Submitted by: rockinev
Publication date - 05 November 2012
Billy Harlan, recorded a handful of tunes in the ‘50’s as with many of the original artists still performing none of these were hits and some were not even released, however by the way of ‘70’s re releases most of us are familiar with ‘ I Wanna Bop’ a classic stroller played at events world wide.
This album collects together Billy’s 50’s recordings and adds some new material, some of which were written way back and now revisited and completed for public consumption.
School House Rock is also a classic period single and I Aint Elvis a great novelty track of the type that were very popular at the time. Some tracks were recorded for RCA with Chet Atkins at the helm This Lonely Man is a classic sounding teen ballad, Teen Jean Jive rocks perfectly why they never saw the light of day originally escapes me! They deserve at 45rpm release now.
The latter recordings show that Billy can still put on the style and pull out a tune Be Boppin Annie is a terrific little tune with clever and amusing lyrics.
He played Viva Las Vegas this year and is scheduled to play the Rockabilly Rave in the UK in 2013 a very rare visit and a chance for the European audience to see him for the first time. I for one will be there and look forward to the chance of meeting the man.
A great little album that highlights the fact that so much talent never got the recognition in the ‘50’s, probably because of the sheer amount of records that were released, so lets not miss the chance now, catch his show and collect this CD, he has a website www.billyharlanmusic.com where he can be contacted for bookings and I am sure would sell this fine little CD.