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I Put The Bomp (2CD): 58 songs with 28 original versions and 30 answer songs, all original versions and great sound…lots of fun!
on 13 March 2016
Answer Discs first began to proliferate in the US during the early 1950s, initially in the Country chart, with artists like Hank Thompson, Kitty Wells, Webb Pierce, Davis Sisters, Eddy Arnold, etc. At one point around the mid 50s, it seemed that virtually every major C&W hit record was inspiring a reply and as some of these discs began selling heavily, a few even crossing over to the Pop charts, it was only ever going to be a matter of time before Rock N Roll, R&B and Pop followed suit. Sure enough, by the turn of the 60s, everyone was at it – and soon, nobody was safe, even iconic figures like Elvis finding their records subjected to cheeky musical riposters.
This 2 CD set has 58 songs. There are 28 big hits, coupled with 30 Answer songs. Since Amazon.ca does not have a song listing, I have compiled a detailed song listing, including chart position, year and personal comments, which is as follows:
01 Who Put The Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) – Barry Mann (US 7/1961)*don’t be misled by this novelty title; Barry Mann and wife Cynthia Weil are major songwriters, like You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, (You’re My) Soul & Inspiration, Kicks, etc.
02 I Put The Bomp – Frankie Lymon (uncharted single, 1961)*another hit on Roulette label was Little Bitty Pretty One (58/1960); Why Do Fools Fall In Love was incorporated into this answer song.
03 Are You Lonesome Tonight – Elvis Presley (US 1(6)/1960)
04 Yes, I’m Lonesome Tonight – Thelma Carpenter (US 55/1961)*rare gem; her only charted hit; black singer with Teddy Wilson and the Count Basie Band; Dodie Stevens also charted with the same song (60/1961)(remember her Pink Shoe Laces?)
05 Runaround Sue – Dion (US 1(2)/1961)
06 I’m No Run Around – Ginger Davis (uncharted single, 1960)*rare gem
07 Burning Bridges – Jack Scott (US 3/1960)
08 You Burned The Bridges – Bobbie Jean (uncharted single, 1960)*rare gem
09 Duke Of Earl – Gene Chandler (US 1(3)/1962)
10 Duchess Of Earl – The Pearlettes (US 96/1962)*rare gem; R&B vocal group from Los Angeles; their only charted hit.
11 Walk On By – Leroy Van Duke (US 5/1961)*he also has an answer song If W Woman Answers (Hang Up The Phone) to Bobby Darin’s If A Man Answers.
12 I’ll Just Walk On By – Margie Singleton (uncharted single, 1961)*rare gem; C&W singer; her biggest hit Keeping Up With The Joneses; a few duet with George Jones.
13 He’ll Have To Go – Jim Reeves (US 2/1959; C&W 1(14)/1959)*his biggest it
14 He’ll Have To Stay – Jeanne Black (US 4/1960; C&W 6/1960)*rare gem; C&W/pop singer; also covered by Skeet Davis; can be found in her CD Here’s The Answer (my review elsewhere)
15 Tell Laura I Love Her – Ray Peterson (US 7/1960)*did not chart in UK; in UK this cover by Riocky Valance went to Number 1 (UK 1/1960)
16 Tell Tommy I Miss Him – Marilyn Michaels (US 110/1960)*rare gem; this song was also covered by Skeeter Davis in her CD Here’s The Answer.
17 Will You Love Me Tomorrow – Shirelles (US 1(2)/1960; R&B 2/1960)
18 Not Just Tomorrow, But Always – Bertell Dache (uncharted single, 1961)*rare gem
19 Fool No. 1 – Brenda Lee (US 3/1961)
20 No, You’re Not The Fool – Marc Stewart (uncharted single, 1961)*rare gem
21 Oh! Carol! – Neil Sedaka (9/1959)*song written for Carole King
22 Oh Neil – Carole King (uncharted single, 1959)*Carole’s answer to Neil Sedaka
23 Poetry In Motion – Johnny Tillotson (US 2/1960; UK 1/1960)
24 Enormity In Motion – Simon Crum (uncharted single, 1960)*rare gem; Simon Crum is really Ferlin Husky; his biggest hit A Dear John Letter with Jean Shepard; Jean Shepard answered with Forgive Me John.
25 Please Help Me I’m Falling – Hank Locklin (US 8/1960; C&W 1(14)/1960)
26 (I Can’t Help You) I’m Falling Too – Skeeter Davis (US 39/1960; C&W 2/1960)*she also has answer song My Last Date (With You) to Floyd Cramer’s Last Date, I Really Want You To Know to Eddy Arnold’s I Really Don’t Want To Know and I Want To See You Too (Just One Time) to Don Gibson’s Just One Time – all in her Here’s The Answer CD.
