Sun goes down…

It’s certainly no undestatement to say that without Sam Phillips and Sun Records, the course of music history would be very different indeed. For much of the 1950s, he was responsible for discovering, recording and releasing a huge amount of seminal music, leaving a legacy that still proves massively influential to this day. Our session dedicated to Sun and curated by rock & roll historian Bill Jubb, was a clear demonstration of this.

My thanks to Bill for putting together an informative and entertaining session that broke away from our usual ‘full albums’ format to explore the output of the label (and studio), the stories behind the people involved and of course the music. It was also fascinating to hear Bill’s personal account of how he discovered rock & roll music as a youngster in the 1950s and the impact it had on his life.

Lots of positive comments about the session, typified by this from Tom on Twitter:

“Brilliant night . Bill was an absolute star could of listened to him all night. Best one so far”

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My thanks also to Steve, Bernard and Jonathan for bringing along records with a Sun connection (albeit quite loose in some cases – we had to get Frank Sidebottom in somehow!); to Matt for sharing the story of his encounter with Carl Perkins and for Johnny Cash Roulette (you had to be there); to Dave for the photos; and finally to everyone who came along – another great turnout!

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We’ll be back on Thursday 8th May for an evening with Last Shop Standing author Graham Jones. The session will also feature a quiz from The Radio Shed and if you’ve braved the crowds for Record Store Day, this will be your chance to share what you bought. Full details soon.

MUSIC PLAYED

WARM-UP RECORDS
Billy Lee Riley – Red Hot/Pearly Lee/Flying Saucer Rock & Roll/She’s My Baby (EP, Charley, 1977)
Bill Justis – Raunchy & Other Great Instrumentals (Sun Record Company, 1969)
Side One: Raunchy/College Man/The Stranger/Wild Rice/Cattywampus/Flip, Flop And Bop
Side Two: Scroungie/The Midnight Man/Summer Holiday/Cloud 9/Flea Circus
Charlie Rich – Don’t Put No Headstone On My Grave/Goodbye Mary Ann (Don’t Put No Headstone On My Grave, Zu Zazz, 1986)

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PART 1
Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats – Rocket 88 (The Sun Story, Rhino, 1987)
The Prisonaires – Walking In The Rain (The Sun Story, Rhino, 1987)
Rufus Thomas – Bear Cat (The Sun Story, Sun Records, 1974)
Elvis Presley – Blue Moon of Kentucky/I’ll Never Let You Go Darlin’/Mystery Train/I Forgot To Remember To Forget (alternate takes, Good Rockin’ Tonight, Bop Cat, 1974)
Carl Perkins – Blue Suede Shoes/Honey Don’t (The Sun Years, Sun Records, 1982)
Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues/Hey Porter (Original Golden Hits, Sun Records, 1969)
Jerry Lee Lewis/George Klein – The Return of Jerry Lee (Good Rockin’ Tonight, Bop Cat, 1974)

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INTERVAL
Various – Rockabilly Rules OK (Charley, 1978): Charlie Feathers – Tongue Tied Jill/Billy Lee Riley – Red Hot/Ray Harris – Lonely Wolf
Ricky Nelson – My Babe (London, 1958)
Buddy Holly – I’m Gonna Love You Too (Coral, 1958)
The Cramps – Gravest Hits (Illegal Record, 1979): Lonesome Town/Domino
Frank Sidebottom – My Elvis Medley (Medium Play EP, In Tape, 1990)

PART 2
The Million Dollar Quartet – The Complete Million Dollar Session (Sun Records, 1987)
Side 3: Don’t Be Cruel/Paralysed/Don’t Be Cruel/There’s No Place Like Home/When The Saints Go Marching In
Side 4: I’m Gonna Bid My Blues Goodbye/Crazy Arms
Various – Good Rockin’ Tonight (Bop Cat, 1974): Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls Of Fire (alt. take)/Billy Lee Riley – Rock With Me Baby/Billy Lee Riley – Trouble Bound

JOHNNY CASH ROULETTE
Johnny Cash – Jackson (The Best of Johnny Cash, Reader’s Digest box set, 1973)

Listen to digital highlights here.

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April’s Record Club: Sun Records & The Million Dollar Quartet with Bill Jubb

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On Thursday 10th April, Glossop Record Club regular and rock & roll historian Bill Jubb takes the helm for a session dedicated to Sun, the Memphis record label and recording studio that launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and many more, along with also being the birthplace of rock & roll.

