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1963 SESSIONS 1-6
January 1, 1963 to June 30, 1963
 
Studio Session for Narvel Felts, Early 1963 / Renay Records
Studio Session for Hayden Thompson, 1963 (1) / Demo
Studio Session for Hayden Thompson, 1963 (2) / Demo
Studio Session for Mack Self, 1963 / Zone Records
Studio Session for The Four Upsetters, January 15, (1) 1963 / Sun Records
Studio Session for The Four Upsetters, January 15, (2) 1963 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Jerry Lee Lewis & Linda Gail Lewis, March 11, 1963 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Narvel Felts, March 1963 / Renay Records
Studio Session for Bill Yates, May 10, 1963 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Jeanne Newman, June 5, 1963 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Tony Rossini, June 10, 1963 / Sun Records
Studio Session for The Four Upsetters, June 30, 1963 / Sun Records

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1963

The biggest news from 1963 was the assassination of the US President Kennedy on November 22, 1963 which thrust Lyndon Johnson into the role of president and the murder two days later of Lee Harvey Oswald by nightclub owner Jack Ruby. This was a difficult time to become president with the mounting troubles in Vietnam where the Viet Cong Guerrillas had now killed 80 American Advisers and the continued campaign for civil rights by the black community caused violent reactions from whites including Mississippi, Virginia and Alabama where the black civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr was arrested. Films included "The Birds" and "The Great Escape" and popular TV programmes "The Virginian" and "Lassie". ladies fashion clothes and hairstyles included fur boots and towering hair do's for evening wear. In music the beginning of Beatlemania after they release "I Want To Hold Your Hand/I Saw Her Standing There" and "Meet the Beatles".

World Religions status: 890 million Christians, 200 million Buddhists, 365 million Hindus, 13 million Jews.

The Perry Como Show featuring Perry Como was a variety show which ran first as "Perry" on NBC filmed live from the "Chesterfield Supper Club" in 1948. The show moved slots and Times over the year featuring the music of Perry Como and the other popular stars of the day and finally ended this year in 1963.     

1963

Percy Mayfield from Minden, in northwest Louisiana, released ''River's Invitation'', and Dale and Grace take the swamp-pop classic ''I'm Leaving It Up To You'' to the top of the pop charts and appear on American Bandstand.

Surf-rock lands dozens of guitar led instrumentals on the charts while the Beach Boys   dominate the airwaves with a string of hit singles and three Top Ten albums in this year   alone and are joined on the scene by Jan & Dean who notch the only surf rock number 1 hit   with "Surf City".

The Girl Group sound explodes as Phil Spector becomes the dominant producer in rock   churning out hits by the Ronettes, Crystals and Darlene Love, while others such as Lesley   Gore and The Chiffons top the charts as well.

Motown leads a revitalization of rhythm and blues with huge successes by Martha & The   Vandellas, The Miracles, Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye and the first hit by the 12 year genius   "Little" Stevie Wonder.

James Brown's album "Live At The Apollo" becomes the first LP by a pure rhythm and blues   artist to hit the Top Five on the album charts and introduces the chitlin' circuit show and raw   soul music to America.

Wolfman Jack begins broadcasting via a half million watt radio station, XERF out of Mexico.   The powerful "border radio" stations are famous for their wild on-air activities and powerful   broadcast signals that allow them to be heard across the entire North American continent,   making Wolfman Jack the most famous rock and roll disc jockey in the world.

Early records by a British group called the Beatles fail to make an impact in America when   they are released by various companies who note the limited interest and decline to pick up   their distribution option.
1963

Encouraged by Chet Atkins, Charlie Rich departs for RCA's Groove ancillary. Jerry Lee Lewis   does the same (via Frank Casone) in September, heading for Mercury's Smash label.

Carl Mann quits town to join the military and Phillips International is wound down, after   pressure from the Philips Electronic group in Holland.

Surf music rules the airwaves.

Little Stevie Wonder recorded his first number 1 hit, "Fingertips Potion Number 2''.

Philips introduced the Music-cassette at the Berlin Funkaustellung.

Mississippi John Hurt, assumed to be deceased by many, is found living in Avalon, Mississippi.   Still playing and singing his folk-blues in the same manner as he did in 1928 , he is asked to   tour. Hurt, the first of the 'rediscovered' early blues artists, was a big success on the   coffeehouse and folk festival circuit until his death in 1966.

1963

By 1963, former Sun artist Billy Emerson was back in Chicago on George Leana's label M-Pac.   ''The Wip'' was a dance record, about which he said, ''the first day out, it just jumped off the   wall. It was a big seller in several markets; it was a good record for me''. The next couple of   years saw him with other local labels, like Chirrup and Constellation. He was also   consolidating his club reputation and getting involved in production.

He was still performing regularly, either as a solo or with a revue type of show headed   jointly by a female singer. According to an ad in the Appleton Post-Crescent on April 28,   1964, ''Billy the kid Emerson and his houseshakers are beginning tonight at the Town Club''.   The club was set to ''shake shake' with Miss Houseshaker herself, Satin Tilla''.

1963

David Houston's ''Sherry's Lips'' b/w ''Miss Brown'' (PI 3583) is issued on Phillips International, although his recordings were made in Nashville studio a year earlier. The disc is reissued on Sun in 1966.

The singles, PI 3584 ''There's Another Place I Can't Go'' b/w ''I Need Your Love'' by Charlie Rich and PI 3586 ''Times Sho' Gettin' Ruff'' b/w ''Softie'' by The Quintones issued.
JANUARY/APRIL 1963

Jerry Lee Lewis for several tours in the United States with Linda Gail Lewis joining the band.
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Narvel Felts' ''Private Detective'', ''Get On The Right Track, Baby'', ''What You're Doing To Me'', ''Sad And Blue'', ''Love Is Gone'', and ''Return'' all these tracks from 1962 or 1963 and represent demos of Felts-penned tunes, or, in the case of the Titus Turner song ''Right Track'', a number that went down well on club dates and   was for consideration as a single.

Session Published for Historical Reasons

STUDIO SESSION FOR NARVEL FELTS
FOR RENAY RECORDS 1963

SONIC RECORDING STUDIO
1692 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
STUDIO SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE EARLY 1963
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - ROLAND JANES

01 - ''PRIVATE DETECTIVE''' - B.M.I. - 2:12
Composer: - Narvel Felts
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date Fall Early 1963
Released: - 1990
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15515-25 mono
NARVEL FELTS - MEMPHIS DAYS

02 - ''THEN I'LL GO''' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Narvel Felts-J.W. Grubbs
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date Fall Early 1963

03 – ''IF I DIDN'T HAVE YOU''' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Narvel Felts
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date Fall Early 1963

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Narvel Felts - Vocal & Guitar
J.W. Grubbs – Bass
Matt Lucas - Drums
 
For Biography of Narvel Felts see: > The Sun Biographies <

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Session Published for Historical Reasons

STUDIO SESSION FOR HAYDEN THOMPSON

SONIC RECORDING STUDIO
1692 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
STUDIO SESSION : UNKNOWN DATE 1963
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - ROLAND JANES

The late 1950s and early 1960s saw a significant revival in folk songs or pseudofolk songs, and although much has been made over the years of Hayden's ability to rock and roll, in fact his voice was ideally suited to folk material. During the period he was to-ing and fro-ing between Chicago and the Sonic studio in Memphis, he wrote and recorded a number of vocal and guitar demos of folk-sounding songs.

01 – ''THIS OLD WINDY CITY'' – B.M.I. - 2:12
Composer: Hayden Thompson
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1963
Released: - 1988
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15263-17 mono
HAYDEN THOMPSON – FAIRLANE ROCK
Reissued – 2008 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16131-20 mono
HAYDEN THOMPSON – THE SUN YEARS PLUS

''This Old Windy City'' is a beautiful lyric and a memorable melody, and the mid-pace ballad style suits Hayden's voice perfectly. According to Hayden's song, the old windy city that can be mighty pretty when you're walking hand in hand with the one you love, just has no pity when you're all alone without a girl, alone in this world. The song is at once mournful p it's winter in Chicago and shoppers are preparing for the holidays, maybe Thanksgiving or maybe Christmas – but hopeful, too, because there is the ''chance that you might meet some little gal that you might call your own''.

''Lonely For My Baby'' is another ballad with an engaging tune and some better-than-ordinary lyrics for a love song. However, it is just a short and unfinished demo that needed more verses. It's one of a number of songs that could easily have given Hayden a successful song-writing career if he had chosen and known how to really go into that end of the business.

On ''Train From Chicago, Hayden sings in a confidential and resigned manner; his girl no longer waits for him, but his family will welcome him home even though he's ''been gone too long''. Sixteen dollars eighty eight would buy him the ticket he craves, back to Tennessee, ''but I don't have a dime''. ''That song was from the heart'', he told Martin Hawkins; ''I wrote it when I was up north, broke and homesick, and thinking about
Booneville''.

02 – ''LONELY FOR MY BABY'' – B.M.I. - 1:21
Composer: Hayden Thompson
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1963
Released: - 1988
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15263-16 mono
HAYDEN THOMPSON – FAIRLANE ROCK
Reissued – 2008 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16131-21 mono
HAYDEN THOMPSON – THE SUN YEARS PLUS

03 – ''TRAIN FROM CHICAGO'' – B.M.I. - 2:50
Composer: Hayden Thompson
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1963
Released: - 1988
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15263-15 mono
HAYDEN THOMPSON – FAIRLANE ROCK
Reissued – 2008 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16131-23 mono
HAYDEN THOMPSON – THE SUN YEARS PLUS

04 – ''FOUR SEASONS OF LIFE'' – B.M.I.
Composer: Hayden Thompson
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1963
Released: - 1988
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15263-10 mono
HAYDEN THOMPSON – FAIRLANE ROCK

05 – ''LIKE YOU BROKE MINE'' – B.M.I.
Composer: Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1963

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Hayden Thompson – Vocal & Acoustic Guitar
More Details Unknown

1965 – 1975 - Hayden Thompson recorded a number of sessions in Chicago and Nashville for release on the Kapp, Brave, Extremely Brave, Nashville North and HT labels.

1984 – 2007 - Hayden Thompson recorded a number of albums in Europe and Scandinavia for release there, along with a session in Chicago for the St. George label. His latest CD is just called ''Hayden Thompson'' on Bluelight Records.
 
For Biography of Hayden Thompson see: > The Sun Biographies <

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Session Published for Historical Reasons

STUDIO SESSION FOR HAYDEN THOMPSON

SONIC RECORDING STUDIO
1692 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
RITA SESSION : UNKNOWN DATE 1963
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - ROLAND JANES
AND/OR JACK CLEMENT

Another Sonic session in 1963 was based on another different sound for Hayden Thompson, featuring an organ on ''I Guess I'd Better Be Moving Along''. This was not dissimilar to the music being made by the Bill Black Combo, the successful group for which Hayden had tried out as vocalist.

The late 1950s and early 1960s saw a significant revival in folk songs or pseudo-folk songs, and although much has been made over the years of Hayden's ability to rock and roll, in fact his voice was ideally suited to folk material. During the period he was to-ing and fro-ing between Chicago and the Sonic studio in Memphis, Hayden wrote and recorded a number of vocal and guitar demos of folk-sounding songs.

01 – ''I GUESS I'D BETTER BE MOVING ALONG'' – B.M.I. - 2:02
Composer: - Hayden Thompson
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1963
Released: - 1988
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15263-13 mono
HAYDEN THOMPSON – FAIRLANE ROCK
Reissued: - 2008 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16131-19 mono
HAYDEN THOMPSON – THE SUN YEARS PLUS

02 – ''YOU'RE GOING TO BE HEARING FROM ME'' – B.M.I.
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1963
Released: - 1988
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15263 mono
HAYDEN THOMPSON – FAIRLANE ROCK

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Hayden Thompson – Vocal & Acoustic Guitar
Travis Wammack - Guitar
Prentiss McPhail – Bass
Danny Taylor – Drums
Tommy Bennett - Piano
James Luther Crabb - Organ
 
For Biography of Hayden Thompson see: > The Sun Biographies <

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In the mid-1960s Hayden Thompson did get a break but with a new style of updated country  music. He had become disillusioned in 1964 and virtually gave up music for a while. Then, in  1965, there seemed to be an injection of new enthusiasm for country music in the Chicago  area, and local WJJD disc jockey Don Chapman helped Hayden get a gig at the new 1400 seat  Rivoli Ballroom, where he witnessed the west coast wave of country singers like Buck Owens  and Merle Haggard play to great acclaim. He decided to take some new songs and a new style  into the Hall Studio, and in 1965 he recorded ''$16.88””, previously called ''Train From  Chicago''.

Don Chapman produced the session and helped Hayden connect with a major  label, Kapp Records, who issued three singles by him and called him to Nashville to make the  balance of songs for his first LP record, ''Here's Hayden Thompson'', issued in 1966.

The LP  was produced by legendary Decca producer, Paul Cohen, and on the back of his exposure on  Kapp Hayden secured himself three appearances on the Grand Ole Opry show in Nashville.  Hayden was also pitching songs to other artists and his song ''Drive Me Out Of My Mind'' was  recorded by Charlie Louvin, a singer that a young teenage Hayden Thompson had first heard  on Memphis radio as half of the popular Louvin Brothers.

