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1962 SESSIONS (4-6)
April 1, 1962 to June 30, 1962
 
Studio Session for The Evans Family, Unknown Date April 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for The Evans Family, Unknown Date(s) / Sun Records
Studio Session for Frank Frost with The Night Hawks, April 7, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Frank Frost with The Night Hawks, April 10, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Frank Frost with The Night Hawks, April 28, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for The Quintones, April 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Brother James Anderson, May 12, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Brother James Anderson, Unknown Date(s) / Sun Records
Studio Session for Brad Suggs, May 18, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Jerry Lee Lewis, June 14, 1962 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Tony Rossini, June 23, 1962 / Sun Records
 

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Playlists of the Artists can be found on 706 Union Avenue Sessions of > YouTube <
  
 

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STUDIO SESSION FOR THE EVANS FAMILY
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962
 
SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE APRIL 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – UNKNOWN
 
Extensive research has yielded some tantalizing hints about the Evans Family, but little substantive  information. We know from aural evidence that they spent a lot of their time listening to the Chuck Wagon  Gang, whose numerous recordings for Columbia almost define a plaintive and delightfully primitive form of  white gospel music.
 
Here is what we know about the Evans group. Other than this previously unreleased Sun audition, their only  appearance on record is one side of a Rimrock LP issued around 1965 (flipside by Red Smiley). Rimrock  Records, an Arkansas label, was owned by Wayne Raney. Raney's widow, Lois, recalls that the Evans Family  were hired to record their sides for an LP to be sold via Rimrock's extensive mail order catalogue. No  royalties were paid beyond the one-time recording fee. Lois believes that the group consisted of three men  and a woman (perhaps in their 30s). According to notes found in the Sun tape box, John Addison was the  leader. Whether that means lead singer, guitarist, or manager is unclear some 40 years later. The final piece  of information recalled by Lois Raney was that the group left her a Memphis address when it came time to  mail copies of their LP.
 
Two tracks, released here for the first time, is a delightful introduction to a form of gospel music rarely heard  anymore, and certainly not associated with Sun.
 
AFTER AWHILE
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962
 
I NEED THE PRAYERS
Composer: - James D. Vaughan
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962
 
Composer: - Bill Monroe
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued (2:17)
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962
Released: - March 20, 2012
First appearance: Sun Records X5 Music Group Internet Sample-13 mono
VARIOUS ARTISTS - SUN RECORDS GOSPEL ARCHIVE
 
LORD, I CANNOT WALK ALONE
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962
 
MAYBE IT'S YOU, MAYBE IT'S ME
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962
 
Although it mightn't surprise anyone to hear ''Rainbow Of Love'' that the Evans Family recorded this track in  1932, the truth is it was recorded as part of an audition for Sun Records in April 1962.
 
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued (2:10)
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962
Released: - 2000
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16387-11 mono
SUN GOSPEL
 
SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER
Composer: - Robert Lowry
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962
 
> SWEET BYE AND BYE <
Composer: - J.S. Cox-Jim Thomas
Publisher: - B.M.I. - J.W. Pepper Music
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued (1:44)
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962
Released: - February 19, 2021
First appearance: - Sun Entertainment Corporation / Countdown Media-19 stereo
THE SUN RECORDS SOUND OF GOSPEL MUSIC
 
TAKE ME IN THE LIFEBOAT
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962
 
Composer: - Joseph M. Scrives-Erie Charles C. Converse
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Public Domain
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued (2:20)
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962
Released: - March 20, 2012
First appearance: Sun Records X5 Music Group Internet Sample-20 mono
VARIOUS ARTISTS - SUN RECORDS GOSPEL ARCHIVE
 
Composer: - Jamie West Metzgar
P ublisher: - A.S.C.A.P. - Aim High Music
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued (1:52)
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962
Released: - 2000
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16387-26 mono
SUN GOSPEL
 
''When I Walk On Streets Of Gold'' offers another loot at the archaic and delightful brand of gospel music  practiced by the Evans Family. Although it held virtually no commercial promise in 1962, one cannot help  but wonder how a release by these artists would have been received by Sun fans. Where are the Evans  Family Singers today? Is music like this still being performed on Sunday mornings down south?
 
WONDERFUL SAVIOR
Composer: - John Millard Harris-Andy Bronley
Publisher: - Thank You Music
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date April 1962
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
The Evans Family – Vocals
John Addison - Vocal
More Details Unknown
 
For Biography of The Evans Family see: < The Sun Biographies <
The Evans Family's Sun recordings can be heard on their playlist from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on > YouTube <
 
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STUDIO SESSION FOR THE EVANS FAMILY
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE(S)
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – UNKNOWN

ECHOES FROM THE BURNING BUSH
Composer: - Byron Foust-V.O. Sumner
Publisher: - James D. Vaughan Music
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date

I WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN
Composer: - Thomas A. Dorsey
Publisher: - Hill and Range Music
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date

HEAVEN'S GOING TO SHINE
Composer: - Albert E. Brumley
Publisher: - Stamps-Baxter Music
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date

I'M FEELING FINE
Composer: - Mosie Lister
Publisher: - Lillinass Publishing
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date

I'VE BEEN CHANGED
Composer: - Mosie Lister
Publisher: - Mosie Lister Music
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date

LORD, HASTEN THAT DAY
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date

> LORD, LEAD ME ON <
Composer: - Arno de Pano
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Brimhall Music
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued (1:49)
Recorded: - Unknown Date
Released: - April 3, 2012
First appearance: Sun Records X5 Music Group Internet Sample-18 mono
VARIOUS ARTISTS - SUNSHINE - CHRISTIAN COUNTRY SONGS

OVERSHADOWED BY LOVE
Composer: - H.A. Ironside and George S Schuler
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date

STORMY WATERS
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date

WHEN HE LOOKED UP AND I LOOKED DOWN'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Albert E. Brumley
Publisher: - Stamps-Baxter Music
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Evans Family – Vocal
John Addison - Vocal

For Biography of The Evans Family see: < The Sun Biographies <
The Evans Family's Sun recordings can be heard on their playlist from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on > YouTube <
 
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APRIL 1962
 
The singles PI 3576 ''Easy Money'' b/w ''Midnight Blues'' by Charlie Rich and PI 3577 ''I Got It Made '' b/w ''The Quiet Look'' issued.
 
APRIL TO OCTOBER 1962
 
Cuban and Soviet governments secretly began to build 9 missile bases in Cuba for launching medium-range and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, Missiles capable of reaching 2,800 miles covering most of the United States.
 
APRIL 1, 1962 SUNDAY
 
Jackie Wilson is on The Ed Sullivan Show. Mary Wells guests on American Bandstand and sings  "The One That Really Loves You''.
 
Billy Dean is born in Quincy, Florida. He tells people his birthday is April 2, so they won't think of him as an April Fool. He earns a series of smooth hits in the 1990s, including ''Somewhere In My Broken Heart'', ''Billy The Kid'' and ''Only The Wind''.
 
APRIL 2, 11962 MONDAY
 
Faron Young recorded ''The Comeback'' at Nashville's Columbia Recording Studio.
 
Decca released Burl Ives' ''Funny Way Of Laughin'''.
 
APRIL 3, 1962 TUESDAY
 
Steve Grossman, of The Gibson/Miller Band is born in West Ipswich, England. He plays drums on their two minor hits, ''High Rollin''' and ''Texas Tattoo'', but the group breaks up in 1994 after just two albums.
 
APRIL 4, 1962 WEDNESDAY
 
The singles, Sun 377 ''In The Beginning'' b/w ''Wait 'Til Saturday Night'' by Harold Dorman and Sun 378 ''(Meet Me) After School'' b/w ''Just Around The Corner'' by Tony Rossini issued.
 
APRIL 5, 1962 THURSDAY
 
Chubby Checker is guest of honor at a party thrown by the Philadelphia Variety Club.  Checker's latest movie Don't Knock the Twist is previewed.
 
APRIL 6, 1962 FRIDAY
 
Ray Charles headlines the Apollo. Jay and the Americans make their national television  debut on American Bandstand. They sing "She Cried''.
 
Time magazine prints the lyrics of ''P.T. 109'' in their entirety, noting the salute to John F. Kennedy was recorded by cowboy crooner Jimmy Dean.
 
APRIL 7, 1962 SATURDAY
 
Bobby Rydell is at Columbia Studios in Hollywood screen testing for a role in the movie Bye  Bye Birdie. He did not get the role.
 
EARLY APRIL 1962
 
Lloyd Price is at Pep's Musical Bar in Philadelphia.

APRIL 1962

But, of course, Sam Phillips' first love had always been the music he founded his studio to record: rhythm and blues. Few came closer to the music Phillips loved than Frank Frost. Phillips' words about Frost say a great deal about his own musical values as the sixties moved on: ''I saw a place from Frank Frost, even though, he, was the most bluesy thing I had recorded in years. By the 1960s there were more radio stations that could expose the blues to a white audience than there had been earlier. Rock music had gone in other directions, but I felt that there was a chance of going against the odds and producing solid down-home blues that would still get played and bought''.

