CONTAINS 1962 SESSIONS

Studio Session for The Blackwood Brothers, Unknown Date(s) 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Hayden Thompson, 1962 / Arlen Records
Studio Session for Mack Self, 1962 / Hi Records
Studio Session for Bill Yates & Billy Adams, Early 1962 / HOTB Records
Studio Session for Jeb Stuart, Early 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Jeb Stuart, Unknown Date(s) / Sun Records
Studio Session for Jerry Lee Lewis, January 4, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Elmo Lewis, January 5, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Jerry Lee Lewis, January 5, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Charlie Rich, January 17, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Eddie Bond, January 29, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Eddie Bond, January 29, February 13, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Thomas Wayne, February 15, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Harold Dorman, March 12, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for David Wilkins, March 12, 1962 (1) / Sun Records
Studio Session for David Wilkins, Unknown Date(s) (2) / Sun Records
Studio Session for Frank Ballard, March 18, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Frank Ballard, Unknown Dates 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Charlie Rich, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Charlie Rich, March 20, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Carl Mann, March 20, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Carl Mann, March 30, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for The Evans Family, Unknown Date April 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for The Evans Family, Unknown Date(s) / Sun Records
Studio Session for Frank Frost, April 7, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Frank Frost, April 10, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Frank Frost, April 28, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for The Quintones, April 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Brother James Anderson, May 12, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Brother James Anderson, Unknown Date(s) / Sun Records
Studio Session for Brad Suggs, May 18, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Jerry Lee Lewis, June 14, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Tony Rossini, June 23, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Narvel Felts, Summer 1962 / Renay Records
Studio Session for Charlie Rich, August 9, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Jerry Lee Lewis, September 11, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Narvel Felts, Summer 1962 (1) / Renay Records
Studio Session for Narvel Felts, Fall 1962 (2) / Renay Records
Studio Session for Narvel Felts, Fall 1962 (3) / Renay Records
Studio Session for David Houston, Late 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Mack Allen Smith, 1962 / Vee Eight Records
Studio Session for Elmo Lewis, December 28, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Doctor Ross, Probably 1962/1963 / Hi-Q Records

Biography of Artists (See: The Sun Biographies)
 

1962

The cars continued to evolve as more compacts appeared and sold well in the United States. The Cold War continued to worsen when the Russians placed Ballistic Missiles on Cuban land just 90 miles away from the coast of Florida in and JFK called the bluff by threatening war unless they were removed which they were but for a short time the world was on the brink of nuclear war and self destruction. The president then set a goal of landing a man on the moon before the end of the decade and became more involved in politics in Southeast Asia by training South Vietnamese pilots. Folk music was evolving into protest music thanks to young artists like Bob Dylan and the birth of Surfing music by the beach boys grew in popularity meanwhile in England the Beatles record the single "Love Me Do". The new hit on TV for that year was "The Beverly Hillbillies" and the first of the James Bond movies "Dr No" was an instant success, some of the other movies released included "Spartacus" and "El Cid".
 
The Space Needle an observation tower in Seattle, Washington is completed in time for the 1962 World's Fair. The Space Needle is 605 ft high, 138 ft wide, and weighs 9,550 tons. It was completed in less than 1 year just in time for the opening of the 1962 World's Fair. The domed top housing the top five levels including rotating SkyCity restaurant at 500 ft and an observation deck at 520 ft. The last elevator car was installed the day before the Fair opened on April 5, 1962. During the Worlds Fair the Space Needle drew over 2.3 million visitors, when nearly 20,000 people a day used its elevators. this was nearly 1/4 of all the visitors to the Worlds Fair. The Space Needle is considered an icon of Seattle and still one of the most popular places to visit and photograph over fifty years later.

1962

Motown continues to expand its power-base scoring number 1 rhythm and blues hits by both  Mary Wells and the Contours and while attracting musical talent from all over Detroit that  will soon result in the label becoming the biggest in the country.

Southern soul has its first major hit with the instrumental "Green Onions" by Booker T. & The  MG's.

Ray Charles successfully melds country music with soul and crosses into the pop realm with  the album "Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music".

The surf music craze, begun by instrumentalists in the previous few years, adds vocals when  the Beach Boys score their first hit "Surfin' Safari".

Surf-rock guitarist Dick Dale debuts the new Fender Reverb amplifier.

The pacific-northwest becomes a hotbed for "garage bands" such as The Sonics, The  Kingsmen and The Wailers which signals a more rebellious youthful aesthetic coming back to  rock.

The Four Seasons greaser vocal harmonies explodes on the scene with three consecutive  number 1 hits in the waning months of the year.

1950's legends Fats Domino, Clyde McPhatter, The Everly Brothers, LaVern Baker and Bo  Diddley score their final major hits after a decade in the spotlight.

Marking drastic change from only a few years back female artists account for nearly half of  all number one rhythm and blues hits in the calendar year.

1962

Various members of Booker T & the MG's moonlight from Stax Records, as session men at  Sun. Out of the blue, the Phillips International imprint is involved in a flurry of album  activity.

The Supremes first recordings are released.

James Brown record his famous Live At the Apollo album in New York City.


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STUDIO SESSION FOR THE BLACKWOOD BROTHERS
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE(S) 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – CECIL SCAIFE

No Details

01 – ''GIVE ME TIME''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)

02 – ''THE GREATEST GIFT OF THESE IS LOVE''
Composer: - Traditional
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)

03 – ''JUST HAVE A TALK WITH THE LORD''
Composer: - Traditional
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)

04 – ''STAY CLOSE TO GOD''
Composer: - Traditional
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)

Note: Sam Phillips also recorded many radio shows of the Blackwood Brothers for the Brothers' own label in  the 1950s.

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
James Blackwood – Vocal
J.W. Blackwood – Vocal
Bill Shaw – Vocal
Jack Marshall - Vocal

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STUDIO SESSION FOR HAYDEN THOMPSON
FOR ARLEN RECORDS 1962

BILL HALL-WAY RECORDING STUDIO
BEAUMONT, TEXAS
ARLEN SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – JACK CLEMENT

Hayden Thompson was still working regularly in the music business in the early 1960s despite his lack of recording success. After he left the Tally Ho, he played Sam Scott's Big Shower Of Stars, American Swing Around, and the WGN Barn Dance. But throughout the early 1960s, Hayden would regularly visit Booneville and Memphis, and at one point he tried out as vocalist with the Bill Black Combo, only to lose out to Jumpin Gene Simmons, who went on to have several hits with the band. Nevertheless, Hayden did make a number of recordings on these trips home, mainly with Roland Janes and Jack Clement, the men who had masterminded his best Sun sessions. Only one disc was issued from these sessions, but it was a classic, ''Queen Bee'' and ''Pardon Me''.

Jack Clement had left Sun Records and been working both on his own account in Memphis and with RCA Victor Records in Nashville before connecting with Bill Hall and putting together a successful record production studio, Hall-Way, in Texas, leasing songs to major labels. They were hot with a hit single by Dickey Lee, another former Sun artist, called ''Patches''. Hayden remembered: ''I ran into Jack Clement again in Memphis one time in the early summer of 1962, and he was running a successful studio down in Beaumont, Texas. He told me, If you'll come down, we'll get my boys together and cut something'.

He wanted to record ''I'll Be Home Again'' and other songs associated with Elvis Presley, and had the idea that he was going to lease it to a major label. So that was what we planned to do. But when I arrived there, he had changed his mind. He had written this song called ''Queen Bee'', that he was looking for a singer to record. And I had a song I liked called ''Pardon Me'', so we went with those two sides instead''.

Jack Clement shopped the masters around for quite a few months before making a deal with Harry Finfer in Philadelphia. ''In 1963, Jack found a label in Philadelphia called Arlen Records that wanted to take my recordings'', Hayden explained. But he soon realized that this was not going to be his big break and more than his earlier discs had been. Alen didn't have the expertise to promote the record well enough. ''I never did meet the Arlen people'', Hayden said.

01 – ''QUEEN BEE'' – B.M.I. - 1:50
Composer: Jack Clement
Publisher: - Hall-Clement Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - H.T. 1
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1962
Released: - June 1963
First appearance: - Arlen Records (S) 45rpm standard single Arlen 728-A mono
QUEEN BEE / PARDON ME
Reissued – 2008 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16131-32 mono
HAYDEN THOMPSON – THE SUN YEARS PLUS

''Queen Bee'' was taken as an uptempo balled, less dramatic than the Profile record but possibly even better. It follows a slightly folksy, guitar-led formula with bright, flying vocals and trickling bass that Jack Clement tried out over a number of years with a number of different singers. ''Pardon Me'' was another brilliantly sung performance by Hayden, making best use of his light, soaring higher register and his deeper Presleyish inflections. There is an understated guitar and piano-led backing by Jack Clement and his studio musicians. Of all Hayden's early single records, this was the one that could and should have made it to the big-time.

02 – ''PARDON ME'' – B.M.I. - 2:37
Composer: Hayden Thompson
Publisher: - Jack Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - H.T. 2
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1962
Released: - June 1963
First appearance: - Arlen Records (S) 45rpm standard single Arlen 728-B mono
PARDON ME / QUEEN BEE
Reissued – 2008 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16131-33 mono
HAYDEN THOMPSON – THE SUN YEARS PLUS

03 – ''PARDON ME'' – B.M.I.
Composer: Hayden Thompson
Publisher: - Jack Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1962
Released: - 1986
First appearance: - Sunjay Records Sweden (LP) 33rpm SJLP 569 mono
HAYDEN THOMPSON – EARLY DAYS

04 – ''PARDON ME'' – B.M.I.
Composer: Hayden Thompson
Publisher: - Jack Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None – Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1962

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Hayden Thompson - Vocal
Jack Clement – Guitar
Unknown – Guitar, Piano, Bass,
Drums, Vocal Chorus on ''Queen Bee''

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STUDIO SESSION FOR MACK SELF
FOR HI RECORDS 1962

HI STUDIO, OLD ROYAL MOVIE THEATER
1320 SOUTH LAUDERDALE AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
HI SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – BILL BLACK

''Britches'', Mack Self was plainly listening to Dave Dudley's ''Six Days On The Road'' when he put this energetic composition together. Mack was hardly alone in showing this influence. The guitar picking on Dudley's 1963 hit was felt far and wide within country music. Dudley's record also helped to spawn an entire genre of Trucker songs. The big difference here is Mack's character ''ain't gonna make it home'' whereas Dave Dudley sang for joy at the thought of seeing his baby tonight.

''Yesterday's Gone'', this one;s about a bunch of losers who hand around talking about the good old days when everything seemed so right. Forget it, says the singer. You can't bring back yesterday.

The title poses an interesting dilemma. This song bears the same title as Chad and Jeremy's hit from 1964, although the similarity ends there. Had Mack opened for a title change, he might have borrowed a phrase from his first line, but that would have gotten him to ''Down At The Boondocks'', close enough to ''Down In The Boondocks'', a 1965 hit by Billy Joe Royal. Again, no similarity other than the title, but you can see how impressionable Mack could become when he put on his songwriter's hat.

01 – ''BRIDGES'' – B.M.I. - 1:54
Composer: - Mack Self
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1962
Released: - 2007
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16519-30 mono
MACK SELF - THE SUN YEARS PLUS

02 – ''YESTERDAY'S GONE'' – B.M.I. - 1:37
Composer: - Mack Self
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1962
Released: - 2007
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16519-26 mono
MACK SELF - THE SUN YEARS PLUS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Mack Self – Vocal & Guitar
More Details Unknown

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1962

The follow-ups from Jerry Lee Lewis this year included a gesture toward the Twist craze,  ''I've Been Twistin''' (which was a revamped version of Junior Parker's 1953, ''Feelin' Good''.

There was also a revival of Chuck Berry's ''Sweet Little Sixteen'', which actually grazed the  Hot 100. However, Jerry could never recapture the success of ''What'd I Say''.

Although his  releases continued to include cover versions or revivals of rhythm and blues hits, like  ''Money'', ''Save The Last Dance For Me'', ''Teenage Letter'', ''Good Golly Miss Molly''. Phillips  even shipped another album, ''Jerry Lee's greatest!'', in the wake of ''What'd I Say''.
 
However, the emphasis upon revivals showed once again that music publishers were no  longer submitting the cream of their new material to him. It was one more annoyance to gall  him as chart success seemed to lag behind his success on the road.
 
 
The end of his contract  with Sun, which was coming into view, held out the promise of an aggressive new approach  to his recording career.

1962

In 1962, Bill Black give former Sun recording artist, Edwin Bruce, a three-record deal with Scepter-Wand Records. One of the songs, ''See The Big Man Cry'', was arranged by yet another Sun alumnus, Bill Justis. Ed moved to Nashville, trying to peddle songs, but his biggest success came when Bill Black placed one of his songs, ''Save Your Kisses'', on the flip side of Tommy Roe's ''Sheilla''. 
 

 
JANUARY 1962
 

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STUDIO SESSION FOR BILL YATES & BILLY ADAMS
FOR HOTB RECORDS 1962

ROYAL RECORDING STUDIO
1320 SOUTH LAUDERDALE STREET, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
HOTB SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE EARLY 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - PROBABLY RUBEN CHERRY
AND/OF WILLIE MITCHELL

There were a number of impressive recordings left over from the HOTB sessions. As well as unissued takes   of the songs issued by Bethlehem, included here the ballads ''I'm So Lonely Without You'', ''World Of Make   Believe'', a song earlier recorded by Nashville singer Johnny Bragg (of the Prisonaires) on Decca, and   ''Before I Lose My Mind'', recorded in 1961 by Ferlin Husky. Yates also made a classy version of ''I Believe   To My Soul'', one of Ray Charles' smaller but best hits. Then there is ''Bill's Jazz'', an instrumental featuring   not only Bill's keyboard skils and Billy Adams' drumming but the sax playing of Russ Carlton, who was also   known as ''Billy'' within the group according to bass player Jesse Carter: ''Billy Adams was used to playing   with so many different musicians in town that when he called someone out to play a solo he'd just call them  ''William''.

01 - ''I'M SO LONELY WITHOUT YOU'' - B.M.I – 2:11
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - HOTB Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date Early 1962
Release: - June 14, 2013
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17277-15 mono
BILL YATES - THE SUN YEARS PLUS

02 - ''I BELIEVE TO MY SOUL'' - B.M.I - 2:08
Composer: - Ray Charles
Publisher: Progressive Music - Unichappell Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - HOTB Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date Early 1962
Release: - June 14, 2013
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17277-16 mono
BILL YATES - THE SUN YEARS PLUS

03 - ''WORLD OF MAKE BELIEVE'' – B.M.I – 3:13
Composer: - Pee Wee Maddux-Mario Carpenter-Pete McCord
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - HOTB Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date Early 1962
Release: - June 14, 2013
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17277-17 mono
BILL YATES - THE SUN YEARS PLUS

04 - ''BEFORE I LOSE MY MIND'' - 1 - B.M.I - 3:00
Composer: - Vic McAlpin-Roy Drusky
Publisher: - Acclaim Music
Matrix number: - None - HOTB Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date Early 1962
Release: - June 14, 2013
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17277-18 mono
BILL YATES - THE SUN YEARS PLUS

05(1) - ''BILLS' JAZZ'' - 1 - B.M.I - 2:28
Composer: - Billy Adams-Bill Yates-Russ Carlton
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - HOTB Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date Early 1962
Release: - June 14, 2013
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17277-33 mono
BILL YATES - THE SUN YEARS PLUS

05(2) - ''BILLYS' JAZZ'' - 2 - B.M.I - 3:55
Composer: - Billy Adams-Bill Yates-Russ Carlton
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - HOTB Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date Early 1962
Release: - June 14, 2013
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17116-31 mono
BILLY ADAMS - THE SUN YEARS PLUS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Bill Yates - Vocal, Piano and Organ
Lee Adkins - Guitar
Vance Yates or Jesse Carter or Donald Dunn - Bass
Billy Adams - Drums
Russ Carlton - Saxophone

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STUDIO SESSION FOR JEB STUART
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE EARLY 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR CECIL SCAIFE

01 - ''I AIN'T NEVER" - B.M.I. - 2:00
Composer: - Tillis-Webb Pierce
Publisher: - Cedar Music
Matrix number: - P 427  - Master
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1962
Released: - June 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3580-A mono
I AIN'T NEVER / IN LOVE AGAIN
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4-13 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6
Jeb Stuart >

Webb and Jeb: together again. Or, actually, together for the first time. Jeb takes on Webb Pierce's massive hit from 1959, a song that has been recorded by everyone from The Four Preps to Isaac Hayes. There's nothing wrongs with Jeb's approach which, truth to tell, is pretty close to how Webb read it the first time around. If anything, Jeb adds some melisma to some of those vocal lines and it turns out they simply don't need it. This is one song that benefits not one iota from going to church.

It's just a good, solid, catchy tune, whether Webb is reading it straight or John Fogerty is doing his one-man band version in 1973. For all intents and purposes, this is Jeb singing with Booker T. and the MGs.
 
The session personnel includes Booker T. himself on organ, Steve Cropper on guitar, and Al Jackson on drums. Perhaps the most unusual thing about this record is the opening. Listen closely to it. Sound familiar? Why, that's nobody but the ''Signifying Monkey'', himself, jumping right out of his...
 
 
...coconut tree on Sun 228. Was this coincidence or do you think they knew what they were borrowing? Jeb insisted that Webb Pierce thought enough of Jeb's record to invite him to pose alongside the famous silver dollar-encrusted Pontiac, but Sun sent Jerry Lee Lewis for the photo op instead.

''In Love Again'' pays a mighty big debt to Miz Barbara George, the barely teenage singer who scored a big 1961 New Orleans hit with ''I Know''. The similarity shows up immediately in the first two words, and reappears in the horn solo. Regardless of its source, this is a very churchy record, written by Sun's in-house arranger, Vinnie Trauth (who was fooling with a musician's wife – a liaison that would soon prompt a hurried exit from both Sun and Tennessee).

This was Jeb's last appearance on Phillips International. A few years later, in 1969, he was writing letters to Knox Phillips, trying to rekindle the flame and get the Phillips clan to produce, distribute or release his recordings again. As far as we can tell, no such arrangement ever came to pass. Stuart moved from label to ever-smaller label, turning up for brief periods on Kent, King, Great American, Pure Gold, Youngstown, Eureka, and Vlomax. He later moved to Miami, and still lives there (1998). Interviewed in 1987, he said that he was learning Yiddish to better serenade Jewish retirees.

02 – "IN LOVE AGAIN''- B.M.I. - 2:37
Composer: - Vinnie Trauth
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 428  - Master
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1962
Released: - June 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3580-B mono
IN LOVE AGAIN / I AIN'T NEVER
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4-14 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6

03 - ''WILL I EVER BE FREE'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Vinnie Trauth
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1962
Released: April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 109-5-14 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - BETCHA GONNA LIKE IT

 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jeb Stuart – Vocal
Scotty Moore - Guitar
Steve Cropper – Guitar
Booker T – Organ
Lewie Steinberg - Bass
Larry Muhoberac - Piano
Al Jackson - Drums
Floyd Newman – Tenor Saxophone
Robert Oldham - Saxophone
George Tidwell - Saxophone
 
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STUDIO SESSION FOR JEB STUART
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE EARLY 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR CECIL SCAIFE

01 – "BABY PLEASE''*
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)

02 - ''THE BULLFROG'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Jeb Stuart
Publisher: - Rise Satin Music
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)
Released: - 1987 P-Vine Records (LP) 33rpm PLP-343-B-4 mono
EARLY MEMPHIS SOUNDS - DEEP SOUL CLASSICS VOLUME 6

03 - ''FAREWELL GOODBYE''*
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)

04 - ''FEEL SO GOOD''*
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)

05 - ''THE GREASY FROG'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - C. Clausol-Jeb Stewart
Publisher: - Rise Satin Music
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)
Released: - 1987 P-Vine Records (LP) 33rpm PLP-343-B-7 mono
EARLY MEMPHIS SOUNDS - DEEP SOUL CLASSICS VOLUME 6
  
06 - ''HOP, SKIP AND JUMP''*
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)

07 - ''I AIN'T NEVER''*
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)

08 - ''I CAN'T HELP IT''*
Composer: - Hank Williams
Publisher: - Hiriam Music
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)

09 - ''NEVER LET ME DOWN''*
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)

10 - ''ONLY YOU''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)

11 - ''TAKE MY LOVE''*
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)

12 - TALK, TALK''*
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)

13 - ''THINGS ARE GETTING TOUGH''*
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)

14 - REAL FINE DOLL''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)

15 - ''UNCHAINED MELODY''*
Composer: - Hy Zaret-Alex North
Publisher: - Frank Music Corporation
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)
  
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jeb Stuart – Vocal
Unknown Musicians
Vocal & PIano*

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JANUARY 1, 1962 MONDAY

The Twisters appear on the New Year's edition of American Bandstand.
 
The US Navy SEALS are created as the U.S. Navy's principal special operations force, the special force was in existance prior dating back to World War II when the Navy "Scouts and Raiders" was formed.

JANUARY 2, 1962 TUESDAY

Joey Dee and the Starliters are at the Crescendo Club in Los Angeles for three weeks.

Ray Stevens moves from Atlanta to Nashville to work with Mercury Records, recorded ''Ahab, The Arab'' within his first six months.

Capitol released Buck Owen's ''Nobody's Fool But Yours''.

JANUARY 4, 1962 THURSDAY

More than six months after he first attempted it, Faron Young recorded Willie Nelson's ''Three Days'' at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio on Nashville's Music Row.

George Jones recorded ''She Thinks I Still Care'' at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ray Charles' trial for heroin possession is set to begin in Indianapolis. Charles' attorney   moves to have the charges dropped. The case is bound over till January 30.

 
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STUDIO SESSION FOR JERRY LEE LEWIS
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: THURSDAY JANUARY 4, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OF CECIL SCAIFE
 

''Ramblin' Rose'' itself was paired with Jerry Lee Lewis's resurrection of an early Sun hit, the Junior Parker number ''Feelin' Good'', this being the main focus of attention at Lewis's first recording date in 1962, on January 4, back at 639 Madison Avenue. In its new guise ''I've Been Twistin''' set a conundrum which has, in the past, led some to think that there are as many as four alternate takes of Lewis's reading of the song to experience, three having been defined in the 1983 list. The ''slate'' numbers called by Sam Phillips indicate that there were, indeed, at least four recordings but the reality is that only two takes survive, together with the issued master, the latter being an amalgam of parts of the raw performances. The original release display just how adapt Sam was at exploiting the potential of magnetic tape to frame the results he wanted.

The editing action takes place about two minutes and fifteen seconds into each take; fortuitously both maintain much the same pace throughout so this is the point at which to listen closely and compare the two originals and the ''third version'' represented by the finished product on the issued master. (*)

 

1(1) – ''I'VE BEEN TWISTIN''' - B.M.I. - 3:21
Composer: - Herman Parker Jr.
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 467 - Take 3 - Master
Recorded: - January 4, 1962
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 15804-4-15 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Excluding Jerry's earliest records for Sun at the start of his career five years later, this was undoubtedly his strongest two-sided release (Sun 374) 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.
 
 
1(2) – ''I'VE BEEN TWISTIN''' - B.M.I. - 3:21
Composer: - Herman Parker Jr.
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None – Take 1
Recorded: - January 4, 1962   - Not Originally Issued
Released: - April 1974
First appearance: - Hallmark Records (LP) 33rpm SHM 823-B2 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS - VOLUME 1 - GREAT BALLS OF FIRE
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-7-24 mono
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 196
 
Notice that at the operative moment (2:15) on take 1, at the point that Jerry Lee sings ''I said'' immediately before he launches into the prolonged ''whoa-hooah'' (...choose your own phonetics), a guitar note is heard. That same note can also be detected on the Sun 374 master. Up to tis point, there are numerous references in the spoken/sung words both to distinguish take 1 from take 2 and to align the master squarely with take 1. As take 1 develops beyond 2:15, the guitar is silent throughout Jerry Lee's extended wail. However, on the issued master, during the course of ''whoa-hooah'', you will hear another guitar note struck at 2:18. Staying with the master, we then hear an additional exclamation at the end of the wail, ''well I'' before Jerry Lee sings ''feel so good''. Go back to take 1; he comes out of the wail straight into ''feel so good''; there's no ''well I'' receding the familiar refrain ''feel so good''. Now, check take 2; there's no note audible behind Jerry Lee singing ''I said'' prior to ''whoa-hooah'' but, as the wail develops, there's the guitar again. So, just as soon as Jerry Lee utters ''I said'' we find the evidence of where the tapes have been snipped to move seamlessly from take 1 to take 2. (*)

1(3) – ''I'VE BEEN TWISTIN''' - B.M.I. - 3:21
Composer: - Herman Parker Jr.
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None – With Count-In - Take 2 (4)
Recorded: - January 4, 1962   - Not Originally Issued
Released: - January 1983
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 102-11-B1 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS – THE SUN YEARS
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-7-26 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963

It would appear that Sam Phillips didn't think much of Jerry Lewis's hesitancy at around the 2:43 mark on the first take and recognised that an improvement could be wrought by grafting on the latter part of the second take to the bulk of the first to manufacture ''take 3'', i.e. the master. To add to the confusion, the release in the late 1980s of an extra few seconds of take 1, which took listeners beyond the original fade out, gave rise to the spurious claim that a third alternate existed. Nor were matters helped by Shelby Singleton having published an LP in 1977 featuring both take 1 as ''I've Been Twistin'' and the Sun 374 master as ''Feel So Good'', an exercise that was something of a disservice to fans. But let's be clear, there are only two takes of ''Ive Been Twistin''', plus the spliced master. (*)
 
The twist craze was, of course, at its height, Jerry Lee used the opportunity to -re-record ''Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On'' in the latest popular idiom. One can't help feeling that this might have had more chance of success than the revival of Junior Parker's shuffling blues number had Sam Phillips had the nerve to release it. Listeners may be wondering why only one take of ''Whole Lotta Twistin' Goin' On'' is to be found, given that previously published discographies have indicated that there were two distinct recordings. The notionally shorter version was the first outing for the song when it materialised on a Charly LP in 1954. The fact is that this so-called ''take 1'', which will not be found in this collection, was simply an edit of the longer, full recording, with a passage of some 27 seconds, commencing at 2:27, having been excised. This piece of engineering lends weight to the idea that consideration may well have been given to issuing the recording back in 1962, although even after the removal of some of the more risqué commentary there was still potentially sufficient innuendo remaining to provoke offence. It's an intriguing ''might have been'' which serves as a further reminder that Sam was very capable of adding a ''twist'' pf his own to the proceedings. (*)

2(3) – ''WHOLE LOTTA TWISTIN' GOIN' ON'' - B.M.I. - 3:20
Composer: - David Curley Williams-Sonny David
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None – Take 1
Recorded: - January 4, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - November 1974
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CR 300002-A3 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AND HIS PUMPING PIANO
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-7-25 stereo 
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963

Jerry has often claimed that his biggest hits were recorded in one take, and although it’s definitely not true of ''Great Balls Of Fire'', ''Breathless'' and ''High School Confidential'' it’s at least partly true with this song. Prior to recording the hit version (probably several weeks earlier though exact dates are lost) he quickly ran-through 4 takes of the song: although these are perfectly  okay, they lack the passion of the well-known version and weren’t released at the time (the first released version from 1957 session was on ‘The Sun Years’ box-set in 1983, with other takes following over the next few years). The single (his 2nd single following ‘Crazy Arms’) changed his life of course, launching his career and becoming one of the most revered (and covered) rock and roll songs of all time.

Now in 1962 his career was pretty much washed-up, and in an attempt to cash-in on the then-current “twist” craze he recorded 2 takes as ‘Whole Lotta Twistin’ Goin’ On’. Unfortunately not released at the time (a shame as the song might’ve been a hit all over again), it was first issued on Charly’s  ''Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumpin’ Piano'' in 1974, with the very similar alternate take appearing on the United States ''Golden Rock And Roll'' album 3 years later. The 1963 re-cut for ''Golden Hits'' has a very similar “twist” beat to the 1962 versions, and would be a candidate for the best cut if it wasn’t for the over-production. In 1973 he cut the song again for ''The Session'', a modern (for the time) “rock” treatment that works well apart from the unfortunate faded-in intro, and in 1988 he recorded it once again for the ''Great Balls Of Fire''! movie and soundtrack album, again a more than creditable version. 

3(1) – ''I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS'' - B.M.I. - 2:41
Composer: - Stan Kesler
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated – Beckie Music
Matrix number: - U 355 - Master
Recorded: - January 4, 1962
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 15805-2-4 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Jerry Lee talk and sings his way through ''I Know What It Means'', a leftover from this 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.

3(2) – ''I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS'' - B.M.I. - 2:39
Composer: - Stan Kesler
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated – Beckie Music
Matrix number: - None - Unknown Take
Recorded: - January 4, 1962   - Not Originally Issued
Released: - November 1982
First appearance: - Sun International (LP) 33rpm Sun 145-B4 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS - ROOTS
Reissued: -   October 2015   Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-13-24 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
4(2) – ''HIGH POWERED WOMAN'' - B.M.I. - 1:44
Composer: - Sonny Terry
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Unknown Take
Recorded: - January 4, 1962   - Not Originally Issued
Released: - October 1975
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CR 300 006-B3 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - 16 SONGS NEVER RELEASED BEFORE – VOLUME 1
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-7-28 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963

Two very different recordings of ''High Powered Woman'' were recorded by Jerry Lee at Sun, though none were released until well into the 1970s. The June 14, 1961 version features a ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On’ intro and some very fine saxophone, and wasn’t released until the Sun International ''Golden Rock And Roll'' collection in 1977. This January 1962 cut features a strong Ray Charles influence right down to the ''What’d I Say'' inspired intro, though at around 1 minute and 43 seconds it’s even shorter than the 2 minute version from a year earlier.

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

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STUDIO SESSION FOR ELMO LEWIS
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: FRIDAY JANUARY 5, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – SAM C. PHILLIPS
AND/OF CECIL SCAIFE

During the autumn of 1963 Jerry Lee Lewis' contract with Sun Records expired. Sam Phillips desperately   tried to keep Jerry Lee by. Before that, he signed contracts with his sister Linda Gail (1963), and Elmo   (1962). But that didn it change Jerry Lee's mind, he decided to go to Smash Records, a division of Mercury   Records. Frank Casone became Jerry Lee's new manager. The first thing he did when he went to Nashville   under the Smash label was to re-record all his Sun hits, some old rhythm & blues numbers, a few old country   song, some rock tunes and one of his own pieces called ''He Took It Like A Man''. The first album was called   The Golden Hits Of Jerry Lee Lewis.

4 UNISSUED UNKNOWN TITLES

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

Elmo Lewis, the father of Jerry Lee Lewis, was a carpenter and a member of the Church of God, and lived on his son's ranch on Malone Road in Nesbit, Mississippi, where he raised cattle.

Elmo Lewis, was born in Ferriday, Concordia Parish, Louisiana on January 8, 1902, mortgaged his home when his son was a child to buy him his first piano. He moved to Memphis in the late 1950s after Jerry Lee became an international recording artist with the release in 1956 of his first Sun hit, " A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On".

The elder Lewis was fond of singing and entertaining and frequently attended the annual Country Music Association and Disk Jockey Convention in Nashville with his son.

Elmo Lewis, died at the age of 77 on July 21, 1979 at Doctors Hospital. He had been hospitalized since June 11, suffering from cancer. Elmo is buried in Calhoun Cemetery near Clayton, Louisiana.

 
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STUDIO SESSION FOR JERRY LEE LEWIS
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: FRIDAY JANUARY 5, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR SCOTTY MOORE OR UNKNOWN

Jerry began this January 5, 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.
 
01(1) – ''SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN''' - B.M.I. - 2:35
Composer: - Chuck Berry
Publisher: - Chuck Berry Music – Arc Music
Matrix number: - None – Fast - with Count-In Take 1
Recorded: - January 5, 1962 –  Not Originally Issued
Released: - December 1969
First appearance: - Sun International (LP) 33rpm Sun LP 107-B2 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - ROCKIN' RHYTHM AND BLUES
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-8-1 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963
 
01(2) – ''SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN''' - B.M.I. - 2:28
Composer: - Chuck Berry
Publisher: - Chuck Berry Music – Arc Music
Matrix number: - None – Take 2
Recorded: - January 5, 1962 –  Not Originally Issued
Released:  -  April 1993
First appearance: - Charly Records (CD) 500/22rpm Sunbox 4-10-21 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE ULTIMATE - THE SUN YEARS
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-7-19 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963

01(3) – ''SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN''' - B.M.I. - 2:31
Composer: - Chuck Berry
Publisher: - Chuck Berry Music – Arc Music
Matrix number: - None – Take 3
Recorded: - January 5, 1962 –  Not Originally Issued
Released:  -  April 1993
First appearance: - Charly Records (CD) 500/22rpm Sunbox 4-8-10 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE ULTIMATE - THE SUN YEARS
Reissued: -  October 2015  Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-13-28 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
01(4) – ''SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN''' - B.M.I. - 2:56
Composer: - Chuck Berry
Publisher: - Chuck Berry Music - Arc Music
Matrix number: - None - Count-In - Take 4 - Stereo Master
Recorded: - January 5, 1962 –  Not Originally Issued
Released: - September 1989
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-8-5 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963
Reissued: - October 2015   Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-16-28 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORK
 
Jerry Lee's wrestling with one of the relatively small number of songs recorded during the post 706 Union era to endure in multiple takes, here, at least, there is no cause to bemoan the implications of the high slate numbers uttered by Sam ahead of so many songs that remain only as ''one-offs'', ''Sweet Little Sixteen'', having been the subject of an isolated run-through at a June 1961 session, was revisited with the intention of producing a master for single release. Three of the four takes recorded on this occasion are distinguished by an introduction involving the bass player's rapid fire plucking of a single note which, together with the fact that the piano is at times almost inaudible in a mix dominated by the organ, reduces the force of Lewis's personality. In the end the third of these alternates was chosen for release on Sun 379. (*)

01(4) – ''SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN''' - B.M.I. - 2:52
Composer: - Chuck Berry
Publisher: - Chuck Berry Music - Arc Music
Matrix number: - U 477 - Take 4 - Master
Recorded: - January 5, 1962
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 15804-4-25 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4
 
 
"Sweet Little Sixteen" is a rock and roll song written and originally performed by Chuck Berry, who released it as a single in January 1958. It reached number two on the Billboard charts, Berry's highest position ever on the charts, with the exception of the suggestive number one hit "My Ding-A-Ling" in 1972. "Sweet Little Sixteen" also reached number one on the Rhythm & Blues Best Sellers chart. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song number 272 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004.
Eddie Cochran performed a live version in 1960 which was released posthumously on his ''On The Air'' album. There is a cover version by Joe Brown and the Bruvvers on their 1962 album ''Pictures Of You. The Beach Boys' 1963 song "Surfin' USA" has virtually the same melody, with new lyrics that focus on the Beach Boys' ongoing theme of surfing. Following litigation by Berry the song is credited to Berry/Wilson.