27 Save The Last Dance For Me – Drifters (US 1(3)/1960; R&B 1/1960)
28 I’ll Save The Last Dance For You – Damito Jo (US 22/1960; R&B 16/1960)
29 You’re Having The Last Dance With Me – Billy Fury (album track, 1961)*rare gem; major artist in UK with many cover songs; held the distinction of spending longer on the UK chart without a No. 1 in the UK chart.
01 Stand By Me – Ben E. King (US 4/1961; R&B 1(4)/1961; UK 1/1987)
02 I’ll Be There – Damita Jo (US 12/1961; R&B 15/1961)*rare gem; Janet Jackson’s middle name is named after her, Damita Jo.
03 Big Bad John – Jimmy Dean (US 1(5)/1961; C&W 1(2)/1961; UK 2/1961)
04 The Cajun Queen – Jimmy Dean (US 22/1962; C&W 16/1962)*one of the rare occasion when the artist answered his own song
05 Sherry – Four Seasons (US 1(5)/1962)
06 Jerry (I’m Your Sherry) – Tracey Dey (uncharted single, 1962)*rare gem
07 Roses Are Red – Bobby Vinton (US 1(4)/1962; UK 15/1962)
08 Long As The Rose Is Red – Florraine Darlin (US 62/1962)*rare gem; born Florraine Panza in 1944.
09 Little Sister – Elvis Presley (US 5/1961)
10 Hey Memphis – LaVern Baker (uncharted single, 1961)*rare gem; the song was originally written as Hey Elvis, but the record company got cold feet.
11 Fraulein – Bobby Helms (US 36/1957; C&W 1(4)/1957)
12 (I’ll Always Be Your) Fraulein – Kitty Wells (C&W 10/1957)*rare gem
13 I Like It Like That (Part 1) – Chris Kenner (US 2/1961)
14 I Don’t Like It Like That (Part 1) – Bobbettes (US 72/1961)*rare gem
15 Ballad Of The Teenage Queen – Johnny Cash (US 14/1958; C&W 1(10)/1958)
16 The Return Of The Teenage Queen – Tommy Tucker (uncharted single, 1958)*rare gem
17 She’s Got You – Patsy Cline (US 14/1962; C&W 1(5)/1962)
18 She Can Have You – Judy (uncharted single, 1962)*rare gem
19 Deck Of Cards – Wink Martindale (US 7/1959)
20 A Hillbilly’s Deck Of Cards – Simon Crum (uncharted single, 1959)*rare gem; Simon Crum = Ferlin Husky
21 Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello – Elvis Presley (US 55/1962)
22 Just Tell Him Jane Said Hello – Gerri Granger (uncharted single, 1962)*rare gem; she has one charted hit Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (108/1975), but she has another answer song Don’t Want Your Letter, answer to Elvis’s Return To Sender.
23 Bring It On Home To Me – Sam Cooke (US 13/1962; R&B 2/1962)
24 I’ll Bring It On Home To You – Carla Thomas (US 41/1962; R&B 9/1962)*rare gem
25 Wolverton Mountain – Claude King (US 6/1962; C&W 1(9)/1962)
26 (I’m The Girl On) Wolverton Mountain – Jo Ann Campbell (US 38/1962; C&W 24/1962)*rare gem; remember her in A Kookie Little Paradise?
27 Take Good Care Of My Baby – Bobby Vee (US 1(3)/1961)
28 You Should Know I’m Still Your Baby – Sammi Lynn (uncharted single, 1961)*rare gem
29 I’ll Take Good Care Of Your Baby – Ralph Emery (uncharted single, 1961)*rare gem; husband of Skeeter Davis; his only charted hit Hello Fool was answer to Faron Young’s Hello Walls.
The sound is excellent, clean with no hiss. They are all original versions. There is a 6-page booklet with detailed song listing and also an essay.
This 2 CD set with 58 songs (original and answer songs) is excellent, lots of fun, very enjoyable and good value. Ace Records from UK also has a similar release in 2010 with 28 Answer songs only: “The Answer To Everything.” (my review elsewhere) I appreciate the original versions included and the answer songs are played back-to-back. For collection only, the Ace Records is more efficient, but also much more expensive for some reasons. If you like pop from the 60s, it is fun to listen to the answer songs too. This set is highly recommended.