The next record (Sun 350/1960) was released on regular yellow and brown or special white and green labels (with and without reindeer and santa) as a red and black issue, where the artist name is changed to The Rockin' Stockin'.


The Rockin' Stockin'
"ROCKIN' LANG SYNE" - B.M.I. - 2:35
Composer: - Traditional
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - M 20 - D.J. Copy
Recorded: - Probably November 17, 1959
Probably Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Produced for Billy Riley's Mojo label and
shipped to Sun Records on November 17, 1959
Released: - November 14, 1960
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 350 / SUN 1960-A mono
ROCKIN' LANG SYNE / YULEVILLE U.S.A.
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-2-18 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Billy Riley - Guitar
Roland Janes - Guitar
Jimmy Van Eaton - Drums
Martin Willis – Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Wilson - Organ

This record has often appeared in label lists as SUN 350,
no copies bearing that number have ever been found.
It only appears to have been issued as SUN 1960

Presumably every label, even Sun, is to be forgiven some seasonal music. So here is Sun's foray into the Christmas marketplace, courtesy of Billy Riley, entrepreneur. These two sides (Sun 1960) were produced for Riley's Mojo label, and taken over by Sun on November 17, 1959. That made it too late for Christmas 1959, but Sam Phillips had it out in plenty of time for Christmas 1960.

Riley and company (the usual Little Green Men cast of Roland Janes, Jimmy van Eaton, Martin Willis) tear a page from the Bill Black Combo songbook, which was thriving across town at the Hi Studios. Notably, Jimmy Wilson's keyboard work on ''Rockin' Old Lang Syne'' is a little more skating rinky than anything Carl McVoy ever attempted for Bill Black. (HD)
 

Sun 350/1960-A 45rpm DJ Copy



The Rockin' Stockin'
"YULEVILLE U.S.A." - B.M.I. - 2:10
Composer: - The Rockin' Stockin'
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - M 21 - D.J. Copy
Recorded: - Probably November 17, 1959
Released: - November 14, 1960
Probably Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Produced for Billy Riley's Mojo label and
shipped to Sun Records on November 17, 1959
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 350 / SUN 1960-B mono
YULEVILLE U.S.A. / ROCKIN' LANG SYNE
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-2-17 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Billy Riley - Guitar
Roland Janes - Guitar
Jimmy Van Eaton - Drums
Martin Willis – Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Wilson – Organ

This record has often appeared in label lists as SUN 350,
no copies bearing that number have ever been found.
It only appears to have been issued as SUN 1960

You would't want a fixed income based on this record's sales in July. In fact, you'd have had a pretty spartan existence based on its sales in December as well. (HD)
 

Sun 350/1960-B 45rpm DJ Copy


 
The Rockin' Stockin'
"ROCKIN' LANG SYNE" - B.M.I. - 2:35
Composer: - Traditional
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - M 20 - D.J. Copy
Recorded: - Probably November 17, 1959
Probably Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Produced for Billy Riley's Mojo label and
shipped to Sun Records on November 17, 1959
Released: - November 14, 1960
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 350 / SUN 1960-A mono
ROCKIN' LANG SYNE / YULEVILLE U.S.A.
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-2-18 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Billy Riley - Guitar
Roland Janes - Guitar
Jimmy Van Eaton - Drums
Martin Willis – Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Wilson - Organ
 

Sun 350/1960-A 45rpm DJ Copy Without Reindeer


 
The Rockin' Stockin'
"ROCKIN' LANG SYNE" - B.M.I. - 2:35
Composer: - Traditional
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - M 20 - D.J. Copy
Recorded: - Probably November 17, 1959
Probably Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Produced for Billy Riley's Mojo label and
shipped to Sun Records on November 17, 1959
Released: - November 14, 1960
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 350 / SUN 1960-A mono
ROCKIN' LANG SYNE / YULEVILLE U.S.A.
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-2-18 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Billy Riley - Guitar
Roland Janes - Guitar
Jimmy Van Eaton - Drums
Martin Willis – Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Wilson - Organ
 

Sun 350/1960-A 45rpm DJ Copy With Reindeer


 
The Rockin' Stockin'
"YULEVILLE U.S.A." - B.M.I. - 2:10
Composer: - The Rockin' Stockin'
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - M 21 - D.J. Copy
Recorded: - Probably November 17, 1959
Released: - November 14, 1960
Probably Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Produced for Billy Riley's Mojo label and
shipped to Sun Records on November 17, 1959
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 350 / SUN 1960-B mono
YULEVILLE U.S.A. / ROCKIN' LANG SYNE
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-2-17 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Billy Riley - Guitar
Roland Janes - Guitar
Jimmy Van Eaton - Drums
Martin Willis – Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Wilson – Organ
 

Sun 350/1960-B 45rpm DJ Copy Without Santa


 
The Rockin' Stockin'
"YULEVILLE U.S.A." - B.M.I. - 2:10
Composer: - The Rockin' Stockin'
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - M 21 - D.J. Copy
Recorded: - Probably November 17, 1959
Released: - November 14, 1960
Probably Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Produced for Billy Riley's Mojo label and
shipped to Sun Records on November 17, 1959
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 350 / SUN 1960-B mono
YULEVILLE U.S.A. / ROCKIN' LANG SYNE
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-2-17 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Billy Riley - Guitar
Roland Janes - Guitar
Jimmy Van Eaton - Drums
Martin Willis – Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Wilson – Organ
 

Sun 350/1960-B 45rpm DJ Copy With Santa



Ira Jay II
''YOU DON'T LOVE ME ANYMORE'' - B.M.I. - 2:30
Composer: - Ira Jay Lichterman-Dover
Publisher: - Tuneville – Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 419
Recorded: - Late 1959
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - November 14, 1960
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard singles SUN 351-A mono
YOU DON'T LOVE ME ANYMORE / MORE THAN ANYTHING
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-2-19 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Ira Jay Lichterman - Vocal
More Details Unknown

We first met Ira Lichterman as the barely pubescent composer of Ray Smith's ''Rockin' Bandit''. That little bit of songwriting was obviously Ira Jay's entre to the label. Both sides of this record are lighthearted teenage fluff - from the material, to the swirling (yet decidedly low budget) string section, to Ira Jay's pubescent voice. Coming hot on the heels of Tony Rossini, Ira Jay's record seems to show that Sun was determined to break into the territory dominated by Chancellor Records and Cameo Records. (HD)
 

Sun 351-A 45rpm



Ira Jay II
"MORE THAN ANYTHING" - B.M.I. - 2:16
Composer: - Ira Jay Lichterman
Publisher: - Tuneville - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 420
Recorded: - Late 1959
Released: - November 14, 1960
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard singles SUN 351-B mono
MORE THAN ANYTHING / YOU DON'T LOVE ME ANYMORE
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-2-20 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Ira Jay Lichterman - Vocal
More Details Unknown

Sun was a magnet for talent. All kinds of talent. In his way, Ira Jay Lichterman was one of the most successful of all Sun graduates. He was twelve or thirteen years old when he wrote some songs and sent them to Bill Justis, a family friend. Justis encouraged him, and used one of the songs, ''Rockin' Bandit'', on a Ray Smith session. Justis had quit Sun by the time Ira Jay cut his only Sun single at the Madison Avenue studio in 1960. In 1962, he got his first major break when he and Ed Bruce wrote ''Save Your Kisses'', which appeared on the flip-side of Tommy Roe's ''Sheila''. A flip-side, you must remember, can reap almost as much as a hit. (HD)
 

Sun 351-B 45rpm



Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
''WHEN I GET PAID'' - B.M.I. - 2:47
Composer: - Harold Shedd-York Wilburn
Publisher: - Bluff City – Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 421
Recorded: - October 13, 1960
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - November 14, 1960
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 352-A mono
WHEN I GET PAID / LOVE MADE A FOOL OF ME
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-2-21 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal
Scotty Moore – Guitar
Brag Suggs - Guitar
Billy Riley - Bass
Jimmy M. Van Eaton – Drums
Larry Muhoberac – Piano
Fred Ford – Horn
Ronnie Capone – Horn
Robert Alexius – Horn

''When I Get Paid'' is a standard ''bitch about work'' song performed to a mild 1960s funk riff. No one would have guessed it at the time these Ray Charles rhythmic figures were everywhere, but the formulaic music they spawned was going to sound pretty dated pretty quickly. If this song ever had any passion, the tinkly sounding 5-4-1 piano riff manages to declaw it. The pianist, incidentally and thankfully, wasn't Jerry Lee, who was on the outs with the American Federation of Musicians and therefore prohibited from playing sessions. (HD)
 

Sun 352-A 45rpm



Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
''LOVE MADE A FOOL OF ME'' - B.M.I. - 2:45
Composer: - Harold Shedd-York Wilburn
Publisher: - Bluff City – Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 422
Recorded: - October 13, 1960
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - November 14, 1960
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 352-B mono
WHEN I GET PAID / LOVE MADE A FOOL OF ME
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-2-22 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal
Scotty Moore – Guitar
Brag Suggs - Guitar
Billy Riley - Bass
Jimmy M. Van Eaton – Drums
Larry Muhoberac – Piano
Fred Ford – Horn
Ronnie Capone – Horn
Robert Alexius – Horn

Unknown Vocal Group

Love Made A Fool Of Me'' is, to put it mildly, utterly bizarre. It begins as a soul ballad, complete with a churchy chorus (probably the Gene Lowery singers in blackface). Then things start to go downhill. The release contains that 4-4 minor sequence to no good effect. And suddenly things unravel. The song that follows, both chorally and instrumentally seems to bear no relation to what preceded the release. From soul ballad, we've evolved into the lowest kind of pop schmaltz. There's a rather surprising quick fade, as if someone in the studio cried out, ''Please fade us before we hurt ourselves''. It happens not a moment too soon. (HD)
 

