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1959 SUN SESSIONS 9
September 1, 1959 to September 30, 1959

Studio Session for Billy Riley, Probably 1959 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Will Mercer, September 1959 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Eddie Bush, September 25, 1959 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Thomas Wayne, September 27, 1959 / Fernwood Records

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STUDIO SESSION FOR BILLY RILEY
AT THE MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE FOR SUN RECORDS 1959

SUN RECORDING STUDIO
706 UNION AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE POSSIBLY 1959
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - UNKNOWN

01 - "SATURDAY NIGHT FISH FRY" - B.M.I. – 1:37
Composer: - Louis Jordan-E. Walsh-Barrington-Isenberg
Publisher: - Anglo-Pic Music Limited
Matrix number: - None - With Count-In - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1959
Released: - November 1985
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CDX 9 mono
RED HOT RILEY
Reissued: - 1990 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15444-2-19 mono
BILLY RILEY - THE CLASSIC SUN RECORDINGS 1956 - 1960

02 - "FOLSOM PRISON BLUES" - B.M.I. - 0:40
Composer: - Johnny Cash
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1959
Released: - November 1985
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CDX 9-26 mono
RED HOT RILEY
Reissued: - 1990 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15444-2-20 mono
BILLY RILEY - THE CLASSIC SUN RECORDINGS 1956 - 1960

03 - "BILLY'S BLUES" - B.M.I. - 1:33
Composer: - Billy Riley
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Not Original Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1959
Released: - November 1985
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CDX 9-29 mono
RED HOT RILEY
Reissued: - 1990 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15444-2-21 mono
BILLY RILEY - THE CLASSIC SUN RECORDINGS 1956 - 1960

04 - "DARK MUDDY BOTTOM" - B.M.I. - 2:26
Composer: - Billy Riley-Mercy Walton
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1959
Released: - November 1985
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CDX 9-28 mono
RED HOT RILEY
Reissued: - 1990 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15444-2-22 mono
BILLY RILEY - THE CLASSIC SUN RECORDINGS 1956 - 1960

05 - "WHEN A MAN GETS THE BLUES" - B.M.I. - 3:39
Composer: - Billy Riley
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1959
Released: - November 1985
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CDX 9-31 mono
RED HOT RILEY
Reissued: - 1990 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15444-2-23 mono
BILLY RILEY - THE CLASSIC SUN RECORDINGS 1956 - 1960

06 - "SWEET WILLIAM" - B.M.I. - 1:57
Composer: - Billy Riley
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1959
Released: - 1974
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CR 30117-B7 mono
SUN: THE ROOTS OF ROCK - VOLUME 10 - SUN ROCKS
Reissued: - 1990 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15444-2-24 mono
BILLY RILEY - THE CLASSIC SUN RECORDINGS 1956 - 1960

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Billy Riley - Vocal, Lead and Acoustic Guitar
Roland Janes - Guitar, where heard

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SEPTEMBER 1959

Rita Records is formed by Roland Janes, Billy Riley and Ira. L. Vaughn. Office located at 2158 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee and they had a huge hit on their third release with Harold Dorman’s “Mountain of Love”. Rita folded in 1961 and Janes eventually opened Sonic Sound on Madison Avenue in 1962.

A newspaper from 1959 headlined: ''New Label Added by Memphians''. It's located at 2158 Union, formed by Bill Riley, Roland Janes and I.L. Vaughn. Riley is a well-known guitarist and band leader who formerly recorded for Sun Records in his own addition to backing a number of other artists.

Two disc have already been released under the Rita label. They are ''Rockin' At The Zoo'' and ''Funny Paper People'' both written by and sung by Bill Hardy (real name, Bill Huskey), and ''San Antonio Rock'' and ''Cattywampus'' by Martin ''Willy'' Willis band.

