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Jimmy Clanton - The Collection 1957-62

Jimmy Clanton - The Collection 1957-62

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Born in Louisiana, Jimmy Clanton was a rock ‘n’ roll era teen idol, who was regarded as the pioneer of what came to be called “swamp pop”, the product of Cosimo Matassa’s legendary New Orleans studio that was also the source of Fats Domino’s hits.

Coming into the pop scene in 1957 after the first wave of pioneering rock ‘n’ roll stars, as teen stars provided a slightly different and more universally acceptable strand of the new music, he had a run of hits through into the ‘60s before his music was overtaken by the British Invasion.

Clanton starred in a rock ‘n’ roll movie produced by Alan Freed called Go, Johnny, Go! and later starred in Teenage Millionaire, with music arranged and produced by Dr. John and arranger/trumpeter Charlie Miller. He also performed on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and toured with popular artists like Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and the Platters.

This 62-track collection features almost all his A- and B-sides from this era on Johnny Vincent’s renowned Ace Records label based in Jackson, Mississippi, and its subsidiary Vin. Alongside all his tracks from the  albums Just A Dream, Jimmy’s Blue, Teenage Millionaire and Venus In Blue Jeans, not otherwise released on singles, are selected tracks from his albums Jimmy’s Happy.

It features his 10 US hits from this era, including the pop No.4 and R&B No.1 Just A Dream, the pop No.5 Go, Jimmy, Go and the pop No.7 Venus In Blue Jeans. His only notable UK hit was Another Sleepless Night.

Just A Dream, A Letter To An Angel, Ship On A Stormy Sea, and Venus In Blue Jeans, all sold over a million copies, and were awarded gold discs. It’s a substantial and fairly comprehensive overview of what was the primary era of his pop career, and it’s an excellent showcase for his particular style as a teen idol.


I enjoyed this set which has an informative chunky booklet by Paul Watts which includes pics of Jimmy and his amazing hairstyle which, for many of us, will always remain Just A Dream. - Eric Dunsdon (Now Dig This Issue 461)

Disc 1
Track Title Artist
1 I Trusted You Jimmy Clanton
2 That's You, Baby Jimmy Clanton
3 Just A Dream Jimmy Clanton And His Rockets
4 You Aim To Please Jimmy Clanton And His Rockets
5 A Letter To An Angel Jimmy Clanton
6 A Part Of Me Jimmy Clanton
7 My Love Is Strong Jimmy Clanton
8 A Ship On A Stormy Sea Jimmy Clanton
9 Little Boy In Love Jimmy Clanton
10 My Own True Love Jimmy Clanton
11 Go, Jimmy, Go Jimmy Clanton
12 I Trusted You Jimmy Clanton
13 Another Sleepless Night Jimmy Clanton
14 I'm Gonna Try Jimmy Clanton
15 Wait Jimmy Clanton
16 Come Back Jimmy Clanton
17 What Am I Gonna Do? Jimmy Clanton
18 If I Jimmy Clanton
19 Down The Aisle Jimmy Clanton & Mary Ann Mobley
20 I Just Wanna Make Love Jimmy Clanton
21 Don't Look At Me Jimmy Clanton
22 Not Like A Brother Jimmy Clanton
23 Lucky In Love With You Jimmy Clanton
24 Twist On, Little Girl Jimmy Clanton
25 Wayward Love Jimmy Clanton
26 Green Light Jimmy Clanton
27 Happy Times Jimmy Clanton
28 Wedding Bells Jimmy Clanton
29 What Am I Living For? Jimmy Clanton
30 Just A Moment Jimmy Clanton
31 Because I Do Jimmy Clanton
Disc 2
Track Title Artist
1 Venus In Blue Jeans Jimmy Clanton
2 Highway Bound Jimmy Clanton
3 Take Her Back Jimmy Clanton
4 No Greater Love Jimmy Clanton
5 Its All Over Now Jimmy Clanton
6 Land Of Tomorrow Jimmy Clanton
7 It Takes A Long, Long Time Jimmy Clanton
8 Losing The One I Love Jimmy Clanton
9 Angel Face Jimmy Clanton
10 A Kiss To Build A Dream On Jimmy Clanton
11 Jimmy's Tune Jimmy Clanton
12 That Old Feeling Jimmy Clanton
13 Sleepy Time Gal Jimmy Clanton
14 I'm Beginning To See The Light Jimmy Clanton
15 Over The Rainbow Jimmy Clanton
16 You're An Old Smoothie Jimmy Clanton
17 I'm Always Chasing Rainbows Jimmy Clanton
18 I Feel Those Tears Comin' On Jimmy Clanton
19 Somebody Please Help Me Jimmy Clanton
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