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1957 SESSIONS 5
May 1, 1957 to May 31, 1957

Studio Session for Bill Justis, May 8, 1957 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Edwin Bruce, May 8, 1957 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Carl McVoy, May 12, 1957 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Sonny Burgess, May 13, 1957 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Narvel Felts, May 13, 1957 / Mercury Records
Studio Session for Wanda Ballman, May 18, 1957 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Jerry Lee Lewis, May 30, 1957 / Sun Records

For Biographies of Artists see > The Sun Biographies <
Sun recordings can be heard on the playlists from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on > YouTube <

MAY 1957

Meteor 5043 "Gonna Shut You Off Baby" by Jimmy Haggett is released. He later recorded for Fernwood with Buford Peak.

Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" enters the Memphis chart and is number 1 in June, alternating for this top slot Warren Smith's "So Long I'm Gone". Smith also enters the National Hot 100 at number 12.

Fernwood Records launches in Memphis. It was supposed to launch one year earlier with Billy Riley.

MAY 1957

Billy Riley And The Little Green performed at Jonesboro, Arkansas, for a private dance at the Moose Lodge, at which Junior Bradsher provided the band for a dance at which his daughter was hostess. Mostly Jonesboro High students gave the band a tremendoes reception. Billy's stage act was just as wild as Sonny Burgess, he rolled on the ground, jumped in the air, even hung from the rafters by one arm after climbing up on top of the piano, which then fell off the stage, leaving him dangling there. Unfortunately the suits turned out to be made of a worsted material something like pool-table cloth and after a song or two became so heavy with sweat that they felt like they weighed a hundred pounds. Which, when the whole band lay down on their backs on the floor, could cause a little bit of a problem just getting up.

MAY UNTIL MID JULY 1957

Jerry Lee Lewis plays on shows with Sonny James, Warren Smith, Webb Pierce, Johnny Cash, Wanda Jackson, and Carl Perkins.

MAY 1, 1957 WEDNESDAY

Minnie Pearl profiled on Ralph Edwards' ''This Is Your Life''.

Keyboard player Jon Carroll is born in Washington, D.C. He's part of The Starland Vocal Band's pop hit ''Afternoon Delight'', and plays on country hits for Mary Chapin Carpenter, Pam Tillis and Radney Foster. He also pens Linda Ronstadt's pop success ''Get Closer''.

The Louvin Brothers recorded ''Are You Teasin' Me''. The song is revived by Patty Loveless and Jon Randall for the 2003 tribute album ''Livin', Lovin' Losin', Songs Of The Louvin Brothers''. The session also yields ''We Could'', a future Charley Pride hit.

MAY 3, 1957 FRIDAY

Drummer Scott ''Cactus'' Moser is born in Montrose, Colorado. He joins Highway 101, which wins CMA Vocal Group award in 1988 and 1989 behind such hits as ''Somewhere Tonight'', ''Cry, Cry, Cry'' and ''Whiskey, If You Were A Woman''.

For the third straight year, Patsy Cline rides in the annual Apple Blossom Festival parade in Winchester, Virginia.

MAY 4, 1957 SATURDAY

Patsy Cline visits 14-year-old Shirley Nelson in a Des Moines hospital when emergency surgery forces the teenager to miss Cline's show with Webb Pierce.

Gene Autry and Patti Page are guests on NBC's ''The Perry Como Show''.

Alan Freed hosts "Rock 'n Roll Revue his first nationally televised show on ABC. Devoted to exposing new as well as established rock and roll acts.

MAY 6, 1957 MONDAY

Decca released Webb Pierce's double-sided hit ''Bye Bye, Love'' and ''Missing You''.

MAY 7, 1957 TUESDAY

The Louvin Brothers recorded ''I Wish You Knew''. The song is remade by Kathy Louvin and Pamela Brown Hayes for the award-winning 2003 tribute album ''Livin', Lovin', Losin', Songs Of The Louvin Brothers''.

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STUDIO SESSION FOR BILL JUSTIS
AT THE MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE FOR SUN RECORDS 1957

SUN RECORDING STUDIO
706 UNION AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: THURSDAY MAY 8, 1957
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - BILL JUSTIS
AND/OR STAN KESLER

Bill Justis was in effect the Artist & Repertoire man at Sun during his tenure, and many familiar names recur in his line-ups such as Roland Janes, James M. Van Eaton, Billy Riley, and Jimmy Wilson. Just to whet the appetite there here tracks recorded by Justis, a good rocking instrumentals with Sid Manker on guitar.

01(1) - "FLIP FLOP AND BOP" - B.M.I. - 2:16
Composer: - Floyd Cramer
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 8, 1957
Released: - November 1986
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 106-12-10 mono
SUN RECORDS - THE ROCKING YEARS - RAUNCHY
Reissued: - May 29, 2013 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17313-8-23 mono
THE SUN ROCK BOX 1954 - 1959

01(2) - "FLIP FLOP AND BOP" - B.M.I. - 2:16
Composer: - Floyd Cramer
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - LP Master - > PILP or PLP Series <
Recorded: - May 8, 1957
Released: - 1960
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PLP 1950-7 mono
CLOUD 9
Reissued: - 1997 Charly Records (CD) 500/200rpm CPCD 8302-8 mono
706 UNION INSTRUMENTALS

02 - ''MOOSE JAW'' - B.M.I. - 2:37
Composer: - William Everette Justis
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Master
Recorded: - May 8, 1957
Released: - 1960
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm mono PLP 1950-12 mono
CLOUD 9
Reissued: - January 26, 1999 Collectables (CD) 500/200rpm COL-CD-6018 mono
VERY BEST OF BILL JUSTIS - RAUNCHY

03 - ''ROLLIN'' - B.M.I. - 2:26
Composer: - William Everette Justis
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Master
Released: - 1960
Recorded: - May 8, 1957
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm mono PLP 1950-3 mono
CLOUD 9
Reissued: - January 26, 1999 Collectables (CD) 500/200rpm COL-CD-6018 mono
VERY BEST OF BILL JUSTIS - RAUNCHY

04 - ''THE STINGER'' - B.M.I. - 1:49
Composer: - William Everette Justis
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Master
Recorded: - May 8, 1957
Released: - 1960
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm mono PLP 1950-4 mono
CLOUD 9
Reissued: - January 26, 1999 Collectables (CD) 500/200rpm COL-CD-6018 mono
VERY BEST OF BILL JUSTIS - RAUNCHY

05 - ''FONKIE'' - B.M.I. - 2:30
Composer: - William Everette Justis
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 8, 1957
Released: - 2006
First appearance: - 2006 Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sampler-13 mono
BILL JUSTIS - SELECTED HITS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Bill Justis - Tenor Saxophone
Sid Manker - Guitar
Billy Riley - Bass
James M. Van Eaton - Drums
Jimmy Wilson - Piano
Vernon Drake - Saxophone

For Biography of Bill Justis see > The Sun Biographies <
Bill Justis' Sun recordings can be heard on his playlists from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on > YouTube <

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Edwin Bruce went to Messick High School in Memphis alongside Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, B.B. Cunningham, and Don Nix. Talking to ''Premium Guitar'', Cropper remembered that Bruce was two years ahead of him and would play shows unaccompanied singing Bo Diddley songs. ''I went up to him after one show'', said Cropper, ''and said to him, 'Man, how do you do that'? He said, 'Well, you gotta get a git-tar and learn how to play''. Elvis was inescapable: ''I remember seeing him on a package show at Overton Park Shell in Memphis'', Bruce said later. ''He didn't seem like he could play the guitar too well, but he had terrific showmanship. I met him at his house when he still lived out on Audubon Drive. I went out there with Sonny Neal. Elvis was very cordial. He didn't even have a gate on his house at that time. Even then a lot of people were starting to take advantage of him.''

