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Rock-An'-Roll Idols* (co-writer: Larry Paxton) 3:03
*Written by Harry Middlebrooks
|I started out in my
professional career with rock-an'-roll bands (The COLLEGIANS at Georgia
Tech - and after graduation, HARRY M and the MARVELS on ABC-Paramount
Records). This was a natural progression for me, because my musical
influences in high school (mid-1950's) in Georgia were heavily weighted
with rhythm and blues, gospel, and of course, good ole rock-an'-roll.
That's what was being played on local radio - not to mention the powerful
Nashville station WLAC that all the kids listened to at night while riding
around (and "makin' out" ...).
And even though I have a classical background (12 years of serious piano lessons), and grew up listening to Bing Crosby, Perry Como, etc., I nevertheless learned to rock with the best of them (I first sat in on piano at the local National Guard Armory with soul-man Wayne Cochran, another Thomaston, GA native). And, believe me, I still enjoy "rocking out" whenever it's appropriate.
This CD contains a lot of my original compositions - and a few by some friends (Joe South, Larry Paxton, John Hobbs) as well as a taste from legends Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee, Little Richard, and John Fogarty ... Now slip in the CD - and let's rock...!