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The label was a melting pot of styles – rockabilly, country, blues, gospel, R’n’B – with a roster of white and black artists. In the session, Bill will take us through the history of the label with key records from Sun’s 1950s heyday, with particular attention being paid to the legendary ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ impromptu jam session, when Presley, Cash, Perkins and Lewis all happened to be in the studio at the same time on a Tuesday in December, 1956. Studio enginer ‘Cowboy’ Jack Clement ran a tape on the session, bootlegs of which appeared in the early 1970s with the first of many official releases appearing in 1981.

We’ll also hear music from Presley, Cash, Perkins and Lewis on their own, plus Rufus Thomas, Roy Orbison and Charlie Rich amongst others. All on vinyl, of course.

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Sun Records still continues to exert an influence on music to this day, with Jack White’s Third Man Records recently embarking on a reissue series of 7″ singles, and the events of the Million Dollar Quartet jam being turned into an international stage musical.

Have a listen to this mix of Sun classics to get you in the mood for the session.


SUN RECORDS and THE MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Bill Jubb
Thursday 10th April, 8-11pm.
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT.
FREE ADMISSION


Finally, with Record Store Day just around the corner, author of Last Shop Standing, Graham Jones, comes to Glossop Record Club on Thursday 8th May to share his entertaining tales of UK record shops and the dodgy dealings of the music industry. He’ll also be playing one of his favourite albums in full. The Radio Shed will host a quiz, with music goodies up for grabs, and if you’re one of the dedicated types who’ll be making an early morning trek to brave the queues for Record Store Day, this will be your chance to share the precious hard-won vinyl you’ve picked up. That will include me! Full details next month.

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Elvis has left the building

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Firstly, a big thank you to Quiet Loner for sharing two of his favourite albums with us and introducing them with keen insight. It was a special moment when the stylus got stuck during Elvis Costello’s ‘Indoor Fireworks’, a true reminder that we really were playing music from vinyl.

Thanks also to Peak Sounds, The Radio Shed and Quiet Loner (again) for kindly donating prizes for the ‘Elvis Vs Elvis’ quiz. Who knows when Evil Elvis will strike again!

And finally, thanks to everyone who came along and making our second session a big success. I had to bring in more tables and chairs so there must have been more people than last time! Lots of great suggestions for future sessions too.

Thanks to Rich for the photos. Below is a complete list of the songs played.

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We’ll be back at the labour club on Sunday 20th October from 1-4pm as part of the Oktoberfest. It’s a BRING YOUR OWN VINYL session, so root out your records and bring them down. We’ll be having just one featured album (to be decided on the day, but likely to be a choice of The Rolling Stones’ Let It Bleed, Who’s Next by The Who and Led Zeppelin III).

The next Thursday session is November 14th, which will be ‘Cult Heroes’. More details on that to come, but in the meantime here’s a little teaser.

QUIET LONER PRESENTS ELVIS VS ELVIS

Elvis Presley – From Elvis In Memphis (RCA Victor, 1969)

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Side One: Wearin’ That Loved On Look/Only The Strong Survive/I’ll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms)/Long Black Limousine/It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin’/I’m Movin’ On

Side Two: Power Of My Love/Gentle On My Mind/After Loving You/True Love Travels On A Gravel Road/Any Day Now/In The Ghetto

The Costello Show – King Of America (F-Beat, 1986)

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Side One: Brilliant Mistake/Loveable/Our Little Angel/Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood/Glitter Gulch/Indoor Fireworks/Little Palaces/I’ll Wear It Proudly

Side Two: American Without Tears/Eisenhower Blues/Poisoned Rose/The Big Light/Jack Of All Parades/Suit Of Lights/Sleep Of The Just

Elvis Vs Elvis – The Mix

Nick Lowe – So It Goes

Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Cruddup – My Baby Left Me

Specials – Do The Dog

Rufus Thomas – Tiger Man

Jerry Reed – Guitar Man

Robert Wyatt – Shipbuilding

Chet Baker – My Funny Valentine

Smiley Lewis – One Night

Squeeze – Tempted

Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright

The Pogues – The Sick Bed Of Cuchulalln

Little Junior’s Blue Flames – Mystery Train

Sam & Dave – I Can’t Stand Up

Hank Williams – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

Chuck Willis – I Feel So Bad

Tony Joe White – Polk Salad Annie

The Flying Burrito Brothers – Hot Burrito No. 1 (I’m Your Toy)