Sun 352-B 45rpm



Roy Orbison & The Roses
"SWEET AND EASY TO LOVE" - B.M.I. - 2:10
Composer: - Sam C. Phillips-Roy Orbison
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 423
Recorded: - December 14, 1956
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - November 25, 1960 - Reissued SUN 265
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 353-A mono
SWEET AND EASY TO LOVE / DEVIL DOLL
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15084-2-23 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Roy Orbison - Vocal and Guitar
Roland Janes - Guitar
James M. Van Eaton - Drums
Unknown - Bass
The Roses, Vocal Chorus
Consisting of Robert Linville, Tenor;
Ray Rush, Baritone; David Bigham, Bass

With ''Only The Lonely'' sweeping its way through the pop charts, there is no way Sam Phillips wouldn't try at least once to recycle some of his Roy Orbison material. The problem, of course, was what to recycle. No matter how you sliced it, Sun held title to Orbi the rocker, while it was Orbi the operatic story teller who was charming the kiddies. Despite their 1956 origins, these titles were chosen because they were less assertive than most of Orbi's catalogue. Moreover, they already boasted a male chorus. Who knows, maybe 1960 teens would take a fancy to barbershop quartets. Turns out, they didn't, and ''Sveedle and Easy'' sunk into obscurity for the second time in four years. (HD)
 

Sun 353-A 45rpm



Roy Orbison & The Roses
"DEVIL DOLL" - B.M.I. - 2:08
Composer: - Sam C. Phillips-Roy Orbison
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 424
Recorded: - December 14, 1956
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - November 25, 1960 - Reissued SUN 265
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 353-B mono
DEVIL DOLL / SWEET AND EASY TO LOVE
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-2-24 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Roy Orbison - Vocal and Guitar
Roland Janes - Guitar
James M. Van Eaton - Drums
Unknown - Bass
The Roses, Vocal Chorus
Consisting of Robert Linville, Tenor;
Ray Rush, Baritone; David Bigham, Bas

The midpaced ballad "Devil Doll" allowed Orbison's true musical soul to come up for air for the first time. By this point, Roy Orbison and the Teen Kings had parted company and Roy was working with session musicians and Sun's new engineer, Jack Clement.

During the rehearsals for "Devil Doll" and "Sweet And Easy", Roy Orbison split with the Teen Kings. "It happened right in the studio", recalled Sam Phillips. "They had some difficulty among themselves, and the band broke up then and there. Really it was nothing more than their being extremely young" "We had a commenwealth drawn up", assert James Morrow, "in which the royalties would be split equally five ways. At first the group was to be called 'The Teen Kings', but Sam Phillips and Bob Neal wanted it as 'Roy Orbison and the Teen Kings'. Bob also did not want an equal five-way split of royalties, and evidently Roy didn't want it either. We hand't actually signed anything, and that was where the disagreement arose. Jack, Billy Pat, Peanuts, and I went back to West Texas and formed another group for a few months".  (HD)(MH)
 

Sun 353-B 45rpm



Bobby Sheridan (Charlie Rich)
''RED MAN'' - B.M.I. - 2:18
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 426 - Instrumental
Recorded: - October 24, 1960 – Issued as by Bobby Sheridan
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - December 10, 1960
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 354-A mono
RED MAN / SAD NEWS
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-1 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Charlie Rich - Vocal & Piano
Sidney Manker - Guitar
R.W. ''T-Willie'' Stevenson - Bass
Jimmy M. Van Eaton - Drums
Fred Ford - Tenor Saxophone

''Sad News'', the ''hit'' side of this disc, is pretty much forgettable fare, but ''Red Man'' is another matter. Here, for the first time on record, Charlie Rich's jazz soul comes up for air. And what a deep breath it took! Those 16 bar minor key interludes are just setups for the mellow and melodic releases which take us through a chord cycle that would have been at home on any Blue Note release in 1960. All those years digging Stan Kenton were not in vain. Rich knew his stuff.  This is the first and only pure jazz tune issued on the Sun label. And it's a gem. Clever title, by the way. If Sonny Burgess could name an instrument after the worst rotgut wine on the shelf (''Thunderbird''), then Charlie Rich could honor another redneck addiction: ''Red Mann'' chewing tobacco.  (HD)(MH)
 

Sun 354-A 45rpm



Bobbie Sheridan (Charlie Rich)
"SAD NEWS" - B.M.I. - 2:10
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 425 - Instrumental
Recorded: - February 25, 1959
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - December 10, 1960 – Issued as by Bobby Sheridan
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm SUN 354-B mono
SAD NEWS / RED MAN
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-2 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Charlie Rich - Vocal and Piano
Roland Janes - Guitar
Brad Suggs - Guitar
Cliff Acred - Bass
Billy Riley - Bass
J.M. Van Eaton - Drums
Unidentified - Trumpet

Gene Lowery Singers consisting of
Edwin Bruce, Sara Bruce, Nita Smith, Lee Holt, Vocal Chorus

Bobby Sheridan was Sun's answer to Floyd Cramer; or, looked at another way, ''Sad News'' was Sun's answer to ''Last Date''. The trouble is, Floyd Cramer could go out and promote his records whenever he could get away from all that session work in Nashville. Bobby Sheridan? Well, he sure looked an awful lot like Charlie Rich. About as much as ''The Hawk'' looked like Jerry Lee Lewis. (HD)
 

Sun 354-B 45rpm



Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
"LIFE GOES ON" - B.M.I. - 1:57
Composer: - Jack Clement-Johnny Cash
Publisher: - Jack Clement Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 428
Recorded: - May 15, 1958
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - December 10, 1960
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 355-A mono
LIFE GOES ON / OH, LONESOME ME
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-4 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

Apparently the bottom of the Johnny Cash barrell was still nowhere in sight when these two outings were released in December, 1960.  "Life Goes On" is a credible, vintage-sounding slice of sorrow that might have barked at the heels of "I Walk The Line" had it been released four years earlier. The song contains a powerful musical hook, lifted directly from "I Walk The Line". Even though we know what its going to sound like and when its going to happen, it still manages to propel the song forward with surprising power. Cash and Jack Clement collaborated on this one, and its obvious that there was more Cash than Clement in the final product. If you like vintage sounding Cash on Sun recordings, its hard to be critical of this outing, which must have pleased a lot of starved Sun-ophiles in 1960. (HD)
 

Sun 355-A 45rpm



Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
"OH LONESOME ME" - B.M.I. - 2:27
Composer: - Don Gibson
Publisher: - Acuff Rose Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 427 - Overdubbed Master
Recorded: - April 9, 1958
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - December 10, 1960
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 355-B (stereo)
OH LONESOME ME / LIFE GOES ON
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-3 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 Session May 1958
Gene Lowery Singers consisting of 
Edwin Bruce, Sara Bruce, Nita Smith,
Lee Holt, Vocal Harmony

The flipside is another matter. One listen to the undubbed version of this knockoff reveals how essential overdubbing was to the final release. For one thing, nobody seemed to know the chords. This isn't exactly a Thelonious Monk composition, but the chord sequence in the release seems to have eluded our humble pickers. For another thing, there is Luther's solo. Lordy, Lord. What to do about that? The correct answer, the "only" answer to both problems was to embalm the bed track with a very assertive piano and chorus. Obviously, it worked. This song provided Cash with his last hit on the old Sun label, spending nine weeks on the charts in early 1961. (HD)
 

Sun 355-B 45rpm



Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
''WHAT'D I SAY'' - B.M.I. - 2:29
Composer: - Ray Charles
Publisher: - Progressive Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 429
Recorded: - February 9, 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
319 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee
Released: - February 27, 1910
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 356-A mono
WHAT'D I SAY / LOVE MADE A FOOL OF ME
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-5 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

Jerry Lee Lewis has spent a lot of time preaching about resurrections but the truth is that the release of Sun 356 was a resurrection almost comparable to his 1968 rebirth as a country singer. By any measure, it was a resounding success. Things were looking pretty bleak for the Killer before ''What'd I Say'' appeared in February 1961.  Yes, it's true that Jerry had been turning his attention to rhythm and blues of late, and had done more than his share or listening to (and copying) instrumental riffs from Ray Charles, but here is where it finally came together from him. This track reveals that Jerry's affinity for Charles's music was more than a commercial aspiration. Charles's style meshes well with Jerry's talent.  In Jerry's hands, ''What'd I Say'' is a fine vocal and piano workout. The backup instrumental work is ideal and even the chorus sounds a bit shrill (as in ''White'') when they echo Jerry's vocal lines. Conspicuously absent from the arrangement is the lascivious ''Don't stop, baby'' portion of Ray Charles' original. (HD)
 

Sun 356-A 45rpm



Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
''LIVIN' LOVIN' WRECK'' - B.M.I. - 2:05
Composer: - Otis Blackwell
Publisher: - Sito Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 430
Recorded: - February 9, 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
319 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee
Released: - February 27, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 356-B mono
LOVIN' LOVIN' WRECK / WHAT'D I SAY
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-6 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
 
 
Even without such overt sexuality, this record took Jerry Lee back on the pop charts, peaking at number 30, a neighborhood he hadn't visited in over two years. There was little competition from this side. ''Livin' Lovin' Wreck'' from the pen of Otis Blackwell is easily the weakest of the four tracks recorded that day in Nashville. Like many of Jerry's teen-oriented songs, this one has not weathered the ravages of time and style too well. Jerry seems constrained by the chord changes, although guitarist Hank Garland seems to fare a bit better. In fact, this is one of the few times that Jerry's piano solo is outclassed by the guitar break. (HD)

Sun 356-B 45rpm


 
 

SUN 357-A-B Unissued
There is no indication from the Sun files
what or who was meant to be on Sun 357
Two matrix numbers were assigned to the release,
and a title, ''The Next Line I Write'', was written against one of them,
but we have no information beyond that.


