Saturday, November 28, 2015
Johnny Otis - Rock 'n Roll Hit Parade
Originally released in 1957 on Johnny Otis's Dig label. TheLP centered around the Jayos, a group assembled by Otis that at times included Richard Berry, Jesse Belvin, Mel Williams, Arthur "Lee" Mayes (a future Major Leaguer), Harold Lewis, Sonny Moore, Tony Allen, and others. Nobody brought anything resembling an original song to these sessions; practically all the tunes are remakes or, in some instances, covers, and even the few that aren't sound like something you heard before by someone else. But if enjoy good music, regardless of who came first, you'll find this to be a fine collection of '50s R&B/doo wop. (Allmusic - Andrew Hamilton) Original review of the 24 track CD heavily edited.