STUDIO SESSION FOR PATSY HALCOMB (HOLCOMB)
AT THE MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE FOR SUN RECORDS 1957
 
SUN RECORDING STUDIO
706 UNION AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: MONDAY JUNE 17, 1957
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - PROBABLY JACK CLEMENT
 

There was a time in 1956 or 1957 when every major record label felt it had to have its own "female Elvis". Decca had Brenda Lee, Capitol had Wanda Jackson, Columbia had Lorrie Collins, RCA Victor had Janis Martin. Perhaps Sun, which had instigated the whole rockabilly trend in the first place, didn't feel they had enough coverage with only Barbara Pittman, although her 1956 single "I Need A Man" was certainly a step in the right direction.

And so on June 17, 1957, Miss Patsy Holcomb (or Halcomb, as some sources have it) entered the studio at 706 Union Avenue along with the usual pickers and grinners (Roland Janes, J.M. Van Eaton, Stan Kesler) and produced - or at least worked extensively on - two sides for single release. For reasons now lost to history, "I Wanna Rock" and "Ooh, That's Good" were never issued, although various versions of them have certainly been resurrected by latter day Sun archaeologists. Halcomb also tried her hand at two other titles that have been far less reissue interest; in fact, it is not clear these titles have been general release anywhere. Aurally-speaking, with the sound board at 706 Union being set for balance on a semi-permanent basis, there was often little distinction between demos and master sessions. In this instance the somewhat embryonic material, fashioned by Patsy Halcomb's adolescent phrasing, points to the former. Even so there's a genuinely committed approach from the musicians, in particular Roland Janes, whose flowing stratopheric guitar break adds a crucial authority to the side.
 
"OOH, THAT'S GOOD" - B.M.I. - 2:07
Composer: - Patsy Halcomb
Publisher: - Ridgetop Music
Matrix number: - None - False Start, Take 1 - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - June 17, 1957
Released: - 1996
First appearance: – Charly Records (CD) 500/200rpm CPCD 8182-10 mono
HILLBILLY FILLIES & ROCKIN' CHICKS
Reissued: - August 2002 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16609-1-27 mono
MEMPHIS BELLES - THE WOMEN OF SUN RECORDS
Reissued: - May 29, 2013 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17313-6-6 mono
THE SUN ROCK BOX 1954 - 1959
"OOH, THAT'S GOOD" - B.M.I. - 1:53
Composer: - Patsy Halcomb
Publisher: - Ridgetop Music
Matrix number: - None - Alternate Take 2 - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - June 17, 1957
Released: - August 2002
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16609-2-8 mono
MEMPHIS BELLES - THE WOMEN OF SUN RECORDS
"I WANNA ROCK" - B.M.I. - 2:26
Composer: - Patsy Halcomb
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - 'Take 1 - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - June 17, 1957
Released: - 1996
False Start of ''Ooh Thats Good'' released by mistake on  BCD 17313-6-5
First appearance: - Charly Records (CD) 500/200rpm CPCD 8182-4 mono
HILLBILLY FILLIES & ROCKIN' CHICKS
Reissued: - 2002 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16609-1-26 mono
MEMPHIS BELLES - THE WOMEN OF SUN RECORDS
"I WANNA ROCK" - B.M.I. - 2:25
Composer: - Patsy Holcomb
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Take 2 - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - June 17, 1957
Released: - August 2002
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16609-2-11 mono
MEMPHIS BELLES - THE WOMEN OF SUN RECORDS
 
The next track obviously stems from a later and very different session and is far less mannered and frantic than the previous titles.
"SOMEONE TO LOVE*" - B.M.I. - 2:54
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally issued
Recorded: – Unknown Date Late 1950s
Released: - August 2002
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16609-1-7 mono
MEMPHIS BELLES - THE WOMEN OF SUN RECORDS
Reissued: - May 29, 2013 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17313-6-7 mono
THE SUN ROCK BOX 1954 - 1959
The next track shows that Holcomb was doing some serious listening to Patsy Cline as well as some of the blues-oriented country hits by Marty Robbins from the same era (1959-1960). Some tape damage on the latter title has probably to the obscurity of the track.
 
"YOU'RE FREE TO GO" B.M.I. - 2:22
Composer: - Patsy Halcomb
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment Incorporated
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: – Probably June 17, 1957
Released: - August 2002
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16609-2-18 mono
MEMPHIS BELLES - THE WOMEN OF SUN RECORDS
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Patsy Holcomb - Vocal
Roland Janes - Guitar
Stan Kesler - Bass
James M. Van Eaton - Drums
Jimmy Wilson – Piano
Martin Willis* - Saxophone
 
 
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