Bobby Lewis who recorded the huge hit TOSSIN AND TURNIN in 1961 learned piano and music in an orphanage. Adopted at 12 he had jobs as ice man, desk clerk, janitor and truck driver. His first song was Solid As A Rock in 1956.
SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL was cut by Big Joe Turner in ’54 but Bill Haley stole it and turned it into a white-boy monster hit phenomenon. They changed some of the risque lyrics to appease the sensitive masses, but left in, “I’m like a one-eye-cat peepin in a seafood store” Guess they thought us white boys weren’t hip to that jive.