Daddy Rolling Stone was first recorded in 1953 by Otis Blackwell. Blackwell was a very successful songwriter; as well as this song, he wrote “Fever”, “All shook up” and many other classic rock and roll songs.
The record was not the first time that Derek Martin had recorded the song! He first recorded it with The Pearls in 1954, then with Jimmy Ricks & The Raves in 1962. The recording of 1963 was issued on American Sue’s subsidiary label Crackerjack, to avoid allegations of payola, since his other recordings for American Sue usually appeared on the Sue label itself.
The Sue UK single’s label suffered from a frequent problem for Island and Sue records: omissions and spelling errors, in this case they spelled his name wrong on the label. Derek Martin was born in 1938 and is still performing.
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