Neither the Kapp LP nor Hayden's song writing brought in a lot of cash, and then in 1967 the  Rivoli closed. Hayden was by now married, and he again decided to put music into second  place and start a career as a cab and limousine driver in the Chicago area. He still played the  occasional country show and a friend and former recording artist named Brien Fisher  recorded several country singles by Hayden on his Nashville North and Brave labels. Once  again, these discs failed to make a commercial breakthrough, something Fisher  acknowledged when issuing one of them on a label called, not just Brave, but Extremely  Brave. When Fisher ran out of support for him, Hayden issued a single on his own HT label in  1975. After that, as he told writer Randy McNutt, ''Around 1976, I just got tired of it all and  hung up the guitar and called it quits. Or so I thought''.

Hayden Thompson's rebirth as a performer came on the back of a wave of enthusiasm in  Europe for old style rock and roll and rockabilly music. His ''Love My Baby'' had become an  underground classic in record collector circles and at specialized rock and roll dance halls  and shows. At first Hayden was sceptical about the various visits and calls he received from  fans and promotors overseas, and rightly so because it was difficult for retired American  singers to understand that this was only ever a small minority music in Europe despite the  impression the singer could easily gain from the enthusiasts who appeared on his doorstep.  Besides, there was that little matter of not having had a hit to revive.

Eventually, though, in 1984 Hayden decided to test the water in Europe and this led to a  number of tours that doubled as paid vacations and the chance to revive some of the  memories of the heady early days of rock and roll. The European experience encouraged  Hayden to play occasionally at home, too, and revivalist rocking bands like the Rebel  Rousers and Bud Hudson and the Hornets sought him out to sing with them. He told George  Hansen in 1996, ''I would like to have been able to make my living out of music, and you  would think that somewhere along the way I could have connected with something, bit it  just didn't happen. But the chance to go over to Europe and relive some of this and turn  back time has been nice, and I've had a lot of fun. I'll keep hanging in there''.

A decade on, and Hayden is still touring Europe, still hanging in there, in fact still very much  appreciated and in demand and he's still making records. He recorded a CD in 2005  recreating the Rockabilly Rhythm for the St. George label back home, but his latest new  recording was made with a band in Finland and Hayden is proud that at his age the CD has  ''had the best reviews I've had in my career''He's recorded ''$16.88'' on the CD and he's very  aware that he wrote the songs over forty years ago. ''One of these days'', he says, ''it'll be a  hit''.

Back home in Wheeling, Illinois, Hayden lives with his wife, Georgia, and is still promoting  his music to anyone who is interested. He is a friendly, self-aware, and quietly humorous  person, very proud of his own music, pleased to be acknowledged as a keeper of the flame  of early rock and roll, but still frustrated that his career didn't take off in the days when it  really mattered to him.
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Session Published for Historical Reasons

STUDIO SESSION FOR MACK SELF
 
AMERICAN SOUND STUDIO
827 THOMAS AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
ZONE SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE 1963
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – CHIPS MOMAN

01 – ''RIVER OF LOVE'' – B.M.I.
Composer: - Mack Self
Publisher: - M. E. Ellis Music
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1963
Released: - 1975
First appearance: - Bopcat Records Netherlands (LP) 33rpm Bopcat LP 300 mono
I'M MOVING ON

02 – ''UNKNOWN TITLE''

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Mack Self – Vocal & Guitar
Red Baker – Lead Guitar
John Hughey – Steel Guitar
Billy Self – Bass
Oreo Jaco – Drums
Ray Hughey - Piano
 
For Biography of Mack Self see: > The Sun Biographies <

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JANUARY 1963

In January 1963 Stax released Rufus Thomas singing ''The Dog'', a dance tune he'd worked up  after watching a girl dancing at a show in Millington. Tennessee.

The song made number 22  in the rhythm and blues charts and was followed the next year by ''Walking The Dog'', a  number five rhythm and blues hit that also made the popular top ten in November 1963. It  had taken ten years, but the entertaining man with the animal songs was back - and bigger  than ever.
 
Rufus had other hits at Stax, but often said he didn't really fit into their operation. ''I wasn't  happy with the material they kept coming up with. They are great guys but they can't write  or produce the song I need. The MGs are incredibly talented musicians but they have their  style and they tended to imprint it loo heavily on my recordings''. Nevertheless, in 1970 he  had another number five rhythm and blues hit with another improvised dance tune, this  time made up at a club in Covington, Tennessee, titled ''Do The Funky Chicken''. Then at the  start of 1971 Rufus registered his first number one rhythm and blues hit with ''Do The Push  And Pull''. It was followed with the almost as successful number two hit ''The Breakdown''.  He continued to register smaller hits well into the 1970s, twenty-five years after he had  started his recording career, and to make well-received CD albums for many years after that.  On the back of his1960s hits, Rufus started to take his entertaining show out of Memphis,  including to Europe.
 
JANUARY 1, 1963 TUESDAY

Johnny Cash makes a return visit to perform at San Quentin prison in California, appearing with June Carter.

Ole Miss defeats the Arkansas Razorbacks, 17-13, at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans' Tulane Stadium. Rebels quarterback Jim Weatherly goes on to write the country hit ''Where Do I Put Her Memory''.

JANUARY 3, 1963 THURSDAY

Don Gibson recorded ''Head Over Heels In Love With You'' during a morning at Nashville's RCA Studio B.

JANUARY 5, 1963 SATURDAY

Six months after he was snubbed by Bill Monroe, Ralph Rinxler is reintroduced to the bluegrass legend at a party in New York. By the end of the evening, Rinzler is Monroe's manager, in charge of resurrecting his career.

JANUARY 7, 1963 MONDAY

Decca Records released Patsy Cline's ''Leavin' On Your Mind'', and Webb Pierce's ''Sawmill''. 

Marty Robbins recorded ''Cigarettes And Coffee Blues'' during an evening session at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. He also makes his first attempt at ''Girl From Spanish Town''.

Skeeter Davis recorded ''Silver Threads And Golden Needles''. The song is destined to become a country hit in the hands of Linda Ronstadt.
JANUARY 8, 1963 TUESDAY

George Jones and Melba Montgomery recorded ''We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds'' at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.

JANUARY 9, 1963 WEDNESDAY

Skeeter Davis recorded ''I'm Saving My Love''.

JANUARY 10, 1963 THURSDAY

Hank Snow recorded ''The Man Who Robbed The Bank At Santa Fe'''in the evening at Nashville's RCA Studio B.

JANUARY 11, 1963 FRIDAY

Teenager Priscilla Beaulieu flies back to West Germany after visiting Elvis Presley at Graceland Mansion for an extended stay, with her parents approval.

JANUARY 12, 1963 SATURDAY

The Everly Brothers' Phil Everly marries Jacqualine Ertel at the Little Church Around The Corner in New York City.

JANUARY 13, 1963 SUNDAY

Brenda Lee makes her third appearance on CBS-TV's ''The Ed Sullivan Show'', singing ''All Alone Am I''.

JANUARY 14, 1963 MONDAY

Drummer Charlie Watts plays his first show with The Rolling Stones at The Flamingo in London. The band goes on to cut ''Honky Tonk Women'', ranked among country's 500 greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation's ''Heartaches By The Number'' book.
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STUDIO SESSION FOR THE FOUR UPSETTERS
FOR SUN RECORDS 1963

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION 1: TUESDAY JANUARY 15, 1963 (1)
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR SCOTTY MOORE

01 – ''MIDNIGHT SOIREE''' - B.M.I. - 2:27
Composer: - George Webb
Publisher: - H-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 484  - Master
Recorded: - January 15, 1963
Released: - November 5, 1963
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single > Sun 381-A < mono
MIDNIGHT SOIREE / CRAZY ARMS
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805-1-3 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5
 
The Four Upsetters did a lot of recordings at 639 Madison during the first six months of 1963. Off the 19 tracks caught on tape, a total of four were released.The Four Upsetters was formed by leader and drummer John Guthrie and guitar player Luke Wrigth in  Middlesboro, Kentucky in 1959.

They were signed by Sun Records in 1961 and recorded and toured with  Jerry Lee Lewis and Charlie Rich until l964 when John was drafted in the army along with label mate Carl  Mann. John Guthrie is currently playing piano in lounges and private parties.

It was customary for Sun to recycle some of its earlier hits as instrumental versions (as Shirley Sisk had done on ''I Forgot Tom Remember To Forget'').
The trouble with ''Crazy Arms'' is that although it ranks as Jerry Lee's first Sun record, the song wasn't published by Sam Phillips. The Killer's version had come after he heard Ray Price's record. And so the Four Upsetters manage to pull off an oddity here: they offer Sun's second cover version of a tune.

You’d think the Upsetters – a Lexington, Kentucky-based organ-led combo – would have been another Bill Black clone, but they weren't – at least not to cash in on the Bill Black Combo sweepstakes. Part of the charm of music like this was its amateurish quality. It must have been rather amusing to hear how many local disc jockeys had trouble pronouncing the title of ''Midnight Soiree''. ''now he-ass thuh Fo' Upsettahs playin' Midnaht Soy Ree. Take it away y'all!''. What would follow is an enjoyable, but pretty strange record. The little tease intro is a Bolero! It's followed immediately by a dead ripoff of Clarence Frogman Henry's ''Ain't Go No Home''. The release is standard blues shouting fare. All in all, pretty listenable!

02 – ''CRAZY ARMS'' - B.M.I. - 1:55
Composer: - Charles Seals-Ralph Mooney
Publisher: - Pamper Music Incorporated – Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 483  - Master
Recorded: - January 15, 1963
Released: - July 15, 1963
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single > Sun 381-B < mono
CRAZY ARMS / MIDNIGHT SOIREE
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805-1-4 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5
 
The Four Upsetters here back for their second released in six months. This was quite a fallow period in the Sun release schedule. In fact, only two releases - both by Jerry Lee - separated the two Upsetters singles.

''Wabash Cannonball'' features a strange arrangement: an unlikely combination of Luther Perkins' minimalism with some calliope-sounding organ, and honking sax. Since there isn't much to the tune, the boys simply cycle it among them until the clock on the wall says it's time to quit.
 
 03 – ''WABASH CANNON BALL'' - B.M.I. - 2:00
Composer: - J.A. Roff-A.P. Carter
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 494-Z  - Master
Recorded: -  January 15, 1963
Released: -  November 5, 1963
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single > Sun 386-B < mono
SURFIN' CALLIOPE / WABASH CANNON BALL
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805-1-12 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5
04 – ''MY BLUE HEAVEN'' - B.M.I. - 2:10
Composer: - Walter Donaldson-George Whiting
Publisher: - Francis Day & Hunter
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: -  January 15, 1963
Released: - 2006
First appearance: - Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-5 mono
THE FOUR UPSETTERS - SELECTED HITS

This didn't become popular until about two years after it was written, when Eddie Cantor featured it in his successful stage musical Ziegfeld Follies of 1927. Afterwards, it became very popular for vaudeville productions.  During the first season of the TV show M*A*S*H, this was used frequently on the show. Examples: A Korean version on the PA system, Hawkeye and Trapper singing it before going to rock and roll in Tokyo (Bananas, Crackers, and Nuts) and Hot Lips singing it at a "no-talent show" (Dear, Dad Again).  This has been covered by the Smashing Pumpkins (who added extra lyrics), Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, Al Jolson (who appeared in The Jazz Singer, the first "talkie"), and Dolly Parton.
 
There are 2 different movies called ''My Blue Heaven'', and both used this song. The first was a 1950 musical where it was performed by the stars, Betty Grable and Dan Dailey. The second was a 1990 comedy starring Steve Martin and Rick Moranis. Fats Domino's version was the theme song in that one.  Besides the films in which it was used as the title song, this appeared in the movies Never a Dull Moment in 1943 (sung by Frances Langford), Moon over Las Vegas in 1944 (performed by Gene Austin, who recorded it for the album Victor, which sold over five million copies and held a record until Bing Crosby's "White Christmas"), the 1955 biographical musical Love Me or Leave Me, and the 1959 film The Five Pennies (performed by Bob Crosby).  "My Blue Heaven" by crooner Gene Austin was released in 1928; it peaked at number 1 and stayed there for 13 weeks, it remained on charts for 26 weeks. Reportedly it sold over 5 million copies!  There is a recording studio in Kansas called ''Blue Heaven Studios''. It is built inside the former First Christian Church.

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
The Four Upsetters consisting of
Luke Wright – Saxophone
William Ray Felts - Keyboards & Organ
John Guthrie – Drums
George ''Buddy'' Webb - Guitar
 
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STUDIO SESSION FOR THE FOUR UPSETTERS
FOR SUN RECORDS 1963

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION 2: TUESDAY JANUARY 15, 1963 (2)
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR SCOTTY MOORE

01 – ''BIG B'' - B.M.I. - 2:40
Composer: - The Four Upsetters
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: -  January 15, 1963
Released: - 2006
First appearance: - Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-10 mono
THE FOUR UPSETTERS - SELECTED HITS

02 – ''BLUEBERRY HILL'' - B.M.I. - 2:31
Composer: - Larry Stock-Al Lewis-Vincent Rose
Publisher: - Redwood Music Publisher
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: -  January 15, 1963
Released: - 2006
First appearance: - Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-9 mono
THE FOUR UPSETTERS - SELECTED HITS

''Blueberry Hill'' was originally recorded by Gene Autry in 1940 for the film ''The Singing Hill'' but was soon picked up by other artists and producers who realised the simple little song had the makings of a classic. Countless artists have put their own stamp on the song but it is the version of Fats Domino, released in 1956, which had best stood the test of time. Domino's influential oeuvre has compassed pianobased rhythm and blues, rock and roll, zydeco, Cajun and boogie woogie. It was almost certainly his version - lilting rock and roll which the quartet was best acquainted with. According to several reports, Elvis started the session with this song. Needless to say the piano parts would have been put in Jerry Lee's hands. ''Blueberry Hill'' has been recorded by numerous acts over the years, from the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1940 to Led Zeppelin, who performed it live at the Los Angeles Forum in 1970 at a concert from which a bootleg album called ''Live At Blueberry Hill'' subsequently appeared.

