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1958 SESSIONS 11
November 1, 1958 to November 30, 1958

Studio Session for Jerry Lee Lewis, November 5, 1958 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Bill Justis, November 10-11, 1958 / Sun Records 

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NOVEMBER 1958

Johnny Cash holds a housewarming party in Encino, California. Tex Williams, Merle Travis, Lefty Frizzell and others are on hand to welcome him to the west coast.

NOVEMBER 1, 1958 SATURDAY

Review from UK Disc magazine says ''I'm not one of those who decried Lewis's work after the unfortunate tour, I never did like his singing anyway. Not that this has ever caused him to lose any sleep because a lot more people do like him. And listening to this extended play ''It'll Be Me'', ''Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On'', ''Great Balls Of Fire'', ''You Win Again'' (London RE-S1140), I can begin to see why. I still don't like his singing, but he plays some good, beauty piano on numbers like ''You Win Again''. Certainly all Lewis fans will want this collection of four top Jerry Lee Lewis hits''.

NOVEMBER 4, 1958 TUESDAY

Roger Peterson receives a pilot's license that does not allow him to fly at night. Peterson, however, will take off near midnight two months later piloting a plane that crashed, killing ''True Love Ways'' songwriter Buddy Holly.

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STUDIO SESSION FOR JERRY LEE LEWIS
AT THE MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE FOR SUN RECORDS 1958

SUN RECORDING STUDIO
706 UNION AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 5, 1958
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - JACK CLEMENT
AND/OR BILLJUSTIS

During these sessions the time was found to recorded new versions of ''Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee'' and ''You're The Star In My Blue Heaven'', neither of which was at the time deemed worthy of release.(*)

1 - STUDIO CHATTER - 0:33
Recorded: November 5, 1958
Released: - April 1993
First appearance: - Charly Records (CD) 500/22rpm Sunbox 4-9-16 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE ULTIMATE - THE SUN YEARS
Reissued: - October 2015 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-8-24 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

1(1) - "DRINKIN' WINE SPO-DEE-O-DEE" (2) - B.M.I. - 2:39
Composer: - Stick McGhee
Publisher: - Leeds Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Take 1
Recorded: - November 5, 1958 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - April 1993
First appearance: - Charly Records (CD) 500/22rpm Sunbox 4-9-16 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE ULTIMATE - THE SUN YEARS
Reissued: - October 2015 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-8-25 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

Granville ''Stick'' McGhee, in the military, Granville often played his guitar and one of the songs, that McGhee was best known for his co-written song "Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee". The original lyrics of the song were as follows: ''Drinkin’ that mess is our delight, and when we get drunk, start fightin’ all night. Knockin’ out windows and tearin’ down doors, drinkin’ half-gallons and callin’ for more. Drinkin’ wine motherfucker, drinkin’ wine! Goddam! Drinkin’ wine motherfucker, drinkin’ wine! Goddam! Drinkin’ wine motherfucker, drinkin’ wine! Goddam! Pass that bottle to me''! This song was one of the earliest prototypical rock and roll songs and was covered by Jerry Lee Lewis for his Sun International LP ''Monsters'' (Sun 124, April 1971) and Mike Bloomfield's Electric Flag (as "Wine"). The song lent its name to the alcoholic fruit drink, spodi.

In 1946, Granville and Brownie McGhee collaborated and modified the song into a clean cut version for Harlem Records. The song was released a year later in January 1947 at the price of 49 cents. The song did not get much airplay time until two years later, when Granville recreated the song for Atlantic Records. As a result, it rose to number 2 on the Billboard Rhythm And Blues chart, where it stayed for 4 weeks, spending almost half a year on the charts overall.

His songs attracted countless covers over the years. The first cover was by Lionel Hampton featuring Sonny Parker, then Wynonie Harris, and lastly, Loy Gordon and His Pleasant Valley Boys with their hillbilly-bop rendition. His song "Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee" maintained its popularity throughout the 1950s by various artists, including Malcolm Yelvington, recorded on October 10, 1954 for Sun Records (Sun 211), and Johnny Burnette (Coral 9-61869) in 1957.

