- CONTAINS -
  
With His Hot and Blue Guitar (LP 1220) Johnny Cash
Dance Album of.... (SLP 1225) Carl Perkins
Jerry Lee Lewis (SLP 1230) Jerry Lee Lewis
Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous (SLP 1235) Johnny Cash
Greatest (SLP 1240) Johnny Cash
Sings Hank Williams and Other Favorite Tunes (SLP 1245) Johnny Cash
Million Sellers... (SLP 1250) Various Artists
Now Here's.... (SLP 1255) Johnny Cash
At the Rockhouse (SLP 1260) Roy Orbison
Jerry Lee's Greatest (SLP 1265) Jerry Lee Lewis
All Aboard the Blue Train (SLP 1270) Johnny Cash
Original Sun Sound (SLP 1275) Johnny Cash
 

Johnny Cash
October 11, 1957 Sun Records (LP) 33rpm LP/SLP 1220 mono
JOHNNY CASH WITH HIS HOT AND BLUE GUITAR!
 
Yellow label. Have circle of musical notes and staff around the entire label, with excepted of the bar wherein "Memphis, Tennessee" appear. The letters SUN with sun rays pressed in light brown at the top of the label. 
 
Johnny Cash With His Hot and Blue Guitar is the debut album of country singer Johnny Cash, released on October 11, 1957. The album contained four of his hit singles: "I Walk The Line'', "Cry! Cry! Cry!'', "So Doggone Lonesome'', and "Folsom Prison Blues''. It was re-issued on July 23, 2002 as an expanded edition, under the label Varese Vintage, containing five bonus tracks, three being alternate versions of tracks already present on the original LP. This was the first LP ever issued on Sam Phillips' Sun Records label.
 
Only five of the twelve songs came from his pen. He recorded a cover version of ''Rock Island Line'' then a hit for Lonnie Donegan, and another train song, ''Wreck Of The Old 97'', that had been one of the first country million sellers some thirty years earlier for Vernon Dalhart. There was a token nod towards Hank Williams, ''I Heard That Lonesome Whistle'', a revival of Stuart Hamblen/Ernest Tubb hit from 1950, ''Remember Me'', and a song from a very young Jerry Reed, ''If The Good Lord's Willing''. Cash even managed to sneak a religious song on the album, ''I Was There When It Happened''. It was a varied collection and represented the only album that Cash specifically recorded for Sun - the other five were cobbled together after he left. It also carried no hint of what was to follow.
 
On the back cover, liner notes written by Sun's promotion assistant Barbara Barnes that read: ''Johnny Cash and his music are one- blending to produce the kind of songs that bridge the gap from heart to heart. As Johnny says, ''There are three things you can't get away from. Loneliness, that certain kind of woman, and God''. And so the songs in this album echo the sincerity of Johnny's words and the universal truth of his experience.
 
When it comes to loneliness, you'd think Johnny Invented the word. Naturally endowed with a range, bit, hollow voice, Johnny's melancholy mood comes through strong on such blues ballads as his composition, ''So Doggone Lonesome'' or the old railroad folk song, ''I Heard That Lonesome Whistle''.
 
If there's an answer to man's loneliness, it's Woman. A woman can change a man's life completely. This is what Johnny says - a hit teasingly - in ''I Walk The Line'' (another Cash tune). This record, on single release, hit the top in the country and western field and also made ''Top 20 in the Nation'' in the pop field. Of course, you have to take the bitter with the sweet - hence, ''Cry, Cry, Cry''.
 
Coming to the third inescapable element, Johnny in this album sings one song of a spiritual nature. There's religious conviction in the strong, sensitive voice of Johnny Cash when he sings ''I Was There When It Happened''. Those who know him say that Johnny's religion to him is a very real thing, source of the peace he sings of so knowingly.
 
How does a young man of 23 get to be so serious, so soon? In Johnny's case, it was a matter of facing hard, cold facts from childhood. Brought up on a 40-acre cotton farm at Dyess Colony, Ark., Johnny was one of six children. The Cash family, though of necessity hard-working, always had time to sing together, and it was at home Johnny acquired his love of music.
 
At 18, Johnny enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. It was while serving ''three long, miserable years'' in Germany that he bought a guitar and taught himself to play. It went a long way in combatting blues and boredom, and to Johnny it was fun to work out original melodies now and then.
 
Service life completed, Johnny enrolled in a Memphis radio school, determined to become an announcer. On an impulse, he went into Sun Records Company one day and rather shyly asked Sun Records President Sam Phillips to audition him.
 
That was perhaps the most fateful day in Johnny's life, because he was immediately signed by Sun and his musical career was launched. That was in late '55, and one year later, Johnny was named the most promising country and western artist of the year separate polls.
 