George Klein
''U.T. PARTY PART I'' – B.M.I. - 2:30
Composer: - Charles Underwood-Brad Suggs
Publisher: - Up Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 434
Recorded: Early 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - March 10, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 358-A mono
U.T. PARTY PART I / U.T. PARTY PART II
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-7 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
George Klein - Narration
More Details Unknown

Local disc jockey and Elvis-hanger on George Klein makes his second appearance on a Sun label. He was last heard narrating the Jerry Lee career-disaster parody that appeared on Sun 301. Sun was willing to settle on a pretty limited market for this disc. The ''U.T.'' in the title is the University of Tennessee, located in Knoxville, with a satellite campus in Memphis. Just to make sure the whole marketplace is covered, Klein makes reference to U.T. Football, basketball and baseball here.  Presumably, the chess club was left out of the lyric since those geeks didn't dance and drink beer, both of which are plainly prerequisites for deriving enjoyment from this disc. Why Sun got into this business is anybody's guess. Presumably, they expected to sell a bunch of these discs at fraternity parties. In any case, not many of them made it past the state line. (HD)
 

Sun 358-A 45rpm



George Klein
''U.T. PARTY PART II'' – B.M.I. - 2:22
Composer: - Charles Underwood-Brad Suggs
Publisher: - Up Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 434
Recorded: Early 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - March 10, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 358-B mono
U.T. PARTY PART II / U.T. PARTY PART I
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-8 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
George Klein - Narration
More Details Unknown

Klein offers an incredibly stilted narration here in a time honored style. Like rock and roll godfather Alan Freed, Klein talks to all those ''crazy cats'' and ''swinging chicks'' out there. Klein was barely older than his constituents, which made this patronizing blather barely tolerable. When Freed did it, it always sounded like somebody's uncle desperately trying to impress the kids. (HD)
 

Sun 358-B 45rpm



Tracy Pendarvis
''BELLE OF THE SUWANNEE'' – B.M.I. - 2:33
Composer: - Tracy Pendarvis
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 439
Recorded: Probably July 1960
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - April 25, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 359-A mono
BELLE OF THE SUWANNEE / ETERNALLY
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-9 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No Of Instruments)
Tracy Pendarvis – Vocal & Guitar
Scotty Moore – Guitar
Billy Riley – Bass
Larry Muhoberac – Piano
Jerry Reeve Goodman - Drums

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

Of all the relative newcomers to Sun in the early 1960s, Tracy Pendarvis was just about the only one making  music that consistently harked back to the golden days. ''Belle Of The Suwannee'' manages to be a  competitive record while still retaining something of an 'edge'. That edge shows up in Pendarvis's moderately  sexy vocal, the taut drumming, and driving bass work. More importantly, the edge appears in what is ''not''  here – any sign of sweetening. One can almost imagine the Gene Lowery Singers trying to claw their way  into the session while Pendarvis and company keep the studio door tightly bolted. Nearly 40 years later, their  effort is greatly appreciated. (HD)
 

Sun 359-A 45rpm



Tracy Pendarvis
''ETERNALLY'' – B.M.I. - 2:10
Composer: - Tracy Pendarvis
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 440
Recorded: Probably July 1960
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - April 25, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 359-B mono
BELLE OF THE SUWANNEE / ETERNALLY
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-10 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No Of Instruments)
Tracy Pendarvis – Vocal & Guitar
Scotty Moore – Guitar
Billy Riley – Bass
Larry Muhoberac – Piano
Jerry Reeve Goodman - Drums

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

''Eternally'' makes more of a concession to mainstream pop trends, but even here the effect is inoffensive.  There is a small string session (again, showing the effects of budget restraint), but it is mixed with  appropriate distance. This simple song has a strong minor key component and features one unusual chord  (repeated on the word ''be'') that takes the material out of the ordinary. This was Pendarvis's final single for  Sun, leaving him with a small legacy in which to take pride. (HD)
 

Sun 359-B 45rpm



Wade Cagle & The Escorts
''GROOVY TRAIN'' – B.M.I. - 2:25
Composer: - Wade Cagle-Mooney
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 437
Recorded: - July 27, 1960
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - April 25, 1961
First appearance; - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 360-A mono
GROOVY TRAIN / HIGHL:AND ROCK
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-11 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Wade Cagle – Guitar

The Escorts consisting of
Charles ''Chas'' Strasburg – Bass
Rocky Haye – Drums
William Morninggold – Piano
Ray McCarthur - Tenor Saxophone

Guitarist, Wade Cagle Jr., brought along a welcome touch of Duane Eddy when he landed at Sun in the summer of 1960. Operating out of Pensacola, Florida, where his younger brother Conner worked in the nightclub business, Cagle toured the length and breadth of the country (often with road warrior, Wayne Cochran) and ended up in Las Vegas. It was here that he was to discover his true destiny, working alongside some of the world's top golfers as a tournament supervisor for the PGA. 

Guitarist Wade Cagle brought his combo The Escorts into the new studio at 639 Madison for a single session. They laid down four instrumental tracks, two of which were released. The other two remain in the Sun tape vaults. This is music in the grand tradition of ''Tequila''. Indeed ''Groovy Train'' is almost a dead copy of ''Train No Nowhere'', originally the A-side of the Champs record, before someone flipped it over and found ''Tequila'' one fateful day in 1958.  (HD)(MH)
 

Sun 360-A 45rpm



Wade Cagle & The Escorts
''HIGHLAND ROCK'' – B.M.I. - 2:08
Composer: - Wade Cagle-Mooney
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 438
Recorded: - July 27, 1960
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - April 25, 1961
First appearance; - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 360-B mono
GROOVY TRAIN / HIGHLAND ROCK
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-12 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Wade Cagle – Guitar

The Escorts consisting of
Charles ''Chas'' Strasburg – Bass
Rocky Haye – Drums
William Morninggold – Piano
 

Sun 360-B 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 361-A 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 361-B 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 362-A 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 362-B 45rpm



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)
 
 

Sun 363-A 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 363-B 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 364-A 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 364-B 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 365-A 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 365-B 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 366-A 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 366-B 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 367-A 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 367-B 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 368-A 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 368-B 45rpm


 
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)
 

Sun 369-A 45rpm


 
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)
 

Sun 369-B 45rpm


 
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)
 

Sun 370-A 45rpm


 
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)
 

Sun 370-B 45rpm



Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
''MONEY'' - B.M.I. - 2:20
Composer: - Bradford-Gordy Jr.
Publisher: - Jobett Music
Matrix number: - U 461
Recorded: - September 21, 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
319 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee
Released: - November 21, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 371-A mono
MONEY / BONNIE B
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-9 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
J Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal & Piano
Wayne Moss - Guitar
Jerry Kennedy - Guitar
Bob Moore - Bass
Murray Buddy Harmon - Drums
Jerry Tuttle - Organ
Jim Hall - Saxophone
Homer Boots Randolph - Saxophone
Karl Gavin - Saxophone
John Wilkin - Horn
Donald Sheffield - Horn
Cameron Mullis - Horn
William Bill McElhiney - Horn

Unknown - Vocal Chorus

Jerry's credentials as an rhythm and blues artist were deepening with every release. Here, he takes on the Motown catalogue with his version of ''Money'', written by Barrett Strong the previous year. In truth, the song was not yet considered a 'classic' when the decision was made for Jerry to record it.  Even the Beatles may not yet have discovered it. This Nashville session from September, 1961 is notable in one important way. Never before had Jerry worked with more horn players. The Union logs list six of them which, along with the usual rhythm session, meant that Sun was paying some serious front money for this date.
 