01(2) - "DRINKIN' WINE SPO-DEE-O-DEE" (2) - B.M.I. - 2:34
Composer: - Stick McGhee
Publisher: - Leeds Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Chatter - Take 2
Recorded: - November 5, 1958 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - January 1983
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 102-7-B9 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE SUN YEARS
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-5-8 mono
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 - 1963

2(1) - "I'LL SAIL MY SHIP ALONE"* (1) - B.M.I. - 2:06
Composer: - Moon Mullican-Lois Mann-Henry Bernard-Henry Thurston
Publisher: - Lois Music - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Take 1
Recorded: - November 5, 1958 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - 1982
First appearance: - Accord Records (LP) 33rpm SJA-7903-B3 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - DOIN' JUST FINE
Reissued: - October 2015 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-8-27 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS


Jerry Lee Lewis also sounded very much at ease in November 1958 when recording Moon Mullican's 1950 hit ''I'll Sail My Ship Alone'', a song which he is said to have determined to release as a single even though no-one else at Sun much faith in the idea. The first of the seven takes stands alone on the basis of relatively sparse instrumentation; the saxophone player wasn't involved at this early stage. On the next they're still experimenting with the arrangement; the last twenty seconds or so of this take has a definite ''swing'' feel. Each one of the succeeding five takes features an unplanned vocal nuance somewhere in the second half of the first verse which sets it apart from the others.

2(2) - "I'LL SAIL MY SHIP ALONE"* (1) - B.M.I. - 2:14
Composer: - Moon Mullican-Lois Mann-Henry Bernard-Henry Thurston
Publisher: - Lois Music - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - False Start - Take 2
Recorded: - November 5, 1958
Released: - October 2015 - Not Originally Issued
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-8-28 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

In take 3 it's a ''but'' at 0:25, allowing for the false start, ahead of ''I guess''; in take 4 the superfluous ''but'' precedes ''I have built'' at 0:26; in take 5 Jerry Lee puts the ''love we shared'' in the past tense with ''was'' in place of ''is''; in take 6, the recording selected for original release, there's an inadvertent stutter on the word ''guess'' at 0:25; in take 7, rather than having ''planned'' all his dreams, exceptionally he sings ''to plan'' at 0:28. It is to be hoped that the listener can be persuaded at an early stage that these are all distinct recordings and may then simply revel in what follows rather than having to count the glissandi, or note the lack of them, in the solos.(*)

2(3) - "I'LL SAIL MY SHIP ALONE"* (1) - B.M.I. - 2:09
Composer: - Moon Mullican-Lois Mann-Henry Bernard-Henry Thurston
Publisher: - Lois Music - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Take 3
Recorded: - November 5, 1958 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - November 1986
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15211-11-11 mono
THE SUN COUNTRY YEARS
Reissued: - October 2015 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-8-29 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

2(4) - "I'LL SAIL MY SHIP ALONE"* (1) - B.M.I. - 2:16
Composer: - Moon Mullican-Lois Mann-Henry Bernard-Henry Thurston
Publisher: - Lois Music - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Chatter - Take 4
Recorded: - November 5, 1958 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - April 1993
First appearance: - Charly Records (CD) 500/22rpm Sunbox 4-7-23 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE ULTIMATE - THE SUN YEARS
Reissued: - October 2015 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-8-30 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

2(5) - "I'LL SAIL MY SHIP ALONE"* (1) - B.M.I. - 2:13
Composer: - Moon Mullican-Lois Mann-Henry Bernard-Henry Thurston
Publisher: - Lois Music - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: None - Take 5
Recorded: - November 5, 1958 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - January 1983
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 102-8-A1 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE SUN YEARS
Reissued: - October 2015 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-8-31 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

