With Elvis away doing Uncle Sam s bidding, by 1958 the prospects for rock n roll were looking decidedly bleak. The void left by his departure meant the charts were suddenly awash with pretty boy pretenders to Presley s crown, purveyors of a new clean-cut, sanitised-for-your-protection sound that wouldn t frighten the horses and yet still had enough teen appeal to keep the airwaves hummin and malt shops hoppin . Gone was The King s edgy threat and in its place string-sweetened melodies and girl-next-door lyrics. While some may have OD d on sugar, our snappy sixty have retained their charm and made pop idols of many of the performers. Featuring some of the biggest names of the pre-British Invasion era, the Lucky Parker-compiled 2CD set Teen Dreams includes hits from one-time rockabilly Johnny Burnette swapping primal yelps for swooping strings, Gidget heart-throb James Darren, American Bandstand idols Fabian, Bobby Rydell and Frankie Avalon, pop princess Connie Francis, former Mouseketeer and beach party icon Annette, Joanie Sommers (77 Sunset Strip) and Hawaiian Eye s Connie Stevens, together with a wealth of lesser-heard teeners: Jimmy Beaumont, Dick Glasser, Barry Mann, The Casals, Bobby Curtola and Presley soundalike Ral Donner. Also included is an early offering from Gene Pitney and Ginny Arnell (as Jamie & Jane) together with the original versions of two songs covered by Blighty s own Billy Fury, A Fool s Memory aka Running Around (Ricky Shaw) and A King For Tonight (Barry Darvell), plus Linda Scott s charming cover of A Thousand Stars , also a hit for Fury in 1960. Recollecting those carefree days of high school rings and letter sweaters, Shelley Fabares, Johnny Tillotson, Paul & Paula and Jerry Keller complement our selection with four chart-topping singles.