Carl Dobkins Jr. My Heart Is an Open Book
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sku: IMT 15546
- by The Kalin Twins ~ When ~ $20.91
- Released: March 21, 1994
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Bear Family
- 1.My Heart Is an Open Book
- 2.If You Don't Want My Lovin'
- 3.Love Is Everything
- 4.My Pledge to You
- 5.Lucky Devil
- 6.(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I
- 7.Promise Mem
- 8.Take Time Out
- 9.A Chance to Belong
- 10.In My Heart
- 11.Ask Me No Question
- 12.Sawdust Dolly
- 13.Pretty Little Girl in the Yellow Dress
- 14.Open Up Your Arms
- 15.I'm Sorry
- 16.Three Little Peggies
- 17.Class Ring
- 18.Exclusively Yours
- 19.For Your Love
- 20.True Love
- 21.Raining in My Heart
- 23.That's What I Call True Love
- 24.One Little Girl
- 26.A Different Kind of Love
- 28.That's All I Need to Know
- 29.Sawdust Dolly
- 30.Class Ring
Personnel: Carl Dobkins, Jr. (vocals); Walter Garland, Grady Martin, Hank Garland, Harold Bradley (guitar); Howard Carpenter, Wilda Tinsley, Vernal E. Richardson, Solie Fott, George Binkley III, Brenton Banks, Cecil Brower (strings); Owen Bradley (piano, organ); Floyd Cramer, Bill Smith (piano); Buddy Harman (drums).
Audio Mixer: John Strother.
Liner Note Author: Colin Escott.
Recording information: Bradley Film & Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennesee (04/23/1958-06/20/1961); King Studio, Cincinnati, OH (04/23/1958-06/20/1961).
Illustrators: R.A. Andreas; Carl Dobkins, Jr.
Photographers: R.A. Andreas; Carl Dobkins, Jr.
Carl Dobkins Jr. was a purveyor of mild-mannered rock & roll similar to Johnny Tillotson or Ricky Nelson (with even less rockabilly fire) who managed four Billboard hits in 1959-60, the biggest of which was the Top Five "My Heart is an Open Book." His second-biggest hit, "Lucky Devil" (also recorded by Frank Ifield around the same time) peaked at number 25, and his career as a teen idol went downhill from there. Dobkin's Decca recordings, collected on this exhaustive 30-track import, are lighter-than-air confections that often breeze past without making much of an impression, and even his few hits aren't among the most memorable songs of the era. A few novelties ("Three Little Peggies," "Genie") bring welcome variety to the tone, which overall is one of teen-oriented light rock and high school balladry. My Heart is an Open Book offers innocuous fun for collectors, but is otherwise too slight so sustain interest. ~ Greg Adams
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