Johnny writes nearly all his songs ''when I'm on the road, feeling homesick.... When an idea comes into my head, I jot it down. Later at home, I fish out maybe 40 or 50 scraps of paper and see what I've got''.
 
Backing up Johnny are two long-time friends, electric guitarist Luther Perkins and bass player Marshall Grant. They supply a strong country beat that never lags.
 
To hear Johnny Cash Album is to know Johnny Cash - the man, the lonely dreamer with a stubborn streak of realism which makes for strong and unforgettable conversation in song''.
 
Side 1 SU-119 Contains
 Rock Island Line
I Heard That Lonesome Whistle
Country Boy
If The Good Lord's Willing
Cry! Cry! Cry!
Remember Me
Original Sun Recordings
 
Side 2 SU-120 Contains
So Doggone Lonesome
I Was There When It Happened
I Walk The Line
Wreck Of The Old '97
Folsom Prison Blues
Doin' My Time
Original Sun Recordings
 

Carl Perkins
1958 Sun Records 33rpm LP/SLP-1225 mono
DANCE ALBUM OF CARL PERKINS
 
Cover issued years later.  Yellow label. Have circle of musical notes and staff around the entire label, with excepted of the bar wherein "Memphis, Tennessee" appear. The letters SUN with sun rays pressed in light brown at the top of the label.   
 
Among the great early rock and roll albums, Dance Album, Carl Perkins' first LP for Sun Records, tends to get the short end of the stick. There's a reason for that. Sam Phillips rushed the album out after Perkins left Sun for Columbia in 1958, which was two years after "Blue Suede Shoes" was a hit, so Perkins not only didn't have a big single in the charts, "Pink Pedal Pushers," his last for Sun, stalled at number 91 on the pop charts, but the label released it more as a cash-in than anything, and it never made much of an impact on the charts. These details fade into the past as the years go by, and what stands is the album itself, which is as good as rock and roll gets. First and foremost, the disc is a virtual greatest-hits album, containing most of Perkins' anthems, "Blue Suede Shoes'', "Movie Magg'', "Gone, Gone, Gone'', "Honey''. Note: 2 different covers available. Reissued with different sleeve as ''Teen Beat'' (August 1960). 
 
On the back cover, the liner notes written by Sun's promotion assistant Barbara Barnes that read:  ''This album could almost be described as ''Carl Perkins sings Carl Perkins''! With the exception of ''Only You'' and ''Wrong Yo Yo'', each of the titles included are Perkins tunes.
 
For the most part, they're happy songs, light, toe-tapping rhythm numbers that just naturally make you feel a little gayer.
 
Unquestionably, the best known Carl Perkins composition is ''Blue Suede Shoes''. This is the record that sky-rocketed Perkins fame in 1956. This plain, unassuming newcomer was the first country and western star to have a record (''Blue Suede Shoes'') on top in all three categories listed by Billboard magazine, popular, country and western, rhythm and blues.
 
In addition to ''Blue Suede Shoes'' you'll find here such carefree tunes as ''Boppin' The Blues'' and ''Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby''. Carl's enthusiasm is contagious, and it he doesn't make you feel like dancing, well, there's something wrong somewhere!
 
Carl Perkins, when he's not doing personal appearances on the road, still lives near his hometown of Jackson, Tennessee. Members of the household include his pretty wife, Valda and three rollicking youngsters.
 
And if feeling good is therapcutically good then listening to Carl Perkins is what the Doctor ordered... Carl from an instinctive knack for making you ''feel good'' and happy and ready for a frolic even if you are just by yourself listening to records. Carl on stage is an outstanding showman. On practically every return engagement throughout the country he packs the house with return customers plus enthusiastic people, young and old alike, who have heard about the Perkins magic on stage. This exuberance carries thru his records which makes recording Carl a treat instead of a job.
 
Carl, at 23, is not only young in years, he's young at heart. On hearing his records, you can instantly sense his vitality and friendliness. It's a safe bet that all you young 'uns - whatever your age, will enjoy Carl Perkins album''.
 
Side 1 SU-121 Contains
 Blue Suede Shoes
Movie Magg
Sure To Fall
Gone,  Gone, Gone
Honey Don't
Only You
Original Sun Recordings
 
Side 2 SU-122 Contains
Tennessee
Wrong Yo Yo
Everybody's Trying To Be My  Baby
Matchbox
Your True Love
Boppin' The Blues
Original Sun Recordings
 

Jerry Lee Lewis
May 1958 Sun Records (LP) 33rpm LP/SLP-1230 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS
 
Yellow label. Have circle of musical notes and staff around the entire label, with excepted of the bar wherein "Memphis, Tennessee" appear. The letters SUN with sun rays pressed in light brown at the top of the label. 
 
