|1. Shout! Shout! (KNOCK YOURSELF OUT) - Ernie Maresca|
|2. Whispering Bells - The Dell-Vikings|
|3. We Belong Together - Robert And Johnny|
|4. Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home) - The Impalas|
|5. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans - Freddy Cannon|
|6. So Fine - The Fiestas|
|7. Bongo Stomp - Little Joey & The Flips|
|8. Wicked Ruby - Danny Zella & His Zell Rocks|
|9. Tragedy - Thomas Wayne|
|10. Here I Stand - The Newcomers|
|11. Gee - The Crows|
|12. Don't Be Angry - Nappy Brown|
|13. One Summer Night - The Danleers|
|14. Lotta Lovin' - Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps|
|15. Ballad Of A Girl And Boy - The Graduates|
|16. Bullwhip Rock - The Cyclones|
|17. Mojo Workout (Dance) - Larry Bright|
|18. Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart - The Furys|
|19. Air Travel - Ray & Bob|
|20. Once Upon a Time - Rochell & The Candles|
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And as always, ACE serves up a healthy dose of hits, obscure gems and lost treasures. Nine of these songs were Top Ten hits, like the Dell-Vikings' doo-wop classic "Whispering Bells," Freddy Cannon's update of a 1922 jazz hit "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans," the Danleer's gorgeous "One Summer Night," Dick and Dee Dee's moody "The Mountain's High" and Johnny Preston's million-selling "Running Bear."
Then there are the minor hits like Robert & Johnny's "We Belong Together," Little Joey & The Flips' "Bongo Stomp" and Nappy Brown's Don't Get Angry"--all which languished in the bottom half of the Top 40.
Although it did almost nothing on the pop charts (No. 53), the Heartbeats' "A Thousand Miles Away" was a huge R&B hit. [Lead singer James "Shep" Sheppard would later form Shep and the Limelites and five years later score a Top Ten hit with the answer song "Daddy's Home."]
Among the pleasant surprises--for me anyway--was the instrumental "Bullwhip Rock" by the Cyclones with its rockabilly guitar and boogie-woogie piano.
As always the 20-page booklet is informative and entertaining. Ernie Maresca, who hit the Top 40 only once with "Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)," also wrote hits for other artists, including "Runaround Sue" and "The Wanderer" for Dion. Not only did J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson discover Johnny Preston, he wrote his first hit, "Running Bear," and provided the "Indian" sounds on the recording with George Jones. The Pastels, whose lone doo-wop hit was "Been So Long," formed in Greenland where they were stationed while in the Air Force.
ACE is to be commended for its thoroughness in compiling this series. While no means complete (remember we're talking a ten-year period), it is a satisfying look at the early years of popular music. [If you're also looking for a great anthology series covering the second half of the Sixties, check out ACE's Chartbusters series.] So whether you're looking to relive your youth or simply exploring the history of rock and roll, this series is an excellent place to begin that journey. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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