Between 1963 and 1965 the Beatles performed the song on BBC radio. It can be heard on the compilation album Live at the BBC.

John Lennon recorded the song again for his album Rock 'n' Roll. The Animals' version is available on their 1966 album Animalisms. Ten Years After released a live version of this song on their 1970 album Watt. Jesse Colin Young also covered it on his 1972 album Together.  Fictional synth pop band Silicon Teens recorded a version of the song for their 1980 album Music For Parties released on Mute Records. Rock and roll phenomenon artist Jerry Lee Lewis also re-covered this song for Sun Records with Beatles drummer Ringo Starr; this version appeared on Lewis's 2006 duet album ''Last Man Standing''. The Rolling Stones covered this song on their 1978 US Tour.
 
Experimentally, for one take, they upped the tempo and gave Lewis himself greater licence on a more vivacious recording that was destined to remain unheard until Shelby Singleton saw fit to publish it on an LP in 1969. At the time of that unveiling, accidental or otherwise, given that this take was also presented in lieu of the authentic Sun 379 recording on a contemporaneous 45rpm single, many thought that Sam Phillips had missed a trick and that this was Lewis's best reading of the Chuck Berry song. He also had another stab at Fats Domino's ''Hello Josephine'', though with an earlier version dating from a June 1961 session having already been released on the LP ''Jerry Lee's Greatest'' it's difficult to imagine there was any serious intent to do very much with the song. It was no doubt a casual, spur of the moment, decision to record it again. (*)

''My Girl Josephine" is a song written by Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew. Domino recorded the song on Imperial records (Imperial 5704) in 1960, and it charted number 7 on the Billboard Rhythm & Blues charts and number 14 on the Billboard pop charts.

According to Allmusic, the song has also been performed by The Bill Black Combo, Curley Bridges, Van Broussard, Snooks Eaglin, Chris Farlowe, The Flamin' Groovies, Michael Herman, The Holmes Brothers, Jerry Jaye, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sandy Nelson, Tracy Pendarvis, Queen Ida & Her Zydeco Band, Noel Redding, Warren Storm, Super Cat, and Billy Vera, among others.

02(2) – ''HELLO JOSEPHINE' - B.M.I. - 2:25
Composer: - Dave Bartholomew-Fats Domino
Publisher: - Bartholomew Music
Matrix number: - None – Unknown Take
Recorded: - January 5, 1962 –  Not Originally Issued
Released: - December 1969
First appearance: - Sun International (LP) 33rpm Sun LP 107-B2 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - ROCKIN' RHYTHM AND BLUES
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-8-2 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963

03(1) – ''SET MY MIND AT EASE''' - B.M.I. - 1:44
Composer: - Red West
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment
Matrix number: - None - Unknown Take
Recorded: - January 5, 1962 –  Not Originally Issued
Released: - January 1974
First appearance: - Sun International (LP) 33rpm NY-6-A5 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - COLLECTORS EDITON
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-8-3 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963
 

Jerry Lee trying something of the pop-country number ''Set My Mind At Ease'', of which three takes remain. It need be explained that the quality of the third, hitherto unreleased, has been compromised very slightly by a tape crease at around the 52 seconds mark. Not for the first time the casual insertion of the word ''honey'', here prefacing the fourth line of the song, gives an early pointer to the individual status of the take in question. (*)


03(2) – ''SET MY MIND AT EASE''' - B.M.I. - 2:04
Composer: - Red West
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment
Matrix number: - None - Unknown Take
Recorded: - January 5, 1962 –  Not Originally Issued
Released: - May 1987
First appearance: - Pickwick Records (CD) 500/200rpm PWK 015-9 mono
THE COUNTRY SOUND OF JERRY LEE LEWIS
Reissued: -  October 2015  Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-14-3 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORK
 

Robert Gene "Red" West, born 1936 in Memphis, Tennessee to Lois and Newton Thomas West. West is an American actor, film stuntman and songwriter. He was a close high school friend of rock and roll singer Elvis Presley. He is probably best known to American film audiences for his role as Red in Road House, alongside Patrick Swayze.

An excellent athlete and former U.S. Marine, West played football for his high school and junior college (Jones County Junior College) teams and was a boxer in the Golden Gloves championships. Red West contributed to several songs written for Elvis Presley in 1961 and 1962. He received help from Elvis Presley in writing two songs in the early 1960s, which were collaborations, "You'll Be Gone" and "That's Someone You Never Forget''. "You'll Be Gone" was also co-written with Charlie Hodge, and appeared on the ''Girl Happy'' soundtrack album and as a 45 single in 1965. The single reached number 35 on the Canadian singles chart in 1965. "That's Someone You Never Forget" was the final track on the 1962 album ''Pot Luck'' and was released as a 45 B side single in 1967 and was featured on the Artist of the Century compilation.

Red West also wrote ''Set My Mind At Easy'' for Jerry Lee Lewis and co-wrote "If You Think I Don't Need You" with Joey Cooper for the motion picture ''Viva Las Vegas''. He teamed up with Joey Cooper again on "I'm A Fool", which Ricky Nelson recorded. "I'm A Fool" later became a hit for Dino, Desi and Billy, the partnership of Dean-Paul "Dino" Martin, Desi Arnaz Jr., and William "Billy" Hinsche. Red West also cowrote the song "Separate Ways" for Elvis in 1972. The song was the title of an Elvis album released on RCA's budget album line, Camden, in January 1973. The song "Separate Ways" was the B side release of the single "You Were Always On My Mind" in November 1972. The single reached number 20 on Billboard's Hot 100. It reached number 16 on the Country Music Billboard chart. Again, largely due to the success of "Always On My Mind".

When Presley was making films in the 1960s in Hollywood, Red West appeared in small roles in sixteen of the star's films. During this time, West became good friends with actor Nick Adams and his physical abilities got him hired on as a stuntman on Adams' television series, ''The Rebel''. From there, West went on to do more stunt work in film as well as developing a career as an actor in a number of motion pictures and on television. He was often on screen as a henchman in the television series ''The Wild Wild West''. West played master sergeant Andy Micklin on ''Baa Baa Black Sheep''. He guest starred twice on the CBS hit detective series ''Magnum, P.I.'' as different characters, as four different ones on ''The A-Team'', the Knight Rider pilot episode "Knight Of The Phoenix", on ''The Fall Guy'' and in ''The Once And Future King'' (The Twilight Zone). In 1989 West appeared in the action film ''Road House'' with Patrick Swayze as Red Webster, the auto parts store owner. West continued to work in motion pictures as of early February 2013. His most recent role was in the 2013 film ''Safe Haven''.

In 1976, Red West was involved in a series of heavy-handed incidents in Las Vegas with aggressive fans that got out of hand, drawing criticism by the media. More than that, West was becoming more vocal about Presley's drug problem and how he needed help. As a result, Red West, his cousin Sonny, and a third bodyguard named David Hebler was fired by Elvis Presley and subsequently helped write the book Elvis: What Happened, which was published weeks before Presley's death. The book, according to West in the book, was an attempt to help Presley, but believed by some to be an attempt to retaliate and earn an income after being fired. 

 

03(3) – ''SET MY MIND AT EASE''' - B.M.I. - 2:03
Composer: - Red West
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment
Matrix number: - None - Unknown Take
Note: Irreparable tape crease at 0:52secs
Recorded: - January 5, 1962 –  Not Originally Issued
Released: - October 2015
First appearance: -   Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-14-4 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 

On this session, Jerry Lee Lewis turned again to the work of his childhood idol, Jimmie Rodgers. In the early 1970s, three distinct masters of ''Waiting For A Train'' would find their way onto Sun International 45rpm discs, including two variants dating from June 5 (Take 2) and September 11, 1962 on successive pressings of the original single SI 1119, first issued in October 1970, and a third (Take 1) on a ''Golden Treasure'' re-issue, Sun GT 69, a couple of years later. The lattermost was assumed to have been previously unreleased when pressed onto a UK Charly LP in 1979 but the truth is that it had already been playable on jukeboxes in the southern States for some years. (*)

 
04(1) – ''WAITING FOR A TRAIN'' - B.M.I. - 1:53
Composer: - Jimmie Rodgers
Publisher: - Peer International
Matrix number: - None – Take 1
Recorded: - January 5, 1962 –  Not Originally Issued
Released: - 1973
First appearance: - Sun International (S) 45rpm Sun 69 mono **
WAITING FOR A TRAIN / I CAN'T SEEM TO SAY GOODBYE
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-8-4 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963

** - Sun International ''Golden Treasure Series''.
 
 04(2) – ''WAITING FOR A TRAIN'' - B.M.I. - 1:42
Composer: - Jimmie Rodgers
Publisher: - Peer International
Matrix number: - None – Take 2
Recorded: - January 5, 1962 –  Not Originally Issued
Released: - September 1970
First appearance: - Sun International (S) 45rpm SI-1119 mono
WAITING FOR A TRAIN / BIG LEGGED WOMAN
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-8-6 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963

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 actually recorded ''Waiting For A Train'' at least 5 takes of this song at different sessions in 1962: In January of that year 2 takes were recorded, featuring the expected guitars, bass and drums plus Shirley Sisk on the organ. The slightly faster version was released first: mistitled ''All Around The Watertank'' it was issued on ''Olde Tyme Country Music'' in 1970, with the slower version appearing on the United Kingdom album ''Good Rockin’ Tonite'' 9 years later (the faster version was also released as single – backed by the dirty blues ''Big Legged Woman'' of all songs -  and was a top 20 United States country hit). In September of 1962 he tackled the song another several times, this time without Shirley Sisk’s organ but with Boots Randolph’s saxophone! One of these takes was apparently issued on a Sun International single by mistake in the early 1970s (though this didn't seem to be common knowledge amongst fans until well into the 1980s), with the other takes released on various CDs during the 1980s. Lastly, he recorded the song again for the ''She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye'' album in 1969. Backed by a very tasteful and nobtrusive string section, once again (to my ears) a late 1960s Smash recording blows away all the earlier versions.  

Note: Shirley Sisk, born Ernestine Brooks in Memphis. First recorded for Sam Phillips as a pianist and vocalist with her sisterin-  law Judy Dismukes on guitar. The session was on February 8, 1952 when ''Let Me Count The Curls'' and ''Mean Old Memphis'' were recorded. Sam Phillips assigned Chess master numbers and shipped masters to   Chess and to local radio stations. However, Chess did not release the titles, but Acuff-Rose picked up the publishing rights to the song ''Let Me Count The Curls''. By the late 1950s and early 1960s, Shirley Sisk was back in  Memphis, working out of the Echo studios as a pianist and organist. She was featured on a Phillips  International disc by the Memphis Bells and in her own right on Sun 365, recorded at the Echo studio on   Manassas Avenue in 1961. She owned Permanent Records in Memphis, which did not live up to its name.

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JANUARY 6, 1962 SATURDAY

Bobby Vee hosts a March of Dimes benefit show in Houston, Texas.

EARLY JANUARY 1962

The Marcels open at the Gateway theater in their hometown of Pittsburgh.

JANUARY 7, 1962 SUNDAY

Ray Price recorded ''I've Just Destroyed The World (I'm Living In)'' and ''Pride'' at the Bradley Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

JANUARY 8, 1962 MONDAY

Decca released Brenda Lee's pop hit ''Break It To Me Gently'', Webb Pierce's ''Alla My Love'', Kitty Well's ''Unloved Unwanted''.

JANUARY 9, 1962 TUESDAY

Charges against Ray Charles for heroin possession are dropped when an Indianapolis judge rules police did not have a proper search warrant. The next month, Charles recorded ''Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music''.

JANUARY 10, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Decca released Patsy Cline's ''She's Got You''.

Roy Acuff ends a one-month tour of Spain and Morocco, sponsored by the  United Service Organizations. 
 
JANUARY 11, 1962 THURSDAY

Hank Snow recorded ''You Take The Future (And I'll Take The Past)'' during an evening session at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.

Columbia released Johnny and Jonie Mosby's ''Don't Call Me From A Honky Tonk''.
 
JANUARY 12, 1962 FRIDAY

Brook Benton starts a week at the Regal Theater in Chicago.

Mitch Miller, who produced several Marty Robbins hits, nabs gold albums for ''Holiday Sing Along With Mitch'' and ''Party Sing Along With Mitch''. The Christmas release includes ''Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer''.

Claudia Church is born in Lenoir, North Carolina. A singer and model, she marries Rodney Crowell in 1998.
 
JANUARY 13, 1962 SATURDAY

Bobby Vee hosts a March of Dimes benefit performance in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Trace Adkins is born in Springhill, Louisiana. The deep-voiced singer earns the Academy of Country Music's Top New Male award, joins Grand Ole Opry and broaden his audience with a stint on ''The Celebrity Apprentice''.
 
JANUARY 15, 1962 MONDAY

The Shirelles sing "Baby It's You" on American Bandstand.

Decca Records released whisperin' Bill Anderson's first album, ''Bill Anderson Sings Country Heart Songs''.
 
MID JANUARY 1962

The Drifters are at the Nichigek Theater in Tokyo, Japan. The Ronettes are appearing at the   Peppermint Lounge In Miami. Micky Baker, of Mickey and Sylvia, leaves to live in Paris where   he plans to start a music school.

JANUARY 16, 1962 TUESDAY

Gene Pitney sings "Town Without Pity" on American Bandstand.

George Hamilton IV recorded ''If You Don't Know I Ain't Gonna Tell You'' at Nashville's RCA Studio B.
 

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Jimmy Reed in Memphis circa early 1960's >

Another bluesman whose work had been long part of Charlie Rich's repertoire was Jimmy Reed. Martin Willis recalls, ''Big Boss Man'' was one of Charlie's favorite tunes. He'd do it over and over again at gigs. It's surprising he never did record it at Sun because he played the song constantly during those years. When he finally did record it for RCA they sent the tapes over to the Phillips studio and I overdubbed a sax solo on it.

When the album came out, I was surprised to hear that they didn't use it. So I turned around and played the same sax break on Conway Twitty's version of the song when he recorded it on his album Rhythm &n Blues 1963, which Bill Justis produced''.
 
Hardly anyone recording in the early 1960s wasn't affected by the pop-gospel style of Ray Charles. Whether the use of his vocal mannerism or his churchy chord changed (1 - 6 minor or the 1 – 6-7 – 2-7 – 5-7 sequence). Of all his work...
 
 
...''Easy Money'' is Rich's most explicit debt to Ray Charles. The flipside ''Midnite Blues'' is another matter. Tightly recorded in Nashville at Sam Phillips' new studio, Rich and his sidemen turn in a staggering performance here. For a change, the vocal chorus is an integral part of the arrangement, extending Rich's melody lines and echoing his lyrics. This impassioned performance remains one of Rich's finest recordings.

STUDIO SESSION FOR CHARLIE RICH
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: WEDNESDAY JANUARY 17, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OF CECIL SCAIFE

''Midnite Blues'' rivals the best of Charlie Rich's work at Sun. Driven by Al Jackson's crisply recorded drum track and a gospelly female chorus, this track cooks from its percussive opening to those delicious single stroke drum rolls of the fade. With the exception on the instrumental ''Red Man'', this is the only track issued by Charlie Rich in a minor key. Rich's vocal sounds almost overcome by emotions – his reading of the line ''Every time....'' has tremendous emotional power, as does the changeover to a major chord in the release. It is hard to describe any of Rich's Sun records as overlooked, but this one may quality for under appreciated.

01 - ''MIDNITE BLUES'' - B.M.I. - 2:50
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 417  - Master
Recorded: - January 17, 1962
Released: - April 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3576-A mono
MIDNITE BLUES / EASY MONEY
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4-5 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6

02 - ''THAT'S RICH'' - B.M.I. - 2:03
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment
Matrix number: - None - Instrumental - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - January 17, 1962
Released: - 1998
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16152-2-14 mono
LONELY WEEKEND - THE SUN YEARS 1958 – 1962

''Time And Again'' purely and simply, this is one of Charlie Rich's latter day masterpiece at Sun Records. One can only guess why it never saw release. Perhaps its grimly adult content set a limit on what some viewed as its potential in a teen/pop market. In any case, Charlie's vocal and piano performance mark it as one of his finest hours at Sun.

03 - ''TIME AND AGAIN'' - 3:08
Composer: - Callendar-Thomas
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - January 17, 1962
Released: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 109-3-10 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - KEEPERS OF THE FLAME
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16152-2-3 mono
LONELY WEEKEND - THE SUN YEARS 1958 - 1962

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Charlie Rich - Vocal & Piano
Scotty Moore - Guitar
Brad Suggs - Guitar
Robert McGhee - Bass
Al Jackson - Drums
Floyd Newman - Tenor Saxophone

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JANUARY 17, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Brenda Lee is in Belgium.

JANUARY 18, 1962 THURSDAY

Songwriter and radio personality Devon O'Day is born in Alexandria, Virginia. A longtime member of the morning team at WSIX-FM in Nashville, she co-writes George Strait's 1994 hit ''The Big One''.
 
 
JANUARY 19, 1962 FRIDAY

The singles, Sun 373 ''How Well I Know'' b/w ''Big Dream'' by Rayburn Anthony and Sun 374 ''I've Been Twistin''' b/w ''Ramblin' Rose'' by Jerry Lee Lewis issued.

JANUARY 21, 1962 SUNDAY

Jackie Wilson performs "My Heart Belongs To Only You" on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Burl Ives recorded ''Funny Way Of Laughin''' during the evening at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

JANUARY 22, 1962 MONDAY

Patsy Cline writes to friend Louise Seger about a 13-year-old steel guitarist rooming with her on a tour that includes Johnny Cash, George Jones and Carl Perkins, ''Looks like a blonde doll. And, what a showman''. The kid, Barbara Mandrell.

Burl Ives recorded ''Call Me Mr. In-Between'' in an afternoon session at Nashville's Bradley Recording Studio.

JANUARY 23, 1962 TUESDAY

Ray Stevens writes the pop novelty ''Ahab, The Arab'' in Nashville, Tennessee.

JANUARY 24, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Ray Steven recorded the comedic pop hit ''Ahab, The Arab'' at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

Leroy Van Dyke recorded ''If A Woman Answer (Hang Up The Phone)'' at the Bradley Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. The backing vocal group, the Merry Melody Singers, includes Ray Stevens.

Joe Dowell recorded the pop hit ''Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn)'' in Nashville, with Ray Stevens playing organ.

JANUARY 26, 1962 FRIDAY

Claude King recorded ''Wolverton Mountain'' at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville during an evening session.

Columbia released Charlie Phillips' only hit, ''I Guess I'll Never Learn''.
 
JANUARY 27, 1962 SATURDAY

Chubby Checker is the headeliner at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Also on the bill are Jan  and Dean, Bobby Freeman. Dick and DeeDee and the Untouchables. An estimated 15,000  attend and the show grosses $44,800.

JANUARY 28, 1962 SUNDAY

Johnny Tillotson leaves to tour the Far East. Del Shannon begins a two week tour of Japan.

A truck hits Charley Pride at a Montana smelter, damaging his ankle, which has a pin permanently embedded.

JANUARY 29, 1962 MONDAY

Peter, Paul and Mary sign to Warner Bros. It marks the first recording contract for Peter Yarrow, who will write and produce Mary MacGregor's ''Torn Between Two Lovers''.


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STUDIO SESSION FOR EDDIE BOND
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: MONDAY JANUARY 29, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – LEN ROSSIE AND EDDIE BOND

The tapebox indicates that the session was held at Echo Studio, Memphis, Tennessee. ''Jack Clement had the Echo Studio on 14 North Manassas Avenue'', Sam Phillips told Martin Hawkins. ''He and Stan Kesler came to see me with those tapes. I had never seen the merit in Eddie Bond as a recording artist. He was a good disc jockey and a great showman. For some reason, Jack put the deal to me and I decided to go along with it. I did surprisingly well locally thanks to Eddie's contacts and the radio show''.
Early 1962 saw Eddie Bond back in Memphis recording at the 639 Madison or re nearly thirty sides were recorded during January and February; the fruits of these sessions being a selection of Gospel items that were eventually used on an album released in 1963, ''Eddie Bond Sings Greatest Country Gospel Hits'', plus a mixture of country standards and a couple of Bonds revivals.

Although not strictly recorded by Sun or Phillips International, these recordings were all bought in and have been embraced as Sun tracks as a result of the Phillips International album release.

We at Phillips International and Sun Records have long since been great admirers of Eddie Bond as a country singer. Although not as active as many on records, he is no novice at making fine records. However, it was only recently that we discovered his unusual talent and gifted way with Country Gospel Music.

Eddie, as you will hear on his album, is truly one of the outstanding gospel singers in the business. His unique and easy way with the varied types of selections contained herein proves of real style and "at homeness" in this category of music. John Hughey, who is musical director of the Eddie Bond Band, has displayed real taste in excellent backing for a perfect setting to Eddie's efforts.

Eddie has been a featured disc jockey with his all Country & Western Gospel program for the past six years, heard daily on radio station KWAM, Memphis, Tennessee. He has also made many guest appearances on Grand Ole Opry, Louisiana Hayride and "Big D" Jamboree.

01 – ''HALLELUJAH WAY'' – B.M.I. - 2:40
Composer: - James Parker
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - S 241
Recorded: January 29, 1962
Release: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1980-B-6 stereo
EDDIE BOND - SINGS GREATEST COUNTRY GOSPEL HITS
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-29 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

02 – ''I SAW THE LIGHT'' – B.M.I. - 1:37
Composer: - Hank Williams
Publisher: - Acuff Rose Publishers
Matrix number: - S 241
Recorded: January 29, 1962
Release: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1980-B-3 stereo
EDDIE BOND - SINGS GREATEST COUNTRY GOSPEL HITS
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-26 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

03 – ''IF WE NEVER MEET AGAIN'' – S.E.S.A.C. - 2:23
Composer: - Albert E. Brumley
Publisher: - Stamps Quartet Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - S 240
Recorded: January 29, 1962
Release: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1980-A-5 stereo
EDDIE BOND - SINGS GREATEST COUNTRY GOSPEL HITS
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-22 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

04 – ''JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE'' – B.M.I. - 2:52
Composer: - Traditional-W. S. Stevenson
Publisher: - Public Domain
Matrix number: - S 241
Recorded: January 29, 1962
Release: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1980-B-1 stereo
EDDIE BOND - SINGS GREATEST COUNTRY GOSPEL HITS
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-24 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

05 - ''LETTER TO GOD'' – B.M.I. - 1:43
Composer: - Len Rossi
Publisher: - Public Domain
Matrix number: - S 241
Recorded: January 29, 1962
Release: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1980-B-4 stereo
EDDIE BOND - SINGS GREATEST COUNTRY GOSPEL HITS
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-27 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

06 – ''MOST OF ALL I WANT TO SEE JESUS'' – B.M.I. - 2:44
Composer: - Naomi Nix
Publisher: - Public Domain
Matrix number: - S 240
Recorded: January 29, 1962
Release: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1980-A-1 stereo
EDDIE BOND - SINGS GREATEST COUNTRY GOSPEL HITS
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-18 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

07 – ''PRECIOUS MEMORIES'' – B.M.I. - 2:44
Composer: - J.F.G. Wright
Publisher: - Public Domain
Matrix number: - S 241
Recorded: January 29, 1962
Release: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1980-B-5 stereo
EDDIE BOND - SINGS GREATEST COUNTRY GOSPEL HITS
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-28 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

08 – ''SATISFIED'' – B.M.I. - 2:44
Composer: - Martha Lou Carson
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - S 240
Recorded: January 29, 1962
Release: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1980-A-3 stereo
EDDIE BOND - SINGS GREATEST COUNTRY GOSPEL HITS
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-20 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

09 – ''WHEN THEY RING THOSE GOLDEN BELLS FOR ME'' – B.M.I. - 2:58
Composer: - D. de Marbelle
Publisher: - Public Domain
Matrix number: - S 240
Recorded: January 29, 1962
Release: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1980-A-4 stereo
EDDIE BOND - SINGS GREATEST COUNTRY GOSPEL HITS
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-21 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

10 – ''WHERE COULD I GO BUT TO THE LORD'' – B.M.I. - 2:27
Composer: - J.S. Coates
Publisher: - Stamps-Baxter Printing
Matrix number: - S 240
Recorded: January 29, 1962
Release: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1980-A-2 stereo
EDDIE BOND - SINGS GREATEST COUNTRY GOSPEL HITS
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-19 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

11 – ''WILL BE LOST OR WILL I BE SAVED'' – B.M.I. - 2:45
Composer: - James Parker
Publisher: - Public Domain
Matrix number: - S 240
Recorded: January 29, 1962
Release: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1980-A-6 stereo
EDDIE BOND - SINGS GREATEST COUNTRY GOSPEL HITS
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-23 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

12 – ''PASS ME NOT, OH GENTLE SAVIOUR'' – B.M.I. - 2:40
Composer: - Traditional-William Doane-Fanny W. Crosby
Publisher: - Hal Leonard Music
Matrix number: - S 241
Recorded: January 29, 1962
Release: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1980-B-2 stereo
EDDIE BOND - SINGS GREATEST COUNTRY GOSPEL HITS
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-25 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Eddie Bond – Vocal & Rhythm Guitar
John Hughey – Steel Guitar
Tomstone Hawkins – Bass
Morris Tarrant – Drums
Gilbert Mickle – Fiddle
Jimmy Smith – Piano & Piano

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 STUDIO SESSION FOR EDDIE BOND
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: MONDAY JANUARY 29, & 
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 13, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – EDDIE BOND

The tapebox indicates that the session was held at Echo Studio, Memphis, Tennessee.

01 – ''DOUBLE DUTY LOVIN''' – B.M.I. - 1:43
Composer: - V. Claude-Eddie Bond
Publisher: - Carlin Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: January 29, & February 13, 1962
Release: - 1977
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CR 30128-B-5 mono
SUN - THE ROOTS OF ROCK - VOLUME 13 - ROCKABILLY SUNDOWN
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-11 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

02 – ''BACK STREET AFAIR'' – B.M.I. - 2:48
Composer: - Billy Wallace
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: January 29, & February 13, 1962
Release: - 1974
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm 6641 180 mono
THE SUN STORY
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-8 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

03 – ''ROCKIN' DADDY'' – B.M.I. - 2:03
Composer: - Sonny Fisher
Publisher: - Starrite Music
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: January 29, & February 13, 1962
Release: - 1974
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm 6641 180 mono
THE SUN STORY
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-16 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

04 – ''I THOUGH I HEARD YOU CALL MY NAME'' – B.M.I. - 2:57
Composer: - Lee Emerson
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: January 29, & February 13, 1962
Release: - 1993
First appearance: Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-14 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

05 – ''THE DAY I FOUND YOU'' – B.M.I. - 2:03
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: January 29, & February 13, 1962
Release: - 1993
First appearance: Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-6 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

06 – ''BACK HOME IN INDIANA'' – B.M.I. - 2:10
Composer: - MacDonald-Habely
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: January 29, & February 13, 1962
Release: - 1993
First appearance: Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-4 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

07 – ''IN MY SOLITUDE'' – B.M.I. - 1:53
Composer: - Duke Elington-Eddie DeLange-Irving Mills
Publisher: - Alfred Music Publishing
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: January 29, & February 13, 1962
Release: - 1993
First appearance: Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-17 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

08 – ''I'D JUST BE FOOL ENOUGH'' – B.M.I. - 2:22
Composer: - Melvin Endsley
Publisher: - Endsley ATV Music
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: January 29, & February 13, 1962
Release: - 1993
First appearance: Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-12 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

09 – ''I CAN'T QUIT'' – B.M.I. - 1:48
Composer: - Marty Robbins
Publisher: - Robbins Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: January 29, & February 13, 1962
Release: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 109 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - ONE MORE MEMORY
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-2 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

10 – ''MY BUCKET'S GOT A HOLE IN IT'' – B.M.I. - 1:51
Composer: - Clarence Williams
Publisher: - Pickwick Music
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: January 29, & February 13, 1962
Release: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 109 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - ONE MORE MEMORY
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-3 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

11 – ''THEY'LL NEVER TAKE HER LOVE FROM ME'' – B.M.I. - 2:58
Composer: - Leon Payne
Publisher: - Acuff Rose Music Publishers
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: January 29, & February 13, 1962
Release: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 109 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - ONE MORE MEMORY
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-5 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

12 – ''ONE MORE MEMORY'' – B.M.I. - 2:58
Composer: - George-Stovall
Publisher: - ATV Music Publishing
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: January 29, & February 13, 1962
Release: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 109 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 1960S - ONE MORE MEMORY
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-1 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

13 – ''OUR SECRET RENDEZVOUS'' – B.M.I. - 3:00
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: January 29, & February 13, 1962
Release: - 1993
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-9 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

14 – ''STANDING IN THE WINDOW'' – B.M.I. - 2:27
Composer: - Hoyt Johnson-Jim Atkins
Publisher: - E&M Publishing
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: January 29, & February 13, 1962
Release: - 1993
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-7 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

15 – ''YOU NEARLY LOSE YOUR MIND'' – B.M.I. - 1:54
Composer: - Ernest Tubb
Publisher: - Acuff Rose Music Publishers
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: January 29, & February 13, 1962
Release: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 109 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - ONE MORE MEMORY
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-13 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

16 – ''YOUR EYES'' – B.M.I. - 2:37
Composer: - Hews-Carver
Publisher: - Acuff Rose Music Publishers
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: January 29, & February 13, 1962
Release: - 1993
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-10 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

17 – ''BIG BOSS MAN'' – B.M.I. - 2:16
Composer: - Al Smith-Luther Dixon
Publisher: - ATV Music Publishers
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: January 29, & February 13, 1962
Release: - 1993
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708-2-10 mono
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY

18 – ''TRAVELING ON THE HIGHWAY''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: January 29, & February 13, 1962

19 – ''RELIGIOUS NARRATION''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: January 29, & February 13, 1962

20 – ''UNTITLED INSTRUMENTAL'' (1)
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: January 29, & February 13, 1962

21 – ''UNTITLED INSTRUMENTAL'' (2)
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: January 29, & February 13, 1962

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Eddie Bond – Vocal & Rhythm Guitar
John Hughey – Steel Guitar
Tomstone Hawkins – Bass
Morris Tarrant – Drums
Gilbert Mickle – Fiddle
Jimmy Smith – Piano & Organ
After this session at Phillips International, Eddie Bond further stopping-off places on the label circuit including Memphis, Pen (leased on Decca), Diplomat (''Monkey And The Baboon''), Millionaire, Goldwax, Memphis, MCCR and Tab, which took Eddie to the end of the sixties during which time he had expanded his radio operations and achieved great success by increasing his listeners audience noticeably to the extent that a 64% share was achieved and a plaque presented to him by Billboard to honour the achievement.
 
The Tab recordings of 1969 inaugurated the Buford Pusser Years, when Eddie Bond was involved in writing and recording about the dubious character of Sheriff Pusser who became a southern hero when Hollywood portrayed him in the film ''Walkin' Tall''.

Bond later admitted to have mixed feelings on the subject but there was a certain fame that was achieved through the association.   Many country fans were first introduced to the exploits of Buford Pusser through the recordings of Eddie Bond. In the wake of his meetings and ventures with Pusser; the office of Chief of Police in Finger, Tennessee, was achieved by Eddie Bond. Coincidentally, Finger was the birthplace of Buford Pusser himself.

The following years saw more country sessions on Tab in the States and, following the first United Kingdom visit in 1982, rockabilly recordings were issued on Rockhouse Records in Holland produced by Dave Travis, whose band always supports Bond on tour, as was the case in 1982, 1985 and 1992.

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JANUARY 30, 1962 TUESDAY

In Indianapolis all charges against Ray Charles are dropped. The judge ruled the search of   Charles' hotel room violated his Constitutional rights. The action took five minutes.

JANUARY 31, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Jimmie Davis recorded ''Where The Old Red River Flows''.

LATE JANUARY 1962

Bobby Vee begins a two month European tour.
 

 
FEBRUARY 1962
 

FEBRUARY 1962

PI 3575 ''Betcha Gonna Like It'' b/w ''Little Miss Love'' by Jeb Stuart issued.

On the heels of the enormously successful film and album ''The Young Ones'', Cliff Richard wins his second consecutive New Musical Express award for Top British Male Singer.

FEBRUARY 1, 1962 THURSDAY

Philips Records opens in the USA and begins discussions with Sam Phillips to buy Phillips International logo.

Cecil Scaife leaves Sun to launch a gospel label in Nashville, Songs Of Faith, in conjunction with Bill Beasley.

Don and Juan visit American Bandstand and sing "What's Your Name''.

The Bradley Film and Recording Studio, the cornerstone of Nashville's Music Row, becomes Columbia Recording Studios as Owen Bradley sells the facility for $300,000.

Jim Reeves recorded "That's When I See The Blues (In Your Pretty Eyes'' during the evening at RCA Studio B. His vocal is re-matched with new instrumental tracks six years later to build a posthumous hit.

FEBRUARY 2, 1962 FRIDAY

LaVern Baker begins a seventeen day tour of U.S. military bases in Europe.

FEBRUARY 4, 1962 SUNDAY

Gene Pitney appears on the British variety television program Thank Your Lucky Stars.   Afterwards Pitney begins his first tour of England.

Clint Black is born in Long Branch, New Jersey. Raised in Houston, he earns the Country Music Association's 1989 Horizon award at the outset of a career that includes ''A Better Man'', ''Something That We Do'' and ''Put Yourself In My Shoes''.

FEBRUARY 5, 1962 MONDAY

Loretta Lynn recorded ''Before I'm Over You'' at Nashville's Columbia Recording Studio.

Capitol released Faron Young's ''Three Days''.

FEBRUARY 6, 1962 TUESDAY

Richie McDonald is born in Lubbock, Texas. He becomes the lead singer of Lonestar, whose slick harmonies define a series of hits beginning in the mid-1990s, including ''No News'', ''I'm Already There'' and the pop crossover ballad ''Amazed''.

Guns N' Roses' lead singer Axl Rose is born in Lafayette, Indiana. He briefly marries the daughter of Everly Brother Don Everly.

Wynn Stewart recorded ''Another Day, Another Dollar''. The release is ranked among country's 500 greatest singles of all-time in the Country Music Foundation's 2003 book ''Heartaches By The Number''.

Marty Robbins recorded ''Love Can't Wait''.

FEBRUARY 7, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Garth Brooks is born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Following his 1989 debut, he sells more than 100 million albums, winning multiple Entertainer of the Year awards from the CMA and ACM. He enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012.

The movie ''The Outsider'' premieres in New York, with Tony Curtis in the role of World War II hero Ira Hayes. The Native American soldier also becomes the topic of a Johnny Cash hit, ''The Ballad Of Ira Hayes'', two years later.

Keyboard player David Bryan is born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He earns acclaim as a member of the rock band Bon Jovi, which scores a country hit in 2006 with ''Who Says You Can't Go Home'', featuring Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles.

A United States embargo ordered by President Kennedy goes into effect on all imports from Cuba including tobacco, seafood, fruits and vegetables.

EARLY FEBRUARY 1962

Lloyd Price opens a bowling alley in Inkster, Michigan.

