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the Hollywood Combo


Jump, Blues, early R&B and Rock'n'Roll served up hot and swingin'. An all-star cast of the best of LA's roots scene, including guest appearances from Hunter Hancock, Big Jay McNeely, Carl Sonny Leyland, and the Lonely Blue Boys.
Genre: Blues: Rhythm & Blues
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1. Intro with Hunter Hancock
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2. We're Gonna Have A Party Tonight
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3. From The Bottom
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4. Max Is Back
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5. When My Baby Goes Rockin'
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6. Pucker Paint
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7. Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle
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8. Take Your Time
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9. Full House
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10. Leave Your Love To Me
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11. Sugaree
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12. The Spell Of Your Smile
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13. It Wouldn't Do
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14. All Nite Long
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Jump, Blues, early R&B and Rock'n'Roll served up hot & swingin'.....

The band is a good-time Rockin' Rhythm & Blues combo and has earned a reputation from the Blues, Roots, Swing, and retro-billy crowd as one of the best around. Past and current bandmembers' affiliations read like a who's-who of the LA scene- Royal Crown Revue, Big Sandy& the Fly-Rite Boys, Deke Dickerson, James Harman, Rod Piazza, Hot Rod Lincoln, the Lucky Stars, Russell Scott &the Red Hots, Lynwood Slim, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, and many more. Some members of the Combo have even played with artists like Mike Ness, Social Distortion, Brian Setzer, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Englebert Humperdinck and even Ricky Martin.

The Combo has shared bills with many local greats like Royal Crown Revue, Big Sandy, and even legends like Sam Butera. The HWC has performed at nightclubs, dances, car shows, many private events, weddings and music festivals worldwide, including Viva Las Vegas, the Green Bay Rockin' 50's fest, many Blues festivals, and others. The HWCombo regularly backs up 50's Sax legend and R&B hall-of-famer Big Jay McNeely and performs with him once a month at Big Jay's Blues party at Joe's in Burbank. Other original 1950s artists the HWCombo has backed up include Roy Gaines, Roddy Jackson, and Willie Headen. This year in Green Bay the HWCombo worked with Speedo & the Cadillacs and the dynamite Vicky Tafoya. The HWC has even appeared on prime-time television in "For Love Or Money" on NBC. Don't miss them when they shake up a Moose lodge near you.

Led by singer/harmonica/bandleader Mark Tortorici, the CD puts together an all-star cast of the best of the LA scene to create a memorable Rhythm & Blues record. Featuring special guests- R&B hall of famer Sax legend Big Jay McNeely, seminal LA RocknRoll DJ Hunter Hancock, the great Carl Sonny Leyland, and a special appearance by Vocal group the Lonely Blue Boys. Produced by Jim Jedeikin, Wally Hersom, and Mark Tortorici. Recorded LIVE to one track(excepting Hunter's Intro)and Engineered by Wally at Joey's Place(fka Electro-Vox studios- Joey Altruda of Jump With Joey, etc) in Hollywood. He really gets that warm feel and sound of those old records we all love so much- we hope you dig it....

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CD personnel: Mark Tortorici- "Torch" -vocals, harmonicas Frank Thompson- "Frankie"- Guitars David Bernson- "Wolfie"- drums, vocals Ron Dziubla- "Melenhead"- Tenor saxophone Brent Harding- "Mooney"- bass Carl Sonny Leyland- piano Jim Jedeikin- "Little J"- Tenor, Alto, Baritone saxophones Corey Gemme- Trumpet


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Jumpin'est, rockin'est cd Iv'e heard in a long time.


Jump Blues at its best !
great CD ! Its real good 1950s jump blues / rhythm and blues. Love that CD and Im happy that I found this rare CD here !


Great Music for Swing Dancing!
Stumbled upon this CD by accident, but how lucky was that? Great music for swing dancing. Have listened to it over and over. This CD has a permanent place in my collection. Nice work, guys!

Edgar Bullington

Feel good retro jump from the heart and heat of South Central L.A.
I wasn't around when Hunter Hancock was spinning Big Jay McNeely platters on Los Angeles radio, but I swear, this has to be what it was like. And I like it. Someone gave me a copy of this CD a month ago. It still sits near and often in the boom box in the den. Thanks to CDBaby, I was able to buy a handful of copies to give to my friends. Feel good? Play Hollywood Combo. Need to feel good? Play Hollywood combo. Not a museum piece, but a living and loving tribute to Los Angeles jump n jive at its finest. Thanks, guys....