In a gesture of faith that was rare for the time. William Edwin Bruce Jr. acquired funds to cut a demo thanks to a graduation gift from his parents. The youngster cherished the Sun recordings of Carl Perkins, so it was to 706 Union that he took his song ideas bolstered by some useful publicity from his then employers at The Memphis Press-Scimitar. A genuinely impressed Jack Clement took Bruce under his wing and the broody yet confident "Rock Boppin' Baby" surfaced in the summer of 1957.

STUDIO SESSION FOR EDWIN BRUCE
AT THE MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE FOR SUN RECORDS 1957

SUN RECORDING STUDIO
706 UNION AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: WEDNESDAY MAY 8, 1957
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - JACK CLEMENT

Like Jerry Lee Lewis, Edwin Bruce sings the praises of a woman who manages to bop around without leaving her spot. A true Memphis goddess. Ed's echo-laden vocal on the flipside "More Than Yesterday", was appropriately sexy and restrained, but its the rocker that has grabbed just about all the collector attention over the years.

01 - "MORE THAN YESTERDAY" - B.M.I. - 2:35
Composer: - Edwin Bruce
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 262 Master - > Sun 271-280 Series
Recorded: - May 8, 1957
Released: - August 15, 1957
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 78/45rpm standard single > Sun 276-B < mono
MORE THAN YESTERDAY / ROCK BOPPIN' BABY
Reissued: - 1995 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15802-4-21 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 2

Out of nowhere came Memphis teenager Edwin Bruce with this minor key rocker. "Rock Boppin' Baby" is a highly effective record, although it owes precious little to the country traditions that feuled most of Sun's best rockabilly. Nevertheless, the arrangement builds considerable tension with its muted string verses, before letting it fly during the release, which transforms the song back into a major key. In Sam Phillips' words, the young Mr. Bruce has "the sincere pleading quality which can switch to fire and volume to sock up the tempo for contrast". A bit wordy, but you get the idea.

01(2) - "ROCK BOPPIN' BABY" - B.M.I. - 2:17
Composer: - Edwin Bruce
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 263 Master - > Sun 271-280 Series
Recorded: - May 8, 1957
Released: - August 15, 1957
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 78/45rpm standard single > Sun 276-A < mono
ROCK BOPPIN' BABY / MORE THAN YESTERDAY
Other Sun releases: - 1995 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15802-4-22 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 2

''Rock Boppin' Baby'' coulda, shoulda made it; certainly, the Collins Kids thought enough of it to cover it. A wonderfully hypnotic record, it had Roland Janes' dampened bass string guitar and rock solid drumming from Jimmy M. Van Eaton. As he slid from minor key verses into a major key on the bridge, Bruce's tightly controlled vocal cut loose to great effect. He ensured good sales in Memphis with local gigs and an appearance on Memphis's own clone of Bandstand, Wink Martindale's Top Ten Dance Party.

01(2) - "ROCK BOPPIN' BABY" - B.M.I. - 2:14
Composer: - Edwin Bruce
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Alternate Take - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 8, 1957
Released: - 1985
First appearance: - Sun England (LP) 33rpm LP 1024-14 mono
HOT SOUTHERN BOPPERS

03(1) - "EIGHT WHEEL DRIVERS" - B.M.I. 2:49
Composer: - Edwin Bruce
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Take 1 - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 8, 1957
Released: - 1985
First appearance: - Sun England (LP) 33rpm LP 1024-13 mono
HOT SOUTHERN BOPPERS
Reissued: - 1986 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15194-3 mono
EDWIN BRUCE - ROCK BOPPIN' BABY

Edwin graduated in June 1957 at Messick High. A little early, he went to Sun to make a demo of the first song he'd written, ''Eight Wheel Driver'', and Jack Clement heard some promise in the kid. ''We had run through one song and Jack said, 'Y'all just hold it a minute' and he stopped, went back and got Sam out of his office. He said, 'Do the song again'.

We did it and Sam came down onto the studio floor and started talking to my folks about what he wanted to do with me''. That first appearance was during April or May 1957''.

''There was a session on May 8 and a Hi-Lo publishing contract covering ''Eight Wheel Driver'' and ''Doll Baby'' was issued ten days later, suggesting that Phillips saw those songs as the first sing. At some point, the plan changed and ''Rock Boppin' Baby'' was issued with ''More Than Yesterday''.

Bruce recalls writing ''More Than Yesterday'' but it bears more than a passing resemblance to the Dream Kings' ''MTYLL (More Than Yesterday, Less Than Tomorrow)'' on Checker Records.

03(2) - "EIGHT WHEEL DRIVERS" - B.M.I. - 2:30
Composer: - Edwin Bruce
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Take 2 - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 8, 1957
Released: - 1986
First appearance: - Sun England (LP) 33rpm LP 1031-15 mono
COUNTRY ROCK SIDES

04 - "DOLL BABY" - B.M.I. 1:35
Composer: - Edwin Bruce
Publisher: - Hi-Lo music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 8, 1957
Released: - 1985
First appearance: - Sun England (LP) 33rpm LP 1029-14 mono
SHAKE AROUND
Reissued: - 1998 Charly Records (CD) 500/200rpm CPCD 8317-12 mono
ESSENTIAL ROCKABILLIES - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Edwin Bruce - Vocal and Guitar
Roland Janes - Guitar
Stan Kesler - Bass
James M. Van Eaton - Drums
Jimmy Smith - Piano

For Biography of Edwin Bruce see > The Sun Biographies <
Edwin Bruce's Sun recordings can be heard on the playlists from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on 
> YouTube <

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MAY 9, 1957 THURSDAY

Billy Haley and His Comets make an National appearance on Ray Bolger's Washington Square Show on NBC at 9:00.

MAY 10, 1957 FRIDAY

Billy Riley and The Little Green Men performed at the Kay Club, honoring the Jonesboro High Senior Class. Students called it, the best dance we've ever had.

Ray Stevens holds his first recording session for Capitol's Prep label.

MAY 11, 1957 SATURDAY

Songwriter Harlan Howard marries Lula Grace Smith, who later comes to fame as Grand Ole Opry star Jan Howard, in Las Vegas. Among the witnesses, Wynn Stewart.

The Everly Brothers make their Grand Ole Opry debut, performing ''Bye Bye Love''.

