The Honeydrippers: Volume One

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The Honeydrippers: Volume One
EP by The Honeydrippers
Released 24 September 1984
Recorded March 1984, Atlantic Studios, New York, NY
Genre Rock, R&B
Length 17:56
Label Es Paranza/Atlantic Records
90265
Producer The Fabulous Brill Brothers:
Nugetre
Robert Plant
Jimmy Page
Nile Rodgers
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Honeydrippers: Volume One is an EP released on 24 September 1984, by a band led by rock singer Robert Plant. The project originated when Atlantic Records president Ahmet Ertegün wanted to record an album of his favourite songs from the 1950s. Plant was chosen because Ertegün had seen his pick-up band the Honeydrippers performing 1950s standards. Included in the band were Chic front man Nile Rodgers, and former Yardbirds guitarists Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page—the latter was also Plant's former band mate in Led Zeppelin.[2]

To Plant's horror,[2] "Sea of Love" became his biggest-selling single. According to Plant, the original single was "Rockin' at Midnight," with "Sea of Love" as the "B" side. The single was eventually "flipped" because radio stations were playing "Sea of Love" far more than "Rockin' at Midnight". Plant feared his career would be ruined by this, and that people would think of him now as a "crooner", instead of the rock and roll singer he'd always been.[2] As a result, when he would be asked about The Honeydrippers in years to come, Plant would refer to The Honeydrippers as having been "put to sleep."[2] "Rockin at Midnight" is a remake of the 1949 recording by Roy Brown, the song's author, who wrote it as an answer record to his 1947 composition and recording, "Good Rockin' Tonight".

The album was re-released in a remastered edition in 2007 as part of a Robert Plant remaster series, with the live version of "Rockin' at Midnight" (previously released on the 12-inch single version of the studio recording) included as a bonus track. Plant and Ertegün discussed the possibility of doing another Honeydrippers album, but with the latter’s death in December 2006, the plan was shelved permanently.[2]

Track listing[edit]

1984 vinyl edition
Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Get a Thrill"   Rudy Toombs 2:37
2. "Sea of Love"   George Khoury, Phil Phillips 3:01
3. "I Got a Woman"   Ray Charles, Renald Richard 2:55
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Young Boy Blues"   Doc Pomus, Phil Spector 3:28
2. "Rockin' at Midnight"   Roy Brown 5:55

2007 remaster bonus tracks[edit]

  • "Rockin' at Midnight" (live) – 4:14

1984 Compact disc edition
Same track listing and order as the vinyl release.

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak Position
US Billboard 200[3] 5
Swedish Albums Chart[4] 44
UK Albums Chart[5] 56
Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[6] 1
US Billboard Top R&B Albums[7] 67
German Albums Chart[8] 40

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1984 "Rockin' at Midnight" US Billboard Top Rock Tracks[9] 8
1985 "Rockin' at Midnight" US Billboard Hot 100[10] 25
1985 "Rockin' at Midnight" US Cash Box Top 100 Singles[11] 28
1985 "Rockin' at Midnight" Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[12] 18
1985 "Rockin' at Midnight" US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs[13] 24
1984 "Sea of Love" US Billboard Top Rock Tracks Chart[14] 11
1984 "Sea of Love" US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[15] 1
1984 "Sea of Love" Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[16] 1
1985 "Sea of Love" US Billboard Hot 100[17] 3
1985 "Sea of Love" Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Chart[18] 1
1985 "Sea of Love" US Cash Box Top 100 Singles[19] 3
1985 "Sea of Love" Dutch Singles Chart[20] 25
1985 "Sea of Love" Irish Singles Chart[21] 29
1985 "Sea of Love" German Singles Chart[22] 48
1985 "Sea of Love" UK Singles Chart[23] 56
1985 "Sea of Love" Swiss Singles Chart[24] 25

Sales certifications[edit]

Country Sales Certification
United States (RIAA) 1,000,000+ Platinum[25]
Canada (CRIA) 300,000+ 3x Platinum[26]

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Nugetre (Ertegun spelled backwards), the Fabulous Brill Brothers (Page, Plant and Nile Rodgers)

Additional notes[edit]

Catalogue: (US) Es Paranza 90220, (UK) Es Paranza 79-0220-1

References[edit]

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  26. ^ "CRIA THE HONEYDRIPPERS VOL. 1–1 April 1985". CRIA. Retrieved 2009-01-19.