Composer: - Charlie Feathers
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - F 21 - Master (2:13)
Recorded: - February 17, 1955
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
- April 30, 1955
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 78/45rpm standard single SUN 503-B mono
PEEPIN' EYES / I'VE BEEN DECEIVED
Flip 503 also issued as SUN 503 after legal action from the Flip label in Los Angeles.
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Charlie Feathers - Vocal and Guitar
Bill Cantrell - Fiddle
Marcus Van Story or William Diehl - Bass
Stanley Kesler - Steel Guitar
Quinton Claunch - Guitar
Within a year, the style of music heard on Feathers' first record would be an anachronism.
but its last blooms were the strongest and loveliest. This was music of brilliant economy. ''Peepin' Eyes'' also reminds us that guys like Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, and Elvis Presley had an understanding of rhythm that came first-hand from African American
musicians. Others could play fast, but Hank, Monroe, and Elvis swung. Feathers shared that innate understanding. Either Phillips and Claunch and Cantrell mixed the rhythm track way upfront, hurtling the song forward. ''Peepin' Eyes'' was Charlie's composition,
but, for all its bounciness, it's s sinister piece, hinting at voyeurism and guilty little secrets. Reviewing it on April 30, 1955, Billboard was surprisingly prescient, saying, ''Indie Flip label has found itself a major piece of talent in Feathers. This
is one of the few distinctive voices to emerge in a field that has long suffered from stereotypes. He's fresh, sincere, and most effective in handing a lyric''. Amen to that, in August 1956 Sam Phillips sent out royalty statement showing that ''Peepin' Eyes''
had sold 2585 copies. Its importance stemmed from the fact that it became a totemic item among rockabilly collectors, first in Europe and then worldwide, even if it's not rockabilly. (CE) (HD)