''True Love Ways'' songwriter Buddy Holly auditions for the CBS-TV show ''Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts'' in New York. He is rejected out of hand.

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Carl McVoy was another of Jerry Lee Lewis's piano playing cousins (add Mickey Gilley to the list also. McVoy had several claims to fame in addition to his connection to Jerry Lee). Carl McVoy was the featured artist on the first single issued by the legendary Hi label from Memphis. ''Tootsie'' backed with ''You Are My Sunshine'' was no slapdash production. It was cut probably October/November 1957 at RCA Studio in Nashville reportedly under the supervision of Chet Atkins (although it certainly doesn't sound like Atkins on guitar). When the record was released, it immediately showed signs of commercial life, which sent label owners Joe Cuoghi, Ray Harris and several others into a mild panic. They had absolutely no knowledge of what to do next. Hi Records barely had a distribution network in place beyond the city of Memphis. Worse yet, a hit record can devastate a new company. Pressing costs are due immediately and distributors pay in 90 days, if at all. It's a lethal combination.

In desperation, the Hi team sat down with Sam Phillips, a veteran of the hit record/distributor wars. Sam offered to take the whole mess off their hands for (reportedly) $2600. Within days, the record was transferred to the Phillips International label (PI 3526), where it was released in June 1958 and proceeded to die on the vine. Undeterred, Phillips spent time with McVoy in the studio in 1957 and 1958. Whether that was part of the buyout deal with Hi is conjecture at this point.

Despite the fact that Carl McVoy recorded at least 15 titles over the course of six sessions in 1957 and 1958, nothing more was released. Its hard to know just why all this music was shelved during some of the most active of Sun's rocking years. McVoy recorded "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It" three months before Sonny Burgess did. Nothing. He cut "Born To Loose" one year before Johnny Cash did. Again, nothing. Like his cousin Jerry Lee Lewis, McVoy cut "You're The Only Star In My Blue Heaven".

STUDIO SESSION FOR CARL MCVOY
AT THE MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE FOR SUN RECORDS 1957

SUN RECORDING STUDIO
706 UNION AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: TUESDAY MAY 12, 1957
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER - SAM C. PHILLIPS
RECORDING ENGINEER - JACK CLEMENT

It is understandably that McVoy's quirky vocal style have appealed to Sam Phillips. Carl McVoy was plainly not a typical rock and roll singer, at least in the manner associated with most Sun artists. That was evident even on Hi 1001 and PI 3526.

Carl McVoy's major claim to fame, and it is considerably, is as the keyboard player for the Bill Black Combo. In the early 1960s the group enjoyed eight Top 40 hits, appeared on the Ed Sullivan TV show in 1964, and was the opening act during the Beatles 1964 tour of America.

01 - ''BORN TO LOOSE'' – B.M.I. - 2:23
Composer: - Frankie Brown
Publisher: - Peer International
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 12, 1957
Released: - 1979
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CR 30150-13 mono
SUN SOUND SPECIAL - TENNESSEE COUNTRY
Reissued: - 1998 Charly Records (CD) 500/200rpm CPCD 8318 mono
SUN ROCK 'N' ROLL - VOLUME 2

02 - ''IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE NOW'' – B.M.I. - 2:22
Composer: - Floyd Tillman
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 12, 1957
Released: - 1998
First appearance: - Charly Records (CD) 500/200rpm CPCD 8318-22 mono
SUN ROCK 'N' ROLL - VOLUME 2

03 – ''MY BUCKET'S GOT A HOLE IN IT'' – B.M.I.
Composer: - Clarence Williams
Publisher: - Pickwick Music
Matrix number: - None – Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 12, 1957

04 – ''THERE'S BE NO TEARDROPS TONIGHT'' - 2:18
Composer: - Hank Williams
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded - May 12, 1957
Released: - 1986
First appearance: - Sun England (LP) 33rpm LP 1037-1 mono
AFTER THE HOP
Reissued: - 1997 Charly Records (CD) 500/200rom CPCD 8277-5 mono
SUN ROCK 'N' ROLL
Reissued: 2019 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17504-21 mono
SUN SHINES ON HANK WILLIAMS

''There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight'' is from this May 12, 1957 session. The track is basically a duet between McVoy's vocal and Ace Cannon's tenor sax. The piano is all but buried in the mix, compared to Jimmy M. Van Eaton's driving presence on drums. All in all, the results tell you just about everything you need to know about Carl McVoy as a singer, and reminds us that Hank Williams songs were still in everyone's consciousness four plus years after his death. For his part, Carl McVoy tired of the music industry in the 1960s and got into the construction business, where he worked until his death in 1992. For any astrologers among us, Carl McVoy died on January 3, 1992, also his birthday.

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Carl McVoy - Vocal and Piano
Ace Cannon - Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy M. Van Eaton - Drums
More details unknown

For Biography of Carl McVoy see > The Sun Biographies <
Carl McVoy's Sun recordings can be heard on the playlists from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on > YouTube <

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Overdub Session

STUDIO SESSION FOR SONNY BURGESS
AT THE MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE FOR SUN RECORDS 1957

SUN RECORDING STUDIO
706 UNION AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
VOCAL OVERDUB SUN SESSION: MONDAY MAY 13, 1957
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM C. PHILLIPS

01 - ''AIN'T GONNA DO IT'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Dave Bartholomew-Pearl King
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None
Recorded: - May 13, 1957
Released: - Sun Unissued

02 - "PLEASE LISTEN TO ME" - B.M.I. - 2:17
Composer: - Dave Bartholomew-Pearl King
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Overdubbed Recording - Mistitled "Don't Be That Way"*.
Recorded: - May 13, 1957
Released: - 198
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CFM 513 mono
TEEN-AGE BOP
Reissued: - 1991 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15525-1-22 mono
SONNY BURGESS - THE CLASSIC SUN RECORDINGS 1956 - 1959

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Sonny Burgess - Vocal

For Biography of Sonny Burgess see > The Sun Biographies <
Sonny Burgess' Sun recordings can be heard on the playlists from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on > You-Tube >

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After his Sun sessions in Memphis, in early March of 1957, Narvel Felts was playing the Fox Theater in St. Louis and Fred Varney, who had some connections with Mercury Records in Chicago, wanted to take Narvel Felts to Chicago to audition for Mercury Records. ''At the time I still was recording for Sun, we were at the Fox Theater playing''.

''I believe it was probably more, with the movie ''Rock Pretty Baby''. We did not go to Chicago at that time, but a little later, after we had done the other session for Sun and Jack Clement had said, it would be a year before they could release anything'', remembers Narvel Felts.

''I was doing another tour of theatres in Illinois and we were playing in Lichfield, Illinois. I believe two nights off in between, Fred Varney came by again.

He had a man named Cliff Mantle book those theatres and they were kind of partners in the business''. ''Fred had a printed company in St. Louis. He offered again to take us to Chicago and this time we took him up on it''.

