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Greatest Hits

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Gambler's Guitar
  2. No Help Wanted
  3. Lighthouse
  4. My Melancholy Baby
  5. Native Dancer
  6. Seventeen
  7. The Shifting, Whispering Sands
  8. Held For Questioning
  9. In The Middle Of The House
  10. Eating Goober Peas
  11. Freight Train
  12. Let's Go Calypso
  13. Tiger Lily
  14. The Train With The Rhumba Beat
  15. Are You Satisfied?
  16. Mule Skinner Blues
  17. Signed, Sealed And Delivered
  18. Please Help Me, I'm Falling


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 17, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B00000JWDC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When discussing the non-R&R singers who managed to hang in there during the early years of that genre, names conjured up will usually include Guy Mitchell, Teresa Brewer, Perry Como, Nat Cole, Sinatra of course, Dean Martin, Doris Day, The McGuire Sisters, etc. etc. Rarely, if ever, does the name Rusty Draper pop up. It should, because between 1953 and 1961 he chalked up quite a string of hits.

The "Ol' Redhead" was born Farrell Draper in Kirksville, Missouri on January 25, 1923 and, so the story goes, found himself in show business in one form or another beginning at age 12. As he honed his skills he began to make a name for himself on the club circuit which, in turn, led to stints on the Patti Page, Eddie Cantor and Ed Sullivan TV shows.

After securing a contract with Mercury Records his first release, a cover of The Carlisles' Country hit No Help Wanted, with the backing of The Jack Halloran Singers and David Carroll & His Orchestra, went to # 10 on the Billboard Juke Box charts in March 1953. No a bad début, but his second release was even better. Taking a song written by Jim Lowe (who would have a memorable hit of his own in The Green Door in 1956), he fairly exploded onto the charts with Gambler's Guitar. Again backed by the Carroll orchestra he achieved # 6 on both the Billboard Jockey and Country charts and saw the hit hang around for a combined 23 weeks. Another Lowe-penned hit later that year was the mournful Lighthouse which went to # 23 Pop, and he then capped the year off with another # 23, Native Dancer, which carried over into early 1954.

The rest of 1954 was a wash, but in 1955 he had a banner year.
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Rusty Draper was one of the first singers to cross over from Country/Western to Rock. His recordings of Gamblers Guitar and Whispering Sand are true classics. A very enjoyable and satisfying CD. Buy this to enjoy the music of 1950's once again.
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He may not be as well remembered as some others from the era but at least the compilers treated his catalogue with respect in this nice compilation. Most, if not all, of his charted hits (in their original versions) are included with nice liner notes.
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RUSTY DRAPER'S MUSIC IS WONDERFUL!!! WISH HE WAS STILL HERE PERFORMING.
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By sharon on December 3, 2014
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Just like brand new.
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