He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

by Laurie London


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He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

Fourteen-year-old Laurie London was as successful as a one-hit wonder could be -- his debut single and only hit, a rendition of the spiritual "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," made it all the way to the top of the charts in the United States. He was also a one-hit wonder in his native England, but a less spectacular one because the song missed the Top Ten there. Like Larry Collins and Frankie Lymon, London was pegged as a child act and found it difficult to sustain his career after the onset of adulthood. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands is a 31-track anthology that rounds up nearly all of London's recordings, most of which fall into one of two categories: upbeat gospel and folk songs performed in a post-skiffle style, or novelty rock & roll tunes like "The Cradle Rock" and "(She Sells) Sea Shells" that play up his young age. London's voice changed in 1960, so the dozen or so cuts dating from that time onward feature his mature vocal sound on songs mostly in keeping with his established repertoire. Although the lush pop of "Roll on Spring" suggests a promising new direction, his later recordings are mostly faint echoes of his former glory. London composed a few of his songs and was a popular live entertainer, but for some reason was never able to click again with record buyers after his first smash. It's tempting to attribute his commercial decline to his loss of youth, but his record sales fell off immediately after his first hit while he was still in his early teens. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands is an interesting look at the career of one of the only British acts to hit the top spot in America before the arrival of the Beatles, but most of his recordings are too marginal or derivative of his debut single to generate much excitement.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/12/2001
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127164940
catalogNumber: 16494
Rank: 294015

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Laurie London   Primary Artist,Drums,Vocals
Bert Weedon   Electric Guitar
Rita Williams Singers   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer
George Martin   Producer
Paul Barnes   Composer
Mary Lou Williams   Composer
Jim Gordon   Composer
Shelton Brooks   Composer
William Johnson   Composer
Ken Jones   Director
Norman Newell   Producer
Larrie Londin   Contributor
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Paul Pelletier   Biographical Notes
Traditional   Composer
Leo Moseley   Composer
Hoskinson, Larry   Composer
Reid A. Stanley   Composer

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