FEBRUARY 8, 1962 THURSDAY

The Angels sing "Cry, Baby Cry" on American Bandstand.

FEBRUARY 9, 1962 FRIDAY

Sun 375 ''Candy Doll'' b/w ''Hey, Boss Man'' by Ray Smith issued

Don Gibson recorded ''I Can Mend Your Broken Heart'' at Nashville's RCA Studio B.

FEBRUARY 11, 1962 SUNDAY

June carter becomes a permanent member of Johnny Cash's road show, with a concert in Des Moines, Iowa. Also on the bill, Patsy Cline and 13-year-old steel guitarist Barbara Mandrell.

Pop and rock musician Sheryl Crow is born in Kennett, Missouri. She appears on country collaborations with Kid Rock and with Brooks and Dunn and Vince Gill. Crow also nabs a Top 5 country album in 2013 with ''Feels Like Home''.

FEBRUARY 12, 1962 MONDAY

Dick Clark dedicates the entire 90-minute broadcast of ''American Bandstand'' to Little Miss Dynamite, Brenda Lee.

Johnny Cash recorded the Jimmie Rodgers classic ''In The Jailhouse Now'' in Nashville at the Columbia Recording Studio.

Decca Records released Bill Anderson's ''Get A Little Dirt On Your Hands''.

Pianist and composer Billy Stritch is born in Houston, Texas. A boyfriend and musical partner for Liza Minnelli, he writes Reba McEntire's 1993 duet with Linda Davis, ''Does He Love You''.

FEBRUARY 12, 1962 MONDAY

Brenda Lee performs "Break It To Me Gently" on American Bandstand.
Aretha Franklin opens at the Showboat Bar in Philadelphia.

FEBRUARY 13, 1962 TUESDAY

Don Everly marries Venetia Stevenson in the Chapel at Camp Pendleton.

FEBRUARY 14, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Phil and Don Everly graduate from boot camp in the Marines, hours before Don marries former actress Venetia Stevenson in Sam Diego.

FEBRUARY 1962

As Sun and Phillips International scaled down their activities during the 1960s, few artists,   besides the old standbys, Charlie Rich, Carl Mann, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the long-departed   Johnny Cash, showed enough staying power to see more than one release. For the first time,   Sam Phillips signed artists who had already seen a hit elsewhere. A typical case was Luther   Perkins's brother, Tommy, who, as Thomas Wayne, had recorded his only hit, ''Tragedy'', for  Scotty Moore at Fernwood Records. After he failed to follow it up, he came to Sun for one   single, but failed to rekindle the magic.

With Fernwood Records in disarray, Scotty Moore brought Thomas Wayne over to Sam's studio, where he   produced another Nelson-Burch balled ''The Quiet Look'', for Sam's new Phillips International label. The  record didn't hit, but Scotty continued to work with Thomas Wayne.


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One of the lesser-charted routes taken by rock and roll artists during the calmer climate of the early sixties, was the sprucing up everyday pop songs with sub-gospel arrangements. In his search for an elusive second hit after the best-selling ''Tragedy'', Thomas Way adopted an very principle when he cut ''I've Got It Made''. However, a perfunctory female chorus didn't add any commercial edge and after one further single on Santo, the artist chose to pursue a career in studio engineering.

STUDIO SESSION FOR THOMAS WAYNE
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – SCOTTY MOORE
AND/OR BILLY SHERRILL

Scotty Moore recorded these sides with his former paperboy, Thomas Wayne Perkins, (brother of Luther). The object was to recapture the magic they'd found together when Wayne recorded the smash hit ''Tragedy'' for Scotty's Fernwood label back in 1959. Phillips also had good reason for wanting lightning to strike twice; he had foolishly passed on ''Tragedy''.

01 – ''I'VE GOT IT MADE'' - B.M.I. - 2:35
Composer: - Bill Rich
Publisher: - Sandra Pure Gold - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 418  - Master
Recorded: - February 15, 1962
Released: - April 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3577-A mono
I'VE GOT IT MADE / THE QUIET LOOK
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4-7 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6
Thomas Wayne with De-Lons, consisting of Sandra Brown, Nancy Reed, and Carol Moss, Memphis, Tennessee >

''The Quiet Look'' was the obvious plug side here as all assembled did everything they could to remind listeners and buyers about Wayne's earlier hit. From the ''wo-wo's'' to the 4-minor chords and the major seventh, it's all here. All except to a good song. With not a trace of originality going for it, this record – about a girl who sends too many non-verbal messages – sank without a trace. The flipside, ''I've Got It Made'', is just plain silly.

About the only notable thing here is that Wayne, who wrote Elvis's ''The Girl Next Door'' (the one who went walking and came home late every night) seem obsessed with the folks next door.
 
 
On this tune, his opening line is ''The boy next door''. This guy isn't so lucky as the famous girl. He only owns a department store, which may be one of the most bizarre lines in the annals of pop music.

Scotty continued to help Wayne, hiring him at his Music City Recorders in Nashville, but Wayne was in a tailspin, finding it hard to come to terms with being famous not-so-long ago. In August 1971, he gunned his car across four lanes of traffic on 1-240 in Memphis and killed himself. ''Tragedy'' indeed, not least for the driver of the car he kit.

02 – ''THE QUIET LOOK'' - B.M.I. - 2:11
Composer: - Gerald Nelson-Fred Burch
Publisher: - Champion Music
Matrix number: - P 419  - Master
Recorded: - February 15, 1962
Released: - April 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3577-B mono
THE QUIET LOOK / I'VE GOT IT MADE
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4-8 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6

03 – ''TRAGEDY'' - B.M.I. - 2:11
Composer: - Fred Nelson-Gerald Burch
Publisher: - Bluff City Music - Burlington Music
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - February 15, 1962
Released: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 109-3-17 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - KEEPERS OF THE FLAME
Reissued: - 2002 Sanctuary Records (CD) 500/200rpm FBUBX002-8 mono
50 GOLDEN YEARS 1952 - 200
 
''Tragedy'' first came out in 1958 when Thomas Wayne recorded the song for the local Fernwood Records label alongside a close harmony trio (Nancy Reed, Carol Moss and Sandra Brown) known as the De-Lons. Some three years later, when a new version charted by the Fleetwoods, Wayne cut this facsimile at Sun in the exact same style and key.

One day Scotty Moore was walking along the street when he ran into Gerald Nelson, a disc jockey from  Kentucky. They had met some time back in concert. Gerald told Scotty that he and Fred Burch, a college  student, had written a song titled ''Tragedy''. Fred had snatched the title from a course he was taking on  Aristotelian tragedies. Gerald said he had played the song for Chet Atkins, who had told him it sounded like  a hit, but was not a song he could do anything with in Nashville because it wasn't country enough.  Encouraged by Atkin's assessment of the song's potential, they had driven to Memphis, to the very cradle of  rock and roll. ''We played it for Sam Phillips'', says Gerald, ''but he said he couldn't use it either''. As Scotty  stood on the sidewalk and listened, Gerald sang the song to him, playing the music on his ukulele. Scotty  loved it. He told Gerald he knew just the guy to sing it: Thomas Wayne Perkins. Fred and Gerald felt so  encouraged by Scotty's reaction, they moved to Memphis to begin new careers as songwriters.
 
 Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Thomas Wayne – Vocal
Scotty Moore – Guitar
Brad Suggs – Guitar
Al Jackson – Drums
Robert McGhee – Bass
Larry Muhoberac – Piano
Unknown – Vocal Chorus

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Carroll Smith, Ron Stoval (back), Thomas Wayne, Scotty Moore, Sid Holmes, Poplarville, Mississippi, circa 1959 >

THOMAS WAYNE – Born on July 22, 1940 in Batesville, Mississippi, was an American singer.  He is best remembered as a one-hit wonder for "Tragedy". Wayne, who was born Thomas  Wayne Perkins, was the brother of Johnny Cash's guitarist, Luther Perkins. He released  several singles between 1958 and 1964, primarily on the labels Fernwood and Mercury.

He  scored a major U.S. hit with the song "Tragedy" (credited to Thomas Wayne with the  DeLons), which peaked at number 20 on the Black Singles chart and number 5 on the  Billboard Hot 100 in 1959. It sold over one million copies, earning gold disc status. The  song proved to be his only hit, however. Later, Wayne worked as a sound engineer, before  he died in a car accident in Memphis on August 15, 1971.

THE TRAGEDY - Speeding down the entrance ramp to Interstate 240 in Memphis, Thomas Wayne Perkins crossed four lanes of traffic, picked up speed, then shot across...
 
 
...the median into incoming traffic, slamming into a car driven by Vance Simelton of Little Rock. Seven hours later, Thomas Wayne was dead.

Police determined his death to be an accident, although there were indications he had floored his accelerator as he came off the ramp. They couldn't prove what he was thinking when his car went our of control, only that it did go out of control, so they wrote it up as an accident. Vance Simelton was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Thomas Wayne was buried on August 17, 1971, at Madison Heights Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Those who attended the funeral couldn't help but think how tragic it all was, and how ironic that his only success bore the name ''Tragedy'' (Fernwood 45-109).

For more than a decade, Thomas Wayne had struggled to re-create the success of that 1959 hit. Scotty Moore recorded countless sessions with him, released singles on his Belle Meade label, which he had begun shortly after moving to Nashville, and promoted him at every opportunity. Nothing worked. The public had decided Tomas Wayne's place in history was a one-hit wonder. In the end, the best Scotty could do for Thomas Wayne was to offer him work in Music City Recorders. Scotty understood what Wayne did not understand; hit records are a flirtation from the public, not a promise of a long-tern relationship.

Scotty wasn't surprised when he heard about Thomas Wayne's death. His behavior had grown more and more erratic over the years. ''Every once in a while he would tend to get high and flip out on me'', says Scotty, who attributed some of Wayne's problems to an ongoing and long-running dispute with his ex-wife, Charlene. In fact, he had gone to Memphis on the weekend of his death to resolve a conflict with Charlene over their daughter, Maria Elena.

Hugh Hickerson was also among those not surprised at Thomas Wayne's death. Hugh was an audio technician who often worked at Scotty's studio. After Thomas Wayne left Music City Recorders, he worked for Pro-Sound Productions, and then for a recording studio named NAR, where he was employed at the time of his death; Hugh continued to have contact with him on a professional level. They became friends, according to Hickerson, but were not what you would call ''drinking buddies''. Shortly before he died, Thomas Wayne made a startling confession to Hickerson. He confided that he had once parked his car across both lanes of the interstate one night, and turned off his lights. He did it at a blind curve that would have made it impossible for traffic coming at a high rate of speed to stop. Fortunately, the highway patrol arrived on the scene before an accident occurred. They found him sitting in the car, waiting for whatever was going to happen.

''He said he was arrested and they were going to send him for psychological evaluation, but he got an attorney who got him out of it'', he says. ''We talked about it. The impression I had was that he was doing it in order to achieve a violent end to his life''.

The last time Hickerson saw Thomas Wayne was at the NAR facility on Division Street. He went to the studio late one night to repair some equipment. He didn't see Thomas Wayne when he walked in, but since he knew his way around the studio, he went to the back room where the equipment was located. Later, when he finished working, he walked back out into the studio. Someone was at the piano, but he couldn't tell who it was. As he walked closer, he saw that it was Wayne. From the look on his face, and the weird sounds he was making, he thought he might be in trouble.

''Is anything wrong'', asked Hickerson. He walked around the piano, taken aback by what he saw. Thomas Wayne was having sex with a woman on the piano bench. Neither Wayne nor the woman was fully undressed, but they displayed no embarrassment at being interrupted.

''Excuse me'', Hickerson said, and left. He never saw Thomas Wayne alive again. ''I sensed that he was very distraught with his life'', says Hickerson. ''Thomas Wayne wanted to regain that part of his life that he had lost. He was a nice guy, but he was one of those guys that, if you were around him, you could sense that he was suffering. There was some pain he was feeling. If he had not avoided that psychological evaluation, that might have enabled him to see it through. His death was such a tragedy, not only for himself but for the other man involved in the accident''.

Two of the three people with whom Scotty Moore was most closely identified professionally, Bill Black and Thomas Wayne, were now gone, felled under tragic circumstances. At least Elvis was still going strong. Not going strong was Scotty's marriage. The harder he worked to provide for his wife Emily, the longer the hours he put in at the studio, the more they seemed to argue about him never being at home. The more neglected Emily felt, the harder Scotty worked to make her happy. The faster that circle spun, the more Scotty drank to dull the pain. Then the drinking itself became an issue.
 


MID FEBRUARY 1962

Chubby Checker leaves to England. Otis Redding joins Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers.  Brenda Lee spends ten days in a Nashville hospital recuperating from a neck strain.

FEBRUARY 15, 1962 THURSDAY

Ray Charles recorded ''I can't Stop Loving You'', ''Born To Lose'' and ''You Don't Know Me'' for his album ''Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music'' at United Studios in Los Angeles, California.

FEBRUARY 16, 1962 FRIDAY

Columbia released Ray Price's ''I've Just Destroyed The World (I'm Living In)''.

Paul Anka begins his first World Tour.

FEBRUARY 18, 1962 SUNDAY

Dressed in Marine Uniforms, the Everly Brothers use a leave to appear on The Ed Sullivan  Show and sing "Crying In the Rain''.

With a weekend pass from the Marines, The Everly Brothers perform ''Crying In The Rain'' on ''The Ed Sullivan Show'' in their full military uniforms.
 

FEBRUARY 19, 1962 MONDAY

Chuck Berry begins a three year sentence for violation of the Mann Act. For the first two  months he is kept at the Federal Penal Institution near Terre Haute, Indiana.

FEBRUARY 20, 1962 TUESDAY

Joey Dee and the Starliters guest on American Bandstand and sing "Peppermint Twist" and  "Hey, Let's Twist''.

FEBRUARY 22, 1962 THURSDAY

Patsy Cline lip-syncs ''She's Got You'' in her ''American Bandstand'' debut.
 

FEBRUARY 23, 1962 FRIDAY

Brenda Lee is a subject of a one hour show on the Canadian Broadcasting System.

FEBRUARY 26, 1962 MONDAY

Joey Dee and the Starliters are at Sciolla's Supper Club in Philadelphia. Chubby Checker is at  the Twin River Inn near Syracuse, New York.

Carl and Pearl Butler recorded ''Don't Le Me Cross Over''.

Trumpeter Al Hirt recorded his instrumental pop hit ''Java'' at RCA Studio B in Nashville, with Chet Atkins and Steve Sholes producing.

Decca released The Wilburn Brothers' ''Trouble's Back In Town''.

FEBRUARY 27, 1962 TUESDAY

Mel Tillis and Danny Dill help Carl Perkins finish writing ''So Wrong'' in Nashville. Patsy Cline recorded the song the next day.

RCA Victor released Elvis Presley's ''Good Luck Charm'' backed with ''Anything That's Part Of You'' (RCA Victor 47-7992). "Good Luck Charm" is published by Gladys Music, Elvis Presley's publishing company, that reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list in the week ending April 21, 1962. It remained at the top of the list for two weeks. It reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in the week ending 24 May 1962 and stayed there for five weeks. The song was written by Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold and recorded by Presley in 1961. It completed his second hat-trick of chart topping singles in the UK.["Good Luck Charm" was covered by Travis and Shook on Cape Cod Covers, Vol. 1 "The King". Alvin and The Chipmunks covered the song for "Luck O' The Chipmunks", a 1988 episode of ''Alvin and The Chipmunks''. An answer song, entitled "Don't Want to Be Another Good Luck Charm", was recorded by Jo (of the duo Judy & Jo). It was released by Capitol Records as catalog number CP-1468 (single).

FEBRUARY 28, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Patsy Cline recorded ''When I Get Thru With You (You'll Love Me Too)'' and ''So Wrong'' at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.

Emmett Miller, a minstrel performer who influenced Jimmie Rodgers, enters Georgia's Macon Hospital. He never leaves, dying one month later.
 

FEBRUARY/MARCH 1962

Jerry Lee Lewis tours in Canada and California with Bobby Vee, Fabian and Faron Young.
 

 
MARCH 1962
 

MARCH 1962

PLP 1980 ''Sings Greatest Country Gospel Hits'' by Eddie Bond issued.

MARCH 1, 1962 THURSDAY

Donnie Brooks opens at the Mapes Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada.

Johnny Bond recorded ''10 Little Bottles'' at the Starday Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. Witnessing the session are Harlan Howard, Jan Howard, Grandpa Jones, Archie Campbell and Justin Tubb.

Porter Wagoner recorded ;;Cold Dark Waters'' during a morning session at Nashville's RCA Studio B. 

Webb Pierce recorded ''Crazy Wild Desire'', co-written by Mel Tillis.

MARCH 2, 1962 FRIDAY

Jackie Wilson starts a week at Chicago's Tivoli Theater.

Jon Bon Jovi is born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He sings lead for the rock band Bon Jovi, which finds its way into the country charts in 2006 by working with Jennifer Nettles on ''Who Says You Can't Go Home''.

MARCH 3, 1962 SATURDAY

Vernon Oxford marries Loretta Robertson.

MARCH 4, 1962 SUNDAY

Fats Domino and Tommy Sands are on The Ed Sullivan Show.

MARCH 5, 1962 MONDAY

The Marvelettes sing "Twistin' Mr. Postman" on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Former Sons Of The Pioneers guitarist Doye O'Dell appears on the ABC-TV western drama ''Bronco''.

Songwriter and producer John Shanks is born in New York. He produces The Wreckers, Bon Jovi and Sara Evans and writes several Keith Urban hits, including ''You're My Better Half'' and ''Somebody Like You''.

MARCH 6, 1962 TUESDAY

Eddy Arnold recorded ''Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town'' during a session at Nashville's RCA Studio B. More than 40 years later, the song appears on the soundtrack to the Will Ferrell movie ''Elf''.

MARCH 7, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Clyde McPhatter sings "Lover Please" on American Bandstand.

The Beatles make their radio debut performing three songs, including Roy Orbison's ''Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)'', on the BBC.

Lawrence of Arabia, directed by David Lean and starring Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif, is released.

Brenda Lee recorded the pop hit ''Everybody Love Me But You'' and ''Heart In Hand'' at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

Mitch Miller picks up the seventh and eighth gold albums of his career for, ''Sentimental Sing Along With Mitch'' and ''Memories Sing Along With Mitch''. Miller produced several of Marty Robbins' country hits.

Former Sun recording artist Dickey Lee recorded the pop hit ''Patches'' for Smash Records at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

EARLY MARCH 1962

Johnny Tillotson joins the Air Force. Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin are touring the South.

MARCH 8, 1962 THURSDAY

Rick Nelson sings "Young World" on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.

''Saturday Night Sing Along With Mitch'' goes gold for pop record producer Mitch Miller, also known for his work with Marty Robbins.

MARCH 9, 1962 FRIDAY

Gary U.S. Bonds and the Chantels are featured at the Regal theater in Chicago. Lloyd Price is  headling at the Apollo in New York.

Columbia Records released Claude King's ''Wolverton Mountain''.

MARCH 10, 1962 SATURDAY

Country Music Hall of Famer Porter Wagoner earns his first number 1 single with ''Misery Loves Company'', written by Jerry Reed.

MARCH 12, 1962 MONDAY

Bobby Rydelll ends his three month tour of Australia. Jimmy Soul performs "Twistin' Matilda"  on American Bandstand.

Tennessee Ernie Ford earns a gold album for the Christmas release ''The Star Carol''.


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STUDIO SESSION FOR HAROLD DORMAN
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: MARCH 12, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR UNKNOWN

01 – "IN THE BEGINNING" - B.M.I. - 2:05
Composer: - Carroll
Publisher: - Sandra Pure Gold Music – Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 473  - Master
Recorded: - March 12, 1962
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 15804-4-21 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

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.

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.

02 – "WAIT TIL' SATURDAY NIGHT" - B.M.I. - 2:14
Composer: - Harold Dorman-Gann
Publisher: - Gando Music – Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 474  - Master
Recorded: - March 12, 1962
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 15804-4-22 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

03 – "YOU'RE GONNA SEE
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - March 12, 1962

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

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STUDIO SESSION FOR DAVID WILKINS
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: MARCH 12, 1962 MONDAY
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR SCOTTY MOORE

01 – ''THANKS A LOT'' - B.M.I. - 2:46
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 479  - Master
Recorded: - March 12, 1962
Released: - June 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3581-A mono
THANKS A LOT / THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT YOU
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4-15 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6

It's odd that two of the last six Phillips International singles feature ''Thanks A Lot'', a tune written by Charlie Rich for Johnny Cash in 1958. This version features a very subdued performance by Little David Wilkins on his first record. The plug side of the record, ''There's Something About You'', featured David's double-tracked harmony. Davis Wilkins, like Carl Perkins, Carl Mann, Rayburn Anthony, and Tony Austin was yet Sun artist from Jackson, Tennessee area. Born in the small town of Parsons, some 40 miles from Jackson, in 1941, David hung out with Perkins, and played around town with Carl Mann and Tony Austin. Carl's ex-drummer W.S. Holland brought him to Sun. Sam Phillips presented David with the songs he was to learn and David returned home to learn them, then came back to Memphis to record them. As best he can remember, the session musicians included his own guitarist, Tuck Shutt, Stax drummer Al Jackson, Scotty Moore playing tic-tac bass, possibly Roland Janes on bass, and possibly Martin Willis on tenor saxophone.

Soon after the session, David moved to Nashville and began writing songs. His first cut was ''Give It Back To The Indians'', which appeared on Stonewall Jackson's ''Trouble And Me'' album. It was followed by Brenda Lee's ''Coming On Strong'', and then ''Put A Little Lovin' On Me'', recorded by Percy Sledge for his 5-million selling ''When A Man Loves A Woman'' album. All told, 93 artists have recorded David's songs, including Conway Twitty who scored a number 3 country hit with David's ''Georgia Keeps Pulling On My Ring''. David himself went on to record prolifically for MCA, ''Plantation, Playboy'', Epic, and other labels, notching up 18 hits.

02 – "THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT YOU''- B.M.I. - 2:09
Composer: - Husky
Publisher: - Katrina Music
Matrix number: - P 480  - Master
Recorded: - March 12, 1962
Released: - June 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3581-B mono
THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT YOU / THANKS A LOT
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4-16 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6

03 - ''BROKEN HEARTS''
Composer: - David Wilkins
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - March 12, 1962

04 - ''CRYING IS MY MIDDLE NAME''
Composer: - David Wilkins
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - March 12, 1962

05 - ''I COULD WRITE A BOOK''
Composer: - David Wilkins
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - March 12, 1962

06 - ''I FOUND OUT''
Composer: - David Wilkins
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - March 12, 1962

07 - IT WAS GOOD WHILE IT LASTED''
Composer: - David Wilkins
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - March 12, 1962

08 - ''I'VE GOT A NEW HEARTACHE''
Composer: - David Wilkins
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - March 12, 1962

09 - ''TEN LITTLE HEARTBEATS''
Composer: - David Wilkins
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - March 12, 1962

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
David Wilkins – Vocal & Piano
Ruck Shutt – Lead Guitar
Roland Janes – Electric Bass
Scotty Moore - Tick Tack Bass
Al Jackson - Drums
Bobby Wood - Piano
Martin Willis – Tenor Saxophone

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STUDIO SESSION FOR DAVID WILKINS
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE(S)
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR SCOTTY MOORE

01 - ''HAPPINESS WE KNEW''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)

02 - ''I MISS YOU''
Composer: - David Wilkins
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)

03 - ''HOME OF THE BLUES''
Composer: - Johnny Cash
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)

04 - ''LOVE ME DARLING''
Composer: - David Wilkins
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)

05 - ''TRAIN OF LOVE''
Composer: - Johnny Cash
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)

06 - ''YOU WIN AGAIN''
Composer: - Hank Williams
Publisher: - Chappell Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s)

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
David Wilkins – Vocal & Piano
Unknown Musicians

According to Little David Wilkins the unissued songs probably seem to be lost.
 
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MARCH 15, 1962 THURSDAY

Dee Dee Sharp sings "Mashed Potato Time" on American Bandstand.

MID MARCH 1962

Frankie Ford is at the La Concha in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Joey Dee tapes a public service   message for the United Community Fund drive. Brenda Lee is the opening act for Jack Carter   in the Cassandra Room at the Deauville Hotel in Miami.

MARCH 16, 1962 FRIDAY

Bobby bare recorded his first charted single, ''Shame On Me'', during an afternoon session at Nashville's RCA Studio B.

Columbia released Marty Robbins' ''Love Can't Wait'', and released Jimmy Dean's ''P.T. 109'', honoring president John F. Kennedy.

Patti Page appears on an episode of NBC-TV's ''The Bell Telephone Hour'' celebrating the ''Music Of Love''.

A jury acquits silver-screen cowboy Gene Autry of a drunken-driving charge in Van Nuys Municipal Court in California.

MARCH 18, 1962 SUNDAY

Gary U.S. Bonds is a guest on The Ed Sullivan Show.
 

Frank Ballard (left) and Phillip Reynolds >

This band was well-known is the Jackson area and adapted equally well to blues or soul. These 1962 recordings reveal the legacy of rock and roll and piano boogie styles.

Here is a combination of 12 tunes selected to provide great listening and dancing pleasure ... and to give an idea of the flexibility of the Phillip Reynolds Band. In fact, the name Phillip Reynolds Band with Frank Ballard the featured vocalist, in music, is known in the schools, colleges and universities throughout the south.

The group has appeared on both radio and television. They grew up together in the same community, that's just how close and tight the 'cats' are. The aggregation has been called the 'Band of Teachers' as each musician is a public school music teacher.

 
 
 
 
 
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  STUDIO SESSION FOR FRANK BALLARD
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: SUNDAY MARCH 18, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR UNKNOWN
Singing has always been a part of Frank Ballard! He started singing along the sidewalks in his home town, Jackson, Tennessee. While growing up, he would spend many hours singing for people along the streets for pennies. Later he started singing in elementary school on almost every program. It was at North Jackson Elementary School that Frank first got the name of the 'Golden Voice'. In an elementary school play, he had the role of Roland Hayes, a famous tenor, and gained much fame from that.

PILP 1985 >

Frank was always a little bashful when it came to singing on a stage, but it all left after he started singing at St. Paul C.M.B. Church, Jackson, of which he's a member.
 
High school found him singing at every opportunity and Merry High School was perhaps the greatest help of his singing career. His music teacher, Mrs. Meachem, gave lots of her time and knowledge, which gave him the confidence that was so needed. Frank organized a quartet while in high school that caught on fire with fame all over West Tennessee.

With his mother's help also, he gained great voice control and when he reached college, was ready to sing his heart. Lane College was a wonderful place for Frank to learn the important phases of music, and through the assistance of wonderful instructors, found himself greatly improved.

Time moved and the chance came to star as a vocalist with Curtis Amy and his big band. Since that time he has sung in fifteen states and many fine night clubs. Since Phillip Reynolds organized his famous orchestra, Frank has had the vocal spot-light. Naturally his aim is to turn over hit after hit as a recording artist. Here is recorded music with brilliance, dynamic range, clarity, breadth, and direction.

01 - ''IS THERE ANYBODY HERE'' - B.M.I. - 2:02
Composer: - Frank Ballard-Phillip Reynolds
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - S-232
Recorded: - March 18, 1962
Released: 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1985-A-1 mono
FRANK BALLARD WITH PHILLIP REYNOLDS BAND - RHYTHM BLUES PARTY
Reissued: - 1981 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Charly CRM 2014 mono
FRANK BALLARD WITH PHILLIPS REYNOLDS BAND - RHYTHM BLUES PARTY
 
 02 - ''DO WAS DIDDI'' - B.M.I. - 2:17
Composer: - Greenwich-Barry
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - S-232
Recorded: - March 18, 1962
Released: 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1985-A-2 mono
FRANK BALLARD WITH PHILLIP REYNOLDS BAND - RHYTHM BLUES PARTY
Reissued: - 1981 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Charly CRM 2014 mono
FRANK BALLARD WITH PHILLIPS REYNOLDS BAND - RHYTHM BLUES PARTY

03 - ''JUST LEAVE IT WITH ME BABY'' - B.M.I. - 1:53
Composer: - Frank Ballard-Phillip Reynolds
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - S-232
Recorded: - March 18, 1962
Released: 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1985-A-3 mono
FRANK BALLARD WITH PHILLIP REYNOLDS BAND - RHYTHM BLUES PARTY
Reissued: - 1981 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Charly CRM 2014 mono
FRANK BALLARD WITH PHILLIPS REYNOLDS BAND - RHYTHM BLUES PARTY

04 - ''AFTER HOURS'' - B.M.I. - 1:54
Composer: - Frank Ballard-Phillip Reynolds
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - S-232
Recorded: - March 18, 1962
Released: 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1985-A-4 mono
FRANK BALLARD WITH PHILLIP REYNOLDS BAND - RHYTHM BLUES PARTY
Reissued: - 1981 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Charly CRM 2014 mono
FRANK BALLARD WITH PHILLIPS REYNOLDS BAND - RHYTHM BLUES PARTY

05 - ''DROWN IN MY OWN TEARS'' - B.M.I. - 2:39
Composer: - Henry Clover
Publisher: - Jay Music
Matrix number: - S-232
Recorded: - March 18, 1962
Released: 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1985-A-5 mono
FRANK BALLARD WITH PHILLIP REYNOLDS BAND - RHYTHM BLUES PARTY
Reissued: - 1981 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Charly CRM 2014 mono
FRANK BALLARD WITH PHILLIPS REYNOLDS BAND - RHYTHM BLUES PARTY

06 - ''SOMETHING IN MY MIND'' - B.M.I. - 2:39
Composer: - Frank Ballard-Phillip Reynolds
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - S-232
Recorded: - March 18, 1962
Released: 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1985-A-6 mono
FRANK BALLARD WITH PHILLIP REYNOLDS BAND - RHYTHM BLUES PARTY
Reissued: - 1981 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Charly CRM 2014 mono
FRANK BALLARD WITH PHILLIPS REYNOLDS BAND - RHYTHM BLUES PARTY

07 - DO YOU REALLY LOVE ME'' – B.M.I. - 2:04
Composer: - Frank Ballard-Phillip Reynolds
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - S-233
Recorded: - March 18, 1962
Released: 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1985-B-1 mono
FRANK BALLARD WITH PHILLIP REYNOLDS BAND - RHYTHM BLUES PARTY
Reissued: - 1981 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Charly CRM 2014 mono
FRANK BALLARD WITH PHILLIPS REYNOLDS BAND - RHYTHM BLUES PARTY

08 - ''I JUST CAN'T HELP IT'' – B.M.I. - 2:19
Composer: - Frank Ballard-Phillip Reynolds
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - S-233
Recorded: - March 18, 1962
Released: 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1985-B-2 mono
FRANK BALLARD WITH PHILLIP REYNOLDS BAND - RHYTHM BLUES PARTY
Reissued: - 1981 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Charly CRM 2014 mono
FRANK BALLARD WITH PHILLIPS REYNOLDS BAND - RHYTHM BLUES PARTY

09 - ''IF THAT'S THE WAY IT IS'' - B.M.I. - 2:52
Composer: - Frank Ballard-Phillip Reynolds
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - S-233
Recorded: - March 18, 1962
Released: 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1985-B-3 mono
FRANK BALLARD WITH PHILLIP REYNOLDS BAND - RHYTHM BLUES PARTY
Reissued: - 1981 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Charly CRM 2014 mono
FRANK BALLARD WITH PHILLIPS REYNOLDS BAND - RHYTHM BLUES PARTY

10 - ''ROLLIN' IN'' - B.M.I. - 2:15
Composer: - Frank Ballard-Phillip Reynolds
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - S-233
Recorded: - March 18, 1962
Released: 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1985-B-4 mono
FRANK BALLARD WITH PHILLIP REYNOLDS BAND - RHYTHM BLUES PARTY
Reissued: - 1981 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Charly CRM 2014 mono
FRANK BALLARD WITH PHILLIPS REYNOLDS BAND - RHYTHM BLUES PARTY

11 - ''TROUBLE DOWN THE ROAD'' - B.M.I. 2:41
Composer: - Frank Ballard
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - S-233
Recorded: - March 18, 1962
Released: 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1985-B-5 mono
FRANK BALLARD WITH PHILLIP REYNOLDS BAND - RHYTHM BLUES PARTY
Reissued: - 1976 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CR 30106-B-1 mono
SUN - THE ROOTS OF ROCK - VOLUME 6 - SUNSET SOUL

12 - ''YOU GOTTA LEARN TO ROCK AND ROLL'' - B.M.I. 2:12
Composer: - Frank Ballard
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated – Carlin Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - S-233
Recorded: - March 18, 1962
Released: 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PILP 1985-B-6 mono
FRANK BALLARD WITH PHILLIP REYNOLDS BAND - RHYTHM BLUES PARTY
Reissued: - 1976 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CR 30106-B-2 mono
SUN - THE ROOTS OF ROCK - VOLUME 6 - SUNSET SOUL

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Frank Ballard - Vocal

Phillip Reynolds Band consisting of
Phillip Reynolds - Tenor Saxophone
Frank Reed - Trombone
Clarence Render - Trumpet
James E. Matthews - Guitar
Chester N. Maxwell - Drums
Kurl McKinney - Piano
Ike Price - Bass

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STUDIO SESSION FOR FRANK BALLARD
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE(S) PROBABLY 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR UNKNOWN

1 - ''IF YOU WANT MY LOVE''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962
 
2 - ''NOTHING I WOULDN'T, WOULDN'T DO FOR YOU''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962

3 - ''OUR LOVE GROWS STRONGER''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962

4 - ''YOU BETTER MOVE ON'' - B.M.I. - 2:56
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962
Released: - May 29, 2012
First appearance: - Sun Records X5 Music Group Internet Sample-19 mono
FRANK BALLARD - RHYTHM AND BLUES KING

5 - ''LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE'' - B.M.I. - 2:56
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None -  Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962
Released: - May 29, 2012
First appearance: - Sun Records X5 Music Group Internet Sample-12 mono
FRANK BALLARD - RHYTHM AND BLUES KING
 
 6 - ''JUST CALL MY NAME'' - B.M.I. - 2:51
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None -  Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962
Released: - May 29, 2012
First appearance: - Sun Records X5 Music Group Internet Sample-23 mono
FRANK BALLARD - RHYTHM AND BLUES KING

7 - ''THIS IS YOUR WAY, NOT MINE'' - B.M.I. - 2:45
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None -  Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962
Released: - May 29, 2012
First appearance: - Sun Records X5 Music Group Internet Sample-4 mono
FRANK BALLARD - RHYTHM AND BLUES KING
 
 8 - ''GIVE SOMETHING TO BE BABY'' - B.M.I. - 2:59
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None -  Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962
Released: - May 29, 2012
First appearance: - Sun Records X5 Music Group Internet Sample-14 mono
FRANK BALLARD - RHYTHM AND BLUES KING
 
 9 - ''SITTIN' ON MY YA YA'' - B.M.I. - 2:31
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None -  Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962
Released: - May 29, 2012
First appearance: - Sun Records X5 Music Group Internet Sample-17 mono
FRANK BALLARD - RHYTHM AND BLUES KING

10 - ''KANSAS CITY'' - B.M.I. - 3:07
Composer: - Jerry Leiber-Mike Stoller
Publisher: - Jerry Leiber Music - Mike Stoller Music
Matrix number: - None -  Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962
Released: - May 29, 2012
First appearance: - Sun Records X5 Music Group Internet Sample-20 mono
FRANK BALLARD - RHYTHM AND BLUES KING

11 - ''NEW ORLEANS HEY HEY HEY'' - B.M.I. - 3:17
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None -  Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962
Released: - May 29, 2012
First appearance: - Sun Records X5 Music Group Internet Sample-21 mono
FRANK BALLARD - RHYTHM AND BLUES KING
 
 12 - ''SHAKE 'EM UP BABY'' - B.M.I. - 2:19
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None -  Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962
Released: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 109-5-3 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - BETCHA GONNA LIKE IT
Reissued: May 29, 2012 Sun Records X5 Music Group Internet Sample-5 mono
FRANK BALLARD - RHYTHM AND BLUES KING
 
 13 - ''NO ONE TO CALL YOUR OWN'' - B.M.I. - 3:19
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None -  Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962
Released: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 109-5-4 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - BETCHA GONNA LIKE IT
Reissued: - May 29, 2012 Sun Records X5 Music Group Internet Sample-25 mono
FRANK BALLARD - RHYTHM AND BLUES KING
 
 14 - ''I'LL MAKE IT UP TO YOU''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962

15 - ''IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT'' - B.M.I. 2:26
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None -  Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962
Released: - May 29, 2012
First appearance: - Sun Records X5 Music Group Internet Sample-13 mono
FRANK BALLARD - RHYTHM AND BLUES KING
 
 16 - ''BONIE MARONIE'' - B.M.I. - 2:35
Composer: - Larry Williams
Publisher: - Concord Music Group
Matrix number: - None -  Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962
Released: - May 29, 2012
First appearance: - Sun Records X5 Music Group Internet Sample-22 mono
FRANK BALLARD - RHYTHM AND BLUES KING
 
17 - ''MOVE ON DOWN'' - B.M.I. - 2:34
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None -  Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962
Released: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 109-5-5 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - BETCHA GONNA LIKE IT
Reissued: -  May 29, 2012  Sun Records X5 Music Group Internet Sample-24 mono
FRANK BALLARD - RHYTHM AND BLUES KING

18 - ''PRETTY BABY''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962

19 - ''GOOD LOVIN'''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962

20 - ''IF WE PRAY''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962

21 - ''I BELIEVE MY BABY'S GONE''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962

22 - ''YOUNG AND EAGER HEART''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962

23 - ''YOU'VE GOTTA KEARN THE TWISING GROOVE''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962

24 - ''UNTITLED INSTRUMENTAL'' - B.M.I.
Composer: -  Frank Ballard-Phillip Reynolds
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) Probably 1962
Released: - June 26, 2012
First appearance: - Sun Records X5 Music Group (MP3) Internet Sample-14 mono
VARIOUS ARTISTS - SUN RECORDS INSTRUMENTALS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Frank Ballard - Vocal

Phillip Reynolds Band consisting of
Phillip Reynolds - Tenor Saxophone
Frank Reed - Trombone
Clarence Render - Trumpet
James E. Matthews - Guitar
Chester N. Maxwell - Drums
Kurl McKinney - Piano
Ike Price - Bass

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MARCH 18, 1962 SUNDAY

Singer and songwriter James McMurtry is born in Fort Worth, Texas. Noted for his highly literary songs, he gathers critical acclaim, picking up three awards nomination in 2006 from the American Music Association.

