1. Cadillac Joe, 2. Seven Nights To Rock, 3. El Camino Real, 4. Catty
Town, 5. Kansas City, 6. Rock 'n' Roll Mr. Bullfrog, 7. Lipstick, Powder
& Paint, 8. Hi-Heel Sneakers, 9. Rockin' Chair On The Moon, 10. I'll Never
Get Tired Of Loving You.
being given the heads-up that Eddie was from the Black Country,
with no more adieu I 'phoned him and said "Is yam alright!" he
replied "Yam's alright". I had the right fella. For the foreign
readers the Black Country is nothing racial but a region that
wraps around the west and north of Birmingham, England, where
a distinct dialogue is spoken. Every yam yam I know, says "He's
not a Brummie but from the Black Country!" Eddie has followed
Rock 'n' Roll since he was barely able to walk, so a few years
now. In more recent years, being inspired dawghouse bass, and
was ably assisted by Dragan Zac Zdravkovic, hailing from the West
Midlands. A multi-talented instrumentalist and member of class
outfit, the Jive Romeros. Fair play to Eddie for living his dream,
mastering the instrument, then, having the bottle to get up and
do it with a collection of musicians. Now a few years down the
line, along with the Rhythm Cruisers he's played at Rock 'n' Roll
and jive clubs all over the country and still seeks more opportunities.
So promoters if you haven't got his contact details in your contacts
look him up on Facebook, or on his website, http://www.eddiemartinrockandroll.co.uk/.
I've never seen Eddie perform, I know his act has played several venues
relatively local to me, including the Rocky Roade club at Cogenhoe and
the Cotton club at Far Cotton (Northampton). Also several clubs in the
Cambridge area. Unbeknown to Eddie I acquired a few years ago, an 8 track
CD pressed by him entitled C'mon Dance that now sits boldly in my collection.
Eddie & The Rhythm Cruisers have racked up a few notches, and received
support from Zac (tuition) John O'Malley (artwork) and Foottappin' Records
from Hampshire, (producing the CD). With this support, he's on a winner
straight away. Featured on the CD besides Eddie, his vocals and big bass,
are Des Pearson (drums) and Andy Birkett (guitar).
opening and also title track, written by Eddie is 'Cadillac Joe'. I always
like to listen to self-penned numbers as there's nothing to compare them
with. A good likeable choice with some very good interspersed guitar playing
although maybe could have been a tad faster in tempo. 'Seven Nights To
Rock' is a good rendition of the old Moon Mullican song. The song that
originally came out in 1969 but didn't receive the acclaim it deserved
for at least two or three decades, yet is played in Rock 'n' Roll dance
halls everywhere and a fitting tribute to the late Lee Dresser's 'El Camino
Real'. Eddie informed me his outfit are a jive band but the next number
is a favourite of my old mate Rusti, Pee Wee King's 'Catty Town'. I would
not have considered it a jive number, but nevertheless it's a great number.
of Mike Leiber and Stoller's early compositions originally released by
Willie Littlefield, Jr. in the early 1950's 'Kansas City' and now by Eddie
in 2017. Another from the Moon Mullican catalogue, the great 'Rock & Roll
Mr. Bullfrog' given the Eddie Martin feel. 'Lipstick, Powder & Paint'
recorded ages ago by Blues shouter, the late, great Big Joe Turner and
popularised 30 years later by Michael Barrett, (Shakin' Stevens). Now
another 30 years lapse and it's brought to the fore by Eddie. 'Hi-Heel
Sneakers' - no introduction on this one, covered by Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis,
several other Rockers, and Blues artistes, now time for Eddie to put his
stamp on the tune.
What is Rock 'n' Roll without the name Bill Haley? Quite simple and sparse
to keep all the jivers content and active, Eddie has included his version
of Bill's 'Rockin' Chair On The Moon' as the penultimate track. To conclude
the CD, the tempo has been lessened with another of Eddie's songs 'I'll
Never Get Tired Of Loving You'. A great song for all the ladies, and Teddygirls
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