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  • Audio CD (January 22, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B00005YSM4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chicken Blues
2. No! Says My Heart
3. Do Something For Me
4. Weeping Willow Blues
5. Sixty Minute Man
6. Harbor Lights
7. That's What You're Doing To Me
8. I Am With You
9. These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You
10. Have Mercy Baby
11. When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano
12. I'd Be Satisfied
13. The Bells
14. Pedal Pushin' Papa
15. Yours Forever
16. You Can't Keep A Good Man Down
17. Rags To Riches
18. Christmas In Heaven
19. Until The Real Thing Comes Along
20. Three Coins In The Fountain
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Future superstars Clyde McPhatter and Jackie Wilson, all of the Dominoes' Federal and King hits on one CD-what more could you ask for? Includes their R&B Top 10s Sixty-Minute Man; Have Mercy Baby; Rags to Riches; The Bells; Pedal Pushin' Papa; Do Something for Me; I Am with You; I'd Be Satisfied , and more. 25 tracks!

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
In putting out this collection of the best of The Dominoes covering their Federal/King years, Collectables does a decent job, giving us all eleven of their charted hits from 1951 to 1953.

Where they falter, in my estimation anyway, is in presenting just four of the B-sides, while including 10 tracks [6, 15, 18 to 25] that were failed singles. Among those, however, I was happy to see the seasonal tune, Christmas In Heaven, as well as the follow-up to the smash Sixty Minute Man, Can't Do Sixty No More. Hard to figure why that one didn't chart.

When they started out the group was known simply as The Dominoes and consisted of Clyde McPhatter, Joe Lamont, Bill Brown, and Charlie White doing vocals, along with pianist Billy Ward, and early in 1951 they hit what then passed for the R&B charts with Do Something For Me, a # 6 b/w Chicken Blues.

Not a bad start, but when their next cut hit the airwaves and stores they became established as a force in the field. Sixty Minute Man, with bass Bill Brown on lead vocal, shot to # 1 R&B, stayed there for 14 solid weeks, and spent a total of 30 weeks on the charts, also reaching # 17 on the Billboard Pop charts, b/w I Can't Escape From You [one of the missing B-sides here]. By the end of that year they had their third hit with I Am With You, # 8 b/w Weeping Willow Blues.

Early in 1952, the year White and Brown were replaced by David McNeil and James Van Loan, That's What You're Doing To Me rose to # 7 b/w When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano, followed by another huge one, Have Mercy Baby, which also made it to # 1 that summer, stayed there for 10 weeks, and spent 20 on the charts. The flipside was Deep Sea Blues, also omitted here. On all these hits, except Sixty Minute Man, Clyde McPhatter was the lead vocal.
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Billy Ward was born Robert L. Williams on September 19, 1921 in Savannah, Georgia. His first group was actually called the Ques, which was later changed to the Dominoes (1950 – 1952), with Clyde McPhatter as lead vocalist. There was a name change in 1952 to Billy Ward & His Dominoes. McPhatter left in 1953 to form his own group the Drifters. He was replaced by another future superstar Jackie Wilson. He was fired by Billy Ward in 1957 and later became a R&B superstar himself. From 1957 to 1960, the lead vocalists were shared by Eugene Mumford, Milton Merle and Milton Grayson. In 1958, Milton Grayson had left, replaced by Robbie Robertson. Eugene Mumford left that year, replaced by Monroe Powell, which would later replace Sonny Turner as the lead singer for the Platters in 1970. Although there are only 12 charted singles on the Billboard R&B chart, I have painstakingly compiled a Complete Singles Discography, and, to my amazement, they have actually 50 singles from 1951 to 1966 (but only 94 songs because 2 belonged to Little Esther on b-sides and 4 were repeated). Their labels included Federal/King (1951 – 1955), Jubilee (1955), Decca (1955 – 1957), Liberty (1957 – 1959), ABC-Paramount (1960), Ro-Zan (1962) and back to King until 1966.


This CD, released by Collectables in 2008, contains 25 songs.


1 This is a decent greatest hits compilation covering the major hits.
2 The sound is average, nothing spectacular.


1 Out of 94 songs in their complete discography, only 25 songs are represented. Grossly inadequate.
2 There is a pitiful 6 page booklet, with no label & number, no chart position, and no name of lead vocalist for each song.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By on June 30, 2010
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I'm a big fan of early R&B and Billy Ward's Dominoes is one of my favorite groups.
Plenty of hits, several "B" sides and some tunes I wasn't familiar with (still good music though!)
The sound quality is excellent.
My only quibble is the lack of decent liner notes.
But the music is great...
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