Dot Rock 'n' Roll Various Artists (Label Stories)


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It is quite reasonable to associate Dot Records with names such as Pat Boone, Billy Vaughn and the Fontane Sisters, the artists who provided much of the label's income at its height. However, as this exciting and rocking 28-track collection so wonderfully proves, Dot released a rich stream of rock’n’roll from its inception.

Owner Randy Wood formed the label as a sideline from hisNashvillerecord shop at the start of the 50s. The record business was booming and Randy utilised off-air time to cut discs at a radio station in which he had a stake. Like other independent outlets, Dot optimistically put out a variety of material including country, R&B and gospel. By 1952 the label was enjoying success with Johnny Maddox’s piano discs and the Hilltoppers, who became their first hit pop act. In 1956 Sanford Clark scored a big hit with ‘The Fool’ featuring a memorable R&B guitar riff by Al Casey. The record broke inClevelandjust as Dot was relocating toHollywood.

Reacting to the rush of interest in rock’n’roll, Dot cut many of the artists included here, but were also active in licensing in recordings from small labels for national distribution. Their rock’n’roll catalogue is amongst the strongest around, and this 1996 compilation offers the best. Try the rocking ‘You’re Late Miss Kate’ by Jimmy Dee & the Offbeats or ‘Johnny, Johnny, Johnny’ by Kay Cee Jones as great derivative recordings, or the totally one-off ‘Tranfusion’ from Nervous Norvus. ‘Playboy’ from Bob Denton is a very commercial offering and ex-Cricket Niki Sullivan’s Lubbock-recorded ‘It’s All Over’ is similarly strong. Strength in depth is provided with the raw rocker ‘Call Me Shorty’ by Mickey Gilley, cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis, and Jimmy Newman’s Nashville-recorded ‘Carry On’ with superb rocking piano from Floyd Cramer. ‘Jitterbuggin’’ by the Five Bops is a lovely mid-tempo group number cut at Norman Petty’s Clovis studio and leased to Dot subsidiary Hamilton.

The booklet for the CD includes full stories of all the acts and many rare photos, all adding to the worth of this great issue.


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview The Fool - Sanford Clark with Al Casey

  • 02 Preview Chicken Shack Boogie - Leroy Van Dyke

  • 03 Preview Step It Up And Go - Mac Wiseman

  • 04 Preview You're Late Miss Kate - Jimmy Dee And The Offbeats

  • 05 Preview Transfusion - Nervous Norvus

  • 06 Preview It Ain't Me - Ray Campi

  • 07 Preview Playboy - Bob Denton

  • 08 Preview Ballroom Baby - Dick Lory

  • 09 Preview I Like This Kind Of Music - Jimmy Ringo

  • 10 Preview Pucker Paint - Danny Wolfe

  • 11 Preview Big Door - Gene Brown

  • 12 Preview Trapped Love - Keith Courvale

  • 13 Preview Johnny, Johnny, Johnny - Kay Cee Jones

  • 14 Preview You Can't Stop Me From Dreaming - Robin Luke

  • 15 Preview It's All Over - Niki Sullivan

  • 16 Preview Oh My Baby's Gone - Ray Sharpe

  • 17 Preview Let's Flat Git It - Danny Wolfe

  • 18 Preview Stop! Let Me Off The Bus - Snooky Lanson

  • 19 Preview Oh Yeah - Tommy Danton

  • 20 Preview Baby You've Had It - Joyce Paul

  • 21 Preview Skinnie Minnie - Bob Denton

  • 22 Preview Call Me Shorty - Mickey Gilley

  • 23 Preview That's The Way I Feel - Ray Sharpe

  • 24 Preview Carry On - Jimmy Newman

  • 25 Preview Jitterbuggin' - The Five Bops

  • 26 Preview Modern Romance - Sanford Clark

  • 27 Preview You Heard Me Knocking - Billy Adams

  • 28 Preview Henrietta - Jimmy Dee & the Offbeats

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