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Thread #103878 Message #2122531
Posted By: Amos
09-Aug-07 - 12:05 PM
Thread Name: BS: Okefenokee Swamp
Subject: RE: BS: Okefenokee Swamp
Oh, and speaking of pop, there's Freddy Cannon's hit from the early days of rock and roll:
"Freddy Cannon was born Frederick Picariello in Massachusetts, and by the age of 19 when he signed with Swan, he was already a veteran performer. He had fronted his own band, Freddy Kannon & the Hurricanes, and had played lead guitar on the 1956 hit "Ka-Ding Dong" by the G-Clefs (Pilgrim 715). In early 1959, he worked with arranger Frank Slay of Swan to record a rock and roll version of a song his mother had written, "Tallahassee Lassie" (Swan 4031). The 45 version featured a prominent kick drum sound which gave Cannon the nickname "Boom Boom," and the device was used to good advantage on subsequent recordings. His followup single "Okefenokee" (Swan 4038), predictably keeping with the Florida theme, just missed the top-40. But his third single, a remake of the old standard "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans" (Swan 4043) went to #3 and established him as a rock and roll star. "