Boyd Bennett

Tennessee Rock 'n' Roll

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Boyd Bennett turned to Bill Haley-style rock & roll when his country recordings failed, and immediately scored a major hit in 1955 with "Seventeen," one of the early rock hits. "My Boy Flat-Top" and a version of "Blue Suede Shoes" were Bennett's minor follow-up hits, and those three charters are included on Tennessee Rock 'n' Roll, an excellent 24-track anthology of Bennett's original King recordings from 1955-1956, including two previously unreleased tracks. The sound quality is great, and although Bennett's adherence to the Bill Haley sound makes for a bit of a monochromatic listening experience, lovers of '50s rock & roll -- and Haley in particular -- will love this collection.

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