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The Bobbettes

The Bobbettes were among the first successful girl groups of the rock era; in a field dominated by male artists, their 1957 hit "Mr. Lee" not only cracked the pop Top Ten, but also hit number one on the R&B charts. Originally dubbed the Harlem Queens, the group teamed sisters Emma and Jannie Pought with Laura Webb, Helen Gathers, and Reather Dixon; first meeting in 1955 while singing in the glee club at Harlem's P.S. 109, soon the girls were appearing at the Apollo Theater's legendary amateur nights, and through manager James Dailey, they landed a contract with Atlantic. Inspired by one of their school teachers, the Bobbettes' debut "Mr. Lee" appeared in mid-1957 and was also their biggest hit; four Atlantic follow-ups failed to chart, and after issuing the ballad "You Are My Sweetheart" in 1959, the group left the label for the Triple-X imprint. There, "I Shot Mr. Lee" -- a song recorded for but rejected by Atlantic -- began to climb the charts, forcing Atlantic to release their own version and effectively killing the single's momentum; although the subsequent "Have Mercy Baby" and "Dance with Me Georgie" both emerged as minor hits, in 1960 the Bobbettes moved to End Records, cutting the standard "Teach Me Tonight." 1962's "I Don't Like It Like That," an answer song to the Chris Kenner hit "I Like It Like That," was the group's last chart entry, although they continued recording for a series of labels -- most notably Diamond and Mayhew -- through 1974, touring oldies circuits in years to follow. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 50's Radio Hits & Jukebox Oldies

Disc 1

1. Click Clack

2. Rockabilly Party

3. Them There Eyes

4. Oh Lonesome Me

5. I'm Stickin' With You

6. The Joker (That's What They Call Me)

7. Round And Round

8. Thunderbird

9. Secretly

10. First Date, First Kiss, First Love

11. I'm Wanderin'

12. I'm Walkin'

13. A Lover's Question

14. Fabulous

15. Dynamite

16. Jim Dandy

17. Skinny Minnie

18. Shame, Shame, Shame

20. Woo-Hoo

21. Turn Me Loose

22. Hula Love

23. Okefenokee

24. Skiffle Party

25. Shenandoah Waltz

26. A Lover's Prayer

27. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby

28. Dig

29. Hey Mae

30. White Lightning

31. Lucky Lips

32. Never Like This

33. Guitar Boogie Shuffle

34. Dance Me Daddy

35. Sittin' In The Balcony

36. This Should Go On Forever

37. Get A Job

39. One Summer Night

40. New Fangled Tango

41. Bim Bam

42. C.C. Rider

44. Pretty Blue Eyes

45. The Stroll

46. I'm Coming Over To Love You Tonight

47. Mr. Lee

48. Kansas City

50. I Am With You

Disc 2

51. I Never Had A Sweetheart

52. Catch A Falling Star

53. Mr. Wonderful

54. Mourning In The Morning

55. 6-5 Jive

56. The Big Beat

57. Why, Why, Why

58. Just Because

59. Wait For Me (Ti Diro)

60. I Love You

62. Hula Hoop Song

63. Crazy Little Daisy

64. Just A Dream

65. Fraulein

66. I Apologise

67. Deep Purple

68. Smokie, Pt. 1

69. C'mon Let's Go

70. The Hawaiian Wedding Song

71. By The Riverside

72. Don't You Just Know It

73. Be My Love

74. Black Slacks

75. Buzz, Buzz, Buzz

76. Little Bitty Pretty One

77. Whatever Lola Wants

78. Say When

80. When

81. The Breeze And I

83. Pretend

84. Heart And Soul

85. Wine, Women, And Gold

86. Blueberry Hill

87. Too Much Boogie

88. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

89. California Zephyr

90. Blue Monday Blues

91. Rock-A My Soul

92. I'll Do Anything You Say

93. Harlem Blues

94. Let's Dance

98. Someone On My Mind

99. Bat Masterson

100. Baby, What's Wrong With You

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Track List: Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974

Disc 1

2. That Old Black Magic

3. Annie Laurie

4. Midnight Special

7. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee

18. Shouldn't I Know

23. Wheel Of Fortune

24. Sweet Sixteen

Disc 2

4. A Beggar For Your Kisses

6. Good Lovin'

10. Soul On Fire

11. Money Honey

13. Such A Night

16. Honey Love

17. Whatcha Gonna Do

18. Shake, Rattle And Roll

22. After The Lights Go Down Low

23. Tomorrow Night

24. Tweedle Dee

Disc 3

1. The Door Is Still Open

2. Flip Flop And Fly

5. Play It Fair

6. Adorable

7. Smokey Joe's Cafe

8. Ruby Baby

10. The Chicken And The Hawk (Up, Up And Away)

15. Down In Mexico

21. Since I Met You Baby

24. Fools Fall In Love

25. Midnight Special Train

26. Empty Arms

28. Searchin'

Disc 4

1. Young Blood

2. Mr. Lee

11. Charlie Brown

13. There Goes My Baby

14. Along Came Jones

17. Dance With Me

19. This Magic Moment

21. Shoppin' For Clothes

25. Gee Whiz, Look At His Eyes

27. Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms)

Disc 5

4. I'm Blue (The Gong Gong Song)

6. I Found A Love

11. See See Rider

16. On Broadway

17. Just One Look

19. Land Of A 1000 Dances

21. Release Me

22. Mercy Mercy

23. Under The Boardwalk

24. And I Love Him

Disc 6

1. Teasin' You

13. Cool Jerk

20. Sweet Soul Music

Disc 7

8. Memphis Soul Stew

11. Tighten Up - Pt. 1

17. Take A Letter, Maria

18. Rainy Night In Georgia

Disc 8

3. Groove Me

11. Clean Up Woman

13. Killing Me Softly With His Song

17. One Of A Kind (Love Affair)

20. Love Won't Let Me Wait

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Track List: The 50s

1. Jim Dandy

2. Lipstick On Your Collar

3. Maybe

4. Sweet Nothin's

5. Mr. Lee

6. Eddie My Love

7. Lollipop

8. Lucky Lips

9. Born Too Late

10. Lullaby Of The Bells

11. The Big Hurt

12. What A Diff'rence A Day Makes

13. Please Mr. Disc Jockey

14. The Wayward Wind

15. Alone (Why Must I Be Alone)

16. Pink Shoe Laces

17. Cry Baby

18. Ivory Tower

20. Teach Me Tonight

22. Tonight You Belong To Me

23. Don't You Know

24. Lonely Nights

25. Cry Me A River

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