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POP 50s 60s VINYL Discovered Collection

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POP 50s 60s VINYL Discovered Collection
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The POP VINYL Discovered Collection - BRAND NEW RELEASE

3 VINYL ALBUMS Featuring 6 LEGENDS From The EARLY POP MUSIC Genre

 

THE POP VINYL COLLECTION

The POP VINYL Discovered Collection

POP DISCOVERED

Introduces you to six of the most iconic POP artists of all time; Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers and Connie Francis.

Released on the AA Vinyl Label, each of the six A-Sides features a selection of the artist's most influential music and finest work that helped establish them as true greats.

There are no fillers, only A-Sides with timeless music from these six legendary POP artists.

With detailed sleeve notes inside there is even more to enjoy besides the warm and rich sound of vinyl. Discover and experience the musical journey of POP DISCOVERED.

POP

In the era of drive-ins, bobby sox and soda bars, popular music in America exploded. This is the golden age of pop in which the music industry contributed significantly to the development of a new market: The teenager.

Standing in stark contrast to the crooners, swingers and big band sounds much loved by their parents, teenagers now had their own culture, language and idols. Theirs was a very different world to the one their parents knew when they were young. World War II was over, The Great Depression long gone, and free TV had come to America. Now, pop stars had to be visually appealing in how they looked and how they performed.

Artists aimed at the female teen market like Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard were subjects of widespread moral panics because of their perceived corrupting influence on young people – especially young women.

But it wasn’t all about male teen idols, the fifties pop scene was a hungry beast and it needed to be fed continuously with new artists and new sounds. Professionally produced and packaged, the pop song came into its own in this decade as a new, affluent teenage market emerged. Teens wanted a constant diet of new sounds. Luckily the industry was geared up to feed them. Hit factories were certainly nothing new, but those housed in the Brill Building in New York did it the best.

The Brill Building contained over 150 music businesses – by 1962 it peaked at 165 – making it a one-stop-shop for wannabe pop stars. Connie Francis started out there as a demo singer, Elvis Presley was based there, as were his key songwriting team, Leiber and Stoller.

Pop music was being consumed by teens in new ways, too, via the ever-expanding local radio scene, which in turn led to increased record buying. At the same time, technological innovations such as the 45rpm single and the in-car radio revolutionized the way music could be consumed.

The American music industry was thriving. In the post-war boom, the demand for records led to the creation of over 1000 independent record labels between 1948 and 1954.  These new labels became adept at spotting and producing new talent. A clear indication of their impact can be seen in the number of million-selling singles the independent labels achieved. Between 1946 and 1952, small labels accounted for only three per cent of million-selling singles in America. By the mid-fifties, the tables had turned and the new independents became dominant, chalking up 70 per cent of million-selling records between 1955 and 1959.

Such output suggests a formula. The pop formula – firmly codified in the fifties – forces diversity through the filter of familiarity and this is how artists as different as Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly and the Crickets and Connie Francis could achieve success alongside the more obvious appeal of Cliff, Elvis, and The Everly Brothers.

VINYL ALBUM ONE - TRACK AND ARTIST LISTING

LP 1
Side 1 Elvis Presley
Track
Artist Title
1
Elvis Presley It's Now Or Never
2
Elvis Presley Are You Lonesome Tonight
3
Elvis Presley Return To Sender
4
Elvis Presley Blue Moon
5
Elvis Presley Love Me Tender
6
Elvis Presley Wooden Heart
7
Elvis Presley (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame
8
Elvis Presley Blue Hawaii
LP 1
Side 2 Cliff Richard
Track
Artist Title
1
Cliff Richard The Young Ones
2
Cliff Richard Please Don't Tease
3
Cliff Richard Living Doll
4
Cliff Richard Bachelor Boy
5
Cliff Richard It'll Be Me
6
Cliff Richard Theme For A Dream
7
Cliff Richard Move It
8
Cliff Richard Fall In Love With You


Elvis Presley (born: 8 January 1935; died: 16 August 1977)

Elvis Aaron Presley was not just a rock and roll phenomenon – he was also a smoldering pop idol to thousands of teen girls for whom surely pop was manufactured.