2(6) - "I'LL SAIL MY SHIP ALONE" - B.M.I. - 2:09
Composer: - Moon Mullican-Lois Mann-Henry Bernard-Henry Thurston
Publisher: - Lois Music - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Undubbed Master Take 6
Recorded: - November 5, 1958 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - 1986
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15211-11-11 mono
THE SUN COUNTRY YEARS 1950 - 1959
Reissued: - February 15, 2013 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17311-6-31 mono
THE SUN COUNTRY BOX 1950 - 1959

Originally recorded and written by Moon Mullican (an early Jerry Lee Lewis inspiration), the Sun cut (and several alternate takes) feature an unnecessary saxophone honking away but it is otherwise a very good mid-tempo country-rock performance. Jerry recorded the song again for his 1966 live album ''By Request (More Of The Greatest Live Show On Earth''), this time with his road band including some tremendous drumming from the legendary Morris ‘Tarp’ Tarrant (a drummer who taught not one but two Lewis family members how to play the drums!).

2(6) - "I'LL SAIL MY SHIP ALONE"* - B.M.I. - 2:06
Composer: - Moon Mullican-Lois Mann-Henry Bernard-Henry Thurston
Publisher: - Lois Music - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 337 - Overdubbed Master
Recorded: - November 5, 1958
Released: - November 20, 1958
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 78/45rpm standard single > Sun 312-B < mono
I'LL SAIL MY SHIP ALONE / IT HURT ME SO
Reissued: - 1996 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15803-3-17 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 3

After "Break Up" fell stillborn from the presses, Jud Phillips tried to spark some action of the next single of Jerry Lee Lewis, a revival of Moon Mullican's "I'll Sail My Ship Alone", by offering the first 100,000 at the royalty-free price of 16c, but there were few takers. It was at Jerry Lee's insistence that this record (SUN 312) was cut and released on Sun. If nothing else, it should put to rest any doubts about the influence Moon Mullican had on the Killer's style. Resurrecting "I'll Sail My Ship Alone" may have been a fine tribute to Mullican, bit it did little to energize Jerry Lee's career. In truth, it is not a particularly good record. The appearance of Martin Willis' sax is a first for Jerry Lee, although it is hardly here are Jerry himself, and the guitar player, who sounds more like Billy Riley than Roland Janes. Jerry turns in one of the most distracted sounding vocals of his recorded career. The pitch wavers, the intonation is sloppy; in short, it sounds like Jerry was paying too much attention to his piano work and let the singing go to hell. Unfortunately, the guitar work is strident and unfocussed. During the instrumental break, it sounds as if the guitar player assumed the second eight bars were his, only to find Jerry Lee still ticklin' them ivories. From the brief taste we get of what that solo would have sounded like, its a mercy the guitar stays submerged.

2(7) - "I'LL SAIL MY SHIP ALONE"* (1) - B.M.I. - 2:09
Composer: - Moon Mullican-Lois Mann-Henry Bernard-Henry Thurston
Publisher: - Lois Music - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Take 7
Recorded: - November 5, 1958 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - March 1985
First appearance: - Sun International (EP) 45rpm JLL EP 002-A1 mono*
THE FABULOUS JERRY LEE LEWIS - VOLUME TWO
Reissued: - October 2015 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-8-33mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

* - Limited edition produced for the International Jerry Lee Lewis Fan Club, not on general sale.

3(1) - "YOU'RE THE ONLY STAR IN MY BLUE HEAVEN"* (3) - B.M.I. - 0:57
Composer: - Gene Autry
Publisher: - Shapiro Bernstein Music
Matrix number: - None - 3 False Starts - Take 1
Recorded: - November 5, 1958 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - January 1983
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 102-8-A5 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE SUN YEARS
Reissued: - October 2015 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-9-1 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

3(2) - "YOU'RE THE ONLY STAR IN MY BLUE HEAVEN"* (3) - B.M.I. - 1:48
Composer: - Gene Autry
Publisher: - Shapiro Bernstein Music
Matrix number: - None - Chatter - Take 2
Recorded: - November 5, 1958 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - January 1983
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 102-8-A1 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE SUN YEARS
Reissued: - October 2015 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-9-2 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

