Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Record #0542: Way Down Yonder In New Orleans / Fractured – FREDDY CANNON

Swan 4043 (original) USA, Oct. 1959
Words & Music bySide AHenry Creamer, John Turner Layton; Side B – Frank Slay, Bob Crewe
Musicians: Freddy Cannon (lead vocals), others unknown, but possible including: Kenny Paulsen (guitar), Frank Slay (piano), Sticks Evans (drums)
Recording sessions: Produced by Frank Slay and Bob Crewe in Philadelphia, PA, or in Allegro Studios, New York, NY, 1959
Highest chart positions:  US #3, US R&B #14, UK #3

Here's Freddy "Boom-Boom" Cannon's biggest hit single. Though his debut hit "Tallahassee Lassie" was a bit more rocking track, I'd still consider "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans" as my favorite Cannon song.

Reportedly this record was the first one in rock genre to have a full brass section.

The title song was included on Cannon's debut album "The Explosive Freddy Cannon", which became the first UK #1 album of the 60's.

List price:  Very Good+ is $10, Near Mint is $20

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