Savvy Sugar: The Pure Essence Of West Coast Rock & Roll

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 14 Jun 2010

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CAT No: FVTD059UPC TEXT: 5055311000596

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Savvy Sugar is designed as a natural successor to the thoroughly-recommended Fantastic Voyage compilation, “”Heavy Sugar”” (FVTD051). Whereas that 3xCD release was devoted to a panorama of R&B sides out of New Orleans, “”Savvy Sugar”” focuses on “”The Pure Essence of West Coast Rock & Roll””.

Los Angeles may well be synonymous with movie stars, the Capitol Tower and Sunset Boulevard, but it also ranks as a leading location on the road to rock ‘n’ roll. The music’s emergence in the 1950s brought about a profusion of area recording facilities, many of which were dotted around the city’s 498 square miles. These included Radio Recorders, United, Gold Star and Master Recorders, and the studio owners were quick to learn that it paid to be as diverse as possible. The day might start with a film dubbing, ahead of a television commercial being taped over the lunch hour. Then in the afternoon the microphones could be adjusted to record a big band, followed by a teenage pop session in the evening. What made the system totally unique was the fact that a clutch of skilled musicians from the Hollywood sound stages were also responsible for supplying the goods on the rock ‘n’ roll dates. Drummer Earl Palmer, guitarist René Hall, bassist Red Callender, and the sax and piano-playing brothers, Plas & Ray Johnson, were the guys in question, and their infinite adaptability was responsible for some of the most exciting rock ‘n’ roll recordings of all time. Having said that, many of the new breed-ers like Ricky Nelson, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and Tommy Sands chose to use their own players; a situation that effectively allowed the baton to be handed over in readiness for another era.

Compiled and annotated by Stuart Colman, “”Savvy Sugar” contains several hard-to-find items from this electrifying era, plus a miscellany of freshly-unearthed gems and a range of goodies that have been laying in wait for far too long. Bearing in mind the CD set’s all-important sub-title, “”The Pure Essence of West Coast Rock ‘n’ Roll””, “”Savvy Sugar”” could well turn out to be this season’s # 1 guilty pleasure.



  1. Crazy With You (Jeanette & Decky)
  2. Rita (Floyd Dixon)
  3. No, No (Fats Domino)
  4. Ring-A-Ling (Dimples Jackson)
  5. Besame Mucho (Richard Berry & The Pharaohs)
  6. Hey Sugar (Roy Tann)
  7. Guitar Rock (Irving Ashby)
  8. John John (Aggie Dukes)
  9. Gotta New Girl (Bobby Day)
  10. Gonna Catch Me A Rat (Milt Trenier (as Milton Trenier))
  11. I Can't Stop Loving You (Larry Williams)
  12. Hop, Skip And Jump (Anita Tucker)
  13. Mary Lou (Young Jessie)
  14. Blue Moon (Nat 'King' Cole)
  15. Two O'Clock Jump (Earl Bostic)
  16. Get Up And Let's Dance (Ronnie & Roy)
  17. Should I Ever Love Again? (Wynona Carr)
  18. Sack (Ben Hughes)
  19. Track Down (Coo-Coo Rachas)
  20. Farmer John (Don & Dewey)
  21. Sunshine Of Love (Etta James)
  22. Ah! Ah! (Gene & Eunice)
  23. Two Bones And A Pick (T-Bone Walker)
  24. The Mess Around (Jennell Hawkins with Richard Berry & The Lockettes)
  25. Don't Stop Loving Me (Eugene Church)


  1. Rockville USA (The Turks)
  2. Loop De Loop (Marie Adams & The Three Tons Of Joy)
  3. I Want You (The Cadets)
  4. Sweet Georgia Brown (The Coasters)
  5. Wanna, Wanna, Wanna, Wanna (The Ray Johnson Combo)
  6. Move On (The Blossoms)
  7. Polly Molly (Five Masks)
  8. Every Night (The Robins)
  9. I Found My Girl (The Kents)
  10. Can It Be (The Titans)
  11. You'll Never Never Know (The Platters)
  12. Puddin' Pie (The Lockettes)
  13. Hooty Sapperticker (Barbara & The Boys)
  14. Crazy (Hollywood Flames)
  15. I Miss You (The Teen Queens)
  16. Yellow, Mellow Hardtop (The Bystanders)
  17. Alene, Sweet Little Texas Queen (The Souvenirs)
  18. House Cat (The Romancers)
  19. She's Gone (Gene Moore & The Metronomes)
  20. Boogie Woogie Teenage (Don Julian & The Meadowlarks)
  21. Baby - I Need (Ting-A-Ling) (Ben Zeppa & The Zephyrs)
  22. Why Do I Go To School (The Six Teens)
  23. Tough Enough (Johnny Otis & The Jayos)
  24. Sweet Loretta (The Maharajahs)
  25. You're A Square (The Tramps)


  1. Bertha Lou (Dorsey Burnette)
  2. Somebody Help Me (Gene Vincent)
  3. I've Got My Sights On Someone New (Roddy Jackson)
  4. Whistle Stop (Louis Prima)
  5. Cool It Baby (Dick Lory)
  6. (Let's Go To) Strollsville (Boots Brown)
  7. That's It (Babette Bain)
  8. My Babe (Ricky Nelson)
  9. All I Want Is Your Love (Johnny Otis Show with Marie Adams)
  10. Don't Go Baby (Danny Flores (as Danny Boy))
  11. Kookie's Mad Pad (Edd Byrnes)
  12. Four Paces East (Don Ralke)
  13. The Livin' End (Scott Walker (as Scott Engel with The Beat by Count Dracula and The Boys))
  14. Little Mama (Tommy Sands)
  15. Where Can You Be? (Tony & Joe)
  16. I Went Rockin' (Bobby Norris)
  17. Modern Romance (Sanford Clark)
  18. Teenage Heaven (Eddie Cochran)
  19. Twinkle In Your Eye (Sam Butera)
  20. Double Eagle Rock (The Champs)
  21. Tennessee Waltz (Jerry Fuller)
  22. Tight Capris (Jody Reynolds)
  23. Tall Paul (Annette)
  24. Pure Love (Curtis Lee)
  25. The Beat That Can't Be Beat (Jan & Arnie)