Rockin' the Groove: When Groove Was More Than Just a Habit

Rockin' the Groove: When Groove Was More Than Just a Habit

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Overview

RCA decided to leap into the flourishing blues and R&B marketplace in 1954 via the new imprint Groove. This subsidiary didn't last long. By February 1957, RCA folded the label, whose lone hit -- Mickey & Sylvia's "Love Is Strange" -- wasn't enough to keep it afloat. A lot of the Groove sides stayed in the vault, which is what makes Bear Family's two 2016 reissues -- this R&B collection, Rockin' the Groove, and its down-and-dirty blues companion Groovin' the Blues -- so welcome. Rockin' the Groove tips the scales slightly toward the aftershocks of jump blues, devoted to hopping combos and swinging singers -- all the elements that made the R&B charts shake, rattle, and roll in the mid-'50s. Sometimes, there are echoes of big bands -- both in wailing horns and snazzy vocal arrangements -- but throughout these 35 sides, the rhythms snap and are sometime quite gritty, particularly when goosed along by fuzzed-up guitars as they are on Paul Williams' "Humpty Dumpty." There aren't a lot of stars here -- the closest is a teenage George Benson and maybe a Clayton Love -- but that's part of the appeal: all these also-rans and hits that never were wind up showing just how good Groove was at finding talent, even if they never found a way to market it.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2016
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 5397102174124
catalogNumber: 3162077
Rank: 61870

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Benson   Vocals
Jimmy Giuffre   Saxophone,Group Member
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Shelly Manne   Drums,Group Member
Irving Ashby   Guitar
Bobby Donaldson   Drums
Leonard Gaskin   Bass
George Rhodes   Piano,Leader
Clayton Love   Vocals
Little Willie John   Bass
Shorty Rogers   Trumpet,Leader
Sam "The Man" Taylor   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Moe Wechsler   Piano
Alfred Cobbs   Trombone
Steve Cooper   Bass
James Cox   Vocals,Group Member
Ray Ellis   Leader
Belton Evans   Drums
Sticks Evans   Drums
David "Panama" Francis   Drums
Ernie Freeman   Piano,Leader,Group Member
Jewell L. Grant   Saxophone
Dickie Harris   Trombone
Haywood Henry   Baritone Saxophone
Milt Hinton   Bass
Osie Johnson   Drums
John Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Tony King   Guitar
Leroy Kirkland   Leader
Herb Lovelle   Drums
Buddy Lucas   Saxophone,Vocals
Dave McRae   Baritone Saxophone
Bernie Peacock   Saxophone
Don Raffell   Saxophone
Wally Richardson   Guitar
Jesse Sailes   Drums
Clifford Shank   Saxophone,Group Member
Jesse Stone   Leader
Lloyd Trotman   Bass
Teacho Wiltshire   Piano,Leader
Marty Wilson   Drums,Leader
Gene Brooks   Drums
Jimmy Brown   Trumpet,Vocals
Sam Griggs   Vocals,Group Member
Freddie Johnson   Piano
Lucas   Bass
Claude McLin   Saxophone
Kelly Owens   Piano
Isaac Royal   Piano
Bobby Ward   Vocals,Group Member
Herbert Parham   Piano
Johnny Williams   Bass
Paul Williams   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Vocals
Robert Cooper   Saxophone,Group Member
Julius Caleb Ginyard   Vocals,Group Member
Bob Kornegay   Vocals,Group Member
Beverly Wright   Vocals
Curtis Ousley   Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Black   Leader,Vocals
Frank Brunson   Piano,Vocals
James Dozier   Vocals,Group Member
Blue   Vocals
George Lewis   Vocals,Group Member
Irving "Skinny" Brown   Tenor Saxophone
Harvey Ray   Vocals,Group Member
Willie Ray   Vocals,Group Member
Eddie Williams   Bass
Herman Bradley   Drums
Raymond D. Martinez   Drums
Milton G. Bernhart   Trombone
Zilla Mayes   Vocals
Ernest Hayes   Piano
Big Connie   Vocals
Johnny Moore   Guitar,Leader
James Harris   Trumpet
Eddy Thomas   Guitar
Bernard Purdie   Vocals,Group Member
Harold Johnson   Trumpet
Ross Saunders   Bass
Roy "Mr. Guitar" Gaines   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Sonny Brooks   Vocals
Emmett Hobson   Vocals
Little Tommy Brown   Vocals
Lillian Childs   Vocals
Johnny Bird Orchestra   Vocals
Eugene L. Nelson   Saxophone
Eduard Snead   Bass
William McLane   Bass
King "Oliver" Price   Piano
McHouston "Mickey" Baker   Guitar
Rafael Ingram   Vocals,Group Member
Welford Lorenzo Eddleton   Drums
Robert Elliott "Jonah" Jones   Trumpet
Salvador Davis   Guitar
William Griggs   Vocals,Group Member
Bobby Crawley   Vocals,Group Member
Maymie Watts   Vocals
Ulysses S. Hines   Trombone
Curtis Corneo   Bass,Group Member
Adolphus J. Altbrook   Bass

Technical Credits

Chuck Willis   Composer
Andy Gibson   Composer
George Kelly   Composer
George Rhodes   Composer
Roy Gaines   Composer
Lincoln Chase   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Clayton Love   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Danny Taylor   Composer
Ronnie Self   Composer
Leroy Kirkland   Composer
Buddy Lucas   Composer
Chris Powell   Composer
Bob Rolontz   Producer
Frank Slay   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Jesse Stone   Composer
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Danny Kessler   Producer
Jimmy Brown   Composer
Sam Griggs   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Tape Comparison
Jimmy Brown   Composer
Rob Santos   Tape Research
Joel Turnero   Composer
Lew Pollack   Composer
Carmen Taylor   Composer
Frank Brunson   Composer
Willis Carroll   Composer
Mayme Watts   Composer
John Schröder   Composer
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Erno Rapee   Composer
Bix Reichner   Composer
Charles Singleton   Composer
Big Bill Campbell   Composer
King Richard   Composer
Este   Photo Restoration
Sid Wyche   Composer
Roy "Mr. Guitar" Gaines   Composer
Elisha Perry   Composer
Duane Kenyon   Composer
C.J. Carruthers   Composer
Bennie Huey   Composer
Sam "Highpockets" Henderson   Composer
Pearl White   Composer
Little Tommy Brown   Composer
Johnny Baton   Composer
Hartwell Brown   Composer

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