03 – ''BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY'' - B.M.I. - 2:16
Composer: - Bill Monroe
Publisher: - Peer International Music
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: -  January 15, 1963
Released: - 2006
First appearance: - Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-8 mono
THE FOUR UPSETTERS - SELECTED HITS
 
"Blue Moon Of Kentucky" is a waltz written in 1946 by bluegrass musician Bill Monroe and recorded by his  band, The Blue Grass Boys. The song has since been recorded by many artists, including Elvis Presley in the  Sun Studio at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis. In 2003 the song was chosen to be added to the United States  Library of Congress National Recording Registry.

"Blue Moon" is the official bluegrass song of Kentucky. In 2002, Monroe's version was one of 50 recordings  chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. In 2003, CMT  ranked "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" number 11 in its list of 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music.

Bill Monroe wrote the song in 1946, recording it for Columbia Records on September 16. It was released in  early 1947. At the time, the Bluegrass Boys included vocalist and guitarist Lester Flatt and banjoist Earl  Scruggs, who would later form their own bluegrass band, the Foggy Mountain Boys. Both Flatt and Scruggs  performed on the recording, although Bill Monroe supplied the vocals on this song.

The song, described as a "bluegrass waltz", had become a United States wide hit by 1947 and also became  enormously popular with other bluegrass, country and early rockabilly acts. The song was revered by the  Grand Ole Opry and others; Carl Perkins played an uptempo version of this song in his early live performances.

In 1954, the Stanley Brothers recorded a version of the song using Presley's 4/4 arrangement with bluegrass  instrumentation, neatly bridging the stylistic gap between Monroe's and Presley's approaches. Bill Monroe  subsequently re-recorded and performed the song using a mixture of the two styles, starting the song in its  original 3/4 time arrangement, then launching into an uptempo 4/4 rendition. In 1968, Al Kooper recorded a  version for his debut solo album ''I Stand Alone''.

 
04 – ''DRAGGIN' THE RIDGE'' - B.M.I. - 2:50
Composer: - The Four Upsetters
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: -  January 15, 1963
Released: - 2006
First appearance: - Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-15 mono
THE FOUR UPSETTERS - SELECTED HITS

05 – ''YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN'' - B.M.I. - 3:09
Composer: - Upchurch-Clark-Muldrow-Mann
Publisher: - Tollie Music
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: -  January 15, 1963
Released: - 2006
First appearance: - Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-1 mono
THE FOUR UPSETTERS - SELECTED HITS
 
"You Can't Sit Down" is a song best known in two versions: the 1961 Philip Upchurch Combo original instrumental, and a vocal cover version by the Dovells that reached number three on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in 1963. It is based, at least in part, on the gospel song "Sit Down Servant".

The song was set to two Disney cartoons in D-TV, "The Hockey Champ" and "Hockey Homicide". The Philadelphia 76ers used a modified version of the song with team-specific lyrics for the franchise's marketing campaign during the 1991–92 season.

In 1962 it appeared as a cover on Booket T. and the MGs first album, ''Green Unions. Also the Bar Kays and Hound Dog Taylor have recorded it (on albums Soul Finger and Natural Boogie). In 1964 the Kingsmen released a version on their LP THe Kingsmen In Person.

The song references "South Street", which is the same good-time area the Orlons sang about in their 1963 song South Street. The Orlons and the Dovells were both from Philidelphia.

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
The Four Upsetters consisting of
Luke Wright – Saxophone
William Ray Felts - Keyboards & Organ
John Guthrie – Drums
George ''Buddy'' Webb - Guitar
 
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JANUARY 16, 1963 WEDNESDAY

Carl Butler and Pearl recorded ''Loving Arms'' at Nashville's Columbia Recording Studio.

JANUARY 18, 1963 FRIDAY

Patti Page makes a return appearance on ''The Bell Telephone Hour''. The NBC show also features Fred Waring and Melissa Hayden.

JANUARY 19, 1963 SATURDAY

Black gold, Texas tea and Flatt and Scruggs, ''The Ballad Of Jed Clampett'' goes to number 1 on the Billboard country singles chart.

JANUARY 21, 1963 MONDAY

Decca released Kitty Well's ''Cold And Lonely (Is The Forecast For Tonight)''.

JANUARY 22, 1963 TUESDAY

Elvis Presley recorded ''Bossa Nova Baby'' at Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, California for the movie ''Fun In Acapulco''. ''Bossa Nova Baby" is written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The song reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart and number twenty on the Billboard Rhythm and Blues singles chart in 1963. It also reached number 13 in the UK charts. ''Bossa Nova Baby'' was first recorded and released by Tippie and The Clovers in 1962. In 2014, ''Bossa Nova Baby'' appeared in a ad for Heineken.

JANUARY 23, 1963 WEDNESDAY 

Janis Joplin hitchhikes to San Francisco, her first visit to the place where she rises to fame. Her version of ''Me And Bobby McGee'' is named one of country's 500 greatest singles in a Country Music Foundation book, ''Heartaches By The Number''.

Gene Vincent marries Margie Russell at the Dartford Registry Office in England.

JANUARY 24, 1963 THURSDAY

Drummer Keech Rainwater is born in Plano, Texas. He joins Lonestar, the Academy of Country Music's Top New Vocal Group in 1996. The band scores such hits as ''No News'', ''Amazed'' and ''I'm Already There''.

Pop songwriter Otto Harbach dies in New York City. Best known for co-writing ''Smoke Gets In Your Eyes'', he experienced country hits in the 1950s when Slim Whitman revived ''Indian Love Call'' and ''Rose-Marie''.

JANUARY 25, 1963 FRIDAY

Kansas City disc jockey ''Cactus'' Jack Call dies in a car accident. To raise money for his family, several country artists perform a benefit concert in March, including Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Dottie West and George Jones.

JANUARY 28, 1963 MONDAY

Elvis Presley begins filming ''Fun In Acapulco'' in Los Angeles.

Decca released Bill Anderson ''Still''.

JANUARY 30, 1963 WEDNESDAY

''I Dreamed Of A Hill-Billy Heaven'' songwriter Eddie Dean plays a police officer who calls on the Clampett mansion when the home becomes a site for yodeling lessons in an episode of CBS' ''The Beverly Hillbillies''.
FEBRUARY 1963

Carl's last royalty statement from Sun, dated February 15, 1963, showed that he was in the  hole to Sun in the amount of fifteen hundred dollars. His last single, the 1935 Hammerstein- Romberg movie song ''When I Grown Too Old To Dream'', was coupled with the strangely  appropriate ode to illicit booze, ''Mountain Dew''. Sun's royalty statement said that single  had sold a grand total of one thousand copies. ''Mona Lisa'' sold more than that an hour just  three years earlier.

By the time Carl Mann was dropped from the Phillips roster in 1963 the label was itself on the   verge of dissolution. For an undisclosed amount, Phillips had agreed to let the Dutch electric   giant Philips (with one l) use the name in North America and avoid confusion.
 
FEBRUARY 1, 1963 FRIDAY

Columbia released Claude King's ''Sheepskin Valley''.

FEBRUARY 3, 1963 SUNDAY

Merle Haggard's prison sentence ends. He served two years, nine months behind bars and two years, three months on parole.

FEBRUARY 4, 1963 MONDAY

Patsy Cline recorded the Bob Wills classic ''Faded Love'' at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. On hand at the session, Jan Howard.

The Dillards, a bluegrass group that influences The Eagles, tape their first appearance on ''The Andy Griffith Show'' in a recurring role as The Darlings.

FEBRUARY 5, 1963 TUESDAY

Patsy Cline recorded ''Sweet Dreams'' at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.

FEBRUARY 6, 1963 WEDNESDAY

Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, who already perform the theme song for ''The Beverly Hillbillies'', make the first of seven on-screen appearance on the CNS sitcom. They introduce a new song, ''Pearl Pearl Pearl'', addressed to the show's Pearl Bodine.

FEBRUARY 7, 1963 THURSDAY

Patsy Cline has what proves to be the last recording session of her career at Nashville's Columbia Recording Studio, cutting ''He Called Me Baby'', a future hit for Charlie Rich. Her final song in the studio, ''I'll Sail My Ship Alone''.

FEBRUARY 8, 1963 FRIDAY

Don Reno, of Reno and Smiley, has a son, Don Wayne Reno, in Roanoke, Virginia. The kid goes on to join brothers Ronnie and Dale in creating a bluegrass band, The Reno Brothers, after their father's death in 1984.

Columbia released Marty Robbins' ''Cigarettes And Coffee Blues''.

FEBRUARY 9, 1963 SATURDAY

Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, Patsy Cline makes a chilling prediction to Ray Walker, of The Jordanaires, referring to her previous auto accidents, ''Honey, I've had two bad ones. The third one will be a charm, or it'll kill me''. It's her last Opry show.

Travis Tritt is born in Marietta, Georgia. He mixes southern rock, soul and country influences in such 1990s and 2000s hits as ''It's A Great Day To Be Alive'', ''Here's A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)'' and ''T-R-O-U-B-L-E''.
 
FEBRUARY 11, 1963 MONDAY

Patsy Cline gives several cowgirl costumes to fellow singer Pearl Butler.

Decca Records released The Wilburn Brothers' ''Roll Muddy River''.

FEBRUARY 12, 1963 TUESDAY

Buck Owens recorded ''Act Naturally'' at the Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood. The session also includes his first attempt at ''My Heart Skips A Beat''.

FEBRUARY 13, 1963 WEDNESDAY

Eddy Arnold recorded ''A Million Years Or So'' and ''Yesterday's Memories'' at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.

''I Dreamed Of A Hill-Billy Heaven'' songwriter Eddie Dean portrays a police officer in an episode of CBS-TV's ''The Beverly Hillbillies'', discovering a secret still on the Clampetts' exclusive property.

FEBRUARY 14, 1963 THURSDAY

Faron Young recorded ''Nightmare'' and ''We've Got Something In Common'' in Nashville.

Songwriter Shelby Kennedy is born. He writes the Reba McEntire hit ''I'm A Survivor''.

FEBRUARY 15, 1963 FRIDAY

Drummer Andy Ginn is born. He joins the Carthage, Texas band Perfect Stranger, which earns a hit in 1995 with ''You Have The Right To Remain Silent''.

Bass player Jerry Scheff has a son, Darin Scheff. Jerry is destined to play on pop hits by The Association and The Doors, plus country hits by Tanya Tucker, John Denver and Elvis Presley.

FEBRUARY 16, 1963 SATURDAY

Pop singer and songwriter Paul Anka marries Marie-Ann DeZogheb in Paris, France. Anka earns country hits with Elvis Presley's ''My Way'' and Donna Fargo's ''Do I Love You (Yes In Every Way)''.

FEBRUARY 17, 1963 SUNDAY

Dan Whitney, also known as Larry The Cable Guy, is born in Pawnee City, Nebraska. Teamed with Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall in the Blue Collar Comedy Tours, the ''get 'er done'' comic is a background vocalist on Brad Paisley's ''Camouflage''.

Basketball legend Michael Jordan is born in Brooklyn, New York. He's namechecked in the lyrics of Tom McGraw's 2009 hit ''Southern Voice''.

FEBRUARY 20, 1963 WEDNESDAY

Brenda Lee recorded the pop hit ''Losing You'' and ''The Grass Is Greener''.

FEBRUARY 22, 1963 FRIDAY

Ray Price recorded the Willie Nelson-written ''Night Life'' in a midnight session at Nashville's Columbia Recording Studios.

FEBRUARY 25, 1963 MONDAY

Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs recorded ''Pearl Pearl Pearl''.

FEBRUARY 27, 1963 WEDNESDAY

Jim Reeves recorded ''Guilty'' in an evening session at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.

FEBRUARY 28, 1963 THURSDAY

Roy Rogers and Dale Evans appear on NBC's ''The Andy Williams Show''.

MARCH 2, 1963 SATURDAY

Priscilla Beaulieu's father strikes a deal with Elvis Presley in Los Angeles, allowing the teenage girl to live at Graceland Mansion during her senior year in high school.

Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins make what proves to be their final appearance on the Grand Ole Opry at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

MARCH 3, 1963 SUNDAY

The Texas state legislature in Austin recognizes George Jones as an honorary admiral in the Texas Navy.

Patsy Cline gives what proves to be her final show, a benefit at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas, for the family of disc jockey "Cactus" Jack Call. He had died in an automobile crash a little over a month earlier. Call was a longtime DJ for KCKN, but had switched to KCMK a week before his death on January 25, 1963, at the age of 39. Also performing in the show were George Jones, George Riddle and The Jones Boys, Billy Walker, Dottie West, Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper, George McCormick, the Clinch Mountain Boys as well as Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins.

Cline, ill with the flu, gave three performances, at 2 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., with an 8 p.m. show added due to popular demand. All the shows were standing-room only. For the 2 p.m. show, she wore a sky-blue tulle-laden dress; for the 5:15 show a red shocker; and for the closing show at 8 p.m., Cline wore white chiffon, closing the evening to a thunderous ovation. Her final song was the last she had recorded the previous month, "I'll Sail My Ship Alone".

MARCH 4, 1963 MONDAY

Decca Records released Loretta Lynn's ''The Other Woman''.

MARCH 5, 1963 TUESDAY

A plane crash in Camden, Tennessee, claims the lives of Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins and pilot Randy Hughes as they return to Nashville from a benefit concert in Kansas City.

