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:
@GlossopRecord. Bill was an absolute star could of listened to him all night. Best one so far”
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!
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.
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)
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)
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)
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.