3(3) - "YOU'RE THE ONLY STAR IN MY BLUE HEAVEN"* (3) - B.M.I. - 1:48
Composer: - Gene Autry
Publisher: - Shapiro Bernstein Music
Matrix number: - None - Take 3
Recorded: - November 5, 1958 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - September 1989
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-5-11 mono
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 - 1963
Released: - October 2015
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-9-3 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

Of course, "I'll Sail My Ship Alone" is a 1950 song written by Moon Mullican (sometimes credited as "Morry Burns"), Henry Bernard (sometimes credited as "Henry Glover"), Lois Mann (sometimes credited as "Sydney Nathan") and Henry Thurston. The song was Mullican's most successful release, reaching number one on the Country and Western chart for a single week, and spending a total of nine months on the chart. "I'll Sail My Ship Alone" crossed over to the pop chart, reaching number seventeen. Patsy Cline also recorded this song on her last recording session, before she died in a plane crash. It was recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis in 1958 and by many others since such as Hank Williams, Skeets McDonald, Patsy Cline, Tiny Hill, Ferlin Husky, George Jones, Slim Whitman, Patrick Wall, Mickey Gilley and Leon Russell.

"I'll Sail My Ship Alone" is also an album title for several Moon Mullican original albums and more recent compilations. Irish blues singer Patrick Wall also called his 2011 CD "I'll Sail My Ship Alone" too. 1990s band Beautiful South released a song called "I'll Sail This Ship Alone". However, this song is lyrically and melodically unrelated although the title may have been inspired by "I'll Sail My Ship Alone".

3(1) - "STUDIO CHATTER/IT HURT ME SO" (1) - B.M.I. - 3:19
Composer: - Charlie Rich-Bill Justis
Publisher: - Justis Music
Matrix number: - None - Chatter - Take 1
Recorded: - November 5, 1958 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - January 1983
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 102-8-A3 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE SUN YEARS
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-5-10 mono
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 - 1963

3 - STUDIO CHATTER - 2 - 1:36
Recorded: - November 5, 1958 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - January 1983
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 102-8-A4 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE SUN YEARS
Reissued: - October 2015 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-9-6 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

''I'll Sail My Ship Alone'' was paired on Sun 312 with a Bill Justis and Charlie Rich composition ''It Hurt Me So'', upon which Sam, mindful of the difficulties encountered with ''I'll Make It All Up To You'', again asked Rich himself to take over the piano, thereby investing the song with an untypical sound for a Lewis title. The early experiments involved trying out a change of key but once things settled down, the ensemble produced four very similar sounding takes. With Charlie adhering closely to his own score these can best be distinguished by examining Jerry Lee's delivery, at around 0:25, of the line ''to see you with another boy'' which invariably involves a shift in the emphasis on one word or another in successive takes. A male vocal chorus was overdubbed onto the last of the four to produce a master for a release which, given Rich's influence, was barely recognisable as a Jerry Lee Lewis' record.(*)

3(2) - "IT HURT ME SO" (1) - B.M.I. - 2:14
Composer: - Charlie Rich-Bill Justis
Publisher: - Justis Music
Matrix number: - None - Take 2
Recorded: - November 5, 1958 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - January 1983
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 102-8-A4 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE SUN YEARS
Reissued: - October 2015 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-9-7 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

3(3) - "IT HURT ME SO" (1) - B.M.I. - 2:41
Composer: - Charlie Rich-Bill Justis
Publisher: - Justis Music
Matrix number: - None - Take 3
Recorded: - November 5, 1958 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - April 1993
First appearance: - Charly Records (CD) 500/22rpm Sunbox 4-9-18 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE ULTIMATE - THE SUN YEARS
Reissued: - October 2015 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-9-8 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

3(4) - "IT HURT ME SO" (1) - B.M.I. - 2:43
Composer: - Charlie Rich-Bill Justis
Publisher: - Justis Music
Matrix number: - None - Take 4
Recorded: - November 5, 1958 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - April 1987
First appearance: - Charly Records (CD) 500/200rpm CD Charly 70-9 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - RARE AND ROCKIN'
Reissued: - October 2015 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-9-9 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