MARCH 19, 1962 MONDAY

Elvis Presley recorded ''She's Not You'' in Nashville's RCA Studio B. The song is published by Gladys Music, Elvis Presley's publishing company. "She's Not You" reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 13 on the Rhythm and Blues. In the UK, the single reached number 1 where it stayed for three weeks. It was written by Doc Pomus in collaboration with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Episode 1 of the 2004 BBC miniseries Blackpool featured the Presley recording, accompanied on screen by the singing and dancing of the characters, as part of the story. Chris Isaak covered this song for his 2011 album, ''Beyond The Sun''.

Rose Maddox begins two days of recording in Nashville with Bill Monroe and Reno and Smiley. The resulting ''Rose Maddox Sings Bluegrass'' is the first bluegrass album recorded by a woman.

Decca Records released Jimmie Davis' ''Where The Old Red River Flows''.

Barbara George sings "I Know" on American Bandstand.

MARCH 1962

Indeed, Charlie Rich was the consummate white blues artist, because he made so few  conscious attempts at black vocal mannerism. He sang the blues his way, and when he  coarsened his voice for effect, it had a heightened emotional impact. That was demonstrated  vividly on a demo of ''Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave'', a song that moved Sam Phillips  to say, ''Hell, even I could sing that song and make it a hit''. Rich shrieked the first word of  the title on his publishing demo; at other moments during the song he was moody, almost  inaudible. The blues brought out Rich's mastery of vocal dynamics and tightrope tension.

The song became an underground classic, although never a hit, despite Phillips' obvious faith  in it. The first commercial version was by Little Esther Phillips. Rich himself recorded an  overblown version for Epic, but it was Jerry Lee Lewis who came closest to making a hit out  of the song, cutting it at his London sessions in 1973. Jerry missed the point by a mile,  singing ''I want the world to know / Here lies the fool who loved you so'', instead of ''I don't  want the world to know...''. But it was all in keeping with his braggadocio style, as was his  closing pronouncement: ''I don't want a headstone on my grave... I want a monument...''.


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STUDIO SESSION FOR CHARLIE RICH
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS

''Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave'', this is the underground classic most often associated with Rich. Yet, ironically, there has never been a satisfactory version released by him. Perhaps the legend started when Sam Phillips revealed in several interviews that this song was the best thing by Charlie he had ever recorded. Roland Janes confirmed to, that he recalled recording several versions – perhaps as many as three or four – with Charlie. Yet none, except for this demo originally issued on a ZuZazz LP, has ever surfaced. It would to be passable even memorable side by anybody else. But for Charlie – especially in light of all the hoopla surrounding the song – it should be a damn sight better. The biggest problem here is plainly the clunky instrumental work. These guys, whoever they were, just don't get it. They sound like the house band at some $350 a night club in Mississippi during Charlie's lean years. But until the real thing comes along, this is the only Sun version we have of the title which, hype or not, is an undeniable gem.

01 - ''DON'T PUT NO HEADSTONE ON MY GRAVE'' - B.M.I. - '4:17
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1962
Released: - 1994
First appearance: - Rhino Records (CD) 500/200rpm Rhino DRC3-1211 mono
THE SUN RECORDS COLLECTION
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16152-3-15 mono
LONELY WEEKEND - THE SUN YEARS 1958 - 1962

02 - ''GOODBYE MARY ANN'' - 2 - B.M.I.
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1962
Released: - 1986
First appearance: - Zu-Zazz Records (LP) 33rpm Z 2002 A-5 mono
CHARLIE RICH - DON'T PUT NO HEADSTONE ON MY GRAVE

03 ''LONG WAY FROM TENNESSEE'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1962
Released: - 1986
First appearance: - Zu-Zazz Records (LP) 33rpm Z 2002 A-3 mono
CHARLIE RICH - DON'T PUT NO HEADSTONE ON MY GRAVE

04 – ''STOP MAKING YOUR LOVE'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1962
Released: - 1986
First appearance: - Zu-Zazz Records (LP) 33rpm Z 2002 A-4 mono
CHARLIE RICH - DON'T PUT NO HEADSTONE ON MY GRAVE

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Charlie Rich - Vocal & Piano
Unknown Musicians

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STUDIO SESSION FOR CHARLIE RICH
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: TUESDAY MARCH 20, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS

''Easy Money'' features a surprisingly hoarse sounding vocal which, if anything, takes Rich further into the realm of black music. The chord changes here are hardly newsworthy – Ray Charles and others were busy taking them to the bank during this period. Unfortunately, the lyric describes the fickleness of financial gain – a sentiment that must have seemed autobiographical to Rich, as he watched his booking fees slip lower as each release following ''Lonely Weekend'' took him further from the top of the charts.

01 - ''EASY MONEY'' - B.M.I. - 2:34
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 416  - Master
Recorded: - March 20, 1962
Released: - April 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3576-B mono
EASY MONEY / MISNITE BLUES
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4-6 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Charlie Rich - Vocal & Piano
Eddie Bush - Guitar
R.W. ''T-Willie'' Stevenson - Bass
Al Jackson - Drums
Martin Willis - Tenor Saxophone

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Carl Mann with WMDH disc jockey Gail C. Burns, McKenzie, Tennessee, 1960 >
 
There would be another long break before Carl's next Phillips session, which would turn out to be his last. He remembers driving to Memphis and finding sales manager Bill Fitzgerald in the unenviable position of having nothing to sell. Sam had lost interest, and the company was slowly riding into the sunset.
 
In their way, Carl Mann's last recordings for Phillips were among his best. The sound was tight, due in no small measure to presence of ace session drummer Al Jackson, Jr, later the staff drummer at Stax and Hi Records during the golden era of Memphis soul.

There was the obligatory quota of oldies, starting with ''When I Grow Too Old To Dream'', a tune that American operetta composer Sigmund Romberg had written for a 1935 movie ''The Night Is Young''.
 
 
In Carl's hands it becomes an appealing bluesy track that features a noticeably more mature, slightly smokey sounding vocal from Carl.

Next up was ''Mountain Dew'', a Bascar Lunsford song that was popularized by Lulu Belle and Scotty back before World War II. It was a song about illicit liquor, a subject beginning to have quite a lot of personal significance for Carl himself. It features some fine work by Al Jackson, especially on the fade, and a strikingly different vocal style from Carl. Was this the same man who had recorded ''Mona Lisa'' just three years earlier? Unfortunately, hardly anyone get to answer that question: only 580 copies of the single were sold according to Sun's accounting. The 1956 Andy Williams smash ''Canadian Sunset'' was cut at the same session.

STUDIO SESSION FOR CARL MANN
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: TUESDAY MARCH 20, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR SCOTTY MOORE

01 - "WHEN I GROW TOO OLD TO DREAM''- A.S.C.A.P. - 2:21
Composer: - Oscar Hammerstein II-Sigmund Romberg
Publisher: - Robbins Music
Matrix number: - P 424  - Master
Recorded: - March 20, 1962
Released: - June 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3579-B mono
WHEN I GROW TOO OLD DREAM / MOUNTAIN DEW
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4-12 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6

''When I Grow Too Old To Dream'' has a loses feel. Technically speaking, this too is another old song that Mann is rocking up, but the approach is much different here from ''Mona Lisa''. In fact, the kindest thing one can say about Mann's last Phillips International single is that it is every bit as spare and underproduced as his first. He managed to exit without string and vocal excesses trailing behind him.

02 - "MOUNTAUN DEW" - B.M.I. - 2:29
Composer: - Bascar L. Lunsford-Scott Weisman-Grand Pa Jones
Publisher: - Tanner Music
Matrix number: - P 426 - Master
Recorded: - March 20, 1962
Released: - June 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3579-A mono
MOUNTAIN DEW / WHEN I GROW TOO OLD DREAM
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4-11 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6
 
 
Reel tape of ''Mountain Dew'' >
 
A milestone of sorts – Carl Mann's last record for Phillips International. The release sold worse than any of his preceding records and sealed Mann's fate with the label. There is a very loose, almost spontaneous feel to the both sides of this record. ''Mountain Dew'' was all autobiographical by this point in Mann's young life  and it sounds as if a bit of the title substance was flowing during the session. Mann takes considerable liberties with the lyrics, stumbling over the mug/jug lines and altogether messing up one of the song's clever rhymes.

The birds in the sky get so high they can't fly. That way you get a three word rhyme out of it. In Car's version, the birds are sick – a possible case of art imitating life. Interestingly, there is a much hotter version of this track available as an alternate take. Why it was passed over in favor of this more subdued reading is anyone's guess.

 
 
03 - "CANADIAN SUNSET" - B.M.I. - 2:22
Composer: - Norman Gimbel-Eddie Heywood
Publisher: - Songs Of Polygram International
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - March 20, 1962
Released: - 1985
First appearance: - Star Club (LP) 33rpm Jan 33-8022-9 mono
CARL MANN - 14 UNISSUED SIDES
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15713-2-22 mono
CARL MANN - MONA LISA

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Carl Mann - Vocal, Piano
Eddie Bush - Guitar
R.W. ''T-Willie'' Stevenson - Bass
Al Jackson - Drums

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MARCH 21, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Kitty Wells recorded ''Will Your Lawyer Talk To God'' and ''We Missed You''.

MARCH 22, 1962 THURSDAY

Tennessee Ernie Ford earns o gold album for the gospel project ''Nearer The Cross''.

Drummer Perry Baggs is born in Nashville. He joins Jason and The Scorchers, an energetic country-rock band whose ''Absolutely Sweet Marie'' ranks among country's 500 greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation;s ''Heartaches By The Number''.

MARCH 23, 1962 FRIDAY

Back from Australia, Joey Dee and the Starliters open at the Rainbow Room in Asbury Park,  New Jersey.

Jerry Butler headlines the Apollo Theater.

Sam Cooke is featured at the Howard Theater in Washington, DC.

Aretha Franklin headlines at Chicago's Regal theater.

Bill Haley and His Comets are at the Lemon Twist Club in Hallendale, Florida for three  weeks.

Brian Jones sits in on guitar at a London blues club. In the crowd are Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who will form The Rolling Stones with him. Their ''Honky Tonk Women'' is hailed by the Country Music Foundation among country's greatest singles.

MARCH 25, 1962 SUNDAY

Bobby Rydell does a one nighter at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

MARCH 26, 1962 MONDAY

Ronnie and the Hi-Lites perform "I Wish I Was Married" on American Bandstand.

Elvis Presley begins three days of recording for the soundtrack to ''Girls, Girls, Girls'' at Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California. Among the 15 songs is ''Return To Sender''.

MARCH 27, 1962 TUESDAY

Pop singer and songwriter Jann Arden is born in Calgary, Alberta. Best known for her 1996 hit ''Insensitive'', she writes and produces SheDaisy's 2005 contribution to the ''Desperate Housewives'' soundtrack ''God Bless The American Housewife''.

MARCH 28, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Johnny and Jack hold what proves to be their final recording session.

MARCH 29, 1962 THURSDAY

Emmeth Miller dies of cancer in Georgia's Macon Hospital. The former Vaudevillian, who influenced the vocal style of Jimmie Rodgers, did the original version of ''Lovesick Blues''. He also influenced Merle Haggard and Bob Wills.

MARCH 30, 1962 FRIDAY

Sam Cooke is at Baltimore's Royal Theater.

Elvis Presley earns a gold single for ''Can't Help Falling In Love''. It topped the British charts in 1962, has appeared in numerous other films, including the 2000 film ''Coyote Ugly'' and the 2002 Disney film ''Lilo and Stitch''. The single is certified by the RIAA as a Platinum record, for US sales in excess of one million copies. In the United States, the Elvis Presley version of the song peaked at number two on the pop chart and went to number one on the Easy Listening chart for six weeks.

During Presley's late 1960s and 1970s live performances, the song was performed as the show's finale. Most notably, it was also sung in the live segment of his 1968 NBC television special, and as the closer for his 1973 Global telecast, ''Aloha From Hawaii''. A version with a faster arrangement was used as the closing for Presley's final TV special, ''Elvis In Concert''.

MARCH 31, 1962 SATURDAY

Patsy Cline claims a number 1 country single in Billboard with ''She's Got You''.



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It is also likely that an undated tape that contains ''Chinatown My Chinatown'', ''Even Tho'' and Because Of You'' dates from around 1962. If it was Carl Mann's last tape, then he went out as he came in – goosing up oldies. He was a much improved singer, but no-one seemed to care.

STUDIO SESSION FOR CARL MANN
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: FRIDAY MARCH 30, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR SCOTTY MOORE

''Even Tho'', was a Webb Pierce hit from 1954 that Carl had played since his earliest days on radio around Huntingdon. His version is clean, perhaps even a little slick. Much of the youthful enthusiasm on the earlier cuts seems to have evaporated – from Eddie Bush as much as Carl. In fact, the most enthusiastic man that day was Al Jackson.

01 - "EVEN THO'' - 2:27
Composer: - Willie Jones-Curl Peebles-Webb Pierce
Publisher: - Cedarwood Music Publishing
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - March 30, 1962
Released: - 1985
First appearance: -  First appearance: - Star Club (LP) 33rpm Jan 33-8022-10 mono
CARL MANN - 14 UNISSUED SIDES
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15713-2-23 mono
CARL MANN - MONA LISA

02 - "CHINATOWN, MY CHINATOWN" - B.M.I. - 2:02
Composer: - William Jerome-Jean Schwartz
Publisher: - Alfred Music Publishing
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - March 30, 1962
Released: - 1985
First appearance:  - Star Club (LP) 33rpm Jan 33-8022-11 mono
CARL MANN - 14 UNISSUED SIDES
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15713-2-24 mono
CARL MANN - MONA LISA

''Chinatown, My Chinatown'' was written by Tin Pan Alley vet Jean Schwartz for a 1910 revue called ''Up And Down Broadway'', and it sounded unexpectedly good in Carl's hand. He reverts to form, playing the piano and using his old vocal mannerisms. Eddie Bush hits his share of hot licks and the resulting cut is better than it deserved to be. Still, it never saw light-of-day on Sun.

03 - "BECAUSE OF YOU" - B.M.I. - 2:11
Composer: - Arthur Hammerstein-Dudley Wilkinson
Publisher: - Hammerstein Wilkinson Music
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - March 30, 1962
Released: - 1985
First appearance:  - Star Club (LP) 33rpm Jan 33-8022-2 mono
CARL MANN - 14 UNISSUED SIDES
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15713-2-25 mono
CARL MANN - MONA LISA

''Because Of You'' was a pop song dating back to 1940 that became Tony Bennett's first hit in 1951. Carl's version falls short of the mark because the song's structure doesn't adapt easily to the easy rolling Carl Mann formula.

03 - "'TIL THE END OF FOREVER" - B.M.I. - 2:38
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - March 30, 1962
Released: - 1993
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15713-2-26 mono
CARL MANN - MONA LISA

04 - "'MEXICALI ROSE" - B.M.I. - 2:37
Composer: - Helen Stone-Jack B. Tenney
Publisher: - Hal Leonard Music Publishers
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - March 30, 1962
Released: - 1993
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15713-2-27 mono
CARL MANN - MONA LISA

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Carl Mann - Vocal, Piano
Eddie Bush - Guitar
R.W. ''T-Willie'' Stevenson - Bass
Al Jackson - Drums
Charlie Rich - Piano
Martin Willis - Tenor Saxophone

Carl Mann's Sun sessions have been rounded out with three undated cuts. The first, ''Mexicali Rose'' was a song that Jerry Lee Lewis had already unsuccessfully tried to get Sam Phillips to release. Carl had no more luck than Jerry in getting Sam to bend.

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CARL MANN SPEAKS

With the Sun era ending on such a disappointing note (in terms of sales  at least), Carl understandably went elsewhere when he emerged from the Army In March  1966, looking to get back into the business.

''Eddie Bush and I got together when I came out of the service and use started trying to get  the old sound back'', remembers Carl. ''A couple of guys I knew were responsible for my  signing with Monument.
 
One was Bill Denny, Jim Denny's son. Bill worked at Cedarwood  Publishing in Nashville. There was also a guy named Lucky Moeller who had been booking me  through Cedarwood. He had been doing that for a while, even before I was in the service  when I was still with Sun''.

''I asked their advice on who to go to and they recommended Fred Foster at Monument, so I  went and talked to him, told him I was interested in getting started again. Fred Foster signed  me to a two-year contract around the latter part of 1966''.

''I just did one session with Monument, and one single came out. Eddie Bush had a lot to do  with that record. He played on the record and wrote one side of it, a great tune called  ''Down To My Last I Forgive You''. The other side, ''Serenade Of The Bells'' was a song Eddie  had been after me to record even when I was back at Sun. Ray Stevens produced me for  Monument. He was doing some work for Fred Foster around that time and he wanted to  produce my session. He knew who I was and wanted to see if he could get something going  for me. It didn't turn out as good as I had hoped, but I did enjoy working with Ray. Fred  Foster and I talked about the possibility of a second session, but nothing came of it. We got  some good write-ups and ratings on that one single, but the record really didn't sell very  much''.

''After that one session for Monument, I kinda got heavy into the booze and-lust lost interest.  I didn't do anything has far as recording goes for quite a while. I got married in 1968 and I  started recording again around 1970. I had a friend named Larry Kee and he and I wrote  quite a few songs together the early 1970s''.

''I signed with ABC in 1974, I got together with a friend of mine named Bob Robison. He was  sort-of managing me at the time and he and I went up to Nashville. I took about twenty or  thirty songs that Larry Kee and I had written together. Some of them had been placed with  Little David Music, run by David Wilkins. I made a couple of tapes and Bob and I shopped  them around. The guy who signed me to ABC was Don Gant. I signed a two-year contract with  them. Mostly we recorded stuff Larry Kee and I had written, but there were a couple of  exceptions, like ''Twilight Time'' and ''Eighteen Yellow Roses''. There were also some demos  we did that were pretty fair cuts, like ''Somebody Has To Booze'', ''No Easy Way To Say  Goodbye'' and ''Is There No End To Loving You''. We were making publishing demos for ABC  because Larry and I had signed exclusive songwriter contracts with them also. Some titles,  like ''Neon Lights'' and ''Back Loving'' were cuts as demos and masters and eventually got  released. On tracks like those, the arrangements were often quite different between the  demo and the master.

''Most of the stuff we did for ABC was cut in Nashville using the usual session musicians. I just  sang on the sessions, didn't play anything. Eddie Bush wasn't playing on those session either.  All of those dates were head arrangements, everything done right in the studio. I recall that  a couple of my records on ABC charted for a while, although nothing was a big seller. Of all  of them, the cut I liked the best was ''Just About It''.

Currently, Carl Mann still lives in Huntingdon, Tennessee and is without a recording contract.  He recorded a couple of sessions for Rockhouse Records in Holland in 1978 and 1980, and  toured Europa in 1984 and 2007 without recording. Periodically, Carl gives thought to reentering  the business, but it now seems to be a remote prospect. Unaccountably, his early  music has not enjoyed the same measure of exhaustive reissuing that has come to many of  his confreres at Sun.
 

 
APRIL 1962
 

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STUDIO SESSION FOR THE EVANS FAMILY
FOR SUN RECORDS 1966

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE APRIL 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – UNKNOWN

Extensive research has yielded some tantalizing hints about the Evans Family, but little substantive  information. We know from aural evidence that they spent a lot of their time listening to the Chuck Wagon  Gang, whose numerous recordings for Columbia almost define a plaintive and delightfully primitive form of  white gospel music.

Here is what we know about the Evans group. Other than this previously unreleased Sun audition, their only  appearance on record is one side of a Rimrock LP issued around 1965 (flipside by Red Smiley). Rimrock  Records, an Arkansas label, was owned by Wayne Raney. Raney's widow, Lois, recalls that the Evans Family  were hired to record their sides for an LP to be sold via Rimrock's extensive mail order catalogue. No  royalties were paid beyond the one-time recording fee. Lois believes that the group consisted of three men  and a woman (perhaps in their 30s). According to notes found in the Sun tape box, John Addison was the  leader. Whether that means lead singer, guitarist, or manager is unclear some 40 years later. The final piece  of information recalled by Lois Raney was that the group left her a Memphis address when it came time to  mail copies of their LP.

Two tracks, released here for the first time, is a delightful introduction to a form of gospel music rarely heard  anymore, and certainly not associated with Sun.

01 – ''AFTER AWHILE''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962

02 - ''I NEED THE PRAYERS'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - James D. Vaughan
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962

03 – ''I'LL MEET YOU IN CHURCH SUNDAY MORNING'' - B.M.I. - 2:17
Composer: - Bill Monroe
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962
Released: - March 20, 2012
First appearance: Sun Records X5 Music Group Internet Sample-13 mono
VARIOUS ARTISTS - SUN RECORDS GOSPEL ARCHIVE

04 – ''LORD, I CANNOT WALK ALONE''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962

05 – ''MAYBE IT'S YOU, MAYBE IT'S ME ''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962

Although it mightn't surprise anyone to hear ''Rainbow Of Love'' that the Evans Family recorded this track in  1932, the truth is it was recorded as part of an audition for Sun Records in April 1962.

06 – ''RAINBOW OF LOVE'' – B.M.I. - 2:10
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962
Released: - 2000
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16387-11 mono
SUN GOSPEL

07 – ''SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Robert Lowry
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962

08 – ''SWEET BYE AND BYE'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - J.S. Cox
Publisher: - J.W. Pepper Music
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962

09 – ''TAKE ME IN THE LIFEBOAT''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962

10 – ''WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS'' - B.M.I. - 2:20
Composer: - Joseph M. Scrives-Erie Charles C. Converse
Publisher: - Public Domain
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962
Released: - March 20, 2012
First appearance: Sun Records X5 Music Group Internet Sample-20 mono
VARIOUS ARTISTS - SUN RECORDS GOSPEL ARCHIVE

11 – ''WHEN I WALK ON STREETS OF GOLD'' – A.S.C.A.P. - 1:52
Composer: - Jamie West Metzgar
P ublisher: - Aim High Music
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962
Released: - 2000
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16387-26 mono
SUN GOSPEL

''When I Walk On Streets Of Gold'' offers another loot at the archaic and delightful brand of gospel music  practiced by the Evans Family. Although it held virtually no commercial promise in 1962, one cannot help  but wonder how a release by these artists would have been received by Sun fans. Where are the Evans  Family Singers today? Is music like this still being performed on Sunday mornings down south?

12 – ''WONDERFUL SAVIOR'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - John Millard Harris-Andy Bronley
Publisher: - Thank You Music
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Evans Family – Vocal
John Addison - Vocal

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STUDIO SESSION FOR THE EVANS FAMILY
FOR SUN RECORDS 1966

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE(S)
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – UNKNOWN

01 – ''ECHOES FROM THE BURNING BUSH'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Byron Foust-V.O. Sumner
Publisher: - James D. Vaughan Music
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date

02 - ''I WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Thomas A. Dorsey
Publisher: - Hill and Range Music
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date

03 – ''HEAVEN'S GOING TO SHINE'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Albert E. Brumley
Publisher: - Stamps-Baxter Music
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date

04 – ''I'M FEELING FINE'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Mosie Lister
Publisher: - Lillinass Publishing
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date

05 – ''I'VE BEEN CHANGED'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Mosie Lister
Publisher: - Mosie Lister Music
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date

06 – ''LORD, HASTEN THAT DAY''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: -  Unknown Date

07 – ''LORD, LEAD ME ON'' - B.M.I. - 1:49
Composer: - Arno de Pano
Publisher: - Brimhall Music
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date
Released: - April 3, 2012
First appearance: Sun Records X5 Music Group Internet Sample-18 mono
VARIOUS ARTISTS - SUNSHINE - CHRISTIAN COUNTRY SONGS 

08 – ''OVERSHADOWED BY LOVE'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - H.A. Ironside and George S Schuler
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date

09 – ''STORMY WATERS''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date

10 – ''WHEN HE LOOKED UP AND I LOOKED DOWN'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Albert E. Brumley
Publisher: - Stamps-Baxter Music
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Evans Family – Vocal
John Addison - Vocal

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APRIL 1962

The singles PI 3576 ''Easy Money'' b/w ''Midnight Blues'' by Charlie Rich and PI 3577 ''I Got It Made '' b/w ''The Quiet Look'' issued.

APRIL TO OCTOBER 1962

Cuban and Soviet governments secretly began to build 9 missile bases in Cuba for launching medium-range and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, Missiles capable of reaching 2,800 miles covering most of the United States.

APRIL 1, 1962 SUNDAY

Jackie Wilson is on The Ed Sullivan Show. Mary Wells guests on American Bandstand and sings  "The One That Really Loves You''.

Billy Dean is born in Quincy, Florida. He tells people his birthday is April 2, so they won't think of him as an April Fool. He earns a series of smooth hits in the 1990s, including ''Somewhere In My Broken Heart'', ''Billy The Kid'' and ''Only The Wind''.

APRIL 2, 11962 MONDAY

Faron Young recorded ''The Comeback'' at Nashville's Columbia Recording Studio.

Decca released Burl Ives' ''Funny Way Of Laughin'''.

APRIL 3, 1962 TUESDAY

Steve Grossman, of The Gibson/Miller Band is born in West Ipswich, England. He plays drums on their two minor hits, ''High Rollin''' and ''Texas Tattoo'', but the group breaks up in 1994 after just two albums.

APRIL 4, 1962 WEDNESDAY

The singles, Sun 377 ''In The Beginning'' b/w ''Wait 'Til Saturday Night'' by Harold Dorman and Sun 378 ''(Meet Me) After School'' b/w ''Just Around The Corner'' by Tony Rossini issued.

APRIL 5, 1962 THURSDAY

Chubby Checker is guest of honor at a party thrown by the Philadelphia Variety Club.  Checker's latest movie Don't Knock the Twist is previewed.

APRIL 6, 1962 FRIDAY

Ray Charles headlines the Apollo. Jay and the Americans make their national television  debut on American Bandstand. They sing "She Cried''.

Time magazine prints the lyrics of ''P.T. 109'' in their entirety, noting the salute to John F. Kennedy was recorded by cowboy crooner Jimmy Dean.

APRIL 7, 1962 SATURDAY

Bobby Rydell is at Columbia Studios in Hollywood screen testing for a role in the movie Bye  Bye Birdie. He did not get the role.

EARLY APRIL 1962

Lloyd Price is at Pep's Musical Bar in Philadelphia.
APRIL 1962

But, of course, Sam Phillips' first love had always been the music he founded his studio to  record: rhythm and blues. Few came closer to the music Phillips loved than Frank Frost.  Phillips' words about Frost say a great deal about his own musical values as the sixties moved  on: ''I saw a place from Frank Frost, even though, he, was the most bluesy thing I had  recorded in years. By the 1960s there were more radio stations that could expose the blues  to a white audience than there had been earlier. Rock music had gone in other directions,  but I felt that there was a chance of going against the odds and producing solid down-home  blues that would still get played and bought''.

A native of Lula, Mississippi, Frost came to Phillips' studio in April 1962 and, over the course  of three marathon sessions, cut some of the last truly great blues recordings to emerge from  Memphis. He was hardly an innovator, but his music was still nourished from within his own  community rather than by white college audiences, which gave it a cutting edge that blues  recordings increasingly lacked. As Phillips recalls, ''John R. (a disc jockey) on WLAC in  Nashville, told me that the Frank Frost album was the best record he had ever heard, and  John R. was a big name''. Yet, John R. endorsement notwithstanding, the Frost album was a  sales disaster.

 
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A bluesman of the older Delta school, Frost was influenced by many of the great names such as Robert Johnson, Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy, but in particular by Robert Nighthawk after whom he named his band. Drummer Sam Carr was Nighthawk's son.

STUDIO SESSION FOR FRANK FROST
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: MONDAY APRIL 7, 1962
(SESSION DATE ACCORDING TO LP CR 30106)
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER –  SAM PHILLIPS

01 - ''I WANT YOU TO LOVE ME''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

02 - ''LUCKY TO BE LIVING''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

03 - ''JELLY ROLL KING''
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

04 - ''SO MEAN''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

05 - ''I LOVE YOU BABY''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

06 - ''SO TIRED''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

07 - ''FRANk'S THEME''
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

08 - ''POCKETFUL OF SHELLS''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

09 - ''I LOVE YOU BABY''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

10 - ''MOONLIGHT SHINING''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

11 - ''TOO LATE''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

12 - ''WHISKEY HEADED MAMA''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

13 - ''SUGAR MAMA''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

14 - ''MYSTERY TRAIN'' (1) - B.M.I.
Composer: - Herman Parker Jr.-Sam Phillips
Publisher: - Memphis Music - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

15 - ''MYSTERY TRAIN'' (2) - B.M.I.
Composer: - Herman Parker Jr.-Sam Phillips
Publisher: - Memphis Music - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Frank Frost - Vocal, Guitar & Harmonica
The Nighthawks consisting of
Jack Johnson - Guitar
Sam Carr - Drums

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STUDIO SESSION FOR FRANK FROST
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: THURSDAY APRIL 10, 1962
(SESSION DATE ACCORDING TO LP CR 30106)
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER –  SAM PHILLIPS

Frank Frost can best be described as a truly talented artist with the real potential of becoming one of the outstanding rhythm and blues personalities to come along in the past decade. On the recordings Frank plays the harp and one of the two guitars and does all the singing. Sam Carr, his drummer on this album, gave Frank his first job with his band in St. Louis in 1957. Jack Johnson plays the lead guitar and like Frank and Sam, he is tops with it. Lee Bass, his manager, was the man, after plenty of work with Frank and the boys, decided they were ready to make the big jump into making records. He contacted Phillips International Records in Memphis and Frank was immediately accepted for records and signed to a long term contract.

01 - ''EVERYTHING'S ALRIGHT'' – B.M.I. - 2:38
Composer: - Nickey Crouch-Keith Karlson
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - PH 160
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI PILP 1975-A-1 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
Reissued: - 2012 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BAF 18010 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN

02 - ''MYSTERY TRAIN'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Herman Parker Jr.-Sam Phillips
Publisher: - Memphis Music - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

03- ''SOMETIMES I WILL''
Composer: - Herman Parker Jr.-Sam Phillips
Publisher: - Memphis Music - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

04 – ''NEW TWIST''' – B.M.I. - 1:53
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - PH 160
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI PILP 1975-A-6 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
Reissued: - 2012 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BAF 18010 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN

05 – ''POCKETFULL OF SHELLS'' – B.M.I. - 2:00
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - PH 161
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI PILP 1975-B-5 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
Reissued: - 2012 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BAF 18010 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN

06 – ''JUST COME ON HOME'' – B.M.I. - 2:35
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - PH 161
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI PILP 1975-B-6 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
Reissued: - 2012 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BAF 18010 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN

07 – ''JELLY ROLL KING'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
From left: Jack Johnson (guitar), Frank Frost (harmonica), Sam Carr (drums) >

How did it happen? There are moments of near transcendent brilliance on this record and the truth is most of them are probably accidental. Frost had an entire LPs worth of material issued on Phillips International in 1962 (Frank Frost with The Night Hawks – ''Hey Boss Man!'', PILP 1975), and another on the Jewell label. They both have their moments, but nothing is in this class. ''Jelly Roll King'' is simply a near perfect record. The recorded sound is impeccable. 

The instruments, all four of them (including Frost's harp) are right on target. Sam Carr's drumming with its little kicking counter rhythms couldn't be more effective. Jack Johnson plays the minimalist but effective guitar.

The song itself – a rather loving tribute to a dear departed friend – isn't particularly distinguished. There's really no punch line here ''The guy was a prince. I miss him and his girlfriend Sue misses him too. I wish I could see him again''. What takes this beyond the ordinary are two important things.
 