 
Sam C. Phillips was not to be cheated. What he paid for, he heard! Even the liner notes to Jerry's second album, which featured this track, touted Jerry working with ''a big brass sound'', adding ''See if you don't feel he's perfectly at home and in facts shows off the brass to great advantage''. Jerry reads the now famous lyric  against Indian wardrums and his piano manages to hold its own against the blazing horns. The trumpets really cut loose during the final twelve bars and there are times when it's difficult to know where the shrill horns stop and the shrieking chorus starts. (HD)
 

Sun 371-A 45rpm



Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
''BONNIE B'' - B.M.I. - 2:18
Composer: - Charles Underwood
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 462
Recorded: - January 21-25, 1960
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - November 21, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 371-B mono
BONNIE B / MONEY
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-10 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

What better antidote for your aching ears than the sweet rolling tempo of ''Bonnie B''. This side remains one of the most enjoyable items in Jerry's Sun catalogue. Its lovely feel is established during the 6 bar intro when Jerry offers a barrelhouse right hand chord against some two string guitar work neatly lifted from Bill Doggett's ''Honky Tonk''. The mixture works well and is repeated during the piano solo. If you listen closely, you'll find a clear case for unconscious plagiarism here between sweet Miz Bonnie and Melvin Endsley's classic ''Singing The Blues''. It's hard to guess composer Charles Underwood's lyrical intent here. What is the song really telling us? After extolling the virtues of sweet young Bonnie (Underwood's future wife, by the way), Jerry makes it clear that just because she's underage doesn't mean she ought to hesitate about satisfying his lust. Was this what radio programmers needed to hear with the memory of the childbride scandal not so distant? (HD)
 

Sun 371-B 45rpm



Ray Smith
''TRAVLIN' SALESMAN'' - B.M.I. - 3:03
Composer: - Nelson-Crutchfield
Publisher: - Champion Music – Tree Music
Matrix number: - U 463
Recorded: - October 24, 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
319 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee
Released: - November 21, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 372-A mono
TRAVLIN' SALESMAN – I WON'T MISS YOU
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-11 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Ray Smith – Vocal
Hargus ''Pig'' Robbins – Piano
Stanley Walker – Guitar
Bob Moore – Bass
Unknown – Guitar
Unknown – Drums
Unknown – Brass Section
Unknown – Vocal Chorus

If anyone could cope with changing times in the record business, it was Ray Smith. The man was a veritable chameleon. As his personal appearances of the day confirmed, he could offer convincing efforts in styles ranging from Elvis Presley and Fran Sinatra. What was a little bluesy funk to a man like that?  The Ray Smith who recorded the next single and one more released in early 1962, was quite different from the rockabilly pretender Sun fans had come to adore during his 1958 stint with the label. This gravelly voiced midtempo blues shouter was a perfect fit for the late 1961 marketplace. There's a mandatory funky tempo and backup white chicks singing like they're in black church. (HD)
 

Sun 372-A 45rpm



Ray Smith
''I WON'T MISS YOU'' - B.M.I. - 2:07
Composer: - Stan Kesler
Publisher: - Katrina Music
Matrix number: - U 464
Recorded: - October 24, 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
319 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee
Released: - November 21, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 372-B mono
I WON'T MISS YOU / TRAVLIN' SALESMAN
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-12 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Ray Smith – Vocal
Hargus ''Pig'' Robbins – Piano
Stanley Walker – Guitar
Bob Moore – Bass
Unknown – Guitar
Unknown – Drums
Unknown – Brass Section
Unknown – Vocal Chorus

The material here is anything but ordinary. Smith has taken all the old 'traveling salesman' jokes and turned them inside out. He's the 'husband' of the traveling salesman's girl, and he's sick of all the crap she's buying from her salesman boyfriend. You had to have a taste for the bizarre to connect with, much less understand this storyline! Smith uses his emotive voice well, phrasing adventurously against the foursquare rhythm. He even tries some rather grating bass growls during the instrumental solo and again at the fade. One way or another this song was likely to garner some radio play, although it stopped very short of chart status.  The flipside of ''I Won't Miss You'' is a soul ballad from the practiced pen of Stan Kesler, who had placed similar material (''Playing For Keeps'', ''The Thrill Of Your Love'') with Elvis for the past five years. (HD)
 

Sun 372-B 45rpm



Rayburn Anthony
''HOW WELL I KNOW''' - B.M.I. - 2:07
Composer: - Buddy Killen-Rayburn Anthony
Publisher: - Tree Publishing
Matrix number: - U 465
Recorded: - Unknown Date Fall 1962
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - January 19, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 373-A mono
HOW WILL I KNOW / BIG DREAM
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-13 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rayburn Anthony – Vocal
Carl Mann - Piano
Probably Musicians
Eddie Bush – Guitar
R.W. ''T-Willie'' Stevenson – Bass
Tony Austin - Drums
More Details Unknown
Vinnie Trout – Strings Arranged
Unknown – Vocal Chorus

This is a really unusual record. ''How Well I Know'' is a fairly conventional and highly competent Nashville ballad that gives us a deeper look at Anthony's crackling baritone voice. In his own rather limited way, the man was a stylist Groaner to be sure.  This was undeniably a country pop record, but, even so, it's worth mentioning that most country crossover records in 1962 did not feature mellow saxophones in place of steel guitars. (HD)
 

Sun 373-A 45rpm



Rayburn Anthony
''BIG DREAM'' - B.M.I. - 2:14
Composer: - Tony Austin
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 466
Recorded: - Unknown Date Fall 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - January 19, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 373-B mono
BIG DREAM / HOW WELL I KNOW
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-14 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rayburn Anthony – Vocal
Carl Mann - Piano
Probably Musicians
Eddie Bush – Guitar
R.W. ''T-Willie'' Stevenson – Bass
Tony Austin - Drums
More Details Unknown
Vinnie Trout – Strings Arranged
Unknown – Vocal Chorus

''Big Dream'' is where things start to get interesting. Anthony's connection to Carl Mann and the Jackson, Tennessee sound is quite apparent. There's almost no difference between the sound of ''Big Dream'' and the opening to Mann's ''Rockin' Love''.  Whereas Mann broke free and turned his song into a rocker, Anthony maintains this taut little rhythmic riff lead by sticks on a closed hi-hat. Those alternating choruses (''Big dreams sometimes fall apart...'') break some of the tension, but certainly not all of it. And just when you think you're clear, Wham! You're back into that talk-sing ''Yeh, once I Had a big dream'' part of the cycle. In truth, this record is a tape loop. It could have ended after one run through, gone through a second or third, or faded after a fourth try. It doesn't matter. Nothing changes and nothing develops lyrically or musically. But for some reason, this works really well, and when we start the final fade midway into cycle number 3, it feels like, ''yeh, old Rayburn is 'really' stuck. He really 'did' have a big dream that went nowhere''. You've got to love Ray's voicing on the word broken. There's no telling what this guy might have done during Sun's golden era. (HD)
 

Sun 373-B 45rpm



Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
''I'VE BEEN TWISTIN''' - B.M.I. - 3:21
Composer: - Herman Parker
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 467
Recorded: - January 4, 1962
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - January 19, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 374-A mono
I'VE BEEN TWISTIN' / RAMBLIN' ROSE
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-15 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal & Piano
Roland Janes - Guitar
Brad Suggs - Guitar
R.W. McGee - Bass
Al Jackson - Drums

Excluding Jerry's earliest records for Sun at the start of his career five years later, this was undoubtedly his strongest two-sided release in memory. Indeed, none of his subsequent releases on the original Sun label would even come close to the standard. Both sides, ''I've Been Twistin'''and ''Rambling Rose'' deserved to have been hits in terms of their musical standard and their synchrony with the marketplace in early 1962. Sadly, neither dented the charts. It's a wonder Sam Phillips (and Jerry himself didn't wonder, ''If you can't make money like this, what's the point?''. ''Twistin'''is a wonderful remake of ''Feelin' Good'', Little Junior Parker's Sun classic from July 1953. Jerry has retained all its zany charm and backwoods folkways, and force-fed them into the twist craze. Instead of the disaster this should have been, the record retains a surprising amount of energy and good nature 35 years later. It my seems like Jerry was reprising 'ancient' material here, yet his source was less than a decade old when he tried his hand at it. It has been four times that long since Jerry's record was released in 1962. (HD)
 

Sun 374-A 45rpm



Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
''RAMBLIN' ROSE'' - B.M.I. - 2:54
Composer: - Fred Burch-Marijohn Wilkin
Publisher: - Cedar Wood Music
Matrix number: - U 468 - Extended Master
Recorded: - September 21, 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
319 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee
Released: - January 19, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 374-B mono
RAMBLIN' ROSE / I'VE BEEN TWISTIN'
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-16 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal & Piano
Wayne Moss - Guitar
Jerry Kennedy - Guitar
Bob Moore - Bass
Murray Buddy Harmon - Drums
Jerry Tuttle - Organ
Jim Hall - Saxophone
Homer Boots Randolph - Saxophone
Karl Gavin - Saxophone
John Wilkin - Horn
Donald Sheffield - Horn
Cameron Mullis - Horn
William Bill McElhiney - Horn
Unknown - Vocal Chorus

''Ramblin' Rose'', while not typical Jerry Lee fare, is a powerful, bluesy effort that holds a surprising amount of tension throughout its nearly three minutes running time. You know you're listening to something special within that first four bars of instrumental work. The performance is very sexy, without any of the overt gurgles Jerry used to insert gratuitously into his material. The track, not to be confused with the insipid Nat Cole of the same name, features powerful drumming and piano work. Not even the chorus can diminish this one. Sam Phillips' Nashville connection probably acquired the song; it was by Fred Burch (who had co-written ''Tragedy'') and Marijohn Wilkin, together they would go on to write Jimmy Dean's hits, ''PT 109'' and ''Big Bad John''. This, a finer song in every way, stiffed. (HD)
 

Sun 374-B 45rpm



Ray Smith
''CANDY DOLL'' - B.M.I. - 2:26
Composer: - Marijohn Wilkin-Fred Burch
Publisher: - Cedar Wood
Matrix number: - U 469
Recorded: - October 24, 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
319 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee
Released: - February 2, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 375-A mono
I WON'T MISS YOU / TRAVLIN' SALESMAN
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-17 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Ray Smith – Vocal
Hargus ''Pig'' Robbins – Piano
Stanley Walker – Guitar
Bob Moore – Bass
Unknown – Guitar
Unknown – Drums
Unknown – Brass Section
Unknown – Vocal Chorus

''Candy Doll'' is a tougher record to figure out. Smith was drawing material from Nashville's top publishers and composers – these were hardly homegrown efforts in Memphis. Yet, it's hard to see the hook in this purposefully crafted pop record. Was it the repeated phrasing of the title? Or the growling horn solo? The wailing chorus? It didn't sell and, sadly, marked the end of Smith's recording career for the Sun label. (HD)
 

Sun 375-A 45rpm



Ray Smith
''HEY BOSS MAN'' - B.M.I. - 2:00
Composer: - Benny Joy
Publisher: - Champion Music
Matrix number: - U 470
Recorded: - October 24, 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
319 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee
Released: - February 2, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 375-B mono
HEY BOSS MAN / CANDY DOLL
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-18 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Ray Smith – Vocal
Hargus ''Pig'' Robbins – Piano
Stanley Walker – Guitar
Bob Moore – Bass
Unknown – Guitar
Unknown – Drums
Unknown – Brass Section
Unknown – Vocal Chorus

This was Ray Smith's second and final Sun release from his post-rockabilly period. As on ''Travlin' Salesman'', Smith is in his white soul bag here with both sides of this outing. ''Hey Boss Mann'' is the standard working man's complaint. For all intents and purposes, this is a Charlie Rich record. The material, instrumental sound and even vocal are not far from the material Rich would be recorded for RCA within a year or two.

