Suzi is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 2. As a child in 1950s Detroit she absorbed rock 'n' roll from the radio and her older siblings' record collections. She remains passionate about the music from the golden era of the fifties and sixties with all its energy, innocence and romance.
The Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll
Various Artists (Golden Age Of American Rock and Roll)
Golden Age of American Rock'n'Roll Series
You just can't beat this series for track selection, sound quality and visual presentation. If you think I'm cheating by picking all of the series as one choice, I'll single out the first volume because it includes one of my all-time favourites -'My True Story' by the Jive Five.
The wonderful harmony sound that you get when singers are family members - it's in the blood!
Exploding with excitement, energy and total commitment, the tracks still sound wild today!
This album (and Volumes 2, 3 and 4!) is so romantic. It includes 'The Way You Look Tonight' by the Lettermen (guys, if she's been saying 'No' all night, then put this on and she'll say 'Yes'!)
There are some great originals of British invasion hits - 'Do Wah Diddy' (the Exciters), 'You're No Good' (Betty Everett), 'I'm Into Something Good' (Earl Jean), plus the weird and wonderful 'Angel Baby' by Rosie & The Originals.
What a voice! He's a great singer and sexy too. He just had that indefinable 'it' and still has 'it'.
In Rockin' With Suzi Q a few years ago, we had an 'Original Girl Power' slot and Etta, of course, was in there. Listen to 'W-O-M-A-N' and you'll know why!
Art Rupe (currently unavailable)
Art Rupe founded the Specialty label that brought us so much wonderful music from gospel to rock 'n' roll. This album includes an audio documentary made exclusively for Ace by the creative team behind my Radio 2 programmes - researcher Pete Frame and producer Kevin Howlett. (Gee, it's hard to type with your right arm twisted behind your back!)