Bip Bop Boom, man I gotta zoom

Mickey Hawks - Bip Bop Boom Mickey Hawks - Rock And Roll Rhythm

Mickey Hawks - Bip Bop Boom
Mickey Hawks - Rock And Roll Rhythm

From 1958, today's two rockabilly offerings feature the piano and vocals of Mickey Hawks. Around a year earlier, Hawks had teamed up with High Point, North Carolina radio DJ and tenor saxman, Dallas 'Moon' Mullins, and his Night Raiders band. They recorded the Be-Bop-A-Lula inspired Bip Bop Boom in a Greensboro garage studio. It was originally released on the studio owner's label, Robbins Red, and sold at gigs. Only 500 copies were pressed. I struggle to imagine how much an aficionado would bid for a clean copy of that record, were one to show up on eBay now. Thankfully, up in Chicago, Mike Oury decided to re-release it on his Profile label. It was a regional hit, selling 50,000. Rock And Roll Rhythm is also great fun and often gets a spin at my gigs. One of their high-octane follow-up releases, Cottonpickin', credited to The Night Raiders, has been a fixture of my record box for a couple of years now. It's also on my latest mix, Heavy Sugar.

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