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Rusty Rocks

Rusty Rocks

by Rusty York
     
 
By any standard, Rusty York is an obscure early rock & roller, cutting a handful of singles on several labels during the late '50s and early '60s yet scoring only one hit single -- "Sugaree" in 1959 -- and, at least according to Billboard, it wasn't even much of a hit, peaking at 77. Charts can be deceiving, and "Sugaree" was more popular than most singles that peak

Overview

By any standard, Rusty York is an obscure early rock & roller, cutting a handful of singles on several labels during the late '50s and early '60s yet scoring only one hit single -- "Sugaree" in 1959 -- and, at least according to Billboard, it wasn't even much of a hit, peaking at 77. Charts can be deceiving, and "Sugaree" was more popular than most singles that peak at 77, sticking around on radio and jukeboxes for many a year, and turning into one of the great one-shot rock & roll singles of the late '50s. But to define York's career merely in terms of "Sugaree" does him a disservice since he was quite active and versatile, playing with Jimmie Skinner in bluegrass groups early in his career and spending time on the road with Bobby Bare in the '60s, playing in his backing bands and taking the opening act slot. And, as Bear Family's 2004 set Rusty Rocks proves, he did a fair amount of recording, bouncing between Jewel, Gee Dee, and Chess during the '60s. Bear Family rounded up these sides, including unreleased takes, plus tracks he recorded as a member of the Cajuns and in an atypical teen pop vocal duet with Bonnie Lou. This isn't complete -- in the excellent liner notes by Colin Escott, there are some allusions to sessions that don't seem to appear on the disc -- but it's close enough for most listeners, and by concentrating on York's rockabilly and rock & roll (throwing in the bluegrass "Don't Do It" and a couple of country-leaning tunes), it gives the sense of cohesion. Much of this is quite good -- nothing that tears it up like "Sugaree," but there are a lot of little gems, from a bunch of effectively skeletal readings of rock & roll standards ("Mean Woman Blues," "The Girl Can't Help It," "Peggy Sue," "Great Balls of Fire") to originals like the rollicking, sax-fueled ravers "Sadie Mae" and "Tore Up Over You," the swaggering "Tremblin'," and the terrific "Goodnight Cincinnati, Good Morning Tennessee," an excellent fusion of Johnny Cash story-song and teenage rock & roll. Some of this is a bit generic, but in an enjoyable way, and those aforementioned highlights make this worth seeking out for hardcore lovers of pre-Beatles rock & roll.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2004
Label:
Imports
UPC:
4000127165435
catalogNumber:
16543

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rusty York   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Mickey Baker   Guitar
Bonnie Lou   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Cajuns   Group
John Bower   Piano,Group Member
Bob Bushnell   Bass
Buddy Lucas   Saxophone
Henry Moore   Saxophone
Horace Ott   Piano
Joe Richardson   Guitar
Edison Gore   Drums
Charmaines   Vocals
Billy Thomas   Fiddle
Zeke Turner   Guitar
Herman Kress   Bass
Bill Lanham   Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
Gordon Clemons   Bass
Runyon   Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Roy Brown   Composer
Marty Robbins   Composer
Hank Ballard   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Bobby Troup   Composer
Rusty York   Composer,Producer,Illustrations
Bob Crewe   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Dwight "Whitey" Pullen   Composer
Jimmie Skinner   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
William Shakespeare Hays   Composer
Jerry Allison   Composer
Colin Escott   Biographical Information
Henry Glover   Composer
Jack Hammer   Composer
Frank Slay   Composer
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Annisteen Allen   Composer
Louis Innis   Composer
Diethold Leu   Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Dave Sax   Tape Research
Claude Demetrius   Composer
Wolfgang Taubenauer   Artwork
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning

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