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Hey, Let's Twist!/The Best Of...
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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?Read more ›
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.
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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Unexpectedly substantial classics here of early rock, doo-wop and blue-eyed soul. Underrated but not any more.Published 6 months ago by Baboomaroonie
I purchased this for a gift for a friend, and he was so pleased because he had been searching for this music for a long time and was unable to find it anywhere.Published on April 17, 2014 by Teresa Harrington
Man, talk about reliving the 1960's. This group put the Twist on the map (along with Chubby Checker) Great doo-wop and twist dance tunes. Party on big time with this one.Published on April 15, 2011 by Robert F. Spera
Well, I grew up on the Original Soundtrack to HEY LET'S TWIST, and it included the best of these AND some dynamite blues and jazz cuts that have been deleted for this release. Read morePublished on April 3, 2000 by L. S. Slaughter