Chanteur Rock 'n' Roll US né le 13 Janvier 1941 à Cincinnati (Ohio). Carl Dobkins a débuté en 1958 et a enregistré chez Fraternity (58) puis chez Decca Records (58) .

Carl Dobkins Jr. is one of those rockabilly legends who won't quit, even decades after his last chart entry. From a number three hit in 1959 with "My Heart Is an Open Book," he maintained a decades-long career that delighted audiences for generations on both sides of the Atlantic. Dobkins was born into an Appalachian family that had transplanted themselves to Cincinnati in search of a better life. The family was filled with amateur musicians -- both of his parents sang, and his mother played guitar -- and at age nine Dobkins was given a ukulele by his parents. He quickly learned the instrument and moved on to the guitar, learning first the country and hillbilly songs that his family favored. While Dobkins was in high school, he started writing songs of his own and cut a demo record of two of them, which led to a meeting with disc jockey Gil Sheppard, who offered to manage Dobkins in a potential music career. Rock & roll was breaking nationally and Sheppard saw Carl Dobkins Jr. as a potential star. Thus, he became "the Teenage Rage," and began singing at local dance parties and record hops. Every record label was looking for the next Elvis Presley or Carl Perkins, and Dobkins was signed to the Cincinnati-based Fraternity Records, which released "Take Hold of My Hand" b/w "That's Why I'm Asking." It failed to chart, and he next moved to the much larger King Records for a recording session, but Sheppard sold the master to the still larger Decca Records label. Issued on Decca, "If You Don't Want My Lovin'" became a regional hit on its initial release, and did well enough to justify Decca investing more time in Dobkins. He cut his first sessions for Decca in Nashville under the aegis of Owen Bradley. The result was "My Heart Is an Open Book," Dobkins' lasting claim to immortality in the field of rockabilly. One of the better crossover records in the field, it rocked hard with a solid guitar sound and a great beat, and featured the artist backed by two of the Anita Kerr Singers. Ironically, the record took six months to take off, requiring two rounds of promotion by the label. When the smoke cleared, Dobkins was making appearances on national television behind "My Heart Is an Open Book," including Dick Clark's American Bandstand the day after his graduation from high school. He toured nationally and worked in six months of army reserve service in the infantry as well, as "My Heart Is an Open Book" soared to number three nationally in the spring of 1959, earning a gold record in its 24-week chart run. A follow-up, "Lucky Devil," reached number 25 in a 17-week run late in the year, and even "If You Don't Want My Lovin'" made it to number 67 when it was reissued nationally around the same time. Dobkins also got to number 62 the next spring with "Exclusively Yours." Carl Dobkins Jr. made all of the usual moves that a young rock & roller did in those days, going into more lyrical, romantic sounds as the public's taste for rock & roll seemed to retreat in the early '60s -- by 1961, he was even cutting versions of movie themes, such as "Pretty Little Girl in the Yellow Dress" from the western The Last Sunset, starring Kirk Douglas and Rock Hudson. In all, he cut 18 singles and an LP, and remained active in the business for years, touring with Bobby Freeman, Bobby Rydell, Bobby Vee, Buddy Knox, Frankie Avalon, Jan & Dean, Frankie Ford, Freddie Cannon, and Jimmy Clanton, the Drifters, and the Crickets.

http://www.carldobkinsjr.com/

Talents : Singer

Style musical : Rock 'n' Roll

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THAT'S WHY I'M ASKING (1958)

MY HEART IS AN OPEN BOOK (1959)

LUCKY DEVIL (1959)