Jim Reeves remakes ''Don't Let Me Cross Over'' at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee. His vocal is salvaged more than 15 years later and paired with new instrumental tracks and a performance by singer Deborah Allen.

RCA released Jeanne Pruett's first single. It takes another 10 years before she realizes her first hit.

MARCH 7, 1963 THURSDAY

Jim Reeves leaves Nashville to begin filming ''Kimberly Jim'' in South Africa.

Jack Anglin dies in an auto accident on the way to Patsy Cline's memorial service in Nashville. A former member of The Anglin Brothers trio, he joined Johnnie Wright to create Johnnie and Jack, earning hits from 1951-1958.

Rick Nelson performs ''You Don't Love Me Anymore'' during an episode of ABC's ''The Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet''.

MARCH 8, 1963 FRIDAY

The Dillards, a bluegrass group that influences The Eagles, first appear on ''The Andy Griffith Show'' in their recurring role as The Darlings.

Stonewall Jackson recorded ''B.J. The D.J.''.

MARCH 9, 1963 SATURDAY

Connie Smith and her husband, Jerry, have a son, Darren Justin Smith.

The Grand Ole Opry observes a minute silence for Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Randy Hughes and Jack Anglin.

MARCH 10, 1963 SUNDAY

The funeral for Patsy Cline draws 25,000 onlookers in Winchester, Virginia, who watch as her body is driven from Jones Funeral Home to the burial grounds, Shenandoah Memorial Park.

Bass player Jeff Ament is born in Havre, Montana. He's a founding member of the Seattle alternative rock band Pearl Jam, mentioned in the lyrics of the 1996 Lonestar hit ''No News''.

Record producer Rick Rubin is born in Long Beach, New York. After working with such acts as The Beastie Boys and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, he produces Johnny Cash's latter-dat recordings and The Dixie Chicks' album ''Taking The Long Way''.

MARCH 11, 1963 MONDAY

Capitol released Buck Owens'''Act Naturally''.

Banjo player David Talbot is born. A founder of the bluegrass band The Grascals, he appears on the Reba McEntire single ''I'm Gonna Take That Mountain''.

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STUDIO SESSION FOR JERRY LEE LEWIS AND LINDA GAIL LEWIS
FOR SUN RECORDS 1963

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: MONDAY MARCH 11, 1963
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – SCOTTY MOORE AND/OR UNKNOWN
 
In March 1963, with Jerry Lee Lewis's interest purported to be on the wane in anticipation of his contract with Sun ending the following September, he treated his fifteen-year-old sister Linda Gail to a day out in the studio to study the recording of yet another attempt to make a hit out of an rhythm and blues song, this time it was Big Joe Turner's ''Teenage Letter'' that got the Lewis treatment. Not untypically most of the original lyrics were cast aside, with Jerry Lee inventing a few of his own, based on some simple maths, and then just hollering his way through a couple of minutes in competition with the saxophone. Released as Sun 384, which proved to be his penultimate original Sun single, it went nowhere. On the flip they placed a duet with Linda Gail, ''Seasons Of My Heart'', it didn't help. (*)
 
1(1) – ''TEENAGE LETTER'' - B.M.I. - 2:18
Composer: - Renald J. Richard
Publisher: - Progressive Music
Matrix number: - U 489 - Take 2 - Master
Recorded: - March 11, 1963
Released: - April 1963
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single > Sun 384-A < mono
TEENAGE LETTER / SEASONS OF MY HEART
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805-1-6 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5
 
1(2) – ''TEENAGE LETTER'' - B.M.I. - 2:29
Composer: - Renald J. Richard
Publisher: - Progressive Music
Matrix number: - None - False Start Take 2 - Stereo Master
Recorded: - March 11, 1963  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - September 1989
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-8-17 stereo 
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963
Reissued: - October 2015  Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-14-33 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
This is the last single Jerry Lee Lewis released before leaving Sun. As ''Teenage Letter'' reveals, he certainly went out having a good time. Blues shouter Joe Turner, whose teenage years were over back in the 1930s, recorded this song at the height of his success with Atlantic Records. It was written by Renald Richard, the cowriter of ''I Got A Woman'', and it's a trite song by any reckoning. Only the tag line ''I'm gonna prove it in my own way'' gave Jerry something he could get his teeth into.
 
There's no telling how many times he leaned into the microphone and leered ''Let me prove it to you, darlin'''. Jerry's backing here includes members of the Four Upsetters. Saxman Luke Wright starts honking like he was trying up upstage Illinois Jacquet, but settles quickly for the Boots Randolph/King Curtis style.
''Seasons Of My Heart'' won't win any awards for Jerry's finest hour at Sun. Just as Hank Williams was saddled with a wife, Miz Audrey, who wanted to sing – but couldn't, so Jerry Lee was saddled with a little sister who wanted desperately to record – but shouldn't have. Jerry's contract was running out at Sun and Sam Phillips was undoubtedly doing anything within reason to keep Jerry happy. This session was part of that price. Jerry is a song stylist. That means he takes enormous liberties with melody, lyric and phrasing. Why would Linda Gail, or anyone for that matter, think they could keep up with him?
 
2 – ''SEASONS OF MY HEART*'' - B.M.I. - 2:56
Composer: - George Jones-Darrell Edwards
Publisher: - Starday Music
Matrix number: - None - Count-In - Take 1 - Stereo Master
Recorded: - March 11, 1963
Released: - September 1989
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-8-18 stereo 
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963
Reissued: - October 2015  Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-14-32 mono
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
2 – ''SEASONS OF MY HEART*'' - B.M.I. - 2:56
Composer: - George Jones-Darrell Edwards
Publisher: - Starday Music
Matrix number: - U 490 - Take 1 Master
Recorded: - March 11, 1963
Released: - April 1963
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single > Sun 384-B < mono
SEASONS OF MY HEART / TEENAGE LETTER
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805-1-7 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5
 
Jerry Lee Lewis re-cut ''Seasons Of My Heart'' a couple of years later for his ''Country Songs For City Folks'' album, and although he inadvisably used a harpsichord instead of a proper piano, it is still preferable due to the lack of Linda’s harmony vocals.
 
''Season Of My Heart" is a song written by George Jones and Darrell Edwards. The song was released as the b-side to the number 4 hit "Why Baby Why" in 1955. The song was also recorded by Johnny Cash and, released in 1960, it became a number 10 hit. The song was one of Jones' best early ballads, included on many of his early studio and compilation albums with Starday and Mercury Records in the late 1950s. The song was even included on his debut 1957 album "The Grand Ole Opry's New Star", which was Starday's first album release in the label's history.
 
"Seasons of My Heart" originally appeared as the B-side to George Jones' first chart hit "Why Baby Why" in 1955. The imagery-laden song was an early showcase of Jones' abilities as a balladeer, although he sang in much higher during this period than he would later in his career. Former Starday Records president Don Pierce later explained to Jones biographer Bob Allen, "Pappy realized George's strength as a balladeer long before I did. He felt that ''Seasons Of My Heart'' was a big song. I knew that, in those days, it took much longer to sell a ballad, because it had to make it on the radio first...I also knew that an upbeat song like 'Why, Baby Why' would be easier to sell directly to the jukebox distributors for the beer-drinkin' trade''.
 
Other significant recordings: Johnny Cash recorded the song for his 1960 album "Now, There Was A Song!". Kitty Wells recorded the song as a title track to her 1960 album. Willie Nelson recorded the song for his 1966 album "Country Favorites-Willie Nelson Style".
 
3 – ''NOTHIN' SHAKIN' (BUT THE LEAVES ON THE TREES''* - B.M.I. - 2:01
Composer: - Cirino Colacrai-Diane Lampert-Eddie Fontaine-Johnny Gluck
Publisher: - Sun Entertainment
Matrix number: - None  Master - > Sun 385-A <
Recorded: - March 11, 1963 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - 1998
First appearance: Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805-1-9 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5
Reissued: - 2014 Sun Entertainment Internet iTunes MP3-15 mono
THE DOOR TO BARBARA PITTMAN AND OTHER GIRLS
 
"Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves On The Trees)" is a song written by Eddie Fontaine, Cirino Colacrai, Diane Lampert and John Gluck, Jr., and first released by Eddie Fontaine in 1958. It has been covered by The Beatles, Billy "Crash" Craddock, Dr. Feelgood, Billy Fury, and of course, here by Linda Gail Lewis, and others.
 
Believe it or not, this wasn't the first time that Jerry Lee Lewis had prevailed on Sam Phillips to put Linda Gail in front of a microphone. Back in December 13, 1960, she and Jerry's older sister, Frankie Jean, had cut their own version of ''Love Made A Fool Of Me'' two months after Jerry's version of the tune was recorded. Lina Gail also left her version of ''Good Golly Miss Molly'' in the can on the same date. Neither track has seen the light of day.
 
These two titles might actually have been released, were it not for a downturn in Jerry's contract negotiations. Once it became clear that Jerry was on his way to Mercury Records, there was no need for foolishness like this to appear on a yellow Sun record. And so, Sun 385, which you can now hear in restored digital sound, remained officially unreleased.
4 – ''SITTIN' AND THINKIN'''* - B.M.I. - 2:47
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None Master > Sun 385-B <
Recorded: - March 11, 1962 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - 1998
First appearance: Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805-1-10 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5
Reissued: - 2014 Sun Entertainment Internet iTunes MP3-18 mono
THE DOOR TO BARBARA PITTMAN AND OTHER GIRLS
 
5 – ''SEE SEE RIDER*'' - B.M.I. - 2:37
Composer: - Traditional - Ma Rainey
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Unknown Take
Recorded: - March 11, 1963  - Not Originally Issued
Released: - 2002
First appearance: Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16609-1-19 mono
MEMPHIS BELLES - THE WOMEN OF SUN RECORDS
Reissued: - 2014 Sun Entertainment Internet iTunes MP3-3 mono
THE DOOR TO BARBARA PITTMAN AND OTHER GIRLS
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis* - Vocal & Piano
Linda Gail Lewis* - Duet Vocal
Scotty Moore – Lead Guitar
George Webb – Bass
Morris ''Tarp'' Tarrant – Drums
William Ray Felts – Organ
Luke Wright - Saxophone
 
For Biographies of Linda Gail and Jerry Lee Lewis see: > The Sun Biographies <
Linda Gail and Jerry Lee Lewis' Sun recordings can be heard on their playlists from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on > YouTube <
 
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MARCH 12, 1963 TUESDAY

Production begins in South Africa on the Jim Reeves movie ''Kimberly Jim''.

''G.I. Blues'' becomes Elvis Presley's second soundtrack album to go gold, and platinum on March 27, 1992 by the Recording Industry Association of America.

MARCH 13, 1963 WEDNESDAY

Traditional country singer and songwriter Billy Yates is born in Doniphan, Missouri. He pens the George Jones singles ''Choices'' and ''I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair''.

MARCH 15, 1963 FRIDAY

Hank Locklin recorded ''Followed Closely By My Teardrops'' during an afternoon session at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.

MARCH 15, 1963 FRIDAY

Charlie Rich's final single was released in the throes of some serious intrigue between  himself and Sam Phillips. In truth, by the time the record his the stores, Rich was no loner a  Sun artist. On this date, Rich's recording contract with Sam Phillips expired.  Rich's the factor  manager, lawyer/trumpet player Sy Rosenberg hadn't let any grass grow under his artist and  promptly negotiated a one year contract with RCA for a $10,000 advance on royalties. Both  the royally rate (5%) and the advance were something Sam was mot accustomed to paying.

Nevertheless, Sam Phillips was furious. He felt betrayed (as he had when Johnny Cash and  Carl Perkins had left earlier), and argued that a 'verbal agreement' between him and Rich  had at least granted him the opportunity to match any offer that Rich received elsewhere.  (This was precisely the argument he had used in reacting to Johnny Cash's departure in  1958). Phillips went so far to notify RCA in May, 1963 that they were about to record an  artist who was still under contract to him.
 
Not for nothing was Sy Rosenberg a lawyer. In June 12, 1963, Charlie Rich sued Sam Phillips for  $100,000 for interfering with his relationship with RCA. A day later, Sam and Charlie sat  down and settled their differences. Sam recognized that Charlie Rich, the last of his major  discoveries, was destined to leave the fold. Sam also recognized that his days as a record  company owner were fast drawing to a close. Only two more singles were issued on the  Phillips International label after Rich's last release). Wisely, Phillips turned towards his publishing interests. Acknowledging Rich's talent as a songwriter, he formed a joint  publishing venture with Charlie called Charlie Rich Music. Both men withdrew their lawsuits  and Rich went on with his career.

The truth is, Sam Phillips didn't make a lot of money issuing the music. With the exception of  ''Lonely Weekends'', Charlie Rich was not a big seller. Jimmy M. Van Eaton has an interesting  perspective on what might have been during Charlie's Sun days. ''In my opinion if television  was as hot then as it is now, with music videos, and all that slick packaging, Charlie might  have been very successful. They could have edited Charlie into the kind of performances he  could never give on his own. He could have been a major act. A good looking, talented guy  under tight control of a producer and an editor. And of course Charlie wouldn't have minded  it since he could have been home with his family while they were doing it. A lot of guys are  better on TV than live in person and Charlie may have been one of them''.

Charlie Rich began his RCA tenure by recording a critically acclaimed album (issued on their  newly-re-activated Groove label). Rich continued to record for RCA in Nashville, switching to  the main RCA imprint after his first album. Although the RCA recordings were smooth (and  occasionally soporific) by any reckoning, there are several unmistakable gems: a jazzy  reading of ''River Stay Away From My Door'', and a silky, yet bluesy reading of ''Tomorrow  Night''. Nevertheless, over a year in the studio yielded no major hits, although several tunes,  including ''Big Boss Man'', bubbled just under the top reaches of the charts. In 1965, Charlie  Rich left RCA and signed with Mercury.

