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Scotty McKay aka Max K. Lipscomb - new in our ROCKS! series 1-CD with 24-page booklet, 32... more

Scotty Mckay: Scotty McKay Rocks (CD)

Scotty McKay aka Max K. Lipscomb - new in our ROCKS! series

1-CD with 24-page booklet, 32 tracks. Total playing time about 79 minutes.
  • For this compilation Bear Family has collected all the rockers of Scotty McKay from the years 1956-1967.
  • During this time he released on Event, Swan, Lawn, Ace, Squire, Philips, Capri, Savannah Sound and Falcon.
  • Scotty was a member of Gene Vincent's Blue Caps for a while and performed with this formation at the Ed Sullivan Show on November 17, 1957!
  • Between 1959 and 1962 Scotty McKay was the singer with Tommy & The Tom Toms, whose rockers were not released at that time.
  • And he recorded some songs under his real name Max K. Lipscomb.
  • Extensive booklet with bio and further information by Bill Dahl.
Maybe Scotty McKay will never appear in the list of the '100 best musicians of all times'. As a pianist and guitarist he left only a few traces in the history of Rock 'n' Roll - even though he was a member of Gene Vincent's Blue Caps for a while around 1957 and appeared on the 'Ed Sullivan Show' on November 17th 1957. He also sang background vocals and played piano and rhythm guitar on Baby Blue and can be heard on the LP album 'Gene Vincent Rocks & The Blue Caps Roll'.
As a convincing genuine rocker and strong lead singer, however, Scotty McKay belongs to that group of authentic masters of the genre who deserved to make it big, but mostly made excellent recordings in the shadow of the big names and performed regularly.
We believe that Scotty McKay simply belongs in our unique ROCKS! series.

For the first comprehensive compilation, Bear Family has gathered all his rockers from the years 1959 to 1966. Recordings that were made for labels like Event, Swan, Lawn, Ace, Squire, Philips, Capri, Savannah Sound and Falcon. Many of these titles are hereby released on CD for the first time! In addition to his own rockers (and those under his birth name Max K. Lipscomb), McKay was a singer with Tommy & The Tom Toms between 1959 and 1962, but their rock recordings were initially not released as singles or on LP.

The accompanying book was written by our Chicago expert Bill Dahl. We here at Bear Family are absolutely sure: Scotty McKay's rockers like Evenin' Time', Midnight Cryin' Time, Baby Let's Play House, Don't Wait and many others will surely blow you away!


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McKay, Scotty - Scotty McKay Rocks (CD) CD 1
01 Rollin' Dynamite Scotty Mckay
02 Baby Let's Play House Tommy & The Tom Toms
03 The Girl Next Door Scotty Mckay
04 Bad Times (Acetate) Scotty Mckay
05 I've Got My Eyes On You Scotty Mckay
06 You're So Square Scotty Mckay
07 I've Been Thinkin' Scotty Mckay
08 Little Miss Blue Scotty Mckay
09 Be-Bop-A-Lula Scotty Mckay
10 Let It Rock Scotty Mckay
11 Evening Time (Acetate) Scotty Mckay
12 Midnight Cryin' Time Scotty Mckay
13 Somebody Help Me Tommy & The Tom Toms
14 Don't Wait (Key C) (Acetate) Scotty Mckay
15 Oh Boy Tommy & The Tom Toms
16 Roberta Scotty Mckay
17 Rollin' Danny (Acetate) Scotty Mckay
18 So Tough Tommy & The Tom Toms
19 Pull Down The Sky Scotty Mckay
20 Who Do You Love Scotty Mckay
21 All Around The World Scotty Mckay
22 Waikiki Beach Scotty Mckay
23 Cry Me A River (Acetate) Scotty Mckay
24 Little Lump Of Sugar Scotty Mckay
25 Sea Cruise Scotty Mckay
26 You Can't Catch Me Tommy & The Tom Toms
27 Dixie Doodle Dandy Scotty Mckay
28 Jambalaya Tommy & The Tom Toms
29 Evenin' Time Scotty Mckay
30 The Train Kept-A-Rollin' Scotty McKay Quintet
31 Don't Wait (Key F) (Acetate) Scotty Mckay
32 It's Too Late Tommy & The Tom Toms
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Scotty McKay

At some point around mid 1957, Max Lipscomb joined Gene Vincent's Blue Caps, later insisting that he was seventeen at the time. He played piano on 'Gene Vincent Rocks and the Blue Caps Roll,' hung around for a tour or two, and appeared with Vincent on 'The Ed Sullivan Show.' In truth, Lipscomb wasn't much of a pianist and only took the role because Vincent had decided on the spur of the moment that he needed a piano in his line-up. Lipscomb later returned to the Blue Caps as a vocalist and sometime bassist and guitarist during the band's last hurrah. By all accounts, Lipscomb was born in Dallas in 1937, which would make him twenty when signed on with Vincent, not seventeen. The only major piece about him, 'And They Gave Me Oklahoma and Tennessee' by Bob Dunham ('New Kommotion' #12) doesn't dwell on the early years. When the Blue Caps folded, Lipscomb and fellow Blue Cap Grady Owen took a bus to New York, and looked up Frank Slay and Bob Crewe, who were in surreptitious partnerships with Dick Clark.

