Ronnie Rocks

Ronnie Rocks

by Ronnie HawkinsRonnie Hawkins


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Running a generous 32 tracks, Bear Family's Ronnie Rocks is an excellent collection of Ronnie Hawkins' rockabilly for Roulette Records. There are many other compilations that cover the same ground but no others cover it quite so extensively -- which might not quite be the same thing as thoroughly, as the title is a tipoff that the music here is all high-octane rock & roll. Often, this comes in the guise of covers -- Hawkins runs through the Chuck Berry ("Thirty Days," "Forty Days") and Bo Diddley ("Hey Bo Diddley," "Bo Diddley," "Who Do You Love") songbooks, and picks up some Sun records ("Matchbox," "Honey Don't," "My Gal Is Red Hot"), a bunch of R&B sides (Hank Ballard's "Sexy Ways," Larry Williams' "Dizzy Miss Lizzy"), and some Dixie-fried rockabilly ("Suzie Q"). All this is confirmation that Hawkins was perhaps the epitome of a working roadhouse rock & roller during the late '50s and early '60s: not someone who innovated but one who gave the people what they wanted, bashing out crowd-pleasers one after another. He had an excellent ear for material that extended into being an excellent bandleader, both traits in evidence here and both of which make these covers rousing. But when Hawkins had his own song -- as he did on the slinky minor-key rocker "Mary Lou" -- he was truly outstanding. And this has the most of his outstanding material in one big package.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/26/2013
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 4000127168733
catalogNumber: 2716873
Rank: 86121

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ronnie Hawkins   Primary Artist,Vocals
Dionne Warwick   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Roy Buchanan   Bass
King Curtis   Tenor Saxophone
Mort Shuman   Piano
Grady Martin   Guitar
Dee Dee Warwick   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Anita Kerr Singers   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Harold Bradley   Guitar,Leader
Garth Hudson   Organ
Sonny Terry   Harmonica
Stan Szelest   Piano
Jerry Penfound   Drums,Tenor Saxophone
Fred Carter   Guitar,Vocals
Ed Burks   Percussion
Jimmy Evans   Bass
Walter L. "Hank Sugarfoot" Garland   Guitar

Technical Credits

Hank Ballard   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Chris Kenner   Composer
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Larry Williams   Composer
Dale Hawkins   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer,Producer
Fats Domino   Composer
Henry Glover   Producer
Levon Helm   Composer
Obie Jessie   Composer
Leonard Lee   Composer
Stan Lewis   Composer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Joe Reisman   Producer
Mike Stoller   Composer,Producer
Ian Wallis   Liner Notes,Illustrations,Biographical Information
Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns   Composer
Billy "The Kid" Emerson   Composer
Bill Millar   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Dan Bass   Producer
Jimmy Evans   Illustrations
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning

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