This album featured Lewis's hit "High School Confidential", but for some reason producer Sam Phillips did  not include Lewis's bigger hits such as "Great Balls of Fire". Although widely regarded as the headline track,  the title "High School Confidential" was not applied to the album. In keeping with an occasional record  industry practice of the time (1958) the album was also released in 45rpm format, the twelve songs being  divided over a series of three Extended Play (EP) records, Sun EP 108, EP 109 and EP 110 all pictured.  The back cover of the LP feature a large picture of Sun Records President Sam Phillips admiring Lewis at the  piano in the famous studio at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. Phillips, then working to promote  his latest star Lewis and also wrote the liner notes for the album noting that Lewis "is regarded as the very  epitome in rock and roll". The album is currently available on CD, featuring bonus tracks from his first EP,  "The Great Ball of Fire" (Sun EP 107).
 
On the back cover, liner notes written by Sun's promotion assistant Barbara Barnes that reads:  ''It Probably seems a little unusual for a record manufacturer to write his own liner notes for an artist's album.  But in this case, Jerry Lee Lewis's first LP, I want to express personally how proud Sun Record Company is  to present this fabulous showman in his interpretations of a variety of songs.
 
Jerry Lee, of course, is regarded as the very epitome in rock and roll. His biggest single sellers ''Whole Lotta  Shakin' Goin' On'', ''Great Balls Of Fire'', ''Breathless'', etc., have been characterized by the big beat and Jerry  Lee's natural, uninhibited vocal style. This is the kind of singing which brought him back to the Steve Allen  show for an encore one week after his first appearance in the summer of 1957. And it's magnetic  performances of tunes like these that make the kids get beside themselves when Jerry Lee plays personal  appearances.
 
But even so – Jerry Lee Lewis is very versatile. You'll see what I mean when you listen to this LP. He goes  from a wild ''High School Confidential'' (which is from his MGM movie of the same name) to a tender ballad  such as ''Fools Like Me'' with no difficulty whatsoever.
 
In fact, Jerry Lee sings a mean ballad. He gives the old folk tune ''Goodnight Irene'' a bluesy shuffle  interpretation I'd be willing to bet you've never heard before. Likewise, ''It All Depends'' is given the full  Lewis treatment – and if it doesn't move you, you've just got no sentimentality.
 
Jerry Lee's version of ''When The Saints Go Marching In'' will probably strike you as something quite out of  the ordinary. Only a southerner, who has attended camp meetings or other revival-type gatherings, can fully  appreciate the quality of fervor and abandonment that Jerry Lee gives this selection. Whereas ''When The  Saints Go Marching In'' is thought of now mostly as a Dixieland standard, this version goes back to its origin  as an authentic fundamentalist religious song.
 
I believe this is one of the finest albums ever assembled – truly showing the limitless versatility and talent of  Jerry Lee.
 
Playing and singing for you – here is Jerry Lee Lewis''.
 
Sam C. Phillips
       President, Sun Record Company
 
May, 1958
Memphis, Tenn.
 
Side 1 SU-123 Contains
Don't Be Cruel
Goodnight Irene
Put Me Down
It All Depends
Ubangi Stomp
Crazy Arms
Original Sun Recordings
 
Side 2 SU-123 Contains
Jambalaya
Fools Like Me
High School Confidential
When The Saints Go Marching In
Matchbox
I'll Be Me
Original Sun Recordings
 

Johnny Cash
November 13, 1958 Sun Records (LP) 33rpm LP/SLP 1235 mono
JOHNNY CASH SINGS THE SONGS THAT MADE HIM FAMOUS
 
Yellow label. Have circle of musical notes and staff around the entire label, with excepted of the bar wherein "Memphis, Tennessee" appear. The letters SUN with sun rays pressed in light brown at the top of the label. 
 
''Johnny Cash Sings The Songs That Made Him Famous'' is the second album by singer Johnny Cash, and  later re-issued in 2003, under the label Varèse Sarabande, with four different versions of tracks already  present on the original LP as a bonus, but on the back cover, the liner notes tell the full story.
 
''Even as a little boy, Johnny Cash had a feeling he was going to be famous one day. It wasn't the kind of  premonition he could go about telling people. They'd have thought dreams of fame and riches pretty far  removed from Cash's barely-productive 40-acre cotton farm in Arkansas. Especially since Johnny had no  idea of how he was going to make his mark.
 