MARCH 19, 1963 TUESDAY

Buck Owens and Rose Maddox recorded ''We're The Talk Of The Town'' in the afternoon at the Capitol Studios in Hollywood.

MARCH 20, 1963 WEDNESDAY

George Hamilton IV recorded ''Abilene'' at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jan and Dean recorded ''Surf City'' in Los Angeles, with Glen Campbell playing guitar.

MARCH 21, 1963 THURSDAY

Songwriter Arthur Q. Smith dies. His legacy includes Ernest Tubb's ''Missing In Action'' and the future Ricky Skaggs hit ''I Wouldn't Change You If I Could''.

MARCH 22, 1963 FRIDAY

Elvis Presley wraps up his work on the movie ''Fun In Acapulco'' in Los Angeles.

Columbia Records released Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs'''Pearl Pearl Pearl'' introduced weeks earlier on ''The Beverly Hillbillies''.

MARCH 25, 1963 MONDAY

Johnny Cash recorded ''Ring Of Fire'' at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

MARCH 27, 1963 WEDNESDAY

Smooth-jaz sax player Dave Koz is born in Encino, California. In 2009, he provides a solo on Toby Keith's country hit ''Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song)''.

MARCH 29, 1963 FRIDAY

Texas Ruby dies in a trailer fire in Nashville while her husband, Curley Fox, is playing the Grand Ole Opry. The two began working together in the 1930s, becoming a significant touring act the following decade.

Columbia released Stonewall Jackson's ''Old Showboat''.

MARCH 30, 1963 SATURDAY

George Jones end up in a hospital after his bus slides into a ravine near Grants Pass, Oregon. Also injured is steel guitarist Hal Rugg.
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Narvel Felts followed ''Lovelight Man'' with a revival of ''Mountain Of Love''. Apparently, it was Roland Janes's idea to revive the song, despite the fact that the original version had not been off the charts very long. During a visit to Beaumont, Jack Clement suggested to Roland that it might work better if the beat were changed to conform with current trends, and if horns were substituted for the strings. The then-om-nip-resent organ was also added to the arrangement, and the song was coupled with a Felts/Grubbs ballad, ''The End Of My World Is Near''. The record became very successful in the mid-South, and charted on the influential Top 40 station, WHBQ Memphis, as well as many smaller stations.

Roland Janes apparently asked disc jockeys to flip the record and play ''The End Of My World Is Near'', and the renewed action began to get the attention of Chet Atkins in Nashville. He had been asked to find pop-oriented product for the reactivated Groove label, and he thought the Felts single might fit the bill. It was  quickly reissued on Groove – where it sputtered and died. There were some discussions about Felts moving to Groove with Janes acting as producer, but those discussions faltered with the record.

Session Published for Historical Reasons

STUDIO SESSION FOR NARVEL FELTS
FOR RENAY RECORDS 1963

SONIC RECORDING STUDIO
1692 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
STUDIO SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE MARCH 1963
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - ROLAND JANES

01 – ''MOUNTAIN OF LOVE'' - B.M.I. - 2:14
Composer: - Harold Dorman
Publisher: - Vaugh Music Publisher
Matrix number: - R 903
Recorded: - Unknown Date March 1963
Released: - 1963
First appearance: - Renay Records (S) 45rpm standard single Renay 306 mono
MOUNTAIN OF LOVE / THE END OF MY WORLD IS NEAR
Reissued: - 1990 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15515-24 mono
NARVEL FELTS - MEMPHIS DAYS

02 – ''THE END OF MY WORLD IS NEAR'' - B.M.I. - 2:10
Composer: - Narvel Felts-R.W. Grubbs
Publisher: - Vaugh Music Publisher
Matrix number: - R 904
Recorded: - Unknown Date March 1963
Released: - 1963
First appearance: - Renay Records (S) 45rpm standard single Renay 306 mono
THE END OF MY WORLD IS NEAR / MOUNTAIN OF LOVE
Reissued: - December 7, 1963 Groove Records (S) 45rpm standard single Groove 58-0029 mono
THE END OF MY WORLD IS NEAR / MOUNTAIN OF LOVE

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Narvel Felts - Vocal & Guitar
J.W. Grubbs – Bass
Matt Lucas – Drums
Luther Crabb - Organ
Bobby Wood - Organ
Ed Logan - Saxophone
Ted Garretson - Trumpet

Hurshel Wayne Wiginton Group - Vocal Chorus
 
For Biography of Narvel Felts see: > The Sun Biographies <

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APRIL 1963

Jerry Lee Lewis' contract with Sun Records was due to expire on September 6, 1963. After  a brief affiliation with Don Seat, who also managed Conway Twitty and Connie Francis,  Lewis allied himself with a Memphis businessman, Frank Sasone, in April 1963. Casone was  determined to sign Jerry Lee Lewis with another record company. He wanted a company  that could translate Jerry's success on the road into record sales, something that Sun with  their diminishing commitment to the business seemed unable to do.

Casone opened negotiations with Mercury, Liberty, Columbia and RCA. Phillips, sensing the  inevitable, recorded Jerry Lee's sister, Lina Gail, and even his father in an attempt to keep  Jerry within the fold. He even planned a third album which, like Linda Gail's single, was  not released after the news broke that Jerry planned to sign with Mercury Records.

APRIL 1963

The last Phillips International records are probably released this month.

The nation of Yugoslavia became the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in April of 1963 and the country’s leader, Josip Broz Tito, was named as the “President For Life.” The changes to the European nation’s name and Tito’s authority were a part of several socialist reforms added into the country’s constitution during that year. With his increased authority, Tito relaxed many religious and political restrictions and helped to improve the economy by encouraging foreign tourism and the expansion of private enterprise. Tito was generally liked by the people and was commended for going against Soviet-era communism and developing a successful form of socialism. Tito died in 1980 and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia broke up in 1992. 

APRIL 1, 1963 MONDAY

Elvis Presley gives teenager girlfriend Priscilla Beaulieu, who is living at Graceland Mansion in Memphis, a red Corvair.

APRIL 2, 1963 TUESDAY

Claude King recorded ''Building A Bridge'' during the late-morning at Nashville's Columbia Recording Studios.

APRIL 4, 1963 THURSDAY

Merle Haggard has a son, Noel, in Bakersfield, California. The younger Haggard lands on the country charts twice during the 1990s, though he never earns a hit.

Seven years after he first recorded it, Stonewall Jackson cuts the hit version of ''Don't Be Angty''.

APRIL 6, 1963 SATURDAY

The Mel Tillis-penned ''Mary Don't You Weep'' is performed by Bob Gibson. The Limeliters and the rest of the guests as the finale for ABC-TV's premiere of the folk music show ''Hootenanny''.

APRIL 8, 1963 MONDAY

John Lennon becomes the first Beatle to have a child with the birth of Julian Lennon in Liverpool, England. The Fad Four scores several hits that are reinvented as country hits, including ''Something'', ''I Feel Fine'' and ''I Don't Want To Spoil The Party''.

Jean Shepard gives birth to a son, Harold Franklin Hawkins II, named after his father, the late Hawkshaw Hawkins.

APRIL 10, 1963 WEDNESDAY

MGM Pictures released Elvis Presley's movie ''It Happened At The World's Fair'', and is a 1963 American musical film and starring Elvis Presley as a cropdusting pilot. It was filmed in Seattle, Washington, site of the Century 21 Exposition, the 1962 World's Fair. The governor of Washington at the time, Albert Rosellini, suggested the setting to Metro Goldwyn Mayer executives. The film made $2.25 million at the box office.

APRIL 11, 1963 THURSDAY

Sun 384 ''Teenage Letter'' b/w ''Seasons Of My Heart'' By Jerry Lee Lewis and Linda Gail Lewis issued.  Review in Billboard magazine says that, ''Two strong sides from Lewis here. The first is a swinging, blues-flavored side in a solid up-tempo with wild piano runs and stomp. Flip features Jerry with sister Linda Gail in a soulful ballad with great piano''.

APRIL 13, 1963 SATURDAY

Bill Anderson goes to number 1 on the Billboard country chart with his biggest hit, ''Still''.

APRIL 15, 1963 MONDAY

Decca Records released Patsy Cline's ''Sweet Dream's (Of You)'', five weeks after her death in a plane crash.

APRIL 16, 1963 TUESDAY

Grand Ole Opry member Hank Locklin appears on England's BBC-TV on ''The 625 Show'', alongside a new band called The Beatles.

APRIL 18, 1963 THURSDAY

Bobby bare recorded ''Detroit City'' in Nashville during an afternoon session at RCA Studio B. He also cuts ''She Called Me Baby'', destined to become a hit more than 10 years later for Charlie Rich.

The Osmonds hold their first recording session in Los Angeles. The pop vocal group collects a country hit some 19 years later.

Steelguitarist Terry Eldredge is born. He becomes a member of The Grascals, voted Entertainer of the Year twice by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
APRIL 19, 1963 FRIDAY

Columbia released the Johnny Cash classic ''Ring Of Fire''.

APRIL 20, 1963 SATURDAY

Rick Nelson marries Kristin Harmon in Los Angeles, California.

The Carter Family appears on ABC-TV's ''Hootenanny'', joining with the entire cast on the closing number, ''Goodnight Irene''.

APRIL 23, 1963 TUESDAY

Wynn Stewart's ex-wife, Claire, gives birth to his son, Gregory, in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

APRIL 24, 1963 WEDNESDAY

Little Miss Dynamite becomes Little Mrs. Dynamite, Brenda Lee marries Ronnie Shacklett at the Radnor Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee.

APRIL 26, 1963 FRIDAY

The Statler Brothers' Phil Balsley and his wife, Wilma Balsley, have a son, Greg Balsley, in Staunton, Virginia.

APRIL 28, 1963 SUNDAY

David ''Dad'' Carter dies in Oklahoma City. He founded the Southern gospel group The Chuck Wagon Gang, whose ''After The Sunrise'' is named among country's 500 greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation's ''Heartaches By The Number''.

APTIL 29, 1963 MONDAY

Songwriter Stephanie Bentley is born in Thomasville, Georgia. After a brief solo career in the mid-1990s, she writes Faith Hill's ''Breathe'', Martina McBride's ''Concrete Angel'' and Gloriana's ''Wild At Heart''.

Stonewall Jackson recorded ''Wild Wild Wild''.

Capitol released Buck Owne's ''On The Bandstand''.

The Dillards make their second appearance as the fictitious bluegrass band The Darlings on the CBS-TV sitcom ''The Andy Griffith Show''.

APRIL 30, 1963 TUESDAY

Wynn Stewart holds his final recording session for Challenge Records. Playing bass on the date, Merle Haggard.
MAY 1963

The final Project Mercury mission, Mercury-Atlas 9, is launched by NASA during May of 1963. The Faith 7 spacecraft carried astronaut Gordon Cooper into space for about 34 hours during which he orbited the Earth 22 times. The purpose of the mission was to test the limits of the Mercury space capsule. Cooper’s flight was about three times longer than any other human space flight that had been completed at that point in history. It also marked the final time that NASA launched a solo orbital mission. Near the end of the flight Cooper experienced several technical problems but was able to overcome them and successfully returned to Earth.

The First Coordinated Protests against War in Vietnam held in London and Denmark.
 
MAY 1963

By 1963, Bill Yates was looking for a new recording deal. Ruben Cherry's dream of a successful rhythm and  blues label had collapsed through weight of competition from Hi, Stax and others, and his Home Of The  Blues label closed. The record store continued to trade through the 1960s but Cherry died in January 1976,  aged just 53, after 27 years in the record business.  At some point in the early 1960 Bill Yates and Billy Adams came onto Sam Phillips radar, possibly through  their shows at clubs around town or when Phillips' new studio at 639 Madison Avenue was being used to  master the HOTB sides.
 
Phillips told Martin Hawkins, ''I built the new studio because I just felt that  recording technology was improving and that we needed to move along and keep pace technically... This did  not mean that I had abandoned the sound that had been so successful... You see, good rock and roll, and that's  all we were trying to achieve, doesn't need fifteen pieces all of the time. Billy Adams had some talent as a  drummer and they were a really good value band. Bill Yates, now, was a different artist altogether. Bill often  worked with Billy Adams. Bill had an awful lot of soul in his voice. He was probably as versatile, without  being a copyist, as any artist I ever worked with. He had a lot of merit and it is a real shame that we were not  able to get a hit for him. He was a man who made you want to listen when he opened his mouth to sing, and  he played the piano like it should be played. He was a talent''.

There were at least five sessions at Sun for the Adam/Yates band. Bass player Jesse Carter described them:  ''Sam Phillips produced and engineered the sessions himself. He'd come into Taylor's restaurant next door  and talk with us like we were old friends, then we'd do the session. He really made you feel part of things.  He did not have a lot of input to what was recorded – he let us come in with our songs – but he was always in  on how the recording would be developed. He would let you start it your way, and then he'd let you know  real quick if something was lacking. Ultimately, some originals and some favourites. All the songs we  recorded was mainly Adams' Hide-A-Way band, plus Al Jackson Jr. who played drums on some sessions,  when we needed somebody. Billy Adams sometimes just sang on his records and didn't always play drums''.

MAY 2, 1963 THURSDAY

Lester Flatt and earl Scruggs perform at Neely Auditorium in Nashville, with the concert captured on the album ''Recorded Live At Vanderbilt University''. A remake of The Carter's Family's ''You Are My Flower'' is released the following year as a single.

