STUDIO SESSION FOR RUDY GRAYZELL
AT THE MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE FOR SUN RECORDS 1957
 
SUN RECORDING STUDIO
706 UNION AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 15, 16, 1957
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - BILL JUSTIS

By the time he came to Sun Records in 1957, Rudy Jiminez Grayzell had already made his mark in country and rockabilly circles, recording for Talent, Abbott, Starday, and Capitol.  Disc jockey Charlie Walker was the intermediary who set up a one-single Sun deal and Bill Justis, in one of his first productions for the label, took charge of the session that produced the breathless "Judy". Compared to most Sun rockabillies, Grayzell's vocal style was rather bubbly and mannered.
 
Even the lyric to "Judy" contains self-conscious reference to hits by Larry Williams and Little Richard.  There was one session spread over two days in October 1957 with what Rudy described as Jerry Lee Lewis' band without Jerry Lee. He remembered that Bill Justis was the arranger. One single hit the market six months later. ''Potent teenage deck'', said Cash Box while Billboard praised ''Judy'', ''frantic sound'', but neither side clicked. 
 
For some reasons, the 78s showed Grayzell as the composer of both songs whereas the 45s were credited to Paiz/Ketner on ''Judy''. The likeliest explanation is that Rudy was trying to duck a prior publishing commitment to either Starday or American.
 
 
 
"JUDY" - B.M.I. - 2:15
Composer: - Paiz-Dick Ketner-Rudy Grayzell
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Take 1 - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - October 15, 16, 1957
Released: - 1985
First appearance: - Sun England (LP) 33rpm LP 1029 mono
SHAKE AROUND
Reissued: - 2 010  Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16837-15 mono
RUDY GRAYZELL – LET'S GET WILD
   "JUDY" - B.M.I. - 2:03
Composer: - Paiz-Dick Ketner-Rudy Grayzell
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 295 - Master Take 2
Recorded: - October 15, 16, 1957
Released: - April 9, 1958
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 78/45rpm standard single SUN 290-A mono
JUDY / I THINK OF YOU
Reissued: - 1996 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15803-1-23 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 3
 
Despite this gimmeckry, "Judy" rolls along in an engaging groove, largely assisted by fine work from Roland Janes and Jimmy Wilson, on guitar and piano. The last two bars of "Judy" are an instrumental highpoint. Sun was apparently over its early period of awkward studio fades, and now featured some of the tightest endings in rockabilly music. Along with "Flying Saucer Rock And Roll" and "So Long I'm Gone", Grayzell's record of "Judy" closes with instrumental power and precision that almost redeems it.
"I THINK OF YOU" - B.M.I. - 2:30
Composer: - Rudy Grayzell
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 294  - Master
Recorded: - October 15, 16, 1957
Released: - April 9, 1958
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 78/45rpm standard single SUN 290-B mono
I THINK OF YOU / JUDY
Reissued: - 1996 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15803-1-24 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 3
 
Billboard noted that Grayzell had a "frantic sound", and even had kind words for "I Think Of You", about this ballad.
"JUDY" - B.M.I. - 2:08
Composer: - Paiz-Dick Ketner-Rudy Grayzell
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Take 3 - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - October 15, 16, 1957
Released: - 2010
First appearance: Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16837-17 mono
RUDY GRAYZELL - LET'S GET WILD
   "I WON'T BE THE FOOL" - B.M.I. - 2:08
Composer: - Rudy Grayzell
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - October 15, 16, 1957
Released: - 1997
First appearance: - Sun Jay Records (CD) 500/200rpm SJ 70601 mono
THE LEGENDARY SUN ARTISTS - PART 1
Reissued: - 2010 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16837-18 mono
RUDY GRAYZELL - LET'S GET WILD
 "REMEMBER WHEN" - B.M.I. - 2:03
Composer: - Rudy Grayzell
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - October 15, 16, 1957
Released: - March 5, 1996
First appearance: - Charly Records (CD) 500/200rpm CPCD 8137-27 mono
UNISSUED SUN MASTERS
Reissued: - 2010 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16837-16 mono
RUDY GRAYZELL -– LET'S GET WILD
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rudy Grayzell - Vocal and Guitar
Roland Janes - Guitar
Jimmy Smith - Piano
Dick Ketner - Bass
Otis Jett - Drums
 
 
 
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