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The Playboys: Twenty-One (CD)

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Playboys, The - Twenty-One (CD) CD 1
01 Cast Iron Arm The Playboys
02 Ooh Wee Pretty Baby The Playboys
03 Hang On The Playboys
04 Bip Bop Bip The Playboys
05 Wild Cherry The Playboys
06 Twenty One The Playboys
07 Good Show No Go The Playboys
08 Bloody Mary The Playboys
09 Justine The Playboys
10 Schoolgirl The Playboys
11 Stop Twistin' My Arm The Playboys
12 El Rocka The Playboys
13 Gonna Get Drunk The Playboys
14 Is It True? The Playboys
15 Come Back Judy The Playboys
16 El Rocka (undubbed) The Playboys
The Playboys My Buddy Done Stole My Chippie The Dominoes, Checkers, and Clovers had... more
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The Playboys

My Buddy Done Stole My Chippie

The Dominoes, Checkers, and Clovers had all let tenor Charlie White go. The next step was to do his own thing. Where better than at Atlantic Records?

The Playboys didn't actually exist. Atlantic pianist/arranger/songwriter Jesse Stone had asked former Ravens/Blenders tenor Ollie Jones to assemble a quartet for studio purposes. Among his initial recruits was Winfield Scott (aka Robie Kirk), a prolific songwriter when not singing (he penned LaVern Baker's '55 smash Tweedlee Dee).  Vocal group expert Marv Goldberg believes White's first Playboys single, coupling the intense self-penned blues Tell Me (Are You Really Mine) and the Lincoln Chase-penned mambo Rock, Moan And Cry, released in August of 1954, marked the first time the quartet backed an Atlantic act. It wouldn't be the last. They provided harmonies behind Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker, Joe Turner, Carmen Taylor, and Ivory Joe Hunter, always under different names, though they eventually became known as The Cues.

Perhaps White's Playboys sides would have done better on Atlantic rather than its recently established Cat subsidiary. Atlantic honcho Jerry Wexler had coined the phrase 'cat music' as a euphemism for rock and roll; it didn't take off, and neither did the label he named after it. White and his backing quartet cut his debut single as a front man on July 10, 1954 in New York, returning on December 9 for an encore session. The rollicking Good Golly Miss Molly (a shame writer Stone couldn't have patented that title) b/w Honey Bun (weirdly, this rocker front-billed White but the other side didn't) closed out The Playboys' Cat discography in early '55.

The hell-raising My Buddy Done Stole My Chippie from the December date deserved an airing too. An intriguing storyline, White's animated lead (the way he drops the last syllable of "chippie" every time is priceless) in front of The Playboys, and Sam 'The Man' Taylor's roaring sax ride were all first-rate, but it never saw the light of day on Cat. Somehow it survived Atlantic's vault fire that wiped out a lot of the label's unissued masters.

White turned up solo in 1957 on New York's Winley Records with Sweetie Baby b/w Little Mama Don't Leave Me, encoring the next year with Nobody's Fault But Mine b/w Dearest To Me. The Cues signed with Capitol and made their own string of mid-'50s singles, ending up a more bankable entity than White.

- Bill Dahl -

Various Vol.6, Street Corner Symphonies 1954

Read more at: https://www.bear-family.de/various-vol.6-street-corner-symphonies-1954.html
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Tracklist
Playboys, The - Twenty-One (CD) CD 1
01 Cast Iron Arm
02 Ooh Wee Pretty Baby
03 Hang On
04 Bip Bop Bip
05 Wild Cherry
06 Twenty One
07 Good Show No Go
08 Bloody Mary
09 Justine
10 Schoolgirl
11 Stop Twistin' My Arm
12 El Rocka
13 Gonna Get Drunk
14 Is It True?
15 Come Back Judy
16 El Rocka (undubbed)