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Sullivan Shows: Branson, MO - April 7, 8, 9, 2004
The Elvis Presley Story, Staring Ronnie McDowell
... and featuring memories of Elvis by his former backup singers and band members:İ
The Jordanaires, Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana and Millie Kirkham.İThis show is a celebration of Elvis'
life and music by those who knew him best and loved him most.İİIt is a revival of his great music, not a
note-for-note re-creation of it.İThere are no Elvis impersonations here:İno sideburns, no shades,
no jumpsuits!İMcDowell's voice bears an uncanny resemblance to Presley's and producers of
movies have turned to McDowell time and again for his remarkable voice.İLimited engagement
3 shows only.İReserve early for best seating! Visit:
Sullivan Shows for
Cash Movie May Begin Filming
Producers of an upcoming movie on the life of country music singer Johnny Cash (news) say they may
start shooting in June.
The movie stars Joaquin Phoenix (news) as the "Man in Black" and Reese Witherspoon as his wife, June
The movie is titled "Walk the Line" after Cash's 1956 hit, "I Walk the Line." It is scheduled to cost 20th
Century Fox roughly $28 million.
The film aims to chronicle the late singer's life, from his days on a cotton farm in Arkansas in
the late 1940s, to his early stardom with Sun Records in Memphis. It will also explore his troubled time as
a superstar in Nashville in the late 1960s.
Despite all the time Cash spent in Tennessee, Memphis is no lock to be the location for filming, producers said.
Bill Haley Day, Sunday, April 18th
Harlingen, Texas - Sunday, April 18th, 12 pm to 8 pm at
RioFest will be "Bill Haley Day" in
celebration of the 50th anniversary of Rock & Roll and the song
Bill Haley and the Comets made famous "Rock Around The Clock." RioFest has been working with the Haley
family to pay special tribute to the "Father of Rock & Roll," and will be the official "Bill Haley Festival."
RioFest admission is Free on Sunday and activities around this special celebration will include a 50's Costume
Contest, a Dance Contest, Hula Hoop and Limbo contest. RioFest will also create an Art Exhibit to honor Bill
Haley's contribution to Music in America and the world to be featured in the Casa Art Area.
CD and DVD Release
"The Blasters Live: Going Home"
The Blasters were one of the forerunners in American Roots Rocks. Their heavy Blues sound and rockin'
guitars created a unique sound and makes for an incredible live show. The DVD includes footage of the last
live show that they will ever play together which also happens to be the only time that the Blasters live
performance has ever been recorded. The CD and DVD include 16 tracks including Blasters classics like "American
Music", "Marie, Marie", and "Border Radio". They are joined on stage by rockabilly great Sonny Burgess,
Chicago blues great Billy Boy Blue and the surviving members of California doo wop legends, The Calvanes
and The Medallions.
The blood pumping, soul filled sound of the Blasters is not to be missed.
Below are sample clips from the DVD just to give a taste of how incredible this performance was.
It is defintely worth checking out. CONTACT:
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Bo Gets Inducted into Blues Hall of Fame
BO DIDDLEY has been selected for induction into The Blues Foundation's prestigious Blues Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony will be conducted in association with the Foundation's Charter Members' Dinner to be held
on Wednesday April 28th in Memphis, TN.
The Blues Foundation is a non-profit corporation organized and founded in 1980 in Memphis, TN
with a mission to preserve blues history, celebrate blues excellence and support blues education.
The Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame, with its inductees selected annually by committee,
acknowledges the pioneers of blues music.
Les Paul Gives Rock Hall Taste of His Musical Skills
By Denise Grollmus, Akron, Ohio Beacon Journal staff writer.
To say that Les Paul is responsible for rock 'n' roll is an understatement.
Les Paul is responsible for all music as we know it now.
While best known for inventing the electric guitar, Paul has made many vital contributions to the technology
of music production. From multitrack recording to reverb, Paul's inventions have dictated the sounds we hear
emitted from our stereos everyday.
For that reason, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame enshrinee is being honored by a new exhibit at the
Cleveland museum that features the evolution of the famed "Log," Paul's electric-guitar prototype
made of a railroad tie and wire.
"Right from the beginning, I ran into the problem of the guitar being a very apologetic instrument --
very weak, very meek, and barely audible next to the drums," Paul said. "Finally, once, after a performance,
a critic told me he loved my voice, my harmonica, my jokes, but he couldn't hear my guitar. That was it. I
went home and decided to make it louder."
