Artist: Various Artists

Date Released: 1985

Label: Atlantic

Produced By: Ahmet Ertegun


  1. The Drifters - Ruby Baby
  2. The Cookies - In Paradise
  3. Joe Turner - The Chicken and the Hawk
  4. The Clovers - Devil or Angel
  5. Ray Charles - Drown in My Own Tears
  6. Ray Charles - Hallelujah, I Love Her So
  7. LaVern Baker - Jim Dandy
  8. The Coasters - Down in Mexico
  9. Joe Turner - Corrine Corinna
  10. Clyde McPhatter - Treasure of Love
  11. The Clovers - Love, Love, Love
  12. Chuck Willis - It's Too Late
  13. Ray Charles - Lonely Avenue
  14. Ivory Joe Hunter - Since I Met You Baby
  15. Ruth Brown - Lucky Lips
  16. Clyde McPhatter -Without Love (There is Nothing)
  17. The Drifters - Fools Fall in Love
  18. Joe Turner -Midnight Special Train
  19. Ivory Joe Hunter - Empty Arms
  20. Chuck Willis - C.C. Rider
  21. The Coasters - Searchin'
  22. The Coasters - Young Blood
  23. The Bobbettes - Mr. Lee
  24. Chuck Willis - Betty and Dupree
  25. Chuck Willis - What Am I Livin' For?
  26. Chuck Willis - Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes
  27. The Coasters - Yakety Yak
  28. Clyde McPhatter - A Lover's Question


As the second half of the 50s began, the new sensation known as rock and roll, a derivative of rhythm & blues, grabbed hold of the flowering popular music scene and has yet to loosen its grip. The now established Atlantic Recording Corporation realized this, and took close notice as the lines between R&B, rock and roll and pop blurred significantly. The company ran by Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler and Nesuhi Ertegun also were hip to the growing popularity of black artists and solidified their R&B roster with an unprecedented number of hit-makers for that era. With the help of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, two up and coming arrangers and producers, Atlantic established itself as a major powerhouse in the music industry between 1955 and 1958. Headlined by Ray Charles, who was quickly developing into the musical genius he was destined to be, the Atlantic roster combined the veteran leadership of Joe Turner (not to be mistaken with Big Joe Turner), LaVern Baker, Ivory Joe Hunter, The Drifters and Clyde McPhatter along with fresh sounds from The Cookies, The Coasters, Chuck Willis and The Bobbettes. The Atlantic singles filled jukeboxes across the country and quickly became the soundtrack for the current generation. This compilation features the best selling of these hits and is a musical journey through the soda fountains and sock-hops of America during the 50s. Mpardaiolo

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