SEVEN DAYS TO ROCK
Rockin' '50s Fest II
Green Bay, Wisconsin
10th April to 16th April 2005
Again, I Had To Bribe My Way Out There.
When announced back in late 2004 that there is to be a Rockin' Fifties Fest II, I set about being
extremely nice to Mrs. Wilkinson. Boy, she sure did have a good Christmas. Thankfully, this
scheming was successful and on 8th April, I with companion John Howard were off in the big silver
bird to Chicago. Here Hayden Thompson and his lovely wife Georgia met us again. They showered
unstinted hospitality upon ourselves, for which we were both extremely grateful...
Hayden played us an edit of his forthcoming CD 'Rockabilly Rhythms' (St. George #STG 7714) which
consists of fourteen new recordings. It is good. Look out for the tracks 'Chicago Whiskey River'
and a unique treatment of 'Reelin' And Rockin' included amongst the songs. He also took us
around to meet John Gleib and his wife, a lovely couple who are major Elvis collectors. However
it was soon time to collect the Cadillac (how we ended up with that is another story) and
head the 200 miles north up to Green Bay, Wisconsin for the Rockin' Fifties Fest II.
The festival was held in four rooms, which at times were simultaneously operating, and so it I quickly
figured it out (bright bugger that I am) that there was no way that I would get to see all of the
123 acts scheduled to appear. Accordingly, I prepared a hit list of artists that I wanted to see and
based myself in the main Three Clans Stage, which was a large hall complete with excellent sight lines,
a big stage and a sound system to dream of here in Europe. The following review is not therefore
intended to be complete but hopefully will provide a flavour of what has to be part two of the
greatest rock 'n' roll festival yet. Congratulations to Marc Mencher and Phil Doran for
organising this, and pulling off, the event. From the public's point of view, it was virtually seamless.
I understand that in excess of 6,000 people attended either for the whole week or on a daily basis.
Sunday, 10th April 2005 (warm up)
Vicki Tafoya. Although the festival proper did not commence until the next day, this lady took the stage
in the casino lounge and provided a great warm up. She possesses a great voice well suited to most
forms of rock 'n' roll, especially jump jive and doo-wop material and is an excellent performer.
Jimmy Cavello joined in for three songs.
Monday, 11th April 2005 (the rockin' starts in earnest)
Little Rachel. Well apportioned attractive young lady from Holland with a powerful voice who rocked along nicely,
especially on Ruth Brown style material such as 'Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean'.
High Noon. This is a fine Texas trio whose members include Shaun Young on vocals and the extremely
talented Sean Mencher on lead guitar. Very enjoyable rockabilly and country set including such titles
as 'Fishing Hole Boogie', 'Slow Down Baby' and 'Rockin' Wildcat'. Shaun and the guys gave it their all.
Little Boy Arnold and His Western Oakies. Okay rockabilly quartet from Spain, competent performance.
Art Adams. He gave 110% and was pure rockabilly. However, a small gripe was that the backing was
provided by an off-form Wild Fire Willie & the Ramblers (who later provided superb backing to other
artists). Art stepped in for Jerry Lee Lewis who eventually arrived one day, as a consequence of
his plane having been struck by lightning. All the favourites such as 'Dancing Doll', 'Indian Joe'
and 'Rock Crazy Baby' were included along with a selection from his new CD. Tunes that came over
well from the latter included 'Canadian Lady', 'Down In Tennessee' and an inspired version of the old
Webb Pierce song 'Walking the Dog'. Art bops and weaves about the stage, reinforcing the view that he
is a top visual entertainer.
Jimmy Cavello - a class act who once again thrilled. This guy makes it all seem so easy
and gave out with a great selection of big beat music such as 'Rock This Joint, 'Fannie Brown',
'Rock Rock Rock' and 'Honky Tonk (parts 1 and 2)'. Not only does he possess a great singing
voice, he is one of the best honkin' sax players going. This was 45 minutes of musical excellence,
list under the 'must see' variety.
Ruby Ann & The Boppin' Boozers. A young Portuguese lady with a tasty raspin' voice and good
backing band. Standout numbers included 'He Knows How To Rock Me' and 'I'm Gone. This artist
has the potential to go high up the rock 'n' roll ladder.
