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Sun 381-390 Audio Series 

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The Four Upsetters
''MIDNIGHT SOIREE''' - B.M.I. - 2:27
Composer: - George Webb
Publisher: - H-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 484
Recorded: - Unknown Date Early 962
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue,Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - November 5, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 381-A mono
MIDNIGHT SOIREE / CRAZY ARMS
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-3 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Luke Wright – Rhythm Guitar and/or Saxophone
William Ray Felts - Keyboards, Organ
George Webb - Guitar
John Guthrie – Drums

The Four Upsetter (George Webb on guitar; John Guthrie on drums; Luke Wright on sax; Willian Ray Felts on organ) did a lot of recording at 639 Madison during the first six months of 1963. Of the 19 tracks caught on tape, a total of four were released.

You’d think the Upsetters – a Lexington, Kentucky-based organ-led combo – would have been another Bill Black clone, but they weren't – at least not to cash in on the Bill Black Combo sweepstakes. Part of the charm of music like this was its amateurish quality. It must have been rather amusing to hear how many local disc jockeys had trouble pronouncing the title of ''Midnight Soiree''. ''now he-ass thuh Fo' Upsettahs playin' Midnaht Soy Ree. Take it away y'all!''. What would follow is an enjoyable, but pretty strange record. The little tease intro is a Bolero! It's followed immediately by a dead ripoff of Clarence Frogman Henry's ''Ain't Go No Home''. The release is standard blues shouting fare. All in all, pretty listenable! (HD)

 
The Four Upsetters
''CRAZY ARMS'' - B.M.I. - 1:55
Composer: - Charles Seals-Ralph Mooney
Publisher: - Pamper Music Incorporated – Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 483
Recorded: - Unknown Date Early 1962
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue,Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - November 5, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 381-B mono
CRAZY ARMS / MIDNIGHT SOIREE
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-4 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Luke Wright – Rhythm Guitar and/or Saxophone
William Ray Felts - Keyboards, Organ
George Webb - Guitar
John Guthrie – Drums
 
 
It was customary for Sun to recycle some of its earlier hits as instrumental versions (as Shirley Sisk had done on ''I Forgot Tom Remember To Forget''). The trouble with ''Crazy Arms'' is that although it ranks as Jerry Lee's first Sun record, the song wasn't published by Sam Phillips. The Killer's version had come after he heard Ray Price's record. And so the Four Upsetters manage to pull off an oddity here: they offer Sun's second cover version of a tune. (HD)

 
Jerry Lee Lewis
''GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY'' - B.M.I. - 2:10
Composer: - Robert Blackwell-John Marascalco
Publisher: - Jondora Music - Venice
Matrix number: - U 485
Recorded: - September 11, 1962
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
319 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee
Released: - November 5, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 382-A mono
GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY / I CAN'T TRUST ME
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-1-5 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal & Piano
Fred Garter – Guitar
Kelton Kelso Herston – Guitar
Floyd Lightnin' Chance – Bass
Murray Buddy Harmon – Drum
Homer Boots Randolph – Saxophone

Vocal Chorus
Marijohn Wilkin, Helen Chance, Gordon Stoker,
Neal Matthews, Ray Walker

Jerry's previous record had been a cover of a rock and roll tune ''Sweet Little Sixteen'' backed with a bluesy country original from the pen of Vic McAlpin. For his encore, he did exactly the same thing. This time out, it's Little Richard rather than Chuck Berry getting the nod. As he had a year earlier, Jerry made the drive east to record these sides in Nashville, using the finest pickers that city had to offer.

If he doesn't embarrass himself on ''Good Golly Miss Molly'', neither does Jerry bring anything particularly original to the date. The drums are crisp, the chorus is restrained, and Jerry takes a pretty spirited 12 bar piano solo. The real trouble is that on his best work, Jerry drives the band. Here, he seems to be trying to keep up with a runaway train. Buddy Harman's single-stroke drum rolls are powering the day and Jerry seems to be hanging on far dear life. His vocal even sounds strained, a quality that was never present on his strongest sides. (HD)

 
Jerry Lee Lewis
''I CAN'T TRUST ME'' - B.M.I. - 2:46
Composer: - Vic McAlpin-Certain
Publisher: - Tree Music
Matrix number: - U 486
Recorded: - September 11, 1962
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
319 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee
Released: - November 5, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 382-B mono
I CAN'T TRUST ME / GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-1-6 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal & Piano
Fred Garter – Guitar
Kelton Kelso Herston – Guitar
Floyd Lightnin' Chance – Bass
Murray Buddy Harmon – Drum
Homer Boots Randolph – Saxophone

