Move It


Cliff Richard

45-DB 4178 1958

  Cliff Richard born Lucknow, India, October 14th, 1940.

Until 1958, UK Rock and Roll was basically American Rock and Roll. British artists had some success with cover versions of US songs, but most British R&R material had been third rate.

'Move It', a truly great Rock and Roll song, was Cliff Richard's first hit recording and many believe it is still his best recording. Although the 'Drifters' (later renamed the 'Shadows') are credited on the record label, it is session men Ernie Shears and Frank Clarke that are relied on to provide Cliff's backing.

'Move It' was originally the 'B' side of this record. The 'A' side is a cover of the US singer Bobby Helms 'Schoolboy Crush'. If an artful DJ hadn't at some point turned over and played the other side out of curiousity, then Cliff Richard's long and successful singing career may never have begun.

Cliff had a long string of hits following 'Move It'. Each one usually had good material on both sides, one a rocker and the other a ballad. As the sixties wore on Cliff gradually lost the Rock and Roll image.

C'Mon Everybody


Eddie Cochran

45-HLU 8792 1958
  Eddie Cochran born October 3rd, 1938 Albert Lea

In the UK the London label provided an output full of the sort of material that British Rock and Roll singers had to compete with and tried so hard to emulate. Most of it was good, some of it was superb and the artists didn't come much better than Eddie Cochran.

Only a handful of Eddie Cochran's singles were released before his untimely death, but they include some of the greatest Rock and Roll anthems of the era .

'C'mon Everybody' was recorded in 1958 but didn't reach the UK chart until March of the following year. It reached the #6 position and was to be his biggest UK hit in his lifetime. Eddie Cochran died as a result of a car crash on April 17th 1960 near Chippenham in Wiltshire, England. A young police cadet was among those called to the scene of the accident; he was Dave Harman who later became Dave Dee of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky Mick and Tich.

Dozens of artists tried to emulate Eddie Cochran, but few could match his talent. Even the Sex Pistols were to remake one of Cochran's great classic Rock and Roll songs: 'Somethin' Else'.

Hoots Mon


Lord Rockingham's XI

  Jack Good born 1931 in London

Jack Good was one of Britain's first Rock and Roll impresarios. He was responsible for introducing rock and roll to the BBC with the show '6.5 Special'. After dismissal from the Beeb for flouting rules, he joined ITV and had even greater success with 'Oh Boy!'

This record reached the top spot in the UK chart during November. It was the first time that a hitherto unknown group with a record that was effectively an instrumental (it contained a few words of spoken 'Scottish') reached #1.

'Lord Rockingham' was either Jack Good or band leader Harry Robinson- it didn't really matter. The band were actually a group of session men (13 in all, despite the XI) brought together as the resident band on the TV show 'Oh Boy'.

This record with its pseudo scottish 'lyric': 'There's a moos loos aboot this hoos' was obviously a lot of fun for the musicians involved. One of those musicians was the late Benny Green who was to become a jazz critic and BBC presenter of 'serious' popular music. Sadly, the fact that he played saxophone on this disc became a source of embarassment to him and he denounced 'rock and roll', saying that he would not be happy until the 'beast was slain'.

Jack Good managed a number of the UK's first rock and roll stars including, Tommy Steele, Marty Wilde, Billy Fury, Jess Conrad and even Cliff Richard.

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