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2CD Set: GVC2033

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VARIOUS ARTISTS • On Bended Knee
THE BIRTH OF SWAMP ROCK
CD1
BOBBY CHARLES On Bended Knee
THE BOOGIE RAMBLERS ft. SHELTON DUNAWAY Cindy Lou
ROY ‘BOOGIE BOY’ PERKINS You’re On My Mind
GUITAR GABLE & THE MUSICAL KINGS ft. KING KARL Life Problem
BOBBY CHARLES Why Can’t You
GUITAR JR Family Rules (Angel Child)
JOE HUDSON & HIS ROCKIN’ DUKES
(Vocals: LESTER ROBERTSON)
Baby Give Me A Chance
JIMMY CLANTON I Trusted You
KING KARL & GUITAR GABLE This Should Go On Forever
COOKIE & THE CUPCAKES Mathilda
ELTON ANDERSON Shed So Many Tears
BOBBY PAGE & THE RIFF-RAFFS Hippy-Ti-Yo
JIMMY CLANTON Just A Dream
GUITAR JR Broken Hearted Rollin’ Tears
DOUG ARDOIN & THE BOOGIE KINGS
(Vocals: ELBERT MILLER
) Lost Love
WARREN STORM Prisoner’s Song
RED SMILEY & THE VEL-TONES ft. CLINT WEST Lover Blues
JIVIN’ GENE & THE JOKERS Going Out With The Tide
JOHNNIE ALLAN Lonely Days, Lonely Nights
RED SMILEY & THE VEL-TONES Jailbird
JOHNNIE ALLAN My Baby Is Gone
JIMMY WILSON Please Accept My Love
GUITAR JR The Crawl
JIMMY DONLEY Born To Be A Loser
KING KARL WITH GUITAR GABLE’S BAND Walking In The Park
ELTON ANDERSON Want A Come Back Home
STEVE ROLLINS & THE CONTINENTALS Crying Over You
RANDY & THE ROCKETS ft. DENNIS NORRIS Genevieve
BOBBY CHARLES Four Winds
CD2
JIVIN’ GENE & THE JOKERS Breakin’ Up Is Hard To Do
ELTON ANDERSON Secret Of Love
WARREN STORM So Long So Long
ROD BERNARD Shedding Teardrops Over You
DALE HOUSTON Won’t You Believe Me
COOKIE & THE CUPCAKES Until Then
PHIL PHILLIPS & THE TWILIGHTS Take This Heart
WARREN STORM I’m A Little Boy (Looking For Love)
ROCKIN’ DAVE ALLEN & THE THUNDERBIRDS
- Give Me One More Chance
GLENN WELLS & THE BLENDS Write Me A Letter
JOHN FRED & THE PLAYBOYS Good Lovin’
PRINCE CHARLES & THE ROCKIN’ KINGS Cheryl Ann
ROD BERNARD Just A Memory
MARGARET LEWIS Goin’ To St Louis
GABE DEAN Slop And Stroll Jolie Blonde
JOE BARRY Heartbroken Love
ROCKIN’ DAVE ALLEN & THE THUNDERBIRDS Shirley Jean
TIBBY EDWARDS Forever Is A Long Time
ROCKIN’ DAVE ALLEN & THE THUNDERBIRDS Walking Slowly
JOE BARRY I’m A Fool To Care
LITTLE ALFRED & THE BERRYCUPS Walking Down The Aisle
T.K. HULIN & THE LONELY KNIGHTS Little Bitty Boy
JOHNNIE ALLAN Cry Foolish Heart
JOSEF BARRIOS Oh Teet Fille (Oh Little Girl)
COOKIE & THE CUPCAKES ft. SHELTON DUNAWAY Since Your Love Has Grown Cold
JOHNNIE ALLAN Your Picture
PHIL BO She Wears My Ring
JOE BARRY Teardrops In My Heart
JERRY RAINES Our Teenage Love
JIVIN’ GENE & THE JOKERS I Cried
SKIP STEWART Sixteen Candles
GENE THOMAS Sometimes
ROCKIN’ SIDNEY You Ain’t Nothin’ But Fine

An unlikely fusion of Cajun, Zydeco, R&B, R&R and C&W, it emerged in the mid 50s and was largely pioneered by young white Cajuns and black Creoles. Ironically, it wasn’t called Swamp Pop at that time - indeed, at first, it didn’t possess a separate identity. In fact, the term “Swamp Pop” wasn’t actually bestowed until the late 60s, when it was coined by an Englishman, Pop/Rock writer/researcher/historian Bill Millar. But it seemed to fit the bill perfectly, and has been in common usage for much of the ensuing forty-odd years.

Stylistically, Swamp Pop owes much to New Orleans R&B, being readily identifiable by its piano triplets, plaintive melodies (often in 6/8 waltz time), bluesy guitar licks, rolling bass and a mournful horn section, all underpinned by a strong Rhythm & Blues backbeat. Lyrically, the songs are often anguished tales of lost loves, failed romances, broken hearts and stark loneliness (NB: it should be stressed that not all Swamp Pop songs are ballads - but a hell of a lot are!)

As to what was the first Swamp Pop record, this has been the subject of some debate over the years. It would seem to boil down to a straight fight between Bobby Charles’ ‘On Bended Knee’, Earl King’s ‘Those Lonely, Lonely Nights’, and Roy ‘Boogie Boy’ Perkins’ ‘You’re On My Mind’, all of which were recorded at around the same time, during 1955. In the final analysis, it’s your choice (all three titles are included herein). But in the opinion of two of Swamp Pop’s most celebrated scholars - not to mention performers - both Johnnie Allan and Rod Bernard acknowledge ‘On Bended Knee’ as having been the pivotal recording.

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