Hardy's pairings are both in the comic vein and he is making personal appearances thru out the Mid-South to plug them. He has already been on Bill Anthony's Big Beat and will be on the Steve Stevens' Show in Little Rock this weekend. Hardy originally approached Riley as manager of another singer. But when he sang a verse of one of the songs he had written for his client, Riley signed Hardy himself to record for Rita Records.

Before forming his own company, Riley worked closely with Sam Phillips at Sun, Jack Clement of Summer Records (who will soon bring out a Riley record called ''Too Much Woman''), and with Bill Justis at Play Me Records, ''Cattywampus'', one of Rita's first four sides, was originally done by Justis on Phillips International.

But, Riley quit the label just as it was getting off the ground and sell his stake for $1000 to start Mojo Records.

''When Sam Phillips put in the new studio on Madison Avenue'', said Roland Janes, ''Bill and I went to Sam and asked him to let us retain the old studio and record there with the product going to Sun, but we never actually resolved the question and just drifted into doing our own thing. Rita Records was a co-op deal. Bill and I played on everything, which naturally eliminated having to pay a couple of musicians, and we used our old buddies Martin Willis and J.M. Van Eaton. We came up with a partner, Ira Lyn Vaughan, who had a little money. He was an accountant, and we named the label after his daughter. Mr. Vaughn did all the paperwork, and Bill and I took care of production and getting records to distributors. Riley was a much better salesman than me, but I probably had a better business head''.

The singles PI 3545 ''706 Union'' b/w ''Low Outside'' by Brad Suggs; PI 3546 ''Rockin' Love'' b/w ''Pretend'' by Carl Mann issued.

SEPTEMBER 2, 1959 WEDNESDAY

Drummer Paul Deakin is born in Miami, Florida. He helps found The Mavericks, whose electric brand of country nets two awards a piece from the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music as Vocal Group of the Year in the 1990s.

SEPTEMBER 7, 1959 MONDAY

Columbia released Ray Price's double-sided single ''The Same Old Me'' and ''Under Your Spell Again''.

SEPTEMBER 8, 1959 TUESDAY

The final installment of ''The Jimmie Rodgers Show'' airs after a five-month prime-time run on NBC-TV.

SEPTEMBER 9, 1959 WEDNESDAY

Capitol Records founder Johnny Mercer joins the guest lineup on the NBC telecast of ''The Milton Berle Show''.

SEPTEMBER 10, 1959 THURSDAY

Priscilla Beaulieu begins attending classes in Wiesbaden, West Germany. Within two weeks, she meets future husband Elvis Presley.

SEPTEMBER 12, 1959 SATURDAY

''Bonanza'' the first western TV series broadcast in color, debuts on NBC, where it remains for 14 seasons.

''Bonanza'' was a NBC television western series that ran from September 12, 1959–January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 431 episodes, Bonanza is NBC's longest-running western, and ranks overall as the second-longest-running western series on United States network television (behind CBS's ''Gunsmoke''), and within the top 10 longest-running, live-action American series. The show continues to air in syndication.

The show is set around the 1860s and it centers on the wealthy Cartwright family, who live in the area of Virginia City, Nevada, bordering Lake Tahoe. The series stars Lorne Green, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Pernell Roberts (who left after six seasons), and later David Canary and Mithch Vogel. Guitarist Joe Maphis performs the instrumental theme song, and cast member Lorne Green earns a pop/country hit in 1964, with ''Ringo''.

The title "Bonanza" is a term used by miners in regard to a large vein or deposit of ore, and commonly refers to the 1859 revelation of the Comstock Lode discovery, not far from the fictional Pondarosa Ranch that the Cartwright family operated.

In 2002, Bonanza was ranked number 43 on TV Guide 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time and in 2013 TV Guide included it in its list of The 60 Greatest Dramas of All Time. The time period for the television series is roughly between 1861 (Season 1) to 1867 (Season 13) during and shortly after the American Civil War.