A native of Lula, Mississippi, Frost came to Phillips' studio in April 1962 and, over the course of three marathon sessions, cut some of the last truly great blues recordings to emerge from Memphis. He was hardly an innovator, but his music was still nourished from within his own community rather than by white college audiences, which gave it a cutting edge that blues recordings increasingly lacked. As Phillips recalls, ''John R. (a disc jockey) on WLAC in Nashville, told me that the Frank Frost album was the best record he had ever heard, and John R. was a big name''. Yet, John R. endorsement notwithstanding, the Frost album was a sales disaster.

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A bluesman of the older Delta school, Frost was influenced by many of the great names such as Robert Johnson, Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy, but in particular by Robert Nighthawk after whom he named his band. Drummer Sam Carr was Nighthawk's son.

STUDIO SESSION FOR FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: MONDAY APRIL 7, 1962
(SESSION DATE ACCORDING TO LP CR 30106)
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – SAM PHILLIPS

I WANT YOU TO LOVE ME
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

LUCKY TO BE LIVING
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

JELLY ROLL KING
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

'SO MEAN
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

I LOVE YOU BABY
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

SO TIRED
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

FRANk'S THEME
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

POCKETFUL OF SHELLS
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

I LOVE YOU BABY
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

MOONLIGHT SHINING
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

TOO LATE
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

WHISKEY HEADED MAMA
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

SUGAR MAMA
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

MYSTERY TRAIN (1)
Composer: - Herman Parker Jr.-Sam Phillips
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Memphis Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

MYSTERY TRAIN (2)
Composer: - Herman Parker Jr.-Sam Phillips
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Memphis Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Frank Frost - Vocal, Guitar & Harmonica
The Night Hawks consisting of
Jack Johnson - Guitar
Sam Carr - Drums

For Biography of Frank Frost see: < The Sun Biographies <
Frank Frost Sun/PI recordings can be heard on his playlist from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on > YouTube <
 
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STUDIO SESSION FOR FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962
 
SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: THURSDAY APRIL 10, 1962
(SESSION DATE ACCORDING TO LP CR 30106)
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER –  SAM PHILLIPS
 
Frank Frost can best be described as a truly talented artist with the real potential of becoming one of the outstanding rhythm and blues personalities to come along in the past decade. On the recordings Frank plays the harp and one of the two guitars and does all the singing. Sam Carr, his drummer on this album, gave Frank his first job with his band in St. Louis in 1957. Jack Johnson plays the lead guitar and like Frank and Sam, he is tops with it. Lee Bass, his manager, was the man, after plenty of work with Frank and the boys, decided they were ready to make the big jump into making records. He contacted Phillips International Records in Memphis and Frank was immediately accepted for records and signed to a long term contract.
 
Composer: - Nickey Crouch-Keith Karlson
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - PH 160 - LP Master (2"38)
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - June 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI PILP 1975-A-1 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
Reissued: - 2012 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BAF 18010 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
 
MYSTERY TRAIN
Composer: - Herman Parker Jr.-Sam Phillips
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Memphis Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962
 
SOMETIMES I WILL
Composer: - Herman Parker Jr.-Sam Phillips
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Memphis Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 7, 1962
 
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - PH 160 - LP Master (1:53)
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - June 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI PILP 1975-A-6 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
Reissued: - 2012 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BAF 18010 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
 
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - PH 161 - LP Master (2:00)
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - June 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI PILP 1975-B-5 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
Reissued: - 2012 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BAF 18010 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
 
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - PH 161 - LP Master (1:58)
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - June 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI PILP 1975-B-6 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
Reissued: - 2012 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BAF 18010 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
 
JELLY ROLL KING
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 196
 
How did it happen? There are moments of near transcendent brilliance on this record and the truth is most of them are probably accidental. Frost had an entire LPs worth of material issued on Phillips International in 1962 (Frank Frost with The Night Hawks – ''Hey Boss Man!'', PILP 1975), and another on the Jewell label. They both have their moments, but nothing is in this class. ''Jelly Roll King'' is simply a near perfect record. The recorded sound is impeccable. 
 
The instruments, all four of them (including Frost's harp) are right on target. Sam Carr's drumming with its little kicking counter rhythms couldn't be more effective. Jack Johnson plays the minimalist but effective guitar.
 
The song itself – a rather loving tribute to a dear departed friend – isn't particularly distinguished. There's really no punch line here ''The guy was a prince. I miss him and his girlfriend Sue misses him too. I wish I could see him again''. What takes this beyond the ordinary are two important things.
 
First, the verse start in the 4-chord instead of the conventional 1-chord, adding some tension and melodic potential; second, Frank Frost's beautiful, breaking voice takes this record into another realm. It is just superb. Make no mistake about it, this is a country performance. To be sure, Frost was and is a bluesman. Just a glance at the other titles he recorded for Phillips makes it clear that he listened to his share of Jimmy Reed and Little Walter records, but somewhere along the line he also learned to express emotion in his voice like a country singer. He is eons closer to Hank Williams than to Howlin' Wolf. Once again, Sun and Sam have presented us with a devastating hybrid record.
LUCKY TO BE LIVING (1)
Composer: - Nickey Crouch-Keith Karlson
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued (3:43)
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - 1976
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CR 30106 A-3 mono
SUN - THE ROOTS OF ROCK - VOLUME 6 - SUNSET SOUL
 
Composer: - Nickey Crouch-Keith Karlson
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - PH 160 - LP Master (3:39)
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - June 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI PILP 1975-A-2 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
Reissued: - 2012 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BAF 18010 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
 
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - PH 160 - LP Master (2:49)
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - June 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI PILP 1975-A-5 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
Reissued: - 2012 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BAF 18010 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
 
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - PH 161 - LP Master (2:41)
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - June 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI PILP 1975-B-4 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
Reissued: - 2012 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BAF 18010 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
 
MOONLIGHT SHINING
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
 
I WANT YOU TO LOVE ME
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
 
SOMETIMES I WINDER (SO MEAN)
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
 
BABY YOU'RE SO KIND (1)
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Nor Originally Issued (2:54)
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - 1976
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CR 30106 A-1 mono
SUN - THE ROOTS OF ROCK - VOLUME 6 - SUNSET SOUL
 
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - PH 160 - LP Master (2:50)
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - June 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI PILP 1975-A-4 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
Reissued: - 2012 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BAF 18010 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
 
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - PH 161 - LP Master (3:01)
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - June 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI PILP 1975-B-3 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
Reissued: - 2012 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BAF 18010 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
 
FRANKIE'S THEME
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
 
MEAN OLD WORLD
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
 
JUKE
Composer: - Walter Hortom
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
 
THOUSAND MILES FROM HOME
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
 
Composer: - Frank Frost-Herman Parker Jr.
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - PH 161 - Tape Stretch on Master (2:06)
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - June 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI PILP 1975-B-2 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
Reissued: - 2012 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BAF 18010 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
 
FAIRLANE FORD
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
 
TOO LATE
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
 
WHISKEY HEADED WOMAN
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
 
SUGAR MAMA
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
 
LATE IN THE EVENING
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
 
Composer: - Luther Dixon-Al Smith
Publisher: - B.M.I. - ATV Music Publishers
Matrix number: - PH 161 - LP Master (2:43)
Recorded: - April 10, 1962
Released: - June 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI PILP 1975-B-1 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
Reissued: - 2012 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BAF 18010 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Frank Frost - Vocal, Guitar & Harmonica
The Night Hawks consisting of
Jack Johnson - Guitar
Sam Carr - Drums
 
For Biography of Frank Frost see: < The Sun Biographies <
Frank Frost Sun/PI recordings can be heard on his playlist from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on > YouTube <
 
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APRIL 9, 1962 MONDAY

Elvis Presley begins filming ''Girl, Girls, Girls'', is a 1962 American musical comedy film starring Elvis as a penniless Hawaiian fisherman who loves his life on the sea and dreams of owning his own boat. "Return To Sender'', which reached number 2 on the Billboard pop singles chart, is featured in the movie. The movie opened at number 6 on the Variety box office chart and finished the year at number 31 on the year-end list of the top-grossing movies of 1962. The movie earned $2.6 million at the box office. The film was the second of three films Presley shot on location in Hawaii.

APRIL 10, 1962 TUESDAY

Brenda Lee and Gene Vincent perform at St. Andrews Hall in Glasgow.

Marty Robbins recorded ''Devil Woman'' and ''Ruby Ann'' in an evening session at Nashville's Columbia Recording Studios.

APRIL 13, 1962 FRIDAY

Hank Locklin recorded ''We're Gonna Go Fishin''' during an afternoon session at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.

Donnie Brooks guests on The Ed Sullivan Show.

MID APRIL 1962

Wanda Jackson is at the Commercial Hotel in Elko, Nevada. Billy Ward and His Dominoes are playing the Carnival Club in Phoenix, Arizona.

