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Sun 361-370 Audio Series 

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Anita Wood
''I'LL WAIT FOREVER'' – B.M.I. - 2:50
Composer: - W.J. Red Williams
Publisher: - Tracey Music – Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 441
Recorded: - December 28, 1960
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: June 25, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 361-A mono
I'LL WAIT FOREVER / I CAN'T SHOW HOW I FEEL
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-14 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Anita Wood – Vocal & Harmony Vocal
Charlie Rich – Piano
Billy Riley – Bass
Jimmy M. Van Eaton – Drums

Joan Gilbert – Strings
Noel Gilbert – Strings
Nine Ravarino – Strings
Elizabeth Jetter – Strings
Joe Bracciante – Strings

Former Elvis girlfriend Anita Wood was becoming a Memphis institution when she made these side in 1960 for Sun Records. ''I'll Wait Forever'' not to be confused with the Glenn Honeycutt song of the same title, turns out not to be a bad record. Wood double tracks her vocal in the release which, coincidentally, is when the strings come out to play. Unfortunately, they play a little too loud. (HD)

 
Anita Wood
''I CAN'T SHOW HOW I FEEL'' – B.M.I. - 2:00
Composer: - W.J. Red Williams
Publisher: - Tracey Music – Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 422
Recorded: - December 28, 1960
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - June 25, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 361-B mono
I CAN'T SHOW HOW I FEEL / I'LL WAIT FOREVER
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-13 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Anita Wood – Vocal & Harmony Vocal
Charlie Rich – Piano
Billy Riley – Bass
Jimmy M. Van Eaton – Drums

Joan Gilbert – Strings
Noel Gilbert – Strings
Nine Ravarino – Strings
Elizabeth Jetter – Strings
Joe Bracciante – Strings

The uptempo flipside is another matter. You know everything you need to about this record in the first four bars. Wood does her best, but the chirping strings are incessant and they are mixed way too hot for anybody's good.  Normally, this kind of aggressive pop record would have featured choral support as well, but the budget for sweetening was no doubt blown on the string section. Wood obviously represented novelty value and would have gotten airplay – especially in Memphis – even if she couldn't sing. In any case, no further sides were cut or released by the label.  (HD)(MH)

 
Harold Dorman
''I'LL STICK BY YOU'' – B.M.I. - 2:09
Composer: Harold Dorman
Publisher: - Gando Music – Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 443
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
319 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee
Released: - May 21, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 362-A mono
I'LL STICK BY YOU / THERE THEY GO
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-15 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Harold Dorman – Vocal
Hank Garland – Guitar
Junior Huskey - Bass
Buddy Harmon – Drums
Floyd Cramer – Piano

''I'll Stick By You'' is perhaps a bit more poppish with a more ''produced'' sound, although even here good sence seems to have prevailed. Buddy Harmon's drumming adds interest to both sides of the record. There is little doubt that had these same sides been produced elsewhere, say New York, the arrangement might have gotten a tad overblow. It's clear that that rhythmic hook in the release might have featured some strings, but thankfully, no one thought to invite the Memphis symphony to an overdubbing party. (HD)

 
Harold Dorman
''THERE THEY GO'' – B.M.I. - 1:57
Composer: Harold Dorman
Publisher: - Gando Music – Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 444
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
319 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee
Released: - May 21, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 362-B mono
THERE THEY GO / I'LL STICK BY YOU
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-16 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Harold Dorman – Vocal
Hank Garland – Guitar
Junior Huskey - Bass
Buddy Harmon – Drums
Floyd Cramer – Piano

This is the first of three Sun releases by Harold Dorman following his success the previous year with ''Mountain Of Love'' on Roland Janes's Rita Records. What a marvellous voice Dorman had! So expressive and so southern.