Elvis in the fifties was a dangerous proposition for white conservative, patriarchal America. Was he black or was he white, with his voice it was difficult to tell from radio and records and in segregated America, this meant danger.

His Southern drawl spelled red neck and hillbilly and singing the devil’s own music to hoards of teens who screamed with every pelvic thrust or leg shake made the older generation wonder what Elvis wanted with the young women of America.

Presley himself wondered too. He said, “I watch the audience and we are getting something out of our system and no one knows what it is. The important thing is we are getting it out of our system and no one is getting hurt.”

In this selection, you’ll find songs that were the soundtrack to many a teenage girls’ secret longings including It’s Now Or Never, Love Me Tender, Are You Lonesome Tonight and Wooden Heart.

Listen to these great tracks and you’ll discover why Time Magazine said: “Elvis – the hip swiveling, wooden-chair dancing, Army-enlisting Mississippi Boy – loosened the ponytails and unbuttoned the cardigans of thousands of bobby soxers across the country.”

Cliff Richard (14 October 1940)

Born Harry Rodger Webb in India, Cliff Richard was to be Britain’s answer to Elvis. While it may be difficult to square this Sir Cliff’s wholesome Christian image over the last 40 years, Richard was deemed sexually provocative, with his grinding dance moves, rock and roll look and moody rock and roll attitude.

In the fifties Cliff was considered too sexy for British Television and BBC guidelines on filming the star made clear he should be filmed from the waist up as “his movements are too explicit and morally questionable for family viewing.” Music magazine, NME also condemned him for his “violent hip-swinging exhibitionism.”

In the pre-Beatles music scene, Cliff and his band, The Shadows, dominated with a string of hits that drove his teenage girl fans wild, including Move It in 1958 that is widely credited as the first British rock and roll song and can be found in this selection. Also included here are songs featured in Richard’s films including Bachelor Boy, The Young Ones and Living Doll.

In terms of Richard’s influence, The Beatles were so impressed with the reaction he got in his stage performances they wanted to emulate it. The Fab Four famously copied his moves and this ultimately shaped how The Beatles performed in their early careers.

VINYL ALBUM TWO - TRACK AND ARTIST LISTING

LP 2
Side 1 Roy Orbison
Track
Artist Title
1
Roy Orbison Only The Lonely
2
Roy Orbison Crying
3
Roy Orbison Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
4
Roy Orbison Running Scared
5
Roy Orbison Blue Angel
6
Roy Orbison Ooby Dooby
7
Roy Orbison Candy Man
8
Roy Orbison I'm Hurtin'
LP 2
Side 2 Buddy Holly
Track
Artist Title
1
Buddy Holly Peggy Sue
2
Buddy Holly It Doesn't Matter Anymore
3
Buddy Holly That'll Be The Day
4
Buddy Holly Heartbeat
5
Buddy Holly True Love Ways
6
Buddy Holly Everyday
7
Buddy Holly Peggy Sue Got Married
8
Buddy Holly Rave On

 

The POP VINYL Discovered Collection


Roy Orbison (b: 23 April 1936; d: 6 December 1988)

Known as the Big O, Roy Kelton Orbison was born in Texas. His otherworldly voice led him to being described as the Caruso of Rock, coupled with his mysteriously static stage persona and head to toe black outfits mesmerised audiences throughout his career.

He began performing as part of a high school band, The Wink Westerners. The band b changed their name to the Teen Kings and signed for Sun Records. The band dissolved in a dispute over royalties and writing credits but Orbison stayed on at Sun before moving on to RCA as a solo artist.

Orbison’s fragile, ethereal vocal worked well with the Nashville Sound he came to embody, and this collection includes many fine examples including Only The Lonely, Crying and Ooby Dooby. Crying is featured in the Recording Industry of America’s Songs of the Century list.