APRIL 16, 1962 MONDAY

Decca Records released the Brenda Lee pop hit ''Everybody Loves Me But You'', and the double-sided Webb Pierce hit, ''Take Time'' backed with ''Crazy Wild Desire''.

Bass player Jerry Scheff has a son, Jason Scheff, in San Diego, California. In July 1969, Scheff became a member of Elvis Presley's touring TCB Band. With the band, he performed in concert with Presley from August 1969 to June 1973 and from April 1975 until Presley's final show on June 26, 1977 at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. He appears on ''Aloha From Hawaii'' (Elvis' 1973 live television concert), "That's The Way It Is'' documentary, ''Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden'' live concert; the documentary movie from 1972 ''Elvis On Tour'', among others. In later years, Scheff worked with Willy DeVille, Bob Dylan, John Denver, Elvis Costello, The Doors, singer Sam Phillips, Richard Thompson, and many other artists. Scheff also was a bassist for Southern Pacific on their debut album. He also participated in the 1987 cable television concert Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night. In June 2009 he gave a sold out performance in Breda, the Netherlands with the remaining TCB bandmembers. Scheff has stopped touring with the TCB band due to creative and cultural differences. Scheff has two sons: Jason and Darin Scheff. Jason has been the bassist for the band Chicago since 1985. He co-wrote the song "Bigger Than Elvis'' as a tribute to his father, featuring himself on vocals and Jerry on the bass guitar. As of 2010, he splits his time between his native California and his home in a small village in Northumberland, England with his wife Natalie. In 2013 and 2014, Scheff performed two concerts in Birmingham (UK) with the singer Janson Bloomer, playing the greatest hits of Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and the Doors.

APRIL 18, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Dick Clark emcees two Philadelphia Academy of Music shows to benefit the widow and orphans of Joe Kuhn, a Philadelphia songwriter-arranger-conductor.

Appearing are Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, Dee Dee Sharp, Linda Scott, Danny and the Juniors, Del Shannon and the Orlons.

Bill Haley and His Comets are at the Terrazzo Cafe in Mexico City.

Jay and the Americans open at the Camelot in New York City.

Johnny cash and ''Bonanza'' star Lorne Green hold a recording session at the Columbia Studios in Hollywood. The track is never released.

Buck Owens remakes The Drifters' ''Save The Last Dance For Me'' in an afternoon session at Los Angeles' Capitol Recording Studio.

Rex Allen recorded ''Don't Go Near The Indians'' in Nashville, Tennessee.

APRIL 19, 1962 THURSDAY

Jackie Wilson makes his debut at the Copacabana in New York City.

ABC-Paramount rush released an edited version of Ray Charles' ''I Can't Stop Loving You'' to beat Tab Hunter's pop rendition of the song.

Johnny and Jonie Mosby sign with Columbia Records.

APRIL 20, 1962 FRIDAY

Neil Sedaka plays the London Palladium.

APRIL 21, 1962 SATURDAY

The Rock 'N' Twist - USA package, Johnny Burnette, Gary U.S. Bonds and Gene McDaniels Begin tour of the British Isles with a show tonight at St. Andrews Hall in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Upsetters are booked at the Peppermint Lounge in New York City.

APRIL 22, 1962 SUNDAY

Jerry Lee Lewis is in Minneapolis to play a show when Jerry Lee's three year old son, Steve Allen Lewis, accidentally drowns in the swimming pool at the family home in Hernando, Mississippi.

In Kansas, Chuck Berry is transferred to Leavenworth Federal Prison.

Decca released Loretta Lynn's ''Success''.

APRIL 24, 1962 TUESDAY

Floyd Cramer recorded ''Java'' under the direction of producer Chet Atkins. It appears 15 years later on the Grammy-nominated album, ''Chet, Floyd and Danny''.

Five days after signing with Columbia, Johnny and Jonie Mosby hold their first recording session.

APRIL 24, 1961 TUESDAY

Jerry Lee Lewis' son, Steve Allen is buried in Clayton, near Ferriday, Louisiana.

APRIL 26, 1961 THURSDAY

Location shooting is completed in Hawaii for Elvis Presley's ''Girls! Girls! Girls!''.

Rhythm and blues singer Sam Cooke recorded ''Bring It On Home To Me'' with Lou Rawls on backing vocals. The song becomes a country hit for Mickey Gilley 14 years later.

The first United States rocket Ranger IV lands on the moon.

APRIL 27, 1962 FRIDAY

Sun 376 ''Blue Train'' b/w ''Born To Lose'' by Johnny Cash issued.

APRIL 26, 1962 THURSDAY

Neil Sedaka opens at the Forty Thieves Lounge in Bermuda.

Jerry Lee Lewis arrives in London to begin a tour of England. It has been four years since Lewis fled England because of the disclosure that he was married to his thirteen year old cousin. Lewis will perform thirty-two times and gross nearly $50,000.

APRIL 28, 1962 SATURDAY

Ray Charles plays the 3,450 seat Donnelly Memorial Theater and brings in $18,000 for two performances.

APRIL 28/MAY 19, 1962

Jerry Lee Lewis arrived in England for his come-back tour, during which he was scheduled to play 17 cities, with two shows in the U.K., plus a short tour of US Army bases in Germany. He had lost his son in tragic circumstances on April 22, but decided to go ahead with the tour in spite of his sorrows. Myra, originally scheduled to travel with him, only arrived on May 8. Jud Phillips, Cecil Harrelson and drummer Ernie Bowman accompanied Jerry Lee. He was backed for this tour by British band The Echoes, with The Viscounts, Vince Eager and Johnny Kidd & The Pirates. He opened in Newcastle and immediately put the 1958 fiasco behind him; this tour, promoted by Don Arden, would be a success.

According to Graham Knight, ''I first met Jerry in Newcastle on the opening night of the comeback tour after the 1958 debacle when he had received all the bad publicity about his marriage to Myra. That night in 1962 was an important one for Jerry and came just a few days after the tragic death pf his son Steve Allen. Many expected the tour to be cancelled but Jerry arrived on time and fulfilled his commitments''.

''I was 19 years old and already a big fan of Jerry Lee Lewis. I quickly deduced that Cecil Harrelson was his road manager and I helped him connect an amplifier they had brought with them all the way from the States. I reset it for our higher voltage and the first show eventually started half an hour late. Needless to say Jerry was a great success and, through Cecil, I got to meet Jerry for the first time. He was kindness itself''.

''On May 18 Jerry played St. Andrews Hall, Glasgow and Sounds Incorporated backed him for the first time, with no rehearsal. The show ended with hundreds of fans on the stage and Jerry on top of the piano. The piano damaged and the lid broken as a few fans joined Jerry on top of the instrument. One week later, a classical concert was cancelled as the piano had been left in such bad shape. The classical musician told the Daily Express, ''I just wanted to play the piano - not stand on it like Mr. Lewis''.

''Back on those tours in 1962 and 1963 I went to most of the shows and got to know Jerry pretty well. I stayed in the same hotel and sometimes I would drive him to the theatre in the ''mini'' car; Jerry and Cecil were always amazed at how fast it could go''.

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STUDIO SESSION FOR FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHT HAWKS
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962
 
SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: MONDAY APRIL 28, 1963
(SESSION DATE ACCORDING TO LP CR 30106)
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER –  SAM PHILLIPS
 
If you want to see how ordinary Frost could be under lesser circumstances listen to the instrumental flipside ''Crawlback''. And hen listen to ''Jelly Roll King'' again. Savor the moment, because you won't find a better one in the entire Phillips International catalog.
 
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 421 - Single Master (1:58)
Recorded: - April 28, 1962
Released: - June 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3578-A mono
CRAWLBACK / JELLY ROLL KING
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4/10 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6
 
Sam Phillips himself enthused over Frank Frost. Talking to Martin Hawkins in 1987, he said, ''I saw a place in the market for Frank Frost, even though it was the most bluesy thing I had recorded in years. By the 1960s, there were more radio station that could expose the blues to a white audience than there had been earlier, and although rock music had gone in other directions I felt there was a chance of going against the odds and producing some solid blues that would get played and bought. Fran Frost could have been a very big artist. My longtime friend from Nashville, John R. - the disc jockey, rang me and told me that the LP on Frank Frost was the best record he had ever heard''.

There are tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of blues records out there featuring songs by men like Frank Frost, hailing from tiny town up and down the Delta and urban jungles in the frozen north. Most of those records, whether by famous or unknown blues men, are nowhere near as good as this ''Jelly Roll King'' is certainly one of the best singles ever released under the Phillips International banner, but more than that it ranks among the best blues records issued in Sun's history; it's right up there with classics like ''Cotton Crop Blues'' and ''I Feel So Worried''. Arguably, this belongs among the best blues records issued in the past 40 years.