Jimmy Reed – Big Boss Man

James Carr – Pouring Water On A Drowning Man

Kris Kristofferson – For The Good Times

Ray Charles – I Got A Woman

Tommy Tucker – Hi Heel Sneakers

Little Willie John – Leave My Kitten Alone

Dave Edmunds – Girls Talk

Huey Lewis & The News – Do You Believe In Love

Stan Freberg – Heartbreak Hotel

Elvis Vs Elvis… let battle commence

The second Glossop Record Club session is this coming Thursday (10th October). We’ll be at Glossop Labour Club from 8pm. Entry is free, although a donation to the labour club is welcomed. Full venue and travel details here.

Quiet Loner is curating the session, with an evening of music from (and relating to) Elvis Presley and Elvis Costello. We’ll hear an album by each played from vinyl and in full (read more about the albums here), and we’ll also be doing a little ‘Elvis Vs Elvis’ quiz, with prizes including a pair of tickets for any Radio Shed Promotions gig at The Oakwood in Glossop and a ukelele very kindly donated by Peak Sounds.

Here’s (roughly) how the evening will run:

8-8.30pm: Elvis Vs Elvis – The Mix

8.30pm: 1st album

9.30pm: Elvis Vs Elvis – The Quiz

10pm: 2nd album

The ‘suggestions’ sheet will be there for anyone who wishes to make a suggestion for a future session. We’ll also be announcing the theme for November’s session along with more details of the Oktoberfest Sunday afternoon session on 20th October.

To get you in the mood, here’s Elvis singing Elvis.

Hope to see you there.

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Elvis Vs Elvis – Quiet Loner Speaks

For October’s Glossop Record Club session, Quiet Loner (aka Matt Hill) presents two of his favourite albums – Elvis Presley’s ‘From Elvis In Memphis’ and Elvis Costello’s ‘King Of America’, which we’ll listen to in full from vinyl. Here’s why he chose them.

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In 1977, one Elvis died and another was born. As Presley finally succumbed to years of drug abuse, Costello released his debut album. In my mind these two artists are inextricably linked. Both have been huge influences on my own music. To me they share more than just a name. They mine the same seam  – country, soul, gospel and blues – all influence their respective styles. They even shared musicians. So here are two of my favourite albums from two of my favourite artists.

‘FROM ELVIS IN MEMPHIS’ by Elvis Presley (1969)

This album stems from a recording session that marked a milestone in Elvis Presley’s career. At Chips Moman’s American Studios in 1969, Elvis recorded in Memphis for the first time since 1955 and his days at Sun records. It took a lot to get him there.

His 1968 TV special had been the ‘comeback’ that relit the fire in his belly. Finally, Elvis was standing up to his manager, picking songs that he loved and shunning the Nashville and LA session studios. In just three weeks, Elvis made some of the greatest recordings of his career.

The singles culled from these sessions – Suspicious Minds, Don’t Cry Daddy, In the Ghetto – put him back at the top of the charts. ‘From Elvis from Memphis’, the first album released from these sessions, was by far his strongest LP for years.

‘KING OF AMERICA’ by The Costello Show (1986)

After a staggering run of eight albums in seven years, Elvis Costello decides to ditch his long-serving backing band – The Attractions – and try something new. Step forward Elvis Presley’s legendary TCB band.

The resulting album by The Costello Show, is a stunning collection of what would now be called Americana. Featuring some of the best songs of his career, Costello explores country, rockabilly, blues and jazz to create an album that puts him back in favour with the critics and gave him a confidence to follow his muse wherever it might take him.

Elvis channelled Elvis. And the results were stunning.

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Join us at Glossop Labour Club on Thursday 10th October at 8pm. Entry is free, although a donation to the club would be appreciated.

Full venue and travel details here – https://glossoprecordclub.wordpress.com/venue-and-travel-details/

 

October’s Glossop Record Club session – Elvis vs. Elvis

The next Glossop Record Club session is on Thursday 10th October, once again at Glossop Labour Club. The evening will be curated by local singer-songwriter Matt Hill, aka Quiet Loner, and he’ll be pitching Elvis Presley against Elvis Costello, playing an album by each on vinyl and in full. His chosen albums are Presley’s From Elvis In Memphis (1969) and Costello’s King Of America (1986). Plus there’ll be music relating to both artists throughout the session. Full details to follow.

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