In 1984 I read a short essay about Roy Hall by Nick Tosches in his fabulous book, Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll. My takeaway was Roy Hall as the guy who wrote and first recorded "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" in 1956. At the time I was unable to find any recordings of his and lost track of the thread.

In 2010 I scored a cheap promotional CD from Bear Family Records entitled "All We Wanna Do Is Rock," featuring one track each from all 36 CDs in their various artists Rocks series. Then, while scouring my collection for lesser-known rockabilly tracks last month, I noticed Roy Hall's "Three Alley Cats" on that Bear Family promo disc and actually listened to it for the first time.

The song was recorded on August 2, 1956, at Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville. That's Roy Hall on vocal and piano, Hank Garland and Grady Martin on guitars, Floyd Chance on bass, and Buddy Harman Jr. on drums.

As you can now hear for yourself on the sidebar to the Home Page, it's a perfect theme song for the Alley. Don't you agree?