STUDIO SESSION FOR ROY HALL
AT THE MEMPHIS RECORDING
SERVICE FOR SUN RECORDS 1957
SUN RECORDING STUDIO
706 UNION AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: THURSDAY DECEMBER 10, 12, 1957
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM C. PHILLIPS
AND/OR STAN KESLER
By now, Jerry Lee Lewis had shown the world what could be make of the ding dong song. His version of Roy Hall's ''Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On'' for Sun hit the upper echelons of a multitude of sales charts in
the summer of 1957. Lewis's promotion was handled by Jud Phillips, the brother of Sun's owner, Sam Phillips, and it was around this time that Jud made contact with Roy Hall, or vice-versa. The result was two-fold. Soon Jud launched his own record
label, Judd Records, which featured a Louisiana band called Cookie and the Cupca
Roy Hall was brought in to manage some aspects of the Judd artists' live bookings. But prior to that, the meeting of Hall and Jud let to two boxes of tapes being recorded by Hall and lodged in the vaults of Sun Records.
seem to have been two different Sun sessions. The first tape box had a note in it saying ''My Girl And His Girl'', a song by Nashville promoter Red Wortham, was recorded on December 10, 1957, and then a note in Sam Phillips' recording log referred to a different
session on December 12, indicating that Roy Hall had recorded with a musician identified only as ''Reggie'' (Reggie Young being the prime candidate), Stan Kesler on bass, Otis Jett on drums and Jimmy Smith on piano. This make sense because the other songs
have a different sound. It seems that Hall does not playing piano here and that the sessions focused on his singing. Hall hadn't been the vocalist on most of his earlier country recordings, and on some of the Decca and Fortune sides his voice is a little thin
and under-recorded. What the Sun sessions did successfully was to bring Hall's voice right upfront, and we hear him singing more powerfully here than might have seemed possible on earlier evidence.
"CHRISTINE" - B.M.I. - 2:23
Composer: - Roy Hall
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - December 10, 12, 1957
Released: - 1986
First appearance: - Sun England (LP) 33rpm LP 1035-12 mono
- August 1997 Bear Family Records 500/200rpm BCD 16210-10 mono
THAT'LL FLAT GIT IT! - VOLUME 14
''Christine'' is faster and tighter than the Decca cut. ''Christine''
is still gone from home and Hall still wants her to come back home to get him out of jail. This time, it is the County Jail, not Davidson County, indicating that Hall was recording in Memphis rather than Nashville. Roy gives the pleading vocal all he's got,
and the record gallops along with a mixture of purpose and chaos, rather like a Sonny Burgess record. Whether Sam Phillips was looking in the Burgess sound or something smoother is not known but the presumably didn't hear what he wanted and nothing from the
Sun tapes was issued.