Johnny left the farm to go into the Air Force – and in his travels he acquired first, a wife – and secondly, a  guitar. Assigned to Germany and forced to leave his wife behind, Johnny found a faithful companion in his  guitar. The boys in the barracks seemed to like this ''pickin' and singin''' and gradually the plan for a career  began to take shape. He would be a singer , a country singer.
 
When he got back from service, Johnny was not so modest about his plans for the future. He let his Memphis  friends know he was going to be a singer – a good singer, a famous singer – a singer who would  revolutionize country music. No manor how long it took – he was determined?
 
As it happened, Lady Luck inclined her face toward Johnny almost immediately. His releases on the Sun  label were instantly acclaimed, and in 1956, one year after Johnny Cash launched his recording career, he  was named the most promising country and western artist of the year in four separate polls.
 
After the success of ''I Walk The Line'' as a simultaneous country and western and popular hit, it was  indicated the course Johnny's career should take. Though always identifying himself as a singer for the  country fans, a favorite entertainer on the Grand Ole Opry, Johnny Cash with ''Ballad Of A Teen-Age Queen''  came to be a top selling artist in the pop recording field.
 
Almost reluctantly, Johnny evolved a pop-country style in arrangement and instrumentation, evident in such  hits as ''Guess Things Happen That Way'' and ''The Ways Of A Woman In Love'' to supply the demand for  Cash records by fans of both types of music. It is ironic that Johnny Cash caused more of a revolution in pop  music than in country music, as was his aim, by being one of the first country and western artists exposed on  national ''general entertainment'' TV shows, and the first country and western artist to capture the LP market  with one great release (Sun 1220).
 
Johnny Cash, in his voice, looks and demeanor, carries a certain aura of ''specialness''. He is a very dramatic  figure, tall, muscular, with blue-black hair. He looks the part of a folk singer, a 20th century wandering  minstrel. And his fatalistic style, both in composing and singing, has a quality of monotone, but of
''emotional monotone'' that defies analysis, but which is genuinely powerful.
 
Johnny Cash is one of those persons endowed with an exceptional talent which had to express itself. And  being expressed, his talent has been uniquely recognized and applauded by many loyal fans, who will enjoy  the reminiscent album of the songs which to date are landmarks in the career of the one and only Johnny  Cash''.
 
Liner notes by Sun's promotion assistant Barbara Barnes
 
Side 1: SU-125 Contains
Ballad Of A Teenage Queen
There You Go
I Walk The Line
Don't Make Me Go
Guess Things Happen That Way
Train Of Love
Original Sun Recordings
 
Side 2: SU-126 Contains
The Ways Of A Woman In Love
Next In Line
You're The Nearest Thing To Heaven
I Can't Help It
Home Of The Blues
Big River
Original Sun Recordings
 

Johnny Cash
January 12, 1959 Sun Records (LP) 33rpm LP/SLP-1240 stereo (e)
GREATEST! - JOHNNY CASH
 
Yellow label. Have circle of musical notes and staff around the entire label, with excepted of the bar wherein "Memphis, Tennessee" appear. The letters SUN with sun rays pressed in light brown at the top of the label. 
 
Greatest! is the fourth album by country singer Johnny Cash, released on Sun Records in 1959. It was Cash's third record on the label, which he had left the previous year to join Columbia Records. By the time the album was released, Cash had already recorded ''The Fabulous Johnny Cash'', his first album with Columbia. The tracks on Greatest! were recorded between July 1955 and July 1958. Six out of the twelve songs became singles, with "Get Rhythm" topping the country charts and becoming the most successful one. The album was re-released on Varèse Sarabande on May 6, 2003 with four additional tracks, two of them being alternate versions of songs already on the record. And of course, on the back cover liner notes written by Sun's promotion assistant Barbara Barnes.
 
''The 1950s, as they go down in musical history, have been marked by a revolution in the record business which has brought to the public attention an unprecedented number of new artists. Now that we're looking toward the 1960s, it's plain that a few of these overnight sensation have endured, and Sun Records is justifiably proud that one of their discoveries, Johnny Cash, has earned an abiding place in the hearts of the music lovers of the United States and the entire world.
 
Call it personality, style, individuality, whatever you choose, that quality which endears a performer to his public is an asset which cannot be duplicated. Johnny Cash's personality pervades each selection on this album. The listener senses his warmth, his sincerity, his humor, and most of all his sense of loneliness, which perhaps is his strongest bond with the man or woman who pauses to listen to his singing.
 
Included in the selection on this LP are numbers which have soared high in the nation's popularity charts as single releases: ''Kathy, Too'' and ''Luther's Boogie'', to mention just a couple. Also found here are three tunes penned by another great of the music world, Hank Williams. ''You Win Again'', ''Hey, Good Lookin''', and ''I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You'' represent the best of Hank Williams, the writer, and Johnny Cash, the artist.
 
