STUDIO SESSION FOR THE MILLER SISTERS
AT THE MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE FOR SUN RECORDS 1955
 
SUN RECORDING STUDIO
706 UNION AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: FRIDAY JULY 1, 1955
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM C. PHILLIPS
 
This is the first record by The Millers Sisters to appear on the Sun label (their earlier coupling appeared on Flip 504). For a brief moment in Sun history (Sun 229, Sun 230) Sam Phillips had released back to back records by female artists. Maggie Sue Wimberley followed by the Miller Sisters. You might have thought Sam and Sun were changing direction. But then it was back to reality.
 
Sun 230 is the first record by the Miller Sisters to appear on the Sun label. (their earlier coupling appeared on Flip 504). It was a source of continuing frustration and amazement to Sam Phillips that he was unable to produce a hit record by Elsie Jo and Millie. The Millers (sister-in-law, actually, rather than sisters) had an unerring and intuitive vocal blend that epitomized the best of pure country harmony. Somehow their artistic success was never matched commercially, and by the late 1950s the Miller Sisters were separated by miles and circumstances, never to record again.
 
"THERE'S NO RIGHT WAY TO DO ME WRONG" - A.S.C.A.P. - 2:21
Composer: - Ted Meyne
Publisher: - Southern Music
Matrix number: - U 168 - Master
Recorded: - July 1, 1955
Released: - January 15, 1956
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 78/45rpm standard single SUN 230-A mono
THERE'S NO RIGHT WAY TO DO ME WRONG / YOU CAN TELL ME
Reissued - 1995 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15802-1-3 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 2
 
Billboard incorrectly described ''There's No Right Way To Do Me Wrong'' in January 1956 as an effective weeper, which suggest that they had not even listen to it, or, if that had. they’d listened to the wrong version. Despite its theme, the track moves along at a sprightly pace that belies its subject matter. As he did on all the girls releases, Phillips coupled a true weeper with some uptempo material and he must have thought very highly of this song because it was one of the very few non Hi-Lo copyrights released by Sun in 1956. The song was originally recorded at half tempo in December 1953 by Rose Maddox. Although Phillips credits Gabe Tucker and Smokey Stover, Rose's record credits west coast songwriter Ted Meyne.
"YOU CAN TELL ME" - A.S.C.A.P. - 2:37
Composer: - Homer Edelman
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 169 - Master
Recorded: - July 1, 1955
Released: - January 15, 1956
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 78/45rpm standard single SUN 230-B mono
YOU CAN TELL ME / THERE'S NO RIGHT WAY TO DO ME WRONG
Reissued - 1995 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15802-1-4 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 2
 
This balled side, "You Can Tell Me", was contributed by a novice songwriter named Homer Eddleman, Jr., who submitted a tape postmarked Route 1, Marianna, Arkansas. Unlike the thousands of wannabees who sent tapes to Sun during the 1950s, Eddleman's dream came true: his name appeared as a composer credit on a yellow Sun record. The first four notes of his song are identical to "Tennessee Waltz", but from there Eddleman and the Millers are on their own. The storyline is clever and unusual, and packs a pretty good punchline. Too bad more folks didn't get it.
 
About ten years later, blues singer Bobby Bland recorded an interesting variant on this theme called ''Your Friends''. Separate by years, miles, race, and audience Bland's record shows that some themes are timeless and can be reworked into and style.
"LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE TO MY HEART" - B.M.I. - 2:28
Composer: - Roy Estes Miller
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None
Recorded: - July 1, 1955
Released: - November 1986
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15211-6-3 mono
THE SUN COUNTRY YEARS 1950 - 1959
Reissued: - February 15, 2013 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17311-3-34 mono
THE SUN COUNTRY BOX 1950 - 1959
 
Millie and Jo offer solid chanting on a weeper destined for rural juke action. Had this been issued, it wasn't, Billboard might have said, ''May not break out of the hinterlands but waltz tempo adds to back country feel. Strong cleffing and usual Sun back shack sound make this disking a winner''.
''WOODY'' - B.M.I. - 1:48
Composer: - Roy Ester Miller
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - July 1, 1955
Released: - November 1986
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15211-6-7 mono
THE SUN COUNTRY YEARS 1950 - 1959
Reissued: - February 15, 2013 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17311-4-2 mono
THE SUN COUNTRY BOX 1950 - 1959
 
This is one of the few extant takes of ''Woody'' without Woody Woodpecker sound effects grafted onto it. There are at least ten takes of this tune in the vaults although it is ironic that, after all the work on Roy's novelty song, nothing was released. Despite the trite and dated lyric, the girls turn in a really spendid vocal, considerably better than the material deserved.
"I KNOW I CAN'T FORGET YOU, BUT I'LL TRY" - B.M.I. - 2:52
Composer: - Roy Estes Miller
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - July 1, 1955
Released: - November 1986
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15211-6-4 mono
THE SUN COUNTRY YEARS 1950 - 1959
Reissued: - February 15, 2013 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17311-3-35 mono
THE SUN COUNTRY BOX 1950 - 1959
 
The first time Colin Escott and Hank Davis heard this track was on an acetate played by Marion Keisker in Memphis. They were struck by its pure country charm and lamented the fact that music like this was unlikely to find its way into commercial release. Fortunately, that problem has been solved and this wonderful track takes its place in the legacy left behind at Sun by the Miller Sisters.
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Elsie Jo Miller - Duet Vocal
Mildred Wages - Duet Vocal
Buddy Holobaugh or Roy Miller - Guitar
Stanley Kesler - Steel Guitar
Probably Bill Cantrell - Fiddle
Jan Ledbetter or William Diehl - Bass
Johnny Bernero - Drums
 
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