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Rock 'n' Roll Bell Ringers
     

Rock 'n' Roll Bell Ringers

 
In the mid- to late-'50s, about a decade before it became a quite successful pop
ock and soul label, Bell Records was putting out lots of budget-priced covers of then-current rock & roll hits. The quite detailed and historically astute liner notes to Rock 'n' Roll Bell Ringers don't exactly say so, but the idea was pretty exploitative: take a current chart

Overview

In the mid- to late-'50s, about a decade before it became a quite successful pop
ock and soul label, Bell Records was putting out lots of budget-priced covers of then-current rock & roll hits. The quite detailed and historically astute liner notes to Rock 'n' Roll Bell Ringers don't exactly say so, but the idea was pretty exploitative: take a current chart hit, record a cover with some faceless singers backed by New York session musicians, and sell it for a lower price than the original version. No doubt these roped in customers who didn't know (or didn't care) that what they were buying wasn't exactly the same recording they'd heard of the song on the radio. This anthology has 26 such examples, and although some top musicians like Al Caiola and Panama Francis played on at least some of these recordings, just one of these singles featured singers who were bona fide hitmakers (for the surprise answer, read on). While it's amusing and historically interesting that this sort of thing was going on -- and apparently turning a profit -- the actual records, as you'd expect, aren't very interesting. It's not astonishing that these interpretations of early rock & roll classics like "Maybellene," "Jailhouse Rock," "Hound Dog," "Johnny B. Goode," and "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" were usually far inferior to the originals. But they're not even that entertaining in a so-bad-they're-funny way. They're just bland re-creations that dilute the power of the originals, almost as if they're a symptom of how much of the record industry initially tried to literally white-out rock & roll, with watered-down R&B
ock & roll covers that tried to erase the material's black and hillbilly origins by making it over into mainstream pop. That makes this release of more folkloric than musical interest, though it does include an unlikely cover of Jan & Dean's "Baby Talk" by Tom & Jerry -- the teenage duo who, in the 1960s, would find massive folk-rock success as Simon & Garfunkel.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2005
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667007528
catalogNumber:
1042

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Brook Benton   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Bill Doggett   Composer
Buddy Knox   Composer
Frankie Lymon   Composer
Clifford Scott   Composer
Boyd Bennett   Composer
Lee Hazlewood   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Dave Alldred   Composer
Jimmy Bowen   Composer
Sherman Edwards & Donald Meyer   Composer
Cliff Friend   Composer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Don Lanier   Composer
Morris Levy   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Ben Raleigh   Composer
Winfield Scott   Composer
Joe Sherman   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Johnny Vincent   Composer
Jimmy Williams   Composer
Sid Manker   Composer
Larry Coleman   Composer
Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns   Composer
Nancy Lee   Composer
Melvin Schwartz   Composer
Noel Sherman   Composer
Ernestine Smith   Composer
Bobby Stevenson   Composer
Curry   Composer
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Dave Franklin   Composer
Berisford "Shep" Shepherd   Composer

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