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Sun 351-360 Audio Series 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unknown Vocal Group

Love Made A Fool Of Me'' is, to put it mildly, utterly bizarre. It begins as a soul ballad, complete with a churchy chorus (probably the Gene Lowery singers in blackface). Then things start to go downhill. The release contains that 4-4 minor sequence to no good effect. And suddenly things unravel. The song that follows, both chorally and instrumentally seems to bear no relation to what preceded the release. From soul ballad, we've evolved into the lowest kind of pop schmaltz. There's a rather surprising quick fade, as if someone in the studio cried out, ''Please fade us before we hurt ourselves''. It happens not a moment too soon. (HD)
Roy Orbison & The Roses
"SWEET AND EASY TO LOVE" - B.M.I. - 2:10
Composer: - Sam C. Phillips-Roy Orbison
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 423
Recorded: - December 14, 1956
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - November 25, 1960 - Reissued SUN 265
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 353-A mono
SWEET AND EASY TO LOVE / DEVIL DOLL
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15084-2-23 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

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

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

 
Roy Orbison & The Roses
"DEVIL DOLL" - B.M.I. - 2:08
Composer: - Sam C. Phillips-Roy Orbison
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 424
Recorded: - December 14, 1956
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - November 25, 1960 - Reissued SUN 265
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 353-B mono
DEVIL DOLL / SWEET AND EASY TO LOVE
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-2-24 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Roy Orbison - Vocal and Guitar
Roland Janes - Guitar
James M. Van Eaton - Drums
Unknown - Bass
The Roses, Vocal Chorus
Consisting of Robert Linville, Tenor;
Ray Rush, Baritone; David Bigham, Bas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Johnny Cash - Vocal and Guitar
Luther Perkins - Guitar
Marshall Grant - Bass
James M. Van Eaton - Drums
Jimmy Wilson - Piano

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

 
Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
"OH LONESOME ME" - B.M.I. - 2:27
Composer: - Don Gibson
Publisher: - Acuff Rose Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 427 - Overdubbed Master
Recorded: - April 9, 1958
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - December 10, 1960
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 355-B (stereo)
OH LONESOME ME / LIFE GOES ON
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-3 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Johnny Cash - Vocal and Guitar
Luther Perkins - Guitar
Marshall Grant - Bass
James M. Van Eaton - Drums
Jimmy Wilson - Piano
 
Overdubbed Session May 1958
Gene Lowery Singers consisting of 
Edwin Bruce, Sara Bruce, Nita Smith,
Lee Holt, Vocal Harmony

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

 
Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
''WHAT'D I SAY'' - B.M.I. - 2:29
Composer: - Ray Charles
Publisher: - Progressive Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 429
Recorded: - February 9, 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
319 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee
Released: - February 27, 1910
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 356-A mono
WHAT'D I SAY / LOVE MADE A FOOL OF ME
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-5 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal & Piano
Hank Sugarfoot Garland - Guitar
Kelton Kelso Herston – Guitar
Bob Moore – Bass
Murray Buddy Harmon – Drums
Unknown Vocal Group

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

 
Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
''LIVIN' LOVIN' WRECK'' - B.M.I. - 2:05
Composer: - Otis Blackwell
Publisher: - Sito Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 430
Recorded: - February 9, 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
319 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee
Released: - February 27, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 356-B mono
LOVIN' LOVIN' WRECK / WHAT'D I SAY
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-6 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal & Piano
Hank Sugarfoot Garland - Guitar
Kelton Kelso Herston – Guitar
Bob Moore – Bass
Murray Buddy Harmon – Drums
Unknown Vocal Group 
 
Even without such overt sexuality, this record took Jerry Lee back on the pop charts, peaking at number 30, a neighborhood he hadn't visited in over two years. There was little competition from this side. ''Livin' Lovin' Wreck'' from the pen of Otis Blackwell is easily the weakest of the four tracks recorded that day in Nashville. Like many of Jerry's teen-oriented songs, this one has not weathered the ravages of time and style too well. Jerry seems constrained by the chord changes, although guitarist Hank Garland seems to fare a bit better. In fact, this is one of the few times that Jerry's piano solo is outclassed by the guitar break. (HD)

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

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

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

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

 
George Klein
''U.T. PARTY PART II'' – B.M.I. - 2:22
Composer: - Charles Underwood-Brad Suggs
Publisher: - Up Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 434
Recorded: Early 1961
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - March 10, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single SUN 358-B mono
U.T. PARTY PART II / U.T. PARTY PART I
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804 DI-3-8 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
George Klein - Narration
More Details Unknown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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