Tuesday, 12th April 2005 (just look at this line-up)
Rayburn Anthony. A most enjoyable ex-Sun artist who performed essentially a rockabilly set with
some country thrown in for good measure. Rayburn knew how to work the stage and performed a
selection from his new CD 'My Baby's Car Crazy' (Rhythm Bomb RBR 5626), his previous release
and threw in a couple of songs that he had recorded in Memphis. I was nearly beside myself
when he launched into 'St. Louis Blues' and 'There's No Tomorrow. This is an artist recommended
by Jim Newcombe and, based on this show, an endorsable recommendation. that is endorsed.
Let us hope he will be Europe bound before not too long.
Terry Noland. Supported by Darrell Higham on lead guitar, Terry possesses a good
powerful voice plus bags of stage presence. He knew what was wanted and delivered.
Basically, his set was a mix of his own originals such as 'Patty Baby', 'Don't Do Me
This Way', 'Fungus Amongst Us' and 'Hypnotized' along with a selection of West Texas
rockin' music, including a selection from the Buddy Holly songbook. He also fed in a
couple of Sonny Curtis songs with 'Everyone But One' and 'Guess I'm Gonna Fall'.
I hope that he will be back again real soon.
Cleftones. Absolutely perfect vocal group harmonies with an act second to none.
Fronted by original member Herb Cox, it was straight into 'Heart And Soul'. We then
treated to a couple of Jackie Wilson tunes from the golden tonsils of Jimmy Whiteside
and this formed the pattern of the remainder of the set, i.e. a mixture of originals
such as 'This Little Girl Of Mine' and 'Can't We Be Sweethearts' along with covers
like 'Don't Let Go' and 'Blue Velvet'. The stage was an enhancing blur of exciting
visuals and spell binding vocals. Could this day get any better?
Jerry Lee Lewis. Arriving one day late, he and The Memphis Beats rocked along nicely
for a full fifty minutes. Yet again, Jerry demonstrated that he is the master of his art.
Unfortunately there were no surprises in the choice of songs as we wee treated to 'You Win
Again', 'C C Rider', 'Over The Rainbow', 'Chantilly Lace', 'Rockin' My Life Away' and the
inevitable 'Shakin' plus 'Great Balls Of Fire'. it would have been the icing on the cake
to see him drop into his vast musical catalogue for alternate choices. That said, does
it really matter, it was great to see him again.
Narvel Felts. Demonstrated again his undoubted crowd-pleasing professional stage
act but did include a few too many of his country hits such as 'When Your Good Love was Mine'
for what was a rock 'n' roll festival. He did rock out to great effect and that means
high caliber vocals and visuals - on 'Did You Tell Me', 'My Babe' and 'Pink And Black Days'.
Wanda Jackson, the rockin' lady. She was in top form and spell binding, including all her
top rockin' recordings like 'Mean Mean Man', 'Rock Your Baby' and 'Let's Have A party' along
with a selection of material from her last CD 'Heart Trouble. Complete with a good sympathetic
backing band, those back of the neck hair raising raspin' vocal chords have never sounded better.
She is a true professional and justifiably received tumultuous applause.
Glenn Honeycutt. Sitting on a stool, he rocked out nicely revealing a great voice
and plugging much new material contained on his new Rhythm Bomb label CD 'Mr. All Night Rock'
(# RBR 5615). Whilst unfortunately we did not get a rendition of 'Tombigbee Queen', we were
treated to worthy new offerings such as 'Saturday Night', 'New Orleans Is The Place To Be'
and 'Tennessee Rockin' Girl'. Special mention must be made of the excellent bluesy feel
to the ballad 'Backdoor Billy' and the emotive quality of 'A Love Song'.
Joe Houston. It is a pleasure to be able to report that this was a performance marking the
return of Joe back to his finest rockin' R&B mode, a first class performance with sublime sax
honking. It was all there in bucket loads, from 'Roberta' through 'Honey Hush', 'Night Train',
and 'Rock Me Baby' to the classic 'All Night Long'. Overall, this was devastating stuff.
Wednesday, 13th April 2005 (the rockin' continues)
Bobby Crown. Seemingly a trifle apprehensive at first, he pleased with a tasty rockin' performance.
Good selection of numbers with the likes of 'Gotta Hurry', the excellent rockabilly of 'Something
In Her Genes', the mournful 'If You Really Want Me To, I'll Go' to the pumpin' piano lead rocker
'One Way Ticket'. He has a first class voice that is consummately able to handle rockers, ballads
and bluesy tinged R&B. I understand that we may well see him in Europe before not too long ... (fingers crossed).