Fred Varney took Narvel and his band to 35 East Wacker Drive, just walked in the Mercury offices with the band, so the people were saying ''what are you doin', bringing a band in here like this...?''. Anyway, they finally decided to listen to the band and so there brought the equipment up and sat in the office with no microphone, and Art Talmadge walked over and stood near Narvel where he could hear his voice over the band. ''I was kind of singing in his ear. We did a couple of songs and he said send them on down to Universal Studios to record. We went down that afternoon and recorded until probably midnight after taking supper break and wound up recording ten songs. Within a month my first record ''Kiss-A-Me Baby'' and ''Foolish Thoughts'' was on the market. I believe it was the 10th of June, 1957'', remembered Narvel Felts.

Session Published for Historical Reasons

STUDIO SESSION FOR NARVEL FELTS
FOR MERCURY RECORDS 1957

UNIVERSAL RECORDING STUDIO
46 EAST WALTON STREET, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
MERCURY SESSION: MONDAY MAY 13, 1957
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – DAVID CARROLL

Narvel Felts rerecords eight of the ten songs that were previously done for Sun Records. The band recorded with at Mercury was still same that was on Narvel Felts Sun sessions. Also a piano player named Chuck Stacy worked some of the songs on the Chicago sessions with the Narvel's band. The line-up was Narvel himself, vocals and rhythm guitar; Leon Barnett on lead guitar; J.W. Grubbs on bass; Bob Taylor on drums and Jerry Tutlle playing steel guitar and saxophone.

01 - ''KISS-A-ME BABY'' - B.M.I. - 1:50
Composer: - Rabt L. Cloud
Publisher: - Pure Music
Matrix number: - YW 15387
Recorded: - May 13, 1957
Released: - June 10, 1957
First appearance: - Mercury Records (S) 45rpm standard single Mercury 71140-B mono
KISS-A-ME BABY / FOOLISH THOUGHTS
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16220-11 mono
NARVEL FELTS - DID YOU TELL ME

02 - ''A FOOL IN PARADISE'' - B.M.I. - 2:04
Composer: - Narvel Felts
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - YW 15388 - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 13, 1957
Released: - 1987
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15242 mono
NARVEL FELTS - A TEEN'S WAY
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16220-12 mono
NARVEL FELTS - DID YOU TELL ME

03 - ''CRY BABY CRY'' - B.M.I. - 2:01
Composer: - Narvel Felts-L.V. Bryant
Publisher: - Pure Music
Matrix number: - YW 15389
Recorded: - May 13, 1957
Released: - September 5, 1957
First appearance: - Mercury Records (S) 45rpm standard single Mercury 71190-A mono
CRY BABY CRY / LONESOME FEELING
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16220-13 mono
NARVEL FELTS - DID YOU TELL ME

04 - ''YOUR TOUCH'' - B.M.I. - 2:35
Composer: - Narvel Felts
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - YW 15390 - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 13, 1957
Released: - 1987
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15242 mono
NARVEL FELTS - A TEEN'S WAY
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16220-14 mono
NARVEL FELTS - DID YOU TELL ME

05 - ''LONESOME FEELING'' - B.M.I. - 2:25
Composer: - J.N. Richardson
Publisher: - Pure Music
Matrix number: - YW 15391
Recorded: - May 13, 1957
Released: - September 5, 1957
First appearance: - Mercury Records (S) 45rpm standard single Mercury 71190-B mono
LONESOME FEELING / CRY BABY CRY
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16220-19 mono
NARVEL FELTS - DID YOU TELL ME

06 - ''LONELY RIVER'' - B.M.I. - 2:02
Composer: - Gene Autry-Fred Rose-Ray Whitley
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - YW 15392 - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 13, 1957
Released: - 1987
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15242 mono
NARVEL FELTS - A TEEN'S WAY
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16220-16 mono
NARVEL FELTS - DID YOU TELL ME

07 – ''A TEEN'S WAY' - B.M.I. - 2:06
Composer: - Narvel Felts-Leon Barnett-J.W. Grubbs-Jerry Tuttle
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - YW 15393 - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 13, 1957
Released: - 1987
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15242 mono
NARVEL FELTS - A TEEN'S WAY
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16220-16 mono
NARVEL FELTS - DID YOU TELL ME

08 - ''FOOLISH THOUGHTS'' - B.M.I. - 1:47
Composer: - Leon Barnett-Jerry Tuttle
Publisher: - Pure Music
Matrix number: - YW 15394
Recorded: - May 13, 1957
Released: - June 10, 1957
First appearance: - Mercury Records (S) 45rpm standard single Mercury 71140-B mono
FOOLISH THOUGHTS / KISS-A-ME BABY
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16220-15 mono
NARVEL FELTS - DID YOU TELL ME

09 - ''I'M HEADED HOME'' - B.M.I. - 2:07
Composer: - Narvel Felts-Leon Barnett
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - YW 15395 - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 13, 1957
Released: - 1987
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15242 mono
NARVEL FELTS - A TEEN'S WAY
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16220-18 mono
NARVEL FELTS - DID YOU TELL ME

10 - ''YOUR FIRST BROKEN HEART'' - B.M.I. - 2:06
Composer: - Jerry Tuttle
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - YW 15396 - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 13, 1957
Released: - 1987
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15242 mono
NARVEL FELTS - A TEEN'S WAY
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16220-18 mono
NARVEL FELTS - DID YOU TELL ME

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Narvel Felts - Vocal & Guitar
Leon Barnett - Guitar
J.W. Grubbs - Bass
Bob Taylor - Drums
Jerry Tuttle - Steel Guitar & Saxophone
Charles Chuck Stacy - Piano

For Biography of Narvel Felts see > The Sun Biographies <

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MAY 13, 1957 MONDAY

Elvis Presley begins work on his third movie, ''Jailhouse Rock'', in Los Angeles, stating with filming of the legendary jailhouse dance scene.

Decca released Ernest Tubb and The Wilburn Brothers' ''Mister Love''.

MAY 14, 1957 TUESDAY

During the second day shooting on the set of ''Jailhouse Rock'', ''Elvis Presley is rushed to a Los Angeles hospital after swallowing a porcelain tooth cap during a dance number.

MAY 15, 1957 WEDNESDAY

NEWSPAPER LINES - JONESBORO EVENING SUN - Billy Riley Signed For 1957 County Fair. Rock And Roll Band To Play Fair. Rock And Roll Band To Play Twice Daily At 6-Day Event. Billy Riley and his Little Green Men, most popular rock and roll band in the Mid-South at present have signed a contract to play twice daily at the annual six-day Craighead County Fair in September.

Robert Holt, president of the Craighead County Fair Board, made the announcement today. Holt said Riley, born and reared at Lake City, will present one-tour programs every afternoon and every night, beginning Monday and continuing through Saturday night.

Riley, a nice looking young singer with coal black hair, puts on quite a show with his singing, much like the style of Elvis Presley. His repertoire runs from the slow to the rock and roll, but he is best known for "Flying Saucer Rock And Roll", a number he wrote himself and recorded for Sun Records Company.

