Debuting at the end of May in 1960, Dallas Frazier novelty gem “Alley Oop” caught the cover treatment from a band that hadn’t even formed yet, led by Hollywood session man Gary Paxton, landing a Billboard #1 by the time the week of July 11 came along. Why the Frazier version never hit airwaves with the same insatiability is a mystery, with its roadhouse-y howl and twang tale of pretty much the coolest time-raveling caveman ever, inspired by the iconic comic strip of the same name. Nevertheless, the Paxton production – eventually billed under the crew the Hollywood Argyles – colors things irresistibly finger-snap doo-wop, and captures a brief silly glimpse of rock n’ roll before poetics and social commentary became en vogue. To a “hipsville” moment when the “toughest man there is alive” wore “clothes from a wildcat’s hide:”

Thair he goes,
(Alley-Oop, oop, oop, oop-oop)
Look at that cave man go
(Alley-Oop, oop, oop, oop-oop)
He sure is hip ain’t he
(Alley-Oop, oop, oop, oop-oop)
Like what’s happening
(Alley-Oop, oop, oop, oop-oop)
He’s too much
(Alley-Oop, oop, oop, oop-oop)
Ride, Daddy, ride