The Leen Teens

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Before the String-A-Longs recorded their number three instrumental hit "Wheels" in 1960, they released singles under two different names. Their 1958 debut came out when they were known as the Rock 'n'…
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Before the String-A-Longs recorded their number three instrumental hit "Wheels" in 1960, they released singles under two different names. Their 1958 debut came out when they were known as the Rock 'n' Rollers; their 1959 follow-up came out after they'd changed their name to the Leen Teens. One side of the Leen Teens' sole single (on Imperial), "Dream Around You," was forgettable late-'50s teen pop; the other was better, more forceful Tex-Mex rock that, like much of what Norman Petty produced after his most successful client (Buddy Holly) had died, had a naïve Holly-esque feel. Both sides of the 45 were reissued on the String-A-Longs CD compilation The Tex-Mex Teen Magic of the String-A-Longs, which also included a previously unissued Leen Teens track, "Mary Mary," penned by one-time Holly associate Bob Montgomery.