Slay and Crewe agreed to record Lipscomb, and apparently Clark insisted on the name-change to Scotty McKay. "I cut a song called 'Rollin' Dynamite' for Parkway Records," McKay told Dunham. "A pretty nice record, a territorial hit. My record was very rock 'n' roll. The rockin' rollin'est. Never have I rocked and rolled like that. The Rays, who did 'Silhouettes,' sang background on it." The composer credit on Rollin' Dynamite was 'Jo Ann Owen' (presumably Grady Owen sidestepping a prior contract). The Rays were produced by Slay and Crewe for XYZ and Cameo Records, and Slay/Crewe came to Boston to negotiate with Freddy Cannon, which might account for their contact with Cecil Steen. It would have been very strange for Parkway, then riding Chubby Checker's first hit, The Class, to lease a record to a smaller label, but unless Slay and Crewe indeed made contact with Steen in Boston, it's hard to account for Event's role in what was otherwise a New York/Philadelphia session. Both songs were recorded in New York and published by Conley Music in Philadelphia. Al Hawkes has no recollection other than that it was Cecil Steen's deal.

The release dates reported in 'Billboard' tend to support the assumption that the Event record came first (May 1959), followed by the Parkway record two months later, so the likeliest scenario is that Slay and Crewe sold the record to Event, and, when it started to get a little action, pressured Steen to let them lease it to Parkway. McKay auditioned for a Dick Clark tour, but told Dunham, "We were a Ronnie Hawkins type band, except more southern than Hawkins," and Clark didn't like "Southern" at all. There was one more single on Swan Records (another label in which Clark held an interest), and then it was back to Texas on the bus. The story from that point is one of missed opportunities, bad breaks, and brushes with rich and famous as the labels grew ever smaller. He was on Lawn, Ace, Squire, Desk, Falcon, Charay, Pompeii, and quite a few others.

In 1963, he produced and co-wrote a Top 50 hit, Kirby St. Romain's Summer's Comin', but was soon embracing the British Invasion with the same fervor with which he'd once embraced rock 'n' roll. He toured the US with the Yardbirds, and they brought him back to England for a one single deal with Columbia (UK). Soon after that, McKay recorded The Train Kept A Rolling, which he'd learned from the Yardbirds. His version was rumored to have Jimmy Page on guitar, although the revelation that it was Blair Smith reduced its value quite considerably. McKay wasn't doing well when Dunham spoke to him in 1972 (he was a local promo man for UA Records), but was still hoping for the big deal. His later years were spent dabbling in Christian music. A heart attack claimed him on March 17, 1991.

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5 May 2020

This is fascinating as it is rocking, the sleeve notes are extensive, this release is a tremendous tribute to the career of an unsung artist tragically dead at the age of 50

This is fascinating as it is rocking, the sleeve notes are extensive, this release is a tremendous tribute to the career of an unsung artist tragically dead at the age of 50. Delve deeply into this and meet Scotty McKay, you'll be glad you did

10 Mar 2020

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10 Mar 2020

Top compilation!

A long overdue release at all and a fantastic add to 'The Greatest Rock & Roll series' ever! Thanks for this tremendous CD! Scotty McKay was a real wild man!

10 Mar 2020

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Tracklist
McKay, Scotty - Scotty McKay Rocks (CD) CD 1
01 Rollin' Dynamite
02 Baby Let's Play House
03 The Girl Next Door
04 Bad Times (Acetate)
05 I've Got My Eyes On You
06 You're So Square
07 I've Been Thinkin'
08 Little Miss Blue
09 Be-Bop-A-Lula
10 Let It Rock
11 Evening Time (Acetate)
12 Midnight Cryin' Time
13 Somebody Help Me
14 Don't Wait (Key C) (Acetate)
15 Oh Boy
16 Roberta
17 Rollin' Danny (Acetate)
18 So Tough
19 Pull Down The Sky
20 Who Do You Love
21 All Around The World
22 Waikiki Beach
23 Cry Me A River (Acetate)
24 Little Lump Of Sugar
25 Sea Cruise
26 You Can't Catch Me
27 Dixie Doodle Dandy
28 Jambalaya
29 Evenin' Time
30 The Train Kept-A-Rollin'
31 Don't Wait (Key F) (Acetate)
32 It's Too Late