Sun Rockabilly: The Classic Recordings

Sun Rockabilly: The Classic Recordings

     
 
Out of country and R&B came rockabilly. Sun Records covered all three styles with the likes of Johnny Cash, Little Milton, and Carl Perkins. Rock & roll also came out of the mix at Sun thanks to two of label head Sam Phillips' prized acts: Elvis Presley and

Overview

Out of country and R&B came rockabilly. Sun Records covered all three styles with the likes of Johnny Cash, Little Milton, and Carl Perkins. Rock & roll also came out of the mix at Sun thanks to two of label head Sam Phillips' prized acts: Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis -- not to mention Perkins. Fortunately, for fans of these heavy hitters, there are literally thousands of reissues on the market. But for those with an ear for Sun's rich store of early blues and R&B sides, as well as the company's many mid-'50s rockabilly singles, the pickings were slim for years. Now, thanks to labels like Rhino, Charly, and Rounder, a wealth of obscure early rock & roll sides produced in Memphis are getting released. This Rounder collection of 14 rockabilly obscurities certainly is welcome, with its mix of relatively well-known cuts (Gene Simmons, Billy Riley, and Conway Twitty) and truly marginal sides (Ernie Barton, Ray Harris, and Jack Earls). Highlights include Warren Smith's classic "Miss Froggie" ("I got a gal/She's shaped just like a frog"), Barton's "She's Gone Away" (the Cramps and X must have heard this one early on), Tracy Pendarvis' exemplary train song "Southbound Line," and Hayden Thompson's fine rendition of the Junior Parker side "Love My Baby." Topped off with informative liner notes by Sun specialist Colin Escott, this solid if somewhat slim collection will work just fine as a first-disc choice for the rockabilly-curious.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/1992
Label:
Rounder Select
UPC:
0011661553729
catalogNumber:
37

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Conway Twitty   Track Performer
Jack Earls   Guitar,Vocals
Kiss   Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Lee Lewis   Piano
Roy Orbison   Background Vocals
Warren Smith   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Joe Baugh   Piano
Johnny Bernero   Drums
Wayne Cogswell   Guitar,Background Vocals
Bob Hadaway   Bass
Ray Harris   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Roland Janes   Guitar
Stan Kesler   Bass
Billy Lee Riley   Guitar,Vocals
Ronald Smith   Guitar
Brad Suggs   Guitar
J.M. Van Eaton   Drums
Carl Adams   Guitar
Hopson   Guitar
Marvin Pepper   Bass
Hayden Thompson   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Jimmy Luke Pashman   Guitar
Billy Weir   Drums
Jimmy Lott   Drums
Tommy Blake   Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Black   Bass
Jimmy Wilson   Piano
Ernie Barton   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Carl Simmons   Guitar
Sandy Brooks   Track Performer
Slim Rhodes   Guitar,Track Performer
Tracy Pendarvis   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Smith   Piano
Bill Harris   Bass
Eddie Hall   Bass
Jesse Carter   Bass
Singing Sons   Vocals
Edwin Bruce   Guitar,Vocals
Spec Rhodes   Bass
Johnny Gibson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Jerry Lee Lewis   Composer
Warren Smith   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
John Hughey   Contributor
Randy McCormick   Composer
Even Stevens   Composer
Sam Phillips   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Gene Simmons   Composer
Scott   Composer

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