The number has scored a big hit in any places. It was number 1 on the list of top 40 tunes at Tulsa for five straight weeks. It got to the number 2 spot in Oklahoma City and was in the top five at Memphis. Right now its getting top ratings from the Detroit area. The flip side of the record has "I Want You Baby", which has been kept in the background by "Flying Saucer", though it has strong possibilities itself. Riley and his Little Green Men are working on a new recording now which should be leased in the next month.

With the success of "Flying Saucer Rock And Roll" Riley named his band 'The Little Green Men'. All are talented musicians and are used by Sun Records to back up nearly all of its recording stars. Riley leaves the instruments to the little green men, and devotes all his time to the vocals.

Members of the band are Roland Janes on the electric guitar, Jimmy Van Eaton on drums, Pat O'Neill on the bass fiddle and Jimmy Wilson at the piano. The band is well known in this area. Last week they made their first appearance in Jonesboro, playing for a private dance at the Moose Lodge, at which Junior Bradsher provided the band for a dance at which his daughter was hostess. The younger set - mostly Junior High students, gave the band a tremendous reception.

Last Friday night Riley and his little green men returned to play for the Key Club dance honoring the Jonesboro High Senior Class. Students called it "the best dance we've ever had".

Fair President Holt said today that "we're trying to make this the best Fair in our history, and we believe Billy Riley will add much to the free entertainment program. It seems pretty well agreed that Riley is on his way up. Although the contract is for the greatest amount we have paid any entertainer except Red Foley and his group, we probably would not be able to get Riley later for twice the amount we are paying him. The fact that he is from Lake City also influenced us. Being a hometown boy, we have a much better drawing card, and at the same time are giving a boost to one of our native sons", Holt added.

Dates for the Fair have not been announced, but the annual exposition will be held at Municipal Airport in September. The Fair is operated by a board composed of members of the Jonesboro Jaycees at the Craighead County Farm Bureau.

MAY 16, 1957 THURSDAY

Elvis Presley is released from Los Angeles' Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, where he has been treated for two days after swallowing a porcelain tooth cap during work on his movie ''Jailhouse Rock''.

Shooting begins at Los Angeles' Ziv Studios on the movie ''Carnival Rock'', featuring David Houston, Bob Luman, James Burton, The Platters and ''Louisiana Hayride'' founder Horage Logan.

MAY 18, 1957 SATURDAY

Rusty and Doug, the Kershaw brothers' Cajun act, debuts on the Grand Ole Opry, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

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STUDIO SESSION FOR WANDA BALLMAN
AT THE MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE FOR SUN RECORDS 1957

SUN RECORDING STUDIO
706 UNION AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: SATURDAY MAY 18, 1957
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM C. PHILLIPS

Wanda Ballman is primarily known to Sun fans as the composer of Carl Perkins' ''I'm Sorry I'm Not Sorry''. In fact, the Denver, Colorado disc jockey was actively pursuing a songwriting and recording career of her own and sent a number of tapes, such as this, to Sun. Wanda obviously had her Kitty Wells songbook on the night table when she made this demo tape. She brought the appropriate feel to the proceedings and the lyric certainly hits all the right buttons: cheatin', hurtin' and lyin'. Her performance has a homey charm despite some rough edges, but the lyric betrays a stunning lack of originality. When Wanda submitted this demo her chief claim to fame was that she had placed third in a songwriting contest sponsored by ''Jamboree'' magazine. At that point she was a 32-year old musician working at the Bandbox Ballroom in downtown Denver.

01 - "HONKY TONK GIRL (GAL)" - B.M.I. - 2:24
Composer: - Wanda Ballman
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 18, 1957
Released: - November1986
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15211-11-1 mono
THE SUN COUNTRY YEARS 1950 - 1959
Reissued: - February 15, 2013 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17311-6-19 mono
THE SUN COUNTRY BOX 1950 - 1959

02 - "TELL ME SOME MORE"
Composer: - Wanda Ballman
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 18, 1957

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Wanda Ballman - Vocal and Guitar

For Biography of Wanda Ballman see > The Sun Biographies <
Wanda Ballman's Sun recordings can be heard on the playlists from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on > YouTube <

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MAY 20, 1957 MONDAY

Kitty Wells recorded ''Tough And Go Heart'' at Nashville's Bradley Recording Studio.

MAY 21, 1957 TUESDAY

Ferlin Husky recorded ''A Fallen Star'' and ''Prize Possession''.

Songwriter Steven Dale Jones is born. He pens Reba McEntire's ''He Gets That From Me'', Mindy McCready's ''Ten Thousand Angels'' and Diamond Rio's ''One More Day''.

MAY 24, 1957 FRIDAY

Eleven weeks after his first tried it, Ray Price recorded the definitive version of Bob Wills-penned ''My Shoes Keep Walking Back'' in an overnight session at Nashville's Bradley Recording Studio.

MAY 25, 1957 SATURDAY

Production schedule for Louisiana Hayride. The Townsel Sisters performed their two numbers in the guest slop at 10pm. Jerry Lee Lewis' autograph signed three times across sheet, one for each Townsel sister.

Jerry Lee Lewis appears on the Big D Jamboree in Dallas, Texas.

Fats Domino makes an appearance on "The Perry Como Show" on NBC-TV.

(above)

8:00 - PUB. SVS. ANN (STUDIO)
8:00 - 8:15

HAYRIDE THEME ALL

1. Gary B. Ryant
2. Gary B. Ryant
3. Martha Lynn
4. Buffalo Yount

8:15 - COTTON BAKING ANN (s)
8:15 - 8:30

1. James O'Gwynn
2. James O'Gwynn
3. Jimmy & Johnny
4. Jimmy & Johnny

8:30 - 8:45

1. Tibby Edwards
2. Tibby Edwards

8:35 - DR. TICHENOR'S ANTISEPTIC E.T. (L) (STUDIO)

3. Betty Amos
4. Buddy Attaway

8:45 - GENERAL FOODS (CALUMET) (L) ANN. REMOTE
8:45 - 9:00 BURRES MILLS (TEXO FEED)

TEXO THEME....
1. Jerry Lee Lewis
2. Jerry Lee Lewis
3. Buddy Thompson
4. Buddy Thompson

9:00 - OCEAN COFFEE (L)

1. Bob Gallion
2. Bob Gallion
3. Hoot & Curley
4. Eddie Bond
5. Eddie Bond
6. Martha Lynn
7. Geezinslaws
8. Geezinslaws
9:30 - PLOUGH, INC. (ST. JOSEPH'S) (S) E.T. (LIVE LEAD IN FROM AUD FOR E.T. FROM STUDIO

1. Rhythm Rebels
2. Bud Deckelman
3. Bud Deckelman
4. Johnny Mathis
5. Jack Ford
6. Hoot & Curley & Jack Ford
7. Sonny Trammel

10:00 - 10:15
1. Guest (Townsel)
2. Guest
3. Gary Bryant
4. Betty Amos

MAY 26, 1957 SUNDAY

Johnny Cash attended the Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival at Meridian, Mississippi, included entertainers like Jack Clement, Kitty Wells, Charles Walker, Jim Reeves, the Wilburn Brothers, Don Owens, Lucky Hill, Curtis Gordon, the Louvin Brothers, Ray Price, Porter Wagoner, Wilma and Stoney Cooper, Stonewall Jackson, Marty Robbins, Rod Brasfield, Hank Snow, Ernest Tubb, James O'Gwynn, Carl Perkins, Jimmie Rodgers Snow, Eilane Tubb, Justin Tubb, Warren Smith, George Jones and many more.

