The Road To Rock & Roll Vol. 1: Jitterbug Jive

Various Artists
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FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
Release date: 15 Jul 2013

'A sterling collection' 4/5 Record Collector (Lois Wilson)

'Classy and captivating' Vintage Rock

'A glorious compendium of jazz-minded trailblazers twisting and contorting American music into the form that would become known as rhythm’n’blues...priming us for the world-conquering sounds to come' 4/5 Record Collector (Terry Staunton)



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50 scene-setting singles that surfaced in the UK in the lead-up to the Rock & Roll revolution

Inspired by the “prequel” editions of Stuart Colman’s “I Shall Be Released” feature, which appeared in leading rock & roll magazine Now Dig This back in January and February 2013, Fantastic Voyage has commissioned a set of three double CDs under the heading of The Road To Rock & Roll. The series aims to highlight the surprisingly large amount of scene-setting American recordings that surfaced in the UK during the two decades that led up to the rock & roll era. The first pairing, Jitterbug Jive, concentrates on the period 1934 to 1952 and features rare material by the likes of Tiny Bradshaw, Lefty Frizzell and Bull Moose Jackson.

There is a popular misconception that prior to the advent of rock & roll, America was hip to the trip whilst the UK was decidedly square. Far from it. As far back as the 1930s, British record buyers could purchase and did purchase the kind of music that would one day form the basis of the big beat. Serving as a taster for things to come, some of the most divergent recordings under the sun managed to find a slot in amongst the standard fare of crooners, comedians and light instrumentalists. Along the way, the unlikely scenario brought about the first ever appearance on domestic wax and shellac of some of the greatest names in music history. Only now, after a great deal of research and diligence, is it possible to show just how the long and winding road to rock & roll was mapped out for the great British public.

Compiled and annotated by music historian and producer Stuart Colman, the three volumes of The Road to Rock & Roll will present trailblazing American jazz, rhythm & blues, hillbilly and pop released in the UK between 1934 and 1955, ahead of the rock & roll explosion. Other artists featured on the first volume, Jitterbug Jive, include Joe Turner, Will Bradley, Hank Williams, Louis Jordan, Red Foley, Lionel Hampton and Louis Prima. The second volume is scheduled for autumn 2013.



  1. Shout, Sister, Shout (Tiny Bradshaw)
  2. Honky Tonk Train Blues (Meade Lux Lewis)
  3. Rock Me (Sister Rosetta Tharpe)
  4. Roll ’Em, Pete (Joe Turner and Pete Johnson)
  5. Scrub Me, Mama, With A Boogie Beat (Will Bradley feat. Ray McKinley)
  6. Choo Choo Ch’Boogie (Louis Jordan)
  7. Fluffy’s Debut (Buddy Banks with Fluffy Hunter)
  8. Arabian Boogie (Slim Gaillard)
  9. The Honeydripper Pt 1 (Joe Liggins)
  10. The House Of Blue Lights (Freddie Slack with Ella Mae Morse and Don Raye)
  11. He’s A Real Gone Guy (Nellie Lutcher)
  12. King Size Papa (Julia Lee)
  13. Backwater Blues (Leadbelly)
  14. Saturday Night Fish Fry Pts 1 and 2 (Louis Jordan)
  15. Rag Mop (Lionel Hampton
  16. This Joint’s Too Hip For Me (Betty Hall Jones)
  17. I Almost Lost My Mind (Ivory Joe Hunter)
  18. For You My Love (Nellie Lutcher and Nat King Cole)
  19. That’s Right Little Girl (Piney Brown)
  20. Dripper’s Boogie Pt 1 (Joe Liggins)
  21. Birmingham Bounce (Red Foley)
  22. Hadda’s Boogie (Hadda Brooks)
  23. Guitar Boogie (Arthur Smith)
  24. Chicken Reel (Les Paul)
  25. Oh Babe! (Louis Prima with Keely Smith)


  1. Shine, Shave, Shower (It’s Saturday) (Lefty Frizzell)
  2. Hot Rod Race (Red Foley)
  3. Trouble Trouble (Roy Lanham and Doug Dalton)
  4. Chew Tobacco Rag (Zeb Turner)
  5. Dog House Boogie (Hawkshaw Hawkins)
  6. Bouncing Ball Boogie (Sugar Chile Robinson)
  7. Hoot Owl Boogie (Sheb Wooley)
  8. Hey, Good Lookin’ (Hank Williams)
  9. Cherokee Boogie (Eh-Oh-Aleena) (Moon Mullican)
  10. Sixty Minute Man (The Dominoes)
  11. The Grape Vine (Lucky Millinder)
  12. Magic Carpet (Blind Johnny Davis)
  13. Tennessee Saturday Night (Ella Mae Morse)
  14. Rock City Boogie (Tennessee Ernie Ford)
  15. The Senator From Tennessee (Hardrock Gunter)
  16. Ooh-Dahdily-Dah (Louis Prima with Keely Smith)
  17. Just Right Bounce (Piano Red)
  18. Bloodshot Eyes (Wynonie Harris)
  19. Honky Tonk Blues (Hank Williams)
  20. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) (Rex Allen)
  21. Tennessee Local (Tennessee Ernie Ford)
  22. Bim Bam Baby (Frank Sinatra)
  23. Flamingo (Earl Bostic)
  24. I Know Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well (Bull Moose Jackson)
  25. Rock The Joint (Lola Ameche