 
Composer: - Frank Frost
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 422 - Single LP Master (2:29)
Recorded: - April 28, 1962
Released: - June 1962
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3578-B mono
JELLY ROLL KING / CRAWLBACK
Reissued: - 1962 Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PI LP-1975 A-3 mono
FRANK FROST WITH THE NIGHTHAWKS - HEY BOSS MAN!
Reissued: - 1998 Collectables Records (CD) 500/200rpm COL-CD-5921-2 mono digital
THE VERY BEST OF FRANK FROST - BIG BOSS MAN!
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4/9 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6
 
EVERYTHING'S ALRIGHT
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 28, 1962
 
DON'T LEAVE ME ALONE
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - April 28, 1962
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Frank Frost - Vocal, Guitar & Harmonica
Roland Janes - Bass (Overdub)
The Night Hawks consisting of
Jack Johnson - Guitar
Sam Carr - Drums
 
For Biography of Frank Frost see: < The Sun Biographies <
Frank Frost Sun/PI recordings can be heard on his playlist from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on > YouTube <
 
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In 1959 writer and publisher Jimmie Rogers established a Memphis connection by supplying ex-Sun artist, Ray Smith, with his one sizeable hit, ''Rockin', Little Angel''. He also made custom masters with a house band at his demo studio in Mobile, Alabama, from whence he pitched this one-of instrumental (along with a ballad by The Teenangels) in the direction of Sam Phillips. The earthy workout caught Sam's imagination and it was chosen as the final release on Phillips International.

STUDIO SESSION FOR THE QUINTONES
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

PROBABLY MELOTONE RECORDING STUDIO
MOBILE, ALBAMA
STUDIO SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE APRIL 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – JIMMIE OTTO ROGERS

> TIMES SHO' GETTIN' RUFF <
Composer: - Jimmie Otto Rogers
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated – Stairway Music
Matrix number: - P 437 - Master (2:12)
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1962
Released: - 1963
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3586-A mono
TIMES SHO' GETTIN' RUFF / SOFTIE
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4/25 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6

In truth, this is a rather sad note on which to end a record label. When you hear these sides, it's hard not to think of amateur night or the best band in your high school. The Quintones were plainly listening to the Mar-Keys' ''Last Night''. The drummer, in particular, must have had his ears glued to the radio. The boys also didn't miss the fact that it was commercial to interject some black sounding phrases into your instrumental work, and so we have the gratuitous ''Times Sho' getting' Ruff''. In much the some vein, ''Softie'' is a relatively nondescript 12 bar blues with a passing similarity to the Silhouettes' ''Get A Job''.

The Quintones were studio musicians from Mobile, Alabama, and recorded this single for Jimmie Otto Rogers, the producer of the Teenangels and the cowriter of Buddy Holly's ''Midnight Shift''. The Quintones consisted of William Andrew Lowery, Charles Broward Lewis, Bobby Claude Smith, Ray Edward Thompson, and Woodrow Wilson Bryant, Jr.. Several other groups called the Quintones flitted in and out of circulation, but these Quintones only ever existed for one afternoon in Roger's Melotone Studio in April 1962.

Composer: - Jimmie Otto Roger
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Knox Music Incorporated – Stairway Music
Matrix number: - P 438 - Master (2:13)
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1962
Released: - 1963
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3586-B mono
SOFTIE / TIMES SHO' GETTIN'RUFF
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4/26 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6
 
Note: * Names Rodgers also used; same as his cousin Jimmie Rodgers.  Jimmie Otto Rogers, born on August 17, 1928 and died on October 26, 1997 was the son of Jesse Rodgers an artist on the RCA Victor Bluebird label in the early forties, know also as "Ranger Joe" a number 1 TV show produced out of Philadelphia in the early 1950's and 1960's. Jimmie's dad Jesse was also the cousin of the Famous Blue Yodeller the late Jimmie Rodgers. 
 
He wrote many songs, some under the Jimmie Rogers Ainsworth alias, some in collaboration with Earl Lee (also known as Luke McDaniel), notably "Midnight Shift" (recorded by Buddy Holly), "Rock and Roll Angel" (recorded by Ray Smith on Sun) and "Foxy Dan" (Luke McDaniel).
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
The Quintones consisting of
Charles Broward Lewis, Bobby Claude Smith,
William Lowery, Ray Edward Thompson,
Woodrow Wilson Bryant Jr. 
More Details Unknown
 
For Biography of The Quintones see< The Sun Biographies <
The Quintones' Sun/PI recordings can be heard on his playlist from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on > YouTube <
 
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APRIL 30, 1962 MONDAY
 
Bass player Robert Reynolds is born in Kansas City, Missouri. He's a founding member of The Mavericks, who gain the Country Music Association's Vocal Group of the Year twice in the mid-1990s. He marries Trisha Yearwood for five years.
 
Former Sun recording artist Narvel Felts marries Loretta Stanfield.
 
MAY 1962
 
In May 1962, almost four years to the day since he had been chased out, Jerry Lee Lewis   made a triumphant return to England. In April 1963 he came back again. The 1962 tour had   been a financial disaster, partly because of the uncertainly over Lewis's reception and partly   because some of the fees had been garnisheed by the Rank Organisation, recouping their   front money from 1958. But the 1963 tour and all subsequent tours were relative goldmines. Lewis's tours of Europe in the 1960s became an annual rite of faith renewal for the diehard   lovers of vintage music. They may well have been important to Lewis as well in the years   before 1968, when the applause at home was faint.
 
MAY 2, 1962 WEDNESDAY
 
Ty Herndon is born in Butler, Alabama. He wins the Male Star of Tomorrow honor in the TNN/Music City News awards in 1996, while fashioning such hits as ''What Mattered Most Living In A Moment'' and ''Hands Of A Working Man''.
 
MAY 3, 1962 THURSDAY
 
The Platters begin ten days in Spain. Yvonne Baker and the Sensations perform "Let Me In"   on American Bandstand.
 
Jimmy Dean, Don Gibson and Patsy Cline play a Kentucky Derby show in Louisville two days before the race Decidedly wins.
 
MAY 4, 1962 FRIDAY
 
Eddy Arnold recorded ''After Loving You'' and ''A Little Heartache'' at Nashville's RCA Studio B.
 
Columbia released Johnny Cash's ''In The Jailhouse Now'', and Stonewall Jackson's double-sided single, ''Leona'' and ''One Look At Heaven''.
 
MAY 5, 1962 SATURDAY
 
Bobby Rydell is signed for the role of Hugo in the up coming film Bye, Bye Birdie.
 
Gene Autry's Los Angeles Angels have their first -no-hitter. Pitcher Bo Belinsky turns the trick against the Baltimore Orioles in a 2-0 Angels victory at Dodger Stadium.
 
MAY 6, 1962 SUNDAY
 
Neil Sedaka is at the Holiday House in Pittsburgh.
 
MAY 7, 1962 MONDAY
 
Decca released Patsy Cline's ''When I Get Thru With You (You'll Love Me To)''.
 
MAY 7 /MAY 8, 1962 MONDAY/TUESDAY
 
Gene Vincent joins the Jerry Lee Lewis' tour for shows in Brighton and Bristol, England.
 
EARLY MAY 1962
 
Chuck Berry is moved to the Federal Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri where he he will   spend the remainder of his sentence for violating the Mann Act.

MAY 10, 1962 THURSDAY

Jerry Lee Lewis appear at the Bradford St. George's Hall in Bradford. Jerry was headliner with Johnny Kid and The Pirates, Mark Eden, Dave Reid, Vince Eager, The Echoes, The Batchelors, and top recording stars, The Viscounts.

Johnny Cash plays prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York. He's supported on the bill by George Jones, Tompall and The Glaser Brothers and The Carter Family.

MAY 11, 1962 FRIDAY

Jimmy Dean recorded ''Little Black Book'' at Nashville's Columbia Recording Studio.

Top rated deejay at WAMO in Pittsburgh, Porky Chadwick produces a rock and roll show at the Civic Arena. Performers include Jackie Wilson, the Drifters, the Coasters, the Castelles, Jerry Butler, the Flamingos, the Angels, the Blue-Belles, the Skyliners, the Marvelettes, the Jive Five, the Carousels, Bobby Vinton, Gene Pitney, Kitty Lester and Big Maybelle. 13,000 fans attending with a $35,000 gross.

Clyde McPhatter, LaVern Baker, the Creats and Nathaniel Mayer are at the Tivoli Theater in Chicago.

MAY 12, 1962 SATURDAY

The Biggest Show of Stars for 1962 at the Forum in Whitcita, Kansas. The headerliners are Brook Benton, Fats Domino, Bruce Channel and Gene Chandler. Tickets are $2.00 - $3.00.

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In a 1981 interview with Hank Davis and Colin Escott, Sam Phillips expressed heartfelt regret that he had not spent more time recording the black gospel music that lay all around him in Memphis. Acknowledging the depth of local talent, Phillips cited the limitations of his one-man operation and conceded that he had missed a golden opportunity to record the sound of Memphis gospel during its golden era thirty years earlier.
 