When Paul plugged himself in, he plugged in the rest of the world with him. Never would music be the same
again, or, at least, as quiet.
But it wasn't just raising the volume that drove Paul; it was a search for sounds not of this world.
"The sound I was looking for is still unexplainable to this day," Paul said. "You know you're hearing it,
but it doesn't exist, so it's hard to explain. But you have that faith all the time that it's just around the
corner, and when you almost have it, it's an amazing feeling."
In listening to Paul perform Friday at the rock hall as part of the opening of his permanent exhibit, it
became clear what the electric guitar was invented for: subtle tones, chilling tremolo and the amplification
of sound's artfully complicated dynamics.
At 89, Paul was in top form, cracking plenty of jokes, and craftfully soloing through standards such as All
of Me, Sleep and a refreshing rendition of Tennessee Waltz, a hit from his days performing with Mary Ford.
Toward the end of his set, Paul stopped to thank the rock hall for the exhibit. "You have made this day
one of the happiest days of my life," he said. "And one of the nicest things about the exhibit
was that I wasn't in it!"
While a stuffed Les Paul remains to be seen, the exhibit, which shares space with Alan Freed,
has many other relics to behold. One is the original "Les Paulverizer," the first tape-looping machine,
which Paul demonstrated for President Dwight Eisenhower.
Like its subject, the exhibit lacks glitz and glamour as it modestly flows through the various periods
of Paul's musical career, marking each with the development of the electric guitar.
A large display features artifacts such as personal photos, telling telegrams, and the technologies -
including the telephone and phonograph - that inspired Paul's inventions.
Famous Gibson "Les Paul" guitars line the wall, including those of John Fogerty and Pete Townshend.
There is also an interactive documentary in which Paul comments on his career.
In one of the video's monologues, Paul recounts a comment made to him by the Beatles' Paul
McCartney, who said: ''If you want to know where the Beatles come from, they come from Les Paul."
Exhibits Honor Guitar Innovator Les Paul
Backers of a planned museum exhibit honoring guitar innovator Les Paul say they aren't
worried about a similar display stealing the show.
"The New Sound: Les Paul and the Electric Guitar" is scheduled to open Friday at the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
Paul, a native of Waukesha, was inducted into the hall of fame in 1988. He's scheduled to perform during
opening ceremonies for the exhibit.
The Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum has secured two cargo vans of his sheet music,
photographs and other collectibles for an exhibit proposed for downtown Waukesha, but that
exhibit isn't expected to open for two to three years.
Sue Baker, executive director of the historical society, said she isn't concerned.
The "New Sound" tribute highlights Paul's place in rock 'n' roll history, while the Waukesha exhibit will
focus on his childhood and how he started tinkering with music and recording, Baker said Monday.
"What's really important is to tell the story of what Les did," she said. "How did the kid from Waukesha
change the world?"
Rock hall spokesman Todd Mesek said officials aren't trying to upstage the Waukesha museum.
The two facilities could eventually wind up sharing artifacts, he said. "We're not in competition."
Paul said there's plenty of memorabilia to go around.
"If Waukesha needs more, I have more," said Paul, who now lives in New Jersey. "All they've got to do is ask."
The Rockabilly Kid, Rory Justice
(Golly Gee Records GGR 1031) Rory Justice was born not so very long ago (hence his nick name "The Rockabilly Kid")
on June 13, 1989 in Long Beach, California. He started playing guitar at the young age of 8 years old. At age 11
he was one of the guitarists in his dads band "The Rockaholics". At 13 he performed his first solo show
backed by C.C. Jeromes band "The Silver Jets", opening for Robert Gordon at the Doll Hut. He was then pegged
with the moniker "The Rockabilly Kid". Since then, among the legends he's opened for have been, Billy
Lee Riley, Gene Summers, Glen Glenn, Johnny Powers, Joe Clay, Levi Dexter, Ray Campi. He's also had two
shows in Vegas and one at the Hollywood Paladium. Along with all the shows, Golly Gee Records
released three live recordings he performed at the Moon Eyes car show along with his partner in crime Rockin' Ryan.
Now 14 years old, Rory released his first full length CD, recorded at Joey's Place, former location of the
world famous Electro-Vox studios in Hollywood, California, distributed by Golly Gee Records. Fifteen
rockin' tunes backed by Luis Ramos, Rip Carson, Omar Romero, Ricky McCann and two songs with his
dad, Crash Justice.
