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The biggest '50s rock & roll star to come out of New Zealand, Johnny Devlin was a major player in the early Australian rock & roll scene. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On is a 31-track Australian retrospective of his career, which largely consists of faithful covers of American hits like Jimmie Lloyd's "I Got a Rocket in My Pocket" and Eddie Cochran's "Twenty Flight Rock." Some of the most fascinating tracks marry rock & roll with a regional sensibility, resulting in the excellent "Koala Bear" and the impenetrably slangy "Got a Zack in the Back of My Pocket." There is plenty of exciting vintage rock & roll here alongside teen-oriented novelties and pop/rockers. The collection concludes with "Rock and Roll (I Gave You the Best Years of My Life)," a late, nostalgic recording on which Devlin recalls his rockin' glory days.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

Johnny Devlin was New Zealand's first true superstar of the rock & roll era, a teen idol whose national fame and revolutionary impact made him a Kiwi counterpart to Elvis Presley. Born May 11, 1938 in the small town of Raetihi, Devlin was raised in nearby Wanganui, where in 1951 he made his solo performing debut yodeling at the local opera house. After graduating high school, he spent two years as a bank clerk, occasionally playing country & western music with his brothers in a band called the River...
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