Hardrock Gunter. Good to be able to report that this good ol' boy was back to his previous sparking and
humorous self. Great bunch of crowd-pleasing numbers such as 'Grandfather's Clock', 'Boogie Woogie On
A Saturday Night', 'My Bucket's Been Fixed' and 'Bloodshot Eyes'. His enjoyable set concluded with a
duet with the Original Ranch Girls.
Sonny Burgess. He again demonstrated that he is a true rock 'n' roll master.
The backing band was Mars attack from Switzerland augmented with Kearn Kennedy on piano,
together with Pacers drummer/vocalist Bobby Crafford on some numbers. Baby that was rock 'n' roll as
Sonny tore into 'The Prisoner's Song', Sadie's Back In Town, 'Ain't Got A Thing and a real raunchy 'One Night'.
This guy just gets better, he is an amazing showman and those vocals are pure excellence.
Bobby Crafford took over the vocal chores for 'Wooly Bully' and '40 Days' but basically,
it was a Burgess extravaganza of rockin' excitement.
Krazy Kats. A trio from Missouri who have been around for 49 years. An okay
flashy show band - whose set consisted of a selection of covers such as 'High School Confidential'
and originals in the form of 'Kattin' Around'.
Al Urban - the mean 'n' moody image was all there but he performed in a sixties/seventies style
country styling. That said, he did include 'Looking For Money' and 'That's All Right Mama'.
Entertaining but did not exactly set the stage alight.
Ike Turner. I was hoping for and expecting so much. However for myself, he was the biggest
disappointment of the festival. His act, apart from good versions of 'Pintetop's Boogie',
'Caledonia' and 'Rocket 88', generally consisted of inappropriate material performed in an
off-putting 'modern' jazzy funk styling. Taking into consideration the vast wealth of his back
catalogue, did we really need covers of 'Tequila', 'Mercy, Mercy, Mercy' and 'Johnny B Good
(the last played with a frenzied Johnny Winter style of picking)? Regrettably, this all left me
somewhat cold - as did the vocal warbling of his new female singer.
The Crickets. Back again to the basic trio of Messrs. Curtis, Allison and Maudlin, the guys were
their normal faultless sublime self. The guys were in good form and the numbers rolled off oh so
easily with the possible exception of 'I Fought The Law', which was a trifle ragged. They
showed once again that they were masters of their art with a good rockin' Texas sound exuding
from the stage. The response of the audience was enthusiastic to say the least and the group
had to come back on at the end of their allocated forty-five minutes for a clearly unscheduled
second encore with 'Rock Around With Ollie Vee'. There were a couple of variations to a normal
Crickets performance in that Tommy Allsup took the lead guitar part on 'It's So Easy' and it came
out note perfect. In addition, John Shodley took the lead vocals on 'Not Fade Away', this was a
good hard rockin' vocal. Finally, on a fashion note, it was interesting to see Jerry Allison
without a beard. It made him look years younger.
Barbara Lynn. First time I have seen this lady and she simply blew the audience away.
Barbara showed Ike Turner how it should and could be done, a marvelous performance that
included spiffing versions of 'Don't Be Cruel', 'Please Please Please', 'I'm So In Love
With You' and, of course, 'You'll Loose A Good Thing'. Her vocals were spot on, her
professionalism exemplary and her chunky rhythm style guitar playing oh so enjoyable.
A must see again act.
Thursday, 14th April 2005 (there ain't no stoppin' this rockin')
Teddy (Redell) Riedell. Simply an outstanding rock 'n' roll piano based show, pure
delight from beginning to end. This was an unexpected festival highlight. The set
comprised a mixture or originals such as 'Judy', 'Gold' and 'Knockin' On The Backside Of Your
Heart' along with Teddy's interpretations of ditties like 'Got you on My Mind' and 'My Girl
Josephine'. In addition, there were sparkling instrumentals and a selection of his newer recordings,
all in a perfectly balanced set. Both the singing and the piano playing were spot on, faultless,
with a fine sympathetic backing provided by Wildfire Willie and the Ramblers. Believe when I say,
this guy is the real thing - I want more.
