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Five long years after Eric Records unveiled the last numbered volume of our flagship series - detours through Music City and Soulsville notwithstanding - we proudly present Hard To Find 45's on CD Volume 9: 1957-1959. This jam-packed platter is a veritable potpourri of pop, reflecting the wide-open world of Top 40 radio before the days of niche marketing and narrow-casting. Within the span of these 23 tracks, you'll hear rollicking New Orleans rhythm 'n' blues (Huey "Piano" Smith), irrepressible rockabilly (Carl Mann), and spirited workouts on the Wurlitzer (Dave Cortez' "Happy Organ"), steel guitar (Santo & Johnny's "Tear Drops"), and a whole "String of Trumpets" (from, who else, the Trumpeteers).
Of course, what makes the Hard To Find 45's series so great are the long lost treasures - rescued, restored, and resplendent! Ten of these tracks have never been available on CD - songs like "White Bucks and Saddle Shoes" by Bobby Pedrick, Jr. Who, you ask? Well, young Mr. Pedrick wasn't even a teenager yet when he made his chart debut in 1958 with this rockin' ode to fashionable footwear. Over 20 years later, he hit #1 with "Sad Eyes" under his more familiar moniker, Robert John.
You'll also hear Narvel Felts rockin' the house with "Honey Love," long before he charted over 40 Country hits during the 70's, and the Shepherd Sisters' early girl group classic "Alone (Why Must I Be Alone)." Perhaps most exciting, however, is the one track on Hard To Find 45's on CD Volume 9: ...