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Monday, July 16, 2018

The Rockin' 50's - Tommy Oliver

The Rockin' 50's
Tommy Oliver And His Orchestra
Cover Photo by Tom Tucker/Tommy Mitchell Studio
Warner Bros. Records 1220

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the original cover art and notes excerpt.

From the back cover: Tommy started his musical career early in his teens and had his own bands both in high school and college. As a piano player, arranger, composer and band leader, Tommy is well known to the Southern California younger set.

The band still includes a large nucleus of the original U.C.L.A. group, and is composed of three trumpets, three trombones, four saxes, bass, drums, two guitars, bongos and Tommy's piano. In addition, the band is sparked by the swinging vocals of Kelly Gordon and the rocking' group sounds of The Pages.

From Billboard - November 3, 1958: Tommy Oliver's big, swinging crew – formed only a couple of years ago on the UCLA campus – deliver a rock-and-roll-flavored "debut" album. His treatment of recent "oldies" like "Rock Around The Clock," "Witch Doctor" and "Chanson d'Amour" reveal a fresh, original album talent and one that's likely to build quickly with the college-age crowd. Semi-abstract cover matches nicely with the contents, and is eye-catching.

Rock Around The Clock
One Mint Julep
Night Train
Witch Doctor
Honky Tonk
Thirteen Women
Shake, Rattle And Roll
Chanson d'Amour
Green Door
Flip, Flop, And Fly

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