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Jesse Stone

Songwriter Jesse Stone wrote the classic rock songs "Shake Rattle and Roll," "Don't Let Go," "Flip Flop and Fly" -- co written with Willie Lou Turner -- and "Your Cash Ain't Nothing but Trash." Stone, who also wrote songs under the pseudonym Charles E. Calhoun, was a key player in the development of rhythm & blues, rock & roll, and such pioneering Atlantic Records artists as Ray Charles, Ruth Brown, Big Joe Turner ("Flip Flop and Fly," number two R&B), the Drifters, and the Clovers ("Your Cash Ain't Nothing but Trash," number six R&B).

Born Jesse A. Stone, the grandson of Tennessee slaves in Atchinson, KS, on November 16, 1901, he began performing when he was five years old in his family's touring minstrel show. During the 1920s, Stone was the leader of a jazz band that included saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. Around 1936, jazz legend Duke Ellington assisted Stone in getting a booking at New York City's Cotton Club. Later, Stone became a staff arranger/composer/comedy writer at the city's Apollo Theater. Stone, whose musical career included folk concerts and stints in dance, R&B, and rock & roll bands, joined Atlantic Records as a staff producer/songwriter/arranger in the late '40s. During that decade, Stone's original song "Idaho" was covered by Guy Lombardo and sold three million copies.

Trail-blazing rock & roll band Bill Haley and His Comets recorded Stone's "Shake Rattle and Roll" on Decca Records. The single sold a million copies, peaking at number seven pop on Billboard's charts during summer 1954 and assisting in the acceptance of "Negro music" by white audiences. It was included on the album Rock Around the Clock, which hit number 12 pop in early 1956 and boasted the million-selling title track that held the number one pop spot for eight weeks and hit number three R&B in spring 1955 (in the 1954 Glenn Ford movie Blackboard Jungle and later used as an early opening track for ABC-TV's '70s sitcom Happy Days) and "Burn the Candle." The success of Elvis Presley in 1955 was the beginning of the solidification R&B birthed rock & roll into mainstream America.

Epic Records star Roy Hamilton covered Stone's "Don't Let Go," taking it to number two R&B in early 1958. "Don't Let Go" was also covered by Issac Hayes, whose dazzling disco string- and horn-laced version on Polydor Records hit number 11 R&B in fall 1979. Hayes' Don't Let Go LP went gold in early 1980. Warner Records act Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen's version charted at number 56 pop in early 1975.

At age 97, Jesse Stone died April 1, 1999, in Altamonte Springs, FL. Stone-related releases are Jesse Stone Alias Charles Calhoun (Bear Family), Rhino's Very Best of Big Joe Turner, and Roy Hamilton's Golden Classics. ~ Ed Hogan
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Track List: Original Swingers: Hipsters, Zoots & Wingtips, Vol.2

1. Caldonia

2. (Every Time I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone

3. Hit That Jive, Jack

4. Goin' To Chicago Blues

5. D' Natural Blues

6. And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine

9. Big Mamou

10. Blow-Top Blues

11. Reet, Petite And Gone

12. Loose Lips

13. Tippin' In

14. Cadillac Boogie

15. Pink Cadillac

16. Squeeze Me

17. Ice Cream Man

18. The Dummy Song

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Track List: Snatch And Grab It!

1. Snatch And Grab It

2. Boogie Woogie Blue Plate

4. For You My Love

5. Baby Please Don't Go

6. I'm Gonna Dig Myself A Hole

7. Ain't Gonna Do It

8. Mr. Highway Man (Cadillac Daddy)

9. That Chick's Too Young To Fry

10. It Went Down Easy

11. Hydramatic Woman

12. Little Richard Boogie

14. Tiger Man

15. No Place Like Home

16. Don't Knock

17. Night Life

18. Don't Change Your Pretty Ways

19. ...What That Is!

21. Poor Me

22. Tom, Dick 'n' Harry

23. Zoom

24. Goin' Round In Circles

25. Dearest

26. I Want You To Be My Girl

27. Oh My Baby's Gone

28. Goodnight Sweetheart, It's Time To Go

29. Yes Sir

30. Tim Tam

32. The Wobble

33. Beach Party

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Track List: The Best Of Jump & Jive

1. Texas And Pacific

2. My Gal's A Jockey

3. Rockin' Boogie

4. Chicken Shack Boogie

5. Old Maid Boogie

7. The Honeydripper

8. I Feel That Old Age Coming On

9. Geneva Blues

13. Boogie Woogie Blue Plate

14. Hop, Skip And Jump

15. Inspiration Blues

17. Playful Baby

18. Kidney Stew Blues

19. Mister Jelly Fingers

20. (Opportunity Knocks But Once) Snatch And Grab It

21. Rock Bottom

22. Cobb's Boogie

23. Keep A Dollar In Your Pocket

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