Specialty Records

Album Review

Twenty of his earliest solo sides, from the late '50s, a few of them previously unissued. A lot of this New Orleans R&B is derivative of Fats Domino and Lloyd Price, but the harder-rocking, funkier sides point to his more individual work of later decades. "Cha Dooky-Doo," "Arabian Love Call," and a previously unreleased duet with Larry Williams on "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie-Woogie Flu" are typically fun and infectious New Orleans R&B novelties; "I'm a Fool to Care" gives us a taste of his soulful ballad singing.
Richie Unterberger, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Please Believe Me [#]
  2. Standing on the Highway
  3. Please Don't Go [#]
  4. When My Baby Went Away [#]
  5. Please Listen to My Song
  6. A Lover's Story
  7. Oooh-Whee-Baby
  8. The Whiffenpoof Song
  9. Oooh-Whee-Baby
  10. Let's Rock
  11. Back Home to Me
  12. Zing Zing
  13. Cha Dooky-Doo
  14. That Old Time Rock & Roll
  15. Arabian Love Call
  16. Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu [#]
  17. What's Going On?
  18. Belle Amie
  19. The Dummy
  20. I'm a Fool to Care