Ernest Tubb appears in the Apple Blossom Festival parade in Winchester, Virginia. Tubb had been an early supporter of Winchester native Patsy Cline, who died less than two months prior.

MAY 3, 1963 FRIDAY

Columbia released Carl Butler and Pearl's ''Loving Arms''.

MAY 4, 1963 SATURDAY

The Wilburn Brothers debut their syndicated TV show in 19 markets, providing early exposure to Loretta Lynn. Other regular cast members include Harold Morrison, Don Helms and Tommy Jackson.

Patsy Stoneman, of The Stoneman Family, marries for the third time, to Don Dixon. He dies in an auto accident one year later.

MAY 5, 1963 SUNDAY

Don Everly and his second wife, Venetia, have their first child, Anastasia Dawn Everly, in Los Angeles, California.

MAY 6, 1963 MONDAY

Decca released Webb Pierce's ''Sands Of Gold''.

MAY 7, 1963 TUESDAY

Drummer Rick Schell is born in Homer, New York. He's a founding member of Pinmonkey, an alternate country act that scores a 2003 nomination from the Academy of Country Music for Top New Vocal Duo or Group.

MAY 10, 1963 FRIDAY

Columbia released Claude King's ''Building A Bridge''.
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STUDIO SESSION FOR BILL YATES
FOR SUN RECORDS 1963

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: FRIDAY MAY 10, 1963
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS

Bill Yates first informal session at Sun appears to have been on May 10, 1963 when it is likely he and the  Adams band were just running through their nightly repertoire. Nothing was issued from the session at the  time but included here several unissued songs. ''Boom Boom'' was obviously a current band favorite, based  on John Lee Hooker's rhythm and blues hit from the summer of 1962, while ''Before I Lose My Mind'' and  ''Every Night About This Time'' were bluesy ballads that presumably became favorities at the Hide-A-Way as  the evening wore on. In contrast, ''Popcorn Polly'' was a fairly recent Charlie Rich composition, written in his  days as a Sun session pianist just starting to forsake jazz to make teen-oriented records. Yates shared a  bandstand with Rich on several occasions and may have learned the song directly from him as it was not  issued at the time.

01 - ''BOOM BOOM'' - B.M.I - 2:06
Composer: - John Lee Hooker
Publisher: - Conrad Music
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 10, 1963
Released: - June 14, 2013
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17277-19 mono
BILL YATES - THE SUN YEARS PLUS

02 - ''BEFORE I LOSE MY MIND'' - 2 - B.M.I. - 3:16
Composer: - Vic McAlpin-Roy Drusky
Publisher: - Acclaim Music
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 10, 1963
Released: - June 14, 2013
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17277-21 mono
BILL YATES - THE SUN YEARS PLUS

03 - ''EVERY NIGHT ABOUT THIS TIME'' - B.M.I. - 3:52
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 10, 1963
Released: - June 14, 2013
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17277-20 mono
BILL YATES - THE SUN YEARS PLUS

04 - ''IT WAS ONLY YESTERDAY'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None
Released: - Sun Unissued

05 – ''DON'T YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU'' – B.M.I.
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None
Released: - Sun Unissued

06 - ''POPCORN POLLY'' - B.M.I. - 2:53
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 10, 1963
Released: - June 14, 2013
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17277-31 mono
BILL YATES - THE SUN YEARS PLUS

07 - ''JUST FOR YOU'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 10, 1963

08 - ''RECIPE FOR LOVE'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 10, 1963

09 - ''WALK ON BY'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 10, 1963

10 - ''YOU CAN HAVE MY WIFE'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - May 10, 1963

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Bill Yates - Vocal, Keyboards
Lee Adkins - Guitar
Vance Yates or Jesse Carter - Bass
Billy Adams - Drums
Russ Carlton - Saxophone
 
For Biography of Bill Yates see: > The Sun Biographies <
Bill Yates' Sun recordings can be heard on his playlist from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on > YouTube <

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BILL YATES - He was known as Bill Yates in Memphis and on almost of his records, but he was born Billy   Vance Yates on December 21, 1936 in Columbus, Georgia. His father, Hubert Vance Yates, was born in   Mississippi around 1912 and his mother, Kitty, sic years younger, came from Oklahoma. Hubert was a   traveling evangelist who seems to have moved regularly between the area around Columbus, the north   Carolinas, and northern Mississippi. At the time of the 1940 census the family was living on Desota Avenue   in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Hubert was listed as H.B. Yates employed at the YMCA in an athletic   capacity.

Billy Vance Yates was the oldest of three children born in Columbus (though, strangely, in a census   arror he was recorded as Billy Vance Yates, female). His brother, Leonard Charles, was a couple of years   younger and his sister, Carolyn, was a further year younger.
 
These three would be joined in September 1943   by their new young brother, Hubert Vance Yates Jr., known as Vance, born in Kannapolis.   ''All three brothers and their sister were interested in music and they all had a natural ability to sing and   play'', report Charles Yates' sons, Rusty and Jeff, who are Billy's nephews and musicians themselves. Rusty   told Martin Hawkins: ''Their father was a roving evangelist, and the family all sang in church right from the  beginning. That was their introduction to music. The family was always traveling, but they spent a lot of time   in north Mississippi nor far from Memphis. They were living in Mississippi when they formed a kids' gospel  group in church. Charles, Bill and Carolyn were three members, and at one point they drafted in the pre-teen   Elvis Presley who went to the same church when Hubert was preaching near Tupelo. The boys all stayed in   tough with Elvis in later years''.
Trough the 1950s, the Reverend Hubert Yates was based in Columbus, according to the annual City   Directories, and it seems that Billy Vance Yates spent most of his teenage years there, honing his musical   skills and planning a life as a touring musician. Rusty Yates said, ''In Georgia, Uncle Bill grew up as a natural   piano player. But he could play great harmonica and he could play guitar too. Hoe could just do it.

He started   to play at various places there, and later Uncle Vance started to play with him too''. The events of those years   are a little unclear but guitarist James Lucky Ward (who later played with Elvis Presley, Barbi Benton and   Janis Joplin) remembered as a teenager, ''toiling in drifter bands behind now-obscure headliners like Hugh   Lee Ott, Billy Vance Yates, briefly touted as the white Ray Charles, and Curley Money at Georgia clubs like   the Chansaw.
 
Ward played with Money on an unissued Sun session that included ''Chainsaw Charlie''. Local   news ads show that Billy Yates and Vance Yates played all along the Georgia coast and into Alabama ant it is  likely that Billy made his recording debut as pianist with Jerry Lott who, as The Phantom, recorded the   frantic rocker, ''Love Me'' in Mobile in 1958. The record came out on Dot Records and Lott later told Derek   Glenister: ''I'm telling you, it was wild. The drummer lost one of his sticks, the guitar player's glasses were   hanging sideways over his eyes, and the piano player screamed and knocked his stool over''.

By the time Bill Yates had already met and hung out with the big name piano pounder of the era, Jerry Lee   Lewis, According to Rusty: ''Uncle Bill moved to Memphis sometime around the mid-1950s. Bill and Vance   moved there together. He told me they flat broke and they slept in a car, or in fields by the roadside, just so   they could save enough money to get somewhere to stay. They got to know Billy Adams and Uncle Bill and   Billy Adams went out on tour with Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis and others from Memphis. They traveled around in a big old hearse at one tome, Bill told me Jerry Lee Lewis was very unreliable and   sometimes he'd be the headliner but when the show started he would not be there, so Bill would go out and   do the show for him, Bill could play piano just like Jerry Lee''.

In May 1959, Billy Yance Yates was married in Mobile, Alabama to Mary Giles. According to Rusty, ''Uncle   Bill and Mary had sons, Dusty (Hubert), and Leslie, and daughters, Tanya and Denise, but in the end Bill   didn't stay with Mary''. It seems that Bill was always off on the road somewhere, working in Memphis or elsewhere. By 1961 he had his eyes on Hollywood. The Columbus, Georgia Ledge-Enquirer of July 2, 1961   reported: ''Youths Join Presley Group For Hollywood: Two Columbus youths, Vance Yates Jr., and Bill Vance   Yates, have joined the entourage of rock and roll singer Elvis Presley and will soon leave Memphis for   Hollywood, where Presley is due to make another movie. Vance Yates Jr. was in Columbus yesterday for a   few days before rejoining the band which accompanies Presley at his personal appearance and on recording   dates. Young Yates plays the bass fiddle in the four-man band. His brother, Billy Vance, is a bodyguard for   Presley''. Rusty Yates confirmed: ''Bill did spend time as Elvis's bodyguard. Bill was a big guy. Bill was   always around Elvis and his friends. My father Charles was later in the Speer Quartet, who worked with   Elvis, but the one who was closest to him though was Uncle Vance. When Elvis became famous and used to   hire out whole movie theatres, then Bill and Vance would always be right there with him. In 1960, when I   was about 6 months old, my dad was recording at RCA in Nashville with the Speer Quartet and Elvis came   along to listen one day, because he loved that music. Elvis picked me up and said something like ''what a fine   boy I was – and then I threw up on him. That's the story anyway''. While Billy and Vance were following the   gospel and rhythm and blues or rock and roll, their brother Charles had become a member of the Prophets   Quartet, originally from Knoxville, and the famous country gospel group, the Speer Family. Later, during the   1970s, Charles was in Elvis Presley's touring show and after that the Masters Five alongside gospel greats   J.D. Sumner and Hovie Lister.
 
Despite his occasional trips away with the Presley entourage, Bill Yates' bread and butter work remained   in Memphis. He had a regular gig at the 5 gables Club in the late 1950s where he formed a band known as   the T-Birds.
Then he hooked up again with drummer Billy Adams, who had just come of the road in 1961   to form a band. Adams band had the resident at Hernando's Hide-A-Way at 3210 Old Hernando Road in   south Memphis, a nightclub of some note where the band gave exposure to many up-and-coming   Memphis musicians.

Rusty Yates remembered visiting his uncle Bill there: ''I know Bill played with Billy  Adams a lot. As a boy, about 4 or 5 years old. I remember being taken to a club where Adams had his   drums set up, probably the Hide-A-Way, and I sat on Adams' lap and he helped me to play the drums. I   remember that we''.

Other regular members of the Adams band where bass player Jesse Carter, guitarist Lee Adkins,   multiinstrumentalist Gene Parker, and saxophonist Russ Carlton.
 
Jesse Carter remembered: ''I met Bill   Yates at the 5 Gables Club when he was playing as a single on South Bellevue. When he later moved to the  Hide-A-Away we played together there and then he joined with Adams, and then I did too. His brother   Vance Yates would play with us sometimes. He was a great vocalist and bassist, a good man. Bill Yates was   a real character, but he also had a great voice and was a good entertainer. He could always liven the crowd   up when he came along. He was a great piano player. He came from somewhere around Macon, Georgia   and his dad was a Holiness preacher. The family was all into gospel singing. I think that's where he got his   presence from, his projection of a song. But he was a shady character – he was unreliable, he might just   disappear for a white''.

So by 1961, Bill Yates had learned his trade and become part of a band whose musicians were wellrespected   and becoming regulars at the recording studios around town. The next step for him was surely to   get a recording contract for himself. The established label in Memphis was Sun, followed by the   emerging operations at Hi, Stax,or Fernwood. Other smaller fly-by-night labels came and went but one that   looked promising had just been operated by Ruben Cherry, and named Home Of The Blues after Cherry's   local record store.

All through the time he was recording at Sun, Bill Yates worked with the Bill Adams group at   Charles Foren's Hernando's Hide-A-Way club, and when Foren established the new Vapors Supper Club on   Brooks Road in south Memphis in 1969 Yates ans Adams moved there. By that time, Adams had set up a   booking agency, Memphis Artists Attractions, booking Yates and many others locally and across the Holiday   Inn network. Memphis's Key TV Guide for April 1973 captured the local scene, carrying ads for the   Admiral Benbow lounge – ''Billy Adams' Show and Danceband plays nightly except Sunday... Bill Yates   pianist, plays at cocktail time Mon-Fr'' – and for the Downtowner Motor Inn. On Union Avenue – ''the Billy   Yates Trio appears from 8 to 1 six nights a week''. That year Adams and Yates were competing with other   entertainment, dinning and dancing options that included Linda Ann, vivacious blonde, playing at the  Casino Lounge, Eddie Bond and his TV Stompers at the E B Ranch, Charlie Freeman at the Admiral   Benbow Club Lounge, Jesse Lopez (brother of Trini Lopez) at the Rivermont Holiday Inn, and Larry   Garrett and Lee Adkins at the Vapors''.

Eventually, Bill's absences from Memphis grew permanent. At some point, he and Vance Yates worked as   the Yates Brothers on shows booked out of Nashville by the Wil-Helm Talent Agency formed by Don   Helms and the Wilburn Brothers. It is not clear how long this lasted but it is likely the Yates boys wound up   in Las Vegas. By the close of the 1970s Bill Yates had settled there. He lived at various addresses in Vegas   through the 1980s, including Ramona Circle and Karen Avenue. His nephew, Rusty confirmed: ''Bill spent a  lot of time playing music in the west, especially Las Vegas, from the late 1970s through the 1980s. He was   an actor too, and he was an extra and stuntman in the movies. I remembered seeing him in his western gear,   mainly westerns. But I remember one time when Batman was in big in the movies they hired Bill to make   personal a ppearances at movie theatres as Batman. He'd go in there and leap around and play the part. That   was back in the 1960s''.