STUDIO SESSION FOR BROTHER JAMES ANDERSON
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962
 
SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: SATURDAY MAY 12, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR UNKNOWN
 
Composer: - James Anderson
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 374 - Master (2:05)
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Released: - February 1967
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single Sun 406-A mono
I'M GONNA MOVE IN THE ROOM WITH THE LORD / MY SOUL NEED RESTING
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805-2/23 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5
 
Understandably, Phillips forgot that in February 1967, Sun 406 had appeared proudly proclaiming ''Gospel Series''. There hadn't, as Phillips admitted, been much black gospel music on Sun to that point. The Prisonaires in 1953 and the Jones Brothers were about it. This effort by Brother Anderson and his flock had to wait nearly five years for his music to hit the streets. These sides stem from a May 1962 session featuring some stalwarts of the Memphis music scene, including guitarists Chips Moman and Roland Janes, and drummer Al Jackson. In addition to these sides, Anderson recorded at least 19 other titles for Sun and the tracks have never been issued. Somebody believed in the man, or his kind of music, although you'd never know it from looking at Sun's latter day release schedule. By the time Knox Phillips decided it was time to initiate a Gospel Series, it was too late to follow through.
 
Anderson was, and possibly still is, a Chicago-based evangelist. Little is known about him, although his music in general is fine unaffected gospel in a style that largely transcends carbon dating. Thankfully, these recordings have a spartan energy and give a rewarding glimpse of the passion in Anderson's presence.
Composer: - James Anderson
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 375 - Master (2:19)
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Released: - February 1967
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single Sun 406-B mono
MY SOUL NEED RESTING / I'M GONNA MOVE IN THE ROOM WITH THE LORD
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805-2/24 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5
 
This gospel recordings gave more to soul and Memphis music in general than is usually recognised. The sparse accompaniments, strong bass line, intensely expressive nature of the songs, these are all elements basic to soul, and in fact to all black music.
 
Composer: - James Anderson
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued (2:20)
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Released: - 1976
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CR 30106 B-8 mono
SUN - THE ROOTS OF ROCK - VOLUME 6 - SUNSET SOUL
Reissued: - April 1989 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sun Box 109-7/1 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - FRANK, THIS IS IT
 
Composer: - James Anderson
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued (2:25)
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Released: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sun Box 109-13/6 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - FRANK, THIS IS IT
Reissued: - June  24, 2006   Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-2 mono
BROTHER JAMES ANDERSON - WHAT CAN I DO
 
Composer: -  James B. Coats
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued (3:11)
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Released: - 2000
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm   BCD 16387-19 mono
SUN GOSPEL
 
Composer: - James Anderson
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued (2:42)
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Released: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sun Box 109-13/3 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - FRANK, THIS IS IT
Reissued: May 12, 2006 Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-1 mono
BROTHER JAMES ANDERSON - WHAT CAN I DO
 
Composer: - James Anderson
Publisher: - B.m.i. - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None -   Not Originally Issued (2:17)
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Released: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sun Box 109-13/7 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - FRANK, THIS IS IT
Reissued: -   June 24, 2006   Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-9 mono
BROTHER JAMES ANDERSON - WHAT CAN I DO
 
Composer: - James Anderson
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None -   Not Originally Issued (3:26)
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Released: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 109-7/4 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - FRANK, THIS IS IT
Reissued: - June 24, 2006 Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-8 mono
BROTHER JAMES ANDERSON - WHAT CAN I DO
 
I DON'T KNOW
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
 
IN MY HEART
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
 
I'M ENCOURAGED
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
 
Composer: - Traditional
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None -   Not Originally Issued (2:02)
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Released: - June 24, 2006
First appearance: - Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-6 mono
BROTHER JAMES ANDERSON - WHAT CAN I DO
 
YOU DON'T KNOW
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Brother James Anderson - Vocal
The James Anderson Singers - Vocals
 
Chips Moman – Guitar
Roland Janes – Guitar
Al Jackson – Drums
Lester Robertson - Piano
More Details Unknown
 
For Biography of Brother James Anderson see: < The Sun Biographies <
Brother James Anderson's Sun recordings can be heard on his playlist from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on > YouTube <
 
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 © - 706 UNION AVENUE SESSIONS - ©
 
STUDIO SESSION FOR BROTHER JAMES ANDERSON
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962
 
SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE(S) PROBABLY MAY 12, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR UNKNOWN
 
LORD, YOU KNOW MY HEART
Composer: - Roger Emerson
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
 
YOU DON'T KNOW HOW GLAD
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
 
WITHOUT HIM
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
 
Composer: - Traditional-Bill Black
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Universal Music Publishing
Matrix number: - None -   Not Originally Issued (3:05)
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Released: - October 1, 2013
First appearance: - X5 Music Group (MP3) Internet Sample-4 mono
VARIOUS ARTISTS - BEST GOSPEL BLUES
 
GOING HOME WITH JESUS
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
 
HUSH HUSH (2)
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
 
ONE FAITH
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
 
IN MY HEART
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
 
I'M ENCOURAGED
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
 
I'VE BEEN BORN AGAIN
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
 
MY SOUL NEEDS RESTING (2)
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
 
Composer: - James Anderson
Publisher: - B.M.i. - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None -   Not Originally Issued (2:48)
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Released: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sun Box 109-13/5 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - FRANK, THIS IS IT
Reissied: -   June 24, 2006   Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-4 mono
BROTHER JAMES ANDERSON - WHAT CAN I DO
 
Composer: - Traditional
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None -   Not Originally Issued (3:43)
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
Released: - April 1989
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sun Box 109-13/-8 mono
SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60S - FRANK, THIS IS IT
Reissued: - June   24, 2006   - Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-3 mono
BROTHER JAMES ANDERSON - WHAT CAN I DO
 
SOMEBODY CALLED MY NAME
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
 
WALK WITH JESUS
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
 
WITHOUT HIM
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
 
I'M GONNA DIE WITH MY STAFF IN MY HAND
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
 
I'VE BEEN BORN AGAIN
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1962
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Brother James Anderson - Vocal
Unknown Group
Unknown - Chorus
 
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MAY 13, 1962 SUNDAY
 
Johnny Burnette, Gary U.S. Bonds, Gene McDaniel British tour close today at the   Walthamstow Granada Cinema in London .

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STUDIO SESSION FOR BRAD SUGGS
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: MAY 18, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR SCOTTY MOORE OR UNKNOWN

IT ONLY HURTS FOREVER
Composer: - Brad Suggs
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - June 5, 1962

MY ONLY LOVE
Composer: - Brad Suggs
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - June 5, 1962

NATURE BOY
Composer: - Brad Suggs
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - June 5, 1962

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Brad Suggs - Guitar
Alexius Martin - Drums
Larry Muhoberac - Piano
Ronnie Capone - Saxophone

For Biography of Brad Suggs see: < The Sun Biographies <
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MAY 19, 1962 SATURDAY

Tony Orlando is in Hartford, Connecticut doing a benefit for Buddhist victims of leprosy in Burma.

George Jones hits number 1 on the Billboard chart with ''She Thinks I Still Care''.

Marilyn Monroe made one of her last public appearances at a birthday celebration for United States President John F. Kennedy before her death. The event became an iconic moment in pop culture when the actress sang an intimate, sultry, and memorable rendition of “Happy Birthday” to the world leader. Monroe wore an intricately designed skin-tight beaded dress that was considered a little scandalous at the time. The performance added to rumors that the two were having an affair and only three months later Monroe died of a drug overdose, ruled a probable suicide, under suspicious circumstances.

MAY 21, 1962 MONDAY

Chubby Checker begins a record breaking engagement at Sciolla's Club in Philadelphia.

Bobby Rydell begins a record breaking week at the Holiday House in Monroeville, Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh.

Capitol released Buck Owens' ''Save The Last Dance For Me''.

Decca released Kitty Well's ''Will Your Lawyer Talk To God''.

MAY 22, 1962 TUESDAY

Billy Walker recorded ''Willie The Weeper'' during a late-morning session at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

MAY 23, 1962 WEDNESDAY

United Artists released Elvis Presley's movie ''Follow That Dream''.

MAY 24, 1962 THURSDAY

The Everly Brothers end a six-month stint with the Marines.

MAY 26, 1962 SATURDAY

Ray Charles' country-influenced "I Can't Stop Loving You" (ABC #10330) begins the first of its eleven consecutive weeks at the top of the r & b charts. The song typified--in dramatic fashion due to its incredible commercial success--the inclination of talented black performers to favor sweet and sentimental sounds over personal expression in order to achieve mainstream pop impact. Similar career moves were taken by Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Brook Benton, and others. By the late 1960s, however, African American singers like Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin were able to attain pop music success while remaining true to their cultural roots.

Burl Ives recorded ''Mary Ann Regrets'' during an afternoon session at Nashville's Columbia Recording Studio. He also recorded ''Busted'', destined to become a hit for Johnny cash, Ray Charles and John Conlee.

