Saturday, July 04, 2015

JULY 4th

’Long about July 4, 1957 this nine-year old heard rock’n’roll broadcast on the radio for the first time due to a parental error in station selection. Well, that’s all it took for the Kid to become a lifelong music crazy person fan listener collector wanna-DJ. 

The week of July 1, 1957 started out with Pat Boone’s “Love Letters in the Sand” enjoying its fifth week as the best selling single on Billboard’s Top 40 listing. Aural relief arrived a few days later when “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear” by Elvis Presley knocked ol’ Pat off the number one spot and stayed put for six weeks until bested by Debbie Reynolds and “Tammy.”

Not hard to guess which record we’re spinning today. . . .

Elvis Presley • (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear • 1957

Elvis Presley, vocal/guitar; session musicians: Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell, guitars; Bill Black, bass; D. J. Fontana, drums; Dudley Brooks, Gordon Stoker, Hoyt Hawkins, piano; The Jordanaires, vocals. Paramount Scoring Stage, Hollywood, January 1957

“Teddy Bear” can be heard on Artist of the Century.

Image: Elvis performs “Teddy Bear” in the movie Loving You, via 

Our forthcoming post-Independence Day adventures: B. B. Junior hollers out, “Hey, Earl Hooker!” and Charles Mingus gets real with himself; Aaron Neville lauds the leader of the Club; Ray Price shuffles right on through the rock’n’roll/Nashville Sound kerfuffle; Hop Wilson experiences an existential crisis as Sonny Boy Williamson checks up on his baby, find out what she’s puttin’ down. And . . . here’s Leon again!

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