Vocal Chorus
Marijohn Wilkin, Helen Chance, Gordon Stoker,
Neal Matthews, Ray Walker 
 
''I Can't Trust Me'' is another fine song by Vic McAlpin. Jerry's treatment takes the song midway toward pop, and the sax adds a strong bluesy feel to the arrangement. Jerry offers a fine piano break here, before launching back into the song's hook. In truth, the track deserved more than the regional attention it garnered at the end of 1962. Only the chorus (which featured Jerry's sister Linda Gail in her disc debut) works to the detriment of the record. When Shelby Singleton bought the Sun catalogue, he issued this track on the flipside of ''Your Lovin' Ways''. Again it stiffed. Still believing in its potential, Singleton again reissued it in 1973; this time he stripped off most of the original backing track and added a new sound, led by the fine guitarist Little Jimmy Dempsey. Unfortunately, the results barely justified the effort. (HD)

 
SUN 383-A-B Unissued
Assigned to Johnny Cash
Original sources indicate that a Johnny Cash single
was to have appeared on Sun 383.
There is no indication that such a record was ever released.

 
Jerry Lee Lewis with Linda Gail Lewis
''SEASONS OF MY HEART'' - B.M.I. - 2:56
Composer: - George Jones-Darrell Edwards
Publisher: - Starday Music
Matrix number: - U 490
Recorded: - March 11, 1963
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - April 1963
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 384-A mono
SEASONS OF MY HEART / TEENAGE LETTER
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-7 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal & Piano
Linda Gail Lewis - Duet Vocal
Scotty Moore – Guitar
George Webb – Bass
Morris ''Tarap'' Tarrant – Drums
William Ray Felts – Organ
Luke Wright - Saxophone

''Seasons Of My Heart'' won't win any awards for Jerry's finest hour at Sun. Just as Hank Williams was saddled with a wife, Miz Audrey, who wanted to sing – but couldn't, so Jerry Lee was saddled with a little sister who wanted desperately to record – but shouldn't have. Jerry's contract was running out at Sun and Sam Phillips was undoubtedly doing anything within reason to keep Jerry happy. This session was part of that price. Jerry is a song stylist. That means he takes enormous liberties with melody, lyric and phrasing. Why would Linda Gail, or anyone for that matter, think they could keep up with him? (HD)

 
Jerry Lee Lewis
''TEENAGE LETTER'' - B.M.I. - 2:18
Composer: - Renald Richard
Publisher: - Progressive Music
Matrix number: - U 489
Recorded: - March 11, 1963
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - April 1963
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 384-B mono
TEENAGE LETTER / SEASONS OF MY HEART
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-8 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal & Piano
Scotty Moore – Guitar
George Webb – Bass
Morris ''Tarp'' Tarrant – Drums
William Ray Felts – Organ
Luke Wright - Saxophone

This is the last single Jerry Lee Lewis released before leaving Sun. As ''Teenage Letter'' reveals, he certainly went out having a good time. Blues shouter Joe Turner, whose teenage years were over back in the 1930s, recorded this song at the height of his success with Atlantic Records. It was written by Renald Richard, the cowriter of ''I Got A Woman'', and it's a trite song by any reckoning. Only the tag line ''I'm gonna prove it in my own way'' gave Jerry something he could get his teeth into. There's no telling how many times he leaned into the microphone and leered ''Let me prove it to you, darlin'''. Jerry's backing here includes members of the Four Upsetters. Saxman Luke Wright starts honking like he was trying up upstage Illinois Jacquet, but settles quickly for the Boots Randolph/King Curtis style. (HD)

 
Linda Gail Lewis
''NOTHIN' SHAKIN' (BUT THE LEAVES ON THE TREES'' - B.M.I. - 2:01
Composer: - Cirino Colacrai; Diane Lampert; Eddie Fontaine; Johnny Gluck
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment
Matrix number: - None - SUN 385-A - Unissued
Recorded: - March 11, 1962
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1998
First appearance: Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-9 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Linda Gail Lewis - Vocal
Jerry Lee Lewis - Piano
Scotty Moore – Guitar
George ''Buddy'' Webb – Bass
Morris Tarrant – Drums
William Ray Felts – Organ
Luke Wright - Saxophone

Believe it or not, this wasn't the first time that Jerry Lee Lewis had prevailed on Sam Phillips to put Linda Gail in front of a microphone. Back in December 1960, she and Jerry's older sister, Frankie Jean, had cut their own version of ''Love Made A Fool Of Me'' two months after Jerry's version of the tune was recorded. Lina Gail also left her version of ''Good Golly Miss Molly'' in the can on the same date. Neither track has seen the light of day.

