Instroville! Hits & Rarities From The Golden Age Of Pop Instrumentals

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
Release date: 12 Jul 2010


"Apart from being a good listen, Instroville’s title strength makes it the ideal starting point for anyone dabbling in 50’s instrumentals for the first time and for this purpose I’d highly recommend it"  PIPELINE

CAT No: FVDD061UPC TEXT: 5055311000619

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Just as Doo Wop and the Girl Group sound made an important contribution to the story of Rock’n’Roll, so too did the Pop Instrumental, bringing with it a new dimension and diversity to the charts. From the mid-1950s until the British Invasion, arguably Instrumentals were to spawn more one-hit wonders than any other genre, largely because so many were recorded by “faceless” session players, not bone fide Pop artistes. Often used by radio programmers as a convenient means by which to segue seamlessly into the news, some “anonymous” instro might become part of a station’s playlist if enough listeners enquired after it and many did… in droves.

Dyed-in-the-wool Jazzers, seasoned Bluesmen, Country gentlemen and proto-Punks peppered the US Pop and R&B charts with numbers both perky and menacing, their sax-honkin’, piano-plinkin’, bongo-stompin’, Fender-twangin’, finger-clickin’ sounds leaving an indelible print on Pop music. Covering the period 1956-9, this carefully compiled, hit-laden 50-track set draws together chart-toppers (Dave ‘Baby’ Cortez, Santo & Johnny, The Champs, etc.), lesser-heard gems (Joe Maphis, The Frantics, Cozy Cole) and cult classics (The Spacemen, Link Wray, Martin Denny). Essential listening for all instro devotees.



  1. The Champs (Tequila)
  2. Duane Eddy (Rebel-Rouser)
  3. Johnny & The Hurricanes (Crossfire)
  4. Bill Black's Combo (Smokie Pt.2)
  5. Roland James (Guitarville)
  6. The Cyclones (Bullwhip Rock)
  7. The Frantics (Fog Cutter)
  8. Bill Justis (College Man)
  9. Lee Allen (Walkin' With Mr. Lee)
  10. Ernie Fields Orchestra (In The Mood)
  11. Dave 'Baby' Cortez (The Happy Organ)
  12. The Royaltones (Poor Boy)
  13. Santo & Johnny (Sleep Walk)
  14. Sandy Nelson (Teen Beat)
  15. Noble 'Thin Man' Watts (Hard Times (The Slop))
  16. Ralph Marterie & His Orchestra (Tricky)
  17. Joe Maphis & Larry Collins (Bye, Bye)
  18. The Virtues (Guitar Boogie Shuffle)
  19. Sonny Burgess (Itchy)
  20. Link Wray & His Raymen (Raw-Hide)
  21. The Strangers (The Caterpillar Crawl)
  22. The Tune Rockers (The Green Mosquito)
  23. Martin Denny (Quiet Village)
  24. Cozy Cole (Topsy Pt.1)
  25. Bill Dogett (Honky Tonk Pt. 1 )


  1. Bill Dogett (Honky Tonk Pt. 2)
  2. Preston Epps (Bongo Rock)
  3. The Champs (Midnighter)
  4. The Rock-A-Teens (Woo-hoo)
  5. Brad Suggs (706 Union)
  6. The Gone All-Stars (7-11 (Seven-Eleven))
  7. The Frantics (Straight Flush)
  8. The Spacemen (The Clouds)
  9. Cozy Cole (Topsy Pt.2)
  10. Lord Rockingham's XI (Fried Onions)
  11. Boots Brown & His Blockbusters (Cerveza )
  12. The Pets (Cha-Hua-Hua)
  13. The Applejacks (Mexican Hat Rock)
  14. Barney Kessel (Honey Rock)
  15. The Memphis Belles feat Shirley (Snow Job)
  16. Johnny & The Hurricanes (Buckeye)
  17. The Fireballs (Torquay)
  18. Bill Justis (Raunchy)
  19. Duane Eddy (Peter Gunn Theme)
  20. Link Wray (Rumble)
  21. The Wailers (Tall Cool One)
  22. Bill Dogett (Slow Walk)
  23. Santo & Johnny (Tear Drop)
  24. Martin Denny (The Enchanted Sea)
  25. The Vicounts (Harlem Nocturne)