First, the verse start in the 4-chord instead of the conventional 1-chord, adding some tension and melodic potential; second, Frank Frost's beautiful, breaking voice takes this record into another realm. It is just superb. Make no mistake about it, this is a country performance. To be sure, Frost was and is a bluesman. Just a glance at the other titles he recorded for Phillips makes it clear that he listened to his share of Jimmy Reed and Little Walter records, but somewhere along the line he also learned to express emotion in his voice like a country singer. He is eons closer to Hank Williams than to Howlin' Wolf. Once again, Sun and Sam have presented us with a devastating hybrid record.

08(1) - ''LUCKY TO BE LIVING''' - B.M.I. - 3:43
Composer: - Nickey Crouch-Keith Karlson
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - 1976
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CR 30106-A-3 mono
SUN - THE ROOTS OF ROCK - VOLUME 6 - SUNSET SOUL
 
08(2) - ''LUCKY TO BE LIVING''' – B.M.I. - 3:39
Composer: - Nickey Crouch-Keith Karlson
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - PH 160
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI PILP 1975-A-2 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
Reissued: - 2012 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BAF 18010 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN

09 – ''GONNA MAKE YOU MINE''' – B.M.I. - 2:49
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - PH 160
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI PILP 1975-A-5 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
Reissued: - 2012 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BAF 18010 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN

10 – ''NOW WHAT YOU GONNA DO'' – B.M.I. - 2:41
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - PH 161
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI PILP 1975-B-4 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
Reissued: - 2012 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BAF 18010 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
 
11 - ''MOONLIGHT SHINING''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962

12 - ''I WANT YOU TO LOVE ME''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962

13 - ''SOMETIMES I WINDER (SO MEAN)''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
 
14(1) - ''BABY YOU'RE SO KIND'' - B.M.I. - 2:54
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Nor Originally Issued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - 1976
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CR 30106-A-1 mono
SUN - THE ROOTS OF ROCK - VOLUME 6 - SUNSET SOUL
 
 14(2) – ''BABY YOU'RE SO KIND''' – B.M.I. - 2:50
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - PH 160
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI PILP 1975-A-4 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
Reissued: - 2012 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BAF 18010 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN

15 – ''SO TIRED LIVING BY MYSELF'' – B.M.I. - 3:01
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - PH 161
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI PILP 1975-B-3 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
Reissued: - 2012 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BAF 18010 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN

16 - ''FRANKIE'S THEME''
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962

17 - ''MEAN OLD WORLD''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962

18 - ''JUKE''
Composer: - Walter Hortom
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962

19 - ''THOUSAND MILES FROM HOME''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962

20 – ''JACK'S JUMP'' – B.M.I. - 2:06
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - PH 161 - Tape Stretch on Master
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI PILP 1975-B-2 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
Reissued: - 2012 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BAF 18010 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN

21 - ''FAIRLANE FORD''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962

22 - ''TOO LATE''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962

23 - ''WHISKEY HEADED WOMAN''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962

24 - ''SUGAR MAMA''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962

25 - ''LATE IN THE EVENING''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
 
26 – ''BIG BOSS MAN''' – B.M.I. - 2:43
Composer: - Luther Dixon-Al Smith
Publisher: - ATV Music Publishers
Matrix number: - PH 161
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI PILP 1975-B-1 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
Reissued: - 2012 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BAF 18010 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Frank Frost - Vocal, Guitar & Harmonica
The Nighthawks consisting of
Jack Johnson - Guitar
Sam Carr - Drums

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APRIL 9, 1962 MONDAY

Elvis Presley begins filming ''Girl, Girls, Girls'', is a 1962 American musical comedy film starring Elvis as a penniless Hawaiian fisherman who loves his life on the sea and dreams of owning his own boat. "Return To Sender'', which reached number 2 on the Billboard pop singles chart, is featured in the movie. The movie opened at number 6 on the Variety box office chart and finished the year at number 31 on the year-end list of the top-grossing movies of 1962. The movie earned $2.6 million at the box office. The film was the second of three films Presley shot on location in Hawaii.
 
APRIL 10, 1962 TUESDAY

Brenda Lee and Gene Vincent perform at St. Andrews Hall in Glasgow.

Marty Robbins recorded ''Devil Woman'' and ''Ruby Ann'' in an evening session at Nashville's Columbia Recording Studios.

APRIL 13, 1962 FRIDAY

Hank Locklin recorded ''We're Gonna Go Fishin''' during an afternoon session at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.

Donnie Brooks guests on The Ed Sullivan Show.

MID APRIL 1962

Wanda Jackson is at the Commercial Hotel in Elko, Nevada. Billy Ward and His Dominoes are  playing the Carnival Club in Phoenix, Arizona.

APRIL 16, 1962 MONDAY

Decca Records released the Brenda Lee pop hit ''Everybody Loves Me But You'', and the double-sided Webb Pierce hit, ''Take Time'' backed with ''Crazy Wild Desire''.

Bass player Jerry Scheff has a son, Jason Scheff, in San Diego, California. In July 1969, Scheff became a member of Elvis Presley's touring TCB Band. With the band, he performed in concert with Presley from August 1969 to June 1973 and from April 1975 until Presley's final show on June 26, 1977 at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. He appears on ''Aloha From Hawaii'' (Elvis' 1973 live television concert), "That's The Way It Is'' documentary, ''Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden'' live concert; the documentary movie from 1972 ''Elvis On Tour'', among others. In later years, Scheff worked with Willy DeVille, Bob Dylan, John Denver, Elvis Costello, The Doors, singer Sam Phillips, Richard Thompson, and many other artists. Scheff also was a bassist for Southern Pacific on their debut album. He also participated in the 1987 cable television concert Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night. In June 2009 he gave a sold out performance in Breda, the Netherlands with the remaining TCB bandmembers. Scheff has stopped touring with the TCB band due to creative and cultural differences. Scheff has two sons: Jason and Darin Scheff. Jason has been the bassist for the band Chicago since 1985. He co-wrote the song "Bigger Than Elvis'' as a tribute to his father, featuring himself on vocals and Jerry on the bass guitar. As of 2010, he splits his time between his native California and his home in a small village in Northumberland, England with his wife Natalie. In 2013 and 2014, Scheff performed two concerts in Birmingham (UK) with the singer Janson Bloomer, playing the greatest hits of Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and the Doors.

APRIL 18, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Dick Clark emcees two Philadelphia Academy of Music shows to benefit the widow and  orphans of Joe Kuhn, a Philadelphia songwriter-arranger-conductor. 

Appearing are Chubby  Checker, Bobby Rydell, Dee Dee Sharp, Linda Scott, Danny and the Juniors, Del Shannon and  the Orlons.

Bill Haley and His Comets are at the Terrazzo Cafe in Mexico City.

Jay and the Americans open at the Camelot in New York City.

Johnny cash and ''Bonanza'' star Lorne Green hold a recording session at the Columbia Studios in Hollywood. The track is never released.

Buck Owens remakes The Drifters' ''Save The Last Dance For Me'' in an afternoon session at Los Angeles' Capitol Recording Studio.

Rex Allen recorded ''Don't Go Near The Indians'' in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
APRIL 19, 1962 THURSDAY

Jackie Wilson makes his debut at the Copacabana in New York City.

ABC-Paramount rush released an edited version of Ray Charles' ''I Can't Stop Loving You'' to beat Tab Hunter's pop rendition of the song.

Johnny and Jonie Mosby sign with Columbia Records.
 
APRIL 20, 1962 FRIDAY

Neil Sedaka plays the London Palladium.

APRIL 21, 1962 SATURDAY

The Rock 'N' Twist - USA package, Johnny Burnette, Gary U.S. Bonds and Gene McDaniels  Begin tour of the British Isles with a show tonight at St. Andrews Hall in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Upsetters are booked at the Peppermint Lounge in New York City.

APRIL 22, 1962 SUNDAY

Jerry Lee Lewis is in Minneapolis to play a show when  Jerry Lee's three year old son, Steve Allen Lewis, accidentally drowns in the swimming  pool at the family home in Hernando, Mississippi.

In Kansas,  Chuck Berry is transferred to  Leavenworth Federal Prison.

Decca released Loretta Lynn's ''Success''.

APRIL 24, 1962 TUESDAY

Floyd Cramer recorded ''Java'' under the direction of producer Chet Atkins. It appears 15 years later on the Grammy-nominated album, ''Chet, Floyd and Danny''.

Five days after signing with Columbia, Johnny and Jonie Mosby hold their first recording session.
 
APRIL 24, 1961 TUESDAY

Jerry Lee Lewis' son, Steve Allen is buried in Clayton, near Ferriday, Louisiana.

APRIL 26, 1961 THURSDAY

Location shooting is completed in Hawaii for Elvis Presley's ''Girls! Girls! Girls!''.

Rhythm and blues singer Sam Cooke recorded ''Bring It On Home To Me'' with Lou Rawls on backing vocals. The song becomes a country hit for Mickey Gilley 14 years later.

The first United States rocket Ranger IV lands on the moon.

APRIL 27, 1962 FRIDAY

Sun 376 ''Blue Train'' b/w ''Born To Lose'' by Johnny Cash issued.
 
APRIL 26, 1962 THURSDAY

Neil Sedaka opens at the Forty Thieves Lounge in Bermuda.

Jerry Lee Lewis arrives in  London to begin a tour of England. It has been four years since Lewis fled England because  of the disclosure that he was married to his thirteen year old cousin. Lewis will perform  thirty-two times and gross nearly $50,000.

APRIL 28, 1962 SATURDAY

Ray Charles plays the 3,450 seat Donnelly Memorial Theater and brings in $18,000 for two  performances.

APRIL 28/MAY 19, 1962

Jerry Lee Lewis arrived in England for his come-back tour, during which he was scheduled to play 17 cities, with two shows in the U.K., plus a short tour of US Army bases in Germany. He had lost his son in tragic circumstances on April 22, but decided to go ahead with the tour in spite of his sorrows. Myra, originally scheduled to travel with him, only arrived on May 8. Jud Phillips, Cecil Harrelson and drummer Ernie Bowman accompanied Jerry Lee. He was backed for this tour by British band  The Echoes, with The Viscounts, Vince Eager and Johnny Kidd & The Pirates. He opened in Newcastle and immediately put the 1958 fiasco behind him; this tour, promoted by Don Arden, would be a success.

According to Graham Knight, ''I first met Jerry in Newcastle on the opening night of the comeback tour after the 1958 debacle when he had received all the bad publicity about his marriage to Myra. That night in 1962 was an important one for Jerry and came just a few days after the tragic death pf his son Steve Allen. Many expected the tour to be cancelled but Jerry arrived on time and fulfilled his commitments''.

''I was 19 years old and already a big fan of Jerry Lee Lewis. I quickly deduced that Cecil Harrelson was his road manager and I helped him connect an amplifier they had brought with them all the way from the States. I reset it for our higher voltage and the first show eventually started half an hour late. Needless to say Jerry was a great success and, through Cecil, I got to meet Jerry for the first time. He was kindness itself''.

''On May 18 Jerry played St. Andrews Hall, Glasgow and Sounds Incorporated backed him for the first time, with no rehearsal. The show ended with hundreds of fans on the stage and Jerry on top of the piano. The piano damaged and the lid broken as a few fans joined Jerry on top of the instrument. One week later, a classical concert was cancelled as the piano had been left in such bad shape. The classical musician told the Daily Express, ''I just wanted to play the piano - not stand on it like Mr. Lewis''.

''Back on those tours in 1962 and 1963 I went to most of the shows and got to know Jerry pretty well. I stayed in the same hotel and sometimes I would drive him to the theatre in the ''mini'' car; Jerry and Cecil were always amazed at how fast it could go''.
 

 
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STUDIO SESSION FOR FRANK FROST
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: MONDAY APRIL 28, 1963
(SESSION DATE ACCORDING TO LP CR 30106)
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER –  SAM PHILLIPS

If you want to see how ordinary Frost could be under lesser circumstances listen to the instrumental flipside ''Crawlback''. And hen listen to ''Jelly Roll King'' again. Savor the moment, because you won't find a better one in the entire Phillips International catalog.

01 - ''CRAWLBACK'' - B.M.I. - 1:58
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 421  - Master
Recorded: - April 28, 1962
Released: - June 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3578-B mono
CRAWLBACK / JELLY ROLL KING
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4-10 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6

Sam Phillips himself enthused over Frank Frost. Talking to Martin Hawkins in 1987, he said, ''I saw a place in the market for Frank Frost, even though it was the most bluesy thing I had recorded in years. By the 1960s, there were more radio station that could expose the blues to a white audience than there had been earlier, and although rock music had gone in other directions I felt there was a chance of going against the odds and producing some solid blues that would get played and bought. Fran Frost could have been a very big artist. My longtime friend from Nashville, John R. - the disc jockey, rang me and told me that the LP on Frank Frost was the best record he had ever heard''.

There are tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of blues records out there featuring songs by men like Frank Frost, hailing from tiny town up and down the Delta and urban jungles in the frozen north. Most of those records, whether by famous or unknown blues men, are nowhere near as good as this ''Jelly Roll King'' is certainly one of the best singles ever released under the Phillips International banner, but more than that it ranks among the best blues records issued in Sun's history; it's right up there with classics like ''Cotton Crop Blues'' and ''I Feel So Worried''. Arguably, this belongs among the best blues records issued in the past 40 years.

02 – ''JELLY ROLL KING'' - B.M.I. - 2:29
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 422  - Master
Recorded: - April 28, 1962
Released: - June 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3578-A mono
JELLY ROLL KING / CRAWLBACK
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4-9 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6

03 – ''EVERYTHING'S ALRIGHT''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 28, 1962

04 – ''DON'T LEAVE ME ALONE''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 28, 1962
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Frank Frost - Vocal, Guitar & Harmonica
Roland Janes - Bass
The Nighthawks consisting of
Jack Johnson - Guitar
Sam Carr - Drums

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In 1959 writer and publisher Jimmie Rogers established a Memphis connection by supplying ex-Sun artist, Ray Smith, with his one sizeable hit, ''Rockin', Little Angel''. He also made custom masters with a house band at his demo studio in Mobile, Alabama, from whence he pitched this one-of instrumental (along with a ballad by The Teenangels) in the direction of Sam Phillips. The earthy workout caught Sam's imagination and it was chosen as the final release on Phillips International.


* Songwriter and producer Jimmie Otto Rogers >

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
STUDIO SESSION FOR THE QUINTONES
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

PROBABLY MELOTONE RECORDING STUDIO
MOBILE, ALBAMA
STUDIO SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE APRIL 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – JIMMIE OTTO ROGERS

01 – ''TIMES SHO' GETTING' RUFF'' - B.M.I. - 2:12
Composer: - Jimmie Otto Rogers
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated – Stairway Music
Matrix number: - P 437  - Master
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1962
Released: - 1963
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3586-A mono
TIMES SHO' GETTIN' RUFF / SOFTIE
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4-25 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6

In truth, this is a rather sad note on which to end a record label. When you hear these sides, it's hard not to think of amateur night or the best band in your high school. The Quintones were plainly listening to the Mar-Keys' ''Last Night''. The drummer, in particular, must have had his ears glued to the radio. The boys also didn't miss the fact that it was commercial to interject some black sounding phrases into your instrumental work, and so we have the gratuitous ''Times Sho' getting' Ruff''. In much the some vein, ''Softie'' is a relatively nondescript 12 bar blues with a passing similarity to the Silhouettes' ''Get A Job''.

The Quintones were studio musicians from Mobile, Alabama, and recorded this single for Jimmie Otto Rogers, the producer of the Teenangels and the cowriter of Buddy Holly's ''Midnight Shift''. The Quintones consisted of William Andrew Lowery, Charles Broward Lewis, Bobby Claude Smith, Ray Edward Thompson, and Woodrow Wilson Bryant, Jr.. Several other groups called the Quintones flitted in and out of circulation, but these Quintones only ever existed for one afternoon in Roger's Melotone Studio in April 1962.

02 - ''SOFTIE'' – B.M.I. - 2:13
Composer: - Jimmie Otto Roger
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated – Stairway Music
Matrix number: - P 438  - Master
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1962
Released: - 1963
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3586-B mono
SOFTIE / TIMES SHO' GETTIN'RUFF
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4-26 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6

Note: * Names Rodgers also used; same as his cousin Jimmie Rodgers.  Jimmie Otto Rogers , born on August 17, 1928 and died on October 26, 1997 w as the son of Jesse Rodgers an artist on the RCA Victor Bluebird label in the early forties, know also as "Ranger Joe" a number 1 TV show produced out of Philadelphia in the early 1950's and 1960's. Jimmie's dad Jesse was also the cousin of the Famous Blue Yodeller the late Jimmie Rodgers. 

He wrote many songs, some under the Jimmie Rogers Ainsworth alias, some in collaboration with Earl Lee (also known as Luke McDaniel), notably "Midnight Shift" (recorded by Buddy Holly), "Rock and Roll Angel" (recorded by Ray Smith on Sun) and "Foxy Dan" (Luke McDaniel).

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
The Quintones consisting of
Charles Broward Lewis, Bobby Claude Smith,
William Lowery, Ray Edward Thompson,
Woodrow Wilson Bryant Jr. 
More Details Unknown

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APRIL 30, 1962 MONDAY

Bass player Robert Reynolds is born in Kansas City, Missouri. He's a founding member of The Mavericks, who gain the Country Music Association's Vocal Group of the Year twice in the mid-1990s. He marries Trisha Yearwood for five years.

Former Sun recording artist Narvel Felts marries Loretta Stanfield.
 

 
MAY 1962
 


MAY 1962

In May 1962, almost four years to the day since he had been chased out, Jerry Lee Lewis   made a triumphant return to England. In April 1963 he came back again. The 1962 tour had   been a financial disaster, partly because of the uncertainly over Lewis's reception and partly   because some of the fees had been garnisheed by the Rank Organisation, recouping their   front money from 1958. But the 1963 tour and all subsequent tours were relative goldmines. Lewis's tours of Europe in the 1960s became an annual rite of faith renewal for the diehard   lovers of vintage music. They may well have been important to Lewis as well in the years   before 1968, when the applause at home was faint.

MAY 2, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Ty Herndon is born in Butler, Alabama. He wins the Male Star of Tomorrow honor in the TNN/Music City News awards in 1996, while fashioning such hits as ''What Mattered Most Living In A Moment'' and ''Hands Of A Working Man''.
 
 
MAY 3, 1962 THURSDAY

The Platters begin ten days in Spain. Yvonne Baker and the Sensations perform "Let Me In"   on American Bandstand.

Jimmy Dean, Don Gibson and Patsy Cline play a Kentucky Derby show in Louisville two days before the race Decidedly wins.

MAY 4, 1962 FRIDAY

Eddy Arnold recorded ''After Loving You'' and ''A Little Heartache'' at Nashville's RCA Studio B.

Columbia released Johnny Cash's ''In The Jailhouse Now'', and Stonewall Jackson's double-sided single, ''Leona'' and ''One Look At Heaven''.
 

MAY 5, 1962 SATURDAY

Bobby Rydell is signed for the role of Hugo in the up coming film Bye, Bye Birdie.

Gene Autry's Los Angeles Angels have their first -no-hitter. Pitcher Bo Belinsky turns the trick against the Baltimore Orioles in a 2-0 Angels victory at Dodger Stadium.
 

MAY 6, 1962 SUNDAY

Neil Sedaka is at the Holiday House in Pittsburgh.

MAY 7, 1962 MONDAY

Decca released Patsy Cline's ''When I Get Thru With You (You'll Love Me To)''.
 
 
MAY 7 /MAY 8, 1962 MONDAY/TUESDAY

Gene Vincent joins the Jerry Lee Lewis' tour for shows in Brighton and Bristol, England.
 

EARLY MAY 1962

Chuck Berry is moved to the Federal Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri where he he will   spend the remainder of his sentence for violating the Mann Act.

MAY 10, 1962 THURSDAY

Johnny Cash plays prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York. He's supported on the bill by George Jones, Tompall and The Glaser Brothers and The Carter Family.

MAY 11, 1962 FRIDAY

Jimmy Dean recorded ''Little Black Book'' at Nashville's Columbia Recording Studio.

Top rated deejay at WAMO in Pittsburgh, Porky Chadwick produces a rock and roll show at   the Civic Arena. Performers include Jackie Wilson, the Drifters, the Coasters, the Castelles,   Jerry Butler, the Flamingos, the Angels, the Blue-Belles, the Skyliners, the Marvelettes, the   Jive Five, the Carousels, Bobby Vinton, Gene Pitney, Kitty Lester and Big Maybelle. 13,000   fans attending with a $35,000 gross.

Clyde McPhatter, LaVern Baker, the Creats and Nathaniel Mayer are at the Tivoli Theater in   Chicago.

MAY 12, 1962 SATURDAY

The Biggest Show of Stars for 1962 at the Forum in Whitcita, Kansas. The headerliners are   Brook Benton, Fats Domino, Bruce Channel and Gene Chandler. Tickets are $2.00 - $3.00.
 


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In a 1981 interview with Hank Davis and Colin Escott, Sam Phillips expressed heartfelt regret that he had not spent more time recording the black gospel music that lay all around him in Memphis. Acknowledging the depth of local talent, Phillips cited the limitations of his one-man operation and conceded that he had missed a golden opportunity to record the sound of Memphis gospel during its golden era thirty years earlier.

STUDIO SESSION FOR BROTHER JAMES ANDERSON
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: SATURDAY MAY 12, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR UNKNOWN

01 – "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 - Master
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
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 15805-2-23 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

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 Chips 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.

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.

02 – "MY SOUL NEED RESTING" - B.M.I. - 2:05
Composer: - James Anderson
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 375 - Master
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
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 15805-2-24 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

This gospel recordings gave more to soul and Memphis music in general than is usually recognised. The sparse accompaniments, strong bass line, intensely expressive nature of the songs, these are all elements basic to soul, and in fact to all black music.

03 – "I'M TIRED MY SOUL NEEDS RESTING" - B.M.I. 2:23
Composer: - James Anderson
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Released: - 1976
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CR 30106-B-8 mono
SUN - THE ROOTS OF ROCK - VOLUME 6 - SUNSET SOUL
Reissued: - April 1989 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 109-7-1 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - FRANK, THIS IT

04 – "WHAT CAN I DO'' - B.M.I. - 2:25
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Released: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 109-7-6 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S
Reissued: - June  24, 2006   Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-2 mono
BROTHER JAMES ANDERSON - WHAT CAN I DO

05 – "WHERE CAN I GO BUT TO THE LORD'' - B.M.I. - 3:14
Composer: -  James B. Coats
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Released: - 2000
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm   BCD 16387-19 mono
SUN GOSPEL

06 – "WORKIN' DIGGIN' DEEPER'' - B.M.I. - 2:42
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Released: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 109-7-3 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - FRANK, THIS IT
Reissued: May 12, 2006 Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-1 mono
BROTHER JAMES ANDERSON - WHAT CAN I DO
 
 07 – "GOING HOME WITH JESUS'' - B.M.I. 2:17
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None -   Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Released: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 109-7-7 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - FRANK, THIS IT
Reissued: -   June 24, 2006   Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-9 mono
BROTHER JAMES ANDERSON - WHAT CAN I DO

08 – "HUSH HUSH'' - B.M.I. - 3:26
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None -   Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Released: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 109-7-4 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - FRANK, THIS IT
Reissued: - June 24, 2006 Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-8 mono
BROTHER JAMES ANDERSON - WHAT CAN I DO

09 – "I DON'T KNOW''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962

10 – "IN MY HEART''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962

11 – "I'M ENCOURAGED''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962

12 – "LET MY LAST DAYS BE MY BEST'' - B.M.I. - 2:02
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None -   Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Released: - June 24, 2006
First appearance: - Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-6 mono
BROTHER JAMES ANDERSON - WHAT CAN I DO

13 – "YOU DON'T KNOW''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Brother James Anderson - Vocal
The James Anderson Singers - Vocals

Chips Moman – Guitar
Roland Janes – Guitar
Al Jackson – Drums
Lester Robertson - Piano
More Details Unknown

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 STUDIO SESSION FOR BROTHER JAMES ANDERSON

FOR SUN RECORDS

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE(S)
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR UNKNOWN

01 – "LORD, YOU KNOW MY HEART''
Composer: - Roger Emerson
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962

02 – "YOU DON'T KNOW HOW GLAD''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962

03 – "WITHOUT HIM''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962

04 – "DO LORD'' - B.M.I. 3:05
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None -   Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Released: - October 1, 2013
First appearance: - X5 Music Group (MP3) Internet Sample-4 mono
VARIOUS ARTISTS - BEST GOSPEL BLUES
 
 05 – "GOING HOME WITH JESUS''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962

06 – "HUSH HUSH''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962

07 – "ONE FAITH''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962

08 – "IN MY HEART''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962

09 – "I'M ENCOURAGED''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962

10 – "I'VE BEEN BORN AGAIN''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962

11 – "MY SOUL NEEDS RESTING''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
 
 12 – "NOBODY'S BLOODSTAINS'' - B.M.I. - 2:48
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None -   Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Released: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 109-7-5 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - FRANK, THIS IT
Reissied: -   June 24, 2006   Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-4 mono
BROTHER JAMES ANDERSON - WHAT CAN I DO

13 – "ON MY APPOINTED TIME'' - B.M.I. - 3:43
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None -   Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Released: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 109-7-8 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - FRANK, THIS IT
Reissued: - June   24, 2006   - Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-3 mono
BROTHER JAMES ANDERSON - WHAT CAN I DO

14 – "SOMEBODY CALLED MY NAME''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962

15 – "WALK WITH JESUS''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962

16 – "WITHOUT HIM''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962

17 – "I'M GONNA DIE WITH MY STAFF IN MY HAND''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962

18 – "I'VE BEEN BORN AGAIN''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Brother James Anderson - Vocal
Unknown Group
Unknown - Chorus

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MAY 13, 1962 SUNDAY

Johnny Burnette, Gary U.S. Bonds, Gene McDaniel British tour close today at the   Walthamstow Granada Cinema in London .

MAY 14, 1962 MONDAY

Jerry Lee Lewis is at the Majestic Theater in Mitchum, England. Hank Ballard and the   Midnighters and Dale Hawkins are at the Roundtable Club in New York City.

MAY 15, 1962 TUESDAY

Joey Dee and the Starliters are at the Town and Country Club in Brooklyn. Ray Charles and   the Raeletts begin an European Tour.

MID MAY 1962

JoAnn Campbell is touring the Far East. Fabian is touring South America.

The Orchids are at the Roundtable Club in New York.

Chubby Checker is touring England.

Jerry Lee Lewis plays in Germany for the US Army bases.


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STUDIO SESSION FOR BRAD SUGGS
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: MAY 18, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR SCOTTY MOORE OR UNKNOWN

01 - ''IT ONLY HURTS FOREVER''
Composer: - Brad Suggs
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - June 5, 1962

02 - ''MY ONLY LOVE''
Composer: - Brad Suggs
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - June 5, 1962

01 - ''NATURE BOY''
Composer: - Brad Suggs
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - June 5, 1962

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Brad Suggs - Guitar
Alexius Martin - Drums
Larry Muhoberac - Piano
Ronnie Capone - Saxophone
 
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MAY 19, 1962 SATURDAY

Tony Orlando is in Hartford, Connecticut doing a benefit for Buddhist victims of leprosy in   Burma.

George Jones hits number 1 on the Billboard chart with ''She Thinks I Still Care''.

Marilyn Monroe made one of her last public appearances at a birthday celebration for United States President John F. Kennedy before her death. The event became an iconic moment in pop culture when the actress sang an intimate, sultry, and memorable rendition of “Happy Birthday” to the world leader. Monroe wore an intricately designed skin-tight beaded dress that was considered a little scandalous at the time. The performance added to rumors that the two were having an affair and only three months later Monroe died of a drug overdose, ruled a probable suicide, under suspicious circumstances.

MAY 21, 1962 MONDAY

Chubby Checker begins a record breaking engagement at Sciolla's Club in Philadelphia.

Bobby Rydell begins a record breaking week at the Holiday House in Monroeville,   Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh.

Capitol released Buck Owens' ''Save The Last Dance For Me''.

Decca released Kitty Well's ''Will Your Lawyer Talk To God''.

MAY 22, 1962 TUESDAY

Billy Walker recorded ''Willie The Weeper'' during a late-morning session at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

MAY 23, 1962 WEDNESDAY

United Artists released Elvis Presley's movie ''Follow That Dream''.

MAY 24, 1962 THURSDAY

The Everly Brothers end a six-month stint with the Marines.

MAY 26, 1962 SATURDAY

Ray Charles' country-influenced "I Can't Stop Loving You" (ABC #10330) begins the first of its   eleven consecutive weeks at the top of the r & b charts. The song typified--in dramatic   fashion due to its incredible commercial success--the inclination of talented black   performers to favor sweet and sentimental sounds over personal expression in order to   achieve mainstream pop impact. Similar career moves were taken by Sam Cooke, Jackie   Wilson, Brook Benton, and others. By the late 1960s, however, African American singers like   Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin were able to attain pop music success while remaining   true to their cultural roots.

Burl Ives recorded ''Mary Ann Regrets'' during an afternoon session at Nashville's Columbia Recording Studio. He also recorded ''Busted'', destined to become a hit for Johnny cash, Ray Charles and John Conlee.

MAY 27, 1962 SUNDAY

Jackie Wilson appears on ''The Ed Sullivan Show'' singing ''Lonely Teardrops'', a future country hit for Narvel Felts. The evening's lineup also includes pop singer Connie Francis and baseball star Hank Greenberg.

The Los Angeles Times reports Gene Autry and his Golden West Broadcasters have purchased Portland radio station KEX.
 
 
Ray Charles wins the Best Rhythm And Blues   Recording at the Grammys Award ceremony for "Hit the Road Jack." Chubby Checker's "Let's   Twist Again" is named Best Rock and Roll Recording.

MAY 28, 1962 MONDAY

Singer and songwriter Phil Vassar is born in Lynchburg, Virginia. He builds a series of hits as an artist on top of a songwriting resume that includes ''Right On The Money'', ''I'm Alright'', ''Bye Bye'', ''Little Red Rodeo'' and ''My Next Thirty Years''.

MAY 29, 1962 TUESDAY

Jimmy Dean wins Best Country and Western Recording for ''Big Bad John'' during the fourth annual Grammy Awards.

MAY 30, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Kenny Rogers' first wife, Janice, files charges against her ex-husband for failure to pay $80 monthly child support. She claims he is $250 in Arrears.

LATE MAY 1962

Candix Records has financial problems as distributors are slow to pay for copies of "Surfin" by   the Beach Boys that they had ordered. With four songs ready for release, Candix attempts to   sell the group to Decca and Liberty with no luck. Finally late in May a deal is struck with   Capitol. 

Bill Haley and His Comets are at the Lagoon in Salt Lake City, Utah.
 

 
JUNE 1962
 

JUNE 1962

PI 3578 ''Crawlback'' b/w ''Jelly Roll King'' by Frank Frost; PI 3579 ''When I Grow Too Old To Dream'' b/w ''Mountain Dew'' by Carl Mann; PI 3580 ''I Ain't Never'' b/w ''In Love Again'' by Jeb Stuart; PI 3581 ''Thanks A Lot'' b/w ''There's Something About You'' by David Williams all issued.

The LPs, PLP 1975 ''Hey, Boss Man!'' by Frank Frost and PLP 1985 ''Rhythm Blues Party'' by Frank Ballard with The Phillip Raynold's band issued.

In June of 1962 the iconic Marvel superhero Spider-Man made his first appearance in the Amazing Fantasy #15 comic. The issue was dated for August of 1962 but had actually hit the shelves in June. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Spider-Man was a teenage superhero whose nerdy alter-ego Peter Parker represented adolescent concerns and teenage tribulations in a way that no other comic book superhero had been able to previously. Many teen readers connected to the character making him one of the most popular and enduring comic series characters in history.

JUNE 1, 1962 FRIDAY

Columbia released the Marty Robbins best-of album ''Marty's Greatest Hits''.

''Night Rider'', a half-hour TV movie is broadcast with roles for Johnny Cash, Wesley Tuttle, Merle Travis, Johnny Western, Eddie Dean and fiddler Gordon Terry.
 
 
JUNE 5, 1962 TUESDAY

Jerry Lee Lewis plays at the Holiday House in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, replacing Paul Anka.
 
JUNE 6, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Frankie Avalon is at the Palumbo's Supper Club. Neil Sedaka is at the International Club in  New York City.

Dee Dee Sharp sings "Gravy" on American Bandstand. Rick Nelson sings "Gypsy Woman" on  The Adventures of Ozie and Hariet.

JUNE 7, 1962 THURSDAY

Dion opens at the Blue Room of the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.

Johnny cash recorded ''No One Will Ever Know'' at the Columbia Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. The song becomes a hit for Gene Watson in 1980.
 
EARLY JUNE 1962

Roy Orbison flies to London to look for venues for a possible tour. While there he and a pickup  band perform for free in the Mount Vernon Room of the Westbury Hotel in the London  suburb of Mayfair.

JUNE 8, 1962 FRIDAY

Sam Cooke is at the Royal Theater in Baltimore.

Skeeter Davis recorded ''The End Of The World'' at RCA Stdio B in Nashville, Tennessee.

Elvis Presley finishes filming for the motion picture ''Girls! Girls! Girls!'' on the Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California.
 
JUNE 11, 1962 MONDAY

James Brown and the Famous Flames appear on American Bandstand.

JUNE 12, 1962 TUESDAY

While performing at the Latin Casino in the New Jersey suburb of Philadelphia, Brenda Lee  dislocates her neck while performing. The last six days of her engagement there are  canceled and she spends the remainder of the week in Cooper Hospital in Camden, New  Jersey.

JUNE 13, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Linda Scott leaves for a tour of New Zealand.

JUNE 14, 1962 THURSDAY

While in the hospital in Camden, New Jersey, Brenda Lee appears on American Bandstand via  videotape.

Jim Reeves recorded ''Little Ole You'' and ''I'm Gonna Change Everything'' in an evening session at RCA Studio B in Nashville. He also takes a second swipe at ''Welcome To My World'', although it fails to surpass his November session.

Willie Nelson recorded ''Funny How Time Slips Away'' at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.


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STUDIO SESSION FOR JERRY LEE LEWIS
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: THURSDAY JUNE 14, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR SCOTTY MOORE OR UNKNOWN

1(1) – ''HOW'S MY EX TREATING YOU'' - B.M.I. - 2:35
Composer: - Vic McAlpin
Publisher: - Tree Music
Matrix number: - U 478 - Mono Master
Recorded: - June 14, 1962
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 15804-4-26 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4 
 
A superb bluesy modern (for 1962) country song, this features a tremendous opening riff similar to Sam Cooke’s ''Bring It On Home To Me'' by Jay W. Brown on his bass (though a weaker alternate take 1 from this same session doesn’t feature this). Released as the B-side to ''Sweet Little Sixteen'' in the same year, this was a minor hit in it’s own right in some territories, including Fort Worth in Texas; so when Jerry cut the live album ''By Request (More Of The Greatest Live Show On Earth)'' there in 1966 the song was greeted with cheers.

