© 1993 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15708 (1-2) mono digital
EDDIE BOND - ROCKIN' DADDY
2 Compact disc set. An Bear Family Special Product. Yellow
label. Have circle of musical notes and staff around the entire label, with excepted of the bar wherein "Memphis, Tennessee" appear. The letters SUN with sun rays pressed in light brown at the top of the label.
Bear Family logo left from the center on the disc. On the back cover Bear Family logo at bottom, catalog number in upper right. Contains Eddie Bond's complete Ekko and Sun recordings, many of them previously unissued with studio chatter.
Also included in the boxed set, 18-page booklet biography, with liner notes by Howard Cockburn. The booklet also features previously unpublished photos and a detailed session file information by Howard Cockburn, Colin Escott and Richard Weize.
Matthews, Dee Kilpatrick, Pappy Daily, Jack Clement,
Len Rossi, Eddie Bond
Howard Cockburn, Colin Escott,
Photos and Illustrations
Andreas, Colin Esott, The Showtime Archive (Toronto),
Eddie Bond, Trevor Cajiao, Dave Travis
Disc 1 Contains
1 - Double Duty Lovin' (1955)
2 - Talking
Off The Wall (1955)
3 - Love Makes A Fool (Everyday) (1955)
4 - Your Eyes (1955)
5 - I Got A Woman (1956)
6 - Rockin' Daddy (1956)
7 - Slip, Slip Slippin' In (1956)
8 - Baby, Baby, Baby (What Am I Gonna Do) (1956)
- Flip, Flop Mama (1956)
10 - Boppin' Bonnie (1956)
11 - You're Part Of Me (1957)
12 - King On Your Throne (1993)
13 - They Say We're Too Young (1957)
- Backslidin' (1957)
15 - Love, Love, Love (1957)
16 - Loving' You, Lovin' You (1957)
17 - Hershet Bar (1957)
18 - One Step Close To You (1960)
19 - Show
Me (Without Sax) (1978)
20 - Broke My Guitar (1978)
21 - This Old Heart Of Mine (1975)
22 - Show Me (With Sax) (1978)
1-4 Original Ekko Recordings
5-18 Original Mercury
19-22 Original Sun Recordings
Disc 2 Contains
1 - One
More Memory (1993)
2 - I Can't Quit (1975)
3 - My Bucket's Got A Hole In It (1993)
4 - Back Home In Indiana (Instrumental) (1993)
5 - They'll Never Take Her Love From Me (1993)
- The Day I Found You (1991)
7 - Standing In The Window (1991)
8 - Back Street Affair (1972)
9 - Our Secret Rendezvous (1993)
10 - Your Eyes (1993)
11 - Double Duty
12 - I'd Just Be Fool Enough (1993)
13 - You Nearly Lose Your Mind (1993)
14 - I Thought I Heard You Call My Name (1993)
15 - Big Boss Man (1993)
16 - Rockin'
17 - In My Solitude (1993)
18 - Most Of All I Want To See Jesus (1966)
19 - Where Could I Go But To The Lord (1966)
20 - Satisfied (1966)
21 - Where They
Ring Those Golden Bells (1966)
22 - If We Never Meet Again (1966)
23 - Will I Be Lost Or Will I Be Saved (1966)
24 - Just A Closer Walk With Thee (1966)
25 - Pass Me Not, Oh Gentle Saviour
26 - I Saw The Light (1966)
27 - Letter
To God (1966)
28 - Precious Memories (1966)
29 - Hallelujah Way (1966)
1-29 Original Sun/Phillips Intenational Recordings
© Original Sun Recordings, licensed from Sun Entertainment, Inc.
