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  • Audio CD (26 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B0076L9VQ0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,301 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lover Supreme - Kent Harris
2. I'm In The Dog House Again - Boogaloo And His Gallent Crew
3. Don't Just Stand There - Cry Baby Curtis
4. Long Lean Lanky Jukebox - Dimples Harris & Her Combo
5. Love Came Tumbling Down - Dimples Jackson
6. Monday Is Too Late - Donoman
7. Saint Or Sinner - Ducky Drake With Dimples Harris & Her Combo
8. Pay & Be On My Way - Eddie Bridges
9. You Ain't Right - Faye Ross
10. He's So Sweet - Francettes
11. You Stayed Away Too Long - Francettes
12. Kissin' Bug - Harris Sisters
13. Big Chief Hug 'um And Kiss 'um - Jimmy Shaw
14. Double Locks - Johnny Gosey
15. Show Me How To Shake Like That - Lon-Genes
16. Our Love Is Like The Sea - Lon-Genes
17. I Ain't Talkin' - Pat Hunt
18. I'm The Only One - Phillips Sisters
19. Someday I Won't Be Blue - Phillips Sisters
20. It's A Helluva Thing - Ray Agee
See all 26 tracks on this disc

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* As Boogaloo & His Gallant Crew, Kent Harris cut the original version of Bo Diddley's `Cops and Robbers' and shot to prominence when it was proved that his version of `Shoppin' For Clothes' was the original one, purloined by Leiber and Stoller for the Coasters. He was a major mover in black music in LA, appearing as DJ Stumblin' Blue on XERB, Wolfman Jack's station. He also had a string of record shops called Target Records in southern California.

* His family included three sisters: Marcene ("Dimples"), Beverly and Betty who performed as the Harris Sisters. Dimples was the most prominent and it was on the flip of two of her 45s for the Trend label in 1954 that Kent first sang as Ducky Drake. Then came the Boogaloo 45s. Dimples continued to record under several different names and is featured on `Love Came Tumbling Down' which she wrote with husband Harold Jackson who is also featured on the stunning `Freedom Riders'; both are very in-demand 45s for the new R&B dance crowd.

* Kent Harris concentrated on discovering and managing talent and recording them for different labels until he formed Romark in the early 60s. His protégés included Brenda Holloway and the Mighty Hannibal. He worked with LA recording stalwarts Young Jessie, Ray Agee and Jimmie Preacher Ellis as well as having his own acts: the Francettes, the Philips Sisters, the Lon-Genes and his wife Ty Karim.

* This CD features a great cross-section of those artists and some previously unissued gems from the vaults. The whole family's remarkable story is told in the extensive notes.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 22 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
Kent Harris isn't a name which rolls of the tongue like Berry Gordy or Wille Dixon but today with the Ace label seeking out the backwaters of R & B we have a collection of music created by a man who may have been the first to succesfully sue Leiber/Stoller for claiming the credit on the Coasters' Shopping for Clothes which is closer to a monologue than a song.Harris had cut this one as Clothes Line years earlier but hit records is not something he achieved with any regularity as much of his output was in the regional black market.
The first single he had connections to was issued here in the U K about 1956 and was a 78 by the Harris Sisters on the Capitol label.But this was at a time when nobody knew anything and the disc could easily have not sold one copy which is understandable as it cost as much as a Gene Vincent one
There's so much information in the booklet that it begins to blur and is real Mastermind stuff.Sometime in the 60s came another U K single via Hank Jacobs' So Far Away which was an instrumental and on the U K Sue label.
Names are dropped every other sentence-names which mean little probably even to more serious collectors unless a bigger name is connected such as the Platters who were a few years away from their international success
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Five Stars 10 Dec. 2014
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great music.
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