The 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 Jay 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.

1(2) – ''HOW'S MY EX TREATING YOU'' - B.M.I. - 2:02
Composer: - Vic McAlpin
Publisher: - Tree Music
Matrix number: - None - Unknown Take
Recorded: - June 14, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - September 1989
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-8-7 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963
Reissued: - October 2015  Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-14-8 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
A third, little heard take of ''How's My Ex Treating You'', the song chosen to partner ''Sweet Little Sixteen'' on Sun 379, is immediately distinguishable from the similar sounding take first released in 1989 by the slower pace and the way in which Jerry Lee repeats the opening phrase ''How's my ex...'' in full rather than truncated simply to ''..my ex...'' in the first verse. Both of these takes were disregarded at the time of recording and left in the shadow of the favoured cut which, uniquely in respect of the song, features a bass guitar introduction. (*)
 
1(3) – ''HOW'S MY EX TREATING YOU'' - B.M.I. - 2:12
Composer: - Vic McAlpin
Publisher: - Tree Music
Matrix number: - None - Unknown Take
Recorded: - June 14, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released:   - October 2015
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-14-9 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS 

Some might say that these June 1962 sessions lay bare the dangers in having too many musicians in the studio with Lewis all competing for space, no matter that the producers were able to accommodate them on multi-track tape. A new version of ''Good Rockin' Tonight'' recorded at this time pales when compared to the forceful performance of the same song at 706 Union and Jerry Lee sounds constrained by the relatively laboured arrangement. (*)

2(2) – ''GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT'' - B.M.I. - 2:46
Composer: - Roy Brown
Publisher: - Blue Ridge Music
Matrix number: - None - Take 2
Recorded: - June 14, 1962   - Not Originally Issued
Released: - December 1969
First appearance: - Sun International (LP) 33rpm Sun LP 107-B5 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - ROCKIN' RHYTHM AND BLUES
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-8-8 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963

"Good Rocking Tonight" was originally a jump blues song released in 1947 by its writer, Roy Brown and was covered by many other recording artists. The song includes the memorable refrain, "Well I heard the news, there's good rocking tonight!".

Brown had first offered his song to Wynonie Harris, who turned it down. Only after the Brown's record gained traction in New Orleans did Harris decide to cover it. Harris's version was even more energetic than Brown's original version, featuring black gospel style handclapping. This may have contributed to the composition's greater success on the national rhythm and blues chart. Brown's original recording hit number 13 of the Billboard Rhythm & Blues chart, but Harris' record became a number one rhythm and blues hit and remained on the chart for half a year. Brown's single would re-enter the chart in 1949, peaking at number 11. Harris had a reputation for carousing, and sometimes forgot lyrics. His "Good Rockin'" recording session largely followed Brown's original lyrics, but by the end, he replaced the last section with a series of raucous "hoy hoy hoy!" interjections, a commonly used expression in jump blues tunes of the time, going back to 1945's "The Honeydripper" by Joe Liggins.

The song is a primer of sorts on the popular black music of the era, making lyrical reference to Sweet Lorraine, Sioux City Sue, Sweet Georgia Brown, Caldonia, Elder Brown, and Deacon Jones. All of these characters had figured prominently in previous hit songs. While Brown missed out on the biggest hit version of his song, its success kicked off his own career, which included two number 1 rhythm and blues hits. In 1949, he released "Rockin' at Midnight", a sequel to "Good Rockin' Tonight", which might be thought of as "Good Rockin' Tonight Part II" because it included updates on the same characters as the original. It reached number 2 on the Rhythm & Blues chart, where it remained for a month.
 


Roy Brown >
 
 
In 1954, "Good Rockin' Tonight" was the second Sun Records release by Elvis Presley, along with "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine" on the flip side. Elvis Presley and his bandmates hewed closer to the original Roy Brown version, but omitted the lyrics' by-then-dated roster of names in favor of a simpler, more energetic "We're gonna rock, rock, rock!" Described as "a flat-out rocker" country radio programmers blanched, and older audiences were somewhat mystified.


A live show broadcast from Houston disc jockey Bill Collie's club documented that the crowd "barely responded" to the song. "Blue Moon Of Kentucky", the uptempo version of the Bill Monroe classic, has "the fans go stark raving nuts with joy". Both sides of this second record featuring "Elvis Presley, Scotty and Bill" "stiffed".
 
 
The song was used for the Elvis Presley biopic Elvis which starred Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as Presley; it was used for a scene where he is performing at the Louisiana Hayride in 1956. Jerry Lee Lewis recorded an unreleased version the song for Sun Records. Ronnie Montrose recorded a hard rock cover of the song on his band's debut album with Sammy Hagar on vocals. The Honeydrippers with Robert Plant & Jeff Beck, recorded the song under the name "Rockin at Midnight". Paul McCartney recorded the song for the Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) album.

Bruce Springsteen performed the song during his 1978 Darkness Tour, usually as the opening number. He also occasionally performed the song on The River Tour in 1980-81. Springsteen performed the song for the first time in 27 years in 2008 on the Magic Tour. A Gene Summers cover version of "Good Rocking Tonight" was included on a French compilation album The Big Beat Show issued by Big Beat Records (BBR1000) in 1981. Contraband, an all-star hard rock group recorded their version of the song for their debut self-titled album in 1991. Ricky Nelson recorded the song for his 1958 album Ricky Nelson. Lonnie Lee recorded the song for his 1993 album Don't Look Back; his version is a more guitar-based rock 'n' roll version.

Other cover versions of the song include the Treniers', Pat Boone's, James Brown's, Dread Zeppelin's (on their Hot & Spicy Beanburger album), Montrose's (whose version was covered by NWOBHM band Diamond Head), Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen and Kevin DuBrow's. Robert Plant and the Honeydrippers had a successful cover of "Rockin' at Midnight". Early 60s Mexican band Los Teen Tops recorded a Spanish and successful version: "Buen rock esta noche". Wes Paul Gerrard features this song heavily in his live performances, often opening up with it in his second set. He will record the song in his new Manchester to Memphis album which he is recording at Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee in May 2010.
''Be Bop A Lula'' the writing of the song is credited to Gene Vincent and his manager, Bill "Sheriff Tex" Davis. There is evidence that the song was started in 1955, when Vincent was recuperating from a motorcycle accident at the US Navy hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.

There, he met Donald Graves, who supposedly wrote the words to the song while Vincent wrote the tune. "Money Honey" by the Drifters, 1953, the song came to the attention of Davis, who allegedly bought out Graves' rights to the song for some $50 (sources vary as to the exact amount), and had himself credited as the lyric writer.

From left: Sherrif Tex Davis, Ken Nelson, Gene Vincent >
 
Davis claimed that he wrote the song with Gene Vincent after listening to the song "Don't Bring Lulu", and Vincent himself sometimes claimed that he wrote the words inspired by a comic strip, "Little Lulu". "Be-Bop-A-Lula" is number 102 in the list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

 
 
"I come in dead drunk and stumble over the bed. And me and Don Graves were looking at this bloody book; it was called 'Little Lulu'. And I said, "Hell, man, it's 'Be-Bop-a-Lulu.' And he said, 'Yeah, man, swinging.' And we wrote this song'', recalled Gene Vincent later in 1970.

The phrase "Be-Bop-A-Lula" is almost identical to "Be-Baba-Leba", the title of a number 3 Rhythm & Blues chart hit for Helen Humes in 1945, which became a bigger hit when recorded by Lionel Hampton as "Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop''. This phrase, or something very similar, was widely used in jazz circles in the 1940s, giving its name to the bebop style, and possibly being ultimately derived from the shout of "Arriba! Arriba!" used by Latin American bandleaders to encourage band members.

In early 1956, Gene Vincent performed the song on a radio show in Norfolk, Virginia, and recorded a demo version which was passed to Capitol Records, who were looking for a young singer to rival Elvis Presley. Capitol invited Vincent to record the song and it was recorded at Owen Bradley's studio in Nashville, Tennessee on May 4, 1956. Cliff Gallup (lead guitar), "Wee" Willie Williams (rhythm guitar), "Jumpin'" Jack Neal (string bass), and Dickie "Be Bop" Harrell (drums) comprised the band. When the song was being recorded, Harrell screamed in the background, he said because he wanted to be sure his family could hear it was him on the record.

The song was released in June 1956 on Capitol Records single F3450, and immediately sold well. The song was successful on three American singles charts: it peaked at number 7 on the US Billboard pop music chart, number 8 on the Rhythm &Blues chart, and also made the top ten on the Country &Western Best Seller chart peaking at number 5. In the UK, it peaked at number 16 in August 1956. In April 1957, the record company announced that over 2 million copies had been sold to date.

Gene Vincent recorded a new version of the song in 1962 which appeared on the flip-side of the single "The King of Fools". Vincent sang the song in the movie ''The Girl Can't Help It''. The song also featured in the films "The Delinquents" (1989), "Wild At Heart" (1990), and "Pleasantville" (1998).

3 – ''BE-BOP-A-LULA'' - B.M.I. - 2:28
Composer: - Gene Vincent-Bill Tex Davis
Publisher: - Hal Leonard Music
Matrix number: - None - Unknown Take
Recorded: - June 14, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - April 1971
First appearance: - Sun International (LP) 33rpm Sun LP 124-B1 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - MONSTERS
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-8-9 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963

Often unfairly criticised by 50s rock and roll fans, Jerry’s 1962 recording is a slowed down and more bluesy performance than Gene Vincent’s fine original, though it wasn’t released until 1971 (on the Sun International album ''Monsters''). At the 1973 London sessions he and the band emphasised the blues feel even further, recording an over-long slowed down dirge that quite rightly wasn’t released until years later.
 
 4(3) – ''HELLO JOSEPHINE' - B.M.I. - 2:39
Composer: - Dave Bartholomew-Fats Domino
Publisher: - Bartholomew Music
Matrix number: - None – Count-In - Chatter
Recorded: - June 14, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - September 1989
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-8-10 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963
Reissued: - October 2015  Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-17-6 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

Only two albums were issued during Jerry’s 1956-1963 stay at Sun, ''Jerry Lee Lewis'' in 1958 and ''Jerry Lee’s Greatest'' in late 1961, the latter of which featured this song, driven along by some very fine sax playing from Johnny ''Ace'' Cannon. For some reason Jerry recorded the song again 12 months later, this here time with some fine guitar work by Roland Janes (or was it Scotty Moore?) replacing Johnny’s sax, though this wasn’t issued until the 1969 ''Rockin’, Rhythm & Blues'' album (a 3rd version was cut at a session a week after the 2nd one, but this sounds like little more than a rough session warm-up so isn't included in this analysis). It’s difficult to choose between the two, though the 1962 cut features a more expressive vocal.

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

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JUNE 15, 1962 FRIDAY

Patti LaBelle and the Blue-Belles are headling the Apollo Theater. Joey Dee is at the Town  and Country Club in Brooklyn. Sam Cooke is headling the Howard Theater in Washington, DC.

The Five Satins are on American Bandstand.

Johnny Cash tops a bill at the prestigious Hollywood Bowl with Patsy Cline, George Jones, The Carter Family, Johnny Western, Merle Travis, Gene Autry, Gordon Terry, Roger Miller, Flatt and Scruggs, Stuart Hamblen, Don Gibson and Leroy Van Dyke.
 
MID JUNE 1962

Bobby Rydell is an unannounced guest at a high school graduation party in San Gabriel,  California.

JUNE 18, 1962 MONDAY

Steve Alaimo opens at the Roundtable Club in New York City.

JUNE 19, 1962 TUESDAY

Shelley Fabares sings "Johnny Angel" on American Bandstand.

JUNE 20, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Singer and songwriter Billy Joe Shaver and wife Betty have a child, Eddy Shaver. Father and son work together when Eddy reaches adulthood in the band Shaver.

Rick Nelson recorded the pop hit ''Teen Age Idol''.
 
JUNE 21, 1962 THURSDAY

The Beatles open for Bruce Channel when he appears at the Liverpool's Tower Ballroom.

Bobby Vinton makes his national television debut on American Bandstand and sings "Rose Are  Red My Love''.

''Hey! Baby!'' songwriter Bruce Channell and his harmonica player, Delbert McClinton, appear at the Tower Ballroom in Liverpool, England. The opening acts include some band called The Beatles.
 
JUNE 22, 1962 FRIDAY

The Blue-Belles are at the Royal Theater in Baltimore for a week.

Columbia released Marty Robbins' ''Devil Woman''.

Guitarist Cameron Hill dies. A former member of Bob Wills' Texas Playboys, he contributed to such classics as ''Roly-Poly'', ''Hang Your Head In Shame'' and ''Stay A Little Longer''.


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STUDIO SESSION FOR TONY ROSSINI
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: SATURDAY JUNE 23, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR SCOTTY MOORE

01 – ''YOU MAKE IT SOUND SO EASY''' - B.M.I. - 2:11
Composer: - Reynolds
Publisher: - Jack Music
Matrix number: - U 481  - Master
Recorded: - June 23, 1962
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 15805-1-1 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

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. 

Tony Rossini at a radio station in Luka, Mississippi >

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.

 
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 Muhoberac turns in some fine piano work toward the end of the side.

02- ''NEW GIRL IN TOWN'' - B.M.I. - 2:36
Composer: - Steve Cropper-Richy
Publisher: - East Publishers
Matrix number: - U 482  - Master
Recorded: -  Recorded: - June 23, 1962
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 15805-1-2 mono
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
Floyd Newman - Horns
Robert Oldham - Horns
George Tidwell - Horns

Unknown Vocal Chorus

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JUNE 23, 1962 SATURDAY

The Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, plays host to a rock and roll show featuring   hometown boy Johnny Tillotson.

JUNE 24, 1962 SUNDAY

Wynn Stewart marries Claire Douthit in Las Vegas. The marriage ends within a year.

Bill Monroe brushes off a journalist at Sunset Park in West Grove, Pennsylvania. It's a less than auspicious first meeting with the man who will become the manager that revives his career, Ralph Rinzler.

JUNE 25, 1962 MONDAY

Jerry Butler sings "Make It Easy On Yourself" on American Bandstand.

Decca Records released Bill Anderson's ''Mama Sang A Song''.

JUNE 26, 1962 TUESDAY

Claude King recorded ''Sheepskin Valley'' during the morning hours at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. He also takes his first swipe at ''I've Got The World By The Tail'', though the final version isn't cut until August.

JUNE 27, 1962 WEDNESDAY

The last Columbia session for Carl Perkins was recorded. It featured a gesture towards the  twist craze, ''Sister Twister'', together with a revival of ''Hambone''. After that pairing  flopped in the pop market, ''Forget Me'' and ''I've Just Got Back From There''. It was released  in March 1963 and its lack of success convinced Columbia that there was little point in  negotiating another contract for Carl Perkins. They had picked up all three one year options  in his initial one year term but they finally mailed Perkins his termination notice in July  1963.

One can make a case for saying that Carl Perkins recorded more memorable music during his  three years at Sun than he recorded during the balance of his career to the end. No-one but  Sam Phillips could seem to draw the rough edges out of Perkins and capture the bite in his  guitar playing. A comparison of Perkins' Sun recordings with the remakes cut for a variety of  labels makes an eloquent case for the chemistry at 706 Union. Even, ''Dixie Fried'' sounded  like a report of a church social when it was re-cut for Mercury Records. The edge had  disappeared.

Twenty years after quit Sun, with the frustration and bitterness dimmed, and his place in the  history books assured, Perkins characterised Sam Phillips as a man who was ''as near a genius  as any man I ever met. He didn't have a light in the studio saying READY or a clock on the  studio wall to scare you. There was no such thing as a standard three hour session. He said,  'Get in there and pick, boys. We'll find the record when we get through'. There was a feeling  there that I've never found since. We were trying 100 percent and Sam Phillips captured it''.
The Sun recordings also captured Perkins' fondness for experimentation. He would change  lyrics, tempo and even chord structure trying to find something that felt good. ''I put chords  together that wasn't supposed to go together'', Perkins told Ronnie Weiser. ''Like with  ''Honey Don't''. I was playing at the Pine Ridge Club and making it up on the spot. Something  would start happening in my head and I'd say, 'Go to eat, boys. I'm gonna do something here'  and I wrote ''Honey Don't''. I remember I went from E to C and Jay and Clayton stopped and  said, 'Where in Hell did you go there?'. I'd sing one line in E and slide back to C and it  sounded a little off but I heard something that was right about it''. That looseness and  spontaneity together with a willingness to take risks characterises Perkins' Sun sessions - and  few of his recordings since.

In fact, Carl Perkins' reputation is founded on a very small body of recordings he made  between October 1954 and December 1957 for Sun Records. They remain one of the  touchstones of pure, unselfconscious rock and roll. The Columbia sides included here are a  tasty afterthought but would have little status were it not for the recordings that preceded  them. Make no mistake, it is Perkins' Sun recordings that comprise the truly significant music  that he made. And over thirty years after Sam Phillips wrote Perkins on the spine of a tape  box for the last time, the complete story of Carl Perkins affiliation with Sun can be heard  ever.
JUNE 27, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Hank Snow recorded ''I've Been Everywhere'' at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.

JUNE 28, 1962 THURSDAY

Neil Sedaka starts his South American tour with a concert in Lima, Peru.

JUNE 29, 1962 FRIDAY

Donnie Brooks is at the Cal-Nev Hotel and Casino on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.

Chubby  Checker is at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City.

The Blue-Belles are at the Howard Theater in Washington, DC.

JUNE 30, 1962 SATURDAY

Read along with Mitch, Marty Robbins' former producer, Mitch Miller, is featured on the cover of TV Guide.

LATE JUNE 1962

Rick Nelson opens the summer season at Pleasure Island Resort in Wakefield, Massachusetts.

Ike and Tina Turner, along with Mary Wells help WILD radio celebrate its tenth anniversary  with a big show in the Boston area.

Bobby Vee is at Kenwood Park in Duquense,  Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh.
 

 
JULY 1962
 

JULY 1, 1962 SUNDAY

Gene Vincent is at the Cavern Club in Liverpool England. The house band is the the Beatles.

Rock songwriter Marti Frederiksen is born. In addition to tracks by Aerosmith, Foreigner and Def Leppard, he co-writes the Carrie Underwood country hits ''Undo It'' and ''Mama's Song''.

JULY 2, 1962 MONDAY

Barbara Lynn debuts on American Bandstand singing "You'll Lose a Good Thing''.

Decca released Brenda Lee's pop hit ''Heart In Hand''.

JULY 2/15, 1962

Jerry Lee Lewis plays the Shamrock Bar in Keansburg, New Jersey. According to Gary Skala about Jerry's trip to New Jersey. ''The third time I saw Jerry was at his two-week engagement at The Shamrock Bar in Keansburg, NJ. Jerry, J.W. Brown and Jerry's new drummer, 19-year-old Morris ''Tarp'' Tarrant, played three 45-minutes shows per night for 12 nights! And Kay, Matt Masterson and I audio-taped most of them''

''On Saturday afternoon, July 14, 1962, we all drove up Palisades Park where Jerry did a show for Cousin ''Brucie'' Morrow, the legendary WABC disc jockey''.

''Earlier in the week, on July 14, 1962, we threw an 18th birthday party, at Jerry's motel, for Myra, who had driven up to New Jersey with Jerry, J.W., Cecil, Tarp, Myra's mother Lois and Myra's seven-year-old brother, Rusty''.

JULY 3, 1962 TUESDAY

Scott Borchetta is born in Burbank, California. After more that 15 years in record promotion, he forms Big Machine Records, taking part in the careers of Taylor Swift, Reba McEntire, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and Rascal Flatts.

JULY 4, 1962 WEDNESDAY

The Los Angeles Angels return to California from a road trip in first place, a remarkable feat for the midpoint of their second season. Three thousand fans greet them at the airport, along with owner Gene Autry.
 
JULY 4, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Ruth Brown sings "Shake a Hand" on American Bandstand.

JULY 5, 1962 THURSDAY

Bill Haley and His Comets are at the El Cortez Club in Las Vegas for three weeks.

Little Eva  sings "Loco-Motion" on American Bandstand''.

JULY 6, 1962 FRIDAY

Solomon Burke is at the Flame Show Bar in Detroit for ten days.

Mitch Miller, a one-time producer for Marty Robbins, notches the 10th gold album of his career, for ''Happy Times! Sing Along With Mitch''. The album includes a version of the Vernon Dalhart classic ''The Prisoner's Song''.

Southern writer William Faulkner dies in Byhalia, Mississippi. Decades later, he's namechecked in Pam Tillis' ''Maybe It Was Memphis'', Tim McGraw's ''Southern Voice'', Eric Church's ''Love Your Love The Most'' and Collin Rayes's ''My Kind Of Girl''.

Columbia released Little Jimmy Dickens' ''The Violet And A Rose''.

JULY 7, 1962 SATURDAY

Sun 379 ''Sweet Little Sixteen'' b/w ''How's My Ex Treating You'' by Jerry Lee Lewis issued.

EARLY JULY 1962

Jerry Lee Lewis is booked for ten days at the Shamrock Club in the resort city of Keansburg  near Atlantic City, New Jersey. In Point Pleasant Beach, another New Jersey resort town, the  newly renamed Four Seasons are booked for the summer at Martell's Sea Breeze Club. Fabian  is performing with the summer stock company of John Loves Mary. A one nighter in  Philadelphia features Sam Cooke, the Isley Brothers, Dee Dee Sharp, the Orlons, the  Olympics, Lee Andrews and the Hearts, the Five Satins, the Skyliners and Little Joey and the
Flips.

JULY 8, 1962 SUNDAY

Brenda Lee is performing at the Pleasure Island Amusement Park in Wakefield,  Massachusetts.

Joey Dee and the Starliters are touring Army And Air Force bases in Germany,  Italy and France.

Pop singer Joan Osborne is born in Anchorage, Kentucky. She joins Randy Scruggs to recorded ''Passin' Thru'' for the ''Happy, Texas'' soundtrack and opens for The Dixie Chicks on some of their 2003 concert dates.

JULY 10, 1962 TUESDAY

Sun 380 ''You Make It Sound So Easy'' b/w ''New Girl In Town'' by Tony Rossini and The Chippers issued. 

JULY 11, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Fats Domino is on American Bandstand.

The Wilburn Brothers recorded ''Roll Muddy River''.

JULY 12, 1962 THURSDAY

Mick Jagger and company first perform as The Rolling Stones, on a BBC radio show. In 1969, the band recorded ''Honky Tonk Woman'', cited in the Country Music Foundation's ''Heartaches By The Number'' among country's 500 greatest singles.

 JULY 12, 1962 THURSDAY

Ray Charles sets a record during his week-end stay at the Regal Theater in Chicago by taking  in $62,500.

JULY 13, 1962 FRIDAY

Duane Eddy begins eight weeks at the Beachcomber Club in Wildwood, New Jersey.

Songwriter Victoria Shaw is born in Manhattan, New York. Her credits include ''The River'' by Garth Brooks, ''Too Busy Bein' In Love'' by Doug Stone, and ''I Love The Way You Love Me'' by John Michael Montgomery.

The city of Baltimore observes Brenda Lee Day.

Rhonda Vincent is born in Kirksville, Missouri. She emerges as a major bluegrass talent in the 1990s and 2000s, and contributes to the Grammy-winning country album ''Lovin', Livin', Losin' - Songs Of The Louvin Brothers''.

JULY 14, 1962 SATURDAY

Singer/songwriter Leslie Satcher is born in Paris, Texas. She writes George Strait's ''Troubadour'', Martina McBride's ''When God-Fearin' Women Get The Blues'' and Pam Tillis' ''I Said A Prayer''. Satcher also provides backing vocals on hits by Terri Clark and Blake Shelton.

 JULY 15, 1962 SUNDAY

Chubby Checker begins a week at the 1200 seat Frolics Club in Salisbury, New Jersey.

MID JULY 1962

As "Surfin' Safari" takes off, the Beach Boys begin their first tour. It will be of the upper Mid- West.

JULY 16, 1962 MONDAY

Dick Clark gets his first vacation since American Bandstand went national. Ten different  entertainers will host with Freddy Cannon being the first.

Decca released Patsy Cline's ''So Wrong''.
 
 JULY 17, 1962 TUESDAY

Bryan Hyland is the second guest host and sings "Sealed With a Kiss''.

RCA Victor released Elvis Presley's pop hit ''She's Not You''. The song reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 13 on the Rhythm and Blues. In the UK, the single reached number 1 where it stayed for three weeks. It was written by Doc Pomus in collaboration with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Episode 1 of the 2004 BBC miniseries Blackpool featured the Presley recording, accompanied on screen by the singing and dancing of the characters, as part of the story. Chris Isaak covered this song for his 2011 album, ''Beyond The Sun''.

JULY 18, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Johnny Crawford plays host on American Bandstand and performs "Cindy's Birthday''.

Drummer Jack Irons is born in Los Angeles. In 1994, he joins alternative rock band Pearl Jam, referenced in Lonestar's 1996 country hit ''No News''.

JULY 19, 1962 THURSDAY

Neil Sedaka's tour of Italy starts. Duane Eddy is guest host on American Bandstand and plays  "The Ballad of Paladin''.

Ray Charles receives gold records for the single ''I can't Stop Loving You'' and the album ''Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music''.

Mel Tillis has a son, Mel Tillis Jr. The senior Tillis begins thinking seriously about his future and gives up cigarettes. The boy, nicknamed Sonny, becomes a songwriter as an adult, co-writing Jamie O'Neal's ''When I Think About Ange''.

JULY 20, 1962 FRIDAY

Johnny Tillotson hosts American Bandstand and performs "It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'''.

JULY 22, 1962 SUNDAY

The Everly Brothers are at the Holiday House in Pittsburgh.

Ray Charles does an integrated show at the 10000 seat Dallas Memorial Auditorium without  incident.

JULY 23, 1962 MONDAY

The second week of Dick Clark's vacation finds James Darren hosting. Darren sings "Mary's  Little Lamb''.

JULY 24, 1962 TUESDAY

Chubby Checker hosts American Bandstand and sings "Dancin' Party''.

JULY 25, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Gene Pitney headlines the Galaxy of Stars tour. Its first performance is tonight in Syracuse,  New York.

Dion hosts American Bandstand and sings "Lovers Who Wander''.

JULY 26, 1962 THURSDAY

Joey and the Starliters are in the British West Indies. Jimmy Dean hosts American Bandstand.

JULY 27, 1962 FRIDAY

Sam Cooke backed by the Upsetters opens for a week at the Reagal Theater in Chicago.

Linda Scott is the final guest host on American Bandstand.

''She Dares To Be Different!'' is the headline on a story in The Summer Texan, the first article published on Janis Joplin. She goes on to recorded ''Me And Bobby McGee'', on of country's greatest singles, according to a Country Music Foundation release.

JULY 28, 1962 SATURDAY

Dick Clark hosts an afternoon concert as part of the first annual International Sound Fair at  Cobo Hall in Detroit.

JULY 29, 1962 SUNDAY

Jackie Wilson is on the Ed Sullivan Show.

JULY 31, 1962 TUESDAY

Jack Scott appears on American Bandstand.

Eddy Arnold recorded ''Does He Mean That Much To You'' at Nashville's RCA Studio B.

LATE JULY 1962

Paul Anka compose the theme song for the epic war movie The Longest Day. Duane Eddy is  touring the East coast.


Narvel Felts has been the consummate survivor. His three and a half decades in the snake-pit of the music industry have produced a clutch of hits, but more surprisingly, have not soured him. He remains an eminently likeable and personable man of undeniable talent, a talent that has perhaps not always been showcased to its best advantage.

His earliest days in the music business were spent as featured vocalist with Jerry Mercer's Rhythm 7 Blues Boys. From there, he cut some sides at Sun which were unreleased at the time, and finally hit his stride with Mercury and MGM in the late 1950s. As the decade ended, he scored with ''Honey Love'' and ''Three Thousand Miles'' on Pink Records, but the early 1960s found Narvel trying to recharge his career in a rapidly changing musical climate.

After a stint in the Missouri National Guard, he returned to the music scene in 1962 with some recordings for Bob Cloud's Starlite label. At roughly the same time, Narvel renewed his acquaintance with Roland Janes, the former producer of Sun Records. They had first met in 1957 when Roland was playing with Billy Riley at the Carolyn Theater in Piggott, Arkansas – a meeting that Roland does not remember, but Felts, with typically photographic recall, does. The interceding years had been both good and bad for Janes. He had started Rita Records with Riley, and scored a major hit with Harold Dorman's ''Mountain Of Love'' before the  label dissolved. He started to build his own studio in Memphis, but then ran out of money, and moved to Poplar Bluff, Missouri where he worked with Bill Rice. It was there that he met Felts again – although his first recording deal was with Felts drummer, Matt Lucas, whom he brought back to Memphis for a custom  session at Fernwood.

By early 1962 Roland Janes had the Sonic studio operation, and the other member of Narvel Felts trio, J.W. Grubbs, came down to Memphis for a session. Narvel came along and, at the end of the session, demo's a couple of songs he had written to cut those songs, ''Lovelight Man'' and ''Larry And Joellen'', on Renay Records, a label Roland had started shortly after he had launched Sonic.

At roughly the same time, Roland entered into a loose arrangement with Texas entrepreneur Bill Hall and Sun alumnus Jack Clement, who had formed a little music publishing and recording frontier in Beaumont, Texas. Roland agreed to scout out material for them, and cut the original demo of Dickey Lee's ''She Thinks I Still Care''. Several of the more underproduced songs on the Roland sessions were originally designed as demos for Hall-Clement publishing.

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Session Published for Historical Reasons

STUDIO SESSION FOR NARVEL FELTS
FOR RENAY RECORDS 1962

SONIC RECORDING STUDIO
1692 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
STUDIO SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE SUMMER 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – ROLAND JANES

01 - ''LARRY AND JOELLEN*'' - B.M.I. - 2:11
Composer: - Narvel Felts
Publisher: - Hall Clement Publishing
Matrix number: - R 204
Recorded: - Unknown Date Summer 1962
Released: - 1962
First appearance: - Renay Records (S) 45rpm standard single Renay 303 mono
LARRY AND JOELLEN / LOVELIGHT MAN
Reissued: - 1990 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15515-20 mono
NARVEL FELTS - MEMPHIS DAYS

02 - ''LOVELIGHT MAN**'' - B.M.I. - 1:56
Composer: - Joe Keene-Eddie Keene
Publisher: - Rolyn Publisher
Matrix number: - R 205
Recorded: - Unknown Date Summer 1962
Released: - 1962
First appearance: - Renay Records (S) 45rpm standard single Renay 303 mono
LOVELIGHT MAN / LARRY AND JOELLEN
Reissued: - 1990 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15515-14 mono
NARVEL FELTS - MEMPHIS DAYS

03 – ''SLIPPIN' AND SLIDIN''' - B.M.I. - 1:55
Composer: - Richard Penniman-Al Collins-James Smith-Edwin Bolage
Publisher: - Venice Music
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date Summer 1962
Released: - 1990
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15515-19 mono
NARVEL FELTS - MEMPHIS DAYS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Narvel Felts - Vocal & Guitar
J.W. Grubbs - Bass
Matt Lucas - Drums
Bobby Wood - Piano

*- Hurshel Wayne Wiginton Group - Vocal Chorus
**- Sandy Posey Singers - Vocal Chorus

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AUGUST 1962
 

AUGUST 1, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Chubby Checker opens at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

AUGUST 2, 1962 THURSDAY

Aretha Franklin makes her national television debut on American Bandstand and sings "Try a  Little Tenderness''.

Singer and songwriter Robert Zimmerman legally changes his name to Bob Dylan. The name is affixed to the songwriting credits of such country hits as ''It Ain't Me, Babe'', ''You Ain't Going Nowhere'' and ''Wagon Wheel''.

AUGUST 3, 1962 FRIDAY

Columbia released Ray Price's ''Pride''.

Brenda Lee, Jimmy Dean and The Letterman play at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl in a concert billed as ''Music For Teens''.

AUGUST 4, 1962 SATURDAY

Bobby Rydell videotapes a segment for Tennessee Ernie Ford's ABC-TV variety show in San  Francisco.

Bass player Jack Taylor dies. He emerged in 1932 with The Prairie Ramblers, a group that performed on WSL Radio and backed up Patsy Montana on the 1935 hit ''I Wanna Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart''. The group was disbanded in 1960.

Connie Hall recorded the Bill Anderson-penned ''Fool Me Once''.

AUGUST 5, 1962 SUNDAY

Monroe was found dead in the bedroom of her Brentwood home by her psychiatrist, Dr. Ralph Greenson, in the early morning hours of August 5, 1962. Greenson had been called there by her housekeeper Eunice Murray, who was staying overnight and had awoken at 3:00 a.m. "sensing that something was wrong". Murray had seen light from under Monroe's bedroom door, but had not been able to get a response and found the door locked.The death was officially confirmed by Monroe's physician, Dr. Hyman Engelberg, who arrived at the house at around 3:50 a.m. At 4:25 a.m., they notified the Los Angeles Police Department

The Los Engeles County Coroners Office was assisted in their investigation by experts from the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Team. It was estimated that Monroe had died between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., and the toxicological analysis concluded that the cause of death was acute barbiturate poisoning, as she had 8 mg of chloral hydrate and 4.5 mg of pentobarbital (Nembutal) in her blood, and a further 13 mg% of pentobarbital in her liver. Empty bottles containing these medicines were found next to her bed. The possibility of Monroe having accidentally overdosed was ruled out as the dosages found in her body were several times over the lethal limit. Her doctors and psychiatrists stated that she had been prone to "severe fears and frequent depressions" with "abrupt and unpredictable" mood changes, and had overdosed several times in the past, possibly intentionally. Due to these facts and the lack of any indication of foul play, her death was classified a probable suicide.

Monroe's unexpected death was front-page news in the United States and Europe. According to Lois Banner, "it's said that the suicide rate in Los Angeles doubled the month after she died; the circulation rate of most newspapers expanded that month", and the Chicago Tribune reported that they had received hundreds of phone calls from members of the public requesting information about her death. French artist Jean Cocteau commented that her death "should serve as a terrible lesson to all those, whose chief occupation consists of spying on and tormenting film stars", her former co-star Laurence Olivier deemed her "the complete victim of ballyhoo and sensation", and Bus Stop director Joshua Logan stated that she was "one of the most unappreciated people in the world". Her funeral, held at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetary on August 8, was private and attended by only her closest associates. It was arranged by Joe DiMaggio and her business manager Inez Melson. Hundreds of spectators crowded the streets around the cemetery. Monroe was later interred at crypt number. 24 at the Corridor of Memories.

Several conspirasy theories about Monroe's death have been proposed in the decades afterwards, including murder and accidental overdose. The murder speculations first gained mainstream attention with the publication of Norman Mailor's ''Marilyn: A Biography'' in 1973, and in the following years became widespread enough for the Los Angeles County District Attorney John Van de Kamp to conduct a "threshold investigation" in 1982 to see whether a criminal investigation should be opened. No evidence of foul play was found. T he actress is remembered in Faith Hill's country hit ''The Secret Of Life'', Hank Williams Jr. ''Born To Boogie'' and Keith Urban's ''John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16''.