''There They Go'' stems from an session featuring some Music City heavyweights. Hank Garland, Junior Huskey, Buddy Harmon, Floyd Cramer, all the gang were there and the result is a competently produced pop record. The mix is just right, with Dorman's vocal in the foreground and the chorus in a restrained supportive role. If only more Memphis productions featuring Gene Lowery and his buddies had followed this model. (HD)

 
Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
"SUGARTIME" - B.M.I. - 1:46
Composer: - Charlie Phillips-Odis Echols
Publisher: - Nor Ya Jak Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 445 - Overdubbed Master
Recorded: - May 15, 1958
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - May 21, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 363-A mono
SUGARTIME / MY TREASURE
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-17 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Johnny Cash - Vocal and Guitar
Luther Perkins - Guitar
Marshall Grant - Bass
James M. Van Eaton - Drums
Jimmy Wilson – Piano 
 
Overdubbed Probably March 27, 1961
Phillips Studio, 317 Seventh Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee

Gene Lowery Singers consisting of
Edwin Bruce, Sara Bruce, Nita Smith,
Lee Holt, Vocal Harmony & Handclaps

"Sugertime" was barely cold on the pop charts when Johnny Cash and Company decided to tackle it as a way to help fulfill their contractual obligations to Sun in 1958. An odd choice of material, to be sure, for the king of brooding melancholia. In interviews since, Cash has suggested that he recorded it precisely because he thought Sun would never release it. How wrong. The fact that all the lyrics were in place suggests that at least "some" planning went into the recording. The song itself is something of a parody. It actually began life as a hillbilly opus, recorded by its composer Charlie Phillips, however, that took it to the top of the charts in 1957.

No one would ever accuse the squeaky clean McGuire Sisters of being purveyors of smut, yet this song is surely about someone who, in John Lee Hooker's immortal words, "wants his sugar three times a day". The heavy choral support, including the handclapping gimmick during Luther's solo, works surprisingly well. In fact, the dreaded Gene Lowery Singers may never have been used to better effect on a Johnny cash record. Their slightly delayed entrance on the word "sugar" and their premature appearance on the final "all the time" add to the record's impact. (HD)

 
Johnny Cash & The Tennessee two
"MY TREASURE(R)" - B.M.I. - 1:14
Composer: - Johnny Cash
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 446 - Take 2 - Overdubbed Master
Recorded: - Late 1954
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - May 21, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 78/45rpm standard single SUN 363-B mono
MY TREASURE / SUGARTIME
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-18 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Johnny Cash - Vocal and Guitar
Luther Perkins - Guitar
Marshall Grant - Upright Bass
Unknown - Second Voice

Overdubbed Probably March 27, 1961
Phillips Studio, 317 Seventh Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee
 Overdubbed echo added before release

When Johnny Cash recorded his simple demo of "My Treasure", perhaps for Ernest Tubb, he had no idea that Sun, in their growing quest for releasable product, would issue it in commercial form. One minute and 14 seconds does not a single make, and so promotional efforts were focused quite clearly on a flipside. Ironically, a longer version of Cash's song, complete with a second verse, existed in the vaults. It doesn't contain the quiet intensity of the version we have before us, however, and was wisely passed over. In a flourish of good taste, only a simple guitar overdub was added to the original demo before releasing it. There was a note of humour tied to the original appearance of this song. All copies of the record were labelled "My Treasurer", making it sound as if Cash had written a love song to his accountant. (HD)

 
Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
''IT WON'T HAPPEN WITH ME'' - B.M.I. - 2:52
Composer: - Evans
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 448
Recorded: - June 12, 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
319 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee
Released: - August 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 364-A mono
IT WON'T HAPPEN WITH ME / COLD COLD HEART
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-19 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis – Vocal & Piano
Wayne Moss - Guitar
Kelton Kelso Herston – Guitar
Bob Moore – Bass
Murray Buddy Harmon – Drums
Marvin Hughes - Possibly Piano on some tracks
Unknown Vocal Group