Although this album consist mainly of cover versions of songs that are rather well known to the rockabilly crowd,
it's just great to hear the younger generation pickin' up on our music, and lovin' every bit of it. Rory performs
the songs with an enourmous amount of energy, and without exaggerating, he's got one heck of a band
backing him up. The choice of the songs that are covered on this album is pretty neat. These are all
songs that any rockabilly fan can play time and time again, originally done by the best of the
rockabilly originators like Gene Summers, Hayden Thompson, Jimmy Wages, Johnny Powers, Eddie
Cochran, Glen Glenn, Jackie Lee Cochran, Dean Beard, Charlie Feathers, Ray Smith, Ray Harris,
Johnny Burnette Trio and Charlie Rich.
Also included are two self-penned songs titled "Life In A Bottle" and "We're Here". Both very strong rockabilly
songs, written by Crash and Rory. I definitly think father and son should do some more writing together.
Sparks fly off of this entire album, recorded 100% live. Superb 50s style rockabilly by a new generation. Excellent!
Rory Justice - Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar;
Rip Carson - Lead Guitar, 6-String Bass, Upright Bass;
Ricky McCann - Drums;
Luis Ramos - Lead & Rhythm Guitar;
Crash Justice - Vocals on #4 & #15;
Omar Romero - Upright Bass, Guitar on #2.
School Of Rock 'n Roll / Fairlane Rock / Mad Man / Waitin For You / I'm Ready / Blue Jeans And A Boy's
Shirt / Hip Shakin' Mama / Life In A Bottle / Rock Around The Town / Tongue Tied Jill / Jitterbuggin' Baby /
Come On Little Mama / Tear It Up / Rebound.
Information & bookings:
Phone Crash Justice at: 1 714846 7992 - 310548 8745 -
Golly Gee Records, Inc.,
4001 Kennett Pike, Suite 134, #520,
Greenville, DE 19807 - firstname.lastname@example.org -
Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2004
Woman, Thought to be Lefty Frizzell's Daughter, Dead
By ANDY HUMBLES (Feb. 15, 2004) - A woman thought to be the daughter of late country music legend
Lefty Frizzell was found dead yesterday in rural Wayne County, authorities said.
Lois Frizzell Westervelt, 57, was the woman identified by police in her trailer home.
Wayne County Sheriff Carl T. Skelton thought Westervelt had been deceased in the mobile home for
some time. He did not speculate how long Westervelt had been dead.
"There appeared to be no sign of foul play," Skelton said. "She appeared to maybe be attempting to take
a shoe off and fell forward Ö either an aneurysm or sudden heart attack."
Westervelt lived alone, the sheriff said. She was found in a back room after police entered the home,
which was locked. The sheriff said an officer checked Westervelt's residence at 5119 Baptist Hill
Road after a phone call from an out-of-state family member. Skelton said the person said they hadn't
heard from her in a while. Skelton said the closest neighbor was nearly a mile away.
"The mailman said he hadn't seen her in a week," Skelton said.
Westervelt had owned a 69-acre farm on Baptist Hill Road since 1989, state property records showed
yesterday. The land has a Collinwood address. She would have been 58 on Monday, according to her voter
registration information in Florida, where she also had owned a home.
Ricky Frizzell, the son of Lefty Frizzell and brother of Westervelt, also had lived in a rural Wayne
County cabin for many years and was described as a hermit.
In 1998 Ricky Frizzell was discovered by a neighbor covered in layers of dirt, weak from hunger,
laden with insect bites and in filthy clothes. In a Tennessean story that year, acquaintances
complained that the state and mental health professionals seemed to be unable to help him.
Now thought to be in his early 50's, Ricky Frizzell was known to local residents for behavior such as
screaming in the woods and lying in the middle of county roads. Police thought he might be in a mental
hospital but couldn't confirm that.
William Orville "Lefty" Frizzell, a Texas native, died of a stroke in 1975 at 47. His
hits included Always Late (With Your Kisses). He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1982.
Charlie Gracie to Receive "Philly Music Award"
Philadelphia Music Impressario, AL GEARY announced Friday that our city's first native rock 'n' roll success
(Charlie) will be honored in May along with the 80's rock band, The HOOTERS! 2004 marks the 6th year the award will be
given. The program, currenly being planned,İwill include tributes to Charlie by Graham Nash, Van Morrision
and Paul McCartney.İA video montage is also being put together.
