Graham Clark, Music Features Writer

Albums: Dreamboats And Petticoats - What A Wonderful World

CD1 Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World; The Everly Brothers - All I Have To Do Is Dream; Bobby Darin - Dream Lover Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds; Roy Orbison - It’s Over; Bob Dylan - Lay Lady Lay The Merseys - Sorrow; Cliff Richard and The Shadows - Summer Holiday; Olivia Newton-John - Till You Say You'll Be Mine; The Supremes - Stop In The Name of Love Neil Sedaka - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Matt Monro - Walk Away; Nat King Cole - Let There Be Love; Engelbert Humperdinck - The Last Waltz; Dave Berry - Mama; Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas - Do You Want To Know A Secret; The Bachelors - Faraway Places; The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody; The Platters - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes; Otis Redding - (Sitting On) The Dock of The Bay; Percy Sledge - When A Man Loves A Woman; The Cascades - Rhythm Of The Rain; Peter and Gordon - True Love Ways; Sandie Shaw - (There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me; Billy Fury - Wondrous Place

CD2 Tom Jones - What’s New Pussycat; Brian Hyland - Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini; Bobby Vee - Take Good Care of My Baby; Marty Wilde - Rubber Ball; The Hollies - Bus Stop; The Searchers - Sweets For My Sweets; Bobby 'Boris' Pickett, The Crypt-Kickers - Monster Mash; Gerry and The Pacemakers - How Do You Do It; Herman's Hermits - No Milk Today; Kenny Lynch - Up On the Roof; The Walker Brothers - Make It Easy On Yourself; David Bowie - Space Oddity; Tommy Steele - Singing The Blues; White Plains - When you are King; Wayne Fontana - Pamela Pamela; The Ivy League - Tossing And Turning Single Version; Karl Denver - Wimoweh Twinkle Terry; Bobby Vinton - Blue Velvet; Dusty Springfield - Losing You; The Kalin Twins - When; Kathy Kirby - Secret Love; Bryan Johnson - Looking High High High; Billie Davis - Tell Him; The Mixtures - The Pushbike Song

CD3 Gene Vincent - Be-Bop-A; Roy Orbison - Running Scared; Bill Haley and His Comets - (We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock); Eddie Cochran - Three Steps To Heaven; The Kinks - I Need You; Small Faces - My Mind’s Eye; Buddy Holly - It Doesn’t Matter Anymore; Del Shannon - Hats Off To Larry; Johnny Kidd & The Pirates - I’ll Never Get Over You; Rod Stewart - Good Morning Little Schoolgirl; Adam Faith - What Do You Want; Manfred Mann - If You Gotta Go, Go Now; The Monkees - Daydream Believer; The Walker Brothers - No Regrets; Bern Elliot & The Fenmen - Money; The Love Affair - Rainbow Valley; Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich - Hold Tight!; The Fortunes - Here It Comes Again; Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls Of Fire; Chicory Tip - Son Of My Father; Amen Corner - Gin House Blues; Heinz - Just Like Eddie; Jet Harris and Tony Meehan - Diamonds; Lonnie Donegan – Rock Island Line; The Shadows - Atlantis;

CD4 Unit 4 + 2 - Concrete And Clay; The Everly Brothers - The Price Of Love; Eden Kane - Well I Ask You; Connie Francis - Lipstick On Your Collar; The Spencer Davis Group - Keep On Running; The McCoys - Hang On Sloopy; Danny and The Juniors - At The Hop; The Shadows - Sealed with a kiss; Shirley Ellis - The Clapping Song; The Drifters - Save The Last Dance For Me; Andy Williams - Music To Watch Girls By; Lesley Gore - It’s My Party; You Don’t Own Me; Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers - Why do Fools (Fall In Love); Len Barry - Like a baby; Mark Wynter - Venus In Blue Jeans; Mark Wynter - Go Away Little Girl; Mark Wynter - It’s Almost Tomorrow; The Fleetwoods - Come Softly To Me; Daisy Wood-Davis - Dream Baby Dream; Bobby And The Conquests - It’s Crying Time Again; A J Dean and Daisy Wood Davies - Did Your Mama Show You How To Rock and Roll?; Scott Bruton - You Won’t Catch Me Crying; Ben Freeman (as Norman) - The Great Pretender; Jason Donovan featuring Hank Marvin -Dreamboats and Petticoats;

Catalogue Number - 00600753974711

This new compilation of the popular Dreamboats and Petticoats series celebrates the birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll with a collection of 100 hits spread over 4 CD’s.

Seventy years ago the band that invented the genre – Bill Haley and his Comets – were formed. Within two years the group had become international superstars. Their 1954 hit, Rock Around The Clock, included here was a song that gave them their first hit. Pre Elvis and Buddy Holly the song was one that changed the course of pop music.

If Bill Haley was America’s first Rock ‘n’ Roll star then Lonnie Donegan was Britain’s. His 1955 hit was a fast tempo version of an American folk song, Rock Island Line. The song kick started the skiffle craze that became popular in the mid-fifties.

Tommy Steele’s Singing The Blues was another pioneering track whilst The Everley Brothers All I have To Do Is Dream is a song that still transcends generations and was a global hit in 1958.

Bob Dylan is represented on this superlative collection with Lay Lady Lay – a timeless mix of country, soul and blues. Listening to The Walker Brothers’ Make It Easy On Youself makes you realise that they do not write soulful songs like this anymore.

Other artists included here are Percy Sledge with the evergreen When A Man Loves a Woman, Otis Redding with (Sitting on) The Dock of the Bay along with other artists like Adam Faith, Roy Orbison, Matt Munro, Elvis, Neil Sedaka… as you will see from the CD tracks above, the list goes on.

The collection ends with Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World which celebrates its 55th anniversary this year. In 1967 the song was a worldwide hit except in America, Armstrong’s home country. The boss of his record label did not like the tune and refused to promote it!

A worthy compilation for your collection.