Chosen as the follow up to ''What'd I Say'', this song stems from Jerry's second Nashville session and was released almost immediately after he recorded it in June, 1961. There was a lot of momentum in Jerry's career and no one wanted to squander it. Hopes must have been high for this one. Certainly, it was as commercial selfconscious as anything Jerry had ever recorded. In truth, the song was a fine vehicle for our man; it gave him a chance to trash the competition while extolling his own virtues. The song begins in true pop-gospel fashion, shuttling between 1 and 6-minor chords, with some simulated Raelets along for the ride. The lyrics is a Who's Who of pop stars of the day, from Fabian to Jackie Wilson. Not even Elvis is safe. There are also references to pop hits, like Ricky Nelson's ''Traveling Man'' from April, 1961. Yet, there is something really bizarre about the lyric. If you listen closely, what Jerry seems to be saying is ''Look, honey, why mess around with all those other guys? Sure they'll have casual sex with you and treat you like a groupie. But ''me'', I'll take you seriously. I'll even marry' you''. The truth is, given Jerry's matrimonial history, this song is more than an empty promise. (HD)

 
Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
''COLD COLD HEART'' - B.M.I. - 3:02
Composer: - Hank Williams
Publisher: - Acuff Rose Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 447
Recorded: - February 9, 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
319 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee
Released: - August 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 364-B mono
COLD COLD HEART / IT WON'T HAPPEN WITH ME
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-20 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal & Piano
Hank Sugarfoot Garland - Guitar
Kelton Kelso Herston – Guitar
Bob Moore – Bass
Murray Buddy Harmon – Drums
Unknown Vocal Group

In case one of the kiddies buying Sun 364 checking the flipside, they found a real surprise: an artfully produced contemporary country record. This is one of Jerry’s finest performances in the genre that would ultimately recharge his career. While Jerry's vocal is sensitive and confident, it is really his piano work that elevates this record to brilliance. Rarely has he, or anyone for that matter, played with such urgency and fervor on a ballad. The piano fills often border on ''possessed'', and provide counter rhythms and energy that might have caught Hank Williams' attention from across the Great Divide. The top side failed to attract the attention of the very kids for whom it had been manufactured, but ''Cold Cold Heart'' got to number 22 on the country charts. There was a lesson there; it just took another seven years for anyone he heed it. (HD)

 
Shirley Sisk
''I FORGOT TO REMEMBER TO FORGET'' - B.M.I. - 2:37
Composer: - Stan Kesler
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 449
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1961
Echo Recording Studio
Manassas Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - August 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 365-A mono
I FORGOT TO REMEMBER TO FORGET / OTHER SIDE
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-21 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Shirley Sisk – Organ
Roland Janes – Guitar
Billy Riley – Guitar
Brad Suggs – Bass
Jimmy M. Van Eaton – Drums
Charlie Rich - Piano

It's a long, long way from Elvis Presley's original version of this tune, issued on Sun 223 to this instrumental version by organist Shirley Sisk. There's no point making comparisons: Shirley is going to lose every time. This was recorded across town at the Echo studio, and issued in August 1961. It's easy to see why Sam might have been intrigued. First and foremost, he owned the publishing; second, the sound here had a strong commercial Billy Vaughn quality (albeit it with a far more potent backbeat). Although it had been four years since Vaughn;s hit ''Sail Along Silvery Moon'', the sound of Vaughn's music continued to sell respectable quantities of LPs, and seeing one of Sun's classic tunes turned into elevator music might have been a captivating thought. (HD)

 
Shirley Sisk
''OTHER SIDE'' - B.M.I. - 2:14
Composer: - Stan Kesler-Shirley Sisk
Publisher: - Katrina Music
Matrix number: - U 450
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1961
Echo Recording Studio
Manassas Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - August 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 365-B mono
OTHER SIDE / I FORGOT TO REMEMBER TO FORGET
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-22 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Shirley Sisk – Organ
Roland Janes – Guitar
Billy Riley – Guitar
Brad Suggs – Bass
Jimmy M. Van Eaton – Drums
Charlie Rich - Piano

The aptly named ''Other Side'' is a crisply recorded 12 bar blues. It's a safe bet this tune was recorded in one take either at the very end of the session or at the start, before the crew got down to any serious work. (HD)

 
Tony Rosinni
''WELL I ASK YA'' - B.M.I. - 2:08
Composer: - Vandyke
Publisher: - Hollis Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 451
Recorded: - Probably August 6, 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - August 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 366-A mono
WELL I ASK YA / DARLENA
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-23 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Tony Rossini – Vocal
More Details Unknown