Johnny Cash, just a few years ago an Arkansas farmboy has matured to an entertainment figure with the magic to endear his total personality to his fans. His records, his frequent TV appearances, and his road tours are bringing him increasingly closer to his fans. Audiences like not only his singing and playing, they like him as a person. They trust him and they sense that Johnny is their friends.
 
It is for these loyal followers that Sun Records presents GREATEST - JOHNNY CASH.
 
Side 1 SU-127 Contains
Goodbye Little Darlin'
I Just Thought You'd Like To Know
You Tell Me
Just About Time
I Forgot To Remember To Forget
Katy Too
Original Sun Recordings
 
Side 2 SU-128 Contains
Thanks A Lot
Luther's Boogie
You Win Again
Hey, Good Lookin'
I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You
Get Rhythm 
Original Sun Recordings
 

Johnny Cash
September 15, 1960 Sun Records (LP) 33rpm LP/SLP 1245 mono
JOHNNY CASH SINGS HANK WILLIAMS
 
Yellow label. Have circle of musical notes and staff around the entire label, with excepted of the bar wherein "Memphis, Tennessee" appear. The letters SUN with sun rays pressed in light brown at the top of the label. 
 
''Sings Hank Williams'' is the seventh album by American country singer Johnny Cash, released under Sun  Records in 1960. The album was reissued on Varèse Sarabande on June 17, 2003 as ''Sings Hank Williams  and Other Favorites'' with five bonus tracks, two of them being alternate recordings of numbers already  available on the album. Contrary to what the title might suggest, only the first four out of the twelve tracks  on the album were written by Williams himself, with most of the others being versions of Cash's self-penned  songs. Liner notes written on the back cover by Sun's promotion assistant Barbara Barnes.
 
''If there is one man who can fill the void left in the hearts of music lovers by the untimely death of Hank Williams, he is Johnny Cash. Only a few years have elapsed since Hank Williams was living, and singing his heart-touching songs. But already he had been recorded that type of immortality which comes to performers who are truly ''great''. The little people who enjoyed his music were important to Hank, and this is probably why they in turn idolized this man who was the symbol of all the warmth and sincerity and genuine emotion that country music possesses.
 
Johnny Cash is a singer who makes the same type of appeal which Hank Williams did. Audiences like not only his singing and playing, they like him as a person. They trust him and they sense that Johnny Cash is their friend.
 
It is very appropriate that Johnny Cash should keep alive the music and memory of Hank Williams through this album. Hank William fans are almost sure to be Johnny Cash fans, and vice versa. The numbers recorded here are representative of the best of Hank Williams as a songwriter and the best of Johnny Cash as an artist.
 
Included in the album also are some of ''Johnny's million sellers'', the choice records that are most in demand by the collectors of Cash records. The popular Gene Lowery Singers provide an added element on several of the selections in the album.  
Barbara Barnes
 
Side 1 SU-129 Contains
I Can't Help It
You Win Again
Hey Good Lookin'
I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You
Next In Line
Straight A's In Love
Original Sun Recordings
 
Side 2 SU-130 Contains
Folsom Prison Blues
Give My Love To Rose
I Walk The Line
I Love You Because
Come In Stranger
Mean Eyed Cat
Original Sun Recordings
 
This album (SLP 1245 ''Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams'') had made a great deal of money. So Barbara  Barnes convinced Sam Phillips that for this fourth one, which chiefly featured songs by Hank Williams, they  should go to full color. The problem was, they had run out of decent photos of Johnny Cash to use for the  cover, and they had none in color. They decided the best thing to do was to use a model to pose for a  riverscape to suggest a lonesome guitar picker. On of the young hopefuls who hung around the Sun studio  had Johnny's height, black hair, and overall proportions, Bill Justis and Joy Webb met one day at sunset and  shot this musician. He was posed standing by a barbed-wire fence overlooking a river, a narrow stretch of the  Mississippi or the Wolf River. In his brown fringed jacket and holding his guitar, the musicians was standing  in the foreground with only part of his profile showing, but the emphasis in the shot was a beautiful glowing  sunset reflected in the water. When Sun issued the album it sold just as well as if they had Johnny Cash on  the cover, and no one ever asked is that was Johnny Cash. They left put the Sun logo on the front, putting it  on the back instead, and it was the only Johnny Cash LP on which to sign Barbara Barnes name. In the liner  notes she began, ''If there is one man who can fill the void left in the hearts of music lovers by the untimely  death of Hank Williams, he is Johnny Cash''.
 

