Release Date: 07/07/23
-In 1956 Sanford Clark landed one of the greatest hits in the fledgling history of rock 'n' roll with The Fool.
-Bear Family RecordsÂ® dedicates a CD album in our highly respected 'Rocks' series to one of the most successful rockers of his time.
-The Fool gained Sanford Clark a contract with Dot Records, and he went on to record a number of stirring and moving songs for Ramco and Warner, among others.
-Included are Usta Be My Baby, A Cheat, Ooo Baby, Love Charms, Lou Be Doo as well as the then unreleased Cross-Eyed Alley Cat.
-As a bonus: the 1965 pre-Dean Martin version of Lee Hazlewood's Houston as well as his 1966 re-recording of The Fool and 1967's It's Nothing To Me.
-Great performances directed by producer Lee Hazlewood, carefully remastered and accompanied by a 36-page illustrated booklet with bio, photos and discography.
Other than Elvis, Carl, and Gene Vincent, not many rockabillies could claim a genuine national hit during the genre's mid-'50s heyday--but Sanford Clark could. His low-key vocal on The Fool, supplied by Clark's Phoenix, Arizona-based producer Lee Hazlewood, gave the deadpan lament precisely the feel that it required, Al Casey's blistering lead guitar adding its snarling rockabilly edge. Once Dot Records picked up the master and its Elvis-like flip Lonesome For A Letter for national consumption and it hit big in 1956, Sanford found himself a sudden star, touring with Perkins and Vincent and churning out more rocking product for Dot. The Fool put Lee on the map as a producer, well before he masterminded the rise of Duane Eddy. Bear Family's 'Sanford Clark Rocks' surveys the very best of Sanford's Dot output--Usta Be My Baby, A Cheat (both the original Dot release and the snare drum overdub version), Ooo Baby, Love Charms, Lou Be Doo, an unissued-at-the-time Cross-Eyed Alley Cat. There's also a motherlode of rarities!
|Label: Bear Family Records
|Run Time: 73:00 mins
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