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Rock With Me Baby: 1956-1960

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
One of the true unsung architects of rock & roll (no less than Bob Dylan once called him "my hero"), Billy Lee Riley may have done as much or more than even Elvis Presley to shape the early sound of rock. A strong, edgy singer with a growl in his voice, Riley was also a multi-instrumentalist, perfectly skilled at guitar, harmonica, drums, and bass, and he was a session player at many of the legendary Sun Records recording dates in the 1950s and early '60s, and his band, the Little Green Men, led by guitarist Roland James and drummer J.M. Van Eaton, became the virtual house band for the studio. Riley had a couple of influential hits for the label, too, including the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
One of the true unsung architects of rock & roll (no less than Bob Dylan once called him "my hero"), Billy Lee Riley may have done as much or more than even Elvis Presley to shape the early sound of rock. A strong, edgy singer with a growl in his voice, Riley was also a multi-instrumentalist, perfectly skilled at guitar, harmonica, drums, and bass, and he was a session player at many of the legendary Sun Records recording dates in the 1950s and early '60s, and his band, the Little Green Men, led by guitarist Roland James and drummer J.M. Van Eaton, became the virtual house band for the studio. Riley had a couple of influential hits for the label, too, including the blistering "Flyin' Saucers Rock 'n' Roll" and "Red Hot," and he gave old standards like "Betty and Dupree" and "Down by the Riverside" fine new coats of rockabilly paint as well, always performing with energy and passion. This rollicking 26-track set collects the best of his Sun recordings cut between the years 1956 and 1960, and it will be a revelation to those new to what Riley had to offer. Presley and others may have gotten the fame, but Riley and his band were there behind the scenes making sure it all was rocking exactly right.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/14/2010
  • Label: Ais
  • EAN: 8436028697304
  • Catalog Number: 2869730
  • Sales rank: 127,384

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Lee Riley Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Charlie Rich Piano
Jerry Lee Lewis Piano
Roland Janes Guitar
Pat O'Neill Bass
Clayton Perkins Bass
Brad Suggs Bass
W.S. Holland Drums
Marvin Pepper Bass
Martin Willis Saxophone
Billy Riley Bass, Drums
Jimmy Wilson Piano
James Paulman Piano
Jimmy Van Eaton Drums
Technical Credits
Johnny Cash Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Chuck Willis Composer
Bill Justis Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Mercy Dee Walton Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Jack Clement Producer
Billy Lee Riley Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
William Robert Emerson Composer
Ray Scott Composer
Cornelius Composer
John Marascalco Composer
Charles E. Calhoun Composer
Paul Howard Composer
Michael Crocker Images
Roger Garfunki Images
James Garro Images
Gary Blailock Liner Notes
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