The Rockin' South

The Rockin' South


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The NRC group of labels -- including not just NRC, but also Wonder, Scottie, Judd, and others -- put out a bunch of obscure rock & roll recorded in the Atlanta region in the late '50s and early '60s. The Rockin' South has 30 tracks from those rare 45s, just one of which was a substantial national hit (Tony Bellus' "Robbin' the Cradle," which made number 25 in 1959). Like other Ace compilations gathering up odds and ends from small regional rock & roll labels, you're kind of glad this CD exists, if for no other reason than to ensure the company is documented instead of vanishing into the deepest bowels of collectordom. At the same time, it's not something you can muster too much excitement about, even if you're a big fan of the late-'50s white rock & roll and rockabilly that fills up most of this disc. It's largely devoted to adequate and largely generic efforts in those styles, not as out-there as the rawest rockabilly, but not as diluted as much mass-marketed rock & roll was getting around the time the '50s turned into the '60s. The most interesting cuts are the very early efforts by artists who eventually became big names, with three tracks by a teenage Joe South (including his small 1958 novelty hit "The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor" and the Bo Diddley-influenced "Chills") and Wayne Cochran's strollin' 1959 shuffle "The Coo." Also on hand are a couple 1960 Tommy Roe singles, including the rare and fine original version of "Sheila," which rose to number one in a re-recorded version a couple of years later that much more explicitly brought out its similarity to Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue." This much lesser-known original -- plenty of rock & roll fans don't even know Roe did a different earlier version of "Sheila" -- has a much more even and straightforward beat and female backup vocals, without a hint of the rolling "Peggy Sue" beats added on the hit rendition. Other cuts of above-average value are the fairly bluesy, forceful "Congratulations to Me" by Darrell Glenn (most famous for writing and recording the original version of "Crying in the Chapel" in 1953); the very Elvis Presley-like "That's All Right" by Ray Smith, one of the more obscure veterans of Sun Records; and the Shades' "Splashin'," a very good twangy guitar 'n' honkin' sax instrumental.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2007
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667026628
catalogNumber: 1153
Rank: 126462


  1. The Cat
  2. The Rock-A-Round
  3. Baby Please Don't Leave
  4. The Coo
  5. The Little Moon Men
  6. Splashin'
  7. The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor
  8. Just Me and My Baby
  9. Strollin' After Dark
  10. Robbin' the Cradle
  11. Bop Hop
  12. Chills
  13. You Shouldn't Oughta Done It
  14. I Got a Girl
  15. Hey Little Nell
  16. Congratulations to Me
  17. Scratching on My Screen
  18. I Love You So Much
  19. That's All Right
  20. Sheila
  21. Sweet Skinny Jenny
  22. Wolf
  23. My Baby Is Gone
  24. Will Travel
  25. I'm Snowed
  26. Pinch Me Quick
  27. Black Knee Socks
  28. I'm Gonna Leave You
  29. Baby That's Alright
  30. I'm Happy

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Tommy Roe   Composer
Joe South   Composer
Wayne Cochran   Composer
Jimmy Dempsey   Composer
Rick Cartey   Composer
J.P. Richardson   Composer
Artie Glenn   Composer
Clyde Beavers   Composer
Paul Peek   Composer
Floyd Robinson   Composer
Rob Finnis   Liner Notes
Chick Thompson   Composer
Fred Burch   Composer
Rick Johnson   Composer
Johnny Carter   Introduction
Gerald Nelson   Composer
Ray Pressley   Composer
Robert Gill   Composer
Chuck Atha   Composer
Cleve Warnock   Composer

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