When Bill Yates moved west, his sister Carolyn was also singing in lounges across the country   including venues in Vegas and Lake Tahoe. Working as Carol Lee through the 1960s and 1970s, her   publicity noted that she was from the backwoods of Georgia and her singing had ''journeyed from the   church to the club to concerts'' but that she was ''an entertainer first of all'', singing from songbooks as   diverse as Sinatra and Ray Charles. She also sang country, not least her own song ''I Won't Mention It   Again'' that stayed at number 1 for thirteen weeks when recorded by Ray Price.

It was from Vegas that Bill Yates contacted his nephew Rusty, a budding musician, in 1979: ''I was nearly   20 years old and working for my dad, who wanted me to go into the service. But then Uncle Bill called   from Las Vegas and invited me to come out and play music with him there. In January 1980, I arrived and I   was expecting to play piano, which was my instrument. But he pointed me to the drum kit and I said I   should get on the drums. He needed a drummer. So I did that for a year at the King 8 Casino and then after   that I did it a couple years more. The King 8 had opened in 1974 on Tropicana Avenue off the southern end   of Vegas' main strip. It was a decent enough venue, if not quite the standard of the International where Elvis   Presley had held sway for many years. Bill played little of Presley's music but after Presley died in 1977  Bill recorded four songs: ''Elvis We Miss You'', ''Golden Guitar'', ''Poor But Proud'', and ''Number One   Country Music Star''. The recordings were a mix of blues, gospel, and country influences with story lyrics   and an intense, conversational vocal style.

They were of their time and perhaps typical of part of the Yates act of the day. Rusty Yates said: ''When   we were in Vegas, Uncle Bill would play an amazing range of music on piano. He'd play like Liberace and   then he'd play like Fats Domino and then he would play George Shearing or some ragtime. He could play it   all. He would play his own songs too, sometimes, thing like the ''M&Ms'' song and ''Big Big World'' that   was written by his friend Red West''. Al least two of Yates' later recordings were issued. A label called   Memphis Country Sights And Sound issued ''Poor But Proud'' and ''Greatest Star Of All'', one an in-vogue   nostalgic country song and the other an imaginative tribute to Hank Williams where Yates buys the car   Hank took his last journey in. It would make sense that the Elvis tribute was also issued but a copy of that   disc is still to be found.

The Las Vegas marriage records show that Billy Vance Yates was married twice in the city of the   quick ceremony. On July 20, 1985 he married May Elizabeth Nolan and on April 14, 1989 he married Cathy   Lynn West. Rusty Yates confirmed: ''Bill didn't stay with Mary when he went away to Vegas. He married   there twice but they didn't last. He didn't talk to his first wife for years and didn't stay in touch with his   children at that time''.

According to Rusty, ''Uncle Bill spent a lot of time out west. After he left Vegas, then he went to   Pinedale, Wyoming in the early 1990s. At that time in life he became a ''mountain man'' going on trips into   the wilderness and living that kind of life. He and William Golden from the Oak Ridge Boys would do that   together sometimes. They's disappear off and live in the hills and made their own leather gear and that sort   of things''. In July 2000, the Sublette County Journal carried a feature on an event called the Quick Draw,   where local artists and sculptors created works on the spot, using local people and scenes as their   inspiration. Their journalist wrote: ''As I stepped up to take a picture of one artist at work, I noticed that the   lump of clay before her looked and awful lot like the mountain man who was watching her work. The artist  introduced herself as Joyce Killebrew from Sedona, Arizona; then the mountain man spoke. Bill Yates is   from Memphis, Tennessee, and had worked with Elvis for six years as a piano player. He then playfully   scolded me for taking his picture when he didn't have his teeth in''.

The Quick Draw occurred at about the time Bill Yates' health started to nosedive. Rusty said, ''There came   a time in Wyoming when Uncle Bill was in failing health. He had diabetes, and someone contacted my dad   and said that he needed to be looked after and so his family brought him back to Louisiana. Then he got   into contact with his first wife and children again in Mississippi. He had lost both legs and was very ill''.   Bill moved to Forrest near Hattiesburg, Mississippi and his daughter Denise Nugend, said ''We were   estranged for many years before his illness but I convinced him to move closer to his children. He passed   away in 2007 after a long illness''. The Wayne County News reported, ''Graveside funeral service for Bill   Yates, 70, of Hattiesburg, were held on Saturday, December 8, 2007, at the Isney (Ala) Cemetery. Born Dec.   21, 1936, Yates was a musician. He died on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007, at Forrest General Hospital in   Hattiesburg''.

To Rusty Yates, ''Uncle Bill was as good a musician as you'd ever hear. He always had places to play   in Memphis and in Vegas. But he would just get a hankering yo go and do something else. Wherever he   was, he'd just take off from there. Uncle Vance was exactly the same way''.

Of the singing Yates family, Charles Yates is the survivor and still an accomplished gospel singer.   Vance Yates died in Corpus Christi, Texas in 2012, aged 68. His nephew said, ''He was in very bad health –   the conduct of his earlier life caught up with him''. Their sister Carolyn died aged 44, in 1983. But there is a   new generation of the musical Yates family. Charles's sons Rusty and Jeff run the Rusty Yates Band out of   Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Rusty grew up singing in church where his grandfather preached. He plays   keyboards and sings, like his uncle Bill, and has a repertoire that includes a nod to Ray Charles, like his   uncle Vance.

MAY 6/JUNE 3, 1963

Third European tour for Jerry Lee Lewis, and he came with his friend and road manager Cecil Harrelson and  his young drummer Morris ''Tarp'' Tarrant. He was backed by British group The Outlaws, with Gene Vincent,  Heinz Burt and others. The tour started on May 6 in Birmingham, and continued in Sheffield on May 7th,  York May 8th, Croydon May 9th, Bristol May 10th, Bournemouth May 11th and Newcastle on May 12, with  two shows each night.

MAY 11, 1963 SATURDAY

Tim Raybon is born in Jacksonville, Florida. He joins sibling Marty to form The Raybon Brothers, who earn a gold single with their remake of the pop song ''Butterfly Kisses''.

MAY 12, 1963 SUNDAY

Bob Dylan takes a legendary stance, refusing to appear on ''The Ed Sullivan Show'' when the CBS host requests he not play ''Talkin' John Birch Society Blues''. Brenda Lee, however, remains on the bill.
MAY 13 TO MAY 19, 1963

Concerts for Jerry Lee Lewis at the Star-Club in Hamburg, West Germany, for the first time, for two weeks.  He was backed by The Outlaws and his own drummer, Morris ''Tarp'' Tarrant. This was followed by a week-long  playing US Army bases in Germany. He would return to the Star-Club for just one further engagement.  on April 5, 1964, when over the course of two shows that evening his legendary live LP was recorded.

According to Horst-Dieter Fischer, ''At the time Jerry played the Star-Club, Hamburg in May 1963 I was  president of the German branch of the Jerry Lee Lewis International Fan Club, which produced its own  magazine entitled ''Teenage Letter''.

''Jerry played two shows a night at the Star-Club; to my knowledge no audio recordings of those shows exist,  but there are pictures. I wrote an article in issue No. 1?63 of ''Teenage Letter'' which reflects on one of those  nights and notes that Jerry was in an outstanding rockin' mood. He performed mainly rock songs, including  ''Down The Line'', ''Great Balls Of Fire'', ''High School Confidential'', ''Don't Be Cruel'', ''Breathless'', ''It'll Be  Me'', ''Mean Woman Blues'', '' Money'', ''Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On'', Good Golly Miss Molly'', ''Sweet  Little Sixteen'', ''Let's Talk About Us'', ''Lovin' Up A Storm'', ''Little Queenie'', ''Teenage Letter'' and ''What'd I  Say'', and only a few country tunes such as ''Cold Cold Heart'', ''You Win Again'' and ''How's My Ex Treating  You''. The Outlaws played well, but I reported then that in my opinion the lead guitar was way too loud and  partly drowned the sound of Jerry's piano playing!

Jerry Lee Lewis returned to the UK on May 27 for more dates until June 2 in Liverpool, and he finished his  tour in Paris on June 3.

MAY 14, 1963 TUESDAY

Sons Of The Pioneers alumnus Doye O'Dell guests on the NBC-TV western ''Empire''.

MAY 15, 1963 WEDNESDAY

Burl Ives wins Best Country and Western Recording at the fifth annual Grammy awards with ''Funny Way Of Laughin'''.

MAY 17, 1963 FRIDAY

Liberty Records released Jan and Dean's pop hit ''Surf City'', featuring guitarist Glen Campbell.

MAY 18, 1963 SATURDAY

Roy Orbison begins a 21-date tour of England with The Beatles as his opening act. The Beatles become the headliners by the end of the tour.

MAY 22, 1963 WEDNESDAY

Kenny Rogers files charges against his first wife, Janice, for preventing him from exercising visitation rights with his daughter.

MAY 23, 1963 THURSDAY

Pop singer Eddy Howard dies of a cerebral hemorrhage. A prolific figure during the 1940s and 1950s, he made one appearance in country music's Top 10 with his 1947 recording of ''Ragtime Cowboy Joe''.

Gene Autry cuts the ribbon on the Hotel Continental, a 13-story building at 8401 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.

MAY 25, 1963 SATURDAY

Orchestra leader Lawrence Welk, a former musical partner for Red Foley, makes the cover on TV Guide.

The Beach Boys score their first Top Ten hit with ''Surfin' USA''.

MAY 26, 1963 SUNDAY

Elvis Presley recorded ''(You're The) Devil In Disguise'' at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee. (You're The) Devil In Disguise" is a UK number one single which was written by the songwriters Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye. It was published by Elvis Presley Music in 1963. The song peaked at number three in the United States on the Billboard singles chart and number nine on the Billboard Rhythm and Blues singles chart, becoming his last top ten single on the Rhythm and Blues charts. The single was certified "Gold" by the RIAA for sales in excess of 500,000 units in the US. The song also topped Japan's Utamatic record chart in the fall of 1963. In 1963, when the song was debuted to a British audience on the BBC television show Juke Box Jury, the celebrity guest John Lennon voted the song “a miss” stating on the new song that Elvis Presley was "like Bing Crosby now". The song went on to reach number 1 in the United Kingdom. The flipside, "Please Don't Drag That String Around", was recorded for a full-length album that was scheduled for release in 1963, but RCA chose instead to release the album piecemeal on singles and as soundtrack album bonus tracks.

MAY 29, 1963 WEDNESDAY

Priscilla Beaulieu graduates from the Memphis all-girls Immaculate Conception high school. Elvis Presley has to wait outside.

Politician Craig Schelske is born in Salem, Oregon. At the age of 30, he becomes the first husband of future country star Sara Evans.

Gene and Margie Vincent have a daughter, Sherri Ann Vincent, in England.

MAY 30, 1963 THURSDAY

Jim Reeves begins his only tour of Ireland.

Future Curb Records owner Mike Curb is in the stands at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as Parnelli Jones wins the Indianapolis 500.
JUNE 1, 1963 SATURDAY

Jerry Lee Lewis plays for the cruise ''Rock Across The Channel'' from Southend to Boulogne. According to Graham Knight, ''Jerry, with his road manager Cecil Harrelson, drummer Morris ''Tarp'' Tarrant, The Outlaws and several support British bands embarked on the Royal Daffodil in Southend at around 10 a.m. for the cruise to Boulogne, France. On the way, Jerry spent a lot of time talking to his British fans but did not play. He was first to disembark on the French coast and on the quayside there was a stage where Jerry stopped to present a prize to a French rock group which had won a music contest. He then walked, accompanied by his fans, to the Casino, the venue for an afternoon performance. Jerry gave a great show of about 40 minutes at the Casino and re-embarked later in the afternoon on the Royal Daffodil. On the way back, he played another show on aboard the boat. The channel was rather rough and the piano had to be tied down with ropes. Jerry played songs he had not done earlier at the Boulogne Casino and he enjoyed responding to fan requests, including unusual numbers from his repertoire such as ''It Won't Happen With Me''.

''Yellowstone Cubs'', a short film about two bears in a national park, opens in movie theaters. Rex Allen narrates the Disney feature.

JUNE 2, 1963 SUNDAY

Roy Acuff attends his first major league baseball game in St. Louis. The San Francisco Giants beat the Cardinals, 6-4. Broadcaster Dizzy Dean brings Acuff into the booth and coaxes him into singing one verse of ''Wabash Cannonball''.
 
JUNE 3, 1963 MONDAY

Jerry Lee Lewis make his first appearance at the Olympia in Paris, and the second in France, as part of rock jamboree ''La Guitare d'Or'', following a show in Boulogne two days before. He was the guest star at the end of a three-day amateur French rock groups contest, and played two shows. Al least one of them was recorded by the French radio station Europe 1 (the most popular at the time) and parts were broadcast the following Sunday during the radio show ''Musicorama''. The tape probably still exists in Europe 1 vaults but, to this day, only three songs have been circulating amongst fans. The appearance in Paris was well covered by the French press with pictures in different magazines and all the big names in French rock music, including Johnny Hallyday and Sylvie Vartan, were present to see Jerry Lee Lewis.

Pope John XXIII dies and Pope Paul VI is elected by College of Cardinals.

JUNE 4, 1963 TUESDAY

The Gene Autry Hotel Company announces it's purchased the 140-room Ocotillo Lodge in Palm Springs, California.

JUNE 5, 1963 WEDNESDAY

''Irma La Douce'', starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, appears in movie houses. The cast includes ''Dear Oakie'' singer Doye O'Dell.