3(5) - "IT HURT ME SO" - B.M.I. - 2:42
Composer: - Charlie Rich-Bill Justis
Publisher: - Justis Music
Matrix number: - None - Take 5
Recorded: - November 5, 1958 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - April 1993
First appearance: - Charly REcords (CD) 500/200epm Sunbox 4-11-19 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE ULTIMATE - THE SUN YEARS
Reissued: - October 2015 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-9-10 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

3(6) - "IT HURT ME SO" (1) - B.M.I. - 2:40
Composer: - Charlie Rich-Bill Justis
Publisher: - Justis Music
Matrix number: - None - Undubbed Master Take 6
Recorded: - November 5, 1958 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - October 2015
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-9-11 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

3(6) - "IT HURT ME SO"** - B.M.I. - 2:37
Composer: - Charlie Rich-Bill Justis
Publisher: - Justis Music
Matrix number: - U 336 - Overdubbed Master
Recorded: - November 5, 1958
Released: - November 20, 1958
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 78/45rpm standard single > Sun 312-A < mono
IT HURT ME SO / I'LL SAIL MY SHIP ALONE
Reissued: - 1996 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15803-3-18 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 3

On this side, the label credited "Jerry Lee Lewis and his Pumping Piano". the label lied. The not-very pumping piano was played by Charlie Rich, who also co-composed this song with Bill Justis. The material is very heavy into self pity, and engages the more maudlin side of Jerry's vocal stylings. This would not be the last time Jerry Lee's flair for the melodramatic surfaced in his recorded work

''It Hurt Me So'' was recorded by Charlie Rich's as demo of the song that Jerry Lee Lewis recorded for his seventh Sun single. Actually Charlie contributed both the song and the piano work to Jerry Lee's release, leaving the Killer free to concentrate on his singing. Listening to their versions side by side is quite revealing. Without question, Charlie mines a stronger blues vein than here Jerry - which is doubly impressive considering that Charlie was not offering a finished performance for release, but merely a look at the song for another artist to evaluate and learn.

Name (Or. No Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal and Piano
Roland Janes - Guitar
Billy Riley - Guitar
Cliff Acred - Bass
James M. Van Eaton - Drums
Jeff Davis - Drums
Charlie Rich - Piano on some takes of "It Hurt Me So"
* Martin Willis - Saxophone

* * Unknown chorus overdub added at an overdub session in November 1958.

For Biography of Jerry Lee Lewis see: > The Sun Biographies <
Jerry Lee Lewis' Sun recordings can be heard on his playlist from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on > YouTube <

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NOVEMBER 1958

Studio session for Bill Justis with his orchestra. ''Technically'', said Stan Kesler, ''Bill was better than most of the musicians at Sun. He was more of an educated musician than a feel musician..., but he wasn't that hung up being technically correct''.

NOVEMBER 7, 1958 FRIDAY

George Morgan recorded ''I'm In Love Again''.

NOVEMBER 10, 1958 MONDAY

Johnny Horton recorded ''When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Thirty Below)'' during the evening at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio in Nashville.

''Bring It On Home To Me'' songwriter Sam Cooke and Lou Rawls are injured in a car accident near Marion, Arkansas. The car's driver is killed in the mishap.

Columbia released Carl Smith's ''The Best Years Of Your Life''.

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STUDIO SESSION FOR BILL JUSTIS
AT THE MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE FOR SUN RECORDS 1958

SUN RECORDING STUDIO
706 UNION AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: TUESDAY NOVEMBER 10-11, 1958
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER – BILL JUSTIS
RECORDING ENGINEER – STAN KESLER

Not wanting to lose the momentum of "Raunchy", Sam Phillips was quick to issue yet another follow-up after "College Man" did its kamikaze imitation. This one was closer to what the doctor ordered. It didn't really make anybody rich, but it did re-establish some credibility for the label and the artist.

