All our Rockabilly\Rock'n'Roll Legends are underrated. While hundreds of Billions of dollars have been spent in the last 35 years promoting 1960s/70s artists of dubious talents, almost nothing has been outlayed to popularize superb American singers such as Ray Campi, Alvis Wayne, Mac Curtis, Charlie Feathers, Johnny Carroll, etc., etc.
But what I mean by "sooo underrated" in Teddy Redell's case, is the fact that even in the Rockabilly community he is never mentioned.
Teddy Redell Collector Records LP
In five years of subscribing to several Rockabilly Mailing Lists, I don't recall ever seeing Redell mentioned in any of the thousands of posts I came across.
I think this mostly has to do with the fact that Teddy's music and personality are somewhat more "subtle" and laid back than our other highly praised Rock'n'Rollers! But "subtle" doesn't mean less interesting. Redell songs are precious gems. Very moving and soulful.
Teddy Delano Redell was born on June 7, 1937, in Quitman, Arkansas.
Teddy in the 1950s
I became aware of piano man Teddy Redell through an LP on Collector CL 1011 compiled and released by Cees Klop of the Netherlands. Although the title of the LP is "the j.l.l. sound by teddy redell", Teddy's style is actually very unique.
The first song "Knocking On The Backside" sets the mood for the whole LP: a unique haunting moody laid back heartbreaking sound like nothing I've ever heard before, nor since.
"I See The Moon", "Shame Shame", "Don't Grow Old Alone", "Cant You See", "Crawlin' Back To You", while very individualistic songs, all have the same addictive heartbreaking sound.
"Gold Dust" has its own threatening rockin' sound.
"I Want To Hold You" and "Corinna Corinna" (not the known hit record) are extremely bouncy sexy "hit-sounding" tracks, with still more than a trace of that signature haunting Teddy Redell feel.
Tony Conn covered "I Want To Hold You" in his Rollin' Rock LP017, "Total Insanity".
The LP is rounded off by two Moon Mullican numbers, "Pipeliner" and "I'll Sail My Ship Alone". We also have "Judy" covered by Elvis.
I have played this LP hundreds of times, and I am always drawn back to it, such is the addictive sound of Teddy Redell!!
Teddy in the 1970s recording his new LP
In 1979 Cees Klop recorded a new LP with Teddy and some of his original players. The original numbers (unfortunately too few) are strong, showing that the magic was still there. "Lie Lie Lie" is such a number. ("Teddy Redell Is Back", White Label 8815). Anybody who is aware of Redell's current whereabouts please e-mail me at: email@example.com
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