Earliest live recordings available March 9th on Scena Records
Early George Jones Live Recordings Available
George Jones' live performances from the 1950s and early 1960s have only been the stuff of legend,
since no concert recordings from the time have existed -- until now.
George Jones: Live Recordings from the Louisiana Hayride on Scena Records provides a wealth of previously
unavailable concert recordings from early in the career of the greatest country singer of all-time.
The album, taken from Saturday night broadcasts on Shreveport's KWKH, features four songs recorded
in 1956 and 1958, four more from an outstanding 1960s set, and eight from 1968 and 1969, when
Jones was establishing his reputation as the rowdiest and most heartbreakingly expressive
country singer of his generation.
Until now, the earliest live recordings on Jones came from a 1965 concert released on LP
in 1987 by an independent British label. Jones didn't officially sanction a live recording until
1985, when he released First Time Live! on Epic Records. Concert performances from early in his
career have always been rare and welcomed with enthusiasm by his legions of fans. Live Recordings
from the Louisiana Hayride picks 16 of the best performances from one of his favorite stages, the
Shreveport Municipal Auditorium.
Jones jumped on board the popular Louisiana Hayride program early in his career. The giant
Shreveport country station no doubt gave the East Texas native an early boost when he began appearing
on the program in 1955, the same year that his first hit, "Why Baby Why," introduced his remarkable talent
to national audiences. Jones was just 24 years old when he performed the CD's opening cut,
the romping "You Gotta Be My Baby," which shows that his animated delivery was there from the start.
By 1958, his colorful, distinctive phrasing had evolved to where his trademark vocal dips and his
expressive range already were apparent on ballads like the great "Color of the Blues" and the jumping "Nothing
Can Stop My Loving You." Another 1958 recording, "I'm Ragged But I'm Right," finds Jones showing off
on a song that's been a well-loved part of his repertoire from the start of his career.
His 1960 recordings find him in an exceptionally playful mood. He stretches and snaps words on the
outstanding "Too Much Water," and the way he exaggerates and amplifies certain words throughout "Big
Harlan Taylor" is completely diifferent than any previously recorded studio recording. His cut-up style
of stage humor also flares early on, as shown in his introduction to the mournful "Accidentally On
Purpose," a new release at the time that he describes as "our brand new escape from Mercury Records."
The selections also include thrilling versions of such classics as "White Lightning," "The Race Is On," "She
Things I Still Care" and "Walk Through This World With Me," the latter recorded two weeks before his marriage
to Tammy Wynette in February 1969.
The Louisiana Hayride ranked right behind the Grand Ole Opry as one of the most popular live country music
radio programs of its era. Broadcast at 50,000 watts by KWKH from Shreveport's Municipal Auditorium, the
Hayride drew sold-out crowds of 3,800 to its Saturday broadcasts. The show was a fixture in the homes of c
ountless country fans across the Mid-South and Southwest. Every third Saturday, the Hayride went
national over the CBS radio network. It also gave early boosts to many top stars, including Hank
Williams, Elvis Presley, Webb Pierce, Faron Young, Johnny Horton and Jim Reeves.
The Following equipment was stolen from BR549's trailer on Sunday
night, February 8th 2004. Please keep your eye out. Thanks>
1952-53 Fender Custom Triple Neck Steel Guitar in gray road case
Ampeg SVT 6 - 10" Bass Cabinet
Ampeg SVT 4 Pro bass amplifier
Audio Technica R10 wireless system
Furman PL6 Power Conditioner In 6-space Gator rack
Danelectro Rumor electric bass (4-string)
1949/50 Gretsch Broadcaster drum kit. No serial number. Ink stamped
either Dec 49 or Jan 50 inside drum shell. 24" bass, 16" floor tom in
rare color - Midnight Blue Oyster with tacked round badge.
14" X 5 " Black Beauty snare drum custom engraved by John
Aldridge. "Shaw Wilson" is engraved on the shell by the throw off
All drums in Humes and Berg hard cases.
