Banana Split for My Baby: 33 Gems from the Good Old Summertime

Banana Split for My Baby: 33 Gems from the Good Old Summertime


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The idea driving Bear Family's 2018 compilation Banana Split for My Baby is that it provides a soundtrack for a fantasy summer, arriving sometime between the birth of rock & roll and the arrival of the Beatles. Fantasy is the key here: the collection doesn't follow a strict chronology, nor is it rigid in its genre, which may come as a surprise to anybody who thought the American Graffiti homage of the album art indicated a strict allegiance to nostalgic sock hop. To be sure, there are some golden oldies here -- Frankie Ford's "Sea Cruise," Bobby Darin's "Splish Splash" and "Beyond the Sea," Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba," the Royal Teens' "Short Shorts," and Dean Martin's "Volare" -- but Elmore James also tears it up with "The Sun Is Shining" and Louis Prima is the man behind the swinging title track. Still, the delight of Banana Split for My Baby -- and, make no mistake, it is delightful -- is how it unearths a bunch of hard-driving soda-fountain pop and mellow rock & roll, mining a peculiar vein of '50s rock & roll: mainstream stuff designed to be a hit yet following just on the fringes of a chart. And that's why Banana Split is such a blast: it has just enough familiar tunes to anchor it in a shared popular consciousness, but its heart belongs to oddities that you've always wanted to hear but never knew that you did.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/2018
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 5397102175138
catalogNumber: 17513
Rank: 38758

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roy Head   Vocals

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Louis Prima   Composer
Bobby Darin   Composer
Ray Peterson   Composer
Tom Austin   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Roy Head   Composer
Domenico Modugno   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Charles Trénet   Composer
Rodney Lay   Arranger
William Clauson   Arranger
Bruce Belland   Composer
Wayne Cogswell   Composer
Bob Gaudio   Composer
Elmore James   Composer
Glen Larson   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Marvin Moore   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Winfield Scott   Composer
Dick Sherman   Composer
Frank Slay   Composer
Huey "Piano" Smith   Composer
Sid Tepper   Composer
Ben Weisman   Composer
William Edwards   Composer
Jerry Gibson   Composer
Carl Feaster   Composer
James Keyes   Composer
Floyd McRae   Composer
George Frazier   Composer
Sylvia Dee   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Ren Shields   Composer
Hugh Williams   Composer
Bob Davie   Composer
Ray Doggett   Composer
Bob Sherman   Composer
Public Domain   Composer
Gene Cross   Composer
Sven T. Uhrmann   Artwork
Glen A. Larson   Composer
Stan Irwin   Composer
Mort Greene   Composer
Ronnie Isle   Composer
Terry Sullivan   Composer
Picknicks   Composer
J.J. Jones   Composer
Harry Gifford   Composer
Frank Triolo   Composer
Francesco Migliacci   Composer
Jimmy Noble   Composer
Roy C. Bennett   Composer
Murray Kaufman   Composer
Dan Buie   Composer
Tommy Bolton   Composer
Ira Cooke   Composer
Marc Mittelacher   Reissue Producer,Song Notes
Harry Layton   Composer
Randy Hard   Composer
Bill Pennington   Composer
George Evans   Composer

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