Jody at Viva Las Vegas 2003 - Photo: Dave Hermsen
Update: February 4, 2000
Jody Gets Star in Palm Springs
Jody Reyolds was given a star December, 1999 on the sidewalk in his home town of Palm Springs,
Calif. The star was placed next to Ricky Nelson and Elvis Presley, who were both residents
of the desert area.
Hot New Jody Double CD
"Endless" - New Jody Reynolds Double CD
In 1958 - Jody Reynolds' hit single "Endless Sleep" sold over a million copies. In 1999 -
41 years later Jody Reynolds was honored by his induction into the Rockabilly
Hall Of Fame. Jody wants you all to know that he's back and ready to hit the road. His new project
will help kick things off for sure -- 53 tracks! 2 CD Discs! An 8 page booklet with rare photos and great
liner notes! This CD features many great guest artists like Les Paul, Bobbie Gentry, Plas Johnson, Jimmy Bryant and
many others! Available from TRU GEM Records, P.O. Box 3683, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. See below.
Available from TRU GEM Records, P.O. Box 3683, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.
1. Feel So Good
2. Devil Girl
3. Crazy 'Bout My Old Life Style
4. Night Girl
5. Runaway Heart
6. Makin' Out (with Plas Johnson)
7. Endless Sleep
8. Ode To Love (with Bobbie Gentry)
9. Tennessee Woman
10. All Washed Up
12. That's OK Mama
13. Stranger In The Mirror (with Bobbie Gentry)
14. Two Of A Kind
15. Kisses In The Rain
16. Out Of Nowhere (with Les Paul and Jimmy Bryant)
17. Fire Fingers (with Jimmy Bryant and Les Paul)
18. Golden Idol
19. Shot Down
20. Thunder (with the Storms
21. I Got A Woman
22. I Wanna Be With You Tonight
23. Dark Side Of The Moon
24. Molly Darlin'
25. Tight Capris
27. Come On Twist
1. Beula Lee
2. Catapillar Crawl
3. Stranger Called The Blues
4. Rockabilly Man
5. Daisy Mae
6. Robbin' The Cradle
7. Somewhere In Between (about Elvis Presley)
8. Can't Help Falling In Love
9. Fire Of Love
11. Baby Come Home
12. Devil Moon, Angel Eyes
13. Maria Of New Mexico
14. Someday Is Here
15. Blue Russian Nights
16. Boot Heel Drag
17. You're A Heartbreaker
18. My Baby's Eyes
19. If That Old Juke Box Could Talk
20. Bobby Love's Swingtime Band
21. Shake The Bacon
22. No More Mr. Nice Guy
23. My Baby's Got Something
24. Dreamin' My Way Back Home
25. Bayou Boogie
26. Yesterday And Today (written for Elvis Presley to record)
$19.95 plus $2.50 shipping (US).
JODY "ENDLESS SLEEP" REYNOLDS WILL PERFORM AT VIVA LAS VEGAS 2000.
The Rockabilly Hall of Fame will feature Jody (and hopefilly Al Casey) at it's
West Lounge Show Easter weekend 2000 at
the Gold Coast Hotel.
JODY TELLS US:
"I now live in the Palm Springs area, working in real estate for Fred Sands Realty in
La Quinta. I'm writing now more than ever and have real good stuff coming out. I drive
an old white Rolls Royce, have a cat named Bandit and am married with children.
Al Casey and I have got together to jam and record along with such
rockabilly greats: Gary Lambert, Bill Ferguson, Glen Glenn and Dave Travis.
FAVORITE SINGERS: Elvis Presley, Paul Eve, Paul Casey.
FAVORITE ENTERTAINERS: B.B. King, Bobby Craig, Ray Charles, Kenny Jones, T.C. Jones,
Gary Marshall, Kirk Seeley, Mike Thomas.
FAVORITE GUITARISTS: Jimmy Bryan, James Burton, Michael O'Dorn, Duane Eddy,
Doyles Dykes, Al Casey, Les Paul, Joe Casasa, Jesse Llames,
Randy Dorman (with Kenny Rodgers for 23 years), Bob Rinard, B.B. King, Gene Lamar, Joe Hill,
HOBBIES: stream fishing, walking in the mountains, cooking, attending "oldies" shows, listening to
jazz and western swing from the '40s and '50s, and doinga lot of reading.
