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Mad Daddy's Maddest Spins - Rotatin', Motivatin' and Stimulatin' Rockin' and Reelin' and Hangin' from the Ceiling: Vintage Late '50s Rock and Swing

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Pete Myers was an actor and radio announcer who landed a job as a disc jockey on Cleveland's WJW-AM in 1958 and soon became a sensation in the Buckeye State. Using the air name the Mad Daddy, Myers attracted a huge audience of teenagers with his crazed, over the top, stream-of-consciousness patter, interspersed with nonsensical catch phrases like "mello jello" and "wavy gravy." The Mad Daddy was also celebrated for his taste in wild, lesser-known rock & roll and rhythm & blues sides, many reflecting Myers' offbeat sense of humor. Lux Interior of the Cramps often cited the Mad Daddy as an inspiration on the band's eccentric musical and lyrical outlook, and Norton Records even released an album of Myers' on-air monologues. Mad Daddy's Maddest Spins - Rotatin', Motivatin' and Stimulatin' Rockin' and Reelin' and Hangin' from the Ceiling: Vintage Late '50s Rock and Swing is a collection that features 29 vintage tunes drawn from Pete Myers' playlists, mixing comic novelty tunes and hopped-up rock & roll sides with classic blues numbers and even some polished romantic numbers. Selections include "The Greasy Chicken" by Andre Williams, "Apple Cider" by Doc Starks, "Pretty Plaid Skirt (And Long Black Sox)" by Mel Smith and the Night Riders, "Melvin" by Bobbi and the Beaus, "Slow Motion" by Wade Flemons, "Teen Age Machine Age" by the Travelers, "Rockin' in the Jungle" by the Eternals, and many more.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:08
2 3:07
3
2:16
4 2:24
5 2:17
6 1:57
7
2:06
8
2:03
9 2:08
10 2:11
11 2:32
12 2:28
13 2:08
14 2:29
15 2:48
16 2:23
17 2:23
18 1:58
19
2:26
20
1:50
21 2:37
22 1:59
23
2:07
24
2:03
25 2:33
26 2:17
27 5:05
28 2:20
29
2:20
30
0:29
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