Eddie Bond's Sun/PI recordings can be heard on his playlists
from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on > YouTube <
EDDIE BOND - Country and rockabilly singer, disc jockey, promotor,
radio and televisionstation impresario, song-writer, charity worker and law enforcement officer, all parts of themulti-faceted person that is Eddie Bond. For over forty years now he been completelyimmersed in the southern musical culture that spawned the likes
of Elvis Presley, JohnnyCash, Roy Orbison et all. Whether he is performing in Memphis, Tennessee, Drew, Mississippior prudhoe, Tyne and Wear, England, Eddie Bond continues to be a living embodiment of thetraditional sounds of country and authentic rockabilly
Born in Methodist Hospital, Memphis, on July 1, 1923, Eddie James Bond
grew up in anessential non-musical family, which still provided some encouragement to the young memberof the family who, at the age of eight, had put together enough nickels and dimes to buy hisfirst guitar. His initial interest had been aroused by listening
to Roy Acuff and Ernest Tubbwho, at the time, the early 40s, were widely heard on the radio and records; his early experience of performing developed through his teenage years as he gigged around the beerjoints of Memphis.
On leaving school in 1950, he held down a variety of jobs including furniture factory worker,paint sprayer and, a job common amongst Memphis rockabillies, truck driver.
After aneighteen month stint in the Navy, Bond returned to work in paint, this time selling notsprying. The time had now moved on to 1952 and the formation of his band the Stomperstook place over the ensuing months. Well-known members would be Reggie Young,
John Hughey, Jimmy Smith and Johnny Fine. Earlier incarnations of the band had included RonaldSmith, Enio Hopkins, Curtis Lee Alderson and future Musical Warriot for Charlie Feathers,Jody Chastain there led to occasional work with Elvis Presley.
The rounds of the South and Southwest were made taking in Tucson, Arizona, Birmingham,Alabama and Dexter, Missouri, where Eddie and the Stompers
together with Roy Orbison andthe Teen Kings and Narvel Felts with Jerry Mercer's Rhythm and Blues Boys played on top ofa concession stand at the local drive-in a typical for the priode 1954-1956.
Following failed auditions at Sun Records and Meteor, Eddie secured a recording deal withEkko Records which, although an Los Angeles company, had a Memphis office which waslocated at 36 North
Cleveland. Although not certain. Eddie now believes the Ekko sessionwas held at a Murray Nash Associates-connected studio in Nashville. No fabulous sales wereachieved but they formed the basis for the next session which saw Eddie move further towards the big-time
and a major label deal for Mercury Records.
Other developments during this time including appearances on the Louisiana Hayridealongside
Johnny Horton, Elvis Presley and Sonny James, and further touring alongside CarlPerkins, Johnny Cash, Harold Jenkins (later to become Conway Twitty), and CharlieFeathers.
Concurrently a move to develop links with radio were set up when the Eddie Bond Show wastransmitted on KWEM, beginning a relationship with the airwaves that continues today. Sonow touring was joined by broadcasting
as well as recording in the continually broadening ofthe Bond career. At the same time Eddie signed with Bob Neal's Stars Inc., then looking afterthe interests of Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash with Warren Smith and Roy Orbison soon to beadded to the ranks.
Four sessions were recorded for Mercury Records, the first of which he poses a mystery.Held at WMPS in Memphis, and produced by Mercury artists
and repertoire man, DeeKilpatrick, four songs were recorded but only two were issued on Mercury. Nashville was the location of the next session that produced Bond's strongest rockabillyperformances used by Mercury on two singles in June and September of 1956,
which soldwell enough for Mercury to organise two more sessions held in Houston, Texas in 1957.
Following the Mercury deal, Eddie
began label-hopping through the South, particularlyaround Memphis. First stop was 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, where Jack Clementproduced three titles.
None were issued at the time having to wait for the rockabilly revivaland subsequent glut of compilations released in the 1970s and 1980s. There followed aplethora of recordings for "D", Stomper Time, Wildcat, MCCR, Decca (through his
friend WebbPierce), and United Southern Artists. All were basically country releases.
Early 1962 saw Eddie back in Memphis recording
at the 639 Madison Avenue or re nearlythirty sides were recorded for Sun during January and February, and gospel items wereeventually used on an album in 1963. Although not strictly recorded by Sun or PhillipsInternational, these recordings were all bought
in and have been embraced as Sun tracks asa result of the Phillips International album release.
Further stopping-off places on the
label circuit included Memphis, Pen (leased on Decca),Diplomat, Millionaire, Goldwax, Memphis, MCCR and Tab, which took Eddie to the end of thesixties during which time he had expanded his radio operations and achieved great successby increasing his listening
audience noticeably to the extent that a 64% share was achievedand a plaque presented to him by Billboard to honour the achievement.
