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Bill Haley & His Comets - Rockin' the Oldies (1957)

Bill Haley & His Comets - Rockin' the Oldies (1957)

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"The Dipsy Doodle" (Larry Clinton)

"You Can't Stop Me from Dreaming" (Cliff Friend, Dave Franklin)

"Apple Blossom Time" (Albert Von Tilzer, Neville Fleeson)

"Moon Over Miami" (Joe Burke, Edgar Leslie)

"Is It True What They Say About Dixie?"

"Carolina in the Morning" (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn)

"Miss You" (Charles Tobias, Henry Tobias, Harry Tobias)

"Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" (Sam H. Stept, Sidney Clare)

"Ain't Misbehavin'" (Harry Brooks, Fats Waller, Andy Razaf)

"One Sweet Letter from You" (Harry Warren, Lew Brown, Sidney Clare)

"I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter" (Joe Young, Fred E. Ahlert)

"Somebody Else is Taking My Place" (Dick Howard, Bob Ellsworth, Russ Morgan)

Bill Haley & His Comets Band Members / Musicians

Bill Haley – rhythm guitar, vocals

Franny Beecher – lead guitar

Billy Williamson – steel guitar

Johnny Grande – piano

Al Rex – double bass

Ralph Jones – drums

Frankie Scott - tenor saxophone

Rockin' the Oldies was the 5th album of rock and roll music by Bill Haley and His Comets. Produced by Milt Gabler, the album was released by Decca Records in 1957. It was the first of three "themed albums" that Haley recorded for Decca. On this occasion the album consisted of re-recordings of popular standards, some dating back 30 years or more, but rearranged in a rock and roll style. For example, Haley's version of Larry Clinton's "The Dipsy Doodle" included new lyrics referring to Haley's past hits, "Shake, Rattle and Roll" and "See You Later Alligator". The album did not produce any hit singles.

The recording sessions that produced this album are notable for not including Haley's usual saxophone player, Rudy Pompilli. Sidelined by illness, his place was taken by Frankie Scott. One song originally recorded for this album, "Rock Lomond" was held over until the later compilation release Rockin' the Joint.

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