CD Let the Little Girl Dance: The Very Best of Billy Bland (CD 560437),
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Let the Little Girl Dance: The Very Best of Billy Bland

  • 1. Let the Little Girl Dance
    2. Can't Stop Her from Dancing
    3. Fat Man, The
    4. Harmony
    5. Oh, You for Me
    6. You Were Born to Be Loved
    7. Chicken Hop
    8. Pardon Me
    9. I Had a Dream
    10. Mama Stole the Chicken
    11. If I Could Be Your Man
    12. Little Boy Blue
    13. What's That
    14. Chicken in the Basket
    15. Flo - Open the Door
    16. Grandma Gave a Party
    17. Make Believe Lover
    18. Uncle Bud
    19. I Cross My Heart
    20. Do the Bug with Me
    21. Sweet Thing
    22. Steady Kind
    23. Keep Talkin' That Sweet Talk
    24. All I Want to Do Is Cry
    25. I Spend My Life Loving You
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6066

  • Credits
    ProducerHy Weiss

    Includes liner notes by Peter Grendysa.
    Digitally remastered by "Little" Walter DeVenne.
    Personnel: Billy Bland (vocals).
    Liner Note Author: Peter Grendysa.
    Recording information: 1955-1963.
    Billy Bland's one big hit, "Let the Little Girl Dance" from 1960, gives little indication of his range as a performer. This 29-track anthology of his OId Town recordings from 1955-1962 contains a surprising variety of music, from blues and R&B -- including no fewer than three songs about chickens -- to soul and teen idol pop. Because of his hit, a number of the songs target dance crazes or are about dancing in general, but there's more to Bland than that. "Oh, You for Me" borders on rockabilly, and "Uncle Bud" has strong country elements, which only adds to the impression that Bland was either incredibly adaptable or his producers were flailing about madly trying to score a hit. Both might be true, but Bland definitely demonstrates his versatility on these cuts, and acquits himself well as a blues shouter and a pop crooner. One of his best pop ballads, the self-composed "You Took My Love for Granted," wasn't even released prior to appearing on this collection. Let the Little Girl Dance has all of Bland's chart items (most of which, other than the title track, were very minor or regional hits), plus an alternate version of "Let the Little Girl Dance." Collectables' domestic anthology shares the same title but has four fewer songs and a different track sequence. ~ Greg Adams

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