The Big O’s influence cuts across genres. Robert Plant, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, and k.d Lang all cite him as a major influence. Elvis said that Orbison had the “greatest, most distinctive voice I ever heard”, while Barry Gibb upon hearing Crying for the first time went further: That was it. To me that was the voice of God.”

Buddy Holly (b: 7 September 1936; d: 3 February 1959)

The importance of Buddy Holly both as songwriter and performer in the development of popular music cannot be overstated.

Born Charles Hardin Holly in Texas, Buddy Holly and his band The Crickets are the artists who defined the traditional rock and roll line up of two guitars, bass and drums.

Together they penned and performed some of the defining songs of the fifties rock and roll era, including That’ll Be the Day, Peggy Sue, Oh, Boy!, Not Fade Away, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore and Heartbeat as will as ballads of pure genius like True Love Ways.

They ditched their jeans and shirts and donned Ivy League style clothes at the suggestion of Don Everly of the Everly Brothers. With his geeky image, Buddy Holly inspired ordinary boys everywhere to dream that they could be rock and roll stars, too.

Buddy Holly was killed in a plane crash on his way to a gig. Richie Valens and the Big Bopper were also travelling with Holly. There were no survivors.

In spite of his tragic death, Holly’s legacy lives on. He influenced the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, and The Clash.


VINYL ALBUM THREE - TRACK AND ARTIST LISTING

LP 3
Side 1 The Everly Brothers
Track
Artist Title
1
The Everly Brothers Cathy's Clown
2
The Everly Brothers Walk Right Back
3
The Everly Brothers Bird Dog
4
The Everly Brothers (Til) I Kissed You
5
The Everly Brothers Temptation
6
The Everly Brothers Problems
7
The Everly Brothers Wake Up Little Susie
8
The Everly Brothers All I Have To Do Is Dream
LP 3
Side 2 Connie Francis
Track
Artist Title
1
Connie Francis Stupid Cupid
2
Connie Francis Who's Sorry Now
3
Connie Francis Lipstick On Your Collar
4
Connie Francis Where The Boys Are
5
Connie Francis Everybody's Somebody's Fool
6
Connie Francis My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own
7
Connie Francis Don't Break The Heart That Loves You
8
Connie Francis My Happiness

 

The POP VINYL Discovered Collection

Everly Brothers

There is arguably no more heavenly sound than the close harmonies of Don and Phil Everly aka The Everly Brothers.

Born Isaac Donald Everly (1 February 1937) and Phillip Everly (19 January 1939; d: 3 January 2014), the Everly Brothers enjoyed a string of hits throughout the fifties including Cathy’s Clown, Wake Up Little Susie, All I Have To Do Is Dream, Walk Right Back, all included in this sampler. Wake Up Little Susie has the honour of being one of the Recording Industry of America’s Songs of the Century.

Explaining how it were possible for the brothers to achieve their distinctive sound, Don Everly said: It’s almost like we could read each other’s minds when we sang.”

Sadly, their musical closeness was not reflected in their personal lives. The brothers fought off-stage and sometimes on stage, too.

The Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Bee Gees and Neil Young all cite the Everlys as key influences in their music. Simon and Garfunkel claimed to owe their careers to the Everlys. The Everly Brothers not only contributed to Paul Simon’s Graceland album, but they also joined Simon and Garfunkel onstage for their Old Friends Tour in 2003/4.

 

Connie Francis (b: 12 December 1938)

Born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero in New Jersey, Connie Francis was the first global female pop star.

Encouraged – some might say pushed – by her father, Francis started out as a child singer and accordion player. Her first music industry job was as a demo singer, demonstrating new songs to established artists and their managers.

She signed with MGM in 1956 but after moderate success,  her contract was about to run out and she faced her final recording session for the label. Her father insisted she record ‘Who’s Sorry Now and reluctantly Francis agreed and recorded the track and the rest is pure pop history. It sold over a million copies in the US alone and is one of the Recording Industry of America’s Songs of the Century.

She followed this with a string of international pop hits including the Sedaka-penned Stupid Cupid, Lipstick on Your Collar, and Where The Boys Are – her signature tune.

 

 

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