Sun 385 might actually have been released, were it not for a downturn in Jerry's contract negotiations. Once it became clear that Jerry was on his way to Mercury Records, there was no need for foolishness like this to appear on a yellow Sun record. And so, Sun 385, which you can now hear on Bear Family in restored digital sound, remained officially unreleased. (HD)

 
Linda Gail Lewis
''SITTIN' AND THINKIN''' - B.M.I. - 2:47
Composer: -Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - SUN 385-B - Unissued
Recorded: - March 11, 1962
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1998
First appearance: Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-10 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Linda Gail Lewis - Vocal
Jerry Lee Lewis - Piano
Scotty Moore – Guitar
George ''Buddy'' Webb – Bass
Morris Tarrant – Drums
William Ray Felts – Organ
Luke Wright - Saxophone

Believe it or not, this wasn't the first time that Jerry Lee Lewis had prevailed on Sam Phillips to put Linda Gail in front of a microphone. Back in December 1960, she and Jerry's older sister, Frankie Jean, had cut their own version of ''Love Made A Fool Of Me'' two months after Jerry's version of the tune was recorded. Lina Gail also left her version of ''Good Golly Miss Molly'' in the can on the same date. Neither track has seen the light of day.

Sun 385 might actually have been released, were it not for a downturn in Jerry's contract negotiations. Once it became clear that Jerry was on his way to Mercury Records, there was no need for foolishness like this to appear on a yellow Sun record. And so, Sun 385, which you can now hear on Bear Family in restored digital sound, remained officially unreleased.  (HD)(MH)

 
The Four Upsetters
''SURFIN' CALLIOPE'' - B.M.I. - 3:02
Composer: - John Guthrie-George Webb-Luke Wright-William Ray Felts
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 493-Z
Recorded: - Unknown Date Early 1962
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - July 15, 1963
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 386-A mono
SURFIN' CALLIOPE / WABASH CANNON BALL
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-11 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Luke Wright – Lead & Rhythm Guitar
William Ray Felts - Keayboards, Organ
George ''Buddy'' Webb - Saxophone
John Guthrie – Drums

The Four Upsetters here back for their second released in six months. This was quite a fallow period in the Sun release schedule. In fact, only two releases - both by Jerry Lee - separated the two Upsetters singles. (HD)

 
The Four Upsetters
''WABASH CANNON BALL'' - B.M.I. - 2:00
Composer: - J.A. Roff-A.P Carter
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 494-Z
Recorded: - Unknown Date Early 1962
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - July 15, 1963
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 386-B mono
SURFIN' CALLIOPE / WABASH CANNON BALL
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-12 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Luke Wright – Lead & Rhythm Guitar
William Ray Felts - Keayboards, Organ
George ''Buddy'' Webb - Saxophone
John Guthrie – Drums

''Wabash Cannonball'' features a strange arrangement: an unlikely combination of Luther Perkins' minimalism with some calliope-sounding organ, and honking sax. Since there isn't much to the tune, the boys simply cycle it among them until the clock on the wall says it's time to quit. If you think that was weird, check out ''Surfin' Calliope''. A calliope was a steam-driven organ, often used on riverboats.  It was also the name of the Everly Brothers' short-lived vanity label which came and went around 1961. ''Surfin' Calliope'' is an old waltz, ''When You're In Love, It's The Loveliest Night Of The Year'', getting dragged through some very strange neighborhoods. Just who was dancing to this record? More to the point, who was buying it? (HD)

 
Tony Rossini
''MOVED TO KANSAS CITY'' - B.M.I. - 2:00
Composer: - Harold Dorman
Publisher: - Rolyn Publishing
Matrix number: - U 496
Recorded: - Unknown Date Mid 1963
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - July 15, 1963
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 387-A mono
MOVED TO KANSAS CITY / NOBODY
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-13 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Tony Rossini - Vocal
Jerry Smith – Piano
Bobby Wood - Keyboard
Stan Kesler – Bass
More Details Unknown

This recording and the last release in July 1963, marked the end of Tony Rossini's recording career at Sun Records. If you listen closely, you'll hear unmistakable signs that young Mr. Rossini's voice was on the brink of changing – a condition that might have contributed as much as the lack of hits to the end of his days at Sun.

