mp3: Don and Dewey - Justine
mp3: Don and Dewey - Bim Bam
A pair of wild rockers from a pair of wild rockers. Don Harris and Dewey Terry were an energetic Californian vocal duo who paved the way for the Everly Brothers, Sam and Dave, the Righteous Brothers and others. This double-hitter was released in 1958 on Specialty Records. Little Richard put out much of his incredible material on the same label, including a string of hits that focussed on a girls name - Lucille, Long Tall Sally, Jenny Jenny, Good Golly Miss Molly, etc. - which certainly would have inspired Justine. Bim Bam is part of the canon of great nonsensical rock'n'roll song titles. Of course, like so many I write about, Don and Dewey didn't receive the musical dues they deserved in terms of popular success in their lifetimes. Still, their
music is close to the best of its kind, which is certainly something
as the competition is tough.
In the '70s Don "Sugarcane" Harris reinvented himself as a rock violinist whose credits include memorably playing on Willie The Pimp with Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart, and he's also on many of John Mayall's records.
Labels: rhythm and blues, rock'n'roll