Pat Cupp. Great to have Pat back with us rockin' out like there is no tomorrow after his
(thankfully temporary) retirement. He featured a clever blend of the five originals issued
on the Modern label such as 'Do Me No Wrong', 'I Guess It's Meant That Way and 'Long Gone Daddy'
along with a selection from his new CD on Wild Hare records (#HSO5001). In the latter category,
especially pleasing were 'Contract With My Baby', 'Everything's All Right' and the splendid ballad
'How can I Tell You'.' A minor gripe is that the backing group, fronted by Eddie Clendenning
on lead guitar, was way too loud. Enjoyable all the same.
Bob Wills Texas Playboys. An eight-piece outfit lead by Tommy Allsup on guitar. This was
quality musicianship on a set of ol' time country music associated with Bob Wills and others.
If I say 'Trouble In Mind', San Antone Rose', 'Cherokee Maid' and 'Mood For Dixie', I am sure
that you can flesh out the picture. Heck, they even included 'In The Mood' western swing style.
Teenagers. The quartette lead by Bobby Jay (and still without Lewis Lymon) gave out with a
highly visual and entertaining show. Timothy Wilson, on many lead vocals, has one of those voices
to die for. He was the lead singer on 'Wedding Bells, by Tiny Tim and The Hits, and indeed the song
was stylishly performed during this set. They included many of the Teenagers originals, including
the lovely 'Paper Castles', plus many other songs from the golden age of vocal group harmony
(possibly too many as we could have done with more Teenagers original ditties. That said, all songs
were performed well). It seemed all too soon when we heard the strains of 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love'.
On an irrelevant note, I must say that original member Herman Santiago bears a passing resemblance to
the UK comedian Ronnie Corbett.
Fendermen. This performance started out with Fenderman Jim Sunquist backed up by the Wisconsin band
The Vibro Champs. Special mention must be made of these guys as they were excellent and whilst I did not catch
their own show later that night, the buzz the next day was something else. Indeed, they have a champion in none
other than Janis Martin. After opening up with the classic 'Torture', we were served up with a selection of vocal
numbers such as 'Gotta Do My Time and 'There Is A Time' alongside instrumentals in the form of 'Sleep Walk' and
'Caravan'. Sunquist was then joined on stage by the other original Fenderman Phil Humphries. Seemingly, this the
first time in over forty years that these two chaps had stood alongside each other on the stage. Out came
'Jack Of Diamonds', 'High Noon' and of course 'Mule Skinner Blues'. Musically a trifle ragged but
exciting never the less. It was pleasing to have witnessed this reunion.
Freddy Bell. Deputising for an unwell Ruth Brown (for whom we of course wish a full recovery),
he demonstrated that he remains a true showman at his rockin' best. Verily, this was a visual
and aural big beat treat from beginning to end. All his cult classics such as 'We're Gonna Teach
You To Rock', 'Giddy Up A Ding Dong', 'Big bad Wolf' and 'Stay Loose Mother Goose' were trotted out
along side his rocked version of 'Hound Dog' that subsequently found its way to a certain Elvis Presley.
This was a professional musician at work and indeed a master of his art. Have I gone over the top in
describing this act? No, I feel that I cannot do it enough justice. By the close, we were all 'Rompin'
And Stompin' as Freddy sang 'Jump Jive And Wail'.
Bobbettes. This is an act that just gets better. Fine harmonies abounded with lashings of
humour and great stage presence. A faultless powerhouse performance - that cleverly mixed originals
with covers. This was a great blend of up-tempo numbers such as 'Ain't That Good News' and powerhouse
ballads of the ilk of 'Look at The Stars' An interesting point was that the girls closed out most
numbers by stepping back from the microphones whist still singing thus achieving the fade out of the
recordings. After 'Mr. Lee' segued into 'I Shot Mr. Lee, the ladies came back for Night Time
(Is The Right Time) which in turn developed into 'Try Me'. Such was their reception that they
had to encore 'Mr. Lee' again.
Friday, 15th April 2005 (almost rocked out)
Eddie Clearwater with Los Straightjackets. An almost perfect coupling, a great rockin' R&B blues singer with
super backing musicians. Los Straightjackets performed three numbers on their own, demonstrating that Eddie Angel
is the guitarist's guitarist before Clearwater joined them on stage. The Rocket Morgan/Lefty Frizell
rockin' masterpiece 'You're Humbuggin' Me' was followed by 'Sweet Little Rock 'n' Roller (if only Chuck Berry
would play like this) and the great '2X9'. Eddy's blues roots were demonstrated by the extended guitar
solos on the likes of 'I'm An Old Time Rocker', 'Hillbilly Blues' and 'Stuck In Lonesome Town'.
