Ducktails, Drive-ins, and Broken Hearts: An Unsweetened Look at '50s Music by Davis, Hank

Ducktails, Drive-ins, and Broken Hearts: An Unsweetened Look at '50s Music

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They all tried, but few singers and musicians from the 1950s became stars. Yet many of them had stories to tell that were far more interesting than the ones you already know. Author Hank Davis was bitten by the music bug as a teenager. By the time he entered college in 1959, he was no stranger to New York's recording studios and had a few 45s of his own on the market.

Spanning a 45 year career in music journalism, Davis has spent time backstage, in motel rooms, and on tour buses to uncover stories that rarely made the official annals of pop music history. Based on hundreds of hours of interviews and new research, Ducktails, Drive-Ins, and Broken Hearts offers a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the winners and losers during rock 'n' roll's formative era.

How did a decade as uptight and puritanical as the '50s produce so much cringe-worthy, politically incorrect music? What was it like to see a pale cover version of your latest record climb the charts while yours sat unplayed by mainstream radio stations? How did precious Elvis tapes end up in a Memphis landfill? And who was that thirteen-year-old girl who made a five-dollar vanity record at Sun just two years after Elvis had--and ended up singing backup on "Suspicious Minds" and "In the Ghetto?" This book is a must-read for all fans of '50s music.

In the words of Jerry Phillips, son of Sun Records founder, Sam Phillips, "Hank Davis is one of the few guys who really gets it."

Author: Hank Davis
Publisher: Excelsior Editions/State University of New Yo
Published: 06/01/2023
Pages: 362
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 8.90h x 5.90w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9781438492681

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 06/01/2023 pg. 114

About the Author
Hank Davis is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Guelph in Canada. He has produced and annotated many boxed reissue sets for Bear Family Records and other European record companies, including the award-winning Sun Blues Box and the critically acclaimed Memphis Belles: The Women of Sun Records.

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