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LAMPLIGHTERS Loving, Rocking, Thrilling - Complete Federal

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LAMPLIGHTERS: Loving, Rocking, Thrilling - Complete Federal

(2005/ACE) 28 tracks 1950s uptempo doo wop - 12 page booklet These recordings feature the early days of the group that brought you 'Little Bitty Pretty One', 'Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow', And 'The Bird's The World', as well as singing vocal backups for everyone from Paul Anka to Duane Eddy. Features the lead vocal of the late Thurston Harris. Top sound from Federal production masters !


Lamplighters - Loving, Rocking, Thrilling - Complete Federal CD 1
1: I Used To Cry Mercy, Mercy
2: Sad And Lonely
3: Love, Rock And Thrill
4: Be-Bop Wino
5: Part Of Me
6: Turn Me Loose
7: Give Me
8: Crazy Times
9: I Can't Stand It
10: Smoochie
11: Tell Me You Care
12: Ride, Jockey, Ride
13: Hug A Little, Kiss A Little
14: Tell It To Me
15: Five Minutes Longer
16: You Hear
17: Salty Dog
18: Don't Make It So Good
19: Bo Beep (vers. 2)
20: Yum Yum
21: You Were Sent Down From Heaven
22: Goody Good Things
23: It Ain't Right
24: Everything's All Right
25: I Wanna Know
26: Believe Me
27: Roll On
28: Bo Beep (vers. 1)


Artikeleigenschaften von LAMPLIGHTERS: Loving, Rocking, Thrilling - Complete Federal

  • Interpret: LAMPLIGHTERS

  • Albumtitel: Loving, Rocking, Thrilling - Complete Federal

  • Artikelart CD

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Music Genre R&B, Soul
  • Music Style Vocal Groups / Doo Wop
  • Music Sub-Genre 255 Vocal Groups/Doo Wop
  • Label ACE

  • SubGenre R&B Music - Classic R&B

  • EAN: 0029667008129

  • Gewicht in Kg: 0.100

Interpreten-Beschreibung "Lamplighters"

The Lamplighters

I Used To Cry Mercy, Mercy

There wasn't anything overly polished about The Lamplighters. The L.A. quartet did their share of ballads, but rockers were their forte.

Like so many Los Angeles R&B tales, their saga began at the Barrelhouse, the Watts nightspot operated by Johnny Otis and Bardu Ali. Tenors Leon Hughes and Willie Ray Rockwell had put in time with The Hollywood Four Flames before teaming with bass Matthew Nelson to form a trio in 1951. They lost a Barrelhouse talent contest to tenor Thurston Harris, born July 11, 1930 (or 1931) in Indianapolis, Indiana, who brought the house down singing The '5' Royales' Help Me Somebody. Instead of licking their wounds, they brought ex-gospel singer Harris into the fold and started gigging as a quartet.

Hughes had been supplanted by Al Frazier prior to the group signing a pact with Federal Records. A&R man Ralph Bass brought them into Hollywood's Radio Recorders in the summer of '53 to cut their debut single, Turn Me Loose. Someone at Federal's parent label, King Records, named the group The Lamplighters.  Lead tenor Harris often displayed a Clyde McPhatter influence on their lengthy string of Federal releases, though Rockwell wrote and fronted their encore Be-Bop Wino.

Thurston sang lead on Smootchie as well as their fourth Federal outing in March of '54, the rollicking I Used To Cry Mercy, Mercy, written by the prolific Rudolph Toombs (his name appears throughout this series). The hard-charging jump had strong gospel overtones, Harris belting with intensity before a moaning sax jumps in for a bluesy ride. The group's labelmates, The Midnighters, worked this stylistic side of the street too, and they got a lot more attention. The quartet did a fine ballad on the B-side, Tell Me You Care, that Harris penned.

The Lamplighters made more solid jumps - Ride Jockey Ride, Five Minutes Longer, Goody Good Things, I Wanna Know, Love, Rock And Thrill - that brought them into 1955, though personnel changes removed Rockwell and Nelson. Harris quit for a time too. Frazier put together a new lineup and cut for Federal as The Tenderfoots. Thurston returned and The Lamplighters were revived to cut Don't Make It So Good, a frantic Bo Peep, and Everything's All Right before Harris split for good in 1956. Frazier and two replacement Lamplighters, Carl White and John 'Sonny' Harris, added bass Rocky Wilson, Jr. and formed The Sharps, who did the yelps on a lot of Duane Eddy hits when they weren't cutting sides themselves for Jamie, Chess and Combo. They later morphed into The Rivingtons.

Thurston got off to a grand start as a solo act at Aladdin Records, covering Bobby Day and The Satellites' Little Bitty Pretty One and greatly outselling the original in late '57 (The Sharps backed him). Harris scored '58 hits with the rocking Do What You Did and another bouncy Day cover, Over And Over. He died of a heart attack on April 14, 1990. 

- Bill Dahl -

Various Vol.6, Street Corner Symphonies 1954

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