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Hello My Darlings! The Best of Charlie Drake

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Charlie Drake 9/27/2004

Review

Charlie Drake was a one-hit wonder in the U.S. thanks to the novelty song "My Boomerang Won't Come Back," but in his native England he fared much better. His cover of "Splish Splash" outsold Bobby Darin's, and he had the only charting version of Larry Verne's "Mr. Custer." Hello My Darlings! The Best of Charlie Drake collects his original Parlophone recordings (released on United Artists in the U.S.) from the late '50s and early '60s, most of which are novelties. The original, withdrawn "black in the face" version of "My Boomerang Won't Come Back" appears, as do copycat songs about a Zulu who bends his assagi, a Tyrolean who loses his yodel, and a horseman who's too fat for the Light Brigade. Drake assaults a wide variety of topics -- dance crazes, country music, spy movies, foreign-language songs, and superheroes -- but has a serious side, too. He croons his way through "Old Mr. Shadow" and "Glow Worm," and journeys into straight rock & roll with a cover of Bobby Hendricks' "Itchy Twitchy Feeling." "Have You Heard About Love," culled from an EP called Hits from the Man in the Moon, is performed by a vocal chorus with no apparent contribution from Drake. One could quibble with the track selection, and the disc is encoded with controversial Copy Control technology, but Hello My Darlings! offers all the hits and more. ~ Greg Adams
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Hello My Darlings Charlie Drake 2:28
  3. 2 Splish Splash Charlie Drake 2:24
  4. 3 My Boomerang Won't Come Back Charlie Drake 3:36
  5. 4 Volaré Charlie Drake 2:59
  6. 5 I Bent My Assagi Charlie Drake 3:39
  7. 6 Mr. Custer Charlie Drake 3:6
  8. 7 Glow Worm Charlie Drake 2:8
  9. 8 I've Lost the End of My Yodel Charlie Drake 2:40
  10. 9 Itchy Twitchy Feeling Charlie Drake 2:26
  11. 10 My Girl Charlie Drake 2:32
  12. 11 Old Mr. Shadow Charlie Drake 3:10
  13. 12 Tanglefoot Charlie Drake 2:40
  14. 13 Wonder Man Charlie Drake 2:8
  15. 14 Naughty Charlie Drake 2:58
  16. 15 Starkle Starkle Charlie Drake 2:27
  17. 16 Charles Drake 007 Charlie Drake 3:18
  18. 17 Don't Trim My Wick Charlie Drake 4:8
  19. 18 Drake's Progress Charlie Drake 3:11
  20. 19 Have You Heard About Love Charlie Drake 1:32
  21. 20 I'm Too Heavy for the Light Brigade Charlie Drake 3:4
  22. 21 So This Is the Moon Charlie Drake 2:55
  23. 22 That's Kissing Charlie Drake 2:52
  24. 23 Working Man Charlie Drake 2:48
  25. 24 You Can Do It Charlie Drake 2:28

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