MAY 27, 1962 SUNDAY

Jackie Wilson appears on ''The Ed Sullivan Show'' singing ''Lonely Teardrops'', a future country hit for Narvel Felts. The evening's lineup also includes pop singer Connie Francis and baseball star Hank Greenberg.

The Los Angeles Times reports Gene Autry and his Golden West Broadcasters have purchased Portland radio station KEX.

Ray Charles wins the Best Rhythm And Blues Recording at the Grammys Award ceremony for "Hit the Road Jack." Chubby Checker's "Let's Twist Again" is named Best Rock and Roll Recording.

MAY 28, 1962 MONDAY

Singer and songwriter Phil Vassar is born in Lynchburg, Virginia. He builds a series of hits as an artist on top of a songwriting resume that includes ''Right On The Money'', ''I'm Alright'', ''Bye Bye'', ''Little Red Rodeo'' and ''My Next Thirty Years''.

MAY 29, 1962 TUESDAY

Jimmy Dean wins Best Country and Western Recording for ''Big Bad John'' during the fourth annual Grammy Awards.

MAY 30, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Kenny Rogers' first wife, Janice, files charges against her ex-husband for failure to pay $80 monthly child support. She claims he is $250 in Arrears.

LATE MAY 1962

Candix Records has financial problems as distributors are slow to pay for copies of "Surfin" by the Beach Boys that they had ordered. With four songs ready for release, Candix attempts to sell the group to Decca and Liberty with no luck. Finally late in May a deal is struck with Capitol.

Bill Haley and His Comets are at the Lagoon in Salt Lake City, Utah.

JUNE 1962

PI 3578 ''Crawlback'' b/w ''Jelly Roll King'' by Frank Frost; PI 3579 ''When I Grow Too Old To Dream'' b/w ''Mountain Dew'' by Carl Mann; PI 3580 ''I Ain't Never'' b/w ''In Love Again'' by Jeb Stuart; PI 3581 ''Thanks A Lot'' b/w ''There's Something About You'' by David Williams all issued.

The LPs, PLP 1975 ''Hey, Boss Man!'' by Frank Frost and PLP 1985 ''Rhythm Blues Party'' by Frank Ballard with The Phillip Raynold's band issued.

In June of 1962 the iconic Marvel superhero Spider-Man made his first appearance in the Amazing Fantasy #15 comic. The issue was dated for August of 1962 but had actually hit the shelves in June. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Spider-Man was a teenage superhero whose nerdy alter-ego Peter Parker represented adolescent concerns and teenage tribulations in a way that no other comic book superhero had been able to previously. Many teen readers connected to the character making him one of the most popular and enduring comic series characters in history.

JUNE 1, 1962 FRIDAY

Columbia released the Marty Robbins best-of album ''Marty's Greatest Hits''.

''Night Rider'', a half-hour TV movie is broadcast with roles for Johnny Cash, Wesley Tuttle, Merle Travis, Johnny Western, Eddie Dean and fiddler Gordon Terry.

JUNE 5, 1962 TUESDAY

Jerry Lee Lewis plays at the Holiday House in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, replacing Paul Anka.

JUNE 6, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Frankie Avalon is at the Palumbo's Supper Club. Neil Sedaka is at the International Club in New York City.

Dee Dee Sharp sings "Gravy" on American Bandstand. Rick Nelson sings "Gypsy Woman" on The Adventures of Ozie and Hariet.

JUNE 7, 1962 THURSDAY

Dion opens at the Blue Room of the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.

Johnny cash recorded ''No One Will Ever Know'' at the Columbia Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. The song becomes a hit for Gene Watson in 1980.

EARLY JUNE 1962

Roy Orbison flies to London to look for venues for a possible tour. While there he and a pickup band perform for free in the Mount Vernon Room of the Westbury Hotel in the London suburb of Mayfair.

JUNE 8, 1962 FRIDAY

Sam Cooke is at the Royal Theater in Baltimore.

Skeeter Davis recorded ''The End Of The World'' at RCA Stdio B in Nashville, Tennessee.

Elvis Presley finishes filming for the motion picture ''Girls! Girls! Girls!'' on the Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California.

JUNE 11, 1962 MONDAY

James Brown and the Famous Flames appear on American Bandstand.

JUNE 12, 1962 TUESDAY

While performing at the Latin Casino in the New Jersey suburb of Philadelphia, Brenda Lee dislocates her neck while performing. The last six days of her engagement there are canceled and she spends the remainder of the week in Cooper Hospital in Camden, New Jersey.

JUNE 13, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Linda Scott leaves for a tour of New Zealand.

JUNE 14, 1962 THURSDAY

While in the hospital in Camden, New Jersey, Brenda Lee appears on American Bandstand via videotape.

Jim Reeves recorded ''Little Ole You'' and ''I'm Gonna Change Everything'' in an evening session at RCA Studio B in Nashville. He also takes a second swipe at ''Welcome To My World'', although it fails to surpass his November session.

Willie Nelson recorded ''Funny How Time Slips Away'' at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

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STUDIO SESSION FOR JERRY LEE LEWIS
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962
 
SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: THURSDAY JUNE 14, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR SCOTTY MOORE OR UNKNOWN
 
Composer: - Vic McAlpin
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Tree Music
Matrix number: - U 478 - Take 1 Master (2:35)
Recorded: - June 14, 1962
Released: - July 7, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single Sun 379-B mono
HOW'S MY EX TREATING YOU / SWEET LITTLE SXTEEN
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804-4/26 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4 
 
A superb bluesy modern (for 1962) country song, this features a tremendous opening riff similar to Sam Cooke’s ''Bring It On Home To Me'' by Jay W. Brown on his bass (though a weaker alternate take 1 from this same session doesn’t feature this). Released as the B-side to ''Sweet Little Sixteen'' in the same year, this was a minor hit in it’s own right in some territories, including Fort Worth in Texas; so when Jerry cut the live album ''By Request (More Of The Greatest Live Show On Earth)'' there in 1966 the song was greeted with cheers.
 
The side of this track below was geared to kiddies, albeit the mellow ones, this side ''How's My Ex Treating You'' was plainly adult fare. The spirit of Marty Robbins and his hits ''Don't Worry'' and ''It's Your World'' loom large over the proceedings here as Jay W. Brown and his electric bass growl their way through the arrangement. Even Shirley Sisk, last glimpsed sitting at the organ on Sun 365, supports Jerry Lee on this one. There is a deep bluesy vein to this Vic McAlpin tune, thus laying the groundwork for Jerry's pedigree in the country market for the next several decades.
 
In September 1962, this became the last charted record on the Sun label – some nine years after the first. It was a sad commentary on Jerry Lee's declining fortunes and Sam Phillips' declining commitment to the business that it rose to the rather lowly peak of number 95.
 
Composer: - Vic McAlpin
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Tree Music
Matrix number: - None - Count-In - Take 2 (2:04)
Recorded: - June 14, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - September 1989
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-8/7 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963
Reissued: - October 2015  Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-17/3 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
A third, little heard take of ''How's My Ex Treating You'', the song chosen to partner ''Sweet Little Sixteen'' on Sun 379, is immediately distinguishable from the similar sounding take first released in 1989 by the slower pace and the way in which Jerry Lee repeats the opening phrase ''How's my ex...'' in full rather than truncated simply to ''..my ex...'' in the first verse. Both of these takes were disregarded at the time of recording and left in the shadow of the favoured cut which, uniquely in respect of the song, features a bass guitar introduction. (*)
 
Composer: - Vic McAlpin
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Tree Music
Matrix number: - None - Take 3 (2:11)
Recorded: - June 14, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released:   - October 2015
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-14/9 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS 
 
Some might say that these June 1962 sessions lay bare the dangers in having too many musicians in the studio with Lewis all competing for space, no matter that the producers were able to accommodate them on multi-track tape. A new version of ''Good Rockin' Tonight'' recorded at this time pales when compared to the forceful performance of the same song at 706 Union and Jerry Lee sounds constrained by the relatively laboured arrangement. (*)
Composer: - Roy Brown
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Blue Ridge Music
Matrix number: - None - Count-In - Take 2 (2:46)
Recorded: - June 14, 1962   - Not Originally Issued
Released: - December 1969
First appearance: - Sun International (LP) 33rpm Sun LP 107-B5 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - ROCKIN' RHYTHM AND BLUES
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-8/8 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963
 
"Good Rocking Tonight" was originally a jump blues song released in 1947 by its writer, Roy Brown and was covered by many other recording artists. The song includes the memorable refrain, "Well I heard the news, there's good rocking tonight!".
 
Brown had first offered his song to Wynonie Harris, who turned it down. Only after the Brown's record gained traction in New Orleans did Harris decide to cover it. Harris's version was even more energetic than Brown's original version, featuring black gospel style handclapping. This may have contributed to the composition's greater success on the national rhythm and blues chart. Brown's original recording hit number 13 of the Billboard Rhythm & Blues chart, but Harris' record became a number one rhythm and blues hit and remained on the chart for half a year. Brown's single would re-enter the chart in 1949, peaking at number 11. Harris had a reputation for carousing, and sometimes forgot lyrics. His "Good Rockin'" recording session largely followed Brown's original lyrics, but by the end, he replaced the last section with a series of raucous "hoy hoy hoy!" interjections, a commonly used expression in jump blues tunes of the time, going back to 1945's "The Honeydripper" by Joe Liggins.
 
