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Tommy Facenda

b. 10 November 1939, Norfolk, Virginia, USA. Facenda became known for one single he recorded in 1959 for Atlantic Records, ‘High School USA’ Facenda, nicknamed ‘Bubba’, first gained a foothold in the music business in 1957 as a back-up singer for Gene Vincent. He was performing at a club in 1958 when discovered by Frank Guida (who later discovered and managed Gary ‘U.S.’ Bonds). Facenda first recorded a single, ‘Little Baby’, for Nasco Records in 1958, but it did not reach the charts. Guida then wrote ‘High School USA’, which included the names of several schools in the section of Virginia in which Facenda worked. It was released on Legrand Records and when Guida noticed that local high school students were buying the record to hear the name of their school, he had Facenda re-record the vocals 28 times (some accounts put the number at 46), each version mentioning the names of schools in a different region of the USA. It was released on Atlantic and reached number 28 but Facenda was unable to come up with another hit. Two volumes of the album High School USA. were issued during the 80s on the revived Legrand, each including 14 versions of the title track. He later retired from the music business and became a fire fighter.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Rare Oldies But Goodies

Disc 1

2. Close To Cathy

3. Dreamer

10. Kookie Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)

14. Theme From Dr Kildare (Three Stars Will Shine Tonight)

15. My Heart Is An Open Book

16. Young Love

17. That Stranger Used To Be My Girl

19. A Rose And A Baby Ruth

20. Cindy's Birthday

21. Start Movin' (In My Direction)

23. I Love You So

25. (Girls Girls Girls Were) Made To Love

26. Baby Sittin' Boogie

29. And I Cried

32. They Say

36. Mission Bell

38. I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door

Disc 2

44. Teen-Age Crush

45. Every Night

48. Cindy Marie

50. Angela Jones

52. High School USA (National Version)

55. Bless You

64. Midnight Mary

65. All I Have To Do Is Dream

66. Doll House

67. Fortuneteller

71. All Alone (I Sit And Wait)

73. Prince Charming

76. A Letter From Sherry

80. Teen Angel

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Track List: The Golden Age Of American Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 4

1. Linda Lu

2. Little By Little

3. Rama Lama Ding Dong

4. Flamingo Express

5. New Orleans

6. Maybe

7. Drip Drop

8. Start Movin' (In My Direction)

9. Lonely Saturday Night

10. Don't Let Go

11. Pop Pop Pop Pie

12. Life's Too Short

13. High School USA

14. Glory Of Love

15. Peanuts

16. Need You

17. Party Doll

18. Could This Be Magic

19. Killer Joe

21. Peek-A-Boo

22. You'll Lose A Good Thing

24. Tears On My Pillow

25. Baby Talk

26. Here I Stand

27. (Do The) Mashed Potatoes (Part 1)

28. Why Don't You Write Me?

30. Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You)

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