LINDA THE MOTEL MAID (1969)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

01/1958 SP FRATERNITY F-794 (US) . Take Hold Of My Hand / That's Why I'm Asking
05/1958 SP DECCA 9-30656 (US) . Carl DOBKINS with The SENIORS - If You Don't Want My Lovin' / Love Is Everything
01/1959 SP DECCA 9-30803 (US) . My Heart Is An Open Book / My Pledge To You
08/1959 EP DECCA ED 2664 (US) MY HEART IS AN OPEN BOOK - If You Don't Want My Lovin' (Carl DOBKINS with The SENIORS) / Love Is Everything (Carl DOBKINS with The SENIORS) / My Heart Is An Open Book / My Pledge To You
11/1959 SP DECCA 9-31020 (US) Lucky Devil / In My Heart
1959 EP BRUNSWICK 10618 (F) MY HEART IS AN OPEN BOOK -My Heart Is An Open Book / My Pledge To You / Love Is Everything / If You Don't Want My Lovin' /
04/1960 SP DECCA 9-31088 (US) Exclusively Yours / One Little Girl
09/1960 SP DECCA 9-31143 (US) . Genie / A Different Kind Of Love
12/1960 SP DECCA 9-31182 (US) . Lovelight Side / Take Time Out
1960 EP DECCA ED 9-38169 (US)
DEATESETTERS, U.S.A. - I'm Sorry (Brenda LEE) / Sweet Nothin's (Brenda LEE) / Lucky Devil (Carl DOBKINS Jr.) / My Pledge To You (Carl DOBKINS Jr.)
05/1961 SP DECCA 9-31260 (US) . Pretty Little Girl In The Yellow Dress / That's What I Call True Love
09/1961 SP DECCA 9-31301 (US) . Chance To Belong / Sawdust Dolly
01/1962 SP DECCA 9-31353 (US) . Promise Me / Ask Me No Question
1963 SP ATCO 45-6283 (US) . If Teardrops Were Diamonds / I'm So Sorry, Little Girl
1965 SP COLPIX CP 762 (US) . His Loss Is My Gain / A Little Bit Later On Down The Line
1969 SP CHALET CHR-1053 (US) . The Days Of Sand And Shovels / Linda The Motel Maid
1969 SP CHALET CHR-1056 (US) . My Heart Is An Open Book / Pictures
1973 SP MCA MCA-60044 (US) . My Heart Is An Open Book / My Pledge To You
1979 SP KING GT4-2099 (US) . My Heart Is An Open Book (Carl DOBKINS) / Sugar Shack (Jimmy GILMER)









Albums

09/1959 LP 12" DECCA DL-8938 (mono) / DL-78938 (stereo) (US) CARL DOBKINS, JR. - If You Don't Want My Lovin' / Love Is Everything / My Heart Is An Open Book / My Pledge To You / Open Up Your Arms / Three Little Peggies / Class Ring / True Love / For Your Love / I'm Sorry / Fool Such As I / Raining In My Heart
06/1990 CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 15546 (GER)
MY HEART IS AN OPEN BOOK - My Heart Is An Open Book / If You Don't Want My Lovin' / Love Is Everything / My Pledge To You / Lucky Devil / A Fool Such As I / Promise Me / Take Time Out / A Chance To Belong / In My Heart / Ask Me No Question / Sawdust Dolly / Pretty Little Girl In The Yellow Dress / Open Us Your Arms / I'm Sorry / Three Little Peggies / Class Ring / Exclusively Yours / For Your Love / True Love / Raining In My Heart / Sue / That's What I Call True Love / One Little Girl / Genie / A Different Kind Of Love / Lovelight / That's All I Need To Know / Sawdust Dolly / Class Ring
200? CD DBW SOUND ? (US) NOW AND THEN - If You Don't Want My Lovin’ / The Wonder Of You / My Heart Is An Open Book / The Phone Call / It May Be Love / I Won't Be Home For Christmas / Laughing Brown Eyes / That's Why I'm Asking / Come Go With Me / Annalise / The End
2008 CD DBW SOUND ? (US) CRUISING WITH CARL - Memories Are Made Of This / Lost In The Fifties / My Heart Is An Open Book / Think It Over / Sea Of Love / Little Bitty Tear / It Doesn't Matter Anymore / Lucky Devil / Raining In My Heart / Angel Baby / Rock And Roll Medley

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