Carl Perkins

"The Rockin' Guitar Man," as the Sun label billed him, lived close to the soul of Rock and Roll. His songs were perfect portraits of what the term "Rockabilly" came to mean. More than just another country boy that became a star, Carl was located at ground-zero of the biggest creative explosion in the history of American music. His songs included: TURN AROUND, BLUE SUEDE SHOES, BOPPIN' THE BLUES, ALL MAMA'S CHILDREN, GLAD ALL OVER, MATCHBOX, DIXIEFRIED, YOUR TRUE LOVE, PUT ON YOUR CAT CLOTHES, PINK PEDAL PUSHERS, and POINTED TOE SHOES.

Johnny Cash

The simplistic style of country music that he and the Tennessee Two, Marshall Grant and Luther Perkins, recorded at Sun Records during its hey- day, pointed the way to modern country's future when it finally recovered from the blow dealt it by the new Rock and Roll music. The best of these recordings were: HEY PORTER, I WALK THE LINE, HOME OF THE BLUES, BIG RIVER, FOLSUM PRISON BLUES, TRAIN OF LOVE, BALLAD OF A TEENAGE QUEEN, I GUESS THINGS HAPPEN THAT WAY, THE WAYS OF A WOMAN IN LOVE, GET RHYTHM. And on Columbia, a few more: DON'T TAKE YOUR GUNS TO TOWN, FRANKIE'S MAN JOHNNY, FIVE FEET HIGH AND RISING, RING OF FIRE, UNDERSTAND YOUR MAN, ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL, and A BOY NAMED SUE.

Jimmy Reed

Jimmy Reed was a Chicago bluesman who, like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, originally came from Mississippi, home of the country blues. He wrote and recorded the original bridge between Rock and Roll and Rhythm and Blues with such songs as BIG BOSS MAN, TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO, TAKE OUT SOME INSURANCE, HUSH HUSH, and FOUND LOVE.

Bobby "Blue" Bland

When one speaks of rhythm and blues, the first name that come to mind is Bobby "Blue" Bland, who recorded the first rhythm and blues party record ever, TURN ON YOUR LOVE LIGHT.

Buddy Knox

Buddy Knox and the Rhythm Orchids came out of Texas with their own brand of Rockabilly. One of the most successful acts not tied to Sun Records, his song PARTY DOLL was picked up by Roulette and was the first of many hits for them, even while Knox was doing his hitch with Uncle Sam. His list of hits includes: ROCK YOUR LITTLE BABY TO SLEEP, HULA LOVE, SWINGIN' DADDY, SOMEBODY TOUCHED ME, THAT'S WHY I CRY, I THINK I'M GONNA KILL MYSELF, and LOVEY DOVEY.

Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly and the Crickets were the orginal self-contained Rock and Roll band. Like so many of the country boys of that time who automatically headed for country music, he was sidetracked by the success other country musicians were having in the new field of rock. Once he got going, Holly became one of the big hitmakers of Rock. His career was cut short when he died in a plane crash with two others who were just beginning to make their names in Rock, Ritchie Valens and Big Bopper. Holly's songs include: PEGGY SUE, THAT'LL BE THE DAY, IT'S SO EASY, and MAYBE BABY.

Bo Diddley

His music ranges from traditional blues to progressive and experimental; however, his patent, on the "shave-and-a-haircut" style rhythm became known as the "Bo Diddley Beat." Often used successfully by other artists, "Bo's Beat" remains his trademark and the foundation to his thundering, macho brand of Rock and Roll, including such songs as: BO DIDDLEY, DIDDLEY DIDDLEY DADDY, MONA, WHO DO YOU LOVE, CRACKIN' UP, SAY MAN, ROADRUNNER, YOU CAN'T JUDGE A BOOK BY THE COVER, and OOH BABY.

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry is the original poet of Rock and Roll whose songs, guitar style and stage performances have in some way touched all of what has followed in the history of Rock. His songs are still today the standard repertoire for playing Rock and Roll, and even a partial list of them is enough to put any other artist to shame: MAYBELLINE, ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN, SCHOOL DAY, ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC, SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN, JOHNNY B. GOODE, CARROL, SWEET LITTLE ROCK AND ROLLER, ANTHONY BOY, ALMOST GROWN, LITTLE QUEENIE, BACK IN THE U.S.A., LET IT ROCK, NADINE, NO PARTICULAR PLACE TO GO, YOU NEVER CAN TELL, and PROMISED LAND.

Warren Smith

Warren Smith was a local Memphis Country and Western Performer picked up by Sam Phillips to pump out his "Sunsound" brand of Rock and Roll. His brief success as a Rockabilly artist resulted in two standards of the style: ROCK AND ROLL RUBY and UBANGI STOMP. He went to Liberty Records and straight country when the hits stopped. Among his other records were: MISS FROGGIE, SWEET SWEET GIRL, and I DON'T BELIEVE I'LL FALL IN LOVE TODAY.

The Coasters

The Coasters first recorded as The Robins. Their goodtime Rhythm and Blues style was a perfect showcase for songwriters Lieber and Stoller, whose songs are among the best that Rock and Roll has to offer: SEARCHIN', backed with YOUNGBLOOD, was a two-sided smash for The Coasters that began a remarkable series of hits: IDOL WITH THE GOLDEN HEAD, YAKETY YAK, CHARLIE BROWN, ALONG CAME JONES, POISON IVY, I'M A HOG FOR YOU, RUN RED RUN, and LITTLE EGYPT.

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