Otis Williams & the Charms

The Original Rockin' and Chart Masters

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This 28-track CD contains the early Rockin' label recordings Otis Williams made with the original Charms. Their 1954 Top 15 pop hit "Hearts of Stone" was a significant achievement for an R&B group at that time, and "Two Hearts" was covered by Pat Boone and became his first hit. The Charms left Williams to record for Chart before he made "Ivory Tower" (his biggest hit), and those recordings sans Williams, including alternate takes, are here as well. "Ivory Tower" is not included, nor is "Ling, Ting, Tong" or "Bazoom (I Need Your Lovin')." Ace records released this CD for the European market, and although the track listings on the two versions are the same, the U.S. version has only a brief excerpt from the liner notes of the Ace release. Unfortunately, the abbreviated essay is entirely inadequate for those wanting to understand the tangle of labels and litigation behind these recordings. A more hit-oriented collection would provide a better overview, but collectors will appreciate the thoroughness and specific focus of The Original Rockin' & Chart Masters.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
02:03 Amazon
2
02:21 Amazon
3
02:33 Amazon
4
02:55 Amazon
5
02:37 Amazon
6 02:40 Amazon
7
02:17 Amazon
8
02:35 Amazon
9
02:40 Amazon
10
02:21 Amazon
11 02:52 Amazon
12
02:24 Amazon
13 02:21 Amazon
14
02:32 Amazon
15 02:35 Amazon
16 02:23 Amazon
17
02:37 Amazon
18
02:03 Amazon
19
02:21 Amazon
20
02:04 Amazon
21 02:17 Amazon
22
02:47 Amazon
23
02:51 Amazon
24 02:34 Amazon
25
02:39 Amazon
26
02:24 Amazon
27 02:32 Amazon
28
02:35 Amazon
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