Monday, October 01, 2012

Record #0129: Popeye the Hitch-Hiker / Limbo Rock – CHUBBY CHECKER

Parkway 849 (original) USA, Aug. 1962
Words & Music by:  Side A - Kal Mann, Dave Appell; Side BBilly Strange, Karl Mann (as “John Sheldon”)
Musicians:  Chubby Checker (vocals), Dave Appell (guitar), possibly Bobby Savitt (sax), others too uncertain
Recording sessions:   Philadelphia (?), PA, 1962
Highest chart positions: Side A - US #10, US R&B #13; Side B – US #2, US R&B #3, UK #32

“How low can you go” with a song that almost tops the charts? ;)

This is one of those records where the flip side quickly ran over the title song. Checker’s cover of “Limbo Rock” (original by the Champs in 1961) was soon made the A side of this and the UK release (Oct. 1962) had it as the title song right from the start. 

List price:  Very Good+ $7.50, Near Mint $15

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