There is very little edge to either of these sides, although ''Moved To Kansas City'' shows more signs of life with its pop gospelly feel and Stan Kesler's surprisingly adventurous basswork against the simple chord changes. Bobby Wood's tinkly piano solo mimics almost note for note the work of Memphis pianist Jerry Smith (recording as half of Cornbread and Jerry) on obscure 1962 Liberty release called ''Li'l Ole Me''. Those chorus-assisted Lloyd Price da-dah da-dah da-dah on the 5-7 chord still seemed to be part of the pop music vocabulary in mid-1963 when these sides were recorded. The flip-side, ''Nobody'', is a competent pop record. Bobby Wood's keyboard work borders on bluesy in a few places. (HD)(CE)

 
Tony Rossini
''NOBODY'' - B.M.I. - 2:10
Composer: - Davidson
Publisher: - Beckie Music – Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 495
Recorded: - Unknown Date Mid 1963
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - July 15, 1963
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 387-B mono
NOBODY / MOVED TO KANSAS CITY
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-14 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Tony Rossini - Vocal
Jerry Smith – Piano
Bobby Wood - Keyboard
Stan Kesler – Bass
More Details Unknown

Tony Rossini returned to Madison Avenue to sing back-up on Randy & The Radiants's Sun and Holiday Inn records, and he played in a garage band, the Emeralds, with Buddy Cunningham's son, B.B., who later led the Hombress. ''I wrote songs with Donna Weiss'', Tony said recently. ''She wrote 'Bette Davis Eyes'. We worked as a duet and we were managed by Sy Rosenberg, who managed Charlie Rich. Sy got us a one-year deal with Mercury''. One single was recorded in Nashville in September 1965, and another session was held in May 1966 from which nothing was issued. ''Ray Stevens was on our Mercury sessions, and he got us on Monument and produced us. We had three singles. Then I was drafted in 1968, and went to Vietnam. Spent fourteen months there. I came back in January 1970, and in March I went to California. The scene seemed to be moving out there. Donna was there, Booker T, Steve Cropper. I went to Screem Gems and did demos for B.J. Thomas and others. Then I got a Capitol contract via Boyce and Hart. I had one single on Capitol. I was doing club gigs in Orange County, up and down the coast. Lounge stuff. Lounces were popular. That's where I learned to entertain. I've never made a career out of anything but music''.

Anthony ''Tony'' Rossini Jr. passed away on Thuesday, March 18, 2014 in Edgewood, Kentucky at the age of 67. (HD)(CE)

 
The Teenangels
''AIN'T GONNA LET YOU'' - B.M.I. - 2:33
Composer: - Jimmy Otto Rogers
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated – Stairway Music
Matrix number: - U 497 – D.J. Copy
Recorded: - Unknown Date March 1961
Rogers Melotone Recording Studio
Mobile, Alabama
Released: - Only Issued As Promo – Leased April 1963
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 388-A mono
AIN'T GONNA LET YOU / TELL ME MY LOVE
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-15 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments )
The Teenangels consisting of
Patricia Patrick – Vocal
Terry Everett – Vocal
Bonnie Daugherty – Vocals
More Details Unknown

Now here's an anomalous release – in fact, not even a release. In 1956, Jimmie Otto Rogers ( son of Bluebird country star Jesse Rogers and cousin of yodelin' Jimmie Rogers) came to Sun with Luke McDaniel. They'd already written one rockabilly classic, ''Midnight Shift'' (which Rogers had written under his mother's name, Ainsworth), and they had several more they wanted to get recorded. They feisty McDaniel recognized that Sun was the place to be, but he and Sam Phillips fell out before anything was released. Rogers and McDaniel went on to write the honky tonk classic ''You're Still On My Mind'', and then they fell out. 
 
In 1958, Rogers went back to Mobile, Alabama to work as a songwriter and independent producer. He sold masters to Top Rank, Roulette, Dot, and other labels, and in April 1963 he sold two acts to Sun, the Teenangels and the Quintones. The Teenangels consisted of Patricia Patrick, Terry Everett, and Bonnie Daugherty, and they recorded these two songs in March 1961 at Roger's Melotone Studio. The record wasn't officially released. Sun pressed promo copies, but Rogers was dissatisfied the the promotional effort Sun was putting into it and grabbed the masters back. We have no idea what happened to the group, although the congressman for the Mobile area is a Terry Everett. An ex-Teenangel perhaps? (CE)

 
The Teenangels
''TELL ME MY LOVE'' - B.M.I. - 2:46
Composer: - Jimmy Otto Rogers
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated – Stairway Music
Matrix number: - U 498 – D.J. Copy
Recorded: - Unknown Date March 1961
Rogers Melotone Recording Studio
Mobile, Alabama
Released: - Only Issued As Promo – Leased April 1963
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 388-B mono
TELL ME MY LOVE / AIN'T GONNA LET YOU
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-16 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
The Teenangels consisting of
Patricia Patrick – Vocal
Terry Everett – Vocal
Bonnie Daugherty – Vocals
More Details Unknown

