Voodoo Voodoo: Feisty Fifties Females – 2LP

Various Artists
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FORMAT: Audio CD - 4 Disc
Release date: 12 May 2014

“Blazing R&B from the powerhouses that shook the planet. Can’t get enough!” Vintage Rock

"If a white radio station had broadcast some of the records included on this set it would have brought down eternal damnation from the God-fearing Bible belt and other conservative parts of the US. This compilation contains some very rude material, which may be offensive to some people, but then that's one reason why it's so good" Record Collector

"From the timid early steps to confident hitmakers, Lipstick, Powder and Paint chronicles the influential early days of the female side of pop music" Icon Fetch

Compilation of the Week, June 2014, BBC6 Music


CAT No: FVDV195 UPC TEXT: 5055311071954

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This 2LP vinyl limited edition of Voodoo Voodoo comprises 32 club-friendly tracks selected from the 3CD set. Compiled by R&B and rock & roll authority Dave Penny Voodoo Voodoo pays tribute to the distaff side of 1950s R&B music that would inform the rock ’n’ roll explosion of the latter half of the decade, from the last shout of the 1940s big band “thrushes” such as Ella Johnson and Dinah Washington, through the fearsome vocal power of the likes of R&B trailblazers such as Big Maybelle, Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker and Big Mama Thornton, to the early experiments of the mainstream pop singers such as Ella Mae Morse, Kay Starr and Peggy Lee.

That ages old question, who cut the first rock ’n’ roll record?, will never be answered as the style evolved over several years, and in any case everyone has their own idea of what constitutes rock ’n’ roll. By contrast the question, who was the first white performer to successfully utilise the black R&B style and mould it into a sound that could convincingly be labelled “rock ‘n’ roll”?, sounds more straightforward: surely it was Elvis Presley or Bill Haley? But was it? There is a compelling argument that the women beat the men to the punch when it came to assimilating black music for white consumption in the 1950s and while it might not have been the TKO that history tells us was delivered by Presley or Haley, it was still a mighty blow that deserves to be better documented. Indeed, rather than the black vocal harmony groups that originated “Fool, Fool, Fool” and “Money Honey”, it is now suggested that Elvis was influenced to record these songs in his early years from the cover versions by Kay Starr and Ella Mae Morse…

So prepare yourself for a whole lot of rhythm and rock from the feisty females on Voodoo Voodoo, a compilation that is happy to embrace singers from across a range of styles – R&B, big band and pop – just so long as they deliver the goods vocal-wise. Ice water at the ready! It’s a hot one, we’re tellin’ ya



  1. Bring It Home To Me (Ella Johnson)
  2. You Drive Me Crazy (Joan Shaw)
  3. Ain’t Gonna Do It (Little Sylvia)
  4. Low Down Man (Gloria Smith)
  5. Oo-Wee, Mr Jeff (Please Be Yourself) (Georgia Lane)
  6. I’ve Got A Feelin’ (Big Maybelle)
  7. Bim Bam Baby (Jeanne Gayle)
  8. Sweet Baby Of Mine (Ruth Brown)


  1. Bam-A-Lam (Mickey Champion)
  2. Market Place (Etta James)
  3. Till The Cows Come Home (Kitty Noble)
  4. Night Train (Kay Starr)
  5. Little Red Rooster (Carol Jarvis)
  6. Dippin’ In My Business (Rose Marie McCoy)
  7. Tell Me, Tell Me (Dolly Cooper)
  8. How Can You Leave A Man Like This? (Ella Mae Morse)


  1. That’s A Pretty Good Love (Big Maybelle)
  2. Stubborn As A Mule (Margie Day)
  3. Atomic Baby (Linda Hayes)
  4. Every Night (Peggy Lee)
  5. When Are You Comin’ Home (Chubby Newsom)
  6. My Baby Keeps Rollin’ (Annisteen Allen)
  7. Woojamacooja (Helen Humes)
  8. Rock ’n’ Roll Mama (Camille Howard)


  1. Promise Mr Thomas (Varetta Dillard)
  2. If It’s News To You (Little Esther)
  3. Just Like A Dog (Barking Up The Wrong Tree) (Willie Mae Thornton)
  4. Sick And Tired (Lula Reed)
  5. Rock And Roll Blues (Linda Hopkins)
  6. Watcha Gonna Do? (Bunny Paul)
  7. No More, No Less (Carmen Taylor)
  8. Voodoo Voodoo (LaVern Baker)