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Nashville Rockabilly 1957-1987

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01 Bring My Cadilac Back
02 I Cried
03 They Wanna Fight
04 Sandy
05 Crawdad Song
06 Broke Waitin'For A Break
07 Jinglin'Janglin'Pockets
08 Sandy Jane
09 It'd Surprise You
10 The You'll Know
11 Raid On Cedar Street
12 Pipeliner Blues
13 That's All Right Mama
14 Johnny B.Goode
15 Old Pipeliner
16 Restless
17 Back On The Street
18 You're Never Too Old To Rock
19 Get Rhythm
20 Dixie Fried
21 Tear It Up
22 Big Black Cadilac
Rockabilly music has always been associated with the state of Tennessee, but primarily with the city of Memphis where Elvis Presley and Sun Records kicked it into high gear in the mid 1950s. But like any other form of music, especially the peculiar American mongrel hybrids like rock n´ roll, rhythm & blues, country & western, jazz, etc., it didn´t spring forth fully formed. Rockabilly had its roots in the hillbilly boogie music of the late 1940s and early 1950s, and much of that music was recorded in Nashville by record companies like Bullet, Tennessee and Republic.
These are Baker Knight´s earliest recordings and when they started to garner a little airplay and sales they were licensed to major label Decca Records.
The Whitey Pullen, Tommy Jay, Jan Smith and Big C. tracks were produced by Red Wortham for his Delta and Sur-Speed imprints. Red had worked at Bullet Records in the early 1950s and started Delta Records in the mid fifties after Bullet folded. The Whitey Pullen track is his first recording and dates from 1957. It shows him straddling the line between rockabilly and hillbilly bop. Pullen went on to become one of the seminal rock ´n rollers and toured Europe and the UK.
The Moon Mullican, Jerry Foster and Nashville Country Jamboree tracks are from the vaults of Spar Records. Spar was founded in 1961 by veteran record men William Beasley and Alan Bubis. They had formed the Tennessee and Republic record companies in the early fifties and Bubis had the Champion label in the late 1950s. Spar, and its many subsidiaries, was started in 1961. They were very ambitious and recorded and released virtually every kind of popular music of the day. By the mid 1960s they were selling over a million records every month.
Moon Mullican had been knocking around the record business since the 1940s and had several big hits in the late forties and early fifties. A piano playing wild man, he was quite an influence on many of the next generation of rock n´ rollers, most notably Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis.
The Nashville Country Jamboree recorded a series of very popular albums and 8-track tapes up into the early 1970s when Spar eventually closed up shop. These recordings feature the cream of the crop studio musicians of the day, mostly the guys that came to be known as The Area Code 615 Band.
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