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Memphis Rockabilly King
     

Memphis Rockabilly King

by Eddie Bond
 
There was probably no worse city in America to be a second-string rockabilly artist than Memphis, TN -- with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Charlie Feathers, Billy Lee Riley and the rest of the Sun Records roster in town, you could have a lot

Overview

There was probably no worse city in America to be a second-string rockabilly artist than Memphis, TN -- with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Charlie Feathers, Billy Lee Riley and the rest of the Sun Records roster in town, you could have a lot of talent and still look like a piker in comparison. Eddie Bond was one of the dozens of rockabilly singers who bubbled under on the Memphis music scene in the '50s, cutting a few rare singles for Mercury before starting his own label and later enjoying some local success as a country artist, but this CD collection of 40 (!) sides Bond recorded between 1955 and 1984 proves he was more interesting than the majority of lesser-known first-era rockabillies. Bond's early Mercury andEkko sides (such as "Slip Slip Slippin' In," "Boppin' Bonnie" and "Flip Flop Mama") were frantic stuff indeed, dominated by Bond's strong but acrobatic vocals and locomotive guitar work, and if a major hit never came his way, he also never gave up on the music, still cutting solid rockabilly sides like "Juke Joint Johnny" and "Look Like a Monkey" well into the late '60s. While Bond was also recording country songs in the '60s, the tunes presented here are tough honky tonk stuff that show the man still hadn't given up the ghost, and given how much music has been crammed onto this disc, the batting average is admirably high, with nary a dog in sight. Eddie Bond was hardly the Rockabilly King of Memphis, despite what the title of this disc would lead you to believe, but he was one of the better exponents of the form and this collection captures him in solid form; vintage rockabilly obsessives will certainly want to give this a spin.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2007
Label:
Stompertime Uk
UPC:
5024620112313
catalogNumber:
23

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Bond   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Hank Garland   Guitar
Charlie Feathers   Rhythm Guitar
Jordanaires   Cornet,Vibes
Billy Grammer   Guitar
Will Ackerman   Drums
Jimmy Capps   Guitar
Lightnin' Chance   String Bass
Gene Chrisman   Drums
Jack Clement   Rhythm Guitar
Joe Gillingham   Piano
Eddie Hill   Rhythm Guitar
John Hughey   Steel Guitar
Stan Kesler   Bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Morris "Tarp" Tarrant   Drums
Howard Tibble   Drums,Background Vocals
Marcus Van Story   String Bass
Reggie Young   Guitar
Jerry Byrd   Steel Guitar
Hopson   Guitar
Marvin Hughes   Piano
Hal Rugg   Steel Guitar
Eddie Jones   Guitar,Background Vocals
Jerry Lee Smith   Piano
Terry Nicholson   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Dave Travis   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Kenneth Herman   Steel Guitar
Junior Huskey   Bass
Tiny Fuller   Guitar
Tommy Potts   Bass
Gilbert Mickle   Fiddle,Saxophone
Cousin Bo Jack   Rhythm Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Droopy Duck   Bass
"Butch" Fuller   Drums
Toomstone Hawkins   Bass
Buddy Herman   Drums
Troy Jones   Guitar
Earl Logan   Guitar,Steel Guitar
Ellis Mize   Bass,Guitar
Alvin Stone   Double Bass
Jimmy Van Eaton   Drums
Jimmy Smith   Piano,Oboe

Technical Credits

Don Gibson   Composer
Hank Ballard   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Eddie Bond   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Sonny Fisher   Composer
Lattie Moore   Composer
Ernest Tubb   Composer
Owen Bradley   Engineer
Jerry Chesnut   Composer,Producer
Quinton Claunch   Composer
Jack Clement   Arranger,Producer
Mick Garoghan   Engineer
Stan Kesler   Producer,Engineer
Eddie Bone   Composer
Carl Friend   Producer
Teddy Wilburn   Producer
Earl Brooks   Composer
Bo Berglind   Graphic Design
Billy Hancock   Composer
Bob Belyeu   Composer
Dave Travis   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Laura Lee Perkins   Composer
Hank Harral & His Palomino Cowhands   Composer
Marshall Ellis   Composer,Producer
Dee Kilpartrick   Producer
Jim Whitby   Producer

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