Various Artists
1961 Sun Records (LP) 33rpm LP/SLP-1250 mono
SUN'S GOLD HITS - VOLUME 1
 
Yellow label. Have circle of musical notes and staff around the entire label, with excepted of the bar wherein "Memphis, Tennessee" appear. The letters SUN with sun rays pressed in light brown at the top of the label.  Note: Reissued with different jacket as Sun's Golden Hits, Volume 1. Liner notes written by Sun's promotion assistant Barbara Barnes.
 
''The small Sun studio at 706 Union in Memphis was variously described. It was called ''a chicken coop with echo chamber'', or ''a hole in the wall completely surrounded by Cadillacs''. It was not an impressive-looking place, granted. But this studio truly was the home of rock and roll.
 
It was a rectangle - 18' by 30'. There was a door at either ens, one leading into the control room, where mixers, echo chambers, and other gadgets known only to the few who did weird and wonderful trhings with sound.
 
By way of prologue, one should mention Elvis Presley. Though his Sun masters were sold to another label, and therefore do not have a place in this album, it was he who became the Grandaddy of rock and roll, cutting here at 706 Union his startlingly new rendition of what was then known as rhythm and blues, a province formerly reserved for Negro singers.
 
After Presley came a succession of discoveries who individually set definite patterns in popular music, and collectively established the reputation of Sun Records as one of the hottest and most creative labels in the country and Memphis as the rock and roll capital in the world.
 
Each ''had his own kick going'', as another illustrious Tennessean has phrased it. Carl Perkins, carefree and light, with the simple, infectious rhythm of the new dance: ''Blue Suede Shoes'' and ''Boppin' The Blues''.
 
Johnny Cash - tall, dark, and moody. A dramatic figure who somehow has the gift of communicating to others his understanding of the loneliness, the longing for something more, basic in all of us. A true folk singer, in the best sense of the word.
 
Jerry Lee Lewis, wild blond mane flying, beating it out at his ''pumping piano'' - singing, shouting, moaning, with complete abandon. Who could forget ''Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On''?
 
Then came Bill Justis, a balding, cat-talking bandleader and arranger who popularized the instrumental, which had been in limbo since the 40s. ''Raunchy'' was an instant smash - and another Memphian's name was added to the list of popular music greats.
 
Carl Mann was only 16, shy and unsure, when he wandered in with an arrangement of ''Mona Lisa'' that put him up in the charts with the big boys. His trend-setting style was widely copied by amateurs and also by some of the established stars of the recording field.
 
Finally, there was Charlie Rich, coming into his own as an artist after a long stretch as songwriter and pianist for most of Sun's big names. Charlie Rich, versatile as an artist, unpredictable as a personality-composing and singing everything from gut-bucket blues to uptown pop.
 
And behind it all has been the guiding genius of a man whose daring innovations have set the pace for our popular music almost a decade, Sam Phillips, founder and owner of Sun Records. Which company, by the way, is now recording in two ultra-modern facilities: 639 Madison, Memphis, Tennessee, and 319 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee.
Barbara Barnes
 
Side 1 SU-131 Contains 
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (Jerry Lee Lewis) EPA 107
I Walk The Line (Johnny Cash) LP 1220
Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins) SLP 1225
You Win Again (Jerry Lee Lewis) EPA 111
Mona Lisa (Carl Mann) PLP 1960
Lonely Weekends (Charlie Rich) PLP 1970
Original Sun Recordings
 
Side 2 SU-132 Contains
Raunchy (Bill Justis) PLP 1950
Guess Things Happen That Way (Johnny Cash) SLP 1235
Breathless (Jerry Lee Lewis) Sun 288
Stay (Charlie Rich) PLP 1970
I'm Coming Home (Carl Mann) PLP 1960
Boppin' The Blues (Carl Perkins) SLP 1225 
Original Sun Recordings
 

Johnny Cash
October 21, 1961 Sun Records (LP) 33rpm LP/SLP-1255 stereo (e)
NOW HERE'S JOHNNY CASH
 
Yellow label. Have circle of musical notes and staff around the entire label, with excepted of the bar wherein "Memphis, Tennessee" appear. The letters SUN with sun rays pressed in light brown at the top of the label. 
 
One of the many Johnny Cash compilations released by Sun Records proprietor Sam Phillips after the singer's 1958 departure from the label, NOW HERE'S JOHNNY CASH contains several rarely heard songs, notably a version of "Sugartime," later to become a hit for the McGuire Sisters, and "My Treasure," one of Cash's earliest Sun recordings. In addition there's a pop-oriented "Oh Lonesome Me," heard here both with and without vocal sweetening, and, as a counterpoint, the earthy "So Doggone Lonesome," which displays Cash at his world-weary best. Bonus tracks also include a bare-bones version of "Home of the Blues" and alternate takes of "My Treasure" and "Sugartime."
 
