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Hey, Let's Twist!/The Best Of... by DEE & THE STARLITERS, JOEY

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Peppermint Twist - Part I
  2. Peppermint Twist - Part II
  3. Hey, Let's Twist
  4. Roly Poly
  5. Joey's Blues
  6. Shout - Part 1
  7. Irresistable You
  8. Crazy Love
  9. Everytime (I Think About You) - Part I
  10. What Kind Of Love Is This
  11. I Lost My Baby
  12. Keep Your Mind On What You're Doing
  13. Help Me Pick Up The Pieces
  14. Baby, You're Driving Me Crazy
  15. (Hot Pastrami With) Mashed Potatoes
  16. Dance, Dance, Dance
  17. Ya Ya
  18. Fanny Mae


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 10, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000032SV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,673 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have this CD and love it. I personally saw The Starliters live at The Peppermint Lounge in New York City when I was a teenager of 18, back in the 60s. They simply blew my socks off, especially the organist. They have something very special that will never die! Maybe that's why, at every wedding or party I've gone to, they always play "SHOUT". It's the one song that gets everybody out of their seats and onto the dance floor, both young & old. The sound quality is excellent too. I strongly recommend adding this CD to your collection.
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By A Customer on March 12, 2000
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The only thing wrong with this fantastic album is that it doesn't include all the tracks that were on the original "Live at the Peppermint Lounge" album--which I would love to see re-released. But it includes several of them, and they are definitive early-rock live tracks. You can practically feel the heat and the crowds as these guys get into grooves that are just brilliant. The organist, in the days before those tinny electronic organs, can suddenly swoop in and move everything to a whole new level of intensity--especially on the "Hot Pastrami" jam. And the drummer's left hand must have been a blur all night long--beautiful high-speed shuffle work that just doesn't quit. I used to sit in my room in the midwest when I was about 12 and listen to this album and dream of having a club like this with music like this in my town. Unfortunately, there never was another one like this.
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One thing I noticed straight off. If you search under artists name this particular volume will not pop up. Amazon may wish to correct that.

In the meantime, how many are aware that actor Joe Pesci once played guitar with this band in 1961 while at the Peppermint Lounge in New York City? OR, that Jimi Hendrix also worked briefly with the group while they performed at Joseph DiNicola's [Joey Dee] Starliter Club in 1966? OR, that later members Felix Cavaliere, Gene Cornish, and Eddie Brigati went on to form the Young Rascals/Rascals in the late 1960's? You can't get much more influential than that! Are you listening R&R Hall of Fame Foundation?

As for this album, it's a dream for completist collectors in that, unlike many claiming to offer the "best of", this one delivers, including five pages of informative liner notes by Steve Kolanjian, David Brigati and Kate Blacklock, and several nice shots of Joey and the group in action. There is also a complete discography of their work.

In 1962 and 1963 Joey, organist Carlton Latimor, drummer Willie Davis, and vocalists/dancers Larry Vernieri and David Brigati, put nine songs into the Billboard Pop Hot 100, and ALL are here, along with three of the uncharted B-sides.

Their first was also their best as Peppermint Twist - Part 1 [inspired by the famous Peppermint Lounge] rose to # 1 Hot 100 and # 8 R&B early in 1962 for the Roulette label (Part 2 was the B-side). Keeping with the prevalent twist theme, Hey, Let's Twist peaked at # 20 Hot 100 in March while the flipside, Roly Poly, made it to # 74 on its own.

Their second-best followed in May when Shout - Part 1 went to # 6 [Part 2 - the B-side - is omitted], and in September the Johnny Nash-penned What Kind Of Love Is This?
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This CD takes me back to when I was growing up. I'm a baby boomer so this is my kind of music. It reminds me of when I would go to school sock hops in our gym, and it brings back such good memories. A must for boomers.
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By A Customer on March 5, 1999
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THIS ALBUM WAS A HIT I'M SURE, FOR I WAS NOT BORN DURING THE TIME IT HIT THE AIR WAVES. I AM A FAN 1ST DUE TO MY FATHER BEING ONE OF THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF THE BAND (CARLTON LATTIMORE, ORGANIST) AND 2ND DUE TO THE BANDS DIVERSE CULTURAL BACKGROUND AND THEIR ABILITY TO COME TOGETHER AND MAKE AN ALBUM SO POPULAR THAT IT MAKES YOU DANCE EVERY TIME YOU HEAR THEIR MUSIC. MY ALL TIME FAVORITE SONG IS "THE PEPPERMINT TWIST" BUY THIS RECORD EVEN IF YOU WEREN'T LIVING IN THE 60'S.
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I can't say enough about how great this cd is. It's so good and such quality, you think you're right there with Joey Dee and The Starlighters, twisting all night.
Joey Dee and the Starlighters are still going strong. I
play this cd now and go back in time and twist like we did back in the 60's. If you love Joey Dee and the Starlighters, you should buy this cd.
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Since I grew up in the 50-60's I am very pleased with this music
but I always thought that Joey Dee was an exceptional artist. He used
instrumentation that was used before its time; this cd with 90hits
is just great in my opinion. I highly recommend this cd. Randy Y.
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