Rockin' And Doowoppin': The Early Years (CD)


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Format: CD 
Label: Jasmine 
Year: 2015 

Media Condition: New 
Sleeve/Cover Condition: New 

TRACKS:

1 Shirley (The Rainbows) 
2 Stay (The Rainbows) 
3 They Say (The Rainbows) 
4 Minnie (The Rainbows) 
5 Bip Bop Bip 
6 Paper Dollar 
7 Switchin' In The Kitchen 
8 Rockin' The Mule 
9 Ooh My Soul 
10 Standing In The Doorway 
11 I'm Lonely Too 
12 Betty Jean 
13 Believe It Or Not 
14 Beauty And The Beast 
15 Cause I Love You 
16 Hey There 
17 I'm Coming Down With The Blues 
18 Pony Time 
19 Love Boat 
20 It's Twistin' Time 
21 Twistin' Train 
22 Shake With The Shake 
23 Every Witch A Way 
24 Hand Jive Workout 
25 See About Me 
26 (Where Are You) Now That I Need You 
27 Teen Life Swag 
28 The Popeye Waddle 
29 One Little Boy Had Money 

Original recordings ca. 1958 - 1961. 

Don Covay was raised and began his performing career in DC, and maintained lifelong ties to the city. Covay is probably best known as a songwriter, having penned hits for Otis Redding, Little Richard, Aretha Franklin, Wanda Jackson, the Rolling Stones and more. But he was also a brilliant performer. 

Musically, Covay found his lane by pointing his vehicle where he damn well pleased, usually toward the intersection of soul, funk, and rock music. These early recordings are a little more constrained, with Covay trying to break through commercially, at times sounding stuck somewhere between doo-wop, rock and roll, and rhythm and blues. 

Even so, there are the moments where that voice breaks through, that in a few years would help propel the stars of the British invasion, defining rock music for the next generation. 

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