The material on ''Now Here's Johnny Cash'' was recorded between 1954 and 1958 and was released by Sun Records in 1961. By then, of course, Johnny had been a Columbia artist for two years, but Sun was never a label to let an opportunity to ride along on the coat tails of another if there was a record to sell. Indeed, it must have been confusing for record buyers at the time with Sun and Columbia seemingly taking it in turns to release albums by Johnny Cash. 
 
The liner notes on the back cover tells: 
 
''America has seen many fine folk singers, apparently beginning with the pilgrims, but seldom, if ever has it seen the equals of Johnny Cash.
 
His style, earthy in approach, melancholy in mood and unique in presentation and sound make J. Cash truly a tradition in American folk and country music. 
 
Sun Records has put together this album with mainly ''Mood'' for Cash fans in mind. From ''Sugartime'' through ''Home Of The Blues'' you'll hear Johnny at his best''.
 
Be sure also to pick up all of Johnny's Sun Albums... if you already have 'em be sure to replace them whom worn and if so, beat it to your nearest record dealer''.
 
Side 1 SU-133 Contains
Sugartime
Down The Street To 301
Life Goes On
Port Of Lonely Hearts
Cry! Cry! Cry!
My Treasure
Original Sun Recordings
 
Side 2 SU-134 Contains
Oh Lonesome Me
So Doggone Lonesome
You're The Nearest Thing To Heaven
Story Of A Broken Heart
Hey Porter
Home Of The Blues
Complete Sun Recordings
 

Roy Orbison
1961 Sun Records (LP) 33rpm Sun Records LP/SLP 1260 mono
ROY ORBISON AT THE ROCK HOUSE
 
Yellow label. Have circle of musical notes and staff around the entire label, with excepted of the bar wherein "Memphis, Tennessee" appear. The letters SUN with sun rays pressed in light brown at the top of the label. 
 
Roy Orbison at the Rock House is the first album by Roy Orbison. It was released in 1961 by Sun Records at a time when Orbison had already moved to the Monument label but had not yet put out an album. Sun Records owner Sam Phillips had a collection of songs Orbison had recorded at Sun between 1956 and 1958. Phillips capitalized on the national recognition Orbison had achieved at Monument through three major hit singles in 1960 and 1961 that had gone to the top of the Billboard charts. Most of the songs on Roy Orbison at the Rock House were written by Orbison but the songwriting credits were assigned to Sam Phillips, and are in the traditional rockabilly style the Sun label was known for. Notable exceptions are compositions by other Sun artists Harold Jenkins (better known as "Conway Twitty") and Johnny Cash. "Rock House" was written by Harold Jenkins.
 
On the back cover of this LP, liner notes says; ''Roy Orbison, a guy with a real taste for work when it comes to music, has provid that he has what it takes. Roy has been in the music business a long time, to be a young man, and has had a reasonable degree of success from the beginning both as an artist and writer.
 
Between his first success, ''Ooby Dooby'', ''Go Go Go'', ''Devil Doll'', etc., and his present spiral to the gold record orbit, Roy, lost no time in writing good material for other artists. I'm sure you will hear more of this side of him in the future - a real talented young man.
 
Roy was born in West Texas. He cut his teeth on the Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash early era and has steadily progressed along this category that has so richly enhanced the music industry of today.
 
You will find in this album a collection of Roy's adventures on the Sun label. We believe you'll find it to be a real ''Rock'' house for dancing and listening. It gives us great pride to present a real talent great, along with a real fine boy - Roy Orbison''!
 
Side 1 SU-135 Contains
This Kind Of Love
Devil Doll
You're My Baby
Tryin' To Get To You
It's Too Late
Rock House
Original Sun Recordings
 
Side 2 SU-136 Contains
You're Gonna Cry
I Never Knew
Sweet And Easy To Love
Mean Little Mama
Ooby Dooby
Problem Child
 Original Sun Recordings
 

Jerry Lee Lewis
December 1961 Sun Records (LP) 33rpm LP/SLP-1265 stereo (e)
JERRY LEE'S GREATEST!
 
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The second album by Jerry Lee Lewis on the Sun Records label using a mix of songs including "Great Balls of Fire". It was the second of only two albums released during Lewis's time at Sun Records.
 
On the back cover of the LP, the liner notes tell you: ''Jerry Lee - one of the world's greatest showmen truly a pro in every phase of his profession has another great album demonstrating his versatility.
 
