The Rockin' Stockin'
"ROCKIN' LANG SYNE" - B.M.I.
Composer: - Traditional
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - M 20 - D.J. Copy Red Label
Recorded: - Probably November 17,
Probably Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis,
Produced for Billy Riley's Mojo label and
shipped to Sun Records
on November 17, 1959
Released: - November 14, 1960
- Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 350 / SUN 1960-B mono
ROCKIN' LANG SYNE / YULEVILLE U.S.A.
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-2-18 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Billy Riley - Guitar
Roland Janes - Guitar
Van Eaton - Drums
Martin Willis – Tenor Saxophone
This record has often appeared in label lists as SUN 350,
no copies bearing that number have ever been found.
It only appears to have been issued as SUN 1960
Presumably every label, even Sun, is to be forgiven some seasonal music. So here is Sun's foray into the Christmas marketplace, courtesy
of Billy Riley, entrepreneur. These two sides (Sun 1960) were produced for Riley's Mojo label, and taken over by Sun on November 17, 1959. That made it too late for Christmas 1959, but Sam Phillips had it out in plenty of time for Christmas 1960.
Riley and company (the usual Little Green Men cast of Roland Janes, Jimmy van Eaton,
Martin Willis) tear a page from the Bill Black Combo songbook, which was thriving across town at the Hi Studios. Notably, Jimmy Wilson's keyboard work on ''Rockin' Old Lang Syne'' is a little more skating rinky than anything Carl McVoy ever attempted for Bill