Various Artists

Dreamboats and Pettycoats

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The album that inspired the hit West End musical of the same name, Dreamboats and Pettycoats is the first installment of the hugely successful series that focuses on the pre-Beatles pop climate. This nostalgic collection is packed full of artists who were influential in the birth of rock & roll, such as Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, and Billy Fury. Featuring number ones from Craig Douglas, Roy Orbison, and Del Shannon, this hit-laden 52-track set is sure to inspire a trip down memory lane for any listener who grew up in the late '50s/early '60s. However, there are several tracks that will be just as familiar to younger audiences, such as Little Eva's "The Locomotion," the Everly Brothers' "All I Have to Do Is Dream," and Connie Francis' "Lipstick on Your Collar," while artists like Cliff Richard, Neil Sedaka, and the Shadows are still going just as strong today, 50 years on. With contributions from U.K. artists such as Marty Wilde, Adam Faith, and Helen Shapiro as well as their U.S. contemporaries Bobby Darin, Chuck Berry, and Brenda Lee, Dreamboats and Pettycoats is a comprehensive and representative overview of an exciting and groundbreaking musical era.

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