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Charles Deemer

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MFA, Playwriting, University of Oregon

Writing faculty, Portland State University (part-time)

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006  
True roots
Some months back I received a phone call from a NY filmmaker working on a documentary about the real roots of rock. He'd seen my essay, Birthing Little Richard about my own experiences during this period. At any rate, he's also put together a 2-CD collection of great roots music, called Rock Before Elvis. An amazing collection.

The first CD

1. Let It Lay Kenzie Moore Specialty 456 1952
2. Atlanta Boogie Tommy Brown Regent 1003 1949
3. Rock Little Baby Cecil Gant Decca 48200 1951
4. Rock-A-Bye Baby Roy Brown DeLuxe 3319 1951
5. Rock And Roll Doles Dickens Decca 48110 1949
6. Rock A While Goree Carter Freedom 1506 1949
7. Rock The Joint (original version) Jimmy Preston Gotham 188 1949
8. Bouncing With Red Piano Red RCA 20-4524 1951
9. Juiced Jackie Brenston w. Billy Love Chess 1472 1951
10. Drop Top Billy Love Chess 1508 1952
11. Leroy Sent Me Joe Brown and his Kool Kats Regent 1012 1949
12. How About Rockin' With Me Piney Brown Apollo 423 1950
13. Fat Mama Jimmy Smith Savoy 709 1949
14. Rock And Roll Wild Bill Moore Modern 674 1948
15. Willow Tree Blues Freddie Mitchel w. Walter "Sandman" Howard Derby 762 1951
16. Rock And Roll Blues Erline Harris DeLuxe 3220 1949
17. The Fat Man Fats Domino Imperial 5058 1949
18. Rocking Chair Blues Paul Hucklebuck Williams Savoy 814 1951
19. Let's Do It (Rock Away Blues) Stick McGhee / Brownie Atlantic 912 1950
20. Sausage Rock Doc Sausage Regal 3251 1950
21. Rock The Joint Chris Powell's 5 Blue Flames Columbia 30175 1949
22. That's Right Chris Powell's 5 Blue Flames Okeh 6850 1949
23. It Ain't Nothing Happening Paul Gayton Okeh 6972 1952
24. Rock Little Francis The 5 Willows Allen 1000 1953
25. Rockin' With Red Piano Red RCA (alternate take) 1950
26. Red's Boogie Piano Red RCA 22-0099 1950
27. Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee Stick McGhee Atlantic 873 1949
28. Come On-A My House Louis Prima Robin Hood 111 1950
29. Rockola Joe Lutcher Modern 20-661 1949
30. Shufflin' Boogie Luke Jones Atlas 122 1947

The second CD

1. We're Gonna Rock Cecil Gant (as Gunter Lee Carr) Decca 48170 1950
2. Rock That Boogie Jimmy Smith Acorn 301 1949
3. Talkin' Boogie Jimmy Smith Savoy 709 1949
4. Rock H-Bomb Rock H-Bomb Ferguson Atlas 001 1950
5. Rock And Roll Manhattan Paul Bascomb Manor 1137 1947
6. Everything's Gonna Be Alright King Perry Specialty 367 1950
7. Leave Married Women Alone Jimmy Cavallo BSD 1005 1951
8. Rock The Joint Jimmy Cavallo BSD 1005 1951
9. Rocket 88 Jackie Brenston / Ike Turner Chess 1458 1951
10. Rockin' And Jumpin' Honey Brown Derby 761 1951
11. Little Rock Special Pat The Cat and His Kittens w. Vic Fontaine BSD 1009 1952
12. Rock Me All Night Long The Ravens Mercury 8291 1952
13. Rock Little Daddy Freddie Mitchell Orch. w. Eunice Davis Derby 752 1951
14. Rockin' Is Our Bizness The Treniers Oheh 6960 1952
15. Gonna Dance All Night Hardrock Gunter Bama 201 1950
16. We're Gonna Rock Wild Bill Moore Savoy 666 1947
17. Around The Clock Blues Big Joe Turner Stag 508 1947
18. Rockin' The Blues Max Bailey Bullet 310 1949
19. Real Rock Drive Bill Haley with Haley's Comets Essex 310 1952
20. We're Gonna Rock This Joint The Jackson Brothers RCA 20-475004 1952
21. Cuttin' Out Walter "Sandman" Howard Derby 762 1950
22. All Night Long Johnny Otis Savoy 788 1951
23. Amos Blues Amos Milburn Aladin 159 1946
24. I Want To Rock Cab Calloway Okeh 6616 1942
25. The Boogie Rocks Albert Ammons Commodore 617 1944
26. Good Rocking Tonight Roy Brown DeLuxe 1093 1947
27. Good Rocking Tonight Wynonie Harris King 4210 1947
28. Rockin' At Midnight Roy Brown DeLuxe 3212 1949
29. Bad News Baby (There'll Be No Rocking Tonight) Wynonie Harris King 4593 1951
30. Ain't No Rocking No More Roy Brown King LP 1953
31. (Secret Bonus Track) Severe Sly Lip Sun 210 1954

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