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Sun 401-407 Audio Series 

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Billy Adams
''OPEN THE DOOR RICHARD'' - B.M.I. - 2:30
Composer: - Dan Howell-Jack McYea-John Mason-Dusty Fletcher
Publisher: - Duchess Music
Matrix number: - U 364
Recorded: - January 11, 1966
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - February 1, 1966
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 401-A mono
OPEN THE DOOR RICHARD / ROCK ME BABY
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-13 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

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

These sides (Sun 401-A-B) stem from this session that produced Bill Yates final Sun record. This was Adams last, as well. Adams' music, at least that which saw release on Son, tended to be covers of rhythm and blues standards. At least one side of each of this four Sun releases contained a tune of relative blues antiquity.  On this final release, Adams dug into the shopworn bag of traditional material for both sides. ''Open The Door Richard'' first saw daylight as a novelty/jazz tune that finally crossed over into the pop charts in the late 1940s. It's anybody;s guess which version first got the attention of Billy Adams and his rhythm and blues smart buddies.  Was it Hot Lips Page? Jack McVea? or Dusty Fletcher's original? In recording this tune, Adams was followed the lead of fellow Sun alumni Billy Riley and Ernie Barton, who also cut it. (HD)

 
Billy Adams
''ROCK ME BABY'' - B.M.I. - 2:42
Composer: - Riley B. King-Joe Josea
Publisher: - Duchess Music
Matrix number: - U 365
Recorded: - January 11, 1966
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - February 1, 1966
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 401-B mono
ROCK ME BABY / OPEN THE DOOR RICHARD
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-14 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

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

''Rock Me Baby'' has been recorded by everyone from B.B. King to Pat Boone. The tune has been reworked and covered by so many artists that it has truly become part of the collective unconscious of bluesmen and fans alike. The song, which is explicitly sexual, reminds us that the phrase ''rock and roll'' used to refer to nothing except the reproductive acte. Adams' version places a heavy emphasis on a female chorus (the Raelettes were big business in 1966), and the resulting sound is quite churchy, which is somewhat ironic considering that the lyric is an unmistakable invitation to a night of carnal pleasure. (HD)

 
Dane Stinit
''DON'T KNOCK WHAT YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND'' - B.M.I. - 2:17
Composer: - Addington-Reynolds
Publisher: - Screen Gems
Matrix number: - U 368
Recorded: - January 29, 1966
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - May 1966
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 402-A mono
DON'T KNOCK WHAT YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND / ALWAYS ON THE GO
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-15 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Dane Stinit – Vocal & Guitar
Billy Wood - Bass
Billy Adams - Drums
Bill Yates - Piano/Organ

Dane Stinit arrived on the scene ten years too late. He might have been dismissed with a bemused stare had Sam Phillips not walked in the studio when Stinit was cutting a custom session for Ivory Joe Hunter's manager, Bettye Berger. Something about Stinit stirred some nostalgia in Phillips. At least it must have been nostalgia, because it's a cinch that Phillips didn't think he could put Sun back on the map in May 1966 making records that sounded like this.

Stinnett (his real name) was a transplanted Kentuckian working in the steel mills in Gary, Indiana. Putting it mildly, his style owes a considerable debt to Johnny Cash. Between January and November 1966, Stinit recorded 12 titles for Sun.  ''Don't Knock What You Don't Understand'' has an appropriately political title for a mid-1960s record, but this ain't no protest song! Rather, Stinit is just telling his girlfriend to back off and let him be. (HD)(CE)

 
Dane Stinit
''ALWAYS ON THE GO'' - B.M.I. - 1:52
Composer: - Maddox-Dortch-Dane Stinit
Publisher: - Duchess Music
Matrix number: - U 369
Recorded: - January 29, 1966
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - May 1966
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 402-B mono
ALWAYS ON THE GO / DON'T KNOCK WHAT YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-16 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments )
Dane Stinit – Vocal & Guitar
Billy Wood - Bass
Billy Adams - Drums
Bill Yates - Piano/Organ

''Always On The Go'' is a rambler's biography. The track has its share of timing problems and bears an unmistakable similarity to Cash's opus ''Bad News''. For good measure, Stinit recorded a version of Cash's ''Mean Eyed Cat'' before he left Sun. If there is a clear lack of originality in Stinit's music, no one can accuse it of suffering from the overproduction that plagued much country music in 1966. (HD)