This country music festival in Meridian, Mississippi, salutes the life and music of Jimmie Rodgers on the anniversary of his death on May 26, 1933. Rodgers was born in Meridian in 1897 and left school at 14 to work on the Mississippi and Ohio Railroad; later, during his singing career, he was known as the "Singing Brakeman." He learned to play the guitar and banjo, and learned the blues from black railroad workers. Mr. Rodgers's music blended blues with the sounds of country, work, hobo, and cowboy songs. In 1925, because tuberculosis prevented him from working any longer for the railroad, he became a performer, and quickly a best-selling recording artist.

Today he is considered the Father of Country Music. Among his recordings that had a lasting influence on popular singers were "Blue Yodel No. 1'', "Brakeman's Blues'', and "My Time Ain't Long''. The Jimmie Rodgers Memorial and Museum in Meridian has exhibits of his guitar, concert clothing, and railroad equipment he used. The week-long festival highlights top musical stars and features a talent contest and a beauty contest.

MAY 26, 1957 SUNDAY

Rockabilly artist Johnny ''Peanuts'' Wilson has his first recording session with producer Norman Petty in Clovis, New Mexico, after leaving Roy Orbison's band. Wilson will write the country hits ''Roses For Mama'' and ''Love The World Away''.

Marty Robbins performs ''A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)'' on ''The Steve Allen Show''. The NBC telecast also features Dean Martin, Martha Raye, Erroll Garner and Andy Griffith.

MAY 27, 1957 MONDAY

Brunswick Records released Buddy Holly's ''That'll Be The Way''.

Ernest Tubb is arrested for carrying a pistol and for drunk and disorderly condect after he fires a shot in the lobby at Nashville's WSM radio.

A 10% tax on reels of blank tape is proposed in the United States Ways and Means Committee. The tax would seek to curb the rise in home tape recording of records.

Johnny Moore, lead singer of the Drifters, is drafted into the Army.

Review from Billboard magazine says ''Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On'' (Sun 267), a recent Billboard talent nomination, Jerry Lee Lewis comes thru with that should be a sure hit, in a driving blues shouter in the typical Sun tradition. The flip ''It'll Be Mine'' rockabilly could go, too, on strength of another top performance and cute lines''.

MAY 28, 1957 TUESDAY

The Louvin Brothers formally resign from the Grand Ole Opry to join The Wheeling Jamboree in West Virginia. When they discover they won't receive as much pay as they expected at The Jamboree, they decide several weeks later to return to the Opry.

Faron Young recorded ''Love Has Finally Come My Way'' at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio in Nashville.

Andy Griffith plays a hobo as the movie ''A Face In The Crowd'' debuts in theaters. Big Jeff Bess, a future co-owner of Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, portrays a sheriff in the picture, which also features Walter Matthau, Burl Ives and comedian Rod Brasfield, who goads Griffith into singing ''Rye Whiskey''.

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STUDIO SESSION FOR JERRY LEE LEWIS
AT THE MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE FOR SUN RECORDS 1957
SUN RECORDING STUDIO
706 UNION AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: PROBLABY MAY 30, 1957
SESSION HOURS: 2PM TO 8PM / SESSION 6
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM C. PHILLIPS
AND/OR JACK CLEMENT

1(1) - "PUMPIN' PIANO ROCK" – B.M.I. - 2:03
Composer: - Jerry Lee Lewis
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None – Unknown Take
Recorded: - Probably May 30, 1957 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - July 1974
First appearance: - Sun International (LP) 33rpm 6467 029-A1 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - ROCKIN" AND FREE
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-2-10 mono
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 - 1963

During the first six months of 1957 Jerry Lee Lewis frequently dipped into his extensive repertoire of halfremembered country and pop songs, including ''My Carolina Sunshine Girl'', ''You Are My Sunshine'', Little Green Valley'' and Ole Pal Of Yesterday'', recording the latter two repeatedly, with as many as nine and four takes respectively of these having been found. (*)

The first of the nine takes of ''Little Green Valley'' stands apart from the rest, featuring as it does Jerry Lee's malapropism ''constellation'' in place of ''consolation'', although the balance of the sound suggests that this might date from a separate occasion than the others. It is equally possible that the distinction, notwithstanding the vocal aberration, is simply down to a re-balancing of the levels at which individual instruments were miked, bringing the piano to the fore on the ensuing majority. Without having any definitive pointers as to when they were recorded it was thought appropriate to present all nine takes en bloc. Leaving aside the atypical first cut, the remaining eight lend themselves to being examined in four pairs. Take 2 and 3 both represent a storming attack on the song. The most obvious points of reference to distinguish one from the other are in the instrumental break; take 2 features a glissando absent from take 3 and, in the first of the two, there's no mention of ''Roland Boy'' until after he has come to the fore, instead of the customary introduction ahead of the solo. (*)

2(1) - "LITTLE GREEN VALLEY" (1) - B.M.I. - 1:52
Composer: - Carson Jay Robison
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Take 1
Recorded: - Probably May 30, 1957 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - July 1974
First appearance: - Sun International (LP) 33rpm 6467 029-B5 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - ROCKIN' AND FREE
Reissued: - October 2015 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-2-28 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

2(2) - "LITTLE GREEN VALLEY" (1) - B.M.I. - 1:51
Composer: - Carson Jay Robison
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Take 2
Recorded: - Probably May 30, 1957 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - January 1983
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 102-2-B6 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE SUN YEARS
Reissued: - October 2015 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-2-29 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

2(3) - "LITTLE GREEN VALLEY" (1) - B.M.I. - 1:53
Composer: - Carson Jay Robison
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Take 3
Recorded: - Probably May 30, 1957 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - October 2015
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-2-30 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

02(4) - "LITTLE GREEN VALLEY" (1) - B.M.I. - 2:09
Composer: - Carson Jay Robison
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Take 4
Recorded: - Probably May 30, 1957 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - October 2015
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-2-31 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

2(5) - "LITTLE GREEN VALLEY" (1) - B.M.I. - 2:04
Composer: - Carson Jay Robison
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Take 5
Recorded: - Probably May 30, 1957 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - September 1989
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-2-8 mono
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 - 1963
Reissued: - October 2015 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-2-32 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

Take 4 and 5 display a lighter touch and the tempo is reduced, the first obvious point of differentiation, revealed in the second of the two, is a brief upward piano figure at 0:36, missing from its predecessor. There's also plenty of evidence in the respective guitar solos of these two to tall them apart; in take 5 Roland Janes invests the ''valley'' with a sunnier, more cheerful outlook. The sixth take stands apart as the only take in the entire series to end with an upward run on the keyboard. Its nearest match is the seventh; in both of these variants the phrase ''…and that's the thought'' at 0:37 is delivered in a higher register than heard previously. (*)