Original pressings of this disc revealed how powerful the Twist had become in dictating the music marketplace. The label was printed as ''Hey Boss Man (Twist)''. How bizarre had things become when an essentially black song about an unfair bossman was written, performed and marketed by white men, and sold as the basis of a dance craze!. Chubby Checker had a lot to answer for. (HD)
 

Sun 375-B 45rpm



Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
"BLUE TRAIN" - B.M.I. - 2:00
Composer: - Johnny Cash-Billy Smith
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 471 - Take 2
Recorded: - May 28, 1958
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - April 27, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 376-A mono
BLUE TRAIN / BORN TO LOSE
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-19 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

"Blue Train" is another matter. This is really vintage Johnny Cash, and must have delighted his legion of fans who lamented the loss of the early Johnny Cash sound. Although early pressings of the record credited the song to Cash, in reality the song wasn't an original. The mistake seems natural enough since composer Billy Smith had done his share of listening to early Cash records. In truth, compared to vintage Cash train songs, this one was a little selfconscious and lyrically awkward in places. Cash's stumbling over the words ("as half as bad") doesn't help matters, but on balance this was more than Cash fans had dared to hope for so long after the departure of their man from Sun in 1958. Luther's four bar solos sandwiched between verses add a nice touch and that steel guitar sound on the intro had pickers scratching their heads.

It would be two years before another Johnny Cash single was issued on the original Sun label, and it would be his last. (HD)
 

Sun 376-A 45rpm



Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
"BORN TO LOSE" - B.M.I. - 2:07
Composer: - Frankie Brown
Publisher: - Peer International
Matrix number: - U 472 - Overdubbed Master with Chorus Before Release *
Recorded:- May 15, 1958 - Additional Echo Added
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - April 27, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 376-B mono
BORN TO LOSE / BLUE TRAIN
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-20 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 Session Probably March 27, 1961
Phillips Studio, 317 Seventh Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee
The Confederates
were a barbershop quartet that performed in the 1950s and 1960s.
The group formed in September 1953 at a SPEBSQSA chapter meeting in Memphis, Tennessee
They consisting of
George Evans - Tenor
Dave LaBonte - Lead
Bill "Bus" Busby – Baritone
Wally Singleton - Bass

Cash's somber reading of "Born To Lose" fits the mood of this country standard like a glove. Composer Ted Daffan could have retired on the royalties he earned from all the versions of this tune since its 1942 copyright. Cash's relatively workmanlike vocal has been engulfed by a sea of echo, and the chorus liberally applied. All things considered, this was not an unreasonable entry into the 1962 country sweepstakes, along with Ray Charles' mega-selling pop version. (HD)
 

Sun 376-B 45rpm



Harold Dorman
"IN THE BEGINNING" - B.M.I. - 2:05
Composer: - Carroll
Publisher: - Sandra Pure Gold Music – Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 473
Recorded: - Unknown Date Early 1962
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - April 4, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 377-A mono
IN THE BEGINNING / WAIT TIL' SATURDAY NIGHT
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-21 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

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

For just about a year, ending with this release in April 1962, Harold Dorman was one of Sun's main stable of artists. Three releases in 11 months suggests that the powers that be saw potential in Dorman's work. They were right. Dorman was a major artist waiting to happen. He deserved far more than his moment of stardom from ''Mountain Of Love''. Every one of his Sun releases, and this is no exception, reveal an inventive spirit, a fine voice, and a real flair for bringing southern feeling to his music, while acknowledging contemporary trends. The playing in ''In The Beginning'' is hot. It's clear that these guys are fired up. The bass work is adventurous; it's all over those changes. And Stax/Hi stalwart Al Jackson's crisply recorded drumming is truly inspired. The guy just can't sit still. Complete with riffing horns by Martin Willis and Vincent Trauth, this is a tight little combo and Dorman responds with a fine vocal. There is enough groaning in his delivery to keep even Conway Twitty happy.

The theme of this quasi-Biblical epic is a little unusual and rather negative; ''Love hasn't been as good as it used to be ever since the devil got into the act. Stuff used to be simple. You find a woman, she loves you, done! Now, there's deception, sin, heartache, all that misery. Let me give you an example from my own life''. And he does. There is a moment early on, when Dorman starts talking about the ocean end true devotion. Can Human Emotion be far behind? Thankfully, he leaves that territory to Bobby Wood, who, incidentally, was playing the piano on this session. (HD)
 

Sun 377-A 45rpm



Harold Dorman
"WAIT TIL' SATURDAY NIGHT" - B.M.I. - 2:14
Composer: - Harold Dorman-Gann
Publisher: - Gando Music – Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 474
Recorded:- Unknown Date Early 1962
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - April 4, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 377-B mono
WAIT TIL' SATURDAY NIGHT / IN THE BEGINNING
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-22 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

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

If ''In The Beginning'' has a dark, brooding side, there is no such feeling on the flip-side. The contrast is striking. ''Wait 'Til Saturday Night'' is strictly teen-oriented fare, although Dorman manages to give his vocal chops a workout, displaying some admirable range. The spirit of ''Hallelujah! I Love Her So'' hangs over the proceedings as the chord changes again show the strong influence gospel music had acquired over the pop marketplace in 1962. (HD)
 

Sun 377-B 45rpm



Tony Rossini
''JUST AROUND THE CORNER'' - B.M.I. - 2:20
Composer: - Padgett
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 476
Recorded: - Probably August 6, 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - April 4, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 378-A mono
JUST AROUND THE CORNER / (MEET ME) AFTER SCHOOL
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-24 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

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

''Just Around The Corner'' is not typical Tony Rossini fare. Whereas ''(Meet Me) After School'' fairly bristles with teenage angst (note the references to the soda shop and angry teachers), ''Just Around The Corner'' is a totally adult song, with a Forties sensibility to the lyrics. It hints at the career as a lounge singer that Tony enjoyed. (HD)(CE)
 

Sun 378-A 45rpm



Tony Rossini
''(MEET ME) AFTER SCHOOL'' - B.M.I. - 2:22
Composer: - Davidson
Publisher: - Katrina Music
Matrix number: - U 475
Recorded: - Probably August 6, 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - April 4, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 378-B mono
(MEET ME) AFTER SCHOOL / JUST AROUND THE CORNER
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-23 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

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

''Sam was there for the mixing on those sessions'', Tony remembers. ''Sam and Scotty would bring me in late at night sometimes to re-do parts. Even as a kid, I knew there was something special about going to Sun. Sam had the most beguiling personality. It was like you were going to see the King of the Mountain. Seeing Jerry Lee Lewis, even Elvis was no big deal. Elvis used to pull my sister's ponytails, but there was something about Sam''. (HD)(CE)
 

Sun 378-B 45rpm



Jerry Lee Lewis
''SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN''' - B.M.I. - 2:52
Composer: - Chuck Berry
Publisher: - Chuck Berry Music - Arc Music
Matrix number: - U 477
Recorded: - January 5, 1962
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - July 7, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 379-A mono
SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN / HOW'S MY EX TREATING YOU
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-25 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal & Piano
Roland Janes – Guitar
Scotty Moore – Guitar
Jay W. Brown – Bass
Al Jackson – Drums
Shirley Sisk - Organ

Jerry began his June, 1962 session with ''Sweet Little Sixteen''. What might have simply been a warmup take to get things going, apparently had more planning behind it. This song was tried on at least three occasions, suggesting that it was being groomed for release right from the start. Jerry rarely turned in a bad version of a Chuck Berry song and this is no exception. It's surprisingly laid-back compared with Chuck Berry's original, and it is revealing to note that on at least one of the surviving alternate versions Jerry storms its way through the changes and includes some driving piano work. When it came time to select a version for release, the powers at Sun rightly concluded that laid-back and mellow were the order of the day. (HD)
 

Sun 379-A 45rpm



Jerry Lee Lewis
''HOW'S MY EX TREATING YOU'' - B.M.I. - 2:35
Composer: - Vic McAlpin
Publisher: - Tree Music
Matrix number: - U 478
Recorded: - June 14, 1962
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - July 7, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 379-B mono
HOW'S MY EX TREATING YOU / SWEET LITTLE SXTEEN
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-4-26 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal & Piano
Roland Janes – Guitar
Scotty Moore – Guitar
Jay W. Brown – Bass
Al Jackson – Drums
Shirley Sisk - Organ

If one side of this track below was geared to kiddies, albeit the mellow ones, this side ''How's My Ex Treating You'' was plainly adult fare. The spirit of Marty Robbins and his hits ''Don't Worry'' and ''It's Your World'' loom large over the proceedings here as J. W. Brown and his electric bass growl their way through the arrangement. Even Shirley Sisk, last glimpsed sitting at the organ on Sun 365, supports Jerry Lee on this one. There is a deep bluesy vein to this Vic McAlpin tune, thus laying the groundwork for Jerry's pedigree in the country market for the next several decades.

