Roddy Jackson rocks in London
Roddy had a brief recording career with Specialty in LA when he was discovered by Sonny Bono and introduced to label owner Art Rupe, but never quite made it despite three top class rockabilly 45s. He stuck mainly to his own compositions last night with a couple of nods to his idol and fellow Specialty artist Little Richard in the form of Lucille and Good Golly Miss Molly. Rod is fun, as well being a genuine rocker, as his first number, his own novelty song Hiccups, showed. He followed this with another early rocker Any Old Town, Juke Box Baby and the slower No One Else Will Do. His keyboard playing was nothing short of manic on Baby Don't You Do This To Me and he moved on to one of his 'love' songs (one of many, he said, as he would fall in love several times a day in those days), Gloria, and then to Larry Williams' She Said Yeah, a song he co-wrote with Sonny Bono. Other originals flew thick and fast - I Found A New Girl, There's A Moose On The Loose (the B side of Hiccups, with some great vocal sound effects), Love At First Sight, Johnny's Last Ride, She's My One And Only and Consider, before launching into his first 45 - one that would have made him a star, he said, if a promised appearance on American Bandstand had gone ahead - I've Got My Sights On Someone New. Finally he gave the band a chance to shine individually with Come On Everybody Let's Go Rock and Roll. They did!
The show opened with one of the most authentic of British rockers Cliff Edmonds, again backed superby by the house band, who set a cracking pace on a selection of rock and roll and R and B classics: Corrine Corrina, Be My Guest, Sea Cruise, Fannie Brown Got Married, Hello Josephine, Clarence Gatemouth Brown's She Walks Right In, a delicious Tears On My Pillow, Sugaree, Smiley Lewis's Nervous Fellow (Real Gone Lover), the Platters' dramatic My Prayer, Eddie Cochran's Teenage Heaven and a great version of Little Richard's I Can't Believe You Wanna Leave as an encore.
This was possibly the best Tales From The Woods show to date and promoter Keith Woods deserves credit for putting together a genuinely rocking show in central London.