Rockin’ the Oldies

Rockin’ the Oldies

Studio album by Bill Haley and His Comets

Released
August 12, 1957

Recorded
March 22-April 3, 1957, New York

Genre
Rock and roll

Label
Decca

Producer
Milt Gabler

Bill Haley and His Comets chronology

Rock ‘n’ Roll Stage Show
(1956)
Rockin’ the Oldies
(1957)
Rockin’ Around the World
(1958)

Rockin’ the Oldies was the fifth album of rock and roll music by Bill Haley and His Comets. Produced by Milt Gabler, the album was released by Decca Records in 1957. It was the first of three “themed albums” that Haley recorded for Decca. On this occasion the album consisted of re-recordings of popular standards, some dating back 30 years or more, but rearranged in a rock and roll style. For example, Haley’s version of Larry Clinton’s “The Dipsy Doodle” included new lyrics referring to Haley’s past hits, “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and “See You Later Alligator”. The album did not produce any hit singles.
The recording sessions that produced this album are notable for not including Haley’s usual saxophone player, Rudy Pompilli. Sidelined by illness, his place was taken by Frankie Scott.[1] One song originally recorded for this album, “Rock Lomond” was held over until the later compilation release Rockin’ the Joint.

Contents

1 Track listing
2 Personnel
3 References
4 External links

Track listing[edit]

The Dipsy Doodle (Larry Clinton)
You Can’t Stop Me from Dreaming (Cliff Friend, Dave Franklin)
Apple Blossom Time (Albert Von Tilzer, Neville Fleeson)
Moon Over Miami (Joe Burke, Edgar Leslie)
Is it True What They Say About Dixie?
Carolina in the Morning (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn)
Miss You (Charles Tobias, Henry Tobias, Harry Tobias)
Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone (Sam H. Stept, Sidney Clare)
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Harry Brooks, Fats Waller, Andy Razaf)
One Sweet Letter from You (Harry Warren, Lew Brown, Sidney Clare)
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter (Joe Young, Fred E. Ahlert)
Somebody Else is Taking My Place (Dick Howard, Bob Ellsworth, Russ Morgan)

Personnel[edit]

Bill Haley – rhythm guitar, vocals
Franny Beecher – lead guitar
Billy Williamson – steel guitar
Johnny Grande – piano
Al Rex – bass
Ralph Jones – drums
Frankie Scott – tenor saxophone [2]

References[edit]

^ John W. Haley and John von Hoelle, Sound and Glory (Dyne-American, 1990)
^ Bill Haley Recordings

External links[edit]

Bill Haley discography

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