"Popcornbread" - 16 delicious breakfast openers on 45 from '57 to '66


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"When cornfed dames whip it on me, you'd better move on to an action limbo with your pretty little girl...

1. ain't gonna wash for a week - eddie hodges

He was only 14 years old when he was singing what many kids his age said. It was his second or third single. A 1961 Cadence release.

9. le claqueur des doigts - trumpet boy

Trumpet Boy was also known as Jim Wild Carson, but he was born Fernand Verstraete. In 1959 he recorded this Gainsbourg instrumental for Philips.

2. what kind of love is this - joey dee

Written by then 21 years old Johnny Nash and a minor hit for Joey "Peppermint twist" Dee and his Starliters in 1962. Dee stands for DiNicola. He was born in New Jersey.This smooth soul tune can work on popcorn parties. Recorded for Roulette in 1961.

10. ride, ride, ride - brenda lee

As Brenda Mae Tarpley she was born in 1944. Her first hit in Belgium was "Sweet nuthin" in 1959, still only 15 years old. After 1965 her popularity waned, but I do have a weak spot for this 1967 single. Listen to that swirling organ and the guitar break.

3. everybody loves my baby - bobby milano

"…but my baby don't love nobody but me" is the full title of this early sixties popcorn tune. I'm pretty sure his backing band has been listening to Little Willie John's original version of "Fever". A 1961 Roulette release.

11. banana split - the mcguire sisters

And here are Christine, Phyllis and Dorothy McGuire from Ohio again. I still prefer their "Achoo cha cha", but this 1958 release is funny as well. See also vols 107, 149 and 184 for more info.

4. buddy ain't it a shame - gene chandler

What a wonderful soul stomper this 1966 release is. Written by Barrett Strong (known for "Money", "I heard it through the grapevine", "Papa was a rolling stone", "Ball of confusion",…) and Sonny Sanders, who also arranged this recording for Constellation.

12. cornbread - doc bagby

First issued on Perri Records in 1962 and later in 1964 on Vim with a different flipside. Excellent self-penned instrumental sleaze rocker by the man who gave us other gems like "Dimples", "Mix it up" (see vol 188) and "Doctor rock" (see vol 217).

5. pretty little girl - josef damiano

I only know this 45 by Josef Damiano for Chancellor, also issued by His Master's Voice. A pretty standard pop tune from 1959.

13. st.louis blues - lavern baker

Black boppin' blues from Saint Louis, although Delores Williams aka Lavern Baker was born in Chicago. She recorded this song in 1957 for Atlantic.

6. whip it on me baby - billy guy

Mix "Twist and shout" with a late fifties Coasters song and this is what you get. Oh, Billy Guy is one of The Coasters. He recorded this solo single in 1963 for Doube L Records.

14. you better move on - king james and mel

Terrific version of the song made famous by The Rolling Stones. No version however can beat the 1961 original by Arthur Alexander. A Hal Records release.

7. jeanie marie - trini lopez

With the typical Trini sound you either love or hate. It's not as wild as "Sinner not a saint" and not as popular as "America", but I get happy by this 1963 teenage love song. A London release.

15. i leaned on a man - eddie carter

Think of a fast Sixteen Tons mixed with Jezebel sung by a lonesome cowboy. Co-author is Wayne Shanklin, who wrote Jezebel.  Check his "Riders in the sky" as well, on vol 210.

8. action - lance fortune

Twangy guitar sounds in this rock 'n' roll pop tune from 1960. To me it sounds like a Lee Hazelwood production.  There is one more 45 on Pye.

16. a lotta limbo - billy strange & the telestars

Parts 1 & 2 on this Coliseum single. The sleeve reads "Billy Strange with The Telestars", but it should be The Telstars. Now, come on and do the limbo all night long. Released in 1963.