Roc LaRue. He demonstrated that he has bags of confidence whilst moving around nicely on stage
and has a good rock 'n' roll voice. His fifties recordings like 'One More Time', 'Baby Take me
Back' and I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine' were all included alongside Terry Fell's 'Truck Drivin'
Man' and other tunes like 'Hey Little Baby' and 'She's My Woman'. He also included, and nearly got
away with, a version of his 1966 record 'Cute Little Yodeler'.
Clarence Frogman Henry. In fine form and on his own material such as 'Trouble Troubles
Troubles', 'Your Picture' and 'Cajun Honey' was hard to beat. However, he seems to want to adopt
the title of King Of Medleys as he featured far too many and other non-original songs. For example,
'Ain't GOT No Home' was mixed in with 'The Twist/Shake rattle And Roll/Johnny B Good'. On his own
original material, he is unbeatable. His voice remains one of the all time greats to come out of New
Orleans and it must be said that he gained a great reception from the audience.
Lew Williams. Probably the best show that I have seen him give, he was full of movement and was
a crowd-pleaser with his unique blend of rock 'n' roll and jive talk. He gave it his all and the
audience responded in no uncertain terms. Opening up with 'Bop Bop Ba Doo Bop', this was followed by 'Don't
Mention My Name', I'll Play Your Game', the great Abracadabra' and 'Teenagers Talkin' On The Telephone.
Lew was provided with a great backing by The Barnshakers and this pushed him to excel on the
likes of 'My New Pink Suedes', 'Gone Ape Man, 'Centipede and 'Something I Said' before closing out with 'the
classic 'Cat Talk'. Such was his reception that he had to come back for two encores with reprises of 'Cat Talk'
and 'Bop Bop Ba Doo Bop'.
Ray Sharpe. He stepped on stage snappily dressed in a berry and a red Indian style poncho and it
was so good to see after the space of many years. Soon that magical blues drenched rockin'
guitar work was echoing out as Ray's golden tonsils wrapped themselves around rock 'n' roll tunes like
'That's The Way I Feel', 'Justine', 'T.A. Blues' and 'Oh My Baby's Gone'. This man is another of those
top professionals who can tailor his act to the type of event. This was reinforced by the workouts on
'Red Sails In The Sunset' and, of course, 'Linda Lu'.
Hank Thompson. Fine voice on a set of his golden country music favourites but once
again he was let down by an inadequate backing band. This guy is justifiably one of the all
time great country music legends and deserves better.
Janis Martin. Blindingly good set as she bumped, grinded and raunched her way through
a collection of cult rock 'n' roll favourites ably backed up by the Flyright Boys.
This lady vocally and performance-wise goes from strength to strength and, clearly, was one of
the festival's highlights. Indeed, she attracted a crowd of around the same size that turned up for
Jerry Lee Lewis. Included were many of those great recordings made for RCA such as 'Bang Bang',
'Drugstore Rock 'n' Roll', Crackerjack', Barefoot Baby' and 'All Right Baby'. She wished Ruth
Brown well and sang 'As Long As I'm Movin' as a tribute, great performance. As her own composition
advises, she is a 'Hard Rockin' Mama'.
Dale Hawkins. Backed up by the King Memphis band, he again turned in classic rock 'n' roll.
Opening with 'Wildcat Tamer' followed by 'Little Pig' and 'This Train' evolving into 'My Babe', this was rockin 'music.
Okay, maybe a little ragged at times, but it sure was exciting. He varied the acrobatic performance with 'This
Love Of Mine' and 'Bang Bang' (which he announced as a tribute to his two cats!) before proceeding with 'N. 9 Train'
and 'Teenage Daughter'. A highlight of the set was 'Juanita' and he closed out with 'Fool's Paradise'
and the magical 'Susie Q'. It is to be hoped that Dale will be Europe bound before not too long.
Saturday, 16th April 2005 (the end is nigh).
Glen Glenn. This was an enjoyable act with Glen giving it his all, despite suffering from laryngitis
(and his trouser flies undone for the first number). Alan Clarke performed the first three songs as a warm
up before Glen literally opened up with 'One Cup Of Coffee' before zipping into 'I'm Glad My Baby's Gone' and 'Kitty Kat'.
