Chuck Higgins – Is a … Ph.D (1979/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 37:37 minutes | 213 MB | Genre: Rockabilly
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Charles Williams Higgins (April 17, 1924 – September 14, 1999) was an American saxophonist.
Higgins relocated from his birthplace of Gary, Indiana to Los Angeles in his teens, where he played trumpet and went to school at the Los Angeles Conservatory. Later switching to saxophone, he penned the single “Pachuko Hop” (1952), which became popular among American Latinos on the West Coast. The “Pachuko Hop” single’s B-side, “Motorhead Baby”, was the inspiration for the nickname of musician Motorhead Sherwood, who played with Frank Zappa. The song “Pachuko Hop” is also referenced in the lyrics to the songs “Jelly Roll Gum Drop” on Zappa’s album Cruising with Ruben & the Jets (1968) and “Debra Kadabra” by Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart on their collaborative album Bongo Fury (1975). Zappa listed Chuck Higgins as a reference in his influence list accompanying his album Freak Out! (1966). The 1955 single, “Wetback Hop”, became the subject of controversy because of the use of the derogatory term for Mexicans in the title. It was an attempt to associate the listener with the earlier success of “Pachuko Hop”, which refers to Mexican zoot suiters of the 1940s. The song appears on the 1996 Rocket Sixty-Nine release Jump Shot!.
Higgin’s Orchestra performed at the famed twelfth Cavalcade of Jazz held at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles which was produced by Leon Hefflin, Sr. on September 2, 1956. Also performing that day were Dinah Washington, The Mel Williams Dots, Julie Stevens, Little Richard, Bo Rhambo, Willie Hayden & Five Black Birds, The Premiers, Gerald Wilson and His 20-Pc. Recording Orchestra and Jerry Gray and his Orchestra.
1. Chuck Higgins – Ph.D
2. Chuck Higgins – I’m Hooked
3. Chuck Higgins – Do It
4. Chuck Higgins – So Cold
5. Chuck Higgins – Searchin’ for Love
6. Chuck Higgins – Fool Around
7. Chuck Higgins – First Time
8. Chuck Higgins – Without Your Love
9. Chuck Higgins – Take It Out
10. Chuck Higgins – Chucktion
11. Chuck Higgins – Forever