Second Helpings: Sequels To The Songs That Left 'Em Hungry For More! Various Artists (Themes)


Ace Records
Catalogue Id:
CDCHD 1432

Sequels to hit songs by the artists who made them famous.

Along with the answer disc, the sequel record played a small but entertaining role as teen-focused pop gained an ever-more assured foothold throughout the 1960s. No genre was immune to the lure of revisiting tried and tested territory, especially if that territory had previously yielded a hit, with labels and artists both major and minor seemingly prepared to give it a shot. Carefully mined from a wide cross section of US labels, this 24-track set serves up a second helping of songs by the artists who made them famous the first time around. To tempt even the most jaded of palates, “Second Helpings” includes many hard-to-find follow-ups, some making their first legitimate CD release.

This eclectic smorgasbord runs the gamut of pop, R&B and country and features a peppering of album tracks by story-song supremo Marty Robbins, rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson and country legend George Jones. Surf’s golden boys Jan & Dean and doo wop doyens Shep & the Limelites provide the seasoning, while chart-toppers the Angels, Booker T & the MGs and Jimmy Dean add some bite.

Recorded between 1958 and 1966, featured here are lesser-heard gems by Lenny Miles, Jennell Hawkins, Robin Ward, the Crests, Jay & the Americans and, by way of a bonus, a later waxing by the Safaris featuring Jimmy Stephens. While not all were granted a second bite of the chart cherry, hit-makers the Marvelettes, Tex-Mex turbanites Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs and the prolific Paul Anka certainly were.

But can you have too much of a good thing? Not if it’s a platter of tasty sequels cherry-picked from pop’s golden era. If many of these recordings sound familiar, maybe it’s because the originals which inspired them were massive hits: eight topped the US charts, a further eight made the Top 5, and six were Top 30 entries.   

The sequel is a fascinating sub-genre to explore, often providing the back story to the original, updating the listener as to what has since befallen, or just retreading old ground for no other reason than because, to quote Amber Von Tussle in John Waters’ Hairspray, “it’s got a good beat and you can dance to it!”. We know you have room for more, and with two dozen tracks to choose from, the only question is – can you spot the original?

Sam Szczepanski


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Peggy Sue Got Married - Buddy Holly with The Fireballs

  • 02 Preview Man, We Had A Party - Wanda Jackson

  • 03 Preview Root Beer - George Jones

  • 04 Preview The Hair On My Chinny Chin Chin - Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs

  • 05 Preview Little Queen Bee (Got A Brand New King) - Slim Harpo

  • 06 Preview The Cajun Queen - Jimmy Dean

  • 07 Preview It's My Turn To Cry - Jay & The Americans

  • 08 Preview You Blew Out The Candles - The Crests

  • 09 Preview Twistin' Postman - The Marvelettes

  • 10 Preview Walk Me Home (From The Party) - Claudine Clark

  • 11 Preview Hey Little Donkey - The Rocky Fellers

  • 12 Preview Bobby Did - Marcie Blane

  • 13 Preview (Mama) My Soldier Boy Is Coming Home - The Shirelles

  • 14 Preview Donna's Gone - Lenny Miles

  • 15 Preview What Did Daddy Do - Shep & The Limelites

  • 16 Preview Winter's Here - Robin Ward

  • 17 Preview The Guy With The Black Eye - The Angels

  • 18 Preview The Anaheim, Azusa & Cucamonga Sewing Circle, Book Review And Timing Association - Jan & Dean

  • 19 Preview Feleena (From El Paso) - Marty Robbins

  • 20 Preview I'm Still Dreamin' - Johnny Burnette

  • 21 Preview Remember Diana - Paul Anka

  • 22 Preview Mo' Onions - Booker T & The MGs

  • 23 Preview More Money - Jennell Hawkins

  • 24 Preview My Image Of A Girl (Is You) - The Safaris featuring Jimmy Stephens

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