Billy Bland

Let the Little Girl Dance

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Billy Bland's one big hit, "Let the Little Girl Dance" from 1960, gives little indication of his range as a performer. This 29-track anthology of his OId Town recordings from 1955-1962 contains a surprising variety of music, from blues and R&B -- including no fewer than three songs about chickens -- to soul and teen idol pop. Because of his hit, a number of the songs target dance crazes or are about dancing in general, but there's more to Bland than that. "Oh, You for Me" borders on rockabilly, and "Uncle Bud" has strong country elements, which only adds to the impression that Bland was either incredibly adaptable or his producers were flailing about madly trying to score a hit. Both might be true, but Bland definitely demonstrates his versatility on these cuts, and acquits himself well as a blues shouter and a pop crooner. One of his best pop ballads, the self-composed "You Took My Love for Granted," wasn't even released prior to appearing on this collection. Let the Little Girl Dance has all of Bland's chart items (most of which, other than the title track, were very minor or regional hits), plus an alternate version of "Let the Little Girl Dance." Collectables' domestic anthology shares the same title but has four fewer songs and a different track sequence.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:23 SpotifyAmazon
2 02:08 SpotifyAmazon
3 01:47 SpotifyAmazon
4 02:20 SpotifyAmazon
5 01:59 SpotifyAmazon
6 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
7 02:45 SpotifyAmazon
8 02:21 SpotifyAmazon
9 02:23 SpotifyAmazon
10 02:14 SpotifyAmazon
11 03:07 SpotifyAmazon
12 02:17 SpotifyAmazon
13 02:36 SpotifyAmazon
14 02:27 SpotifyAmazon
15 02:28 SpotifyAmazon
16 02:09 SpotifyAmazon
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02:15 SpotifyAmazon
18 02:16 SpotifyAmazon
19
01:58 SpotifyAmazon
20 02:02 SpotifyAmazon
21 02:06 SpotifyAmazon
22 02:14 SpotifyAmazon
23 03:07 SpotifyAmazon
24 02:48 SpotifyAmazon
25 02:22 SpotifyAmazon
26 02:20 SpotifyAmazon
27 02:23 SpotifyAmazon
28 02:15 SpotifyAmazon
29 02:20 SpotifyAmazon
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