Jan Howard is rushed to a Nashville hospital after taking an overdose of sleeping pills.

AUGUST 6, 1962 MONDAY

Rose Maddox recorded the Del Reeves-written ''Sing A Little Song Of Heartache'' at the Capitol Studios in Hollywood with Joe Maphis on fiddle and guitar.

Anita Wood tells The Memphis Press-Scimitar she's ending her four-years relationship with Elvis Presley, who, she says, is not ready to get married.

United States begins to suspect Soviets building Missile Bases in Cuba.
 
AUGUST 7, 1962 TUESDAY

Neil Sedaka ends his tour of Italy and is off to Great Britain to promote the English release of  "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do''.

Banjo player Alison Brown is born in Hartford, Connecticut. She becomes a critically acclaimed Nashville musicians, forming her own label, Compass Records, with husband Garry West and winning a Grammy award in 2001.

United States Protests to Soviet Union who refute the allegations.
 
EARLY AUGUST 1962

Brenda Lee is at the Concord Hotel at the Catskil Mountains resort of Lake Kaimesha, New  York.

AUGUST 8, 1962 WEDNESDAY

The Ray Charles Show with seventeen piece orchestra is in Vancouver, British Columbia.  4500 attend and the show grosses $11000.

Joey Dee and the Starliters are on American  Bandstand and sing "What Kind of Love Is This''.

AUGUST 9, 1962 THURSDAY

Brenda Lee recorded the pop ballad ''All Alone Am I'' at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

Studio session for Charlie Rich at the Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. 
AUGUST 1962

Charlie Rich had been discovered by Scotty Moore's A&R predecessor, Bill Justis, who himself had scored  in November 1957 with a gritty Top 20 instrumental titled ''Raunchy''. Justis felt Rich was a superb pianist.  He liked the demo tapes Rich brought him so much that he hired him as a session player in Sam's studio. One  day, during lunch at Taylor's cafe with Rich and Memphis Press-Scimitar reporter Edwin Howard, Justis  gave his new piano player some potent advice: ''I keep telling you, Charlie, you're never gonna make it in the  record business till you learn to play bad''.

Sam released seven Rich singles on Phillips International, including ''Just A Little Bit Sweet'' and ''School  Days'', but the records never got beyond a regional audience. When Rich signed with RCA Records in 1963,  Sam sent a telegram to the label stating that Rich still had an unfilled verbal contract with him. As a result of  Sam's letter, RCA suspended Rich's contract and Rich sued Sam in chancery court charging him with breach  of contract. The lawsuit was settled to Rich's advantage, but his rough new beginning with RCA produced  only one minor hit, ''Big Boss Man'', and it wasn't until he moved on to Smash that he got a big hit with  ''Mohair Sam''.
 

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On this session, Ray Charles influence was again palpable on ''Finally Found Out'', but it was ''Sittin' And Thinkin''' that has drawn listeners' attention over the years. It is hard to escape the poignancy of the lyrics given Rich's well documented lifestyle. Rich's final release for Sam Phillips is a curious combination. One side, ''There's Another Place I Can't Go'', was a slickly crafted, almost jazzy treatment of a broken relationship.

The sentiments were worded generally enough to appeal to teens. In fact, the tune was composed not by Rich, but by a team of New York specialists who were not about to give away the publishing rights to Sam Phillips.
 
''I Need Your Love'', was undoubtedly a Rich original. Surprisingly, it was not one of the strongest efforts and had demo written all over it. If nothing else, this side directed the lion's share of disc jockey attention to the A-side.

 
 
 
STUDIO SESSION FOR CHARLIE RICH
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
319 SEVENTH AVENUE NORTH, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: THURSDAY AUGUST 9, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER - SAM PHILLIPS  AND/OR BILLY SHERRILL
RECORDING ENGINEER - JIM LOCKHART AND/OF TOM SPARKMAN

This small masterpieces was recorded in Nashville. If nothing else, ''Sittin' And Thinkin''' was as autobiographical as Charlie Rich's music ever got. This one cut so close to the bone that Charlie's wife, Margaret Ann, had difficulty listening to it when he was still alive, much less after his death. Even the strings don't blunt the impact of this track which, more than anything else issued on Sun, suggests the strong potential Charlie had for the country music market.

01 – ''SITTIN' AND TINKIN''' - B.M.I. - 3:00
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 429  - Master
Recorded: - August 9, 1962
Released: - October 18, !962
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3582-B mono
SITTIN' AND THINKIN' / FINALLY FOUND OUT
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4-18 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6

The next track it's back to Ray Charles and gospel chord changes for this side. The record makes it clear that when recorded as tastefully as they were here strings and voices don't have sabotage good music.

02 – ''FINALLY FOUND OUT'' – B.M.I. - 2:18
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 430  - Master
Recorded: - August 9, 1962
Released: - October 18, 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3582-A mono
FINALLY FOUND OUT / SITTIN' AND THINKIN'
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4-21 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6

''There's Another Place I Can't Go'' was Charlie Rich's only flirtation with music submitted by New York writers. Unless he was covering music by one of his heroes like Chuck Willis, Rich usually recorded his own material. Although this wasn't a weak composition by any reckoning, it didn't have 'hit record' written all  over it. It seems to fall in the cracks between teen and adult music. Certainly the lyrics were within the life experience of many young adults, although Charlie's performance takes it to another realm. The finger snapping opening suggests Charlie is closer to his ''ring-a-ding-ding'' Sinatra bag than swaggering down teen-idol lane. If anything worked against the commercial pop success of this disc, it was probably the hip/jazz/bluesy feel Charlie managed to wrestle from the material. Indeed, in the hands of most pop singers, this would have been a strictly lightweight outing. In Charlie's hand, it is considerably more, although it didn't keep those cash registers ringing.

03 ''THERE'S ANOTHER PLACE I CAN'T GO'' – A.S.C.A.P. 2:36
Composer: - Tobias-Pockriss
Publisher: - Northern Music 
Matrix number: - P 433  - Master
Recorded: - August 9, 1962
Released: April 1963
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3584-A mono
THERE'S ANOTHER PLACE I CAN'T GO / I NEED YOUR LOVE
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4-22 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6

04 - ''GENTLE AS A LAMB'' – B.M.I. - 2:47
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - August 9, 1962
Released: - 1971
First appearance: - Sun International (LP) 33rpm Sun-123-A-1 mono
A TIME FOR TEARS
Reissued: -  1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16152-2-27 mono
LONELY WEEKEND - THE SUN YEARS 1958 – 1962

''Gentle As A Lamb'', Margaret Ann plainly recalls writing this ''darling song'' with Charlie in hopes that could pitch it to Elvis. ''At the time he was barraged with people trying to sell him songs. I don't know if he ever heard it. I didn't even remember that Charlie had recorded such a finished version for Sun, but I do know they never released it''. The truth is, this kind of teen fluff was thankfully rare in Charlie's written or recorded legacy although, in search of the elusive dollar sign, he was not above it.

05 – ''GOODBYE MARY ANN'' – B.M.I. - 2:18
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - August 9, 1962
Released: - 1971
First appearance: - Sun International (LP) 33rpm Sun-123-B-1 mono
A TIME FOR TEARS
Reissued: -  1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16152-2-27 mono
LONELY WEEKEND - THE SUN YEARS 1958 – 1962

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Charlie Rich - Vocal & Piano
Kelton D. ''Kelso'' Herston - Guitar
Floyd B. Lightnin' Chance - Bass
James Wilkerson - Guitar
William P. Ackerman - Drums
Homer Boots Randolph - Saxophone
Brenton Bolden Banks - Violin
Solie Isaac Fott -Violin
Lillian Vann Hunt - Violin
Cecil Lee Tanner - Violin

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AUGUST 10, 1962 FRIDAY

Dick Clark is the host for tonights entertainment at the Illinois State Fair in Chicago.

The  Flamingos begin a week at the Hialeah Club in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Columbia Records released Jimmy Dean's ''Little Black Book''.

AUGUST 12, 1962 SUNDAY

The Everly Brothers are at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City. Dion is a guest on CBS-TV's The Ed  Sullivan Show.

Roni Stoneman of The Stoneman Family, has her fourth child, Robert Cox.
 
AUGUST 13, 1962 MONDAY

Tommy Roe Sings "Sheila" on American Bandstand.

AUGUST 14, 1962 TUESDAY

The Duprees appear on American Bandstand and perform "You Belong To Me''.

MID AUGUST 1962

A rumor begun two weeks earlier in Los Angeles is now nationwide: Sam Cooke is suffering  from an incurable disease. Eventually the major papers, especially those aimed at the Negro  market, did their homework.  Cooke did not have leukemia as reported and the rumor slowly fades away.

Johnny Tillotson is discharged from the U.S. Army Reserves. He now is now to start touring  the Mid-West beginning in Michigan.

Bill Haley and His Comets are off on a tour of South America. Their first stop is Caracas,  Venezuela.

AUGUST 15, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Claude King recorded ''The Burning Of Atlanta'' in an a.m. session at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

AUGUST 16, 1962 THURSDAY

Jim Reeves leaves Nashville for the first-ever country tour of South Africa, with Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer and comedian Dick O'Shaunessy.

Claude King recorded the hit version of ''I've Got The World By The Tail'' in an overnight session at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lloyd Price is at the Peppermint Lounge West in Pittsburgh through August 25.

Dick Clark  brings Gene Pitney, Brian Hyland, Bobby Vinton, Bobby Lewis and the Bachelors to the  Wisconsin State Fair for the next two days. 

LaVern Baker is at the Harlem Club in Atlantic  City, New Jersey.

AUGUST 17, 1962 FRIDAY

Sam Cooke attends the annual meeting of the Rhythm and Blue Association at the Shreaton- Jefferson Hotel in St. Louis. A rock and roll show at the Boston Arena featuring Gary U.S.  Bonds, a riot breaks out for undisclosed reasons.

AUGUST 18, 1962 SATURDAY

Roy Orbison is touring the South. Bobby Vee ends his Midwestern tour with a show and dance  in Hastings, Nebraska.

The Flamingos are at Carr's Beach in Annapolis, Maryland.

Ringo Starr makes his debut as the drummer for The Beatles at Hulme Hall in Birkenhead, England. Starr is destined to receive a country Grammy nomination for a session with Buck Owens.

Fiddler Jimmy Mattingly is born in Leitchfield, Kentucky. A longtime member of Garth Brook's band, Stillwater, he backs Dolly Parton and Dierks Bentley on albums and becomes a founding member of the bluegrass band The Grascals.
 
AUGUST 20, 1962 MONDAY

The Everly Brothers are Freedomland Park in the Bronx, New York.

Capitol released Buck Owens' ''Kickin' Our Hearts Around''.

Decca released Webb Pierce's ''Cow Town''.

Songwriter Tony Stampley is born, the son of Joe Stampley. Tony authors his father's 1984 duet with Moe Bandy, ''Where's The Dress''.

AUGUST 21, 1962 TUESDAY

Jim Reeves arrives in Johannesburg for the first-ever country tour of South Africa. Three thousand people are waiting at the airport to greet him. Also with him are Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer and comedian Dick O'Shaunessy.

Johnny Cash recorded ''Busted'' at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
AUGUST 22, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Frankie Avalon is on American Bandstand.

AUGUST 23, 1962 THURSDAY

Dion begins a tour of South America.

Jerry Lee Lewis sings "Sweet Little Sixteen" on ABC's American Bandstand show, hosted by Dick Clark.  This is Lewis' first  appearance on the show in four years, since the problems with the press over his marriage.

Cozy Cole is at Cincinnati's Living Room Lounge.

John Lennon, of The Beatles, marries Cynthia Powell in Liverpool, England, with bandmate Paul McCartney serving as best man. Lennon and McCartney write several country hits, including ''I Feel Fine'' and ''I Son;t Want To Spoil The Party''.
 
AUGUST 24, 1962 FRIDAY

Dave "Baby" Cortez plays "Riny Dink" on American Bandstand. Roy Orbison is appearing for  three nights in Detroit.

Johnny Tillotson is at the Michigan State Fair in Detroit.

Webb Pierce recorded the Mel Tillis-penned ''Sawmill''.

AUGUST 24-26, 1962

Jerry Lee Lewis headlined and plays 10 shows at Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey, with Joey Dee and Starlighters, Brian Hyland, promoted and introduced by Dick Clark. Also on the bill Dee Dee Sharp. By now, Jerry had added a sax player and a second drummer to the band. After the first show, there were so many thousand of excited people in the theater at the end of the pier that the structure started swaying and some people were afraid that it might collapse into the ocean. Jay W. Brown prayed out loud that saying he would quit drinking whiskey if God saved some people from drowning! The Steel Pier management moved the venue to a theater closer to the shore for the remainder of the weekend. There were five shows per day and Jerry did five or six songs per show.

AUGUST 25, 1962 SATURDAY

Ray Charles sells out the 22,00 seat stadium at the Randall's Island Music Festival.

Former Red Foley collaborator Lawrence Welk returns to the cover of TV Guide.
 
AUGUST 27, 1962 MONDAY

Elvis Presley begins shooting for It Happened At The World's Fair.

Guitarist Matt Basford is born. He becomes a member of Cincinnati-Based Yankee Grey, whose 1999 debut earns them an Academy of Country Music nomination for Top New Group or duet.

AUGUST 28, 1962 TUESDAY

A fire destroyes 75% of Gene Autry's Melody Ranch in California, a former shooting locale for dozens of western movies.

AUGUST 29, 1962 WEDNESDAY

United Artists released Elvis Presley's boxing-themed ''Kid Galahad'', providing actor Ed Asner his movie debut.
 
AUGUST 30, 1962 TURSDAY

Fabian is a guest star at a benefit at the Boston Gardens hosted by Danny Thomas.

Porter Wagoner recorded ''I've Enjoyed As Much Of This As I Can Stand'' during the afternoon at Nashville's RCA Studio B.

Bob Dylan signs a management contract with executive Albert Grossman, who receives 20% of Dylan's earnings and even more of his recording royalties. During their association, Dylan writes ''It Ain't Me, Babe'' and ''You Ain't Going Nowhere''.
 
AUGUST 31, 1962 FRIDAY

Murray the K hosts the annual Labor Day rock and roll show at the Brooklyn Fox Theater.  Appearing are Ben E. King, the Shirelles, Chuck Jackson, the Ronettes, Bobby Vinton, the  Dovells, Dee Dee Sharp, the Capris, Tommy Roe, the Marvelettes, the Del Satins, the Majors,  Little Eva and Tony Orlando. The show will run for ten days.

Fabian is paid $2500 for one performance at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Jocko's Rocketship Revue at the Apollo theater is headlined by Don Gardner and Dee Dee  Gardner. Other artists include Gary U.S. Bonds, the Countors, the Impressions, Barbara Lynn  and the Dreamlovers.
 

 
SEPTEMBER 1962
 

SEPTEMBER 1, 1962 SATURDAY

Fifth Avenue in Nashville is renamed Opry Place between Broadway and Commerce, the block that houses the Ryman Auditorium. The designation is eventually ignored.

Marty Robbins' ''Devil Woman'' begins a sinful eight-week run at number 1 on the Billboard country singles chart.

SEPTEMBER 3, 1962 MONDAY

Chubby Checker starts his tour of Great Britain. Ray Charles plays the Memphis City  Auditorium. 4500 fans purchase $12000 of tickets.

SEPTEMBER 4, 1962 TUESDAY

Johnny Cash appears on Dick Clark's ''American Bandstand''.

SEPTEMBER 5, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Elvis Presley begins filming ''It Happened At The World's Fair'' in Seattle, Washington.

Ray Charles recorded ''You Are My Sunshine'' at the Capitol Studios in New York for his album ''Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music Volume 2''.

Patsy Cline recorded ''Why Can't He Be You'' and ''Leavin' On Your Mind'' at the Bradley Recording Studio on Nashville's Music Row. Loretta Lynn has a hit with ''Why Can't He Be You'' in 1977 after recording it for the album ''I Remember Patsy''.

Johnny and Jonie Mosby recorded ''Trouble In My Arms''.

SEPTEMBER 6, 1962 THURSDAY

The Isley Brothers are at the Peppermint Lounge.

ABC-TV reporter Elizabeth Vargas is born in Paterson, New Jersey. In 2002, she marries singer/songwriter Marc Cohn, whose ''Walking In Memphis'' becomes a hit for Lonestar the following year.

SEPTEMBER 7, 1962 FRIDAY

Rick Nelson is at the World's Fair of Music and Sound at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Bobby Rydell headlines the Hero Scholarship Funs at the Municipal Stadium in Philadelphia.

The Hero Scholarships are given to children of police and fire personnel who were killed in  the line of duty. Joey Dee and the Starliters are at the Erie Social Club in Philadelphia.

Ray Charles recorded ''Your Cheatin' Heart'' and ''Take These Chains From My Heart'' for his album ''Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music Volume 2''.

Columbia released Claude King's ''The Burning Of Atlanta''.

SEPTEMBER 8, 1962 SATURDAY

Upon turning 30, Patsy Cline throws a birthday/housewarming party. Among her guests, Dottie West, Faron Young, Loretta Lynn and songwriter Harlan Howard.

SEPTEMBER 9, 1962 SUNDAY

Songwriter Tex Owens dies of a heart attack in New Baden, Texas. The brother of Texas Ruby, he wrote the cowboy classic ''The Cattle Call''.

SEPTEMBER 10, 1962 MONDAY

Patsy Cline recorded ''Back In Baby's Arms'' at Nashville's Bradley Recording Studio.

Hawkshaw Hawkins recorded the Justin Tubb-penned ''Lonesome 7-7203'' at the King Studios in Cincinnati, Ohio. He also cuts a version of ''Silver Threads And Golden Needles'', destined to become a hit for Linda Ronstadt, in his final session.

Decca Records released Kitty Wells' ''We Missed You''.

SEPTEMBER 10, 1962 MONDAY

The Zanzibar, a new nightclub in Philadelphia, opens with the Coasters, the Counters and   Aretha Franklin performing for two weeks.

EARLY SEPTEMBER 1962

Dick Clark and Johnny Tillotson are at the New Jersey State Fair in Trenton.
Ben E. King is at Spider Kelly's Club in Philadelphia.

SEPTEMBER 11, 1962 TUESDAY

''McHale's Navy'' debuts on ABC-TV, with Kitty Wells' son, Bobby Wright, portraying crew member Willie Moss.

Roy Drusky recorded ''Second Hand Rose''.

Studio session for Jerry Lee Lewis at the Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. He recorded, included Jimmie Rodgers' ''Waiting For A Train (All Around The Watertank)''. It becomes a hit more than eight years later.


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STUDIO SESSION FOR JERRY LEE LEWIS
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
319 SEVENTH AVENUE NORTH, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER - SAM PHILLIPS  AND/OR BILLY SHERRILL
RECORDING ENGINEER - JIM LOCKHART AND/OF TOM SPARKMAN

"Good Golly Miss Molly" is a hit rock and roll song first recorded in 1958 by the American musician Little Richard. The song, a 12-bar blues, was written by John Marascalco and producer Robert "Bumps" Blackwell. Although it was first recorded by Little Richard, Blackwell produced another version by The Valiants, who imitated Little Richard, but sang the song even faster. Although the Valiants' version was released first, Little Richard had the hit. Like all his early hits, it quickly became a rock 'n' roll standard and has subsequently been covered by hundreds of artists. The song is ranked number 94 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Studio session September 11, 1962 with Jerry Lee Lewis, Boots Randolph and Sam Phillips >

In the early 1960s the song became a continental hit in Latin America performed by the Mexican band Los Teen Tops, whose lead singer was teen idol Enrique Guzman, and sung in Spanish under the title, "La Plaga" ("The Plague"), which actually is a Mexican Spanish slang word referring to "the gang" (as in the "gang one hangs out with"). It was recorded in 1959, and it was the first single of the band. It's considered one of the first rock in Spanish hits.

Almost 30 years later in 1988, it became a hit again for Guzman's daughter, Alejandra (Ale) Guzman, on her debut LP Bye Mama. The British band The Swinging Blue Jeans skirted the UK Top 10 with their revival issued in early 1964 (HMV Pop 1273).
 
In 1966, the song again became a hit when Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels recorded it in a medley with "Devil with A Blue Dress On", reaching number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band would...
 
 
...make "Detroit Medley" a staple of their concerts' encores in the 1970s and 1980s; one such performance is captured on the 1980 ''No Nukes'' album.

Creedence Clearwater Revival recorded "Miss Molly" in 1969 with slightly changed lyrics. Instead of the result of the gift of a diamond ring being "When she hugs me, her kissin' make me ting-a-ling-a-ling", John Fogerty sang, "Would you pardon me a kissin' and a ting-a-ling-a-ling?". The song was also covered by the Meat Puppets on their album Out My Way. The song was covered on The Crests' first LP album, The Crests Sing All Biggies, in 1960. The song is included on the Jerry Lee Lewis album Live at the Star Club, Hamburg, recorded in 1964. In the feature film King Ralph, John Goodman's title character played the song. The song has also been covered by The Sonics on their album Here Are The Sonics and as well as by Screaming Lord Sutch. The Deep Purple song "Speed King" references the song ("'Good Golly', said Little Miss Molly"). An episode of Hannah Montana is titled "Good Golly Miss Dolly" in a reference to this song.

1(1) – ''GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY'' - B.M.I. - 2:05
Composer: - Robert Blackwell-John Marascalco
Publisher: - Jondora Music – Venice Music
Matrix number: - None - Count-In - Chatter - Unknown Take
Recorded: - September 11, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - October 2015
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-14-13 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
''Sweet Little Sixteen'' still aroused enough interest in the market, particularly in the UK, the encourage a raid on the back catalogue of another of his rock and roll peers. On this September session in Nashville found him recording Little Richard's ''Good Golly Miss Molly'', of which several ''polished'' alternates were recorded. These are heralded by a blistering, previously unpublished, initial run through which is in turn followed by a truncated take that continues as an informal jam. During the course of these preambles those present, including producer Billy Sherrill, saxophonist Boots Randolph, and the chorus featuring Marijohn Wilkin and three members of The Jordanaires, all assess what is required of them. Despite the congruent sound of the subsequent complete takes, Lewis throws a vocal clue into the first verse of each to help tell them apart. In the first it is in stretching the first ''Good Molly'' to the equivalent of four syllables; in the third, the second line id prefaced with the words''I say'', whereas the issued cut, take 2, is bereft of either embellishment. (*)
 
1(2) – ''GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY'' - B.M.I. - 2:54
Composer: - Robert Blackwell-John Marascalco
Publisher: - Jondora Music – Venice Music
Matrix number: - None - False Start - Rehearsal
Recorded: - September 11, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - October 2015
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-14-14 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
1(3) – ''GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY'' - B.M.I. - 2:26
Composer: - Robert Blackwell-John Marascalco
Publisher: - Jondora Music – Venice Music
Matrix number: - None - Chatter - Unknown Take - Chatter
Recorded: - September 11, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - September 1989
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-8-12 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963
Reissued: -  October 2015  Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-17-7 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
1(4) – ''GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY'' - B.M.I. - 1:29
Composer: - Robert Blackwell-John Marascalco
Publisher: - Jondora Music – Venice Music
Matrix number: - None - Chatter - False Start - Chatter
Recorded: - September 11, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - October 2015
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-14-16 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
 1(5) – ''GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY'' - B.M.I. - 2:22
Composer: - Robert Blackwell-John Marascalco
Publisher: - Jondora Music – Venice Music
Matrix number: - None - Count-In - Chatter - Take 4
Recorded: - September 11, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 109-B4 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - FEEL SO GOOD
Reissued: - October 2015   Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-14-17 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

1(6) – ''STUDIO CHATTER/SNIPPED(GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY)'' - B.M.I. - 0:17
Composer: - Robert Blackwell-John Marascalco
Publisher: - Jondora Music - Venice
Matrix number: - None - Unknown Take
Recorded: - September 11, 1962   - Not Originally Issued
Released: - October 2015
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-14-23 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS 
 
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.

1(7) – ''GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY'' - B.M.I. - 2:18
Composer: - Robert Blackwell-John Marascalco
Publisher: - Jondora Music - Venice
Matrix number: - None - Stereo Master
Recorded: - September 11, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - September 1989
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-8-14 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963
 
 1(8) – ''GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY'' - B.M.I. - 2:18
Composer: - Robert Blackwell-John Marascalco
Publisher: - Jondora Music - Venice
Matrix number: - U 485 - Master
Recorded: - September 11, 1962
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 15804-1-5 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

2(1) – ''I CAN'T TRUST ME (IN YOUR ARMS ANYMORE)'' - B.M.I. - 2:15
Composer: - Vic McAlpin-Tommy Certain
Publisher: - Tree Music
Matrix number: - None - Count-In - Take 1
Recorded: - September 11, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - October 2015
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-14-20 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
October 2015  Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-16-11 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 

The flip of the resulting single (Sun 382) was a modern sounding country-pop affair, ''I Can't Trust Me (In Your Arms Anymore)'' which was also destined to feature in Shelby Singleton's 1970s recycling programme in a drastically altered configuration beyond the scope of this work; one obvious downside of multi-tracking is the scope for subsequent misrepresentation and the loss of authenticity. In the song's original guise it persists in the form of three separate recordings, superficially similar but each marked by a variation in the penultimate line where Jerry Lee at first, inappropriately sings the words ''we get lonesome all the time'', then corrects himself in the second take with ''we get closer..''. The lattermost proved to be the take issued with ''Good Golly Miss Molly'' on Sun 382. (*)

It's worth noting that the second take of ''I Can't Trust Me (In Your Arms Anymore)'' was published in 1989 stripped of the vocal chorus, a fate which also befell a number of tapes from Jerry Lee's final Sun session, alongside the misleading suggestion that the issued masters concerned were the products of overdubbing. However, as the original session tapes reveal, all the components heard on these recordings were concomitant as a ''live'' studio exercise, the authentic form in which they are presented here. (*)

 

2(2) – ''I CAN'T TRUST ME  (IN YOUR ARMS ANYMORE)' ' - B.M.I. - 2:13
Composer: - Vic McAlpin-Tommy Certain
Publisher: - Tree Music
Matrix number: - Count-In - Take 2
Recorded: - September 11, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - November 1988
First appearance: - Zu-Zazz Records (LP) 33rpm Z-2004-A6 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - DON'T DROP IT!
PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED SUN SESSIONS - VOLUME 2
Reissued: -  October 2015  Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-14-21 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
2(3) – ''I CAN'T TRUST ME  (IN YOUR ARMS ANYMORE)''  - B.M.I. - 2:11
Composer: - Vic McAlpin-Tommy Certain
Publisher: - Tree Music
Matrix number: - None - Stereo Master Take 3
Recorded: - September 11, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - September 1989
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-8-13 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963
Reissued: - October 2015  Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-14-22 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
2(3) – ''I CAN'T TRUST ME  (IN YOUR ARMS ANYMORE)''  - B.M.I. - 2:11
Composer: - Vic McAlpin-Tommy Certain
Publisher: - Tree Music
Matrix number: - U 486 - Take 3 - Master
Recorded: - September 11, 1962
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 15804-1-6 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

''I Can't Trust Me (In Your Arms Anymore)'' (Sun 382) 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'' (SI-1128). 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.


Studio session September 11, 1962 with Jerry Lee Lewis, Boots Randolph and smoking Sam Phillips >

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.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 3 – ''MY PRETTY QUADROON' - B.M.I. - 2:56
Composer: - Mary Dodge-Fred Howard-Nat Vincent
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Unknown Take
Recorded: - September 11, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - January 1974
First appearance: - Sun International (LP) 33rpm NY 6-B2 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - COLLECTORS EDITON
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-8-15 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963
 

On the same occasion Jerry Lee Lewis recalled a few words of the refrain of an old southern song that harked back to the civil war era, ''My Pretty Quadroon'', and managed to stretch it out to a near three minute mid-tempo rock song; perhaps due to its overt ''political incorrectness'' it was destined to remain unheard until the release of a latter-day Sun LP in the Netherlands in January 1974, called ''Jerry Lee Lewis - Collectors Edition''.

Of more potential interest from a commercial point of view was the decision to reprise ''Waiting For A Train'' . Another five, possibly many more takes of the displaced hobo's tale of woe were recorded. None improved markedly upon the results of the earlier Memphis session, although the presence of the saxophone and vocal chorus in lieu of the organ heard formerly gave rise to a very singular ambience. Jerry Lee's familiarity with the song encouraged a casual approach to the lyrics which led to several clues becoming manifest to help tell the alternates apart, markedly in the second verse where, in reflecting on the address to the brakeman, he suggests variously that ''I had to make a line of talk''; or that it was ''just to make a line of talk''; or ''just to make a little line of talk''. At times the illustrious backing vocalists are rather more to the fore though the surest way to confirm distinctions across the piece is to focus on Lewis's concluding yodel on each performance. Jerry Lee's fondness for the song is apparent throughout although none of the recordings he left behind at Sun quite match up to the more mature sounding reading on a Smash album, the release of which predated the Sun International single by some nine months. (*) 


5(1) – ''WAITING FOR A TRAIN'' - B.M.I. - 1:52
Composer: - Jimmie Rodgers
Publisher: - Peer International
Matrix number: - None – Take 1 - Chatter
Recorded: - September 11, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 109-B5 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - FEEL SO GOOD
Reissued: -  October 2015  Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-14-24 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
5(2) – ''WAITING FOR A TRAIN'' - B.M.I. - 1:56
Composer: - Jimmie Rodgers
Publisher: - Peer International
Matrix number: - None – Count-In - Take 2 - Chatter
Recorded: - September 11, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - October 2015
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-14-25 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

5(3) – ''WAITING FOR A TRAIN'' - B.M.I. - 2:08
Composer: - Jimmie Rodgers
Publisher: - Peer International
Matrix number: - None – Count-In - False Start - Take 4
Recorded: - September 11, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - November 1987
First appearance: - Zu-Zazz Records (LP) 33rpm Z-2003-B6 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF OF IT!
Reissued: -  October 2015  Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-14-26 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
5(4) – ''WAITING FOR A TRAIN'' - B.M.I. - 1:54
Composer: - Jimmie Rodgers
Publisher: - Peer International
Matrix number: - None
Back Vocal Tune - Count-In - Take 5
Recorded: - September 11, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - November 1988
First appearance: - Zu-Zazz Records (LP) 33rpm Z-2004-B6 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - DON'T DROP IT!
PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED SUN SESSIONS VOLUME 2
Reissued: -  October 2015  Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-14-27 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
5(5) – ''WAITING FOR A TRAIN'' - B.M.I. - 0:33
Composer: - Jimmie Rodgers
Publisher: - Peer International
Matrix number: - None – Count-In - False Start
Recorded: - September 11, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - October 2015
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-14-28 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
5(6) – ''WAITING FOR A TRAIN'' - B.M.I. - 1:50
Composer: - Jimmie Rodgers
Publisher: - Peer International
Matrix number: - None – Chatter - Take 6
Recorded: - September 11, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - October 2015
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-14-29 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
5(7) – ''WAITING FOR A TRAIN'' - B.M.I. - 0:30
Composer: - Jimmie Rodgers
Publisher: - Peer International
Matrix number: - None – Chatter - False Start
Recorded: - September 11, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - October 2015
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-14-30 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
 5(8) – ''WAITING FOR A TRAIN'' - B.M.I. - 1:48
Composer: - Jimmie Rodgers
Publisher: - Peer International
Matrix number: - None – Unknown Take
Recorded: - September 11, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released:  - September 1970
First appearance: Sun International (S) 45rpm standard singel PI -1119 mono
WAITING FOR A TRAIN / BIG LEGGED WOMAN
Reissued: -  September 1989  Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-8-16 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963 
 
To summarize,  Jerry actually recorded at least 5 takes of this song at different sessions in 1962: In June of that year 2 takes were recorded, featuring the expected guitars, bass and drums plus Shirley Sisk on the organ. The slightly faster version was released first: mistitled ''All Around The Watertank'' it was issued on ''Olde Tyme Country Music'' in 1970, with the slower version appearing on the United Kingdom album ''Good Rockin’ Tonite'' 9 years later (the faster version was also released as single – backed by the dirty blues ''Big Legged Woman'' of all songs -  and was a top 20 United States country hit). On this session, September of 1962 he tackled the song another 3 times, this time without Shirley Sisk’s organ but with Boots Randolph’s saxophone! One of these takes was apparently issued on a Sun International single by mistake in the early 1970s (though this didn't seem to be common knowledge amongst fans until well into the 1980s), with the other takes released on various CDs during the 1980s. Lastly, he recorded the song again for the ''She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye'' album in 1969. Backed by a very tasteful and nobtrusive string section, once again (to my ears) a late 1960s Smash recording blows away all the earlier versions.

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal & Piano
Fred Carter – 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
 
 
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SEPTEMBER 11, 1962 TUESDAY

The Majors perform "Wonderful Dream" on American Bandstand.

SEPTEMBER 12, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Ray Charles is at the Pittsburgh Civic Auditorium.

''The Rebel'' airs on prime-time TV for the last time, with Johnny Cash singing the theme song. The show, starring Nick Adams, ran for three years on ABC, and NBC broadcast re-runs during the summer of 1962.

SEPTEMBER 13, 1962 THURSDAY

Lloyd Price opens at Sciolla's Club in Pittsburgh.

Nine days of location shooting wraps up in Seattle for the Elvis Presley picture ''It Happened At The World's Fair''.

SEPTEMBER 14, 1962 FRIDAY

Ben E. King opens his tour of the Caribbean with a show in the Dominican Republic.

Grandpa Jones recorded ''T For Texas'' with two members of The Carter Family in the supporting band during the evening at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
MID SEPTEMBER 1962

Bill Haley and His Comets begin a five week tour of France, Italy and Germany.

SEPTEMBER 18, 1962 TUESDAY

Dicky Lee sings "Patches" on American Bandstand.

Dion begins his tour of England.

SEPTEMBER 20, 1962 THURSDAY

Bobby Darin is paid $16000 for four nights at the Moulin Rouge nightclub in Los Angeles.

SEPTEMBER 22, 1962 SATURDAY

The Four Seasons stop by American Bandstand to receive a gold record for "Sherry''.

Singer/songwriter Bob Dylan performs at Carnegie Hall in a concert organized by folk figure Pete Seeger. Dylan writes such country hits as ''I'll Be Your Baby Tonight'', ''Ain't Me, Babe'', ''To Make You Feel My Love'' and ''You Ain't Going Nowhere''.

SEPTEMBER 23, 1962 SUNDAY

Multi-instrumentalist Don Herron is born in Steubenville, Ohio. He joins BR549, a band that gains attention on Lower Broadway in Nashville in the mid-1990s. The group's ''Little Ramona (Gone Hillbilly Nuts)'' is named among the 500 greatest country singles in the Country Music Foundation book ''Heartaches By The Number''.
 
