This limited edition extended play 45 (only 500 worldwide), is a must have addition to any Rock n Roll / Rhythm & Blues vinyl collection. These early Dee Clark gems from 1956 – 1958 showcase his amazing vocal versatility, with his ability to switch from out and out Rock ‘n’ Roll screamers, to beautiful R&B Vocal Group ballads.
“24 Boyfriends (Falcon 1005)” is a frantic Little Richard styled rocker, complete with screaming vocals, and wailing sax.
“Kangaroo Hop (Falcon 1002)” is another up-tempo Kool Gents “dance craze” recording, hailing from their last recording session of February 1957, surprisingly the 45 credits only Dee Clark.
“Oh Little Girl (Falcon 1009)” is another fine Little Richard styled rocker, backed by the superb Upsetters (Little Richard’s band). The closing track, is the stunning R&B Vocal Group ballad,
“I Just Can't Help Myself (Vee Jay VJ 207)”, another Kool Gents cut featuring Dee Clark on fine lead vocals (sounding exceedingly Clyde McPhatter’ish… and why the hell not?).
If you’ve enjoyed this EP, check out our second instalment titled: Dee Clark Rhythm & Blues EP VTREP303, taking us into the early 1960s, his most commercially successful, all be it brief period.
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