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Posted By: GUEST,henryp
09-Oct-14 - 07:10 PM
Thread Name: fifties popsongs that started as folk
Subject: RE: fifties popsongs that started as folk
This was the first - and perhaps only - attempt at folk-rock'n'roll.

Rockin' Around the World was the sixth album of rock and roll music by Bill Haley and His Comets. Released in March 1958 on the Decca Records label, Decca 8692, the album was produced by Milt Gabler, who produced all of Haley's recordings for Decca.

This album featured versions of well-known folk songs from around the world, rearranged in rock and roll style, including new lyrics, by Haley and his songwriting partners, Milt Gabler, Rusty Keefer, and Catherine Cafra.

Examples of the new arrangements include "Come Rock with Me," based upon the melody of "'O sole mio", which was later again adapted by Elvis Presley as "It's Now or Never", and "Piccadilly Rock," which was based upon the melody of "London Bridge is Falling Down". "Vive la Rock and Roll" incorporated the melody of "Frère Jacques".

Most of the melodies were in the public domain, with the exception of "Rockin' Matilda," based upon "Waltzing Matilda", which was still in copyright and thus credited to its original writers. Haley's steel guitar player, Billy Williamson, performs lead vocals on one track, "Jamaica D.J.". (Source; Wikipedia)