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Rockabilly thread

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by cgw, Feb 13, 2021.

  1. cgw

    cgw Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Upstate NY
    I don't think there is (can't find) a general rockabilly thread (open).
    So please recommend and discuss good 50's and beyond rockabilly.
     
  2. cgw

    cgw Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Upstate NY
    The reason it (rockabilly) is on my mind this morning is that I just found a Collins Kids album in a local shop. It was just sitting there. I couldn't leave it. I'm listening to it now.
    It is an 80's comp - Introducing Larry and Lorrie
     
  3. Rockford & Roll

    Rockford & Roll Forum Resident

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    I love the Rick Nelson records with James Burton on guitar.
     
  4. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Certified dinosaur, who likes physical product

    Presley's first recording, a blues song titled "That's All Right Mama", was previously recorded in 1946 by Arthur Crudup. In this recording Presley married "black" and "white" genres to an extent that it was denied airplay on (white) country radio stations and (black) R&B stations, dismissed for being defined as both "black" and "white" music. Record Producer Sam Phillips was told by country deejays that Presley's "That's Alright Mama" was "black music" and lamented they would be "run out of town" for playing it. Similarly, R&B deejays categorized it as a (white) country song. When the song was finally played by one rogue deejay, Dewey Phillips,[42] Presley's recording created so much excitement it was described as having waged war on segregated radio stations. "The Sun recordings were the first salvos in an undeclared war on segregated radio stations nationwide."

    That's All Right Mama

     
  5. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Certified dinosaur, who likes physical product

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  6. Rick Bartlett

    Rick Bartlett Forum Resident

    Indeed I Do - Johnny Powers
     
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  7. Rick Bartlett

    Rick Bartlett Forum Resident

    Charlie Feathers - Bottle To The Baby
     
  8. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Certified dinosaur, who likes physical product

    Johnny Horton Honky Tonk Man

     
  9. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Certified dinosaur, who likes physical product

    and of course in the late seventies and early eighties The Stray Cats seemed to hold the torch highest and brightest

    Rock This Town

     
  10. Rockford & Roll

    Rockford & Roll Forum Resident

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    Midway, KY
    Rick Nelson | Waitin' In School

     
  11. davmar77

    davmar77 I'd rather be drummin'...

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  12. Rockford & Roll

    Rockford & Roll Forum Resident

    Location:
    Midway, KY
    Rick Nelson | Believe What You Say




    James Burton handles rhythm on Waiting' In School, Joe Maphis on lead. Here James appears on The Ozzie & Harriet show playing lead in Ricky's band. Fun stuff!
     
  13. davmar77

    davmar77 I'd rather be drummin'...

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  14. davmar77

    davmar77 I'd rather be drummin'...

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    clifton park,ny
  15. andy749

    andy749 Senior Member

    A few random faves:
    Carl Perkins
    Johnny Burnette R&R Trio
    Jimmy Lloyd - "Got A Rocket In My Pocket"
    Billy Lee Riley - "Red Hot"
    George Jones - "White Lightning"
    Big Bopper - "Crazy Blues"
    Wanda Jackson
    Johnny Horton - "Lover's Rock"
    Loads more...Hillbilly chicks in high heels!
     
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  16. Rockford & Roll

    Rockford & Roll Forum Resident

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    Mark mentioned the Stray Cats. Here's Dave Edmunds who produced some of their work.

     
  17. rainingdogs

    rainingdogs Death Of A Clown

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    ...Buddy Holly...

     
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  18. Rockford & Roll

    Rockford & Roll Forum Resident

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    Midway, KY
    I promise, I'll stop now! Y'all have lit a fuse:

    Dave Edmunds w/ Stray Cats | The Race Is On

     
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  19. rainingdogs

    rainingdogs Death Of A Clown

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    Defining features of the rockabilly sound included strong rhythms, vocal twang, and common use of tape echo but progressive addition of different instruments and vocal harmonies led to its "dilution"

    From Wikipedia - for those that don't know what constitutes a rockabilly record. ;)
     
  20. Jim Duckworth

    Jim Duckworth I can't lose with the stuff I use.

    Location:
    Memphis TN
    Elvis, of course, but Carl Perkins deserves a close listen. Others may be more frenetic and flashy, but Carl Perkins delivers with a personal conviction that might get past one on the first few listens.
     
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  21. Rick Bartlett

    Rick Bartlett Forum Resident

    @Melstaper can give some great advice here...
    So many of course...
     
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  22. MikeM

    MikeM Senior Member

    Location:
    Youngstown, Ohio
    There are a few rockabilly artists with multiple great recordings (e.g., Carl Perkins, Charlie Feathers) — but by and large it's a genre with a lot of great one-offs. That is, artists with one or two great recordings, and everything else is just kind of OK.

    But towering over all in the genre, IMHO, is Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio, who IMHO produced the greatest rockabilly of all time.

    It should be noted, though, that beyond Johnny's (and occasionally his brother Dorsey's) vocals — what made most of these recordings great is not members of the Trio, but rather studio guitarist Grady Martin and any one of three different studio drummers.

     
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  23. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    And I’ll jump 25 years ahead of this excellent duo and put in a vote for Robert Gordon with Danny Gatton on guitar.
     
  24. Saint Johnny

    Saint Johnny Forum Resident

    Location:
    Asbury Park
    :-popcorn: I need more rockabilly

    Beyond rockabilly?

    Reverend Horton Heat

     
  25. Haristar

    Haristar Apollo C. Vermouth

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    Hampshire, UK
    The Polecats - John, I'm Only Dancing

     
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