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Sixty Minute Men: The Best Of Billy Ward & His Dominoes

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Audio CD, November 16, 1993
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1. Do Something For Me
2. Chicken Blues
3. 'No!' Says My Heart
4. Weeping Willow Blues
5. Harbor Lights
6. Sixty Minute Man
7. The Deacon Moves In
8. Heart To Heart
9. I Am With You
10. That's What You're Doing To Me
11. These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You
12. When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano
13. Have Mercy Baby
14. I'd Be Satisfied
15. The Bells
16. Pedal Pushin' Papa
17. You Can't Keep A Good Man Down
18. Rags To Riches
19. Can't Do Sixty No More
20. Star Dust

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 16, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000003355
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,732 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Early 50's R&B is often not given a place at the table when discussing music history. Because few whites listened to it at the time it isn't given the credit it earned in the then-burgeoning rock 'n' roll field, despite it being what led directly to it. Yet because of that close stylistic affiliation with rock it is not paired with any other genre of its time either, it's not blues, country, jazz or pop, and so it gets lost in a black hole of obscurity. This is worsened when those ridiculous "History Of Rock" documentaries either trace rock directly from the blues (related, but only distantly) or worse still, go straight from Patti Page pop-land to Little Richard belting out "Tutti Frutti" without showing where rock 'n' roll really grew from.
THIS is where! The Dominoes, along with the more bluesy vocal group the Clovers, were the most popular and successful R&B group of the early 50's. Their gospel roots are evident throughout these songs in their arrangements and vocal hystrionics, yet their material was always secular and in fact decidedly racy and exciting. This music was definitely geared towards a younger generation who would sow the seeds that white teenagers would later fertilize and grow, labeling the fruits "rock 'n' roll".
In Clyde McPhatter the Dominoes had the single most dynamic voice in rock 'n' roll history and while he is more known today for what he accomplished with his next group, the original incarnation of the Drifters, and even as a somewhat watered down soloist in the late 50's, it was with the Dominoes where he was at his most powerful as well as having the best mix of material to work with.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This CD contains Dominoes' singles released between 1950 and 1957 with most from 1952 and before. It includes all 12 of their R&B charted songs plus 8 others. The most amazing thing about the Dominoes is how they effortlessly switched back and forth between outstanding R&B uptempo tunes like "Sixty Minute Man" and "Have Mercy Baby", and top notch doo-wop ballads like "Harbor Lights" and "Rags to Riches". The group was graced by 3 excellent lead singers over its life: Clyde McPhatter, Jackie Wilson and Eugene Mumford, the best of whom was McPhatter who is featured on the majority of these tracks. If you are going to buy only one CD by the Dominoes, this is the one to get.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Quirino on April 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is the missing link between Louis Jordan and Elvis Presley. Billy Ward, the brains behind the outfit, was uncanny in his ability to hear just the right vocals and vocalists for his great r&b upbeat numbers and doo wop ballads. Can there be no greater rock moment than the immortal "Sixty Minute Man", a naughty-naughty hit from the puritanical pre-Elvis fifties that begged for censure! (OK, OK, "Work With Me Annie" comes close!) Rhino's excellent reissue boasts immaculate sound reproduction, all the great hits (check out "Pedal Pushin' Papa") and wonderful notes, too! This is essential stuff for lovers of rock's formative years. It's so much an influence, extremely important historically, but - and here's the fun part - it still swings after all this time! Hotcha!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This CD is for those who long for old days , music that is MUSIC! The vocals are clean and pure which shows the talent of this group. this is an excellent CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Billy Ward, then working as a singing coach in New York in 1950, recruited some of his best students to form The Dominoes - tenors Clyde McPhatter and Charlie White, baritone Joe Lamont and bass Bill Brown, with Ward himself on piano. After securing a contract with Federal they began turning out a prodigious number of cuts, with the first one to click being Do Something For Me b/w Chicken Blues on Federal 12001. With McPhatter as lead it reached # 6 R&B in February-March 1951. Then, holding down the # 1 spot on the R&B listings for 14 weeks through June, July and into August came the hilarious Sixty-Minute Man which crossed over into the Pop charts at # 17 on Federal 12022 b/w I Can't Escape From You (unfortunately not in this set). That Pop showing was no mean feat considering the highly suggestive lyrics belted out by Brown at lead, who made it clear in the few first few bars that he wasn't singing about an endurance race. Not exactly.

McPhatter was back at lead for everything that charted thereafter, beginning with I Am With You which, by Christmas 1951, had reached # 8 R&B on Federal 12039 b/w Willow Weep For Me, followed in May 1952 by That's What You're Doing To Me, a # 7 R&B b/w When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano on Federal 12059. Then it was back to the top of the R&B listings in June, July and August (10 weeks in total) with Have Mercy Baby on Federal 12068 b/w Deep Sea Blues (not included here).
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