01 - "STRING OF PEARLS - CHA HOT CHA" - A.S.C.A.P. - 2:27
Composer: - Jerry Gray
Publisher: - Mutual Music
Matrix number: - P 338 - Master
Recorded: - November 10-11, 1958
Released: - 1958
First appearance: - Phillips International (s) 45rpm standard single > PI 3535-B < mono
STRING OF PEARLS - CHA HOT CHA / BOP TRAIN
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805-4-18 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

On the session reels, you can be heard between takes Justis said: "OK, girls, The cha cha is hot. We've got our roots in the big band era. Let's take that big Glen Miller hit "String of Pearls" and transform it into a cha cha. Can't miss, right?".

The band must have had fun recording this one. It certainly comes closer to big band music than anything ever recorded at 706 Union Avenue. Why, Justis even had to bring in a trombone player and a trumpet for the date (at Union scale). And he didn't just bury them in the mix. That's Richard Mateller's trumpet, not Justis' sax, during the first solo. And just listen to Charlie Rich playing those soulful piano fills during the last verse! Forget following up "Raunchy". Let's have some fun!

02(1) - "BOP TRAIN" - B.M.I. - 2:09
Composer: - Bill Justis
Publisher: - Justis Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Alternate Take - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - November 10-11, 1958
Released: - November 1986
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 106-12-9 mono
SUN RECORDS - THE ROCKING YEARS - RAUNCHY
Reissued: - May 29, 2013 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17313-8-22 mono
THE SUN ROCK BOX 1954 - 1959

02(2) - "BOP TRAIN" - B.M.I. - 2:01
Composer: - Bill Justis
Publisher: - Justis Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 337 - Master
Recorded: - November 10-11, 1958
Released: - 1958
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single > PI 3535-A < mono
BOP TRAIN / STRING OF PEARLS - CHA HOT CHA
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805-4-17 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

"Bop Train" is another matter. Hidden on the B-side here and rarely reissued, this track is a gem that truly captures the hybrid spirit of Justis' music. The trouble is there's really nowhere to go after the first 12-bar verse. Its all been said. All that remains is to swap the soloing around until the clock on the wall tells us its time to wrap. In a true tough of class, rather than fade on somebody's solo, they return to the original guitar figure and the "Bop Train" rolls along the tracks until its out of sight. Fine work, girls.

The other nice story about ''Bop Train'' is a strange record that doesn't seem quite sure what it wants to be. It begins with a lovely, countrified 4-bar guitar intro in the key of B. Not many songs are in the key and there might not be another one on Sun. Then the band comes in playing a 120bar blues at a lazy rolling tempo with pleasant sax work by Justis in the style of Billy Vaughn. Only now they're in the key of A-flat. Huh? We never lose that 12-bar structure from here on. It's a train, rolling down the track, although the journey doesn't come to close to ''bop'' by anyone definition. (Then again, neither did Elvis when the critics called his music ''hillbilly bop'' back when he started). The first verse is led by the mellow sax. The next two-verses feature a lead guitar with a lot more edge and sting than any playing that comes before. This is as close to rock and roll as the record gets. Then there's one more sax-led verse (the Vaughn sound again) and we're out, back to that lovely hillbilly figure we started with.

03 - "MY DANCE" - B.M.I.
Composer: - Bill Justis
Publisher: - Justis Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - November 10-11, 1958

04 - "BEGIN THE BEGUINE" - B.M.I.
Composer: - Bill Justis
Publisher: - Justis Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - November 10-11, 1958

05 - "PARADIDDLE" - B.M.I. - 2:02
Composer: - Bill Justis
Publisher: - Justis Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - November 10-11, 1958
Reissued: - January 26, 1999 Collectables (CD) 500/200rpm COL-CD-6018-4 mono
VERY BEST OF BILL JUSTIS - RAUNCHY
Released: - 2006
First appearance: - 2006 Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-20 mono
BILL JUSTIS - SELECTED HITS

