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Johnnie Allan: A Swamp-Pop Special

Bill Millar, New Kommotion, 1978

I'VE A CONFESSION to make. I know nothing about rockabilly (you guessed huh?). All these years I've been into blues, soul doowop and swamp-pop, especially swamp-pop. The glorious rolling sounds of Jivin' Gene, Joe Barry, Cookie And The Cupcakes. Rod Bernard, just about anything that sounds like a classically doomy Louisiana ballad. When the entire school was fixated by Presley's Neopolitan balladry I'd be monopolising the communal Dansette with 'This Should Go On Forever', 'I'm A Fool To Care' or 'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do', revelling in the secret loveliness of it all. Where those records actually came from was anybody's guess but now we know better.

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