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Bobby Charles - Later Alligator!

Bobby Charles - Later Alligator!

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Born Robert Guidry in Abbeville, Louisiana, in 1938, he became famous as songwriter under his birth name, but also had success as a recording artist under the name Bobby Charles.

A pioneer of the Louisiana-based Swamp Pop style, alongside Jimmy Clanton, characterised by recordings emanating from Cosimo Matassa’s studio in New Orleans, where Fats Domino, a noted beneficiary of Guidry’s songs, made his records.

Charles started out as leader of local group, The Cardinals, for whom he wrote a song called Hey Alligator at the age of 14. The song was inspired by an incident at a roadside diner, when his parting shot to a friend – “See you later, alligator” – inspired another customer to respond with: “In a while, crocodile.”

The popularity of the song led a record-store owner to recommend Guidry to Leonard Chess of the Chicago-based Chess Records label. After Bobby had sung it over the phone, Chess signed him up. He travelled to New Orleans to record the song and several others under the name Bobby Charles.

Chess issued Charles’ Later Alligator in January 1956, but it was soon recorded as See You Later, Alligator by Bill Haley & His Comets, whose version sold 1m copies in the US. Although Charles performed alongside big names such as Little Richard, the Platters and Chuck Berry on tours in the late 1950s, his own records for Chess, Imperial and Jewel did not sell that well.

Nevertheless, he enjoyed songwriting royalties from hit versions of songs he had co-written, such as Walking To New Orleans, recorded by Fats Domino in 1960, and But I Do, recorded by Clarence “Frogman” Henry in 1961.

This 55-track set comprises his A- and B-sides for the Chess and Imperial labels alongside those covers recorded by Bill Haley, Fats Domino, and Clarence “Frogman” Henry.


Disc 1
Track Title Artist
1 Later Alligator Bobby Charles
2 On Bended Knee Bobby Charles
3 Don't You Know I Love You Bobby Charles
4 Why Did You Leave Bobby Charles
5 Only Time Will Tell Bobby Charles
6 Take It Easy, Greasy Bobby Charles
7 No Use Knocking Bobby Charles
8 Laura Lee Bobby Charles
9 Put Your Arms Around Me Honey Bobby Charles
10 Why Can't You Bobby Charles
11 You Can Suit?Yourself Bobby Charles
12 No More (I?Ain't Gonna Do It) Bobby Charles
13 One Eyed Jack Bobby Charles
14 Yea Yea Baby (Yeah Yeah) Bobby Charles
15 Hey Good Lookin' Bobby Charles
16 Watch It Sprocket Bobby Charles
17 Ain't Got No Home Bobby Charles
18 Lonely?Street Bobby Charles
19 Mr Moon Bobby Charles
20 I'm A?Fool To Care Bobby Charles
21 Over Yonder Bobby Charles
22 I'll Turn Square For You Bobby Charles
23 Good Lovin' Bobby Charles
24 Your Picture Bobby Charles
25 Since She's Gone Bobby Charles
26 At The Jamboree Bobby Charles
27 Oh! Yeah Bobby Charles
Disc 2
Track Title Artist
1 Since I Lost You Bobby Charles
2 The Town Is Talking Bobby Charles
3 What Can I Do Bobby Charles
4 Bye Bye Baby Bobby Charles
5 Those Eyes Bobby Charles
6 What?A?Party Bobby Charles
7 I Just Want You Bobby Charles
8 Four Winds Bobby Charles
9 Nothing?As Sweet As You Bobby Charles
10 Teenagers Bobby Charles
11 Tell Me Baby Bobby Charles
12 I'd Like To Know Bobby Charles
13 Lovesick Blues Bobby Charles
14 See You Later Alligator Bill Haley & The Comets
15 See You Roy Hall
16 Later Alligator Otto Bash
17 Yea Yea Baby (Yeah Yeah) Earl Carroll And The Original Cadillacs
18 Before I Grow Too Old Fats Domino
19 Good Lovin' John Fred
20 Walking To New Orleans Fats Domino
21 But I Do Clarence 'Frogman' Henry
22 It Keeps Raining Fats Domino
23 Why Can't You Clarence 'Frogman' Henry
24 Dog House Frankie Ford
25 Little Suzy Clarence 'Frogman' Henry
26 Your Picture Johnnie Allan &?The Krazy Kats
27 On Bended Knees Clarence 'Frogman' Henry
28 A Little Too Much Clarence 'Frogman' Henry
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