Rock Around the Rock Pile

Rock Around the Rock Pile

by Ray Anthony & His Orchestra


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As its title suggests, Rock Around the Rock Pile focuses on the rock & roll adjacent recordings swing trumpeter Ray Anthony made in the late '50s. Thanks to his success with the theme for Dragnet in 1953, Anthony was primed to leap into Hollywood's exploitation of rock & roll, which he did eagerly, contributing a good portion of the soundtrack to the 1956 comedy The Girl Can't Help It and recording an EP called Rock n Roll with Ray Anthony in 1957, where he covered Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson. All this music is on Bear Family's 2018 compilation, along with "Dragnet" and "Peter Gunn Theme," as well as music that he made earlier in the 1950s that pointed toward his splashy, swinging jump-R&B ("The Hokey Pokey," "Bunny Hop Rock") and all the sides he made while nobody thought rock & roll was here to stay. What's fun about this music is how it's very much a Hollywood version of rock & roll: it's played by swing bands, it's big and vulgar, it forefronts the beat but pares it with a brass blare. It's also not as loose as Louis Jordan, but that stricter tempo is also why this music rocks. And, in retrospect, it not only seems hep (albeit in a corny sense), it does indeed seem prescient, pointing the way to the jumping jive of the 1990s swing revival, specifically Brian Setzer.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/09/2018
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 5397102175480
catalogNumber: 17548
Rank: 74468

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Anthony & His Orchestra   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Henry Mancini   Composer
Jimmy Forrest   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Bobby Troup   Composer
George Williams   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Paul Campbell   Composer
Jimmy DeKnight   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Joe Garland   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Jimmy Shirl   Composer
Don Simpson   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Larry Coleman   Composer
Larry La Prise   Composer
Walter Schumann   Composer
Leonard Auletti   Composer
Taftt Baker   Composer
Max Freedman   Composer
Sven T. Uhrmann   Artwork,Photo Restoration
Charlie Singleton   Composer
Joel Newman   Composer
Pearl Lendhurst   Composer
Joe Weiss   Composer
Earle Hagen   Composer
Charles Macak   Composer
Marc Mittelacher   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Ray Anthony   Composer
Ray Anthony   Illustrations

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