In September 1962, this became the last charted record on the Sun label – some nine years after the first. It was a sad commentary on Jerry Lee's declining fortunes and Sam Phillips' declining commitment to the business that it rose to the rather lowly peak of number 95. (HD)
 

Sun 379-B 45rpm



Tony Rossini & The Chippers
''YOU MAKE IT SOUND SO EASY''' - B.M.I. - 2:11
Composer: - Reynolds
Publisher: - Jack Music
Matrix number: - U 481
Recorded: - Unknown Date June 1962
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - July 10, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 380-A mono
YOU MAKE IT SOUND SO EASY / NEW GIRL IN TOWN
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-1 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

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

The Chippers
Scotty Moore – Guitar
Roland Janes – Guitar
Larry Mohoburac - Piano
Booker T Jones – Organ
Steve Cropper – Guitar
Lewie Steinberg – Bass
Al Jackson – Drums
Unknown Vocal Chorus

Tony does his share of belting on the flipside (although he's not exactly working the same territory as Wynomie Harris). The chorus is appropriately teen sounding as they implore him ''Tony, won't you love me'', but the guy just isn't sure. Yeah, you're thinking Elvis or Billy Riley wouldn't have hesitated. And Jerry Lee would have been finished and out of the backdoor already. Unfortunately, these were different times. About the most positive thing one can say for ''You Make It Sound So Easy'' is that Larry Mohoberac turns in some fine piano work toward the end of the side. (HD)
 

Sun 380-A 45rpm



Tony Rossini & The Chippers
''NEW GIRL IN TOWN'' - B.M.I. - 2:36
Composer: - Steve Cropper-Richy
Publisher: - East Publishers
Matrix number: - U 482
Recorded: - Unknown Date June 1962
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - July 10, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 380-B mono
NEW GIRL IN TOWN / YOU MAKE IT SOUND SO EASY
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-2 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

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

The Chippers
Scotty Moore – Guitar
Roland Janes – Guitar
Larry Mohoburac - Piano
Booker T Jones – Organ
Steve Cropper – Guitar
Lewie Steinberg – Bass
Al Jackson – Drums
Unknown Vocal Chorus

By July 1962, when this record was released, Tony Rossini's name was appearing more frequently on Sun labels than any artist's. This was his fourth record, with yet another in store one year in the future. ''New Girl In Town'' is a commercial outing aimed squarely at the teen market as it sounded nearly four decades ago.  Tony plays a high school student trying to con his parents into going away during vacation time so he can be alone with the nymphet in the song's title. Most fans of Sun's golden age will turn a disdainful or deaf ear to this music, rightly arguing that it comes from a different universe than classic recordings by Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. 
 
 
The irony, of course, is that both Scotty Moore and Roland Janes – the guitarists responsible for those vintage sides – played on these titles by Rossini. In fact, throw in the nucleus of Booker T and the MG's as well. This is simply the kind of music that Memphis's finest was capable of making when they turned their attention to commercial teen fare in the early 1960s. (HD)
 

Sun 380-B 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 381-A 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 381-B 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 382-A 45rpm



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 382-B 45rpm




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)
 

Sun 384-A 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 384-B 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 385-A 45rpm Unissued



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)
 

Sun 385-B 45rpm Unissued



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)
 

Sun 386-A 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 386-B 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 387-A 45rpm



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)
 

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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)
 

Sun 388-A 45rpm DJ Copy



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)
 

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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)
 

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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)
 

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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)
 

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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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Billy Adams & Jesse Carter
''TROUBLE IN MIND'' - B.M.I. - 2:30
Composer: - Richard M. Jones
Publisher: - Leeds Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 503 - Duet Billy Adams & Jesse Carter
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 391-A mono
TROUBLE IN MIND / LOOKIN' FOR MY MARY ANN
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-22 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

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

If you liked the formula on Adams' previous record, you're gonna love this one too. ''Trouble In Mind'' is a virtual clone of Miz Betty: a strong harmonica vocal with Jesse Carter on a piece of traditional black/folk material. The whole thing is packaged in a format that makes you want to blow the cobwebs off your ''How To Do The Stroll'' handbook. And on top of that, we have Russ Carlton's wailing sax adding a tough of melodic soul and some stinging guitar work by Lee Adkins. (HD)
 

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Billy Adams
''LOOKIN' FOR MY MARY ANN'' - B.M.I. - 2:35
Composer: - Billy Adams-Jesse Carter
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 504
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 391-B mono
LOOKIN' FOR MY MARY ANN / TROUBLE IN MIND
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-21 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

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

The flipside finds the boys in their ''Hi-Heel Sneakers'' groove with another fine sax solo courtesy of Russ Carlton. If Tommy Tucker could have had just a penny for every bar band that took this riff to the bank six nights a week he might have retired in prosperity instead of dying in obscurity. There's even a sly vocal reference to Tucker's opus during the fade. (HD)
 

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Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
"WIDE OPEN ROAD" - B.M.I. - 2:27
Composer: - Johnny Cash
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated - Johnny Cash Music
Matrix number: - U 505
Recorded: - Mid 1955
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - May 1, 1964
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 392-A mono
WIDE OPEN ROAD / BELSHAZZAR
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-23 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Johnny Cash - Vocal and Guitar
Luther Perkins - Guitar
Marshall Grant – Bass
Unknown Overdub - Steel Guitar

Its official. The bottom of the barrel had finally been reached. This is Johnny Cash's last release in 1964 on the original Sun label. For it, the powers that be had to go back, all the way back, to the beginning. How many Cash fans in May 1964 knew that they were listening to Cash's audition tape from nearly ten years earlier, featuring the likes of Mr. Red Kernodle on steel guitar? If its primitive you like, its primitive you get. Stan Kesler led an overdub session that could do little to disguise the raggedness of the original, although the song's gently baiting, self-deprecating humor was probably one of the factors that sold Sam Phillips on Johnny Cash all those years earlier. (HD)
 

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Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
"BELSHAZZAR" - B.M.I. - 2:22
Composer: - Johnny Cash
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 506
Overdubbed on some pressings of LP 1275.
Recorded: - Summer 1957
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - May 1, 1964
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 392-B mono
BELSHAZZAR / WIDE OPEN ROAD
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-24 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Johnny Cash - Vocal and Guitar
Luther Perkins - Guitar
Marshall Grant – Bass

On this side, "Belshazzar"   (misprint on label as ''Belshazah'')  had originally been passed over because of its religious leanings. That was just one of several bones of contention between Sam Phillips and Johnny Cash - Sun's unwillingness to give full commercial vent to Cash's spiritual side. Granted, there was one religious tune on Cash's original Sun LP, but "Belshazzar" was just a bit too much. Until the barrel had been scraped virtually clean in 1964, that is. Then it was hurriedly overdubbed with some annoyingly out of tune piano and foisted on the single-buying public. All in all, Cash entered the Sun catalogue a lot more impressively than he left in. (HD)
 

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Smokey Joe
"SIGNIFYING MONKEY" - B.M.I. - 3:15
Composer: - Bill Taylor-Stanley Kesler-Joseph Bauch
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated - Knox Music Limited
Matrix number: - U 349
Recorded: - August 25, 1955
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - May 1, 1964
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 393-A mono
SIGNIFYING MONKEY / LISTEN TO ME BABY
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-25 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Smokey Joe Baugh - Vocal and Piano
Johnny Bernero - Drums
Stanley Kesler - Steel Guitar
Buddy Holobaugh - Guitar
Jan Ledbetter - Bass
Johnny Bernero - Drums
Bill Taylor - Trumpet
Stan Kesler - Steel Guitar

The story about ''Monkey'', of course Smokey Joe, Stan Kesler, and Bill Taylor can no more take credit for writing this song than anyone else. Its origins are embedded deep in African American myth, as far back as Yoruba folklore according to some sources. One of America's preeminent African American scholars, Henry Louis Gates, wrote a book about literary signifying within black culture titled ''The Signifying Monkey - A Theory Of African American Literary Criticism''. The question to which we don't have a good answer is where Smokey Joe became acquainted with the potty-mouthed primate. His contribution was to clear it up, although Johnny Bernero remembered that Joe would sing the unexpurgated version from time to time. Once again, the backing is disarmingly simple. Bernero sustains the show with some rock-solid drumming while Buddy Holobaugh works a repeated boogie riff. There had been other attempts to get the ''Monkey'' on record, most recently by the Big Three Trio (featuring Willie Dixon) back in 1946. Cab Calloway and Count Basie covered Dixon song. Joe's version appears to have sold quite well in late 1955, certainly in excess of 25,000 copies, and the song reportedly gained him an invitation to play at the Apollo Theatre in New York, where his white face and blonde hair would have created a stir. Stan Kesler remembered the ''Monkey'', and prevailed upon Sam the Sham to record it for a label he co-owned, XL Records. It was the record before ''Woolly Bully'', but probably sold sufficiently well to incentivise Phillips to re-release this one in 1964.  (HD)(MH)
 

