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The Rock 'N' Roll Era: The '60s - Teen Time

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Thanks to money and a consumer-based economy, the teenager became a fact to be pondered in American boardrooms in the 1950s. Music execs contemplated how to convince teens to part with their not-so-hard-earned money on the latest Dion 45 rpm record. The '60s - Teen Time collects 22 songs from the early part of the era, noting, "much of what they did was fluff, but it was often good fluff." Songs like Clyde McPhatter's "Ta Ta" and Lou Christie's "The Gypsy Cried," then, are "good fluff," while the Chiffons' "I Had a Boyfriend" and the Angels' "Cry Baby Cry" are good fluffy girl group pop. Other stuff, like Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs' "Sugar Shack," on the other hand, qualifies as silly good fluff (and also as fluff, via oldies radio, that will not go away). The '60s - Teen Time also reminds listeners that Conway Twitty started out as a rocker with songs like "Is a Bluebird Blue," and that Freddy Cannon had more than one hit (besides "Palisade Park") with the absurd "Transistor Sister." Cuts like "Hey Little Girl" by Major Lance rise highest on the fluff meter, but not high enough to throw the collection out of balance. For fans of pre-Beatles rock in the early '60s, The '60s - Teen Time is a generous, likable collection.

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