26 March 2010

Five On Friday

This great new meme was invented by Travis of Trav's Thoughts.  It gives you a chance to pick and theme  or just favorite songs and then design a juke box around it to share with others.  Check his site for instructions and join in the fun. 

This week I'm highlighting the originals.  For its time, the mid-1950s, the lyrical phrase "You got to roll with me, Henry" was considered risqué just as the very label "rock and roll" was understood to have a sexual connotation. The line comes from an Etta James record originally called "Roll With Me Henry" and later renamed "The Wallflower." Already a smash hit on the Billboard Rhythm and Blues chart, it went on to become a pop hit in the spring of 1955, but not for Etta James. Re-recorded with "toned-down" lyrics by the white pop singer Georgia Gibbs, "Dance With Me Henry (Wallflower)" entered the pop charts on March 26, 1955, setting off a dubious trend known as "whitewashing."  On the juke box this week, the black originals of songs later covered by white singers.

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The Covers

Shake, Rattle & Roll - Bill Haley & The Comets

That's Alright Mama - Elvis Presley

Dance With Me Henry - Georgia Gibbs

Ain't That A Shame - Pat Boone

Long Tall Sally - Gene Vincent


Travis said...

Great choices! I'm looking forward to checking these out over the weekend.

Have a good one!

Julia Smith said...

Elvis's version of That's Alright Mama is my favorite song of his - and I'm a passionate Elvis fan!

Thanks for such a great set. I personally think that the whole whitewashing trend - while a disturbing thought today - actually contributed to the end of segregation. Rather than have two separate musical worlds, which was the case before rock and roll rose into being, the white covers of black R & B brought the two cultures within blinking distance of one another.

maryt/theteach said...

Good job, Jamie! Will listen to them all and reminisce! :)