The remaining pair are marked both by the greater prominence of the guitar and by a departure from the established pattern in Jerry Lee's opening, where he helps regulate the rhythm by striking a beat with his left hand in the second bar, repeating a brief ''one-two-three-- pattern. These takes might be assumed to be identical were it not for two factors; one quite obvious, the other less so. In the second of the two takes the guitar is right up front almost from the off, but lest it be supposed this might be an engineered addition, a more telling reference point is at 0:51 on take 8 where there's a descending piano figure that isn't heard on the final attempt. (*)

2(6) - "LITTLE GREEN VALLEY" (1) - B.M.I. - 2:01
Composer: - Carson Jay Robison
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Take 6
Recorded: - Probably May 30, 1957 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - October 2015
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-2-33 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

2(7) - "LITTLE GREEN VALLEY" (1) - B.M.I. - 2:01
Composer: - Carson Jay Robison
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Take 7
Recorded: - Probably May 30, 1957 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - October 2015
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-2-34 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

2(8) - "LITTLE GREEN VALLEY" (1) - B.M.I. - 1:56
Composer: - Carson Jay Robison
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Take 8
Recorded: - Probably May 30, 1957 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - October 2015
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-2-35 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

2(9) - "LITTLE GREEN VALLEY" (1) - B.M.I. - 1:57
Composer: - Carson Jay Robison
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Take 9
Recorded: - Probably May 30, 1957 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - October 2015
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-2-36 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

Carson Jay Robison was an American country music singer and songwriter, he wrote this ''Little Green Valley'', and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded here several takes at Sun Records. Although his impact is generally forgotten today, Robison played a major role in promoting country music in its early years through numerous recordings and radio appearances. He was also known as Charles Robison and sometimes composed under the pseudonym Carlos B. McAfee. Carson Jay Robison was born in Oswego, Kansas. The son of a champion fiddler, he became a professional musician in the American Midwest at the age of 15, primarily as a whistler working with Wendell Hall, "The Red-Headed Music Maker", on the early 1920s music hall circuit. He worked as a singer and whistler at radio station WDAF (Kansas City, Missouri).

In 1924 he moved to New York City and was signed to his first recording contract with the Victor Talking Machine Company. Also that year, Robison started a professional collaboration with Vernon Dalhart, one of the era's most notable singers. Through this relationship, Robison realized huge success, mainly as a songwriter but also as a musician, accompanying Dalhart on guitar, harmonica, whistling, and harmony vocals. In one of their first collaborations, Robison accompanied Dalhart on the landmark recording of "Wreck Of The Old '97" backed with "The Prisoner's Song" (1924), widely regarded as country music's first million-seller. During this period, Robison also became a successful composer of "event" songs, which recounted current events or tragedies in a predictable fashion, usually concluding in a moral lesson. Some popular examples of his topical compositions include "The Wreck of the Number Nine" and "The John T. Scopes Trial", about the famous Scopes Monkey Trial.

In 1928, after Dalhart made a personnel change without consulting Robison, their relationship ended. Although the breakup did not prove lucrative for either artist, Robison continued to record for decades to come. From 1928 to 1931 he teamed with Frank Luther, recording songs for various labels and appearing on WOR radio in New York City. In 1932, he started his own band, Carl Robison's Pioneers (later renamed The Buckaroos), and continued touring and recording through the 1930s and 1940s. It was during this period that Robison made some of the earliest tours of a country musician in the British Isles, appearing there in 1932, 1936, and 1938. According to Billboard, his 1942 recording of the standard "Turkey in the Straw" was that year's top selling country recording. In the late 1940s and early 1950s he appeared on the Grand Ole Opry. His most famous recording was 1948's "Life Gets Tee-Jus Don't It", a worldwide hit for MGM Records. Although he played country music for most of his career, he is also remembered for writing the lyrics for "Barnacle Bill The Sailor" with music composed by Frank Luther. Also, in 1956, he recorded the novelty rock and roll song "Rockin' And Rollin' With Grandmaw''. Robison died in 1957 in Poughkeepsie in New York.

3(1) - "TOMORROW NIGHT" - B.M.I. - 2:55
Composer: - Sam Coslow-Will Grosz - Written in 1939
Publisher: - Bourne Music.
Matrix number: - None - Unknown Take
Recorded: - Probably May 30, 1957 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - July 1974
First appearance: - Sun International (LP) 33rpm 6467 029-A7 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - ROCKIN' AND FREE
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-1-25 mono
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 - 1963

"Tomorrow Night" is a 1939 song written by Sam Coslow and Will Grosz. The same year Horace Heidt peaked at number sixteen with his version of the song. In 1948, Lonnie Johnson had a crossover hit on King Records (Johnson had also previously recorded the song for Paradise records in 1947) with the song, which had Johnson on guitar and Simeon Hatch on piano. Lonnie Johnson's version hit number one on the rhythm and blues charts for seven non consecutive weeks and peaked at number nineteen on the pop chart.

Lonnie Johnson's version of "Tomorrow Night" would become his theme song and transformed the song into a blues standard. Lavern Baker had another hit on it in 1956. The song was recorded by Elvis Presley during his tenure at Sun records. Jerry Lee Lewis also recorded the song here during his time at Sun Records. Bob Dylan recorded the song on his 1992 album ''Good As I Been To You''.

4(1) - "LOVE LETTERS IN THE SAND" – B.M.I. - 2:02
Composer:- Nick & Charles Kenny-J. Fred Coots
Publisher: - Francis Day & Hunter Music
Matrix number: - None - Unknown Take
Recorded: - Probably May 30, 1957 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - January 1983
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 102-2-B5 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE SUN YEARS
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-2-7 mono
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963

At around this time. Jerry Lee performed another 1930s pop song, ''Love Letters In The Sand'', with gently insouciance, probably just as he was loosening up in the studio with a more serious agenda to follow. Pat Boone's version of this topped the United States national charts for five weeks in June and July 1957, a factor that may offer some clues to the time-line of the recording events although it's feasible that Jerry Lee ran through the song while Boone recording was still climbing the Billboard Hot 100, ever ready to adsorb and interpret whatever he was hearing on the radio. Of course it can't be ruled out that he'd known the song long before Pat Boone ever thought to record it.(*)ve Letters In The Sand" is a popular song first published in 1931. The music was written by J. Fred Coots and the lyrics by Nick Kenny and Charles Kenny. The song was "inspired" by an 1881 composition, "The Spanish Cavalier" by William D. Hendrickson. Ted Black's orchestra had the first major hit.

5(1) - "HAND ME DOWN MY WALKING CANE" B.M.I. - 2:18
Composer: - Traditional – Probably by James A. Bland
Publisher: - Robbins Music - Francis Day & Hunter
Matrix number: - None - Unknown Take
Recorded: - Probably May 30, 1957 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - September 1970
First appearance: - Sun International (LP) 33rpm LP 121-B2 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - OLE TYME COUNTRY MUSIC
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-1-16 mono
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963

This song was recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis in his usual upbeat fashion, but when it was written there was no such thing as pumping piano, and the concept of "rocking shoes", which the listener is also asked to hand down, would have left most audiences perplexed.