The song is a primer of sorts on the popular black music of the era, making lyrical reference to Sweet Lorraine, Sioux City Sue, Sweet Georgia Brown, Caldonia, Elder Brown, and Deacon Jones. All of these characters had figured prominently in previous hit songs. While Brown missed out on the biggest hit version of his song, its success kicked off his own career, which included two number 1 rhythm and blues hits. In 1949, he released "Rockin' at Midnight", a sequel to "Good Rockin' Tonight", which might be thought of as "Good Rockin' Tonight Part II" because it included updates on the same characters as the original. It reached number 2 on the Rhythm & Blues chart, where it remained for a month.
 
In 1954, "Good Rockin' Tonight" was the second Sun Records release by Elvis Presley, along with "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine" on the flip side. Elvis Presley and his bandmates hewed closer to the original Roy Brown version, but omitted the lyrics' by-then-dated roster of names in favor of a simpler, more energetic "We're gonna rock, rock, rock!" Described as "a flat-out rocker" country radio programmers blanched, and older audiences were somewhat mystified.
 
A live show broadcast from Houston disc jockey Bill Collie's club documented that the crowd "barely responded" to the song. "Blue Moon Of Kentucky", the uptempo version of the Bill Monroe classic, has "the fans go stark raving nuts with joy". Both sides of this second record featuring "Elvis Presley, Scotty and Bill" "stiffed".
 
The song was used for the Elvis Presley biopic Elvis which starred Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as Presley; it was used for a scene where he is performing at the Louisiana Hayride in 1956. Jerry Lee Lewis recorded an unreleased version the song for Sun Records. Ronnie Montrose recorded a hard rock cover of the song on his band's debut album with Sammy Hagar on vocals. The Honeydrippers with Robert Plant & Jeff Beck, recorded the song under the name "Rockin at Midnight". Paul McCartney recorded the song for the Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) album.
 
Bruce Springsteen performed the song during his 1978 Darkness Tour, usually as the opening number. He also occasionally performed the song on The River Tour in 1980-81. Springsteen performed the song for the first time in 27 years in 2008 on the Magic Tour. A Gene Summers cover version of "Good Rocking Tonight" was included on a French compilation album The Big Beat Show issued by Big Beat Records (BBR1000) in 1981. Contraband, an all-star hard rock group recorded their version of the song for their debut self-titled album in 1991. Ricky Nelson recorded the song for his 1958 album Ricky Nelson. Lonnie Lee recorded the song for his 1993 album Don't Look Back; his version is a more guitar-based rock 'n' roll version.
 
Other cover versions of the song include the Treniers', Pat Boone's, James Brown's, Dread Zeppelin's (on their Hot & Spicy Beanburger album), Montrose's (whose version was covered by NWOBHM band Diamond Head), Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen and Kevin DuBrow's. Robert Plant and the Honeydrippers had a successful cover of "Rockin' at Midnight". Early 60s Mexican band Los Teen Tops recorded a Spanish and successful version: "Buen rock esta noche". Wes Paul Gerrard features this song heavily in his live performances, often opening up with it in his second set. He will record the song in his new Manchester to Memphis album which he is recording at Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee in May 2010.
 
''Be Bop A Lula'' the writing of the song is credited to Gene Vincent and his manager, Bill "Sheriff Tex" Davis. There is evidence that the song was started in 1955, when Vincent was recuperating from a motorcycle accident at the US Navy hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.
 
There, he met Donald Graves, who supposedly wrote the words to the song while Vincent wrote the tune. "Money Honey" by the Drifters, 1953, the song came to the attention of Davis, who allegedly bought out Graves' rights to the song for some $50 (sources vary as to the exact amount), and had himself credited as the lyric writer.
 
Davis claimed that he wrote the song with Gene Vincent after listening to the song "Don't Bring Lulu", and Vincent himself sometimes claimed that he wrote the words inspired by a comic strip, "Little Lulu". "Be-Bop-A-Lula" is number 102 in the list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
 
"I come in dead drunk and stumble over the bed. And me and Don Graves were looking at this bloody book; it was called 'Little Lulu'. And I said, "Hell, man, it's 'Be-Bop-a-Lulu.' And he said, 'Yeah, man, swinging.' And we wrote this song'', recalled Gene Vincent later in 1970.
 
The phrase "Be-Bop-A-Lula" is almost identical to "Be-Baba-Leba", the title of a number 3 Rhythm & Blues chart hit for Helen Humes in 1945, which became a bigger hit when recorded by Lionel Hampton as "Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop''. This phrase, or something very similar, was widely used in jazz circles in the 1940s, giving its name to the bebop style, and possibly being ultimately derived from the shout of "Arriba! Arriba!" used by Latin American bandleaders to encourage band members.
 
In early 1956, Gene Vincent performed the song on a radio show in Norfolk, Virginia, and recorded a demo version which was passed to Capitol Records, who were looking for a young singer to rival Elvis Presley. Capitol invited Vincent to record the song and it was recorded at Owen Bradley's studio in Nashville, Tennessee on May 4, 1956. Cliff Gallup (lead guitar), "Wee" Willie Williams (rhythm guitar), "Jumpin'" Jack Neal (string bass), and Dickie "Be Bop" Harrell (drums) comprised the band. When the song was being recorded, Harrell screamed in the background, he said because he wanted to be sure his family could hear it was him on the record.
 
The song was released in June 1956 on Capitol Records single F3450, and immediately sold well. The song was successful on three American singles charts: it peaked at number 7 on the US Billboard pop music chart, number 8 on the Rhythm &Blues chart, and also made the top ten on the Country &Western Best Seller chart peaking at number 5. In the UK, it peaked at number 16 in August 1956. In April 1957, the record company announced that over 2 million copies had been sold to date.
 
Gene Vincent recorded a new version of the song in 1962 which appeared on the flip-side of the single "The King of Fools". Vincent sang the song in the movie ''The Girl Can't Help It''. The song also featured in the films "The Delinquents" (1989), "Wild At Heart" (1990), and "Pleasantville" (1998).
 
Composer: - Gene Vincent-Bill Tex Davis
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Hal Leonard Music
Matrix number: - None - Unknown Take (2:26)
Recorded: - June 14, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - April 1971
First appearance: - Sun International (LP) 33rpm Sun LP 124-B1 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - MONSTERS
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-8/9 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963
 
Often unfairly criticised by 50s rock and roll fans, Jerry’s 1962 recording is a slowed down and more bluesy performance than Gene Vincent’s fine original, though it wasn’t released until 1971 (on the Sun International album ''Monsters''). At the 1973 London sessions he and the band emphasised the blues feel even further, recording an over-long slowed down dirge that quite rightly wasn’t released until years later.
 
Composer: - Dave Bartholomew-Fats Domino
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Bartholomew Music
Matrix number: - None – Chatter - Unknown Take (2:35)
Recorded: - June 14, 1962  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - September 1989
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-8/10 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963
Reissued: - October 2015  Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-17/6 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
Only two albums were issued during Jerry’s 1956-1963 stay at Sun, ''Jerry Lee Lewis'' in 1958 and ''Jerry Lee’s Greatest'' in late 1961, the latter of which featured this song, driven along by some very fine sax playing from Johnny ''Ace'' Cannon. For some reason Jerry recorded the song again 12 months later, this here time with some fine guitar work by Roland Janes (or was it Scotty Moore?) replacing Johnny’s sax, though this wasn’t issued until the 1969 ''Rockin’, Rhythm & Blues'' album (a 3rd version was cut at a session a week after the 2nd one, but this sounds like little more than a rough session warm-up so isn't included in this analysis). It’s difficult to choose between the two, though the 1962 cut features a more expressive vocal.
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal & Piano
Roland Janes – Guitar
Scotty Moore – Guitar
Jay W. Brown – Bass
Al Jackson – Drums
Shirley Sisk - Organ
 
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JUNE 15, 1962 FRIDAY

Patti LaBelle and the Blue-Belles are headling the Apollo Theater. Joey Dee is at the Town and Country Club in Brooklyn. Sam Cooke is headling the Howard Theater in Washington, DC.

The Five Satins are on American Bandstand.

Johnny Cash tops a bill at the prestigious Hollywood Bowl with Patsy Cline, George Jones, The Carter Family, Johnny Western, Merle Travis, Gene Autry, Gordon Terry, Roger Miller, Flatt and Scruggs, Stuart Hamblen, Don Gibson and Leroy Van Dyke.

MID JUNE 1962

Bobby Rydell is an unannounced guest at a high school graduation party in San Gabriel, California.

