CONTAINS

PI 3516-3586 Audio Series 

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

 
Buddy Blake
"YOU PASS ME BY" – B.M.I. - 2:28
Composer: - Hank Snow-E. Nesbit
Publisher: - Hill and Range Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 301
Recorded: - March 1957
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - September 1957
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 78/45rpm standard single PI 3516-A mono
YOU PASS ME BY / PLEASE CONVINCE ME
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-3-1 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Buddy Blake - Vocal and Guitar
Roland Janes - Lead Guitar
Stan Kesler - Bass
Jimmy Wilson - Piano
James M. Van Eaton – Drums

If Blake's vocal style is hard to measure on this side, you need only turn the record over to understand what he, Sam Phillips and Jack Clement had in mind. "Please Convince Me" is a pop record by any standard relevant to 1957. From the piano triples and "doo doo wah" chorus, this is white pop music, and a pretty trite example at that. The last eight bars tell you everything you need to know about Blake and his roots. When evaluating the gentle acoustic feel of these sides, it's important to remember that Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shakin'" and Warren Smith's "Miss Froggie" were recorded during exactly the same time period.

For whatever reason, Blake's style held considerable appeal for Sam Phillips, who worked overtime with the local singer, scheduling sessions at 706 Union in March, April, May and June 1957. Blake left more that a dozen unissued sides from these dates which a quarter of a century of Sun archaeologists have never deemed worthy of resurrection. "Right Or Wrongly", Buddy Blake has never been the poster boy for Sun record collectors.  (HD)(MH)

 
Buddy Blake
"PLEASE CONVINCE ME" – B.M.I. - 2:13
Composer: - Bettye Maddox
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - P 302
Recorded: - March 1957
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - September 1957
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 78/45rpm standard single PI 3516-B mono
PLEASE CONVINCE ME / YOU PASS ME BY
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-3-2 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Buddy Blake - Vocal and Guitar
Roland Janes - Lead Guitar
Stan Kesler - Bass
Jimmy Wilson - Piano
James M. Van Eaton – Drums

The first Phillips International release extended the Sun career of Buddy Blake Cunningham. Blake had been last heard from three years earlier on SUN 208, a record most collectors remember with a shudder. The deservedly rare "Right Or Wrong"/"Why Do I Cry" makes most short lists for the least favorite and most anomalous early Sun release.

This time, Blake left his big band, night club crooner roots behind in favor of a gentle pop/country approach. "You Pass Me By", recorded and co-written by Hank Snow in 1950, is a curious piece of material structurally. It retains an odd tension and manages to violate most rules of traditional country songwriting. Cunningham's arrangement features strong yet subtle interplay between Roland Janes' electric guitar and Jack Clement's acoustic picking. There is a clippity-clop western rhythm that almost suggests a horse loping across the prairie. (HD)

 
Hayden Thompson
"LOVE ME BABY" - B.M.I. - 2:09
Composer: - Herman Parker-Sam Phillips
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 305 Master
Recorded: - December 11,1956
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - September 1958
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 78/45rpm standard single PI 3517-A mono
LOVE ME BABY / ONE BROKEN HEART
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-3-3 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Hayden Thompson - Vocal and Guitar
Roland Janes - Guitar
Jerry Lee Lewis - Piano
Marvin Pepper - Bass
James M. Van Eaton - Drums

The second Phillips International release was all the reassurance Sun collectors needed that this new label  would not specialize in tepid white pop music. This two-sided gen by Hayden Thompson put joy in the  hearts of rockabilly lovers and Sun fans everywhere and told an apprehensive world that the wildman,  unrepentant rockabilly antics at 706 Union had found a second home. There were now two Memphis labels  to watch and collect.

Hayden Thompson hung around the Sun studio for nearly a year beginning in late 1956, and everything he  committed to tape during this period has since been reissued. As Elvis Presley did on "Mystery Train",  Thompson and company borrow "Love Me Baby" from Sun bluesman Little Junior Parker and turn it into a  first rate rockabilly rave-up. In truth, Presley's theft was far more impressive. Parker's original of this tune,  especially its guitar figure, was considerable closer to the spirit and sound of rockabilly than was "Mystery  Train". In any case, as Sam Phillips was fond of explaining to all assembled guests, there was nothing  sweeter than recycling your own copyrights. (HD)

 
Hayden Thompson
"ONE BROKEN HEART" - B.M.I. - 2:26
Composer: - Hayden Thompson
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporation
Matrix number: - P 306 Master
Recorded: - December 20, 1956
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - September 1958
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 78/45rpm standard single PI 3517-B mono
ONE BROKEN HEART / LOVE ME BABY
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-3-4 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Hayden Thompson - Vocal & Guitar
Roland Janes - Guitar
Marvin Pepper - Bass
J.M. Van Eaton - Drums

On this flip-side, Thompson provided Knox Music with some original material of his own. Starting with a deceptive Latin rhythm. Thompson soon breaks free into 4/4 rhythm, much as his hero Elvis had done in this same studio just two years earlier on "Milkcow Blues Boogie". (HD)