"Hand Me Down My Walking Cane" is regarded as a traditional song, but its authorship is often attributed to James Bland, spiritual heir of Stephen Foster, the finest minstrel composer of the late 19th Century, and the author of "Carry Me Back To Old Virginny". Bland is credited with writing some seven hundred songs, but copyrighted only about twenty percent of them, an unforgivable sin for the son of a patent lawyer!

Although there appears to be no direct evidence that he wrote the song, his entry in the African American National Biography (by reference librarian William Lichtenwanger), leads to some interesting speculation. Bland crossed the Atlantic with a minstrel troupe, and became a big hit in the British music halls, staying on when the others departed. As well as developing a taste for fine living he mixed with royalty, and is said to have been presented with a gold-headed ebony cane by the Prince of Wales (Edward VII). Could this be the cane alluded to in the song?

The story in the song is not an entirely happy one; although there is no mention either of a white sports coat as in the Jerry Lee Lewis version, the singer asks to be handed down "my bottle o' corn". And unsurprisingly ends up in jail drunk.

Bland suffered a worse fate than jail; although at one point he was said to be earning upwards of ten thousand dollars a year, a staggering sum then even for a college educated black man, he appears to have frittered away his money, and when minstrelsy was eclipsed by Vaudeville he found his talents were no longer in demand. He returned home after the turn of the Century, moving eventually to Philadelphia and died from tuberculosis in both poverty and obscurity on May 6, 1911.

In The Tin Pan Alley Song Encyclopedia, author Thomas Hischak dates "Hand Me Down My Walking Cane" to circa 1865 and refers to it as "a traditional American spiritual that compares dying and going to heaven to grabbing a cane and catching the midnight train now that 'all my sins are taken away'". If this is indeed, the case, it rules out James Bland as the author, as he was not born until 1854. Thanks, Alexander Baron, London, England, for all above.

6(1) - "YOU WIN AGAIN" (1) - B.M.I. - 2:03
Composer: - Hank Williams
Publisher: - Chappell Music, Inc
Matrix number: - None – Fast Take 1
Recorded: - Probably May 30, 1957 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - April 1993
First appearance: - Charly Records (CD) 500/22rpm Sunbox 4-9-2 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE ULTIMATE - THE SUN YEARS
Reissued: - October 2015 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-3-2 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

"You Win Again" is a 1952 song written by Hank Williams. In style, the song is a blues ballad and deals with the singer's despair with his partner. The song has been widely covered, including versions of, Roy Orbison, the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones. Jerry Lee Lewis recorded several versions of the song at Sun Records.

Hank Williams recorded "You Win Again" on July 11, 1952, one day after his divorce from Audrey Williams was finalized. Like "Cold, Cold Heart," the song was no doubt inspired by his tumultuous relationship with his ex-wife, as biographer Colin Escott observes: "It might have been no more than coincidence, but, in the absence of hard evidence to the contrary, the songs cut that day after Hank's divorce seem like pages torn from his diary... Its theme of betrayal had grown old years before Hank tackled it, but, drawing from his bottomless well of resentment, he gave it a freshness bordering on topicality''.

In Williams' original draft, the song had been titled "I Lose Again" but was reversed at producer Fred Rose's insistence. The song's memorable opening line, "The news is out all over town'', begins the story of an utterly defeated narrator who cannot bring himself to leave his love despite her infidelities. It was recorded at Castle Studio in Nashville with Jerry Rivers (fiddle), Don Helms (steel guitar), and Harold Bradley (rhythm guitar), while it is speculated that Chet Atkins played lead guitar and Ernie Newton played bass.

Hank Williams' "You Win Again" was released as the B-side to "Settin' the Woods On Fire'', primarily because uptempo, danceable numbers were preferable as A-sides for radio play and for the valuable jukebox trade. Nonetheless, "You Win Again" peaked at number ten on the Most Played in Country &Western Juke Boxes chart, where it remained for a single week.

6(2) - "YOU WIN AGAIN" (1) - B.M.I. - 2:05
Composer: - Hank Williams
Publisher: - Chappell Music, Inc
Matrix number: - None – Fast Take 2
Recorded: - Probably May 30, 1957 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - January 1983
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 102-2-B4 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE SUN YEARS
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-2-6 mono
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 - 1963

Another song from this session worth noting the development of is ''You Win Again'', ultimately chosen for release as one side of the next single. Jerry Lee Lewis' earliest portrayals here utilise the ''pumping piano'' in full measure, firmly distancing these from the plaintive heartbreak ballad as written which, until Lewis eventually made a hit out of it, had been one of the lesser lights in Hank Williams' oeuvre. In these early takes, rather than lamenting the loss of affection, it's almost as if Jerry Lee is saying, ''who cares, anyway''? There was clearly no serious intent to make a record in this style for commercial release; the likelihood is that the song was being used as a warming up exercise. There's not a great deal to serve to distinguish between the three ''fast'' takes of ''You Win Again''. In the first, Jerry Lee starts his vocal at the end of the second bar of the intro as opposed to doing so in the third bar of the remaining two, while take two incorporate a gratuitous ''here'' after the word ''out'' in the second line. As usual, each piano solo proceeds along its own spontaneous course.(*)

6(3) - "YOU WIN AGAIN" (1) - B.M.I. - 2:05
Composer: - Hank Williams
Publisher: - Chappell Music, Inc
Matrix number: - None – False Start - Fast Take 3
Recorded: - Probably May 30, 1957 - Not Originally Issued
Released: Released: - November 1986
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 106-8-2 mono
SUN RECORDS - THE ROCKING YEARS - WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN'
Reissued: - October 2015 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-3-4 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS

Jerry actually recorded ''You Win Again'' at two 1957 Sun sessions; initially he taped three inappropriate fast takes, and then a few weeks later cut the more well-known slower version. The fast takes stayed in the can for over a quarter of a century, with the first of these being issued on ''The Sun Years'' box-set in 1983, while the slower cut (with a tasteful male vocal group overdub) was issued as the B-side to ''Great Balls Of Fire'' (in the United Kingdom it was even issued as an A-side in it’s own right but sadly sold poorly). The 1963 recut reinstates the final verse that Jerry didn’t sing on the Sun single, and the fuller backing (including girly singers & strings) perfectly suits the material.

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal and Piano
Roland Janes - Guitar
Jay W. Brown – Bass
Jimmy M. Van Eaton – Drums

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MID-SUMMER 1957

Sun Records released a most unexpected trio of country records. Mack Self's "Everyday", Carl Perkins' "Forever Yours", and this, the most beautiful and haunting of all.

After listening to Ernie Chaffin's first Sun outling (SUN 262), it was hard to imagine that room remained for improvement. But Chaffin bettered his glorious debut here.

MAY 31, 1957 FRIDAY

Jim Reeves recorded ''Young Hearts'' and ''I Heard A Heart Break Last Night'' in an overnight session at RCA's Nashville studios, at the Methodist Television, Radio and Film Commission.

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