Record collectors may be interesed to know that there is a fairly common LP released in 1957 on the Masterseal label that pops up all the time at record auctions called "Let's all Dance to Rock And Roll" by "Hen Gates and His Gators." The album jacket, with a photo of cruising white teenagers, goes on to describe this band, but close inspection of the tracks reveals that they are all taken from 1940's Freddie Mitchell masters from the Derby label, and all the songs were given new bogus titles. There was never any Hen Gates and never any Gators, it was a bogus way of selling records in the late 50's: taking old R&B masters and repressing them for the new rock 'n' roll market. One of the tracks on that album, though given a different title there, is actually Mitchell's "Doby's Boogie," below. There actually was a real pianist nicknamed Hen Gates, who was a bebop musician of the early- and mid-40's, but there is no relation to this album. Freddie Mitchell almost always used Joe Black on the ivories at Derby. Amazingly, the Masterseal LP's have been released recently on CD, with the original album photo, but now the text has the words "with Freddie Mitchell," on the cover, though Mitchell's name does not appear on the original 1957 vinyl issue. The label that is issuing the CD's calls itself Masterseal, so it's obviously a European bootleg nostalgia pressing. Thank goodness for Europe for keeping this stuff alive. (Hoy Hoy)
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01 Rock Me Sugar 02 Rock Around My Baby 03 Love To Rock With You 04 Choo Choo Rock 05 Rock Clock Rock 06 Rockin' And Walkin' 07 Great Gates Rock 08 Shoe Shine Rock 09 Juke Box Rock 10 Rock Around Rosie 11 Fish Beat Rock 12 Rock'n Time 13 The New Rock 14 Lose 15 Auld Lang Syn Rock 16 One O'clock Rock 17 Flash Rock 18 Eastern Parade Rock 19 Rockin' The Coop 20 Air Mail Rock 21 Idaho Rock 22 Swing Time Rock 23 Dooby's Rock 24 Tom's Rock 25 Adam's Rock 26 Rock Blues 27 Fish Rock 28 Two O'clock Rock 29 Music Makers Rock
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