Carl Dobkins, Jr.

My Heart is an Open Book

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Carl Dobkins Jr. was a purveyor of mild-mannered rock & roll similar to Johnny Tillotson or Ricky Nelson (with even less rockabilly fire) who managed four Billboard hits in 1959-60, the biggest of which was the Top Five "My Heart is an Open Book." His second-biggest hit, "Lucky Devil" (also recorded by Frank Ifield around the same time) peaked at number 25, and his career as a teen idol went downhill from there. Dobkin's Decca recordings, collected on this exhaustive 30-track import, are lighter-than-air confections that often breeze past without making much of an impression, and even his few hits aren't among the most memorable songs of the era. A few novelties ("Three Little Peggies," "Genie") bring welcome variety to the tone, which overall is one of teen-oriented light rock and high school balladry. My Heart is an Open Book offers innocuous fun for collectors, but is otherwise too slight so sustain interest.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:10 Spotify
2 2:25 Spotify
3 1:56 Spotify
4 2:36 Spotify
5 2:04 Spotify
6 2:14
7 2:08 Spotify
8
1:57 Spotify
9 2:09 Spotify
10 2:24 Spotify
11 2:39 Spotify
12 2:13 Spotify
13 2:18 Spotify
14
2:26 Spotify
15 2:43 Spotify
16 1:51 Spotify
17 1:59
18 2:19 Spotify
19 2:45 Spotify
20 2:20 Spotify
21 2:15 Spotify
22
1:56 Spotify
23 2:40
24 2:52 Spotify
25 2:22 Spotify
26 2:11 Spotify
27 1:57 Spotify
28 2:08
29 2:06 Spotify
30 1:59
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