Monday, June 24, 2013

Baby That is Rock 'n' Roll: Memo to KFC -- This Was the Last Time Fried Chicken Was Hip!!!

From 1956, please enjoy certified rock Unsung Hero Amos Milburn and his unsafe at any speed re-recording of his 1948 hit "Chicken Shack Boogie."

The original version, which I love, is one of the founding documents of what came to be called rock 'n' roll, but it lacked a certain je ne sais quoi/Big Beat element. The remake -- cut in New Orleans, with Little Richard's studio band, at a breakneck almost Ramones-ish tempo -- makes up for that lack in splendid fashion, and it remains one of my all-time favorite records in just about any genre.

The original version -- and much, much more that behooves behearing -- can be found (for free download) on a fabulous 3D box set of Amos' Alladin recordings over here.

You're welcome.


Anonymous said...

Rock & Roll perfection! Another home run.

Allan Rosenberg

pete said...

I think rock died when dudes stopped processing their hair. "Fried, dyed, and laid to the side!"

David Cartwright said...

Lee Allen and Cosimo's studio band killed this rendition of the tune!