06 - "FAR AWAY" - B.M.I. - 3:47
Composer: - Bill Justis
Publisher: - Justis Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - November 10-11, 1958
Reissued: - January 26, 1999 Collectables (CD) 500/200rpm COL-CD-6018-13 mono
VERY BEST OF BILL JUSTIS - RAUNCHY
Reissued: - 2006 Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-1 mono
BILL JUSTIS - SELECTED HITS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Bill Justis - Saxophone
Roland Janes - Guitar
Cliff Acred - Bass
Billy Riley - Bass
Richard Mateller - Trumpet
Jackie Thomas - Trombone
Vernon Drake - Saxophone
Sid Manker - Guitar
Keith Vann - Drums
Charlie Rich - Piano

Probably The Spinners - Vocal Chorus

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NOVEMBER 12, 1958 WEDNESDAY

The single, ''I Just Thought You'd Like To Know'' b/w ''It's Just About Time'' (Sun 309) by Johnny Cash, barely scratched the country Top 30, and ''Breeze'' b/w ''Today Is A Blue Day'' (Sun 310) by Vernon Taylor both issued.

NOVEMBER 13, 1958 THURSDAY

Sun SLP 1235 ''Sings The Songs That Made Him Famous'' by Johnny Cash issued.

Hank Snow's Cadillac is impounded in Gallipolis, Ohio, pending the settlement of a $2,250 lawsuit filed by the owner of the Downtown Coaches' Club. Snow had shown up an hour late for a November 4 concert when the car broke down, and the club reimbursed ticket-holders in his absence.

Carl Smith recorded ''Lonely Girl''.

NOVEMBER 14, 1958 FRIDAY

Johnny Cash, Sonny Burgess, the Collins Kids, Jerry Lee Lewis, Webb Pierce, Dickey Lee, Ernest Tubb, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Joe Maphis and Merle Travis performed in Memphis for the benefit concert for Jay Perkins widow. Stew Carnall, who was managing Johnny Cash and nursing an infatuation for Lorrie Collins (with whom he later eloped), gave Sonny Burgess one hundred dollars and told him to come to Los Angeles to work back-up on a television series that Cash was to host. A few days later, Cash sent Sonny a telegram confirming the agreement. "We sat around here for a few days, and got to thinking about it", said Sonny, "and decided we didn't want to go. So I sent Cash his hundred dollars back".

On one of his swing out west, Sonny Burgess started looking for another recording contract. Bob Neal had got him a demo session with Challenge, and on the same trip Sonny went to Wynn Stewart's house and cut some more demos - but neither led anywhere. Market conditions were changing and he was probably too raw to stand a chance. "Sam always said he didn't know what to do with us", said Sonny Burgess. "We didn't fit any category. We'd have made a few changes if we'd had any sense, but like most musicians...".

NOVEMBER 16, 1958 SUNDAY

Ferlin Husky recorded ''Draggin' The River''.

NOVEMBER 17, 1958 MONDAY

Decca released Bill Anderson's first hit, ''That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome''.

NOVEMBER 18, 1958 TUESDAY

Ray Price recorded Bill Anderson's ''That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome'' in a midnight session at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

NOVEMBER 19, 1958 WEDNESDAY

George Jones portrays a bartender on the NBC western ''Bat Masterson''.

The Kingston Trio, destined to win the first country Grammy award, appear on NBC's ''The Milton Berle Show''.

NOVEMBER 20, 1958 THURSDAY

Songwriter Wade Kirby is born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to future session guitarist Dave Kirby. The son goes on to pen Easton Corbin's ''All Over The Road'', Parmalee's ''Already Callin' You Mine'', Blake Shelton's ''Doin' What She Likes'' and George Strait's ''I Saw God Today''.

"Black Haired Man" b/w ''Wrong'' (Sun 311) by Jack Clement is released.

"I'll Sail My Ship Alone" backed ''It Hurts Me So'' (Sun 312) by Jerry Lee Lewis is released, but is not a hit despite a profit-free gimmick price offered by manager Jud Phillips and meanwhile was building up his business from his home on 1154 Hermitage Drive in Florence, Alabama. Jerry Lee's single is a wonderful rollicking tribute to one of the few piano players Jerry ever acknowledged as an influence, ''hillbilly boogie'' pioneer Moon Mullican.

