Please Mr Disc Jockey: The Atlantic Vocal Group Sound

Various Artists
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FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 14 Aug 2015

"This 3xCD 90-tracker does a neat job of covering vocal groups who appeared on Atlantic’s family of labels…if you have Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters, The Coasters, Leiber & Stoller, the other Drifters groups and Wilson Pickett, you’re more than just a player, you’re probably THE major player." Now Dig This

***** Soul Bag // **** Record Collector

“Compiled and annotated by veteran r&b/soul researcher Clive Richardson, with great sound and extensive detailed notes complete with label shots and photographs, this great ninety-track, nearly four hours, set of top-flight material would fit right into any r&b collection…” Blues & Rhythm


CAT No: FVTD223UPC TEXT: 5055311002231

Full details

Compiled and annotated by author and broadcaster Clive Richardson, Please Mr Disc Jockey features 90 vocal group recordings dating from 1951 to 1962, released on the famed New York label Atlantic and its Cat and Atco subsidiaries. With pivotal tracks by the labels most famous groups The Clovers, The Drifters and The Coasters, alongside a generous selection of recordings by the less-compiled likes of The Cardinals, The Diamonds, The Chords, The Sensations, The Royal Jokers, The Ray-O-Vacs, The Superiors and The Hollywood Flames, the 3CD set will appeal to fans of rhythm & blues and doo wop, and anyone interested in the history of rock & roll and the development of soul music.

Commencing in 1951 with the February session which yielded both sides of The Clovers’ first R&B hit, the chart-topping Don’t You Know I Love You, and the recording a few weeks later of the first of three hits for The Cardinals, Please Mr Disc Jockey then chronicles the arrival of other hit-making vocal groups to Atlantic, including label stalwarts The Drifters (initially fronted by Clyde McPhatter), The Chords (aka The Chordcats and The Sh-Booms), The Sensations, The Coasters (that peerless vehicle for Leiber & Stoller’s songs), one-hit wonders The Bobbettes and migrants from Los Angeles, The Hollywood Flames. By the early Sixties, Atlantic was home to Twist And Shout originators The Top Notes, as well as The Isley Brothers and The Falcons. Ringing the changes, Please Mr Disc Jockey ends with that great staple of British beat groups (Ain’t That) Just Like Me by The Coasters.

Please Mr Disc Jockey: The Atlantic Vocal Group Sound has been conceived as a companion to Fantastic Voyage’s earlier club-centric 3CD set Right Now: Atlantic Club Soul And Deep Cuts. Taken together, these sets offer the ideal survey of the legendary label’s rich rhythm & blues legacy.



  1. Don't You Know I Love You (The Clovers)
  2. Skylark (The Clovers)
  3. Shouldn't I Know (The Cardinals)
  4. Fool Fool Fool (The Clovers)
  5. Needless (The Clovers)
  6. All Night Boogie (The Clovers)
  7. I'll Always Love You (The Cardinals)
  8. Pretty Baby Blues (The Cardinals)
  9. The Wheel Of Fortune (The Cardinals)
  10. A Beggar For Your Kisses (The Diamonds)
  11. You Are My Only Love (The Cardinals)
  12. Lovie Darling (The Cardinals)
  13. Money Honey (Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters)
  14. The Way I Feel (Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters)
  15. Cherry (The Diamonds)
  16. Let The Boogie Woogie Roll (Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters)
  17. Lucille (The Drifters feat. Clyde McPhatter)
  18. Please Baby (The Cardinals)
  19. Under A Blanket Of Blue (The Cardinals)
  20. Cross Over The Bridge (The Chords)
  21. Sh-Boom (The Chords)
  22. Little Maiden (The Chords)
  23. White Christmas (The Drifters feat. Clyde McPhatter and Bill Pinkney)
  24. The Bells Of St Mary's (The Drifters feat. Clyde McPhatter and Bill Pinkney)
  25. Bless You (For Being An Angel) (The Chords)
  26. Yes Sir, That’s My Baby (The Sensations)
  27. Please Mr Disc Jockey (The Sensations feat. Yvonne Mills)
  28. A Girl To Love (The Chordcats)


  1. You Tickle Me, Baby (The Royal Jokers)
  2. The Door Is Still Open (The Cardinals)
  3. What'Cha Gonna Do (Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters)
  4. Gone (Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters)
  5. Could It Be (The Sh-Booms)
  6. Pretty Wild (The Sh-Booms)
  7. Lu Lu (The Sh-Booms)
  8. Love Bug (The Clovers)
  9. In The Morning Time (The Clovers)
  10. Everyone's Laughing (Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters)
  11. Three Thirty Three (Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters)
  12. Adorable (The Drifters)
  13. Steamboat (The Drifters)
  14. Come Back My Love (The Cardinals)
  15. Two Things I Love (The Cardinals)
  16. In Paradise (The Cookies)
  17. Ruby Baby (The Drifters)
  18. Your Promise To Be Mine (The Drifters)
  19. The End Of The Story (The Cardinals)
  20. I Won't Make You Cry Anymore (The Cardinals)
  21. Smokey Joe's Café (The Robins)
  22. Just Like A Fool (The Robins)
  23. One Kiss Led To Another (The Coasters)
  24. My Heart Cries For You (The Sensations)
  25. Ride On Little Girl (The Royal Jokers)
  26. She's Mine All Mine (The Royal Jokers)
  27. Near You (The Cardinals)
  28. One Love (The Cardinals)
  29. Hypnotized (The Drifters)
  30. Mr Lee (The Bobbettes)


  1. There's No Tomorrow (The Clovers)
  2. Down In The Alley (The Clovers)
  3. Party Time (The Ray-O-Vacs)
  4. Crying All Alone (The Ray-O-Vacs)
  5. Searchin' (The Coasters)
  6. Young Blood (The Coasters)
  7. On Bended Knee (The Flyers)
  8. My Only Desire (The Flyers)
  9. Rock and Ree-Ah-Zole (The Bobbettes)
  10. The Dream (The Bobbettes)
  11. I'll Be Seeing You (The Crescendos)
  12. Lost Love (The Superiors)
  13. Don't Say Goodbye (The Superiors)
  14. Every Day, Every Way (The Hollywood Flames)
  15. If I Thought You Needed Me (The Hollywood Flames)
  16. There Goes My Baby (The Drifters)
  17. Oh My Love (The Drifters)
  18. Don't Say Goodnight (The Bobbettes)
  19. You Are My Sweetheart (The Bobbettes)
  20. Blue Moon (The Sh-Booms)
  21. I Shot Mr Lee (The Bobbettes)
  22. Untrue Love (The Bobbettes)
  23. Devil Or Angel (The Hollywood Flames)
  24. Do You Ever Think Of Me (The Hollywood Flames)
  25. Hearts Of Stone (The Top Notes)
  26. Twist And Shout (The Top Notes)
  27. Shine On Harvest Moon (The Isley Brothers)
  28. Standing On The Dance Floor (The Isley Brothers)
  29. Write To Me (The Isley Brothers)
  30. Darling (The Falcons)
  31. Bad Blood (The Coasters)
  32. (Ain't That) Just Like Me (The Coasters)