren't among the most memorable songs of the era. A few novelties "Three Little Peggies," "Genie" bring welcome variety to the tone, which overall is one of teen-oriented light rock and high school balladry. My Heart is an Open Book offers innocuous fun for collectors, but is otherwise too slight so sustain interest.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/1994
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051155469
  • Catalog Number: 15546

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Heart Is an Open Book (2:10)
  2. 2 If You Don't Want My Lovin' (2:25)
  3. 3 Love Is Everything (1:56)
  4. 4 My Pledge to You (2:36)
  5. 5 Lucky Devil (2:04)
  6. 6 (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I (2:14)
  7. 7 Promise Mem (2:08)
  8. 8 Take Time Out (1:57)
  9. 9 A Chance to Belong (2:09)
  10. 10 In My Heart (2:24)
  11. 11 Ask Me No Question (2:39)
  12. 12 Sawdust Dolly (2:13)
  13. 13 Pretty Little Girl in the Yellow Dress (2:18)
  14. 14 Open Up Your Arms (2:26)
  15. 15 I'm Sorry (2:43)
  16. 16 Three Little Peggies (1:51)
  17. 17 Class Ring (1:59)
  18. 18 Exclusively Yours (2:19)
  19. 19 For Your Love (2:45)
  20. 20 True Love (2:20)
  21. 21 Raining in My Heart (2:15)
  22. 22 Sue (1:56)
  23. 23 That's What I Call True Love (2:40)
  24. 24 One Little Girl (2:52)
  25. 25 Genie (2:22)
  26. 26 A Different Kind of Love (2:11)
  27. 27 Lovelight (1:57)
  28. 28 That's All I Need to Know (2:08)
  29. 29 Sawdust Dolly (2:06)
  30. 30 Class Ring (1:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carl Dobkins Jr. Primary Artist, Vocals
Floyd Cramer Piano
Hank Garland Guitar
Jim Hall Choir, Chorus
Bill Smith Piano
Anita Kerr Choir, Chorus
Grady Martin Guitar
Brenton Banks Strings
George Binkley III Strings
Harold Bradley Guitar
Owen Bradley Organ, Piano, Leader
Solie Fott Strings
Buddy Harman Drums
Millie Kirkham Choir, Chorus
Louis Dean Nunley Choir, Chorus
Cecil Brower Strings
Dorothy Ann Dillard Choir, Chorus
Howard Carpenter Strings
Wilda Tinsley Strings
Bob Moore Bass
The Orbits Accompaniment
Seniors Choir, Chorus
Walter Garland Guitar
William Guilford Wright Jr. Choir, Chorus
Vernal E. Richardson Strings
Technical Credits
Smokey Robinson Composer
Luther Vandross Composer
Graham Gouldman Composer
Carl Dobkins Jr. Illustrations
Benny Andersson Composer
Owen Bradley Producer
Al Cleveland Composer
Dean Dinning Composer
Colin Escott Liner Notes
Mark Gersmehl Composer
Randy Guss Composer
Todd Nichols Composer
Björn Ulvaeus Composer
Marvin Tarplin Composer
Rebecca Everett Mastering
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer
L.C. Cooke Composer
Glen Phillips Composer
Sven T. Uhrmann Artwork
Sam Morgan Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Carl Dobkins Jr. is an acquired taste. Certainly not the Rocka

    Carl Dobkins Jr. is an acquired taste. Certainly not the Rockabilly artist that the critic seems to be expecting, but then the critic obviously doesn't know much about American 1950s Rockabilly if he thinks that Rick Nelson was a "mild-mannered rock & roller" instead of one of the premier artists of the genre.
    Carl's hits are here .... My Heart Is An Open Book, If YOu Don't Want My Lovin', Lucky Devil and Exclusively Yours, along with others that show what a great artist he was during his short lived recording career. He was able to obtain the backing of some of the greatest session musicians in Nashville like Floyd Cramer, Hank Garland, Jim Hall, Anita Kerr, Grady Martin, Owen Bradley and Buddy Harman. Not something easily accomplished by your ordinary "mild mannered rock & roller".

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