The Teenagels were clearly fashioned after The Fleetwood's, a best-selling act in 1961. In fact, the Teenangels even look like the Fleetwoods. By late 1963, when the disc would have appeared, the Fleetwoods sound was well past its prime and Sun's promotional efforts were best described as minimal. Indeed, the label only issued six singles in all of 1964. Nevertheless, there is an engaging, almost homemade quality to this sides which recalls not only the Fleedwoods, but the minimal production used on Thomas Wayne's 1959 Fernwood record ''Tragedy''. (HD)(MH)

 
Billy Adams
''GOT MY MOJO WORKIN''' - B.M.I. - 2:24
Composer: - Billy Adams
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 4500
Recorded: - Unknown Date Late 1963
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - January 1, 1964
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 389-A mono
TELL ME MY LOVE / AIN'T GONNA LET YOU
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-18 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Billy Adams – Vocal & Drums
Lee Adkins - Guitar
Jesse Carter – Bass
Bill Yates - Piano
Russ Carlton – Saxophone

Drummer and vocalist Billy Adams began his Sun career with this record released in January 1964. There has always been a market for white guys singing black material in a style cloned from black guys. Unlike Pat Boone, who rendered black music safe and gender-free for white teens, guys like Adams did little to strip away the exotic menace of black music. Nor did they bring anything new or particularly innovative to the party.

''Got My Mojo Working'' has been recorded by everyone from Muddy Waters to Eric Burdon. There may even be an unreleased version by Barbra Streisand for all we know. Adams' approach is rife with the abundant cliches of rhythm and blues, including seemingly meaningless references to the might hour.  (CE)

 
Billy Adams
''BETTY AND DUPREE'' - B.M.I. - 2:37
Composer: - Chuck Willis
Publisher: - Rush Music
Matrix number: - U 499
Recorded: - Unknown Date Late 1963
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - January 1, 1964
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 389-B mono
BETTY AND DUPREE / GOT MY MOJO WORKIN'
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-17 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Billy Adams – Vocal & Drums
Lee Adkins - Guitar
Jesse Carter – Bass
Bill Yates - Piano
Russ Carlton – Saxophone

But the flipside is another story. Harmonizing with bass player Jesse Carter, Adams offers a surprisingly fresh version of ''Betty Of Dupree'' that manages to be both engaging and surprisingly pretty. Indeed, Russ Carlton's sax break is quite melodic. Five years earlier, Chuck Willis had taken the same idea to the bank with a massive crossover record that managed to appeal to black rhythm and blues buyers as well as strolling white teenagers. If anything, Adams' version has slightly more bite than the Willis classic from five years earlier. (CE)

 
Bill Yates & His T-Birds
''STOP, WAIT AND LISTEN''' - B.M.I. - 2:45
Composer: - Bill Yates-Jesse Carter
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated - 502
Matrix number: - U 502
Recorded: - Unknown Date Early 1964
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - May 1, 1964
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 390-A mono
STOP, WAIT AND LISTEN / DON'T STEP ON MY DOG
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-20 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Bill Yates - Vocal & Piano
Billy Adams – Drums
Lee Adkins - Guitar
Jesse Carter – Bass
Russ Carlton – Saxophone

No one would have raised an eyebrow if ''Stop, Wait And Listen'', a fine piece of swamp pop, had been recorded in Louisiana rather than Memphis. But here it is on the Sun label, rather than Goldband or Excello. Yates does a commendable job here of singing in that southern style that defies racial identity. Phillips himself enthused over Yates. ''Bill had an awful lot of soul in his voice'', he told Martin Hawkins. ''He was probably as versatile, without being a copyist, as any artist I worked with. He had a lot of merit, and it's a real shame that we were not able to get a hit for him. He made you want to listen when he opened his mouth to sing, and he played the piano like it should be played''. (HD)

 
Bill Yates & His T-Birds
''DON'T STEP ON MY DOG'' - B.M.I. - 2:13
Composer: - Bill Yates
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated – Hara Music
Matrix number: - U 501
Recorded: - Unknown Date Early 1964
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - May 1, 1964
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 390-B mono
DON'T STEP ON MY DOG / STOP, WAIT AND LISTEN
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-19 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Bill Yates - Vocal & Piano
Billy Adams – Drums
Lee Adkins - Guitar
Jesse Carter – Bass
Russ Carlton – Saxophone

The flipside is one of the few answer records to Rufus Thomas's ''The Dog'' that Rufus didn't do himself. Is it possible to record an electric bass any more prominently than this? (HD)

 


 

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