Tap recordings of 1969 inaugurated the Buford Pusser Years, when Eddie was involved inwriting and recording about the dubious character of Sheriff Pusser who became a southernhero when Hollywood portrayed him in the film Walkin' Tall. Bond later admitted to
havingmixed feelings on the subject but there was a certain fame that was achieved through theassociation. Many country fans were first introduced to the exploits of Buford Pusser through the recordings of Eddie Bond. In the wake of his meetings and ventures
with Pusser, theoffice of Chief of Police in Finger, Tennessee, was achieved by Eddie Bond. Coincidentally,Finger was the birthplace of Buford Pusser himself!
The following years saw more country sessions on Tap in the States and, following the firstUnited Kingdom visit in 1982, rockabilly recordings were issued on Rockhouse Records inHolland produced by Dave Travis, whose band always supports
Bond on tour, as was the casein 1982, 1985 and 1992.
The retrospective of his associations with Ekko, Mercury, Sun and Phillips
International,documents his genesis as a country and rockabilly singer, a role perfected over his longcareer in the recording and broadcasting industry.
One of the first clubs that Eddie Bond hired Elvis Presley to play was at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Hall in nearby Hernando, Mississippi, rural town, half an hour from Memphis. Hernando was home to a long, white VFW building
with a huge parking lot, one often used by moonshine whisky drinkers. It was located on the outskirts of town and, according to Bond, "drew a hell of a crowd".
Saturday night dances were a tradition, and people of all ages showed up for the music. The young men dressed up and the girls had on their finest dresses. At intermission time, theparking lot was filled with refreshment seekers. "Elvis
Presley was nervous that hot summer night in Hernando", Edythm Peeler, a local resident recalled. "He wore a pair of faded blue jeans and a plaid jacket. We had no idea who he was". "They surrounded him at the intermission. He sure was a good-looking boy.
Now that I recall, I also liked his singing". Comments like these were repeated by a number of other Hernando residents, all of whom had found memories of the night Elvis Presley performed in their little white VFW Hall. Elvis' appearance with the band provided
some insights into his future career. When Elvis Presley arrived in Hernando and got out of his car, he was horrified at the dance site. "Elvis' hand't played any country honky-tonks", Eddie Bond recalled. "He was stunned by the drinking in the parking lot".
Moonshine whisky was in abundance and it was not unusual for a gun to fire followed by a rebel yell. The VFW dance was a place where the farmer, the small businessman, and local workers could let loose. Young girls, not so young women with big breasts, and
the traditional-looking army couple crowded the dance floor. To Elvis Presley, it was a strange environment to sing romantic ballads. Elvis Presley told Eddie Bond that he would convert the crowd to his kind of music. Bond had no idea what Elvis Presley meant.
When Elvis performed Guy Mitchell's 1950 classic "The Roving Kind" and Johnny Ray's 1951 hit "The Little White Cloud That Cried", it was clear that he selected songs the locals liked. "I saw those tunes on the jukebox inside the hall. I knew those folks would
like those songs", he told Eddie Bond.
During his performances, Elvis Presley sang two sets of songs. No one was really sure why
Elvis repeated his songs, considering how many he knew. The reason was simply. He used these small shows to perfect his delivery of a particular tune. Since he favoured pop ballads, no one really cared if Elvis sang a song more than once - he was able to work
the girls into a frenzy with anything he sang. What it amounted to, though, was that long before Elvis became the first rock and roll superstar, he was consciously practising the act that would take him to the pinnacle of show business success.
Through it all, the consensus is that Eddie Bond made more friends than enemies. In the late 1990s, he moved east to Bolivar, Tennessee where he
opened a store and a club that he was anxious to mention was not a nightclub. Morbidly obese, Bond moved to an assisted living facility for a time.
On Wednesday morning, March 20, 2013, Eddie Bond died from complications of Alzheimer's disease and dementia at his home in Bolivar, Tennessee, at the age of 79.
© - 706 UNION AVENUE SESSIONS - ©