Monday, May 15, 2006

Jungle Rock

This is a celebration. It was one of the first rockabilly singles I ever bought, maybe the first, so it has a special place. It was a bit of a flop when it came out in 1958 but, for an obscure single on the Chicago Eko label it must have seemed like the big time when King records bought the master and released it nationwide. It sold around a hundred copies (it says here) and Hank didn't record anything else until Charly Records released Jungle Rock in the 1976 as part of their wonderful re-issue series. The single went to number 3 in the UK national charts! With seven weeks in the Top Ten. Number 1 in Holland!!

At that point Hank came out to Europe and played some great shows, and even recorded a few new tunes. Black Cat Rockabilly has archived the story.

I just love the lyrics to this! Online lyric sites can't even agree on the first verse! Black Cat Lyrics, or Wonderlyrics - what d'you reckon? a "fish stepping by" or "beasts that fly" (??) in verse three! Or maybe you have your own version (Rev?)
Jungle Rock MP3 - Hank Mizell

This cover of The Jayhawks was a huge hit for The Cadets in 1956. More about The Cadets will be coming soon.
EDIT:In the meantime check out Locust St for some background.
Stranded In The Jungle MP3 - The Cadets

I know nothing about this one, except that Hank Thompson would pretty much try his hand at most things, and always did it with style. This a great little rocker with a delightfully catchy drum fill. 1957 on Capitol.
Rockin In The Congo MP3 - Hank Thompson

And as a special bonus we have CCR from Cosmo's Factory in 1970 - and an interesting read at Songfacts
Run Through The Jungle MP3 Creedence Clearwater Revival


Blogger bigrockcandymountain said...

one of my favorite hank thompson tunes! excellent...and by the bye thanks.

3:08 AM  
Anonymous B&Massa said...

I LOVE Run Through The Jungle! My fave CCR song.

And Stu, ease up on the free plugs, you're embarrassing me ;-)

1:55 AM  
Blogger The DoorKeeper said...

Certainly B&Massa - all plugs for your tunes from now on will cost you a compulsory $5 iTunes voucher drawable on a European iTunes Store :D

bigrockcandymountain - Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to more Hank T. in the future, tho' this is my fave, too.

2:22 AM  

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