FAVORITE AUTHORS: Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Joseph Conrad, John Steinbeck, Taylor
Caldwell, James Michener.
JODY owned several guitar stores and sold many guitars to Elvis when Elvis had his winter
home in Palm Springs.
An Interview with Jody
The following text was furnished by Jody - thanks to NDT and John Stafford.
I can remember exactly where I was when I first heard Jody Reynolds' 'Endless Sleep'. Every Friday evening
a few of us then young rockers would meet in a local coffee shop; we'd sip espresso coffee that tasted
like mud, pretending we were enjoying it, and listen to the latest sounds on the jukebox in the corner.
Of course, we'd play the Presley and Vincent classics, but we would also play every new record the machine
had to offer.
There was a haunting quality about Endless Sleep that I still feel to this day. There was a sadness in the
voice; death had seldom entered the lyrics of the songs I had listened to at that time. But I'm pretty
sure the first thing that attracted me to the record was the sound of that guitar. I don't think I'd
ever heard a 'sad' guitar before, but I heard one that Friday evening back in 1958.
Ever since that day, now over forty years ago (Jeez!), I have enjoyed the work of the song's creator,
Jody Reynolds. I remember reading years ago that both Jerry Wallace and Roy Orbison had referred to Jody
as being "A man of the people", and all these years further down the line I relished the opportunity of talking
to him at his home in California. Here, then, is a transcript of that interview - a chat with Jody Reynolds:
"A man of the people."
Jody, let's start at the beginning. Where and when were you born?
I was born in Denver, Colorado on December 3rd 1932.
Did you come from a musical family?
No, not really. I took up the guitar when I was about 14, I think. It seems a long time ago!
Was listening to the radio a significant part of your musical upbringing?
Oh yes indeed. I sure did listen to the radio. I loved western swing. Bob Wills, Hank Thompson, Eddy Arnold -
I loved stuff like that.
You would've been in your early 20s when rock 'n' roll first hit....
Right. It was in 1958 that I had my first record, but I'd been playing rockabilly since 1955 in Texas.
Did you ever record in Texas?
No, I just took up that style of music with the upright slap bass - the real style of rockabilly music.
Who would you be listening to back then?
In 1955/56 I was listening to Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison. I saw Roy Orbison in Texas back when
he was just getting started. That was out in West Texas where he was from.
Did you work with any of those guys?
Not back then but later on after my record, I worked a lot of shows with Roy Orbison. But not Elvis of course -
he worked alone!
How did you get your break with Demon Records? Where was Demon based?
Demon was in Los Angeles. Herb Montei, who later became my manager had a publishing company in Hollywood. I'd
been playing rockabilly or rock 'n' roll or whatever you want to call it for about three years, and I was
playing a date in San Diego and a guy at this club said to me, "If you want to record, you should send some
stuff to Herb Montei." I didn't have many songs, but I sent him a couple of things and he turned them down.
Then I made a demo of 'Endless Sleep' and he liked it a lot, so he found the guys at Demon Records for me.
When did you write 'Endless Sleep'?
I actually wrote it in 1956 - two years before I recorded it. I was in Yuma, Arizona, playing rockabilly there,
and that's where I wrote 'Endless Sleep'.
So it had been in your act for quite a while before you recorded it?
Yeah, that's right. As a matter of fact, I wrote it one afternoon. A couple of guys from the band were there when I
wrote it and that night we started doing it just for fun. The people liked it so I thought there was something
there, but I wasn't sure.
The writer credits for 'Endless Sleep' list yourself and Dolores Nance. That name turns up on a few of your
songs - who was she?
There is no Dolores Nance. It's just a fictitious name that he record people used. There's no such person as
You've got quite a reputation as a guitar player, though you didn't play on
No I didn't. I played my own guitar all my life but on that session, for some reason, the record people just
wanted me to stand there and sing and not play. The guy who played on it was Al Casey. Al played on a lot of
hits. He was from Phoenix, Arizona and he still lives there. I talk to him all the time.
