Cracking night at the Rockin' Race
The third evening of the Rockin' Race in Torremolinos was a cracker, with four first rate acts. First on was Kim Lenz, a good looking redhead from the States, who was backed by members of Mambo Jambo. Once again the sound was iffy but she made a good fist of her rockabilly numbers and was enjoyable on her own material including You Made A Hit, Zombie For Your Love, Jump and Fall and Devil On My Shoulder.
Sleepy LaBeef was next, a big man who does not believe in dragging a song on for two long. In fact he sang over 20 numbers with most of them merging into others, including several Elvis numbers, some blues and some country. Highlights included Boogie Woogie Country Girl, My Girl Josephine, Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger, What Am I Living For, Oh Lonesome Me and Life Turned Her That Way. He finished with Dorsey Burnette's Talk Oak Tree. Highly enjoyable.
Also a delight was Young Jessie, who was backed by Mike Sanchez's band. Looking smart in jacket and tie and a trilby he included 24 Hours A Day, I Smell A Rat, It Don't Happen No More, Mary Lou, Shuffle In The Gravel and Hit Git And Split. Another excellent set.
Last but by no means least was Barrence Whitfield, backed by the brilliant Mambo Jambo, who tore the place apart with his high energy rock and roll. Numbers included Bloody Mary, Big Mamou, Georgia Slop, Big Fat Mama, Mad House, King Kong, I Smell A Rat (again) and a final Stop Twisting My Arm. Really exciting rock and roll and although it was another very late night it was definitely a good one. Photos to come soon.