On August 3, 1961 Eden Kane hit number 1 in England with ''Well I Ask You'', three days later, Tony Rossini arrived at Sun to cut it. ''Sam liked that song'', said Tony. ''He really liked that song. He thought it was going to break''. Eden Kane never made much of an impression in the United States (although Americans unaccountably embraced his brother, Peter Sarstedt, singing ''Where Do You Go To, My Lovely'') Tony's record didn't make many waves, either, but it could have been a big hit in 1961. It had the right sound for the time; it wasn't the Sun Sound, but it was very much in keeping with what was selling. Tony remembers Jud Phillips arguing with Sam over the skipsy promotional budget, and this might have been one to sink a little money into. (HD)

 
Tony Rossini
''DARLENA'' - B.M.I. - 2:35
Composer: - Todd
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 452
Recorded: - Probably August 6, 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - August 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 366-B mono
DARLENA / WELL I ASK YA
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-24 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Tony Rossini – Vocal
More Details Unknown

The flip side, ''Darlena'', was by onetime Memphis rockabilly, Fuller Todd, who had recorded at Hi Records and elsewhere. (HD)

 
Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
''SAVE THE LAST DANCE WITH ME'' - B.M.I. - 1:48
Composer: - Doc Pomus-Mort Schuman
Publisher: - Rumbalero Music
Matrix number: - U 453
Recorded: - June 12, 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
319 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee
Released: - September 1, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 367-A mono
SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME / AS LONG AS I LIVE
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-1 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis – Vocal & Piano
Wayne Moss - Guitar
Kelton Kelso Herston – Guitar
Bob Moore – Bass
Murray Buddy Harmon – Drums 
Unknown Vocal Group

When ''It Won't Happen With Me'' didn't sustain any chart action, Sun came quickly with another single. Jerry again had one finger on the pulse of teen America with his reprise of the Drifters' ''Save The Last Dance For Me''. With its notably brief running time, the record is a consummate pop record, aimed directly at the AM radio playlists. The song, of course, is excellent. Its pedigree had been well established in the Fall of 1960. Jerry's version sports some crisp and lively drumwork and memorable pounding piano. To its detriment was the overpowering choral work. But, then, there had been similar complains about the  excessive violins on the Drifters original record. (HD)

 
Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
''AS LONG AS I LIVE'' - B.M.I. - 2:29
Composer: - Dorsey Burnette
Publisher: - Coral Music
Matrix number: - U 454
Recorded: - January 21-25, 1960
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - September 1, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 367-B mono
AS LONG AS I LIVE / SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-2 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal & Piano
Roland Janes - Guitar
W.S. ''T-Willie'' Stevenson - Bass
Jimmy M. Van Eaton - Drums

There were few complaints from diehard Jerry Lee fans about this side, however. ''As Long As I Live'' was written by former Memphis rockabilly Dorsey Burnette. It is an energetic performance on all counts in the 1-6-2-5 gospel progression. Instrumentally, the record really soars, with Jerry's piano and Jimmy Van Eaton's drumming pushing each other to greater heights. Van Eaton's crisp work on the closed hi-hat during the final verse is a moment to treasure. (HD)

 
Don Hosea
''SINCE I MET YOU'' - B.M.I. - 2:34
Composer: - Stacy Davidson
Publisher: - Katrina Music
Matrix number: - U 455
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1961
Probably Echo Recording Studio
Manassas Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - October 9, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 368-A mono
SINCE I MET YOU / U HUH HUH
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-3 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Don Hosea - Vocal & Piano
More Details Unknown

Don Hosea had recorded some unissued material for Sun Records back in 1958, but it was his regional hit of ''John Henry'' on Roland Janes's Rita Records had re-captured Sun's attention. Hosea is obviously quite comfortable in the white soul bag, as shown by his treatment of ''Since I Met You'', complete with its gospelly 1-6 minor shuttle. It is ''Uh Huh Huh'' that usually draws all the attention, though. The original version of the tune was recorded by Willie Cobbs for Billy Riley's Mojo label. When Cobb's single started drawing attention, the maters were sold to Home Of The Blues Records, also of Memphis. As the momentum continued, Cobbs' masters found their way even further up the food chain and finally saw release on the Vee Jay label. (HD)