18" Sabian crash
20" Zildjan ride
14" Zildjan top beat high hats
All in Zildjan hard case
1 - DW cymbal stand
1 - Gibraltar cymbal stand
1 - Yamaha high hat stand
1 - Gibraltar heavy duty snare stand
1 - Yamaha lightweight snare stand
All in SBK hard case with wheels
Crate 15 watt mini amplifier
If seen contact Emergent music group 615.321.4400
If seen contact Merrick Macias Management (615) 329-0050
From Charlie Gracie, Jr.:
Charile Gracie and Cameo-Parkway Sessions
Will Finally See the Light of Day
Hello Fans:İJust wanted to share some interesting information with you and everyone a the RBHOF.İİ
After many years in darkness, the Cameo-Parkwayİcatalogue will finally see the light of day! ABKCO
RECORDS is currently remastering about 100 songs that made Philadelphia's independent record labelİ
a powerhouseİin the late 50s and early 60's. I'm sure most of your subscribers know that my father,
Charlie, Sr. gave them their first hit discs with "Butterfly," "Ninety-Nine Ways," "Fabulous," "Wanderin'
Eyes" and "I Love You So Much It Hurts."
I'm sure they remember too, that Cameo-Parkway was the home of Chubby Checker, Dee Dee Sharp, The Tymes,
Orlons, Dovells, Rays, Timmie Rogers, John Zacherle, Candyİand the Kisses, QuestionİMark and the Mysterians,
Terry Knightİand others.
Jody Klein, (Allen's son - owner of ABKCO) arranged a meeting with my father at a Philadelphia
hotel to discuss the music package due out later this year.
My dad was interviewed my music critics Jeff Tamarkin and Terri Landi who are assisting Mr.
Klein with this massive project. Jody and his team were very congenial and professional.İİ
I had the privilege to be present at this gathering. Apparently, because myİfather opened the door for
Cameo, they felt it was important to hear his story about the label's beginnings and his relationship withİ
the founders,İBernie Lowe and Kal Mann. The interview was recorded and lasted about 2-hours.
Mr. Klein was very gracious and was quite impressed at how well preserved my father is.
He commented: "Charlie...you're still a very handsome guy!" My dad thanked him and quipped that his "secret"
was "clean living and a happy marriage!"
I suggested to Mr. Klein that he might consider bringing many - if not all the active Cameo-Parkway artists
back for a reunion show. He responded that he wasİindeed considering such a program. Stay tuned!
Mr. Klein said he was also considering cd releases for several of the individual Cameo-Parkway recording
artists - including Charlie Gracie! Jody seemed quite interested in the fact we still have a couple never
before released Cameo dubs in our possession. We will meet again to catalogue them and clean them up
for eventual release.İInfact, the whole package will be released and distributed World-wide!
On the whole, the meeting was a very pleasant experience. İJody, Jeff and Terriİwere
committed to putting out a product of the highest quality. For many who still love this music, it
will mean the end of a looong wait! Thanks for listening. Very Sincerely, CHARLIE GRACIE, JR.
Glen Glenn #1 in Bim Bam Records Top 20
February 1, 2004 - compiled from sales.
www.bim-bam.com - email email@example.com.
1 - Glen Glenn - Glen Rocks - Bear Family
2 - Go Getters - Motormouth - Goofin'
3 - Various - That'll Flat Git It! Vol 13 (ABC) - Bear Family
4 - Ronnie Dawson - Legendary Masters - Crystal Clear
5 - Various - The Golden Age Of American Rock n Roll - Special Novelty Edition - Ace
6 - The Googie Rene Combo - Wham Bam - The Best Of - Ace
7 - Various - Strictly Instrumental Vol 7 - Buffalo Bop
8 - Brian Hyland - The Bashful Blond/Let Me Belong To You - BGP
9 - Mike Berry - Don't You Think It's Time - Castle
10 - Various - Rockin' Hillbilly Vol 4 - Cactus
11 - Vince Eager - Yea! Yea! It's Vince Eager - Rollercoaster
12 - Gene Gambler & The Shufflers - A Joker And Three Aces - Royal Flush
13 - Sam Cooke - Portrait Of A Legend - ABKO
14 - Various - Fear - Buffalo Bop
15 - Mark Lee Allen & The Driver Brothers - 454 Big Block - Corvallis
16 - Big Boy Bloater & His Southside Stompers - Great Big Hunk Of Love! - Bloater
17 - Barry Darnell - More Than Just Geronimo Stomp - Sparkletone
18 - Sam Cooke - Keep Movin' On - ABKCO
19 - The Flying Saucers - Diana - TBP
20 - Various - Papa Ain't No Santa Claus, Mama Ain't No Christmas Tree - Viper
Dave Kennedy Dies; Recorded "You Didn't Listen"
By Geri Parlin, La Crosse Tribune, Jan. 30, 2004 -
If you were a teenage girl living in La Crosse, Wisconsin in the early 1960s, you likely swooned over the good
looks and the great voice of Dave Kennedy. For rock 'n' roll lovers in the Coulee Region, it just didn't get any
Cuca recording artist Kennedy maintained his love of music until the day he died, Monday, Jan. 26, in Newburgh, N.Y. He was 61.
