The Rock-A-Teens

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Rock-a-teens
Also known as Boo Walke & the Rockets
Origin Richmond, Virginia, USA
Genres Rockabilly, rock and roll
Years active 1956–c. 1960
Labels Duran 3515 (a subsidiary of Mart Records), Roulette Records
Associated acts The Bill Smith Combo
Past members Vic Mizelle (vocals, guitar), Bobby "Boo" Walke (guitar), Bill Cook (guitar), Eddie Robinson (saxophone), Paul Dixon (Bass), Bill Smith (drums)

The Rock-A-Teens were an American rockabilly group from Richmond, Virginia, active in the late 1950s, led by Vic Mizelle.[1]

They are best known for their 1959 single, written by George Donald McGraw, "Woo Hoo", backed with "Untrue", released on Roulette Records R 4192.[2] The song hit No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100,[3] but it proved to be their only hit.

Career[edit]

The Rock-A-Teens formed in 1956 as Boo Walker & the Rockets while still in high school. After the initial success of "Woo-Hoo", they cut an album of the same name. Meanwhile Roulette Records issued a follow-up single of "Twangy" and "Doggone It Baby". Neither the album or follow-up single was successful. The group broke up shortly after and none of the members continued in the music business.

Discography[edit]

Album[edit]

Track Listing

  1. "Woo-Hoo" (George Donald McGraw) - 2:05
  2. "Doggone It Baby" (Victor Mizelle) - 2:23
  3. "I'm Not Afraid" (Mizelle) - 2:15
  4. "That's My Mama" (Billy Smith) - 1:41
  5. "Dance To the Bop" (Floyd Edge) - 2:23
  6. "Story Of A Woman" (Mizelle) - 2:00
  7. "Twangy" (Bobby "Boo" Walker) - 2:00
  8. "Janis Will Rock" (Mizelle) - 2:27
  9. "Pagan" (Mizelle) - 2:08
  10. "Lotta Bopin'" (Mizelle) - 2:23
  11. "Oh My Nerves" (Walker) - 2:07
  12. "I Was Born To Rock" (Mizelle) - 2:32

Technical Staff

  • Producer – Joe Reisman

Singles[edit]

  • "Woo Hoo" (McGraw) / "Untrue" (Mizelle), Roulette R-4192 - 1959[5]
  • "Twangy" (Walker) / "Doggone It Baby" (Mizelle), Roulette R-4217 - 1959[6]

Original Members[edit]

  • Vic Mizelle (vocals, guitar)
  • Bobby "Boo" Walker (guitar)
  • Bill Cook (guitar)
  • Eddie Robinson (sax)
  • Paul Dixon (bass)
  • Bill Smith (drums)


References[edit]

  1. ^ Pete Crigler Keeping It Tight in the Old Dominion 2010 p5 "One of the first real non-pop bands to come out of Virginia was a group of kids called the Rock-A-Teens, out of Richmond. By 1959, they'd started playing dances around the area when they auditioned for a local label owner named George Donald McGraw..."
  2. ^ Bruce Eder, The Rock-A-Teens at Allmusic
  3. ^ Billboard, Allmusic
  4. ^ http://rcs-discography.com/rcs/artist.php?key=rock2500
  5. ^ http://rcs-discography.com/rcs/artist.php?key=rock2500
  6. ^ http://rcs-discography.com/rcs/artist.php?key=rock2500

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