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Smokey Joe
"LISTEN TO ME BABY" - B.M.I. - 2:27
Composer: - Stanley Kesler-Joe Bauch
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated - Knox Music Limited
Matrix number: - U 348
Recorded: - August 25, 1955
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - May 1, 1964
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 393-B mono
LISTEN TO ME BABY / SIGNIFYING MONKEY
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-26 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Smokey Joe Baugh - Vocal and Piano
Johnny Bernero - Drums
Stanley Kesler - Steel Guitar
Buddy Holobaugh - Guitar
Jan Ledbetter - Bass
Johnny Bernero - Drums
Bill Taylor - Trumpet
Stan Kesler - Steel Guitar

There is a wonderful drive to ''Listen To Me''. The little combo works the off-beat for all it's worth,  overlaying it with a steady boogie woogie. There are some early Jamaican rhythm and blues and ska  records that sound kinda like this. Johnny Bernero and Buddy Holobaugh power the record, and Stan  Kesler contributes some tasty work on steel. Bill Taylor can be heard on trumpet from time to time. The  lyrics are hardly groundbreaking but, once again, The Snearly Ranch gang reveals a genuine feeling for this  type of music. It is a matter for conjecture whether the patrons of the Bel Air lounge or the VFW club knew  what a treat were getting when this combo climbed on to the stage. Overlooked in the rush to deify the  rockabilly musicians who leaped out of Memphis the following year, this group combined black and white  styles with as much verve and enthusiasm as the rockabillies. In many ways, they comprised the best that  Memphis had to offer at that point.  (HD)(MH)
 

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Billy Adams
''RECONSIDER BABY'' - B.M.I. - 2:50
Composer: - Lowell Folsom
Publisher: - Arc Music
Matrix number: - U 350
Recorded: - September 21, 1964
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - September 1964
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 394-A mono
RECONSIDER BABY / RUBY JANES
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-27 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

Except for retreads from the Johnny Cash & Jerry Lee Lewis catalogues, material by Bill Adams and Bill Yates were by this point in 1964 the mainstay of the Sun release schedule. Whether consciously or otherwise, on his third release, drummer Billy Adams sounded quite a bit like Rosco Gordon. In fact, Adams' reading of ''Reconsider Baby'' didn't sound all that different from sides Rosco was cutting at the very same time for Vee Jay. Once again, Adams has borrowed the ubiquitous Tommy Tucker riff for his arrangement of the Lowell Fulson classic blues tune. This was a long way from Fulson's original version or, for that matter, from Elvis's well known cover on his 1960 ''Elvis Is Back'' LP. (HD)
 

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Billy Adams
''RUBY JANE'' - B.M.I. - 2:15
Composer: - Billy Adams-Jesse Carter
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 351
Recorded: - September 21, 1964
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - September 1964
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 394-B mono
RUBY JANES / RECONSIDER BABY
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-1-28 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

Adams' arrangement includes a rather tuneless and stinging guitar solo instead of the usual melodic and bluesy sax break by Russ Carlton. The flipside offers very similar fare with a decidedly less distinguished lyric and vocal performance to grace it. Definitely a B-side. (HD)
 

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Randy & The Radiants
''MOUNTAIN'S HIGH'' - A.S.C.A.P. - 2:30
Composer: - Dick St. John
Publisher: - Odin Music
Matrix number: - U 353
Recorded: - October 17, 1964
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - December 11, 1964
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 395-A mono
MOUNTAIN'S HIGH / PEEK-A-BOO
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-1 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Randy Jay Haspel – Vocal & Guitar
Bob Simon - Singer/Songwriter
Ed Marshall – Guitar
Howard Calhoun – Bass
Mike Gardner – Drums
Bill Slais – Tenor Saxophone

Here was the first real reflection of changing times in Memphis. Robert Gordon, a chronicler of Memphis in the 1960s and beyond, talks in his book ''It Came From Memphis'' about the cultural upheaval in Memphis that came in the wake of the Beatles. Department stores had promotions of Carnaby Street-styled clothes and hired local musicians to plat British Invasion-styled pop. There was a new crop of bands. To that point, the Radiants had been a teenage rhythm and blues band but they took an entirely new direction after the British Invasion. ''I was sixteen'', Randy Haspel told Robert Gordon. ''My partner Bob Simon had been writing songs since we were kids. When the Beatles hit we already had a band that was up and  working.  The next time we had rehearsal, people started to assume their roles. Mike Gardner loosened his trap cymbals and started to make those kinda slashing motions Ringo would make. I learned how to rock band and forth like John Lennon''.  The Radiants beat out the Devolles (later the Boxtops), the Scepters and the Gentrys in a locale battle of the bands, and became a big noise in Memphis. Their manager, Johnny Dark, was a friend of Knox Phillips. They played Knox's frat parties, then found themselves at Sun where they were the first band Knox produced. (HD)(CE)
 

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Randy & The Radiants
''PEEK-A-BOO'' - B.M.I. - 2:02
Composer: - Bob Simon
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 352
Recorded: - October 17, 1964
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - December 11, 1964
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 395-B mono
PEEK-A-BOO / MOUNTAIN'S HIGH
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-1 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Randy Jay Haspel – Vocal & Guitar
Bob Simon - Singer/Songwriter
Ed Marshall – Guitar
Howard Calhoun – Bass
Mike Gardner – Drums
Bill Slais – Tenor Saxophone

''First time we met Sam Phillips'', Haspel continued, ''he'd just come in off the lake, he had on a yachtsman's 
hat, and sat in there and was just as charming as could be. After that it was, 'We'll do anything for you, Mr. 
Phillips'. Our initial response was a lot more hesitant. We had big plans''. They warmed up with their set list, 
which included Dick and Dee-Dee's ''Mountain's High''. Sam Phillips came out of the control room. ''What're 
you doing? He asked. ''Well, we're just warming up, Mister Phillips''. ''Keep playing it'', Phillips told them. ''I 
like this''. The band looked at each other. ''Mister Phillips, this was a hit just a year or two ago''. Sam didn't 
care. ''I like it. I want you to do it''. It's as close as Sun Records ever came to garage music. There's a raw, 
amateurish edge, and, in its way, the music on both sides of this disc is as energetic and direct as most of the 
music Sun was recording on Union Avenue ten years earlier. It might not be Sonny Burgess, but it shows that 
there was still primitive music to be found on Sun in very different musical times. As ''Peek-A-Boo'' makes 
quite clear, this kind of music – homegrown, raw and melodic – represented America's answer to the British 
Invasion. Check out Rod Argent's ''She's Not There'' by the Zombies for a direct comparison. How ironic that 
this should come from the same label whose efforts ten years earlier had helped to shape the British music 
that now fuelled the likes of the Radiants. (HD)(CE)
 
 

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Jerry Lee Lewis
''CARRY ME BACK TO OLD VIRGINIA'' - B.M.I. - 2:44
Composer: - James Bland
Publisher: - Hal Leonard Corporation
Matrix number: - U 354 - Master with Count-In
Recorded: - August 28, 1963
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - March 15, 1965
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 396-A mono
CARRY ME BACK TO OLD VIRGINIA / I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-3 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal & Piano
Scotty Moore – Acoustic Guitar
Roland Janes - Lead Guitar
W.R. Felts - Organ
Herman ''Hawk'' Hawkins – Bass
Morris ''Trap'' Tarrant – Drums

Strings consisting of
Anne Oldham, Noel Gilbert,
Joan Gilbert, Milton Friedstand
String Arranged by Vinnie Trauth

Chorus led by Hurshell Wayne Wiginton
 
 
''Carry Me Back To Old Virginia'' the single is another story, however. This was the only track originally issued from Jerry Lee's final Sun session. Jerry himself was already long gone and recording for Smash Records by the time Sun 396 hit the streets in March, 1965. ''Carry Me Back'' was literally the last thing Jerry Lee recorded for Sun Records, and it's a finely crafted piece of work featuring both Roland Janes and Scotty Moore on guitar. Immediately before this final take, Sam Phillips was captured on tape saying, ''We're broke and we're out of tape so this'll have to be the last one''. Undaunted as usual, Jerry Lee replies ''Ah ha, then let's get her!'' and proceeds to do just that. The track begins with Jerry's count off and a surprising 12 bar instrumental lead-in. Sam had been trying, with varying degrees of success, to slow the tempo over the last several takes and finally has his way here. The backbeat is still relatively heavy on this mis-tempo offering, and the guitar plays a strong counter rhythm. The restrained chorus gives the proceedings a very churchy feel. In fact, this is a very southern sounding record, capped by Jerry;s exclamations at the close. ''I'm bringing it on in'' are the final words he spoke (or sang) into a Sun microphone. By any account, Jerry rode off into the Sun-set just about as impressively and confidently as he came in. (HD)
 

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Jerry Lee Lewis
''I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS'' - B.M.I. - 2:41
Composer: - Stan Kesler
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated – Beckie Music
Matrix number: - U 355
Recorded: - January 4, 1962
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - March 15, 1965
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 396-B mono
I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS / CARRY MY BACK TO OLD VIRGINIA
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-4 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal & Piano
Roland Janes - Guitar
Brad Suggs - Guitar
R.W. McGee - Bass
Al Jackson - Drums

Jerry Lee talk and sings his way through ''I Know What It Means'', a leftover from the January 1962 session. The bass heavy arrangement is a curious hybrid of old timey and bluesy elements. All in all, this track is a perfect example of a B-side. (HD)
 

Sun 396-B 45rpm



Gorgeous Bill
''TOO LATE TO RIGHT MY WRONG''' - B.M.I. - 2:38
Composer: - Bill Yates
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated – Mara Music
Matrix number: - U 356 X
Recorded: - Unknown Date Early 1965
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - March 15, 1965
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 397-A mono
TOO LATE TO RIGHT MY WRONG / CARLEEN
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-5 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

