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Number 129

Johnny and the Hurricanes - Red River Rock (London HL8948 - 1959)

The Toledo-based instrumental band Johnny and the Hurricanes had a penchant for re-arranging familiar traditional songs from the past, effectively 'rocking' them up for the then current pop market of the late 1950s and early 60s. With a sound pretty much dominated by the organ and saxophone, Johnny Paris and his band were known on the early Sixties music scene, playing headline shows at the Star Club in Hamburg with the then unknown Beatles opening for them. Red River Rock is a reworking of the old traditional song Red River Valley, and along with the later Rocking Goose, the single became a constant presence on the Dansette.