“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 a 4-disc CD, it explores the extensive history of american pop songs from the late 50s to late 60s with the name deriving from the term “American Graffiti generation”, used to describe the youth coming of age during this period. Delve into the eclectic combination of music produced by a range of independent american record labels that Edward Kassner had acquired 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 provides biographies for every artist included in the CD, a background to where the music came from, a range of unique images of its artists and an in-depth history of Edward Kassner and his accomplishments. In amongst many hidden gems, the CD of over 100 songs explores some big hits such as Marcie Blane’s “Bobby’s Girl”, Ernie Maresca’s “Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)” and Dean Christie’s “Heartbreaker”. A few lesser known wonders to keep an ear out for include 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.
Below you can discover Ian Canty’s in depth analysis of the CD, two featured videos from the President YouTube channel and a link to Cherry Red’s website where can you purchase the album. Click to access…
New York Graffiti album review – Ian Canty
New York Graffiti 4CD Boxset – Cherry Red Website (buy here)