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A fascinating backwater of rock'n'roll,
This review is from: On Bended Knee - The Birth Of Swamp Pop (Audio CD)
The name Swamp Pop is a recent one for what was regional music of Louisiana at the time.Mainly the songs are ballads and the artists were both black and white showing there is no racial prejudice in the music business
The only 2 chart toppers were Phil Philips & the Twilighters' Sea of Love and Dale & Grace's I'm Leaving it All Up To You (a revival of a flop single by Don & Dewey) and even today Swamp Pop is in a specialised area like Cajun or Zydeco to which its related
There have been many sporadic examples of Swamp Pop on the Hot 100 the most consistent being Jimmy Clanton who combined high school pop with the music and other lower entries from Warren Storm and Joe Barry which charted in the U K where Swamp Pop had never meant much.
Like Dale & Grace and Jimmy Clanton,Joe Barry made it to No 49 for a week proving that Swamp Pop was nearly non existent in the U K where Phil Philip's Sea Of Love would have meant nothing as a song if Marty Wilde had never covered it.Yet this never happenned for Vince Eager who covered Rod Bernard's cover of This Should Go On Forever
While Freddy Fender charted high in both pop and country in the States and all his albums were issued here there were few takers
Another Swamp Pop act not mentioned in the sleeve notes was Sunny & the Sunliners who made the top 20 in the States in 1963
Freddie Fender was the next to top the U S charts and even cut an album called Swamp Pop reviving many of the songs from the 60s though he was actually a Texan via Mexico where he cut his first singles in their language .
A cod Cajun single topping the U K charts was via Shakin' Stevens and Oh Julie (not the Crescendos song)Stevens also hit with a revival of John Fred's Shirley which has never been issued here.Earlier came Brett Marvin & the Thunderbolts as Terry Dactyl & the Dinosaurs with Seaside Shuffle
Clearly Swamp Pop was not for the U K when Rockin' Sydney's My Toot Toot only hit via a cover version by Denise La Salle and John Fred & the Playboy Band charted with what was really a straight ahead pop single based on the Beatles- Judy In Disguise (with Glasses)
Jimmy C Newman is known today as a Cajun ambassador but his chart entries in the 50s were basic country music.Though he never charted in the U K Newman is possibly the biggest name in Cajun after his appearances at Wembley
Its hard to understand but virtually nothing was played on the BBC and only briefly by Radio Luxembourg
The title of this collection On Bended Knee was the B side of Clarence Frogman Henry's But I Do-in the States it was a single by Bobby Charles whose original version of See You Later Alligator was issued here but to deaf ears and hardly surprising as it sounded tame compared to the Haley hit
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Initial post: 11 Jan 2013 17:49:06 GMT
Tha Fsta says:
Richard - your remarks on Swamp Pop are interesting and helpful, but I wish you had actually reviewed this compilation.
Many of the tracks you refer to are not included here.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2013 09:21:39 GMT
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