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I Remember Chuck Willis / King of the Stroll


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  • Audio CD (November 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B00005QD4O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,654 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. What Am I Living For
2. Hang up My Rock & Roll Shoes
3. Stop and Think
4. From the Bottom of My Heart
5. Just One Kiss
6. You'll Be My Love
7. Keep A-Drivin'
8. C.C. Rider
9. Betty and Dupree
10. I'll Be So Glad When Your Heart Is Mine
11. Big Drops of Rain
12. Sugar Sugar
13. Love of Loves
14. My Baby
15. That Train Is Gone
16. Love Me Cherry
17. Juanita
18. It's Too Late
19. My Life
20. Whatcha Gonna Do When You Baby Leaves You
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This Southern R&B star's smash 1957 version of C.C. Rider had the whole country doin' the Stroll, the dance craze he inspired with that hit. That and all his other Atlantic hits are among the 25 tracks on this twofer, including It's Too Late; Juanita; Betty and Dupree; What Am I Living For; Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes; My Life; Keep A-Driving , and more!

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Eclectic Revisited on February 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I admit it; before rock and roll exploded with Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley, etc. I was aware of the pre-rock bluesmen and R&B singers and groups courtesy of WDIA, Memphis, TN., still in business today, BUT until the dance called the Stroll came along, I had never heard of Chuck Willis. I have since heard those songs and they are worth owning, but my focus here is on this package of his hits during the years he was "King of the Stroll". His "C.C. Rider" is the definitive version of a song recorded by many other artists over the years. I still have an original vinyl 45 with "What Am I Living For?" b/w "Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes" and acquired a reissue of "Betty and Dupree" after that.They really evoke memories for me. Conway Twitty, in his rock and roll years, recorded "What Am I Living For?" and also a cover of "Oh, What a Dream" which Chuck Willis wrote. (Ruth Brown earlier recorded it). The Stroll King also wrote "Feel So Bad" covered so well in a 1961 version by Elvis Presley. The original years of early rock and roll were not over when Chuck Willis died of an inflammation of the abdominal cavity called peritonitis. He had just turned thirty. This package of songs is a big part of his legacy and I recommend it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Take your pick from the above title, as Chuck Willis was known by both descriptions. Both are accurate.

In retrospect it's kind of strange when you compare the reactions to a series of tragic events involving recording artists. Buddy Holly dies a premature death at age 23 in 1959 and it's immediately dubbed "the day the music died." Chuck Willis passes away at age 30 on the operating table on April 10, 1958 from a perforated ulcer - and it's barely noticed or remembered.

Eddie Cochran manages to put all of seven songs into the Top 100 on the pop singles charts, only three of which were Top 40, is killed in a 1960 car crash at age 22, and he's inducted into the R&R Hall Of Fame in 1987, primarily because he was regarded as a "prime influence" on many to follow. So too was Gene Vincent [in 1998, some 27 years after his death in 1971 at age 36 he was also brought into the Hall of Fame] who had the same number of Top 40 hits and just six Top 100.

But Chuck Willis, with 14 charted R&B hits, five of which also made the pop charts, four in the Top 40, and who is the father of The Stroll, one of the most popular dance crazes of the late 1950's, is not yet in the Hall. What's wrong with this picture?

In this 25-selection compilation which pulls together two of his vinyl LPs, Collectables amply demonstrates why he should be considered as they present his nine Atlantic hits AND their B-sides, along with some of his better album cuts.

His first at Atlantic, billed to Chuck Willis & His Band, and with the vocal backing of The Cookies, was It's Too Late, but it only registered on the R&B charts, rising to # 3 in the summer of 1956 b/w Kansas City Woman.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Van on November 8, 2010
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Purchased this CD because I wanted music to learn how to do the Stroll with. The Stroll is done at a dance I attend.
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Been 50 years since I heard this song. Still makes me jump. Had excellent service and will use this vendor whenever possible.
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