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Woo-Hoo
by The Rock-A-Teens
A sad farewell to Gary Stewart, rock n' roll scholar and mastermind of many of the outstanding reissue sets from Rhino Records. I can't tell you how many songs I've discovered (I've posted more than a few here) and how many hours I've spent poring over the amazing liner notes that came packaged with such collections as "Loud, Fast and Out of Control" and "Girl Group Sounds Lost and Found," which was designed as an oversized powder box with a small beauty mirror inside.

From "Loud, Fast and Out of Control" I bring you this classic -- the liner notes read:

Rock n' roll extended the democratic ideal to making music. You no longer were required to have years of training and a 40-piece orchestra; instead, all you needed was two guitars, a bass, drums and an hour with a tape machine in the back of a record shop. With that, and a lick borrowed from Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith's signature tune, you could emerge with "Woo-Hoo." The Rock-A-Teens, from Salem, Virginia, first placed "Woo-Hoo" with a local label, Doran Records. Roulette then acquired it. The downside to this then-new democratic ideal was that your spot in the Top 20 would almost certainly be usurped by another four-piece band doing exactly what you'd just done -- and that's what happened. Connoisseurs still look for the Rock-A-Teens' paean to fellow Virginian Janis Martin, "Janis Will Rock," but for all intents and purposes, the band were stars in December 1959 and washed up by January...

(...until Quentin Tarantino threw them a lifeline in "Kill Bill Part 2," right @shaka ?)

RIP Gary Stewart.

1959 - United States
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