 
David Houston
''SHERRY'S LIPS'' - B.M.I. - 2:12
Composer: - Bob Montgomery
Publisher: - Acuff Rose Publishers
Matrix number: - P 431 - Reissue of Phillips International 3583
Recorded: - Unknown Date Late 1962
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
319 Sevent Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee
Released: - October 10, 1966
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 403-A mono
SHERRY'S LIPS / MISS BROWN
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-17 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
David Houston – Vocal
Jerry Kennedy – Guitar
Grady Martin – Guitar
Henry Strzelecki – Bass
Hargus Robbins – Piano
Buddy Harmon – Drums

Anita Kerr Singers consisting of
Anita Kerr, Dottie Dillard, Gil Writh,
and Louis Nunley- Vocal Chorus

These two sides of Davis Houston recorded in Nashville by Bob Montgomery and leased to Phillips International in 1962, were re-released on Sun Records four years later on, October 1966. Under his agreement with Philips Electric from Holland, Sam Phillips could no longer use Phillips International imprint, so, when Davis Houston finally broke through with ''Almost Persuaded'', these early entries were reissued on Sun. Neither was a match for Houston's best work. In fact, they were something of a corporate kiss of death.

The single first appeared on Phillips International three issues before the label's demise; in 1966, it reappeared on Sun four issues before the label's end.  Unfortunately, these sides bore not a shred of resemblance to the titles Houston was recording with Sun alumnus Billy Sherrill in Nashville, and radio and the public alike gave them the double thumbs-down. Shelby Singleton reissued this single yet again after he took over the ownership of Sun, and the result were no different.  (HD)(MH)

 
David Houston
''MISS BROWN'' - B.M.I. - 2:31
Composer: - Fred Carter
Publisher: - Acuff Rose Publishers
Matrix number: - P 432 - Reissue of Phillips International 3583
Recorded: - Unknown Date Late 1962
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
319 Sevent Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee
Released: - October 10, 1966
Fist appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 403-B mono
MISS BROWN / SHERRY'S LIPS
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-18 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
David Houston – Vocal
Jerry Kennedy – Guitar
Grady Martin – Guitar
Henry Strzelecki – Bass
Hargus Robbins – Piano
Buddy Harmon – Drums

Anita Kerr Singers consisting of
Anita Kerr, Dottie Dillard, Gil Writh,
and Louis Nunley- Vocal Chorus

Miss Brown'' is an energetic, if undistinguished shuffle blues that Houston handles competently. It was written by Fred Carter, onetime guitarist for Ronnie Hawkins and the father of current country star, Deana Carter. The other side, Montgomery's ''Sherry's Lips'', is a strong pop-country ballad with an indisputable message: ''the same lips that kiss you can tell you to go to hell''. Only the somewhat overwrought performance in the song's release weakens the impact of this track.

These sides were reissued on Sun 403 in 1966 during the label's dying days in an attempt to cash in on Houston's success. Not surprisingly, they had no impact on the market owing to the large stylistic difference between these tracks and the sound of ''Almost Persuaded''.  (HD)(MH)

 
The Climates
''NO YOU FOR ME'' - B.M.I. - 2:22
Composer: - James Thomas
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 370
Recorded: - Unknown Date Late 1966
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - February 1967
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 404-A mono
NO YOU FOR ME / BREAKING UP AGAIN
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-19 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
The Climates consisting of
James Thomas Rosser, Raymond Edwards,
David Glenn, and Robert Chisem - Vocal Harmony

Reggie Young – Guitar
Tommy Cogbill – Guitar
Mike Leech – Bass
Gene Chrisman – Drums
Bobby Wood – Organ
Charles Chalmers – Tenor Saxophone
Floyd Newman – Tenor Saxophone
Probably Willie Bollinger attend this session

''No You For Me'' is an engaging and melodic blend of rhythm and blues, doo wop and even countryish feeling. The pleasant hybrid was surrounded by soulish riffing horns and might have garnered some pop or rhythm and blues attention.