Tari Tovsen, who played in the '60s band The Ambassadors with Kennedy, said he talked to Kennedy just a few
days before he died. Though the two lived thousands of miles apart, they remained best friends to the end.
"I always stay in touch with Tari," Kennedy said in an interview in 2000. "He's my very, very best friend.
That made all the difference in the world to me."
It also made all the difference in the world to Tovsen. He played his last gig with Kennedy in September
2000 at Oktoberfest, but talked to him often on the phone.
Though it is now more than 40 years in the past, Tovsen remembers clearly the first time he saw Kennedy
perform in 1960. "I actually went up to him at the Mary E. Sawyer Auditorium. I knew I had to get him in my band."
Kennedy joined the band and it became Dave Kennedy and the Ambassadors.
"We were teenagers. We were 16, 17 maybe. That's when it started," Tovsen said.
It ended too soon, thanks to the Vietnam War. A couple of the band members were drafted in 1965,
including Tovsen. Kennedy had asthma so he didn't have to go. But that was the end of The Ambassadors.
"Dave just moved on and ended up in New York."
But Kennedy and his friends were able to relive the early days by playing reunion concerts in La Crosse.
And each time they played, Tovsen said, he was reminded of how special Kennedy was.
"Dave, you could tell. He was good looking, talented, he had a great voice. He was a teen heart-throb. He was like
La Crosse's teenage heartthrob."
Linda Kuehl agrees. Back then, she was Linda Hall. (Ed. Note: Bob Timmers' band used to back up Linda occasionally
on some of her Wisconsin shows.) She knew Kennedy because they both attended Aquinas
High School and performed in some school programs together. After he recorded and had a local hit with "Wooden
Heart," she recorded an answer song called "You Don't Have a Wooden Heart."
"We started touring together," Kuehl said, and she discovered what a great person he was.
He was just such a good man, and he loved music. There was never anything in his mind to do but be in music."
Kuehl, who recently received a copy of Kennedy's latest CD, said Kennedy's voice matured and improved
throughout his life. "It's a really good album."
Tovsen agrees. "I got his last CD, that came out last year. He sounded great. He'd never given up on music. He did that
full-time right up to the end. That's all he did, right up to the end."
Kuehl said Kennedy will be missed as much for his goodness as he will be for his music.
"He was a wonderful guy and a wonderful friend. I'm sure he went right to heaven."
Friday February 6 & Saturday February 7, 2004 - 9:00 p.m. $15
Ronnie Dawson Tribute, Austin
This is shaping up to be one for the books. The Friday, February 6 show will get
underway at 9:00 pm with The Cornell Hurd Band, The Derailers, Toni Price with the Leroi Brothers,
Doyle Bramhall, and Nick Curran & the Nitelifes. The show for Saturday, February 7 will start at 9:00 pm
with The Horton Brothers featuring Shaun Young, The Ronnie Dawson Band (Lisa Pankratz, Kevin Smith,
Shaun Young, Tjarko Jeen and Nick Curran) with guests: Bobby Rambo, Teisco Del Rey, Mike Barfield, Ted
Roddy, Marti Brom, and Ray "Linda Lu" Sharpe. Special guest headliner Jimmie Vaughan will also appear
with the Ronnie Dawson Band. There will be a $15 cover charge each night. Larger donations will gladly
be accepted. All proceeds will go toward the debt incurred for Ronnie's treatments.
