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Let's Get Wild [Bear Family]
     

Let's Get Wild [Bear Family]

by Rudy Grayzell
 
A born showman and singer, Rudy Grayzell came out of San Antonio in the early '50s with a killer blend of R&B and country that was a seamless fit with the growing rock & roll boom. (He also gave a brief place in his band to a pre-teenaged Doug Sahm.) Bear Family's lengthy Grayzell compilation, Let's Get Wild, rounds up nearly

Overview

A born showman and singer, Rudy Grayzell came out of San Antonio in the early '50s with a killer blend of R&B and country that was a seamless fit with the growing rock & roll boom. (He also gave a brief place in his band to a pre-teenaged Doug Sahm.) Bear Family's lengthy Grayzell compilation, Let's Get Wild, rounds up nearly three-dozen sides from his short stints with a host of labels (including Capitol, Starday and Sun). Grayzell's performances were wooly and wild, a great balance of naturally unhinged Louisiana rock (like Jerry Lee Lewis or Link Davis) and the crisp sounds of fellow Texan Buddy Holly. After a short, unsuccessful time with Capitol (led by Ken Nelson), he moved to Pappy Daily's Starday and issued a trio of early rock classics: "Let's Get Wild," "Duck Tail," and "Jig-Ga-Lee-Ga." His version of "Duck Tail" isn't as good as Joe Clay's (Grayzell actually wrote the song), but "Let's Go Wild" is one of the best rockabilly chestnuts of the '50s, with Grayzell easily equaling both the frenzied excitement as well as the relaxed charm of Elvis Presley (who was reportedly the one who christened him Rudy "Tutti" Grayzell). Further tracks for Sun and others saw him able to croon or rock. Most rockabilly fans will be content with finding "Let's Go Wild" as a single track, but the entire compilation paints an intriguing portrait of a great singer emerging from the South who was able to emulate both Ernest Tubb and Clyde McPhatter.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2010
Label:
Bear Family Germany
UPC:
4000127168375
catalogNumber:
2716837
Rank:
143471

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rudy Grayzell   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Jim Reeves   Rhythm Guitar
Charlie Harris   Guitar
Herb Remington   Steel Guitar
Wayne Wood   Steel Guitar
Ernie Hunter   Fiddle
Otis Jett   Drums
Earl Caruthers   Fiddle
Roland James   Guitar
Rusty Hornbeak   Fiddle
Tommy Bishop   Guitar
Kenneth Allen "Little Red" Hayes   Fiddle
Gerald Carnes   Drums
Greg Nanus   Piano
Tony Kay   Piano
Harold F. "Hal" Harris   Guitar
Dick Ketner   Bass
Ernie Cortez   Saxophone
James Clayton Day   Steel Guitar
Ace Lewis   Percussion
Caffigan   Saxophone
Junior Prueneda   Bass
Dave Sullivan   Guitar
Roy McMeans   Drums

Technical Credits

Billy Miller   Illustrations
Rudy Grayzell   Composer,Illustrations
Pappy Daily   Producer
Colin Escott   Biographical Notes
Rudy Jackson   Composer
Bill Quinn   Engineer
Bob Sullivan   Engineer
Diethold Leu   Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Stefan Kohne   Reissue Producer
Fabor Robison   Producer
Jim Leisy   Composer
Edward Lisbona   Composer
Jack Rhodes   Composer
Lucille Dean   Composer
Ted Varnick   Composer
Eddy Ray   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Klaus Kettner   Illustrations
Nico Feuerbach   Illustrations
Johnny Hicks   Composer
Harold W. "Pappy" Daily   Producer
Horst Zimmermann   Photo Scanning
Tom Jennings   Composer
Norma Grimm   Composer
Ken Sloan   Composer
Joe Grayzell   Composer
Charlie Aldrich   Composer

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