The other side, Breaking Up Again'', has a different, far more churchy feel. This tempo is far more bouncy and Bobby Wood's organ offers prominent counterpoint to James Thomas's vocal. Two titles from this session turned up on the Holiday Inn label after Phillips assumed the presidency. But like that brief-lived record company, the single by the Climates sank without a trace. (HD)

 
The Climates
''BREAK UP AGAIN'' - B.M.I. - 2:35
Composer: - James Thomas
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 371
Recorded: - Unknown Date Late 1966
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - February 1967
Fist appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 404-B mono
BREAK UP AGAIN / NO YOU FOR ME
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-18 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
The Climates consisting of
James Thomas Rosser, Raymond Edwards,
David Glenn, and Robert Chisem - Vocal Harmony

Reggie Young – Guitar
Tommy Cogbill – Guitar
Mike Leech – Bass
Gene Chrisman – Drums
Bobby Wood – Organ
Charles Chalmers – Tenor Saxophone
Floyd Newman – Tenor Saxophone
Probably Willie Bollinger attend this session.

This record by the Climates is one of the high points in Sun\s latter day release schedule. In fact, there wasn't much schedule left by this point. In February 1967, this release, along with Sun 405 and 406 were mailed out to disc jockeys. Three records and virtually no promotion. This one, soul, 405 a dated Johnny Cash clone; and 406, a surprising slice of black gospel. Had the Sun label become directionless?

Of this 1967 crop. Only the Climates stood a real chance of success. Signed by Knox Phillips in an attempt to tap into the evergrowing local crop of young soul acts, the group was backed by some of Memphis's finest pickers and players: guitarists Reggie Young and Tommy Cogbill; Mike Leech on bass; Gene Chrisman on drums; Bobby Wood on organ. There was no lack of pedigree here. (HD)

 
Dane Stinit
''SWEET COUNTRY GIRL'' - B.M.I. - 2:09
Composer: - Gwen McEwen-Buddy Cunningham
Publisher: - Dortch Music
Matrix number: - P 372
Recorded: - November 16, 1966
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - February 1967
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 405-A mono
SWEET COUNTRY GIRL / THAT MUDDY OLE RIVER (NEAR MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE)
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-21 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Dane Stinit – Vocal
Reggie Young – Guitar
Mike Leech – Bass
Gene Chrisman - Drums
Bobby Wood - Keyboard
More Details Unknown

For his second, and final Sun session, Dane Stinit sounded a lot more like himself than Johnny Cash. Both of the tracks were released on Sun 405. ''Sweet Country Girl'' is a competent country record for that day and time. Commendably, it is under produced. These is no chorus, strings or social commentary. In fact, other   than the Floyd Cramer-style piano riffs (courtesy of Bobby Wood), you'd barely know this record was produced in 1966.  (HD)(MH)

 
Dane Stinit
''THAT MUDDY OLE ROVER (NEAR MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE)'' - B.M.I. - 1:56
Composer: - Gene Simmons
Publisher: - Dortch Music
Matrix number: - P 373
Recorded: - November 26, 1966
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - February 1967
Fist appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 405-B mono
THAT MUDDY OLE RIVER (NEAR MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE) / SWEET COUNTRY GIRL
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-22 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Dane Stinit – Vocal
Reggie Young – Guitar
Mike Leech – Bass
Gene Chrisman - Drums
Bobby Wood - Keyboard
More Details Unknown

This flipside ''That Muddy Ole River'' was written by Sun alumnus Gene Simmons. The song was worthy of a single release, although with Sun's faltering stature in the business, it is not surprising that there were few takers. (HD)

 
Brother James Anderson
"I'M GONNA MOVE IN THE ROOM WITH THE LORD" - B.M.I. - 2:05
Composer: - James Anderson
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 374 - Issued as ''Gospel Series''
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - February 1967
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 406-A mono
I'M GONNA MOVE IN THE ROOM WITH THE LORD / MY SOUL NEED RESTING
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-23 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Brother James Anderson with 
The James Anderson Singers – Vocals

Chips Moman – Guitar
Roland Janes – Guitar
Al Jackson – Drums
More Details Unknown

Understandably, Phillips forgot that in February 1967, Sun 406 had appeared proudly proclaiming ''Gospel Series''. There hadn't, as Phillips admitted, been much black gospel music on Sun to that point. The Prisonaires in 1953 and the Jones Brothers were about it. This effort by Brother Anderson and his flock had to wait nearly five years for his music to hit the streets. These sides stem from a May 1962 session featuring some stalwarts of the Memphis music scene, including guitarists Chip Moman and Roland Janes, and drummer Al Jackson. In addition to these sides, Anderson recorded at least 19 other titles for Sun and the tracks have never been issued. Somebody believed in the man, or his kind of music, although you'd never know it from looking at Sun's latter day release schedule. By the time Knox Phillips decided it was time to initiate a Gospel Series, it was too late to follow through. (HD)