JUNE 6, 1963 THURSDAY

Marty Robbins recorded ''Not So Long Ago'' at Columbia Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.
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A local artist who recorded country and pop for other labels, this version of Charlie Rich's fine song is Jeanne's best recording.

STUDIO SESSION FOR JEANNE NEWMAN
FOR SUN RECORDS 1963

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: WEDNESDAY JUNE 3 OR 5, 1963
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER –  SCOTTY MOORE

01 – ''THANKS A LOT'' - B.M.I. - 2:31
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 436  - Master
Recorded: - June 3 or 5, 1963
Released: - 1963
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single > PI 3585-A < mono
THANKS A LOT / THE BOY I MET TODAY
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4-23 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6

Another entry in the rather bizarre ''Thanks A Lot'' sweepstakes. About the only new here is that this reading is by a female vocalist, and that's of no small consequence. The line ''And for calling me those things you know I'm not'' takes on a whole new dimension when sung by a woman''. Again, the Floyd Cramer-inspired piano track is prominent in the arrangement. (It is easy to underestimate just how influential Cramer's style was during the early 1960s). Newman is a groaner in the tradition perfected by Connie Francis, whose work was an obvious inspiration here.

Charlie Rich wrote the song in 1958 for Johnny Cash. Charlie's demo contained really gritty images about a dissolving marriage, including some references to a shark-like lawyer. (''He's suing me everything I got / Thanks a lot...''). By the time Cash recorded it, cooler heads had prevailed and the lyric had been tamed down. Now that Jeanne has gotten her vocal chords around it, the lyric suddenly takes on a new sense. In fact, this was probably a chick-song all along.
The ghost of Connie hovers over the flipside as well. Old Jeanne can whisper and groan in harmony with the best of them! This is a touching tale of teenage heartbreak, and a rather clever one at that. It's a pore pop record, with no leanings toward country music. Musicologists will notice that it contains a passing reference to Sue Thompson's hit record ''Sad Movies''.

Newman's record was released in late 1963 at exactly the time when the Phillips International label was folding. In fact hers was the penultimate release on the label.

02 – ''THE BOY I MET TODAY'' – B.M.I. - 2:35
Composer: - Jeanne Newman
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 435  - Master
Recorded: - June 3 or 5, 1963
Released: - 1963
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single > PI 3585-B < mono
THE BOY I MET TODAY / THANKS A LOT
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-4-24 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6

We include one other glimpse of Newman - a demo version of Jack Clement's song ''Two Young Fools In Love''. The history of this brief track is unknown, although we know the song was originally recorded and released by Barbara Pittman on Phillips International in 1957.

03 – ''TWO YOUNG FOOLS IN LOVE'' – B.M.I. - 1:31
Composer: - Jack Clement
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - June 3 or 5, 1963
Released: - August 2002
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 1 6609-6-6 mono
MEMPHIS BELLES - THE WOMEN OF SUN RECORDS

04 – ''CHEATERS NEVER WIN'' – B.M.I. - 1:49
Composer: - Brad Suggs
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - June 3 or 5, 1963
Released: - August 2002
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 1 6609-6-13 mono
MEMPHIS BELLES - THE WOMEN OF SUN RECORDS

05 – ''DANNY'S  DREAM'' – B.M.I. - 1:56
Composer: - Mike Beard
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - June 3 or 5, 1963
Released: - August 2002
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 1 6609-6-19 mono
MEMPHIS BELLES - THE WOMEN OF SUN RECORDS

06 – ''YELLOW ROSES'' – B.M.I. - 2:19
Composer: - Jeanne Newman
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - June 3 or 5, 1963
Released: - August 2002
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 1 6609-6-6 mono 
MEMPHIS BELLES - THE WOMEN OF SUN RECORDS

07 – ''PAPER OF PINS'' – B.M.I. - 2:45
Composer: - Traditional-Jeanne Newman
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - June 3 or 5, 1963
Released: - August 2002
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 1 6609-6-21 mono
MEMPHIS BELLES - THE WOMEN OF SUN RECORDS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jeanne Newman – Vocal
Bobby Wood - Piano
Stan Kesler - Guitar
Roland Janes - Guitar
Gene Chrisman - Drums
 
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JUNE 7, 1963 FRIDAY

Jerry Lee Lewis arriving at Memphis airport and greeted by his mother Mamie, wife Myra, his new manager Frank Casone and an unknown child. Jerry was returning from New York after playing a gig on June 5 at the night club Copacabana, immediately following his successful tour in Europe. A newspaper published the picture with a legend saying ''the reunion looked more like graduation day at the Academy for the blind'''.

JUNE 8, 1963 SATURDAY

The state of Tennessee and the city of Sparta celebrate Lester Flatt Day, and mayor Wilford Mills presents the bluegrass musician a key to the city. His partner, Earl Scruggs, is made an onorary citizen.

JUNE 9, 1963 SUNDAY

Wynn Stewart marries Dolores Morris between shows at a chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

JUNE 10, 1963 MONDAY

Jim Reeves begins a short tour of American military bases in England.
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STUDIO SESSION FOR TONY ROSSINI
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: MONDAY JUNE 10, 1963
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR SCOTTY MOORE

This recording and the last release in July 1963, marked the end of Tony Rossini's recording career at Sun Records. If you listen closely, you'll hear unmistakable signs that young Mr. Rossini's voice was on the brink of changing – a condition that might have contributed as much as the lack of hits to the end of his days at Sun.

01 – ''MOVED TO KANSAS CITY'' - B.M.I. - 2:00
Composer: - Harold Dorman
Publisher: - Rolyn Publishing
Matrix number: - U 496 - Master
Recorded: - June 10, 1963
Released: - July 15, 1963
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single > Sun 387-B < mono
MOVED TO KANSAS CITY / NOBODY
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805-1-13 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5
 
There is very little edge to either of these sides, although ''Moved To Kansas City'' shows more signs of life with its pop gospelly feel and Stan Kesler's surprisingly adventurous basswork against the simple chord changes. Bobby Wood's tinkly piano solo mimics almost note for note the work of Memphis pianist Jerry Smith (recording as half of Cornbread and Jerry) on obscure 1962 Liberty release called ''Li'l Ole Me''.

Those chorus-assisted Lloyd Price da-dah da-dah da-dah on the 5-7 chord still seemed to be part of the pop music vocabulary in mid-1963 when these sides were recorded. The flip-side, ''Nobody'', is a competent pop record. Bobby Wood's keyboard work borders on bluesy in a few places.
Tony Rossini returned to Madison Avenue to sing back-up on Randy & The Radiants's Sun and Holiday Inn records, and he played in a garage band, the Emeralds, with Buddy Cunningham's son, B.B., who later led the Hombress. ''I wrote songs with Donna Weiss'', Tony said recently. ''She wrote 'Bette Davis Eyes'.
 
We worked as a duet and we were managed by Sy Rosenberg, who managed Charlie Rich. Sy got us a one-year deal with Mercury''. One single was recorded in Nashville in September 1965, and another session was held in May 1966 from which nothing was issued. ''Ray Stevens was on our Mercury sessions, and he got us on Monument and produced us. We had three singles. Then I was drafted in 1968, and went to Vietnam. Spent fourteen months there. I came back in January 1970, and in March I went to California. The scene seemed to be moving out there. Donna was there, Booker T, Steve Cropper. I went to Screem Gems and did demos for B.J. Thomas and others. Then I got a Capitol contract via Boyce and Hart. I had one single on Capitol. I was doing club gigs in Orange County, up and down the coast. Lounge stuff. Lounces were popular. That's where I learned to entertain. I've never made a career out of anything but music''. Tony Rossini, based in Louisville, Kentucky, is was still working the lounge circuit. Anthony ''Tony'' Rossini Jr. passed away on Thuesday, March 18, 2014 in Edgewood, Kentucky at the age of 67.

02 - ''NOBODY'' - B.M.I. - 2:10
Composer: - Davidson
Publisher: - Beckie Music – Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 495  - Master
Recorded: - June 10, 1963
Released: - July 15, 1963
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single > Sun 387-A < mono
NOBODY / MOVED TO KANSAS CITY
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805-1-14 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Tony Rossini - Vocal
Jerry Smith – Piano
Bobby Wood - Keyboard
Stan Kesler – Bass
More Details Unknown
 
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JUNE 11, 1963 TUESDAY

Brenda Lee graduates from Hollywood Professional School in California.

JUNE 13, 1963 WEDNESDAY

Ray Price recorded ''Make The World Go Away'' in an overnight session at the Columbia Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jan and Dean recorded ''Honolulu Lulu'' in Los Angeles, with Glen Campbell playing guitar in the backing band.

Johnny Cash recorded ''The Matador'' in Nashville at the Columbia Recording Studios.

JUNE 15, 1963 SATURDAY

Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs perform ''Worried Man Blues'' on ABC's ''Hootenanny''.

Buck Owens collects his firs number 1 single in Billboard with ''Act Naturally''.

Jim Reeves concludes a tour of American military bases in Great Britain.

JUNE 16, 1963 SUNDAY

Russians put the first woman in space on the Vostok 6. 

JUNE 17, 1963 MONDAY

Decca Records released the album ''The Patsy Cline Story''.

JUNE 19, 1963 WEDNESDAY

Les Paul and Mary Ford are separated.

JUNE 20, 1963 THURSDAY

The Everly Brothers recorded ''Silver Threads And Golden Needles''. The song is destined to become a country hit when remade by Linda Ronstadt.
 
The United States and the Soviet Union agree to establish a "hot line" a direct communication system between the two nations to prevent a possible Nuclear War.

JUNE 24, 1963 MONDAY

Capitol released Buck Owens and Rose Maddox' ''We're The Talk Of The Town''.

JUNE 25, 1963 TUESDAY

The Wilburn Brothers recorded ''Tell Her So''.

JUNE 26, 1963 WEDNESDAY

Skeeter Davis recorded ''I Can't Stay Mad At You'' in Nashville, Tennessee.

Columbia released Ray Price's ''Make The World Go Away''.

A Nashville judge approves 18-year-old Brenda Lee's plan to sign a 20-year contract with Decca Records guaranteeing her $35,000 annually.

JUNE 30, 1963 SUNDAY

Guitarist Dwayne O'Brien is born in Ada, Oklahoma. He joins the harmony-rich Little Texas, performing on the pop-influenced singles ''What Might Have Been'', ''You And Forever And Me'' and ''Good Blessed Texas''.
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STUDIO SESSION FOR THE FOUR UPSETTERS
FOR SUN RECORDS 1963

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: SUNDAY JUNE 30, 1963
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR SCOTTY MOORE

If you think that was weird, check out ''Surfin' Calliope''. A calliope was a steam-driven organ, often used on riverboats.   It was also the name of the Everly Brothers' short-lived vanity label which came and went around 1961. ''Surfin' Calliope'' is an old waltz, ''When You're In Love, It's The Loveliest Night Of The Year'', getting dragged through some very strange neighborhoods. Just who was dancing to this record? More to the point, who was buying it?

01 – ''SURFIN' CALLIOPE'' - B.M.I. - 3:02
Composer: - John Guthrie-George Webb-Luke Wright-William Ray Felts
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 493-Z   - Master
Recorded: - June 30, 1963
Released: - July 15, 1963
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single > Sun 386-A < mono
SURFIN' CALLIOPE / WABASH CANNON BALL
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805-1-11 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5
02 – ''LONELY WEEKENDS'' - B.M.I. - 3:16
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - June 30, 1963
Released: - 2006
First appearance: - Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-11 mono
THE FOUR UPSETTERS - SELECTED HITS

03 – ''MAKIN' BELIEVE'' - B.M.I. - 2:23
Composer: - Jimmy Work
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - June 30, 1963
Released: - 2006
First appearance: - Charly Records (MP3) Internet Sample-6 mono
THE FOUR UPSETTERS - SELECTED HITS

04 – ''WILD IRISH ROSE''
Composer: - Chauncey Olcott
Publisher: - Witmark Music
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - June 30, 1963

After ''When Irish Eyes Are Smiling'', which he co-wrote, "My Wild Irish Rose" is probably the most famous song Irish-American Chauncey Olcott churned out. The inspiration for this solo composition was revealed by his wife Margaret after his death. On a visit to his mother's homeland in 1898, a young boy gave her a flower. When she asked him what it was called he replied "...a wild Irish Rose." She put the flower in an album, and later when her husband asked her for suggestions for a song title she opened the album, pointed to it and said: "There's the title for your new song''. 
The ballad went into A Romance Of Athlone the following year, and the sheet music was published by the New York firm Witmark. 
 
Name (Or. No.Of Instruments)
The Four Upsetters consisting of
Luke Wright – Saxophone
William Ray Felts - Keyboards & Organ
John Guthrie – Drums
George ''Buddy'' Webb - Guitar
Little Richie - Vocals
 
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JUNE 1963

PI 3585 ''Thanks A Lot'' b/w ''The Boy I Met Today'' by Jeanne Newman issued.

Britian's war minister, Lord John Profumo, resigns his post in the wake of scandal due to his relationship with Christine Keeler, a call girl involved with a known Soviet spy.

Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, is released. The film marks the beginning of Taylor and Burton's tempestuous romance.

The Soviet Union launches the Vostok 6 spacecraft during June of 1963. The mission carried cosmonaut Valentina V. Tereshkova as she became the first woman in space. During the mission medical experiments were conducted to test the effects of space travel on a female body and live video of Tereshkova was broadcast on television in the Soviet Union. The flight also involved the Vostok 5 spacecraft which was also in space at the time. The two crafts flew together and communicated with each other by using two-way radio throughout the mission. The Vostok 6 was in space for 3 days, after which it came to an end and Valentina Tereshkova safely returned to Earth.

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