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Shirley & Lee Rock

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Shirley & Lee were the first and best of the young male-female duos in R&B during the early '50s. Their pair of hits -- "Let the Good Times Roll" and "Feels So Good" -- were delicious slices of New Orleans R&B with great performances from both the singers as well as studio mainstays Earl Palmer and Lee Allen. The German reissue giant Bear Family had already released a comprehensive box set (Sweethearts of the Blues), and they followed it with Shirley & Lee Rock (part of their burgeoning Rocks series), a 31-track disc that sums up the best of their Aladdin material, from their 1952 street-corner debut "I'm Gone" through the rest of the '50s. Both Shirley ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Shirley & Lee were the first and best of the young male-female duos in R&B during the early '50s. Their pair of hits -- "Let the Good Times Roll" and "Feels So Good" -- were delicious slices of New Orleans R&B with great performances from both the singers as well as studio mainstays Earl Palmer and Lee Allen. The German reissue giant Bear Family had already released a comprehensive box set (Sweethearts of the Blues), and they followed it with Shirley & Lee Rock (part of their burgeoning Rocks series), a 31-track disc that sums up the best of their Aladdin material, from their 1952 street-corner debut "I'm Gone" through the rest of the '50s. Both Shirley Goodman and Leonard Lee had grown up together in New Orleans, and although they were never actually sweethearts, their eccentric sound -- especially Shirley's nasal vocals -- meshed surprisingly well and proved very endearing. "Let the Good Times Roll" and "Feels So Good" are, of course, the highlights here. Beyond that, listeners will find an array of pretenders to the crown that attempted to find a hit with a similar formula, presented with Bear Family's typically commendable attention to detail and sound quality.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/23/2008
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051578527
  • Catalog Number: 15785

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shirley & Lee Primary Artist
Lee Allen Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Mundy Conductor
James Booker Piano
Dave Bartholomew Trumpet
Justin Adams Guitar
Warren Bell Tenor Saxophone
Carl Blouin Baritone Saxophone
Maxwell Davis Saxophone
Salvadore Doucette Jr. Piano
Frank Fields Bass
Clarence Ford Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Edward Frank Piano
George French Bass Guitar
Shirley Goodman Vocals
Jewell L. Grant Saxophone
Charles Hamilton Bass
Herb Hardesty Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Harris Alto Saxophone
Smokey Johnson Drums
Leonard Lee Vocals
Willard McDaniel Piano
Ernest McLean Guitar
Earl Palmer Drums
Wardell Quezergue Trumpet
Jesse Sailes Drums
Alvin "Red" Tyler Tenor Saxophone
Clarence Hall Tenor Saxophone
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis Leader, Saxophone
Chuck Norris Guitar
Robert French Drums
Charles Williams Drums
Waldon Joseph Trombone
Technical Credits
Dave Bartholomew Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Jeff Barry Composer
Shirley Goodman Composer, Duet
Jeff Hannusch Illustrations
Leonard Lee Composer, Duet
Earl Palmer Composer
Alvin "Red" Tyler Composer, Illustrations
Bill Dahl Liner Notes, Biographical Information
Rick Coleman Illustrations
Bill Millar Reissue Producer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Morty Craft Producer, Audio Production
Mitch Diamond Illustrations
Erich H├╝lsenbeck Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Lou Wheeler Composer
Lee Sale Composer
Edward Mesner Composer
R. Hayes Composer
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