 
Don Hosea
''UH HUH HUH'' - B.M.I. - 2:25
Composer: - Willie Cobbs
Publisher: - Katrina Music
Matrix number: - U 456
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1961
Probably Echo Recording Studio
Manassas Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - October 9, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 368-B mono
UH HUH HUH / SINCE I MET YOU
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-4 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Don Hosea - Vocal & Piano
More Details Unknown

There is an undeniable power to Cobb's composition. It is catchy, memorable and melodic, three features not normally associated with the blues. Hosea does a fine job here on one of those tunes that can't decide if it's in a major or a minor key. For one, it's unusual to feature a sax break after just one verse. In any case, this would be Hosea's first and only outing on the Sun label and it was certainly among Sun's more interesting contributions to the Memphis music scene in 1961. As codas to this saga, Riley recorded ''Uh Huh Huh'' (properly titled ''You Don't Love Me'') for his ''Whiskeya-Go-Go'' LP on Mercury barely three years later, and Stan Kesler produced yet another version by Hi artist, Tommy Tucker (recorded as Tommy Raye) for his X-L Records. (HD)

 
Bobby Wood
''HUMAN EMOTIONS'' - B.M.I. - 2:37
Composer: - Stacy Davidson
Publisher: - Katrina Music
Matrix number: - U 458 -  Unreleased  or Withdrawn
Disc Jockey Copy - Not For Sale
Recorded: - September 15, 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - October 9, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 369-A mono
HUMAN EMOTIONS / EVERYBODY'S SEARCHING
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-5 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Bobby Wood – Vocal and Piano
Scotty Moore - Guitar
Elbert Aldair - Guitar
Billy Wood - Bass
Eugene Keller - Drums
Johnny Ace Cannon – Saxophone

Unknown Chorus

Music like this is usually pretty watered down for pop sensibilities, but Bobby Wood brings even less of an edge to his approach than most of the vocalists who tackle such material. He fares even worse on the flipside. There is a theory that one can guess simply from the title of a song how likeable the music will be. It isn't a perfect system but titles like ''Honky Tonk Blues'' or ''Down The Line'' bode well. On the other hand, it's hard to imagine that a Sun record called ''Human Emotions'' would come to much. The theory has never looked better. 

For reasons probably unconnected with music, this single was never commercially released. It was a Stan Kesler production, and Wood believes that Stan had him under contract to another label at the time. In 1964, Wood finally scored a hit on Joy Records, and one of the follow-ups was yet another version of ''Human Emotions''. In October 1964, Wood was on tour with Gene Simmons, Murray Kellum, Travis Wammack and J. Frank Wilson when he was involved in a car wreck that cost him an eye. Wilson was badly injured and his road manager was killed. By the late 1960s, Wood had drifted into session work and can be heard on Elvis Presley's ''From Elvis In Memphis'' and ''Raised On Rock'' sessions among many others. He than made the familiar pilgrimage to Nashville and has worked on literally thousands of sessions since.

A regular Sun release of this record has yet to surface. Apparently it was withdrawn from marketing due to a contractual dispute. The side, ''Everybody's Searchin'', was released on at least two different labels. The Pen label is the most interesting, because it has been produced at the same pressing plant as Sun was using at the time, and has indeed Phillips' stamped in the vinyl trailoff. The GA Challenge promo and commercial issues are from different stampers and has slightly different playing time. (HD)(CE)

 
Bobby Wood
''EVERYBODY'S SEARCHING'' - B.M.I. - 2:13
Composer: - Stacy Davidson
Publisher: - Katrina Music
Matrix number: - U 457 -   Unreleased   or Withdrawn
Disc Jockey Copy - Not For Sale
Recorded: - September 15, 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - October 9, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 369-B mono
EVERYBODY'S SEARCHING / HUMAN EMOTIONS
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-6 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Bobby Wood – Vocal and Piano
Scotty Moore - Guitar
Elbert Aldair - Guitar
Billy Wood - Bass
Eugene Keller - Drums
Johnny Ace Cannon – Saxophone

