Jungle Hop

Jungle Hop

by Don & Dewey


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Jungle Hop

Man, is this stuff great! So why don't you already have this in your collection? Perhaps you haven't heard of it yet, or perhaps you've just heard of Don & Dewey -- a pair of high school friends who started performing as a duo after playing in the Squires together -- who recorded many sides for Specialty Records in the late 50s. They never had hits on their own, but they wrote and recorded songs that others brought to the charts, including the Sonny Bono-penned "Koko Joe," and the originals "Big Boy Pete," "Jungle Hop," and the perennial garage rock classic "Farmer John." That alone suggests that they were first-rate songwriters, but their talents run deep; these may be the standouts, but their other singles and the songs not issued until this 1991 collection are uniformly excellent. And that's just one side of the group. Just as importantly, they were dynamite musicians, rocking hard (Dewey Terry played a mean guitar, and Don "Sugarcane" Harris wasn't a slouch himself on the instrument, though his violin talents weren't fully appreciated here.) Supported by the Specialty house band (the same band that played on Little Richard's records) and singing delirious tag-team vocals make this sound insanely alive with life. There isn't a bad track here; and even if they didn't have hits and are still a cult item, they left behind a hell of a legacy, as evidenced by this necessary disc.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/1992
Label: Specialty
UPC: 0022211700821
catalogNumber: 7008
Rank: 90567

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don & Dewey   Primary Artist
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Dewey Terry   Guitar,Piano
Hidle Brown Barnum   Piano
Harold Battiste   Leader,Alto Saxophone
Ted Brinson   Bass
Jewell L. Grant   Alto Saxophone
Rene Hall   Guitar,Piano,Leader
Adolph Jacobs   Guitar
Raymond Johnson   Piano
Hubert Myers   Tenor Saxophone
Earl Palmer   Drums
Roy Porter   Drums
John Rotella   Drums
William Pittman   Bass
Gaynel Hodge   Piano
Roy Lanham   Guitar
Eddie Williams   Bass
John Oliver   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Joe Liggins   Composer
Cozy Cole   Composer
Sam Butera   Composer
Dewey Terry   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Harold Battiste   Producer
Sonny Bono   Producer
Robert Gross   Contributor
Don "Sugarcane" Harris   Composer
Lennie Hayton   Composer
Art Rupe   Producer
Billy Vera   Producer,Liner Notes,Series Supervision
Bobby Winkelman   Composer
Georgia Gillfillan   Contributor,Package Production
Gill Chrest   Contributor
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
Count Yates   Contributor
M. McCall   Composer

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