VA-Let The Bells Keep Ringing 1958

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VA-Let The Bells Keep Ringing 1958 1. Jimmy Cone & Jimmy Carroll and His Orchestra: Get A Job 2. Dottie Marshall & The Ed Cee Orchestra: Fever 3. Tony Wilson & Jimmy Carroll and His Orchestra: Stood Up 4. The Eden Brothers & The Ed Cee Orchestra: All I Have To Do Is Dream 5. Elise Britton & The Ed Cee Orchestra: Stupid Cupid 6. The Terrifics & The Ed Cee Orchestra: Little Star 7. Jackie Robins: Chantilly Lace 8. Edna McGriff & Jimmy Carroll and His Orchestra: Don't Just You Know It 9. Barry Frank & Jimmy Carroll and His Orchestra: Oh-Oh, I'm Falling In Love Again 10. John Drew & The Ed Cee Orchestra: Splish Splash 11. Sam Cee & The Ed Cee Orchestra: Johnny B. Goode 12. The Evans Sisters & Jimmy Carroll and His Orchestra: Sugartime

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Arthur Shimkin was an expert at selling records to children. In 1948, he talked the New York publishing house Simon and Schuster into bankrolling GOLDEN RECORDS, an instant sensation with the kiddies. Golden Records were pressed on bright yellow wax, measured a pint-sized six inches in circumference, and at the beginning listed for only 25 cents. When Shimkin set his sights on a more mature demographic in 1952 by launching BELL RECORDS, he retained his maverick mindset. Instead of creating fresh material for his artists to record, Shimkin covered the hottest pop sellers of the day with lesser-known singers, again marketing them at vastly reduced prices but insisting on hiring top-flight session players and utilizing some of New York's best recording studios. From 1952 to 1960, BELL RECORDS released a slew of singles that surveyed the best songs of the era ? almost entirely pop fare early on but eventually shifting into rock and roll. The nine albums in this series survey the best of each year's BELL releases and include some surprising names: the 1954 collection features brothers Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, and Western immortals Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. R&B stars Buddy Lucas and Edna McGriff turn up on subsequent CDs. Betty Johnson, who brought rich country roots to the party and enjoyed some rock & roll success in the late 1950s, makes an appearance on BELL in 1954 covering This Ole House. In 1959, Tom and Jerry made a notable appearance on BELL RECORDS with their cover of Jan & Dean's hit Baby Talk. The record had originally appeared on the BIG label, which found itself in bankruptcy court barely two years after Tom & Jerry's minor 1957 hit Hey School Girl. Five years after 'babytalking,' Tom & Jerry were back as the godfathers of folk rock, recording under their given names, Simon & Garfunkel. But BELL introduced many a vocalist that came and went with only one or two impressive sides to remember them by ? and they're here too. BELL RECORDS have never been treated as comprehensively as they are on these nine collections!

Musicstyle: 1950s RocknRoll/Rockabilly
Artwork by: Sven Uhrmann


1. The Runners & The Ed Cee Orchestra: Charlie Brown

2. Cathy Lane: Broken-Hearted Melody

3. Lon Ramsey: Mack The Knife

4. Jay Stevens: Just A Little Too Much

5. Danny Lanham: 16 Candles

6. Herb Gale: Tallahassee Lassie

7. Johnny Newton & The Tags: Kansas City

8. Ronnie Lawrence: I Want To Walk You Home

9. Roy Blaine: So Many Ways

10. Paul Crown: We Got Love

11. Susan Lane: Unforgettable

12. Tom & Jerry (Simon & Garfunkel): Baby Talk