This hand-crafted album is dedicated to all who attended high school in the late 50's and early 60's. George has been playing and singing most of these songs since they were in the "Top 40" on AM radio and staples at high school dances.
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I started 7th grade in the fall of 1955 and graduated from high school in June of 1961, a period which is arguably the most important 6 years in the development of American popular music. "Rock & roll" was unheard of before that 6-year period and it has been everywhere ever since. Even the difference between what was being played on the radio when we were in 6th and 8th grades is astounding - compare Sinatra's "Young at Heart" to Elvis' "Hound Dog", for example.
As a musician, I consider myself lucky beyond imagining that the formative years of my musical life were those first 6 years of the rock and roll era. The selections for this album were not necessarily the biggest hits of 1955-1961, but they should all be thoroughly familiar to my contemporaries. Making 12 selections was not easy, and I could have picked an entirely different group of songs which would have been just as meaningful and familiar to those of us who grew up with them. My hope is that my friends and classmates may enjoy a little trip down memory lane, and that those who came along after us may have a new appreciation for how much this music meant to those of us who were in the Class of '61.
- George Langberg, 2014
released October 5, 2014
THE SONGS (Original artist & year in parentheses)
1. Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins/Elvis Presley, 1956)
2. Since I Met You, Baby (Ivory Joe Hunter, 1956)
3. Young Love (Sonny James/Tab Hunter, 1956)
4. Diana (Paul Anka, 1957)
5. My Special Angel (Bobby Helms, 1957)
6. Maybe Baby (Buddy Holly & The Crickets, 1958)
7. La Bamba (Richie Valens, 1959)
8. Sea Cruise (Frankie Ford, 1959)
9. Stuck On You (Elvis Presley, 1960)
10. Save the Last Dance for Me (The Drifters, 1960)
11. Travelin' Man (Ricky Nelson, 1961)
12. Blue Moon (Elvis Presley, 1956)
COMPOSERS & PUBLISHERS:
1 ~ C. Perkins, Wren Music
2 ~ J. Hunter, Hill & Range Songs
3 ~ R. Cartey & C. Joyner, Sony ATV Music
4 ~ J. Sherman & P. Anka, Chrysalis Music
5 ~ J. Duncan, Warner Tamerlane Music Publ.
6 ~ B. Holly & N. Petty, Wren Music
7 ~ R. Valens, Longitude Music
8 ~ H. P. Smith, Cotillion Music
9 ~ J. L. McFarland & A. Schroeder, Gladys Music Elvis Presley Enterprises LLC
10 ~ M. Shuman & D. Pomus, Unichappell Music
11 ~ J. Fuller, Acuff-Rose Music
12 ~ R. Rodgers & L. Hart, Robbins Music
George graduated from high school in 1961 and spent several years playing in 3- and 4-piece bands in clubs in the greater NY
area, and in concerts with groups like the Drifters, the Coasters, the Isley Brothers, and many others. More recently, he has worked as a single performer, with a multi-genre repertoire spanning 60 years of poular music....more