Rock With Me Baby: 1956-1960

Rock With Me Baby: 1956-1960

by Billy Lee Riley

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Rock With Me Baby: 1956-1960

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/14/2010
Label: Ais
UPC: 8436028697304
catalogNumber: 2869730
Rank: 64699

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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