NOVEMBER 22, 1958 SATURDAY

Jason Ringenberg is born in Kewanee, Illinois. He fronts Jason and The Scorchers, earning mention in the Country Music Foundation's 2003 book ''Heartaches By The Number'', which cites ''Absolutely Sweet Marie'' among country's 500 greatest singles.

NOVEMBER 23, 1958 SUNDAY

Pam Lewis is born in Rhinebeck, New York. She works for MTV in New York and RCA in Nashville before becoming the co-manager of Garth Brooks in 1988, continuing the association until a nasty with her partner, Bob Doyle, in 1994.

A benefit show is held in Jackson, Tennessee following the death of J.B. Perkins. Artists appearing include Homer and Jethro, Lefty Frizzell, Joe Maphis, The Collins Kids, Merle Travis, Johnny Cash, Slim Rhodes, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Charlie Feathers, Dickey Lee, Sonny Burgess, Thomas Wayne, Ernest Tubb, Porter Wagoner, Webb Pierce and Jerry Lee Lewis.

NOVEMBER 24, 1958 MONDAY

SUN-LINER - Sam Phillips sent an add to record distributors in the country that read:

Dear Sun Distributors,

This is to notify you of a special promotion arrangement in re. Jerry Lee Lewis' newest single release - SUN 312/SUN 312, "It Hurts Me So" b/w "I'll Sail My Ship Alone".

Sun Record Company has authorized Jud Phillips, personal manager of Jerry Lee Lewis, to sell the regular Sun distributors copies ( a total of 100,000) of this release, specially numbered SUN 312.

At a cost of 16 cents per record. Jud Phillips will take orders for this specially prized record at his business office, 1154 Hermitage Drive, Florence, Alabama, or by phone EA 3-2361.

You will have an option on a percentage of the 100,000 records idential to the percentage of records you sold of the total volume of "Great Balls Of Fire". That is, if you sold 5% of the total volume of "Great Balls Of Fire", you will have an option on 5% of the 100,000 - or 5000 records. "Great Balls Of Fire" is Jerry Lee Lewis' greatest-selling record to date. (Offer applies to 45s only).

The artist has agreed to forego royalties for this promotion, and the 16 cents price covers pressing cost, excise tax, mechanical licenses from the publishing firms and union trust fund payments.

Sun Record Company regards purchases made under this provision as separate and apart from the usual sales procedure. There will be no 2% discount. There will be no return privilege on these records. Purchoses will not count toward return privileges. Orders for SUN 312 - at the usual prize - may by phoned in to Sun or otherwise placed as usual.

Orders, as stated, will be taken by Jud Phillips only. The three Sun manufacturers - Monarch, Modge, and Plastic Products - will not ship on SUN 312. A billing will be from the Sun office.

Thanks - and Good Luck!

Sincerely. Sam C. Phillips.

NOVEMBER 24, 1958 MONDAY

Decca released Brenda Lee's holiday classic ''Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree''.

NOVEMBER 26, 1958 WEDNESDAY

Songwriter Tiny Bradshaw dies in Cincinnati, Ohio, two years after Johnny Burnette recorded his song ''The Train Kept A-Rollin'''. Burnette's cut ranks among country's 500 greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation's ''Heartaches By The Number''.

A dozen years after he joined Red Foley on the country charts, Lawrence Welk is grand marshal of the Santa Clues Lane parade in Hollywood, featuring 20 floats, 16 marching bands and some guy named Santa.

NOVEMBER 27, 1958 THURSDAY

While serving the Army in West Germany, Elvis Presley is promoted to private first class.

NOVEMBER 29, 1958 SATURDAY

Conway Twitty performs on ''The Perry Como Show''.

NOVEMBER 30, 1958 SUNDAY

''Dear Oakie'' performer Doye O'Dell has a guest role on a riverboat-themed episode of James Garner's ABC-TV series ''Maverick''.

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