Various Artists: The Golden Age of American Rock & Roll -- Bubbling Under Special Edition
Regional Hits That Just Missed the Hot 100 1959-1963
Review by Peter Viney
This has 'Bo Diddley' by Ronnie Hawkins which it states was Roulette 4483 and US #117 in 1963. As ever with the Golden Age series, the booklet is stuffed with memorabilia and excellent essays, including an essay on this track. It also features a certain well-known photo of Ronnie & The Hawks on stage, which is Photo 6 of the Brass Rail Tavern, 1963, set on the Band site.
The notes say:
"If any record could be considered to be ahead of its time, then this was it. Over in England, 'Please Please Me' by The Beatles was just breaking while The Stones were still four months away from making their first record and Eric Clapton could be found gigging with pop bands in Surrey. In the states, Paul & Paula were holding down the US #1 spot with the syrupy 'Hey Paula'. Hawkins 'Bo Diddley' was a wild card seemingly lacking a target market, yet it sounded sensational on the air and you could dance a wild dance to it in places like the Peppermint Lounge".The Bubbling Under Special Edition features some wonderful regional hits which just failed to make the Top 100 and is full of stuff that you only failed to hear by a whisker.
Various Artists - The Golden Age of Rock & Roll - 2006 - Ace CDCHD 1060