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  • Cokers - We`re Gonna Bop-The Complete Coker Family Recordings 1954-1957 (CD)


    Rediscover the first family of West Coast country, bop, rockabilly, and pop! Most tracks released on CD for the first time, including eight that have never been released on any format until now! Detailed liner notes with in-depth biographical information culled from all-new interviews with the Cokers. Massive, beautifully illustrated booklet packed with many never-seen photos of the family and their famous friends – from the Coker siblings’ personal collections! California’s Coker Family is best remembered for two rockabilly classics of the 1950s: patriarch Alvis Coker’s Don’t Go Baby (Don’t Go) and his daughter Alvadean’s We’re Gonna Bop. Both songs were written by Alvis’ wife, Geraldine, who played bass in the family band. With son Sandy on guitar and fiddle, daughter Linda on piano, and youngest daughter Carolyn on vocals and percussion, the six members of the Coker Family were a popular staple of the rockabilly-infused West Coast country scene of the mid-1950s. Alvadean and Sandy were regular performers on the influential ’Town Hall Party,’ and the Cokers – in various incarnations – recorded a total of 30 songs for both the Abbott label in Los Angeles and the Decca label in Nashville. Ranging from hillbilly, to rockabilly, to early pop-country, the Coker recordings are a fascinating snapshot of an era of rapid changes in the world of popular music. Their revved-up collaborations with Jim Reeves, Floyd Cramer, Hank Garland and other legendary luminaries of country music are included in this collection, which gathers the family’s complete studio output for the first time. You’ll hear more than 25 songs that have never been released on CD. Of these, eight have not previously been released to the public on any format! As a bonus, you’ll hear an alternate take of Alvadean’s rockabilly classic, We’re Gonna Bop! Nearly six decades later, the Coker Family’s recordings still retain the energy and vibrancy that made them so appealing to live audiences in the mid-1950s. With detailed liner notes by Scott B. Bomar, in-depth biographical details about the Cokers based on several all-new interviews with the family, and a plethora of unseen photos from the Cokers’ personal archives, this lovingly curated collection is a treasure trove of forgotten gems just waiting to be rediscovered by fans of 1950s rockabilly and country!

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