Ben Hewitt

You Got Me Shook

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Ben Hewitt was one of the many Elvis Presley wannabes of the late '50s, and You Got Me Shook collects his complete Mercury recordings (12 songs), two instrumental sides by his guitarist Ray Ethier, and seven songwriting demos from the same era. The studio recordings are good Elvis-style rock & roll of the sort that will please devotees of the era, while the songwriting demos are merely okay, sound wise and song wise. Hewitt wrote much of his own material and had talent but was destined to be a minor figure in rock & roll, fondly remembered by fanatics and utterly forgotten by the rest. Perhaps the most entertaining aspect of this package is the full-length interview with the wry and insightful Hewitt conducted in 1986, ten years before his death.

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