During the summer of 1972, NBC aired reruns of episodes from the 1967–1970 period in prime time on Tuesday evening under the title ''Ponderosa''.

''Hometown Jamboree'', a 10-year Southern California tradition produced by Cliffie Stone, airs for the last time on Los Angeles' KTLA-TV. It had featured such acts as Tennessee Ernie Ford, Dallas Frazier, Ferlin Huskey and Lefty Frizzell.

SEPTEMBER 12, 1959 SATURDAY

The Soviet Union crashes the Luna 2 spacecraft into the Moon, making it the first man-made object to reach the Moon's surface. The Luna 2 (Lunik 2) was launched and after over thirty hours of flight it crashed into the surface of the Moon on September 14th.

The spacecraft carried Soviet pennants and several scientific instruments like a Geiger-counter to measure radiation and a magnetometer to measure magnetic fields. It ceased operation after impacting the Moon in the Palus Putredinus region.

This was one of the first major events in the space race between the United States and Soviet Union. The United States did not successfully land a spacecraft on the Moon under the Ranger 4 in 1962.

SEPTEMBER 13, 1959 SUNDAY

Specialist Elvis Presley meets 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu for the first time, while stationed with the Army in West Germany.

SEPTEMBER 14, 1959 MONDAY

John Berry is born in Aiken, South Carolina. The strong-voiced singer rises in 1994 with his Grammy-nomination ''Your Love Amazes Me'', following up with such melodic hits as ''You And Only You'', ''She's Taken A Shine'' and ''What's In It For Me''.

The Stanley Brothers recorded ''Mountain Dew'' and ''How Far To Little Rock'' at the King Recording Studio in Cincinnati, Ohio. They also cut ''I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow'' for the second time in their career.

Bing and Kathy Crosby have a daughter, Mary Crosby, in Los Angeles, the same city where he recorded a country hit with The Andrews Sisters in 1944.

SEPTEMBER 15, 1959 TUESDAY

Wynn Stewart recorded ''Wishful Thinking'' at Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

The western series ''Laramie'' debuts on NBC-TV, with ''Georgia On My Mind'' songwriter Hoagy Carmichael in the cast for the first year.

The singles, Sun 327 ''With Your Love With Your Kiss'' b/w ''Be Mine, All Mine'' by Johnny Powers; Sun 329 ''You're Just My Kind'' b/w ''The Ballad Of St. Marks'' by Will Mercer; Sun 330 "I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You" b/w Little Queenie'' by Jerry Lee Lewis; Sun 331 ''You Tell Me'' b/w ''Goodbye Little Darlin'''by Johnny Cash; and Sun 332 ''What A Life'' b/w ''Together'' by Jimmy Isle are issued.

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STUDIO SESSION FOR WILL MERCER
AT THE MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE FOR SUN RECORDS 1959

SUN RECORDING STUDIO
706 UNION AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: SEPTEMBER 1959
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM C. PHILLIPS
AND/OR ERNIE BARTON

Most Sun fans will agree that this record by Will Mercer is a vast improvement over its immediate predecessor, "Winnie The Parakeet". On the other hand, Mercer's solo release on Sun is not about to overshadow the best of Sonny Burgess.

01 - "YOU'RE JUST MY KIND" - B.M.I. - 2:26
Composer: - Smith-Ernie Barton
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 374 - Master
Recorded: - September 1959
Released: - September 15, 1959
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single > Sun 329-A < mono
YOU'RE JUST MY KIND / BALLAD OF ST. MARKS
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804-1-1 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

Mercer offers serviceable readings of music from two entirely different genres. "You're Just My Kind" is a routine up tempo piece of teen fluff, the highlight of which is probably Martin Willis' raspy sax work.

