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Episode #564 – Atlantic Records, Pt. 4 – 1952

Air Week: February 22-28, 2021

Atlantic Records, Pt. 4 – 1952

Atlantic Records was the most influential, significant and important independent record label to come out of the late-1940s, during a time when there were many great, small indie labels being born. What gave Atlantic the advantage over Specialty, Chess, Modern, Vee-Jay, Exclusive, King, etc is the breadth of material, variety of music styles and the sheer number of hit records that led to the Rock n’ Roll explosion of the mid-1950s. Matt The Cat and the “Juke In The Back” present this behemoth series celebrating the first 10 years of Atlantic’s existence: 1947-57. This week in part four, we’ll focus on 1952 and dig not only the hits Atlantic scored that year, but also on a few of the should-have-been-hits. The Clovers scored 2 more #1 records with “Fool, Fool, Fool,” their 2nd release and “Ting-A-Ling,” their 3rd and final career #1 record. Ruth Brown continued her hit streak as “5-10-15 Hours” topped the national charts and “Daddy Daddy” made it to #3. Big Joe Turner followed up “Chains Of Love,” his debut release for Atlantic with the massively successful “Chains Of Love” and “Don’t You Cry.” We’ll also hear some gems from Odelle Turner and Lil Green that didn’t chart, but are equally as compelling as Atlantic’s hit material. So buckle in and prepare yourself for an in-depth, multi-part look at the history of Atlantic Records, which could also be described as a look at the history of American Music itself.

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