Saturday, July 06, 2024

Record #0724: Don’t Knock the Rock / Choo Choo Ch’Boogie – BILL HALEY AND HIS COMETS

Decca 9-30148 (original) USA, December 1956
Words & Music by:  Side ARobert E. Kent, Fred Karger; Side BVaughn Horton, Denver Darling, Milt Gabler
Musicians: Bill Haley (vocals and rhythm guitar), Franny Beecher (lead guitar), Al Rex (upright bass), Billy Williamson (steel guitar), Rudy Pompilli (tenor sax), Johnny Grande (piano), Ralph Jones (drums)
Recording sessions: Produced by Milt Gabler at Decca Studios, Pythian Temple, New York, NY; Side A on 4. October 1956; Side B on 27. March 1956
Highest chart positions:  UK #7

This was Haley’s first Decca single that failed to chart in the States. In the UK, however, it did pretty good. The UK release had “Calling All Comets” as side B. That was recorded in the same session as “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie”.

Don’t Knock the Rock” was also the title of the movie, where the song was played during the opening credits. It was specially written for the movie.

The flip was originally recorded by Louis Jordan in 1946, when it climbed to US R&B #1 and US #7.

List price:  Very Good+ is $12,50, Near Mint is $25.


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