Boom Boom Rock ’n’ Roll, by Freddy Cannon

July 31, 2011

With the recent resurgence in the Four Seasons' popularity thanks to Jersey Boys, it's an apt time to rediscover Cannon (born Frederick Picariello), another East Coast Italian-American who worked with Four Seasons producer Bob Crewe. The 24 songs here recall the pre-Beatles era, and the amazingly propulsive "Tallahassee Lassie" sounds as rough and tumble as anything you'll hear by Jerry Lee Lewis or Chuck Berry. Other swingin' hits here include "Pali­sades Park," penned by former Gong Show host Chuck Barris.