02 - "BALLAD OF ST. MARKS" - B.M.I. - 2:13
Composer: - Ernie Barton
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 375 - Master
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1959
Released: - September 1959
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single > Sun 329-B < mono
BALLAD OF ST. MARKS / YOU'RE JUST MY KIND
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804-1-2 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4

On this side, Mercer provides some grist for the folk/country crossover mill. There was a big market for story songs with a folkie feel and this one, awash in tragedy and untimely death, had what it took for contention in the far-off Fall of 1959.

03 - "HEY LITTLE GIRL''
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1959

Will Mercer himself remains something of a shadowy figure. His contract was mailed to Red Foley's ''Jubilee U..S.A.'', the Pringfield, Missouri television show that had started as ''The Ozark Jubilee'' and was just about to pass into history. Then in June 1960 - some nine months after this record was released, Billboard reported that Mercer was doing promotional work for the Sheraton Hotel chain in French Lick, Indiana, has shaped up for early waxing an album of folk tunes a la Burl Ives. Titled ''Concert At The Sheraton'', the album will be promoted and pitched at all the hotels in the Sheraton chain.

Mercer also performed a showdate for the Shriners in Cincinnati and has been invited to participate in the National Folk Music Festival to be held at Carter Barren Amphitheater in Washington, June 1-4, 1960.

Very few performers were doing shows for Shriners and folkies on successive weekend, and sandwiching a week of promotional activities for a hotel chain in-between, so that brief news item raises many intriguing questions about Will Mercer, all so far unanswered.

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Will Mercer - Vocal
Roland Janes - Guitar
Brad Suggs - Guitar
Jimmy M. Van Eaton - Drums
Charlie Rich - Piano
Martin Willis - Saxophone

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SEPTEMBER 16, 1959 WEDNESDAY

Roy Drusky recorded ''Another''.

SEPTEMBER 18, 1959 FRIDAY

After three months on the air, ''Polka-Go-Round'' is telecast for the last time on ABC. Among its regulars is Tom Fouts, who earned a trio of hits a decade earlier as the leather of captain Stubby and The Buccaneers.

Video director Mark Romanek is born. He wins an honor from the Country Music Association in 2003 for his work on the Johnny Cash video for ''Hurt''.

SEPTEMBER 20, 1959 SUNDAY

Glen Campbell marries Billie Jean Nunley in Las Vegas, Nevada. It's his second marriage.

SEPTEMBER 21, 1959 MONDAY

Faron Young recorded ''Face To The Wall'' and ;;Riverboat'' at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

SEPTEMBER 23, 1959 WEDNESDAY

Actor Jason Alexander is born in Newark, New Jersey. Best known for his role as George Costanza on TV's ''Seinfield'', he earns a Country Music Association award as the director of Brad Paisley's ''Online'' video.

SEPTEMBER 24, 1959 THURSDAY

The Browns recorded ''Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)'' at Nashville's RCA Studio B in Nashville. Archie Campbell joins producer Chet Atkins to help the trio learn the song.

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STUDIO SESSION FOR EDDIE BUSH
AT THE MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE FOR SUN RECORDS 1959

SUN RECORDING STUDIO
706 UNION AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 1959
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCERS AND RECORDING ENGINEER - UNKNOWN

The wayfaring Edward Earl Bush saw military service in Hawaii a season with The Louisiana Hayride staff band and a single on the Jaxon label prior to making his mark at Sun. Impressed by his hot licks on Carl Mann's records, Sam Phillips turned the spotlight on Eddie Bush and this neat shuffle was the product of his first session. A single finally emerged but his glory didn't come until 1965 when he scribed Eddy Arnold's country chart topper, "What's He Doing In My World".

