The Honeydrippers: Volume One

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The Honeydrippers: Volume One
The Honeydrippers - The Honeydrippers, Volume One.jpg
EP by The Honeydrippers
Released24 September 1984
RecordedMarch 1984
StudioAtlantic Studios, New York, NY; overdubs at Marcus Studios, London
GenreRock & roll, jump blues, rhythm & blues
Length17:56
LabelEs Paranza/Atlantic Records
90265
ProducerNugetre & The Fabulous Brill Brothers (Robert Plant & Phil Carson)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 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, Late Night with David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer, and former Yardbirds guitarists Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page—the latter was also Plant's former bandmate 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.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."I Get a Thrill"Rudy Toombs2:37
2."Sea of Love"George Khoury, Phil Phillips3:01
3."I Got a Woman"Ray Charles, Renald Richard2:55
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Young Boy Blues"Doc Pomus, Phil Spector3:28
2."Rockin' at Midnight"Roy Brown5:55

2007 remaster bonus tracks[edit]

  • "Rockin' at Midnight" (live in Birmingham NEC, September 8, 1985) – 4:14

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

Personnel[edit]

Bonus track personnel[edit]

The King Bees (a.k.a. The Uptown Horns) – horns[edit]

The Queen Bees – backing vocals[edit]

  • Ula Hedwig
  • Chrissie Faith
  • Millie Whiteside

Production[edit]

Charts[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
Australian Albums Chart[9] 13

Singles[edit]

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

Certifications[edit]

Country Sales Certification
United States (RIAA) 1,000,000+ Platinum[26]
Canada (CRIA) 300,000+ 3x Platinum[27]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Top 60 Albums – 7 December 1984". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
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  6. ^ "RPM Albums Chart – 22 December 1984". RPM. Archived from the original on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  7. ^ "Top R&B Albums – 5 January 1985". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-01-17.[dead link]
  8. ^ "Top 100 Albums – 4 February 1985". charts-surfer.de. Archived from the original on 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  9. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. p. 141. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Music Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid-1983 and 19 June 1988.
  10. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks – 27 October 1984". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  11. ^ "Hot 100 Chart – 23 February 1985". Billboard. Archived from the original on September 27, 2014. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  12. ^ "Top 100 Singles – 2 March 1985". Cash Box. Archived from the original on 13 March 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  13. ^ "RPM Singles Chart – 2 March 1985". RPM. Archived from the original on 2012-10-07. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  14. ^ "Hot Dance Club Play – 2 May 1985". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-01-19.[dead link]
  15. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks – 24 November 1984". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  16. ^ "Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks – 15 December 1984". Billboard. Archived from the original on January 1, 2014. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  17. ^ "RPM Singles Chart – 22 December 1984". RPM. Archived from the original on 2012-10-07. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  18. ^ "Hot 100 Chart – 5 January 1985". Billboard. Archived from the original on July 28, 2013. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  19. ^ "RPM Adult Contemporary Chart – 5 January 1985". RPM. Archived from the original on 2012-10-07. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  20. ^ "Top 100 Singles – 12 January 1985". Cash Box. Archived from the original on 13 March 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  21. ^ "Top 100 Singles – 26 January 1985". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  22. ^ "Top 50 Singles – 3 February 1985". irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  23. ^ "Top 100 Singles – 4 February 1985". charts-surfer.de. Archived from the original on 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  24. ^ "Top 100 Singles – 9 February 1985". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  25. ^ "Top 100 Singles – 17 February 1985". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  26. ^ "RIAA.org Volume I – 13 December 1984". RIAA. Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  27. ^ "CRIA THE HONEYDRIPPERS VOL. 1–1 April 1985". CRIA. Archived from the original on 2010-05-01. Retrieved 2009-01-19.