He remained an hyperactive bundle of energy and his bubbly personality was evident throughout as he performed 'If I
Had Me A Woman', 'Blue Jeans and A Boy's Shirt' and 'Laurie Ann'. This guy is for real and this was
recognized when he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Bob Timmers of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
Glen closed out with 'Everybody's Movin'.
Calvanes. This was great vocal group harmonies and stage presence in a well balanced set, albeit more
covers that originals. It is one of life's mysteries as to why these guys did not have a massive hit record
for they are oh so professional as they clearly demonstrated on 'Buzz Buzz Buzz', 'Money Honey', 'When We Get
Married, 'Good Love' and 'Up On The Mountain'. The harmonies were superb on 'Dreamy Eyes', 'Don't Take Your
Love From Me' and 'It Won't Take Long'. Pretty much faultless and the guys showed that they were not afraid to
experiment as they chose the gospel 'Traveling Stranger' as their concluding song.
Charlie Louvin. Ol' fashioned country music but unfortunately told too many corny jokes at the expense of the music.
Hence the lack of 'Cash On The Barrelhead' but we did get 'I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow, 'Cry Myself To Sleep' and 'This Pen' ...
Link Wray. Unfortunately the Linkster blew it (including one or two amplifiers) with his total assault on the eardrums.
There were too many numbers over-loud and discordant. Some numbers, such as 'Ace Of Spades', were spot-on though.
There was excitement but it could have been oh so much better. Also included in this performance,
some unfortunately barely recognizable, were 'Rawhide', 'Jack The Ripper', 'King Creole' (complete with vocals),
'Batman' and 'Fire'.
Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones. Consisting of the four original members from back in the fifties,
namely Joe Bennett on vocals and lead guitar, Howard 'Sparky' Childress on alternate lead guitar and
back up vocals, Wayne Arthur on upright bass and vocals plus Jimmy 'Sticks' Denton on drums, these
guys have got it altogether. Tight sound, cohesive playing, fine stage visuals and excitement as
they sang their 'Cotton Pickin' Rocker' ' socks off with the likes of 'Let's Go Rock And Roll'
their own 'Maybe Baby', the teen bopper 'Boys Do Cry', 'and 'Boppin' Rock Boogie'. This was good time
rock 'n' roll and they mined the same vein with 'Late Again', 'Rocket' and 'Do The Stop' before varying
the tempo with the ballad 'Softly' where their voices blended seamlessly. The set closed out with 'sparkling'
interpretations of 'Penny Loafers And Bobby Socks' plus their real biggie 'Black Slacks'.
The Comets. The undoubted hit of the festival as far as the audience was concerned. The guys could do
no wrong. They rocked, they rolled and showed how it should be done. One has to simply marvel that their
professionalism - and energy. Literally, they could do wrong as they even 'got away' with Louis Armstrong's
'What A Wonderful World'. All the favourites such as 'Rudy's Rock', 'Rock This Joint' and (of course) 'Rock
Around The Clock'. This was the real thing.
Ace Cannon. What a great sax player backed up by first-rate musicians including his own drummer and
keyboards man. A rockin' set in the main obviously tailored for the event, he was consummate in his
playing. He made that saxophone talk on such numbers as 'You Can't Sit Down', 'Cottonfields', 'Raunchy'
and 'Green Onions'. He included a few slow numbers such as 'Sweet Dreams' and 'Since I Fell For You'
to make a balance. Hopefully, we shall be able to see him over here in Europe. Very enjoyable.
Big Sandy with Los Straightjackets. They filled the Iroquois Ballroom with a stellar powerhouse
performance. These two acts are a marriage made in rock 'n' roll Heaven. I have never seen 'Have Love,
Will Travel' performed better.
Young Jessie. The final act of this festival for yours truly, I was now rocked out.
But what a closer, a typical and good rockin' balanced R&B set that included 'Hit Git And Split',
'I Smell A Rat', 'Lonesome Desert' and 'Mary Lou' (sadly no 'Shuffle In The Gravel' though).
I have said this about so many of the preceding acts but I have to repeat that Young Jessie is a true professional.
As a conclusion,
mention must be made of the various backing bands, a significant portion of whom were from Europe.
Apart from the odd exception, all provided sympathetic, authentic and in-keeping support to the
various acts. Special mention must be made of Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms who backed the vocal
groups to perfection.
Phew, over and out. Many many treasured memories and one has to hope that there will be a
Rockin' Fifties Fest III - over to you Marc and Phil. You arrange it and I shall be there.
© Tony Wilkinson
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