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Album Review

The Very Best of the String-A-Longs isn't really a best-of collection. This reissue of the 1961 album Pick-A-Hit Featuring Wheels omits two of the String-A-Longs' three Warwick hits and numerous single sides. The String-A-Longs reached number three on the pop charts with the mild-mannered guitar instrumental "Wheels," but aren't as well remembered as their labelmates Johnny & the Hurricanes, even though the latter never made a hit that charted as high as "Wheels." Johnny & the Hurricanes' "Red River Rock" is reinterpreted by the String-A-Longs as "Red River Twist," and a version of "Walk Don't Run" likewise pays tribute to the instrumental rock & roll tradition. The clean guitar tone and relaxed pace of these recordings is pleasant enough, but much of the album is one short step away from guitar Muzak.

Biography

Formed: Clovis, NM

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s

Famed for their instrumental smash "Wheels," Plainview, TX rock & roll combo the String-A-Longs was formed in 1956 by singer/guitarist Keith McCormack, guitarist Richard Stephens, and bassist Aubrey de Cordova. High school classmates who originally joined forces under the name the Patio Kids, the group expanded to a quartet with the addition of drummer Charles Jay Edmiston, and in early 1957 changed their name to the Rock 'n' Rollers to coincide with the arrival of second guitarist Jimmy Torres....
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