Classy Sugar: The Pure Essence Of New York Rock & Roll

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 25 Jul 2011


"I could go on for pages about the worthiness of this excellent set but will draw this review to a close - apart from reiterating that it is one heck of a splendid rock 'n' roll compilation."   ROCKABILLY HALL

"Big Apple music map joins the dots from R&B and Rock 'n Roll to girl group Pop and Soul."   MOJO


CAT No: FVTD108UPC TEXT: 5055311001081

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Having investigated the inner workings of the big beat in New Orleans, Los Angeles and Nashville, Stuart Colman now turns his attention to New York City. During the 1950s and early 60s, the recording studios in the Big Apple were filled to capacity with r&b performers, mainstream vocalists and teenage upstarts, all seeking to mine the primeval rock & roll seam. It really was open season, in that anyone with enough chutzpah could have a stab at this largely untried and untested format.The subsequent onslaught brought about a host of fresh names, including Bobby Pedrick, Barbara Evans, Danny Valentino and The Ospreys. But, whilst many of those seeking success would only deliver an occasional single, newcomers like Neil Sedaka, Jeff Barry, Bobby Darin and The Isley Brothers would go on to enjoy lengthy careers both as artists and songwriters.

Classy Sugar provides a birds-eye view of the sessions that were colonized by such seasoned pros as saxman ‘King’ Curtis, guitarist George Barnes, drummer Panama Francis, and piano wizard Bert Keyes. This Manhattan melodrama also served as a training ground for the new breed of producers, managers, agents and song pluggers who would one day end up running the music industry that employed them.When viewing the content, look out for rarities by The Platters, Frankie Lymon, LaVern Baker and The Crew-Cuts. And, as you might expect, there is no shortage of surprises and hard-to-find gems that serve to make Classy Sugar the Pure Essence of New York Rock & Roll”.



  1. Sugar Bowl Rock (Chip Fisher)
  2. Out Of My Mind (The Platters)
  3. Red Hot Love (Billy Williams)
  4. Groovy (Joe Dodo & The Groovers)
  5. Just Too Much (Ruth Brown)
  6. White Bucks And Saddle Shoes (Bobby Pedrick)
  7. Believe It Or Not (Donnie Elbert)
  8. Trickle Trickle (The Videos)
  9. C. C. Rider (Chuck Willis)
  10. Hey Stella! (Who Zat Down In Your Cellar?) (The Crew-Cuts)
  11. Stampede (Danny Valentino)
  12. Souvenirs (Barbara Evans)
  13. Let’s Do The Slop (Little Joe & The Thrillers)
  14. Have You Ever Had The Blues ( Lloyd Price)
  15. Big John (Titus Turner)
  16. Rock, Baby (Piano Red)
  17. Pitter Patter Boom Boom (The Jaye Sisters)
  18. It Would Be So Nice (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers)
  19. Love Potion No. 9 (The Clovers)
  20. Baby Jean (Ronnie Hawkins)
  21. Chip Chip (The Mello-Kings)
  22. All Night Diner (Santo & Johnny)
  23. Yes I Will (June Batemon)
  24. Goodbye Kansas City (Wilbert Harrison)
  25. You'd Better Move (Bobbie Brookes)


  1. Bullmoose (Bobby Darin)
  2. That’s Enough (Ann Cole)
  3. Respectable (The Isley Brothers)
  4. No Vacancy (Neil Sedaka)
  5. Cat Nip (Dave “Baby” Cortez)
  6. Miss Orangatang (Lincoln Chase)
  7. When You Dance (The Turbans)
  8. Boogie Blues (Lillian Briggs)
  9. Where You Been (Lloyd “Fatman”)
  10. Flip, Flop And Fly (The Goofers)
  11. Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins)
  12. Three O’Clock Thrill (The Kalin Twins)
  13. Hip Couple (Jeff Barry)
  14. Yes Sir (The Cues)
  15. No Wheels (The Chordettes)
  16. Flat Tire (The Del Vikings)
  17. I Feel like a Million (Mamie Bradley)
  18. One-Sided Love Affair (Elvis Presley)
  19. Hey Senorita (The Drifters)
  20. Oh, Melancholy Me (The Passions)
  21. Walkin’ Along (The Solitaires)
  22. Yep! [Canadian single version] (Duane Eddy & The Rebels)
  23. Where Did You Go Last Night (Bill Haley & His Comets)
  24. I Got The Blues (Dion & The Belmonts)
  25. (We’re Gonna) Jump for Joy (Big Joe Turner)


  1. Hurtin’ Inside (Brook Benton)
  2. Be Baba Leba (Thurston Harris)
  3. Pink Shade of Blue (Sil Austin)
  4. Shooty Booty (Ivory Joe Hunter)
  5. Ta Ta (Clyde McPhatter)
  6. Elevator Operator (The Rays)
  7. Big Fat Woman (Bobby Freeman)
  8. It’s Good to Me (The Ospreys)
  9. That’s Right (The Five Keys)
  10. Ya Ya (Johnny Restivo)
  11. Since I Fell For You (Buddy & Ella Johnson)
  12. Peek-A-Boo (The Cadillacs)
  13. Am I The Man (Jackie Wilson)
  14. Joanie (The Bay Bops)
  15. What About Us (The Coasters)
  16. Sticks And Stones (Ray Charles)
  17. Boys (The Shirelles)
  18. Birth Of The Blues (King Curtis)
  19. Cuckoo Girl (Chico Holiday)
  20. Flip Flop (Elson Smith)
  21. Rough Lover (Annisteen Allen)
  22. Mio Amore (The Flamingos)
  23. I Really Love You (The Danleers)
  24. Why Baby Why (LaVern Baker)
  25. The Wobble (Jimmy McCracklin)