SEPTEMBER 24, 1962 MONDAY

The Sensations, Etta James and Hank Ballard and the Midnighters are this week's  entertainment at the Zanzibar Club in Pittsburgh.

Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs recorded ''The Ballad Of Jed Clampett'', the theme for ''The Beverly Hillbillies''.

Decca released Brenda Lee's pop hit ''All Alone Am I''.

Capitol released Rose Maddox' ''Sing A Little Song Of Heartache''.

SEPTEMBER 25, 1962 TUESDAY

Linda Scott sings "I Left My Heart In The Balcony" on American Bandstand.

Loretta Lynn joins the Grand Ole Opry at Rayman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jimmy C. Newman recorded ''Bayou Talk''.

SEPTEMBER 26, 1962 WEDNESDAY
 
''The Beverly Hillbillies'' debuts on CBS-TV, with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs performing the theme song.

Ray Price recorded Conway Twitty's ''Walk Me To The Door'' and Wynn Stewart's ''You Took Her Off My Hands'' in an afternoon session at Nashville's Columbia Studios.

SEPTEMBER 27, 1962 THURSDAY

Mary Wells sings "I Beat You To the Punch" on American Bandstand.

Faron Young recorded ''Down By The River'' at Nashville's Columbia Recording Studio.

Rick Nelson performs ''I Will Follow You'' in a bridal episode of ''The Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet''.

SEPTEMBER 28, 1962 FRIDAY

Columbia released Carl Butler and Pearl's ''Don't Let Me Cross Over''.

SEPTEMBER 29, 1962 SATURDAY

''Mr. Smith Goes To Washington'' makes its TV debut on ABC with Red Foley featured in a supporting role.

''The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show'' debuts on ABC-TV. For the following three months, the Saturday night variety show regularly features the Sons Of The Pioneers and Pat Brady.

SEPTEMBER 30, 1962 SUNDAY
 
Rioting on University of Mississippi campus following Black student James Meredith attempting to enroll ends when federal troops and U.S. marshals take control. James Meredith becomes the first African-American student to enroll at the University of Mississippi. Meredith, an army veteran had made several attempts to enroll at the university but was forced away by Mississippi’s governor and denied entry. He was finally able to enter the school after being escorted by United States Marshals at the insistence of President Kennedy. Meredith actively tested the new integration mandate and became a fearless pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement. He completed his degree at the University in August of 1963. James H. Meredith, an African American and a former serviceman in the U.S. Air Force begins his degree at the white only University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi.
 

 
OCTOBER 1962
 

OCTOBER 1962

PI 3582 ''Sittin' And Thinkin'''b/w ''Finally Found Out'' by Charlie Rich issued.

OCTOBER 1, 1962 MONDAY

Capitol released Wanda Jackson's ''In The Middle Of A Heartache''.

OCTOBER 2, 1962 TUESDAY

NBC-TV launches The Tonight Show, starring Johnny Carson.

The opening music, "Johnny's Theme" is composed by Paul Anka.

Banjo player Buck Trent, employed by Porter Wagoner, has a daughter, Melissa Trent.

RCA Victor released Elvis Presley's ''Return To Sender''. The song peaked at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart, and number 2 on the American Billboard singles chart, but reached number 1 on the rival Cash Box and Music Vendor singles charts. "Return To Sender" also went to number five on the R&B charts. It was the first Christmas number one in Ireland, as the Irish Charts had been founded in October 1962. The single was certified "Platinum" by the RIAA for sales in excess of one million units in the US.

OCTOBER 3, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Wanda Jackson is at the Chestnut Inn in Kansas City.

OCTOBER 4, 1962 THURSDAY

Ray Charles and the Raeletts are at the Cincinnati Music Hall.

OCTOBER 5, 1962 FRIDAY

Dave "Baby" Cortez headlines the Rocketship Revue are the Apollo Theater in New York.  Other artists are Marvin Gaye, the Marvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas, the Radiants, the  Fiestas and Jackie and the Starlites.

OCTOBER 6, 1962 SATURDAY

Little Richard arrived in England having sailed aboard the USS Rotterdam. He choose sailing  because of his fear of flying caused by an in flight incident in 1957 during an Australian tour.  The earlier incident so traumatized Richard that he gave up his rock and roll career for the  comfort of religion.

OCTOBER 7, 1962 SUNDAY

Aretha Franklin and Ike and Tina Turner play the Castle Farms Club in Cincinnati.

Little Richard appears on the British variety television program Thank Your Lucky Stars.

EARLY OCTOBER 1962

Carl Perkins is playing to sold out clubs through out West Germany.

OCTOBER 8, 1962 MONDAY

Little Richard begins his first tour of Great Britain with Sam Cooke and Gene Vincent serving  as MC.

Five years after renouncing it, Little Richard blasts back to rock and roll, performing the future country hit ''Lucille'' during a show at the Gaumont Theater in Dorcaster, England. The bill also features Sam Cooke and emcee Gene Vincent.

Tim Hensley is born in Cincinnati, Ohio. A longtime member of Kenny Chesney and Patty Loveless' road bands, Hensley writes Loveless' 2000 country hit ''That's The Kind Of Mood I'm In''.

OCTOBER 9, 1962 TUESDAY

Brenda Lee appears on CBS-TV's Red Skelton Show.

Rick Nelson sings "Fools Rush In" on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.

Stonewall Jackson recorded ''Old Showboat'' and ''can't Hang Up The Phone''.

OCTOBER 10, 1962 WEDNESDAY

The BBC bans Bobby ''Boris'' Pickett's ''The Monster Mash'', including a background vocal appearance by future Nashville songwriter Johnny MacRae. Among MacRae's credits, ''I'd Love To Lay You Down'' and ''I'd Be Better Off (In A Pine Box)''.

Chris Montez makes his national television debut singing "Let's Dance" on American  Bandstand.

OCTOBER 11, 1962 THURSDAY

The Everly Brothers are scheduled to arrive in England, but only Phil makes the Flight. Don  arrives the next day, but it is apparent to all that he is not physically well.

OCTOBER 12, 1962 FRIDAY

Don Everly collapses at a rehearsal at the Prince of Wales Theater in London and is rushed to  the Charring Cross Hospital. A few hours later he checks himself out.

Columbia released Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs' ''The Ballad Of Jed Clampett''.
 
The Columbus Day Storm strikes Northern California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
 
 
OCTOBER 13, 1962 SATURDAY

Don Everly collapses on stage at the outset of an English tour. He is hospitalized at Charing Cross  Hospital in London for a drug overdose, though the hospital calls it food poisoning. He tries a second overdose the same day in his hotel room.   The tour does open tonight at the Rince of Wales Theater with Everly  Brother's guitarist Joey Page filling in for Don.

John Wiggins is born in Nashville, Tennessee. A member of the 1990s duo John and Audrey Wiggins, he later writes Joe Nichols' ''Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off'', Randy Houser's ''Anything Goes'' and Blake Shelton's ''Who Are You When I'm Not Looking''.

Months after Jimmy Dean netted a country hit with the song ''To A Sleeping Beauty'', comedian and songwriter Jackie Gleason appears on the cover of TV Guide.

''Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf'', opens at the Billy Rose Theatre in New York. After reading the show's script, songwriter Billy Edd Wheeler is inspired to write the Johnny Cash and June Carter duet, ''Jackson''.
 
MID OCTOBER 1962

The Beach Boys appear at Hollywood's Pandora Box, a club designed exclusively for teens.

OCTOBER 14, 1962 SUNDAY

United States Air Force U-2 plane on a photo reconnaissance mission captured photographic proof of Soviet missile bases under construction in Cuba.

OCTOBER 15, 1962 MONDAY

The Flamingos are at the Peppermint Lounge West.

Don Everly returns to Nashville from London with in illness he says he can't explain. Reports indicate he overdosed on sleeping pills, but an associate insists he has a strong case of food poisoning.
 
OCTOBER 16, 1962 TUESDAY

Twelve year old Stevie Wonder makes his club debut at the Latin Quarter in Detroit.

''Requiem For A Heavyweight'' debuts in movie theaters, featuring Anthony Quinn, Mickey Rooney and Jackie Gleason. Just six months earlier, Gleason had a hit as a country songwriter on Jimmy Dean's ''To A Sleeping Beauty''.

Smokey Robinson and The Miracles recorded ''You've Really Got A Hold On Me'' in Detroit, Michigan, at Motown's Hitsville Studio. Mickey Gilley turns the song into a country hit more than 20 years later.

President Kennedy is informed proof of Cuban Missile Installations.

OCTOBER 17, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Future Oak Ridge Boy William Lee Golden welcomes a son, musician Chris Golden in Brewton, Alabama.

Jim Reeves recorded ''When You Are Gone'' during an evening session at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.

U-2 flight discovers intermediate range (IRBMs) SS-5 nuclear missiles installed in Southern Cuba. 
 
OCTOBER 18, 1962 THURSDAY
 
At a Personal meeting between Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs, Andrei Gromyko and President John F. Kennedy, Gromyko assures Kennedy that installations are purely defensive.
 
OCTOBER 19, 1962 FRIDAY

James Brown and his revue are at the Apollo Theater in New York.

OCTOBER 20, 1962 SATURDAY

Roy Orbison is performing in Houston, Texas.

Leroy Van Dyke joins the Grand Ole Opry at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

Roy Acuff begins a seven-week USO  (United Service Organizations)  tour that features performances before American military personnel in more than 10 nations, including Ethiopia, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Greece, Lebanon and Libya.

President Kennedy cancels remainder of his campaign trip because of an "upper respiratory infection''.
 
OCTOBER 21, 1962 SUNDAY

The Everly Brothers are at London's Palladium Theater. England's Cliff Richard is on The Ed  Sullivan Show.

U-2 flight discovers further missile bases in Northern Cuba. 
U-2 flight reveals Soviet bombers and Migs numbers increasing. 

OCTOBER 22, 1962 MONDAY

Marvin Gaye makes his national television debut on American Bandstand. Gaye sings  "Stubborn Kind of Fellow."

The Cuban Missile Crisis reaches its apex as President Kennedy orders a blockade on Cuba after the U.S.S.R. is discovered building missile bases on the island.

President Kennedy addresses the nation in a televised speech, announcing the presence of offensive missile sites in Cuba. US Forces Go to DEFCON 3.

Decca released Burl Ives' ''Mary Ann Regrets''.

OCTOBER 23, 1962 TUESDAY

Western-swing guitarist Leon Chappelear dies of a self-inflicted gunshot in Gladewater, Texas. He played on Jimmie Davis' 1940 classic ''You Are My Sunshine''.

U.S. ships take up position 500 miles offshore to blockade Cuba.

OCTOBER 24, 1962 WEDNESDAY

The fifth episode of ''The Beverly Hillbillies'' airs on CBS-TV, featuring Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs performing the theme song. The episode ties ''The Lucy Show'' for number 1 in the Nielsen ratings.
 
Most Soviet Shipping slows down or turns round except 1 ship. United States Forces Go to DEFCON 2.
 
OCTOBER 25, 1962 THURSDAY

Ray Peterson sings "My Dad" on ABC-TV's Donna Reed Show" of which he is a regular cast  member.

Songwriter Max Troy Barnes is born. His credits include Collin Raye's ''Love, Me'', Diamond Rio's ''That's How Your Love Makes Me Feel'' and Vern Gosdin's ''Way Down Deep'', co-written with his father, songwriter Max D. Barnes.

Red Hot Chili Pepper's drummer Chad Smith is born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He plays on The Dixie Chicks' ''Not Ready To Make Nice''.

Discussions focus over withdraw of U.S. missiles from Turkey in exchange for the withdrawal of Soviet missiles in Cuba.
 
 
OCTOBER 26, 1962 FRIDAY

The First Motor Town Revue takes to the road for six weeks. Unlike other rock and roll  revues, the Motor Town Revue consists only of acts that record for various Motown labels.  Headlined by Mary Wells it features Martha and the Vandellas, the Marvelettes, the  Countours, Marvin Gaye, Little Stevie Wonder, the Supremes the Temptations and Sammy  Ward. The opening stop is the Howard Theater in Washington, DC.

Hank Ballard and the Midnighters are headling the Apollo Theater.

Bobby Rydell is at the annual Miss Teenage American pageant in Dallas, Texas to crown the  winner for the second year in a row.

Neil Sedaka is playing the Peppermint Lounge in Peoria, Illinois.

Columbia released Marty Robbins' ''Ruby Ann''.

Singer and songwriter Kristen Hall is born in Gross Pointe, Michigan. She becomes a founding member of the trio Sugarland, introduced in 2004, but leaves at the end of 2005 before the act reaches its peak.

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev proposes removing soviet missiles if President Kennedy publicly announces U.S. would never invade Cuba.

OCTOBER 27, 1962 SATURDAY

The Roling Stones hold their first recording session at London's Curly Clayton Sound Studios. They eventually cut ''Honky Tonk Women'', deemed among country's all-time greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation's ''Heartaches By The Number''.

Khrushchev proposes in letter public trade of Soviet missiles in Cuba for U.S. missile in Turkey. American U-2 is shot down over Cuba while on reconnaissance killing the pilot, Major Rudolf Anderson. Kennedy writes Khrushchev a letter stating that he will make a statement that the U.S. will not invade Cuba if Khrushchev removes the missiles from Cuba.
 
OCTOBER 28, 1962 SUNDAY

Little Richard may be listed as the headliner tonight at the Empire Theater in Liverpool.

Pop songwriter Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich are married. Their collaborations include ''Da Doo Ron Ron'', ''Chapel Of Love'' and ''Be My Baby'', destined to become a country hit for Jody Miller.
 
Khrushchev announces over Radio Moscow that he has agreed to remove the missiles from Cuba.
 
OCTOBER 29, 1962 MONDAY

Wanda Jackson recorded Ivory Joe Hunder's ''Empty Arms''. The song becomes a country hit for Capitol labelmate Sonny James in 1971.
 
OCTOBER 29, 1962 MONDAY / NOVEMBER 4, 1962

Jerry Lee Lewis is at the Peppermint Lounge West in Pittsburgh.
 

 
NOVEMBER 1962
 

NOVEMBER 1, 1962 THURSDAY

Little Richard and the Beatles go to Hamburg, but this is considered the Beatles first major  concert in West Germany where they with appear for two weeks at the Star Club.

NOVEMBER 2, 1962 FRIDAY

The Motor Town Revue begins five weeks of one nighters. Chubby Checker demonstrates the  "Limbo Rock" on American Bandstand.

NOVEMBER 3, 1962 SATURDAY

Johnny cash and June carter arrive at Kimpo Air Force Base in South Korea at the outset of a USO (United Service Organizations) tour to play for American soldiers.

NOVEMBER 5, 1962 MONDAY

Capitol released Buck Owens' ''You're For Me'', and Faron Young's ''Down By The River''.

Decca released Connie Hall's ''Fool Me Once''.

Sun 382 ''Good Golly Miss Molly'' b/w ''I Can't Trust Me (In Your Arms)'' by Jerry Lee Lewis issued.

Ray Charles and the Raeletts are at the Music Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio.

NOVEMBER 6, 1962 TUESDAY

Jo Walker-Meador is named the executive director of the fledgling Country Music Association, a position she holds for the next 29 years. During her tenure, the CMA establishes the Country Music Hall of fame, the CMA Awards and Fan Fair.

NOVEMBER 7, 1962 WEDNESDAY

After losing the election for California governor, Richard Nixon holds what he says will be his ''last press conference'', telling the media ''You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore''. The quote spurs Buck Owens to write ''You Ain't Gonna Have Ol' Buck To Kick Around No More''.

The Disney movie ''The Legend Of Lobo'' appears in theaters. The story of a wild animal pack is narrated by Rex Allen, with music by The Sons Of The Pioneers.

Review in Billboard mentioned that Jerry Lee Lewis' ''I Can't Trust Me'' (Sun 382) , ''Vet rockster offers a persuasive country blues-styled delivery against a striking backdrop stand, highlighted by strong percussion work throughout. Deck has the ingredients of a teen-market noise maker, and ''Good Golly Miss Molly'', the onetime Little Richard hit is in reliable sockrock hands here. Quite a romp''.

NOVEMBER 8, 1962 THURSDAY

Rick Nelson sings ''My One Desire'' on the weeks's installment of ''The Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet''.

NOVEMBER 9, 1962 FRIDAY

Roy Acuff becomes the first living artist named to the Country Music Hall of fame.

Motown released The Miracles' ''You've Really Got A Hold On Me'', later recorded as a country song by Mickey Gilley.

RCA Victor released the soundtrack to Elvis Presley's ''Girl! Girls! Girls!'', and is the sixteenth album by Elvis Presley, released on mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 2426, in November 1962. The recording session took place at Radio Recorders at 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood on March 26, 27, and 28, 1962. It peaked at number three on the Top Lp's chart. It was certified Gold on August 13, 1963 by the Recording Industry Association of America. 

As soundtrack album sales far outstripped his regular album sales (''Blue Hawaii'' outselling ''Pot Luck by Elvis'' by ten to one) Presley found himself firmly entrenched in songs designed for a light-entertainment formula of beautiful scenery and girls galore. With this discrepancy in sales, the formula of the soundtrack music became the focus.

Sixteen songs were recorded at the sessions in March, of which thirteen were used for the soundtrack album. Banished from the kingdom after running afoul of the Colonel, songs from favored writers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller could only be those already written for someone else, in this case the title track being a hit for The Coasters in 1961 before being adapted for the Presley film. This song and two others, "Return To Sender'' and "Because Of Love," appear on the 1995 soundtrack compilation Command Performances; The Essential 60s Masters II''.

The tracks "Return to Sender" and "Where Do You Come From" were issued as the both sides of a single in October 1962, one month before the release of the soundtrack LP. "Return to Sender" became a substantial hit for Presley, peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the b-side "Where Do You Come From" peaked at only number 99 independently of the hit side.

The Presley fan-club label Follow That Dream released an expanded version of the album in 2007, including alternate takes and songs recorded but not used for the soundtrack. The outtake "Plantation Rock" saw a performance by actor Rob Schneider on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 1996. The songs performed by Stella Stevens in the film, "Never Let Me Go", "The Nearness Of You'' and "Baby, Baby, Baby" — were in fact mimed to the singing voice of Gilda Maiken and have yet to be commercially released.

NOVEMBER 9, 10, 1962 FRIDA/SATURDAY

Aretha Franklin Headlines the Reagal Theater in Chicago. Dion sings "Love Came To Me" on  American Bandstand.


Jerry Lee Lewis plays two nights at the Priceton University, New Jersey. The first night Jerry did a show in a huge gymnasium. Lester Lamin and His Orchestra were set up on one stage and Jerry performed on another stage. Conway Twitty also performed here that weekend.

NOVEMBER 10, 1962 SATURDAY

No, Johnny cash wasn't the first to sing it, Hank Snow reaches number 1 on the Billboard country singles chart with ''I've Been Everywhere''.

NOVEMBER 11, 1962 SUNDAY

Bobby Goldsboro marries Mary Alice Watson.

Johnny cash and June Carter conclude a USO  (United Service Organizations)  tour of South Korea with a performance at Camp Casey.

NOVEMBER 11, 1962 SUNDAY

Wanda Jackson is appearing this evening in San Antonio, Texas. The Champs close their West  coast tour in Seattle. Linda Scott is at Blinstrub's Supper Club in Boston.

Jerry Lee Lewis plays at the Cloister Inn near Priceton University for 100 students. It was a private dinner club for wealthy Princeton students. Jerry Lee closed the show by playing drums and singing ''Whole Lotta Shakin'''. He also performed both sides of his new Sun release, ''Good Golly Miss Molly'' backed ''I Can't Trust Me (In Your Arms Anymore)''. People were hanging from all over the place, furniture, stairs, banisters... it was amazing.

After the shows at Princeton University, Kay Martin remembers that they went to a nearby fraternity house and Jerry performed again. She remember vividly that a fight broke out amongst the guys in the audience and Jerry halted it immediately by saying that if they wanted to fight, they should go to Vietnam, but if they wanted good rock and roll, they should cool it and he deliver.

NOVEMBER 12, 1962 MONDAY

Decca released Roy Drusky's ''Second Hand Rose''.

NOVEMBER 13, 1962 TUESDAY

Johnny and Jonie Mosby recorded their first charted single, ''Don't Call Me From A Honky Tonk'', at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.

England's Cliff Richard is on American Bandstand.

NOVEMBER 14, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Cozy Cole leaves for a twenty week goodwill tour of Africa which is sponsored by the United  State's State Department. His performances will be in Senegal and Niger.

NOVEMBER 15, 1962 THURSDAY

Sun SLP 1270 ''All Aboard The Blue Train'' by Johnny Cash issued.

MID NOVEMBER 1962

Freddy Cannon and Johnny Tillotson fly to London to film their cameo parts for the  upcoming British film Just For Fun.

B. Bumble and the Stingers begin a British tour with a show tonight in Liverpool.

NOVEMBER 16, 1962 FRIDAY

Columbia Records released Claude King's ''I've Got The World By The Tail''.

NOVEMBER 17, 1962 SATURDAY

The Olympics, the Innocents and the Marketts perform at Morgan Hall in the Los Angeles  suburb of Long Beach.

NOVEMBER 18, 1962 SUNDAY

The Motor Town Revue is appearing tonight at the Capitol Arena in Washington, DC.

NOVEMBER 19, 1962 MONDAY

The Champs are at the Hi-Fi Club in Topeka, Kansas.

Decca released Jimmy C. Newman's ''Bayou Talk''.

NOVEMBER 20, 1962 TUESDAY

Jim Reeves recorded the Dottie West-written ''Is This Me'' in the afternoon at Nashville's RCA Studio B.
 
Following confirmation missiles had been removed from Cuba the United States blockade of Cuba ends. What happened when DEFCON 2 declared ? 1,436 B-52 bombers dispersed and made ready to take off, fully equipped, on 15 minutes notice. 145 intercontinental ballistic missiles stood on ready alert, while Air Defense Command re deployed 161 nuclear-armed interceptors to 16 dispersal fields within nine hours including one-third maintaining 15-minute alert status. I have included this to show how close full scale nuclear war was between the world's two superpowers, we can only guess that the Soviet Union was at similar alert status and had similar plans in place. 

Although no formal announcement was ever made by the United States following the Soviet dismantling of Missiles in Cuba the United States did Withdraw all nuclear missiles from Turkey by April 24th 1963 and because the Soviet Union and the United States came the closest in history to all out war a direct communications hot line was established between Moscow and Washington, D.C.

NOVEMBER 21, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Paramount Pictures released Elvis Presley's ''Girls! Girls! Girls!''.
 
Porky Chadwick, Pittsburgh deejay, has another spectacular rock and roll show at the Syria  Mosque Theater in Pittsburgh. Appearing are Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, the Coasters,  Jerry Butler, the Isley Brothers, Bo Diddley, Hughie Smith and the Clowns, the Majors, Shep  and the Limelites, Maxine Brown, the Olympics, Lou Christie, the Clovers, the Drifters and  the Flamingos.

Gene Vincent begins another tour of England.

NOVEMBER 23, 1962 FRIDAY

Patsy Cline opens a 35-date engagement at Las Vegas Merri-Mint Theater. She hires Tompall and The Glaser Brothers as her backing vocalists.

Columbia released Stonewall Jackson's ''Can't Hang Up The Phone''.

NOVEMBER 26, 1962 MONDAY

Linda Davis is born in Dodson, Texas. Her 1993 pairing with Reba McEntire on ''Does He Love You'' earns a Grammy, and Davis earns a 1996 solo hit, ''Some Things Are Meant To Be''. Davis' daughter, Hillary Scott, co-founds Lady Antebellum.

Ray Petersen sings "My Dad" on American Bandstand.

The Platters are on the late night Steve Allen Show.

NOVEMBER 29, 1962 THURSDAY

Ray Charles is at the Latin Casino in New Jersey.

NOVEMBER 30, 1962 FRIDAY

Ben E. King is at the Town Hall in Brooklyn, New York.

Gene McDaniels is at the Twenty Grand Club in Detroit.

LATE NOVEMBER 1962

Gene Chandler is in Chicago making appearances at record hops at Kevin Park School and  Marshall High School.

Bill Haley and His Comets return to Mexico for a three week tour.


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Session Published for Historical Reasons

STUDIO SESSION FOR NARVEL FELTS
FOR RENAY RECORDS 1962

SONIC RECORDING STUDIO
1692 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
STUDIO SESSION 1: UNKNOWN DATE FALL 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – ROLAND JANES

After the deal with Hall-Clement dissolved, Narvel and his band continued to demo material for Roland Janes, both for publishing and records. Again, such as ''Blue Darlin''', a Lessie Lyles song dating back to the mid-1950s, which Felts tried unsuccessfully to record for Hi Records, and recorded twice more for ABC/Bot where it finally made a dent in the charts in 1977.

01 – ''BLUE DARLIN''' - B.M.I. - 2:18
Composer: - Lessie Lyles
Publisher: - Hall Clement Publishing
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date Fall 1962
Released: - 1990
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15515-3 mono
NARVEL FELTS - MEMPHIS DAYS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Narvel Felts - Vocal & Guitar
J.W. Grubbs - Bass
Bobby Wood - Piano

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STUDIO SESSION FOR NARVEL FELTS
FOR SOUTHERN SOUND RECORDS 1962

SONIC RECORDING STUDIO
1692 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
STUDIO SESSION 2: UNKNOWN DATE FALL 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - ROLAND JANES

Cover versions of Charlie Feathers's songs are now fairly commonplace, thanks to his legendary stature in Europe. However, Narvel Felts was the first to revive one of Feathers' songs, the anthemic ''Tongue Tied Till''. However, it remained unissued until a European label, Southern Sound, released it with ''Lola Did A Dance''.

01 - ''TONGUE TIED JILL''' - B.M.I. - 2:16
Composer: - Jerry Huffman-Jody Chastain
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - HAS SS 2067 B
Recorded: - Unknown Date Fall 1962
Released: - 1973
First appearance: - South Bound Records (S) 45rpm standard single BT 101-B mono
TONGUE TIED TILL / LOLA DID A DANCE
Reissued: - 1990 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15515-16 mono
NARVEL FELTS - MEMPHIS DAYS

02 - ''LOLA DID A DANCE''' - B.M.I. - 2:14
Composer: - Narvel Felts
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - HAS SS 2067 A
Recorded: - Unknown Date Fall 1962
Released: - 1973
First appearance: - South Bound Records (S) 45rpm standard single BT 101-A mono
LOLA DID A DANCE / TONGUE TIED TILL
Reissued: - 1990 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15515-13 mono
NARVEL FELTS - MEMPHIS DAYS

03 - ''COME WHAT MAY''' - B.M.I. - 2:32
Composer: - Franklyn Tableporter
Publisher: - Tiger Music Incorporated - Trio Music Corporation
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date Fall 1962
Released: - 1990
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15515-12 mono
NARVEL FELTS - MEMPHIS DAYS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Narvel Felts - Vocal & Guitar
J.W. Grubbs – Bass
Matt Lucas - Drums
Bobby Wood – Piano
Ed Logan - Saxophone

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STUDIO SESSION FOR NARVEL FELTS
FOR RENAY RECORDS 1962

SONIC RECORDING STUDIO
1692 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
STUDIO SESSION 3: UNKNOWN DATE FALL 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - ROLAND JANES

''I Had A Girl'', a.k.a. ''What's Wrong With Me'' dated from Narvel Felts' stint in the National Guard and had first been presented to Bob Cloud. Roland Janes showed no more enthusiasm than Bob Cloud, and it was left to Celebrity Circle Records to issue the record in 1969, when some of the pop associations had gone country.

01 - ''I HAD A GIRL (WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME)''' - B.M.I. - 2:15
Composer: - Narvel Felts
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date Fall 1962
Released: - 1990
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15515-18 mono
NARVEL FELTS - MEMPHIS DAYS

02 – ''NO MAKING UP''' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Narvel Felts
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date Fall 1962
03 – ''MY GAL PONYTAIL''' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Narvel Felts
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date Fall 1962

04 – ''WITH LOVE''' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Narvel Felts
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date Fall 1962

05 – ''YOUNG LOVE''' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Carteu-Joyner
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Unissued/Lost
Recorded: - Unknown Date Fall 1962

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Narvel Felts - Vocal & Guitar
J.W. Grubbs – Bass
Matt Lucas - Drums

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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 Cedar Grove Three. From left: Tillman Franks, David Houston and Keat Gill >

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.

STUDIO SESSION FOR DAVID HOUSTON
FOR SUN RECORDS (CUSTOM) 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
319 SEVENTH AVENUE NORTH, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE LATE 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – BOB MONTGOMERY
AND/OR FRED CARTER OR BILLY SHERRILL

01 – ''SHERRY'S LIPS'' - B.M.I. - 2:12
Composer: - Bob Montgomery
Publisher: - Acuff Rose Publishers
Matrix number: - PI P 431  - Master -  Reissued Sun P 431
Recorded: - Unknown Date Late 1962
Released: - 1963
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3583-A mono
SHERRY'S LIPS / MISS BROWN
Reissued: - October 10, 1966 Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 403-A mono
SHERRY'S LIPS / MISS BROWN
1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805-2-17 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

David Houston's major claim to fame, ''Almost Persuaded'', was still four years ahead of him when Buddy Holly's ex-partner, Bob Montgomery, and session guitarist Fred Carter produced these sides at Phillips' Nashville studio. Montgomery offered the cuts to Sam Phillips, who promptly leased them. This isn't a bad record, although it's nowhere near as powerful as his memorable 1966 crossover hit ''Almost Persuaded''. 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''.

02 – ''MISS BROWN'' - B.M.I. - 2:31
Composer: - Fred Carter
Publisher: - Acuff Rose Publishers
Matrix number: - PI P 432  - Master - Reissued Sun P 432
Recorded: - Unknown Date Late 1962
Released: - 1963
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3583-B mono
MISS BROWN / SHERRY'S LIPS
Reissued: - October 10, 1966 Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 403-A mono
MISS BROWN / SHERRY'S LIPS
1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805-2-18 mono
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

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1962. Front row, left to right: Arthur Browning (lead guitar); Hardin Browning (piano); Buddy Millett (drums); Back row, left to right: Barry Smith (bass); Mack Allen Smith; Red McGregor (rhythm guitar).

Mack Allen & The Flames showing off their first Vee Eight recording ''I Got My Mojo Workin'' and ''I'm A Lover'' >

Former Sun recording artist Mack Allen Smith and the Flames had to wait for their first record release until 1962 when they recorded for a jukebox dealer in Greenwood named Dominic Fretesi, whose main claim to fame was the recording of James Gilreath's big hit, 'Little Band Of Gold'.
 
Mack says of his first record: "It was cut at Hi studios in Memphis. It was an old Muddy Waters tune, 'I Got My Mojo Workin", and on the other side was a song I wrote called ''I'm A Lover'''. ''Mojo' hit the top ten out in Houston and in Memphis'', Mack Allen recalled.
 
 
This disc, and a second, the bluesy rocker ''Hobo Man'' with the flipside ''Old Man River'', were on the Vee Eight label. Today they stand up as inspired down-home southern rock and roll.

Session Published for Historical Reasons

STUDIO SESSION FOR MACK ALLEN SMITH
FOR VEE EIGHT RECORDS 1962

HI STUDIO, OLD ROYAL MOVIE THEATRE
1320 SOUTH LAUDERDALE AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
VEE EIGHT SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER - HERSHEL WINGGINGTON
RECORDING ENGINEER - RAY HARRIS

01 - ''I GOT MY MOJO WORKING'' - B.M.I. - 2:16
Composer: - Preston Foster
Publisher: - Bealk Music
Matrix number: V 8-2
Recorded: Unknown Date 1962
Released: September 1962
First appearance: Vee Eight Records (S) 45rpm standard single Vee Eight 1005-A mono
I GOT MY MOJO WORKING / I'M A LOVER
Reissued: - 2010 Redita Records (CD) 500/200rpm Redita RDTCD-150-14 mono
MACK ALLEN SMITH - GOTTA ROCK TONIGHT

"Got My Mojo Working" is a blues song written by Preston "Red" Foster and first recorded by Ann Cole in 1956. Muddy Waters popularized it in 1957 and the song was a feature of his performances throughout his career. A mojo is an amulet or talisman associated with hoodoo, an early African-American folk-magic belief system. Rolling Stone magazine included Waters' rendition of the song is on its list of 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time at number 359. In 1999, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences gave it a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and it is identified on the list of "Songs Of The Century".

 
02 – ''I'M A LOVER'' - B.M.I. - 1:52
Composer: - Mack Allen Smith
Publisher: - Bealk Music
Matrix number: V 8-3
Recorded: Unknown Date 1962
Released: September 1962
First appearance: Vee Eight Records (S) 45rpm standard single Vee Eight 1005-B mono
I'M A LOVER / I GOT MY MOJO WORKING
Reissued: - 2010 Redita Records (CD) 500/200rpm Redita RDTCD-150-16 mono
MACK ALLEN SMITH - GOTTA ROCK TONIGHT

03 – ''HOBO MAN'' - B.M.I. - 2:26
Composer: - Traditional
Publisher: - T.B. Harms Music
Matrix number: - None
Recorded: Unknown Date 1962
Released: 1962
First appearance: Vee Eight Records (S) 45rpm standard single Vee Eight 1006-B mono
HOBO MAN / OLD MAN RIVER
Reissued: - 2010 Redita Records (CD) 500/200rpm Redita RDTCD-150-17 mono
MACK ALLEN SMITH - GOTTA ROCK TONIGHT

04 – ''OLD MAN RIVER'' - A.S.C.A.P.
Composer: - Hammerstein-Kern
Publisher: - T.B. Harms Music
Matrix number: - None
Recorded: Unknown Date 1962
Released: 1962
First appearance: Vee Eight Records (S) 45rpm standard single Vee Eight 1006-B mono
HOBO MAN / OLD MAN RIVER
 

"Ol' Man River", music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II) is a song in the 1927 musical ''Show Boat'' that contrasts the struggles and hardships of African Americans with the endless, uncaring flow of the Mississippi River; it is sung from the point of view of a black stevedore on a showboat, and is the most famous song from the show. Meant to be performed in a slow tempo, it is sung complete once in the musical's lengthy first scene by the stevedore "Joe" who travels with the boat, and, in the stage version, is heard four more times in brief reprises. Joe serves as a sort of musical one-man Greek chorus, and the song, when reprised, comments on the action, as if saying, "This has happened, but the river keeps rolling on anyway''.

The song is notable for several aspects: the lyrical pentatonic-scale melody, the subjects of toil and social class, metaphor to the Mississippi, and as a bass solo (rare in musicals, solos for baritones or tenors being more common). Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra had a hit recording of the song in 1928 sung in a much faster tempo than Kern and Hammerstein intended, and featuring Bing Crosby on vocals and Bix Beiderbecke on cornet. A second version, by Paul Whiteman with bass singer Paul Robeson on vocals and sung in a dance tempo, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2006. Also, in 2004, Robeson's version finished at number 24 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

The song was first performed in the original stage production of Show Boat on December 27, 1927, by Jules Bledsoe, who also sang it in the part-talkie 1929 film, although that film versi