“NEW YORK GRAFFITI IS A STUDY OF AMERICAN POP MUSIC DURING THE TIME IT EXPLODED INTO A RECORD INDUSTRY…” Mark Stratford, Recording Catalogue Manager (President Records)
New York Graffiti is more than just your usual 4-disc compilation, it explores the extensive history of American pop songs from the late 50s to the late 60s. Its name derives from the term “American Graffiti generation” which was used to describe the youth coming of age during this period.
The CD of over 100 songs features big hits such as Marcie Blane’s “Bobby’s Girl”, Ernie Maresca’s “Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)” and Dean Christie’s “Heartbreaker” as well as a few lesser known wonders including Millie Foster’s “Love Wheel”, The Barbarian’s “Hey Little Bird” and Doris Willingham’s “You Can’t Do That”.
New York Graffiti allows us to dive into the most popular music genres of the decade: doo wop, rock ‘n’ roll, RnB, early soul, girl-group, folk, beat and garage, offering an eclectic combination of music produced by a range of independent American record labels that Edward Kassner had acquired when operating in New York’s Tin Pan Alley. These labels: President, Seville, Joy, Select, Duel and Shell all ended up existing under one publishing house, Kassner Associated Publishers Limited.
An impressive 80-page booklet includes biographies and a range of unique images for every artist included within the CD, a background to where the music came from and an in-depth history of Edward Kassner and some of his accomplishments.
Below you can discover Ian Canty’s in depth analysis of the CD, a link to Cherry Red’s website where can you purchase the album and two featured videos from the President YouTube channel. Click to access…