Jk Rockets | Songs From the Cradle of Rock 'N' Roll

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Songs From the Cradle of Rock 'N' Roll

by Jk Rockets

Roots & Early Rock 'N' Roll.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Text Me Baby
3:30 $0.89
2. Brand New Me
3:07 $0.89
3. You Dont Know You Love Me Yet
3:55 $0.89
4. I Miss Those Rock 'N' Roll Nites
3:06 $0.89
5. Ol' Man Blues
3:24 $0.89
6. Rain Rain
3:32 $0.89
7. Sudden Soul Full of Rock 'N' Roll
3:28 $0.89
8. Good Good Thing
2:32 $0.89
9. Never 2 Late 2 Rock
4:29 $0.89
10. Cradle of Ol' Rock 'N' Roll
3:43 $0.89
11. I'll Be There for You
3:45 $0.89
12. Too Much Rock 'N' Roll in 'Em Bones
4:26 $0.89
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As a Comet, I was very privileged to have been a part of the group that really made ROCK ‘N’ ROLL a part of everyday life. But first, let's go back to my initial experience with this sound.

In the early 1950s I heard a new sound coming from my little table top radio. It wasn't jazz, it wasn't blues, and it wasn't country, but an entirely new kind of music that was fresh and alive. Hearing this gave me the desire to play the guitar. Two years later I was performing around the greater Philadelphia area with my group, "Johnny Kay's Rockets". By then, this "new music" had a name, ROCK ‘N’ ROLL.

As rewarding as that was, the real thrill came when I was ask to play lead guitar in the very band that made ROCK 'N’ ROLL popular world-wide, BILL HALEY AND THE COMETS! His recording of "Rock Around The Clock” set in motion the ROCK ‘N’ ROLL phenomenon that is still with us today. For over a decade I traveled the planet having a ball playing the songs that started the "Big Beat". It's an experience that I will never forget. And about the song that I heard on that little radio so many years before - it was an early recording by Bill Haley and the Comets “Crazy Man Crazy”.

It must have been fate!


After leaving the Comets, I came back to the Philadelphia area to play locally and to teach guitar. In 2007, I received a call from a European record producer who wanted to meet me and talk about my "Comet days". He told me that the original sound of ROCK 'N’ ROLL was still very popular in Europe. I thought that perhaps I could have fun recording some of Bill Haley's early, lesser known songs, and someone would enjoy listening to them! So I recorded several of Haley's tunes to be released in Europe. Recording those songs was really fun. But then, what would I do as an encore?

Again, fate stepped in. In November of 2008, I picked up my phone to hear the voice of Bill Rapp, an old high school buddy and an award winning song writer. He gave me that idea to record new material in the style of original ROCK ‘N’ ROLL. The result is this collection of Rock songs that are just plain fun! Yes, JK Rockets, three guys from Chester, PA - the "Cradle of ol' Rock ‘N’ Roll" and the home of Bill Haley & the Comets – have come together to have fun and ROCK ‘N’ ROLL again!

We are JK ROCKETS - “Dedicated to keeping the original sound of ROCK ‘N’ ROLL fresh and alive". Yeah, I guess that it's really "NEVER 2 LATE 2 ROCK".

Johnny Kay



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Songs from The Cradle of Rock and Roll
Recommended buy on this one. Johnny Kay played lead guitar for Bill Haley (and his Comets) for years in the 1960s. He's an accomplished guitar player, and his work shines on this CD. A mixture of '50s-'60s styles, with unique and sometimes quite humorous pieces on the CD. John shares vocals with his brother Stan and fellow musician Bill Rapp. You'll find a variety of music on this CD, and you will never be bored. Enjoy this one, it will keep you rockin'!

Karent Terrell

Songs from the Cradle
Since Bill\ Haley and the Comets formed the Blueprint for Rock and Roll, it is only right that JK and the Rockets "live in the house" proving that Rock and Roll is her to stay! So Keep the Cd close... Great music and memories.

Jean Toman

The 50s return
I loved the whole album! It is so unique to hear today's topics with stylings of the Haley era.

Xavier and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Energetic and delightful classic rock 'n' roll
"Songs From the Cradle of Rock 'N' Roll" by the trio known as Jk Rockets takes listeners on a euphoric trip back to the classic era of rockabilly. The flagships of this CD - superior instrumentation, authentic vocal performances, and top-notch production - meld to create a collection that is nostalgically irresistible and delightfully energetic. The light-hearted and groovy "Text Me Baby" highlights the highly refined musicianship and cleverly composed lyrics displayed on this record. "Brand New Me" slows down the pace a bit, seducing listeners with a contagious blues vibe. Furthermore, the anthem like "Never 2 Late 2 Rock" reinforces the theme of this work, while delivering a powerhouse rock performance filled with brilliant guitar leads and solos. Fans of roots rock, blues, and country marked by relentless energy and excitement will discover a new era of musical euphoria with "Songs From the Cradle of Rock 'N' Roll."