All the way from ''Money'', the opening selection on this collection of Lewis' interpretations, through ''Frankie And Johnny'' should give you an album for ''movin' to'' and I do mean movin'!
 
Jerry Lee was born in Ferriday, Louisiana one of three children. Two younger sisters both which are gifted musically. Although they have not made records yet could certainly do so when and if they get the ''bug''.
 
Jerry spent most of his professional music career playing shows and dances in and around Ferriday. From the time he was big enough to reach the keyboard he has been playing and singing.
 
An interesting bit on Jerry Lee is that he gets as much out of performing for a record session as for the public. He thoroughly enjoys music and can run the gamut from negro spirituals to a straight laced pop rendition with equal fervour for each category.
 
Please note that he is working with the ''big brass sound'' on ''Money'' and see if you and this Company will appreciate your comment. Just a postal card will suffice and it would be great to hear from all of you.
 
In case you don't have his other great album, please check your nearest record dealer - It's great too. It's titled ''Jerry Lee Lewis'' - It's a gasser!
 
Side 1 SU-137 Contains
Money
As Long As I Live
Country Music Is Here To Stay
Frankie And Johnny
Home
Hello, Hello Baby
Original Sun Recordings
 
Side 2 SU-138 Contains
Let's Talk About Us
What'd I Say
Beak Up
Great Balls Of Fire
Cold, Cold Heart
Hello Josephine
Original Sun Recordings
 

Johnny Cash
November 15, 1962 Sun Records (LP) 33rpm LP/SLP-1270 stereo (e)
ALL ABOARD THE BLUE TRAIN WITH JOHNNY CASH
 
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''All Aboard The Blue Train'' is album by singer Johnny Cash. It was originally released in 1962 by Sun Records, and later re-issued in 2003 under the label Varèse Sarabande, with six bonus tracks. In 1962 Johnny Cash had already signed with Columbia Records, but Sun was still cashing in on him by releasing this album with 12 prior released tracks.
 
The original liner notes on the back cover tells you: ''At the request of many hundreds of Johnny's loyal fans and followers, we have been asked to put one Sun album all of Johnny's train and related songs.
 
This has been a distinct pleasure to do, as we feel Cash has proven himself to be one of the greatest singers of Country and Folk songs of this or any other generation.
 
One of his instinctive and intuitional qualities is his love of ''train'' songs. To Johnny the live and the magic of our heritage is best brought to a climax in us all by the many nostalgie sentiments brought to our minds eye by great romantic tradition of the early of the train.
 
Hardship, joy, love, loneliness and adventure are all a part of this romantic age of the ''big black wheel''. Johnny Cash brings many of these great songs to you in one of his best albums, ''Blue Train''. Our hope is that you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together''.
 
Side 1: 70-1 Contains
Blue Train
There You Go
Train Of Love
Goodbye Little Darlin'
I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow
Come In Stranger
Original Sun Recordings
 
Side 2: 70-2 Contains
Rock Island Line
Give My Love To Rose
Hey Porter
Folsom Prison Blues
The Wreck Of The Old '97
So Doggone Lonesome
Original Sun Recordings
 

Johnny Cash
December 1964 Sun Records (LP) 33rpm LP/SLP-1275 stereo (e)
THE ORIGINAL SUN SOUND OF JOHNNY CASH
 
Yellow label. Have circle of musical notes and staff around the entire label, with excepted of the bar wherein "Memphis, Tennessee" appear. The letters SUN with sun rays pressed in light brown at the top of the label. 
 
On the back cover liner notes written by Neil Lewis: ''One of the greatest compliments a record company can receive is to have the record buying public buy its product because they recognize its ability to develop a sound that ''shows off'' the true capabilities of the artists it records.
 
Sun Records has always believed that any artist is only as great as he is given the opportunity to be ''himself'' at the microphone. Sun has done with many artists - Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and many more including one of the greatest, Johnny Cash.
 
In this album, Johnny has another of his series of ''Sun Sound'' performances that is sure to be one of the biggest selling releases to date. This album, along with the six previously released Sun albums (listed on this cover), will give the record buying public one of the best collections of a truly great performer.
 
Johnny has  met all new trends in contemporary music with his unchanged style, which is displayed in one of his best ''record date showings'' in this album, the ''Original Sun Sound Of Johnny Cash''.
 
Side 1: Contains
Always Alone
Country Boy
Goodnight Irene
Wide Open Road
Thanks A Lot
Big River
Original Sun Recordings
 
Side 2: Contains
Belshazzar
Born To Lose
New Mexico
I Forgot To Remember To Forget
Two Timin' Woman
Story Of A Broken Heart
Original Sun Recordings
 
 
 
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