January 10th | Posted by: NMJ
Bill Haley’s alternative version, ‘pure’ Rock’n'Roll, version of Big Joe Turner’s proto-Rock’n'Roll hit. Recorded two months after Big Joe’s and posted here to enable comparison with today’s real post, ABON 0139.
Instead of Big Joe’s subtle, supportive, ‘walking’ bass, Bill Haley’s band employed a modern, slapped-right-in-your-face approach. On Bill’s version there was no tinkling, Boogie Woogie-tinged piano accompaniment in the background. Instead he brought the brass, honking, right up front. And instead of Big Joe’s laid-back shouting Blues style of vocals, Bill sang. The overall effect was to produce a much brighter, more ‘up’ sound with no hint of the melancholy of the Blues which Big Joe could never quite shake off.