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The Treniers: This Is It! (CD)

(2008/REV-OLA) 30 tracks 1950-57

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  • Interpret: The Treniers

  • Album titlle: This Is It! (CD)

  • Label REV OLA

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 5013929454828

  • weight in Kg 0.107
Treniers, The - This Is It! (CD) CD 1
01Everybody Get TogetherThe Treniers
02Why Do You Get So High, Shorty?The Treniers
03Go! Go! Go! (1951 version)The Treniers
04It Rocks! It Rolls! It Swings!The Treniers
05Rockin' On Sunday NightThe Treniers
06Hi-Ho Silver!The Treniers
07Rockin' Is Our BiznessThe Treniers
08This Is ItThe Treniers
09You Know, Yeah! TigerThe Treniers
10Bug DanceThe Treniers
11Rock-A-Beatin' BoogieThe Treniers
12Out Of The BushesThe Treniers
13Rock 'N' Roll CallThe Treniers
14Good Rockin' TonightThe Treniers
15Go! Go! Go! (1954 version)The Treniers
16Everything's Wild In WildwoodThe Treniers
17Trapped In The Web Of LoveThe Treniers
18Rock-A-WayThe Treniers
19SorrentoThe Treniers
20Lover, Come Back To MeThe Treniers
21Cool It, Baby!The Treniers
22(We Want A) Rock And Roll PresidentThe Treniers
23Hey, Jacobia!The Treniers
24Drink Wine, Spo-Dee-O-DeeThe Treniers
25MaduneThe Treniers
26The Longest WalkThe Treniers
27Rock, Calypso Joe!The Treniers
28Oo-La-LaThe Treniers
29Goodnight IreneThe Treniers
The Treniers For more than half a century, the Treniers rocked packed nightclubs from New... more
"The Treniers"

The Treniers

For more than half a century, the Treniers rocked packed nightclubs from New York and Wildwood, New Jersey to Las Vegas and L.A.'s Sunset Strip. Nobody put on a wilder show; it was proud family tradition. Long before rock 'n' roll was officially christened, their hilarious, often improvised antics were as zany and athletic as the genre's primordial era got, though their demographics were anything but teenaged. Were they the rockingest lounge act of all time?

"I'm a little prejudiced. I think they were. I think they were the most copied, too,"says Milt Trenier, youngest of the performing brothers. "One reason why we didn't become as popular as some of the recording artists was because our records–-we were doing choreography. We were doing that way before the Temptations and the Four Tops and everybody else."True, their platters couldn't fully capture the eye-popping visual appeal of their live presentation. Yet when the Treniers rocked on record, walls shook and ceilings crumbled.

Identical twins Claude and Cliff were the ringleaders, careening non-stop across the stage as they sang, danced, and cut up with total gleeful abandon, never letting the action cool or allowing their limber legs to stop moving. The Treniers brought R&B and rock 'n' roll to Vegas, their hip brand of jumping jive clicking with adults swilling cool alcoholic libations inside late-night lounges. Their rock-solid combo, anchored by alto sax dynamo Don Hill and bandleading pianist Gene Gilbeaux, kept the red-hot rhythms flowing from dusk 'til dawn and beyond. 

Long before Bill Haley & His Comets crashed the national consciousness, a then-unknown Haley crossed paths with the Treniers in Wildwood in 1950. "The first place we worked there was called the Riptide. That's when Bill Haley came in,"says Milt. "He said, 'What kind of music are you guys doing?' He was doing what they called country and western at the time. Then he started putting in some of his swing and rhythm into it, sort of similar to what we were doing."Granted, the Treniers weren't Haley's sole bridge from hillbilly to rock 'n' roll. But as Milt adds,"A lot of it was borrowed from the Treniers!"

The Treniers also proved influential to honking saxman Jimmy Cavallo, in all likelihood the East Coast's first Caucasian jump bluesman."My first professional gig on the road was opposite the Treniers, one of the greatest rhythm and blues bands in the business,"says Cavallo. "When I opened (at) Wildwood, these were the cats I played with. They were the headliners; I was second to the headliners. There was another act under me. I was out there with them cats, and happy."

Longtime Vegas lounge favorites Freddie Bell & the Bellboys closely patterned their energetic routines after what the Treniers wrought, utilizing practically identical instrumentation. "He met us in Wildwood. He was shining shoes in front of the Beachcomber, where we were appearing,"says Milt."So when he actually got his group together and he first went to Vegas, they did every song that we did."

"The Treniers were a heavy influence on me, from Wildwood,"said the late Philly-born Bell. "We were all kids, working in Wildwood--sort of a rock 'n' roll resort."Claude and Cliff even gave Freddie anickname that led to his biggest record in 1956. "The Treniers always called me Ding Dong,"he said."And I wrote a song called 'Giddy-Up-A Ding Dong.' 

The Treniers were right up there with the Platters and Haley's Comets when it came to appearing in 1950s rock 'n' roll films. They noticeably amped up the energy level in any quickie flick they lip-synched a number in, no doubt a major factor in why they were invited to participate in so many. The group cut a string of sizzling singles for OKeh Records during the first half of the decade that were seminal proto-rock 'n' roll. Yet the chart gods weren't kind: The Treniers somehow only managed one genuine R&B hit, 1951's Go! Go! Go!

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Treniers, The - This Is It! (CD) CD 1
01 Everybody Get Together
02 Why Do You Get So High, Shorty?
03 Go! Go! Go! (1951 version)
04 It Rocks! It Rolls! It Swings!
05 Rockin' On Sunday Night
06 Hi-Ho Silver!
07 Rockin' Is Our Bizness
08 This Is It
09 You Know, Yeah! Tiger
10 Bug Dance
11 Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie
12 Out Of The Bushes
13 Rock 'N' Roll Call
14 Good Rockin' Tonight
15 Go! Go! Go! (1954 version)
16 Everything's Wild In Wildwood
17 Trapped In The Web Of Love
18 Rock-A-Way
19 Sorrento
20 Lover, Come Back To Me
21 Cool It, Baby!
22 (We Want A) Rock And Roll President
23 Hey, Jacobia!
24 Drink Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee
25 Madune
26 The Longest Walk
27 Rock, Calypso Joe!
28 Oo-La-La
29 Goodnight Irene