01 - "HEY, BABY DOLL" - B.M.I. - 1:56
Composer: - Edward Earl Bush
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - September 25, 1959
Released: - 1986
First appearance: - Sun England (LP) 33rpm LP 1038-11 mono
FEEL LIKE ROCKIN'
Reissued: - 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15713-2-28 mono
CARL MANN - MONA LISA

02 - "PRETTY BABY" - B.M.I. - 1:45
Composer: - Edward Earl Bush
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - September 25, 1959
Released: - 1984
First appearance: - Rockhouse Records (LP) 33rpm LP 8411-5 mono
ROCK IT
Reissued: - 1993 Rockhouse Records (CD) 500/200rpm Rock CD 9319 mono
ROCK IT - 32 AUTHENTIC R&R AND ROCKABILLY SHAKERS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Eddie Bush - Vocal and Guitar
Brad Suggs - Guitar
Robert Oatswell - Bass
W.S. "Fluke" Holland - Drums
Possibly Carl Mann - Piano

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STUDIO SESSION FOR THOMAS WAYNE
FOR FERNWOOD RECORDS 1959

PROBABLY SUN RECORDING STUDIO
706 UNION AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: SEPTEMBER 27, 1959
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SCOTTY MOORE

1 - "BECAUSE OF YOU'' - B.M.I. - 2:14
Composer: - A. Hammerstein-Wilkinson
Publisher: - Broadcaster of Music
Matrix number: - F 215 Master
Recorded: - September 27, 1959
Released: - 1960
First appearance: - Fernwood Records (S) 45rpm standard single Fernwood 122-A mono
BECAUSE OF YOU / GIRL NEXT DOOR (WENT A WALKIN')

2 - "GIRL NEXT DOOR (WENT A WALKIN')" - B.M.I. - 2:10
Composer: - Bill Rice-Thomas Wayne Perkins
Publisher: - Bluff City Music
Matrix number: - F 216 Master
Recorded: - September 27, 1956
Released: - 1960
First appearance: - Fernwood Records (S) 45rpm standard single Fernwood 122-B mono
GIRL NEXT DOOR (WENT A WALKIN') / BECAUSE OF YOU
Reissued: - 1999 Stomper Time (CD) 500/200rpm STCD 09/4 mono
FERNWOOD ROCK AND& ROLL (VARIOUS ARTISTS)

3 - "GOST TOWN"
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Unknown
Matrix number: None - Tape Lost
Recorded: - September 27, 1959

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Thomas Wayne - Vocal
Scotty Moore - Guitar
Reggie Young - Guitar
Joseph ''Joe'' Thomas Lee - Saxophone
Carl McVoy - Piano
Bill Black - Bass
D.J. Fontana - Drums

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SEPTEMBER 28, 1959 MONDAY

Western Union Telegram sent to Sam Phillips from tour promoter Don Zee.

WESTERN UNION TELEGRAM - NSB098 / NS MGB246 (DE MLA035) PD UTICA MICH 28 114AME SAM PHILLIPS, SUN RECORDING CO UNION ST MFS (EW)

Dear Sam: Urgent at least fifty sample copies all off Johnnie Towers getting ready for big northern tour of Michigan repeat urgent you contact me, Don Zee

(1216 PMCSEP28 59)

Note: Johnnie Towers (Must be Johnny Powers)

SEPTEMBER 28, 1959 MONDAY

Decca released Brenda Lee's pop hit ''Sweet Nothin's''.

William Schlappi is born in Voorheesville, New York. Under the name Billy Montana, he signs a recording deal in the 1990s, but scores his biggest success by writing Jo Dee Messina's ''Bring On The Rain'' and Sara Evans' ''Suds In The Buckets''.

SEPTEMBER 29, 1959 TUESDAY

Review in Billboard magazine says that, ''Lewis has two powerful outings that with exposure could easily coast in. ''I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You'' (Sun 330) is a fine revival of the Hank Williams oldie. ''Little Queenie'' is a rhythmic belt of Chuck Berry's hit of a season or so ago. Both rate spins''.

SEPTEMBER 30, 1959 WEDNESDAY

Stamford Productions issues a $100 check to Conway Twitty for a TV appearance. The check, returned because of insufficient funds, is entered as evidence in the payola trail of rock and roll disc jockey Alan Freed.

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