Unknown Chorus 
 
Session pianist Bobby Wood recorded these sides in September 1961. ''Everybody's Searching'' is from the tradition of white gospel songs that have been crafted for the pop marketplace. The release on this particular outing borrows heavily from Stephen Foster's ''Old Folks At Home''. Sun had its share of entries in this field, ranging from Ray Smith's ''Hay Boss Man'' to Charlie Rich's ''Gonna be Waitin'''. Like both of those tunes, this opus features plenty of 1-4-1 chord changes and a happy pointedly shrill chorus echoing the lyrics. True to form there is no mention of a deity here. It's one thing to bring the church to the juke box; it's quite another to ask God to sit in a Wurlitzer.
 
A regular Sun release of this record has yet to surface. Apparently it was withdrawn from marketing due to a contractual dispute. The side, ''Everybody's Searchin'', was released on at least two different labels. The Pen label is the most interesting, because it has been produced at the same pressing plant as Sun was using at the time, and has indeed Phillips' stamped in the vinyl trailoff. The GA Challenge promo and commercial issues are from different stampers and has slightly different playing time. (HD)(CE)

 
Harold Dorman
''UNCLE JONAH'S PLACE'' - B.M.I. - 1:45
Composer: Harold Dorman
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated - Gando Music
Matrix number: - U 459
Recorded: - September 16, 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
630 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - November 7, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 370-A mono
UNCLE JONAH'S PLACE / JUST ONE STEP
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-7 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Harold Dorman – Vocal
Roland Janes - Guitar
O.T. Shaw - Bass
Al Jackson - Drums
Bobby Wood - Piano
Martin Will;is - Tenor Saxophone
Vinnie Trauth - Tenor Saxophone

Harold Dorman's second Sun release of 1961 was pretty potent and might well have reclaimed the national audience he earned with ''Mountain Of Love''. To his credit, ''Uncle Jonah's Place'' owes no musical debt whatsoever to ''Mountain''. Dorman is swimming in entirely different waters here and acquits himself in fine style. The truth is, the only debt apparent on ''Jonah's'' is to Gary 'U.S.' Bonds, whose barely intelligible multitracked hits were sweeping the charts in 1961. Dorman has taken the essence of this style but applied it to a much funkier, more southern target. As on the best of Dorman's work, racial identity is blurred. There's just no way to know whether the artist, or even ''Uncle Jonah'' is black or white. The only thing clear is that he's ''southern''. (HD)

 
Harold Dorman
''JUST ONE STEP'' - B.M.I. - 1:45
Composer: Harold Dorman
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated - Gando Music
Matrix number: - U 460
Recorded: - September 16, 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - November 7, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 370-5 mono
UNCLE JONAH'S PLACE / JUST ONE STEP
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-8 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Harold Dorman – Vocal
Roland Janes - Guitar
O.T. Shaw - Bass
Al Jackson - Drums
Bobby Wood - Piano
Martin Will;is - Tenor Saxophone
Vinnie Trauth - Tenor Saxophone

One of the sweetest elements of this record is the heavy pulsing bass drum, alternating single and double strokes in a style best known from Charlie Rich's ''Lonely Weekends''. Like most work in this gospel-sounding genre, there are so many flatted thirds that it is hard to be sure whether the song is in a major or minor key. So powerful is this material that it might have worked as an instrumental. But fortunately we have Dorman's vocal and its wonderful tag line ''i lost my faith in the human race / Till I finally found Jonah's place''. Now ''that's'' poetry!

At one minute and 45 seconds, the AM radio programmers must have loved ''Just One Step''. It left them lots of time for the Clearasil commercials before and after. On this side, Dorman does his version of Fats Domino meets Ivory Joe Hunter. It's a smooth insubstantial effort that provided little competition for airplay and sales attention. (HD)

 
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