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

There's no denying it. Bill Yates' second release for Sun was a damn nice record. In fact, it's hard to imagine why ''Too Late To Right My Wrong'' didn't catch its of pop or rhythm and blues coin in March of 1965. It's got that passionale, slightly off-meter harmony vocal that made Sam Cooke's ''Bring It On Home To Me'' a classic.  It's also got some surprisingly mellow sax work (Russ Carlton doing his magic yet again) in a vein not far removed from Billy Vaughn. All in all, this one had the legs to compete. (HD)
 
 

Sun 397-A 45rpm



Gorgeous Bill
''CARLEEN'' - B.M.I. - 2:44
Composer: - Bill Yates
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated – Hara Music
Matrix number: - U 357 X
Recorded: - Unknown Date Early 1965
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - March 15, 1965
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 397-B mono
CARLEEN / TOO LATE TO RIGHT MY WRONG
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-6 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

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

Which is more than one can say about the flipside. Derivative is too kind a word. The opening instrumental figure bears much more than a passing similarity to Orbison's ''Oh! Pretty Woman'' (which was still getting big airplay when this was recorded). If this record had ever received significant airplay, it's also a cinch ''Lucille'' would have sued ''Carleen''. (HD)
 

Sun 397-B 45rpm



Randy & The Radiants
''MY WAY OF THINKING'' - B.M.I. - 2:30
Composer: - Donna Weiss
Publisher: - Scion Music
Matrix number: - U 360
Recorded: - September 16, 1965
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - November 25, 1965
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 398-A mono
MY WAY OF THINKING / TRUTH FROM MY EYES
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-7 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Randy Jay Haspel – Vocal & Guitar
Bob Simon - Singer/Songwriter
Ed Marshall – Guitar
Howard Calhoun – Bass
Mike Gardner – Drums
Bill Slais – Tenor Saxophone

Once again, Randy and the boys prove they were listening to their radios in the summer of 1965. ''My Way  Of Thinking'' was written by Donna Weiss, who went on to write ''Bette Davis Eyes'', although Ray Davies  of the Kinks might be forgiven for thinking he was hearing an out-take of ''You Really Got Me''. Likewise,  the Supremes seem to have been in heavy rotation when ''Truth From My Eyes'' was assembled. (HD)
 

Sun 398-A 45rpm



Randy & The Radiants
''TRUTH FROM MY EYES'' - B.M.I. - 2:44
Composer: - Bob Simon
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 361
Recorded: - September 16, 1965
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - November 25, 1965
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 398-B mono
TRUTH FROM MY EYES / MY WAY OF THINKING
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-8 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Randy Jay Haspel – Vocal & Guitar
Bob Simon - Singer/Songwriter
Ed Marshall – Guitar
Howard Calhoun – Bass
Mike Gardner – Drums
Bill Slais – Tenor Saxophone

Radiants member Bob Simon wrote ''Truth From My Eyes'', but Sam Phillips was much keener on ''My  Way Of Thinking''. ''We thought 'My Way Of Thinking' was embarrassing'', Randy Haspel told Robert  Gordon. ''Soon 'Truth' was number one on WMPS, and we were in the papers every night, but WHBQ  wouldn't play it. (The program director) said, 'We won't play a Sun record'. I said, 'What're you talking  about?' I told Knox who fired off an angry letter to WHBQ, and as the song was winding up on WMPS it  got a whole new lease on life at WHBQ''. Sadly, Sun no longer had the wherewithal to translate this local  attention into national action.  Jud Phillips was back in the fold, and he planned a tour of the South that  never quite happened. ''It's tough to think you peaked when you were seventeen years old'', said Haspel. ''It  seemed everything was possible, anything could happen, and it was all gonna come true''.

Recently (1998) , Bob Simon has returned to Phillips as a songwriter. For several years, he was in Sam  Francisco, then Nashville where he wrote Reba McEntire number 1 hit ''What Am I Gonna Do About You'',  Randy went to New York, auditioned for John Hammond at Columbia, tried the Nashville experience, and  then he too returned to Memphis. The Radiants still play in town and recorded an unreleased album for the  Sun Studio label in 1991. (HD)
 

Sun 398-B 45rpm



Bill Yates
''BIG BIG WORLD'' - B.M.I. - 3:08
Composer: - West
Publisher: - Studio Music
Matrix number: - U 362
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 399-A mono
BIG BIG WORLD / I DROPPED MY M & M'S
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-9 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

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

Bill Yates' final Sun release stems from a January 11, 1966 session that yielded four titles, two of which remained unissued. ''Big, Big World'' is plainly the side to be reckoned with. This slice of organ-based impassioned Memphis soul would have been at home on a William Bell collection. Yates is a credible vocalist and he knows the genre back and forth – his skill honed by years of nightly club gigs. (HD)
 

Sun 399-A 45rpm



Bill Yates
''I DROPPED MY M & M'S'' - B.M.I. - 2:09
Composer: - Bill Yates
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated – Hara Music
Matrix number: - U 363
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 399-B mono
I DROPPED MY M & M'S / BIG BIG WORLD
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-10 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

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

This release closed Sun's 300 series at a time when Memphis was again prominently displayed on the musical map. This time, however, it was those upstart competitors, Stax and Hi, who were leading the with Stan Kesler's X-L productions in the running and Quinton Claunch's Goldwax Records coming on strong. (HD)
 

Sun 399-B 45rpm



The Jesters
''CADILLAC MAN'' - B.M.I. - 2:12
Composer: - Tommy Minga
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 367
Recorded: - January 22, 1966
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - February 1, 1966
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 400-A mono
CADILLAC MAN / MY BABE
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-12 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jim Dickinson – Vocal & Piano
Teddy Paige (Edward LaPaglio) – Guitar
Jerry Phillips – Guitar & Maracas
Billy Wulfers – Bass
Eddie Robertson – Drums

The only label not doing so well in Memphis music's second (or third) coming was Sun. By 1966, it was operating more like a small, family-owned local label than one at the hub of an internationally known recording center, never mind one that had delivered icons to the world's door. Sam owned it, his older son Knox, Artist & Repertoire man, it and – with this release by the Jesters – his younger brother Jerry recorded for it. The Jesters were led by guitarist Teddy Paige (Edward LaPaglio), and a rather lackluster vocalist, Tommy Minga. Paige had something of a proto-punk attitude (his song introductions included the winning ''Here's another one you're not gonna like'').  He had written a few songs, ''Cadillac Man'' among them. Sam Phillips sat in on the early sessions and hated Minga's singing, so Page called in Jim Dickinson, ostensibly to play piano. Minga wasn't told about the session. ''I read the lyrics off notebook paper while we cut it'', Dickinson remembered. ''Sam had a suit and tie on, and he was walking around with a clipboard in his hand, writing down microphones and stuff. I got real excited. I'd never really met him. That session was the first time. I felt the hand of a master. I looked into black pools of madness in Sam's eyes and I saw the same thing Elvis and Howlin' Wolf saw''.  Knox worked the board and had the drums feeding into the same channel as the piano. When he increased the input level on the piano during the break the drums bled into the piano microphone with an eerie echo that Dickinson called ''pure Africa''. The record didn't do well, and Dickinson, who was under contract to Bill Justis's New Beale Street Sheiks, never joined the group. (HD)
 

Sun 400-A 45rpm



The Jesters
''MY BABE'' - B.M.I. - 2:10
Composer: - Willie Dixon
Publisher: - Arc Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 366
Recorded: - January 22, 1966
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - February 1, 1966
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 400-B mono
MY BABE / CADILLAC MAN
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805 DI-2-11 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jim Dickinson – Vocal & Piano
Teddy Paige (Edward LaPaglio) – Guitar
Jerry Phillips – Guitar & Maracas
Billy Wulfers – Bass
Eddie Robertson – Drums

How and why Tommy Minga's voice was deemed unsuitable for issued wax is unclear, but  once it was decided to bring Jim Dickinson in on piano and lead vocals, ''Cadillac Man'' was  transformed into another creature all together. Rather than a snarling, Them/Rolling Stones  styled garage rocker, it became a throw back to an earlier era at Sun, that of full throated  screamers like Sonny Burgess and Billy Lee Riley. Sam Phillips was said to be highly excited  by the possibilities, and secured Jim Dickinson (who had previously cut two singles under  the tutelage of Sun alumni Bill Justis) contract release and put the band back in the studio to  cut a/b-side, a version of Little Walter's ''My Babe'' (itself a version of Sister Rosette Tharpe's  version of the old gospel standard ''This Train''). ''Cadillac Man'' b/w ''My Babe'' was issued by  Sun in 1966 and died a quick death. In a year (1966) that saw the ''Shadows Of Night'', ''13th  Floor Elevators'' and ''Standells'' hit the charts, the Dickinson led version of ''Cadillac Man''  had probably less commercial appeal than the material cut with Tommy Minga singing. It was  also the beginning of the end for the Jesters. There would be no follow up. At some point  they recorded a version of Smokey Robinson's ''What So Good About Goodbye'' with Jimmy  Day singing, but it too sat on the shelf for decades.  (HD)(MH)
 

Sun 400-B 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 401-A 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 401-B 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 402-A 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 402-B 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 403-A 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 403-B 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 404-A 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 404-B 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 405-A 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 405-B 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 406-A 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 406-B 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 407-A 45rpm



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)
 

Sun 407-B 45rpm


 
 
 
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