Were there any rock 'n' roll guitar players who influenced you?
Not really. It was too early back then. Most guitarists played jazz or country, but I guess Scotty Moore
who played on the Elvis things....that was a pristine, new style I didn't play it very well and still don't,
but I kind of tried that style for a couple of years.
One of the follow-ups to 'Endless Sleep' was 'Closin' In'....
Yeah. The guy who wrote that with me was Joe Green who wrote the song 'Across The Alley From The Alamo', which
was a real cute song. He was a jazz musician, a jazz pianist around Hollywood. I liked jazz too back then. Howard
Roberts was a jazz-playing friend of mine and he played rhythm guitar on 'Endless Sleep' - he was a great guitarist.
'Beulah Lee' was always a favourite of mine...
'Beulah Lee! Boy, that's a long time ago!
How about 'The Storm': was that a Lee Hazlewood song?
No, it was written by another guy from Phoenix but I can't remember his name.
After Demon you had an instrumental single on Indigo, 'Thunder' / 'Tarantula',
under the name of The Storms....
Yeah, that was my band except we had a great saxophone player called Plas Johnson - he gave it a different
flavour. He played on all the instrumentals I did. We were going after something that sounded like 'Honky Tonk'
You recorded 'Stormy' / 'Don't Jump' for Smash Records; was that just a one
Yeah, just the one record Marty Cooper and Lee Hazlewood wrote a couple of songs they wanted me to do so I went
to Hollywood to do them.
You had a release on Brent called 'Raggedy Ann'...
Right. Alan Freed produced that song. Alan ended up in Palm Springs where I lived and still do as a matter of fact.
Alan passed away here in Palm Springs. We went to Phoenix to do the song and Alan produced it.
Did you ever work on Alan's shows?
Yes back in New York forty years ago! It's hard for me to remember, but Alan Freed was a big star and he was
a superstar on the East Coast and I got to do a few of his shows and I did an interview with him on the radio. I
did the Dick Clark show in New York a few times too and of course I did the one in Philadelphia a couple of times.
They were interesting days.
Did you ever work 'The Town Hall Party' on the West Coast?
I sure did. I worked with Joe Maphis and The Collins Kids.
The Collins Kids are extremely popular in Britain and have headlined
the Hemsby Festival three times now...
No kidding! Is that right? You know, Larry Collins is a great guitar player. Somebody else I met at 'The Town Hall
Party' is Glen Glenn - he was a regular on the show. He had that rockabilly song 'Everybody's Movin' and he's been
to Europe several times. His guitarist is Gary Lambert and he was over at my house not long ago playing background for
some songs I've written. I still like to write. Gary
plays very well and he lives close to me - about an hour away.
A lot of your vintage sides have now been issued in Europe on CD; is there any further Jody Reynolds material we've
still to hear?
They've found some things in studios in Phoenix and they've found some old rockabilly things that were never released.
I'm working now on trying to get an old Gold Star tape that's got some stuff on it. I can't remember what it is and
nobody else can either, but if I get it, I'll send it on to Dave Travis so he can put it out. He does very well getting
my stuff released over there - like Dave, he pays me! (laughs) He pays me right down to the penny! Every penny! He last
thing he sent me was for something and 27 pennies! I love it! Dave's really helped me. He got 'Fire Of Love' into
a French movie called 'Doctor Chance' - it's been in a couple of other movies too. I haven't seen them, but it's very
nice as it earns you a little money.
The last time I interviewed you was for a BBC programme I was doing and at that time you had a big music store in
Palm Springs. Do you still have it?
Not any more, but now I have a recording studio in my home just for demos. I'm retired now, but I still like to write.
You sent me a great picture of Carl Perkins and yourself taken in your music
That was taken when Carl played in Palm Springs in about 1989. The guitar in that picture, the big Gibson -
I have that now. It's a real nice guitar plus it was Carl's so that makes it even more interesting. It'd be nice
if you could print that picture.
We'd be happy to use it, Jody, thanks for your time - I've enjoyed talking to you again.
It's been my pleasure, John. Thanks for your interest.
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