© 1977 Sunnyvale Records (LP) 33rpm 9330-905 mono
THE SUN STORY VOLUME 5 - JERRY LEE
The Sun Story of the Sun Record label of Memphis, Tennessee is the story of rock and roll music. It is the story of how one man, label
boss Sam C. Phillips, was able to create a legend out of the sound he discovered by putting together the music of black blues and white country music. The Sun label was formed in 1952, and Sam Phillips had been in the recording business less than two years.
in that time, though, he learned that what the young people of the world wanted to hear was rhythm music and he knew that the rhythm of his own unknown black artists could provide the basis for a new sound in popular music.
In three years, between 1954 and 1956, Sam Phillips realized his dream by discovering many of the legendary
performers in the music industry; first Elvis Presley, then Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis. Finally, in 1958, he also introduced the listening public to Charlie Rich, the latest superstar to emerge from a career begun in Memphis,
Tennessee during the 1950s.
The Sun label lasted for seventeen
years under its original owner, Sam Phillips, and in that time it climbed from a one-man operation to a million dollar enterprise and then declined again during the 1960s when new forms of music took over. The music recorded by Sun was varied, including country,
blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll and soul, and all the successful artists from Memphis owe much to the existence of the Sun label.
But what really made the name of Sun was Rockabilly - a new music made by young white country singers who used a black beat. And they not only appealed to Southerners in the USA, they
were good enough to carry their music all around the world and to present the universal language, rock music.
than anybody else, the Sun Record Company and its success is associated with Jerry Lee Lewis. By 1956, Sam Phillips had already discovered Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Roy Orbison. He had already forged a new sound in popular music by allowing
these artists to add the beat of rhythm and blues to their country roots.
But when he found Jerry Lee Lewis, he found
something else entirely. He discovered the most prodigious talented country vocalist and pianist ever to emerge into rock music. Jerry Lee Lewis not only had the sheer vocal and pianistic ability and desire to tackle any kind of song, be it country, blues,
rock or soul, he also had the drive to be the best in whatever he did. Further, he believed that he was the best, and out of this conviction he was able to develop a completely unique style that would transform any song and make it fit into the Jerry Lee Lewis
style. He was in addition a fantastic stage performer, and a natural artist for promotion nationally and world-wide.
Lewis style, called the ''Pumping Piano'', was dynamic. He began interpreting country standards, like ''Lovesick Blues'' on this album. But soon he was scoring huge hit-records with a more rocking style, of which ''Breathless'', High School Confidential''
and ''Lovin' Up A Storm'' are good examples.
Lewis also loved to record songs associated with other rock singers
and these include ''Breakup'', ''Hound Dog'' and ''Jailhouse Rock''. Lewis was a country, born in Ferriday in backwoods Louisiana in 1935, and knew nothing about the rules of music. All he knew was the country and blues he heard in Southern clubs and bars
during the 1940s, and it is proably because of this background that he could turn equally well to any type of song. Evidence of this was shown when he recorded the old 1940s jazz-blues tune ''Let The Good Times Roll'', and made ot sound like a Lewis original
just like all the rest. Lewis didn't need to be a composer,
The factor that comes most clearly from Lewis;s records
in the sheer power of his own singing and piano playing. However, there is no doubt that there was a very important contrubution made by the Sun session musiciabs, Roland Janes, the guitarist, and James Van Eaton, the drummer.
These two musicians appear on most of the tracks on this album, and they were also present on a majority of records made during the late 1950s heyday of Sun Records.
It was not only the top-selling lead names, but also the session man who made up the immortal ''Sun Sound'', a sound captured in its fully developed form in the incomparable recordings of the label's premier star, Jerry Lee Lewis.
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3 - Break Up (1977)
- Frankie And Johnny (1961) SLP-1265
5 - Hong Kong Blues (1977)
- Hound Dog (1977)
Original Sun Recordings
Side 2: Contains
1 - Jailhouse Rock (1977)
2 - Let The Good Times Roll (1977)
4 - Lovesick Blues (1977)
6 - Milkshake Mademoiselle (1977)
Original Sun Recordings
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