Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sal Mineo

Sal Mineo didn’t have much of a music career. He was an actor, and he played Gene Krupa in The Gene Krupa Story. I know that from a Trivial Pursuit question, and I actually saw The Gene Krupa Story – well I saw part of it, on TV, one night long ago. His Wikipedia article has a list of his movies but no discography. Truth is he actually had 6 records in the top 100, all in 1957.

Sal Mineo:

Start Movin’ (In My Direction) – Another of those 50s rock and roll songs that still has one foot in pop – not in the rhythm, but in the use of the vocal chorus, and in the fact that Mineo sounds like he’s channelling Johnny Ray with swiveling hips. It’s not clear, though, whether the object of his affection is a friend, a stranger, someone he’s been dating a bit, his maiden aunt… A hit in the summer of 1957.

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