Dreamboats & Petticoats has become one of the biggest compilation brands of all time – and possibly the most important – since it celebrates the birth of modern pop music: rock’n’roll.
Dreamboats and Petticoats: The Golden Years features 4CDs and 100 tracks of game-changing music from the 1950s and 1960s: the Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Dusty Springfield, The Shadows, Billy Fury, Marty Wilde, Gerry and The Pacemakers and The Everly Brothers, who’s opening track, ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’ was a monster hit, topping the US Billboard chart in June 1958 and the UK in May, where it spent 7 weeks at No.1.
That Everly Brothers song kicks off this 100-strong set – and is one of several 1958 hits celebrating 60 years.
In the UK, an unknown Cliff Richard was about to make his move, with debut single, appropriately titled ‘Move It’. Recorded with his backing band the Drifters (soon to become The Shadows), the song was written by Drifters guitarist Ian Samwell, on a Green Line bus! It originally only had one verse (perhaps Samwell had to get off?), which Cliff sang twice. It didn’t affect the chart performance and it went in at No.2 in August 1958. The song has since been credited as being one of the first authentic Rock & Roll songs produced outside the US.
Cliff’s band, The Shadows, went on to become the most successful instrumental group in pop history, placing 69 UK charted singles from the 1950s to the 2000s, 35 credited to the Shadows and 34 to Cliff Richard and the Shadows. Two fabulous Shadows instrumentals The Shadows ‘Theme For Young Lovers’ (1964) and ‘Wonderful Land’ (1962) are featured here.
So many great songs. So many great stories. Time for one more:
Dusty Springfield ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’: Dusty’s most successful single had an unlikely lyrical birth. The song was originally an Italian ballad that Dusty loved – but she wanted to record it with new lyrics written in English. For this, she called on two friends, Vicki Wickham (then producer of Ready Steady Go!) and Simon Napier-Bell (then manager of The Yardbirds and latterly Wham!) to come up with some lines, which they duly did in ‘about an hour’, finishing the verse in the back of a cab on the way to a nightclub! The single went to No.1 in the UK and No.4 in the US – but not before Dusty had recorded 47 different takes until she was happy with her vocals…
Dreamboats and Petticoats has now sold nearly 5 million albums across the series. It was the first compilation brand to inspire a hit West End musical of the same name, now seen by 2 million people.
Perhaps most importantly, Dreamboats and Petticoats has shone a spotlight back onto the pioneers of pop music: the artists that created the back beat; the four-to-the-floor; the verse-chorus-middle8 and the concept of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Star, inspiring music fans and future musicians and artists for over 60 years.
This new collection will bring back truly golden memories of what were and remain Pop Music’s Golden Years. Enjoy.
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