(Above) Copy of an original Sun Records invoice, June 18, 1962, which lists 650 copies of Johnny Cash's Sun 376 ''Blue Train'' b/w ''Born To Lose'' that were picket up on June 4, 1962, from the Monarch Record Pressing Plant in Los Angeles, California, by Record Merchandising in Los Angeles. The invoice, number 12986 with typed total cost of $230.

JUNE 18, 1962 MONDAY

Steve Alaimo opens at the Roundtable Club in New York City.

JUNE 19, 1962 TUESDAY

Shelley Fabares sings "Johnny Angel" on American Bandstand.

JUNE 20, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Singer and songwriter Billy Joe Shaver and wife Betty have a child, Eddy Shaver. Father and son work together when Eddy reaches adulthood in the band Shaver.

Rick Nelson recorded the pop hit ''Teen Age Idol''.

JUNE 21, 1962 THURSDAY

The Beatles open for Bruce Channel when he appears at the Liverpool's Tower Ballroom.

Bobby Vinton makes his national television debut on American Bandstand and sings "Rose Are Red My Love''.

''Hey! Baby!'' songwriter Bruce Channell and his harmonica player, Delbert McClinton, appear at the Tower Ballroom in Liverpool, England. The opening acts include some band called The Beatles.

JUNE 22, 1962 FRIDAY

The Blue-Belles are at the Royal Theater in Baltimore for a week.

Columbia released Marty Robbins' ''Devil Woman''.

Guitarist Cameron Hill dies. A former member of Bob Wills' Texas Playboys, he contributed to such classics as ''Roly-Poly'', ''Hang Your Head In Shame'' and ''Stay A Little Longer''.

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STUDIO SESSION FOR TONY ROSSINI
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962
 
SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: SATURDAY JUNE 23, 1962
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR SCOTTY MOORE
 
Composer: - Reynolds
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Jack Music
Matrix number: - U 481 - Master (2:11)
Recorded: - June 23, 1962
Released: - July 10, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single Sun 380-A mono
YOU MAKE IT SOUND SO EASY / NEW GIRL IN TOWN
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805-1/1 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5
 
By July 1962, when this record was released, Tony Rossini's name was appearing more frequently on Sun labels than any artist's. This was his fourth record, with yet another in store one year in the future. ''New Girl In Town'' is a commercial outing aimed squarely at the teen market as it sounded nearly four decades ago.  Tony plays a high school student trying to con his parents into going away during vacation time so he can be alone with the nymphet in the song's title. Most fans of Sun's golden age will turn a disdainful or deaf ear to this music, rightly arguing that it comes from a different universe than classic recordings by Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.
 
The irony, of course, is that both Scotty Moore and Roland Janes – the guitarists responsible for those vintage sides – played on these titles by Rossini. In fact, throw in the nucleus of Booker T and the MG's as well. This is simply the kind of music that Memphis's finest was capable of making when they turned their attention to commercial teen fare in the early 1960s.

Tony does his share of belting on the flipside (although he's not exactly working the same territory as Wynomie Harris). The chorus is appropriately teen sounding as they implore him ''Tony, won't you love me'', but the guy just isn't sure. Yeah, you're thinking Elvis or Billy Riley wouldn't have hesitated. And Jerry Lee would have been finished and out of the backdoor already. Unfortunately, these were different times. About the most positive thing one can say for ''You Make It Sound So Easy'' is that Larry Muhoberac turns in some fine piano work toward the end of the side.

Composer: - Steve Cropper-Richy
Publisher: - B.M.I. - East Publishers
Matrix number: - U 482 - Master (2:36)
Recorded: -  Recorded: - June 23, 1962
Released: - July 10, 1962
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single Sun 380-B mono
NEW GIRL IN TOWN / YOU MAKE IT SOUND SO EASY
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805-1/2 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Tony Rossini – Vocal 
 
The Chippers
Scotty Moore – Guitar
Roland Janes – Guitar
Larry Mohoburac - Piano
Booker T. Jones – Organ
Steve Cropper – Guitar
Lewie Steinberg – Bass
Al Jackson - Drums
Floyd Newman - Horns
Robert Oldham - Horns
George Tidwell - Horns
 
Unknown Vocal Chorus
 
For Biography of Tony Rossini see: < The Sun Biographies <
Tony Rossini's Sun recordings can be heard on his playlist from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on > YouTube <
 
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(Above) Copy of an original Sun Records invoice, dated June 18, 1962, which lists copies of Sun 256, 267, 277, 281, 300, 356, a total of 36 45s, that were picket up on June 1, 1962, from the Monarch Record Pressing Plant in Los Angeles, California by Pan American Record Distributor in Denver, Colorado. The invoice, number 12982 with typed total cost of $16.56.

JUNE 23, 1962 SATURDAY

The Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, plays host to a rock and roll show featuring hometown boy Johnny Tillotson.

JUNE 24, 1962 SUNDAY

Wynn Stewart marries Claire Douthit in Las Vegas. The marriage ends within a year.

Bill Monroe brushes off a journalist at Sunset Park in West Grove, Pennsylvania. It's a less than auspicious first meeting with the man who will become the manager that revives his career, Ralph Rinzler.

JUNE 25, 1962 MONDAY

Jerry Butler sings "Make It Easy On Yourself" on American Bandstand.

Decca Records released Bill Anderson's ''Mama Sang A Song''.

JUNE 26, 1962 TUESDAY

Claude King recorded ''Sheepskin Valley'' during the morning hours at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. He also takes his first swipe at ''I've Got The World By The Tail'', though the final version isn't cut until August.

JUNE 27, 1962 WEDNESDAY

The last Columbia session for Carl Perkins was recorded. It featured a gesture towards the twist craze, ''Sister Twister'', together with a revival of ''Hambone''. After that pairing flopped in the pop market, ''Forget Me'' and ''I've Just Got Back From There''. It was released in March 1963 and its lack of success convinced Columbia that there was little point in negotiating another contract for Carl Perkins. They had picked up all three one year options in his initial one year term but they finally mailed Perkins his termination notice in July 1963.

One can make a case for saying that Carl Perkins recorded more memorable music during his three years at Sun than he recorded during the balance of his career to the end. No-one but Sam Phillips could seem to draw the rough edges out of Perkins and capture the bite in his guitar playing. A comparison of Perkins' Sun recordings with the remakes cut for a variety of labels makes an eloquent case for the chemistry at 706 Union. Even, ''Dixie Fried'' sounded like a report of a church social when it was re-cut for Mercury Records. The edge had disappeared.

Twenty years after quit Sun, with the frustration and bitterness dimmed, and his place in the history books assured, Perkins characterised Sam Phillips as a man who was ''as near a genius as any man I ever met. He didn't have a light in the studio saying READY or a clock on the studio wall to scare you. There was no such thing as a standard three hour session. He said, 'Get in there and pick, boys. We'll find the record when we get through'. There was a feeling there that I've never found since. We were trying 100 percent and Sam Phillips captured it''.

The Sun recordings also captured Perkins' fondness for experimentation. He would change lyrics, tempo and even chord structure trying to find something that felt good. ''I put chords together that wasn't supposed to go together'', Perkins told Ronnie Weiser. ''Like with ''Honey Don't''. I was playing at the Pine Ridge Club and making it up on the spot. Something would start happening in my head and I'd say, 'Go to eat, boys. I'm gonna do something here' and I wrote ''Honey Don't''. I remember I went from E to C and Jay and Clayton stopped and said, 'Where in Hell did you go there?'. I'd sing one line in E and slide back to C and it sounded a little off but I heard something that was right about it''. That looseness and spontaneity together with a willingness to take risks characterises Perkins' Sun sessions - and few of his recordings since.

In fact, Carl Perkins' reputation is founded on a very small body of recordings he made between October 1954 and December 1957 for Sun Records. They remain one of the touchstones of pure, unselfconscious rock and roll. The Columbia sides included here are a tasty afterthought but would have little status were it not for the recordings that preceded them. Make no mistake, it is Perkins' Sun recordings that comprise the truly significant music that he made. And over thirty years after Sam Phillips wrote Perkins on the spine of a tape box for the last time, the complete story of Carl Perkins affiliation with Sun can be heard ever.

JUNE 27, 1962 WEDNESDAY

Hank Snow recorded ''I've Been Everywhere'' at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.

JUNE 28, 1962 THURSDAY

Neil Sedaka starts his South American tour with a concert in Lima, Peru.

JUNE 29, 1962 FRIDAY

Donnie Brooks is at the Cal-Nev Hotel and Casino on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.

Chubby Checker is at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City.

The Blue-Belles are at the Howard Theater in Washington, DC.

JUNE 30, 1962 SATURDAY

Read along with Mitch, Marty Robbins' former producer, Mitch Miller, is featured on the cover of TV Guide.

LATE JUNE 1962

Rick Nelson opens the summer season at Pleasure Island Resort in Wakefield, Massachusetts.

Ike and Tina Turner, along with Mary Wells help WILD radio celebrate its tenth anniversary with a big show in the Boston area.

Bobby Vee is at Kenwood Park in Duquense, Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh.

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