The Dootone Story Various Artists (Dootone)


Rhythm & Blues
Ace Records
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This CD opens with the record that put Dootsie Williams' Dootone Records on the map - Earth Angel by The Penguins. Dootsie had a fine geneology in black music: he'd played in Roy Milton's Solid Senders, talent-scouted for MGM (recording the likes of Ivory Joe Hunter and Joe Turner), recorded rude records by Billy Mitchell and Hattie Noel, then jazzmen like Carl Perkins and Dexter Gordon for his own labels (first Blue Records, then from 1951 Dootone) and finally cut a white group called The Whipporwills with Kiss A Fool Goodbye. It was The Penguins disc, though,and subsequent recordings by fine black music vocal groups that defined one of the key components of the Dootone style. The Medallions, led by 16 year old Vernon Green (later to record with The Phantoms and still active around L.A. today), hit with a series of discs including Speedin' and Buick 59. Don Julian and The Meadowlarks, the smoothest of Dootone's vocal groups (and one of the first racially integrated), hit with songs like Heaven And Paradise, though here they show, on their uptempo B-sides I Got Tore Up and Boogie Woogie Teenage, that they could rock out too. The Calvanes, The Crescendoes, The Pipes, The Romancers, The Cufflinx, Charles McCullough & The Silks are all here, their names as magical as the music they made. Along with the jump blues of Dootsie's former boss Roy Milton and the tough honkin' sax of Chuck Higgins (hear him at length on last month's release Pachuko Hop, CDCHD 394), they offer a soul map to the West Coast black music scene of the mid- to late-1950s.

Track listing

Side 1

  • 01
    Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) - The Penguins

  • 02
    Speedin' - Vernon Green & The Medallions

  • 03
    Ding A Ling - The Crescendos

  • 04
    Baby Doll - The Crescendos

  • 05
    I Can't Go On - Roy Milton & His Orchestra

  • 06
    You Got Me Reelin' And Rockin' - Roy Milton & His Orchestra

  • 07
    My Girl - Charles McCullough & The Silks

  • 08
    I Got Tore Up - Don Julian & The Meadowlarks

  • 09
    Please Mr Junkman - Cleve Duncan & The Penguins

  • 10
    Flee Oo Wee - The Calvanes

  • 11
    Wet Back Hop - Chuck Higgins And His Band

  • 12
    Here I'm Is - Chuck Higgins

  • 13
    Boogie Woogie Teenage - Don Julian & The Meadowlarks

  • 14
    Be Fair - The Pipes

  • 15
    Buick '59 - Vernon Green & The Medallions

  • 16
    Heaven And Paradise - Don Julian & The Meadowlarks

  • 17
    Magic Mountain - Vernon Green & The Medallions

  • 18
    Jump And Hop - The Romancers

  • 19
    Let Me Cry - Willie Headen & the Five Birds

  • 20
    Tonky Honk - Chuck Higgins

  • 21
    Guided Missiles - The Cuff Links

  • 22
    So Tough - The Cufflinx

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