Sunday, August 05, 2007

The 50 Music Project: Part IV

IV. The New Frontier

The Twist, Chubby Checker
Save the Last Dance For Me, The Drifters
Runaway, Del Shannon
Peppermint Twist, Joey Dee and the Limeliters
Green Onions, Booker T. and the MGs
Shout, Isley Brothers
Return to Sender, Elvis Presley
Duke of Earl, Gene Chandler
The Loco-Motion, Little Eva
Louie Louie, The Kingsmen
It’s My Party, Lesley Gore
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, The Righteous Brothers
Ring of Fire, Johnny Cash
Stuck On You, Elvis Presley
Do You Love Me, The Contours
Oh Pretty Woman, Roy Orbison
Runaround Sue, Dion
The Times They Are A Changin’, Bob Dylan
Crazy, Patsy Cline
Stand By Me, Ben E. King

Now we head into the early 1960s. The conventional wisdom says that this was a down period for rock 'n roll, and compared to some other eras, it probably was. But one look at this list, which is hardly comprehensive, demonstrates that there was a lot of good stuff - a lot - released during this period. The one song on the list that I have a clear memory of hearing during this time - dancing to it, even - was "The Twist."

This section also started out a lot longer, but in the end had to be cut so that other, later sections could include songs that just had to be a part of the collection. The main sacrifice here was girl groups, particularly those produced by Phil Spector. Painful cuts, but necessary.

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