 
Brother James Anderson
"MY SOUL NEED RESTING" - B.M.I. - 2:05
Composer: - James Anderson
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 375 - Issued as ''Gospel Series''
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - February 1967
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 406-B mono
MY SOUL NEED RESTING / I'M GONNA MOVE IN THE ROOM WITH THE LORD
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-24 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Brother James Anderson with
The James Anderson Singers – Vocals

Chips Moman – Guitar
Roland Janes – Guitar
Al Jackson – Drums
More Details Unknown

Anderson was, and possibly still is, a Chicago-based evangelist. Little is known about him, although his music in general is fine unaffected gospel in a style that largely transcends carbon dating. Thankfully, these recordings have a spartan energy and give a rewarding glimpse of the passion in Anderson's presence. (HD)

 
Load Of Mischief
"I'M A LOVER" - B.M.I. - 2:24
Composer: - Mike Houseal
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 377
Recorded: - Unknown Date Late 1967
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - January 1968
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 407-A mono
I'M A LOVER / BACK IN MY ARMS AGAIN
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-25 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
David Mayo – Vocal
Mike Houseal – Guitar
Ken Woodley – Organ
Ray Sanders – Bass
Larry Wall - Drums

A milestone of sorts. The last Sun record. The label that began by recording backporch music, primitive rhythm and blues, heartrending hillbilly, and then gave birth to rockabilly and a string of cultural icons, finally ended in January 1968 with Load Of Mischief. The 230 or so releases in the Sun catalog neatly encapsulate one of the great cultural upheavals in the 20th century. Sun started with black music and told the story of its assimilation over a 15 year period. That makes it fitting in a way that the last Sun record should be by a white band working in a style that owned much to then-current black music. (HD)

 
Load Of Mischief
"BACK IN MY ARMS AGAIN'' - B.M.I. - 2:38
Composer: - Brian Holland-Lamont Dozier-Edward Holland
Publisher: - Jobete Music Publishing
Matrix number: - U 376
Recorded: - Unknown Date Late 1967
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - January 1968
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 407-B mono
BACK IN MY ARMS AGAIN / I'M A LOVER
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-26 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
David Mayo – Vocal
Mike Houseal – Guitar
Ken Woodley – Organ
Ray Sanders – Bass
Larry Wall - Drums

Lead singer Davis Mayo was born in Memphis, and in 1965 he was leading a band called the Coachmen in Little Rock, Arkansas. He made his first recordings at Roland Janes' Sonic Studios on Madison Avenue. ''I met all the other guys in different bands'', says Mayo. ''Ken Woodley played keyboards, Ray Sanders was in a band called the Jokers, Mike Houseal played guitar, but the star was Larry Wall who played bass 'cause he'd come over from the Gentrys. I knew the Coachmen were going to stay in Little Rock so I talked to all these guys and we rehearsed at Ken Woodley's house, and it clicked. I knew Knox and he signed us to Sun''.  The record hadn't been out long when Sam Phillips folded Sun to become president of Holiday Inn Records. He transferred the Load Of Mischief master to Holiday Inn, remixing it for its re-release, adding Charlie Chalmers' horn section. ''We weren't happy about that'', notes Mayo. ''I remember arguing with Sam about it. I told him that Columbia Records wasn't in the hotel business, so what was Holiday Inn doing in the record business? I took the unissued Sun masters over to Estelle Axton at Stax, and she signed us to their Hip label. We recorded as ''Paris Pilot'' for Hip. Don Nix was our producer''.

Mayo went on to work with Steve Cropper at his TMI Records, and then recorded with a band called Zuider Zee for Columbia (who were not in the motel business). By then he was under the aegis of British producer Gordon Mills (Tom Jones, Gilbert O'Sullivan, etc.) Ken Woodley and Mike Gardner hung around Don Nix's camp during the booze and pill-fueled 1970s and, until recently (1998), Ray Sanders was the house bass player at the restored Sun Studio on 706 Union Avenue. (HD)

 
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