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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tops Rock & Roll Soundalikes

My belated download post from monday. This comp wasn't finished on monday, so I'm posting it today. Tops was a label founded by the Tops Music Enterprises in the early 1950s in Los Angeles and had success with their cheap versions of the hits-of-the-day. In 1960, Tops was sold and the new owner discontinued the label in the mid-1960s. Some of the Tops recordings were actually recorded by the Starday company and issued on their budget imprint Dixie. The masters were later leased to Tops. Hope you enjoy it!


track list:
1. Hank Smith - Heartbreak Hotel
2. Dave Burgess - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
3. Dusty Glass - Jailhouse Rock
4. Stevens Mark - School Day
5. Johnny Curtis - Rock-a-Beatin' Boogie
6. Johnny Ryan - Hot Rod Lincoln
7. Scott Otis - Heard Headed Woman
8. Hank Smith - Blue Suede Shoes
9. Uncredited artist - Hound Dog
10. Mimi Martel - Rock Love


jean-pierre said...

HANK SMITH IS AN PSEUDO FOR GEORGE JONES;hal harris & echoes are made the backing.

Mellow said...


"Hank Smith" was not only used as a pseudonym for Jones but also for Leon Payne's soundalike recordings. The Echoes were infact only a name used by the Gold Star Studio band with Harris on guitar, possibly Link Davis on bass and Doc Lewis on piano (on "Heartbreak Hotel) on other recordings.
I used the original artist credit used on the Tops records because many other names on the discs are also pseudos.