Bobby Rambo is a guitarist who played with Ronnie in the Steelrail band during the late '60s and '70s,
after a stint with The Five Americans. Bobby also played on many of the classic Dallas rock 'n' roll and
rockabilly records from the '50s and early '60s. He was one of Ronnie's closest friends, and favorite guitar
players. Ronnie used to say that nobody sounded more Texas than Bobby - from country to blues it's all
there. Bobby is best known for playing guitar withJerry Jeff Walker for many years. Ray "Lind Lu" Sharpe
is a texas blues legend that defies classification. There's as much rock 'n' roll as there is blues or
country in his music. He recorded the classics "Linda Lu", "Monkey's Uncle", "Oh My Baby's Gone",
and "T.A. Blues". Beginning in the '50s, Ronnie and Ray developed a friendship and mutual respect
that they maintained throughout their lives. Ray used to take Ronnie to some of the blues clubs
around Dallas. They even played together as a duo for a while called The Oreo Cookies with Ray
singing country and Ronnie singing blues. For every artist participating in this Tribute there is a
story, more likely a hundred, of how Ronnie influenced them as a friend, a performer, and a human being.
Some of you may not know who Ronnie Dawson is or why we would be doing this tribute. Or you may
recognize Ronnie's name, but not know of his extensive background and influence. The Cramps,
Southern Culture On The Skids, White Stripes, Izzy Stradlin, and Cindi Lauper are among Ronnie's
self-professed fans and some of them have even covered Ronnie Dawson songs.
Ronnie Dawson was born in Dallas, Texas on August 11, 1939; raised as an only child in Waxahachie,
Texas by Pinky and Gladys Dawson. Pinky had a swing band that was heard on Dallas' KRLD-AM radio.
Realizing how much Ronnie liked music, Pinky borrowed a guitar and taught him the basics. Soon after,
Ronnie formed his own band, Ronnie Dee & The D Men, and within two months entered the talent contest
at the "Big D Jamboree" in Dallas. Ronnie won ten weeks in a row and Ed MacLemore, who at the time was
Gene Vincent's manager, signed the band. Ronnie's first single, "Action Packed" was on Backbeat Records,
backed with "I Make The Love", followed by the now legendary "Rockin' Bones", which came out on MacLemore's
Rockin' label with the new moniker The Blonde Bomber -- Ronnie Dawson. Both singles sold respectably in
regional markets and in Texas, but it wasn't until Dick Clark called to offer Ronnie a recording deal
with his Swan Records label along with an appearance on "American Bandstand", that Ronnie's career
appeared to be set. Then the Payola scandal hit, dragging Clark and other prominent DJs into extensive
legal battles and leaving Ronnie without a record or much of a career. In the interim, Ronnie toured with
the Lightcrust Doughboys, played drums on recording sessions for Paul and Paula's "Hey Paula" and Bruce
Channel's "Hey Baby", as well as later releasing tracks for Columbia Records under the names Snake Munroe
and Commonwealth Jones.
Throughout the '60's Ronnie performed with a Dallas based group called The Levee Singers, touring nationally
and appearing on such notable TV shows as: "The Danny Kaye Show", "The Jimmy Dean Show", "Hootenanny",
and "Hollywood Palace". During the '70's and '80's he formed a country-rock band called Steelrail which he
still refers to as one of his proudest accomplishments and regrets that they were unable to achieve more
recognition. He also continued to do commercial jingles for radio and TV, i.e. Hungry Jack Pancakes, Jax
Beer and CiCi's Pizza. The Ronnie Dawson story might have ended there but in 1986 Ronnie received a call
from British record collector Barney Koumis telling him that some of his old recordings had become
legendary and were collectors items in England and asking if he had any other material that he might
be willing to release on Koumis' indie label, No Hit Records.
Subsequently, No Hit put out Rockin' Bones, a compilation album of early hits, followed by Monkey Beat
and Rockinitis, and Just Rockin' and Rollin', all three recorded in England and issued in the US. Ronnie
accomplished something few artists in the rock and roll genre have with his performances at New York
City's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. In 1995 he acquired many new fans as well as pleasing many
old fans when he blew the roof off the studio during his appearance on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien".
1998 proved to be a landmark year for Ronnie. On January 16th and 17th, in Austin, Texas, Ronnie's
first ever live recording was made --- Live! At The Continental Club -- on Continental Records and was
released in April of 1998 and is available through RD & CD Enterprises Inc. in Dallas or The Continental
Club in Austin.
His recording of "Yum, Yum, Yum" (Rockinitis/Crystal Clear Sound) was featured in Mike Nichols'
movie Primary Colors starringJohn Travolta, which opened in theaters across America in March of 1998.
Izzie Straddlin, (Guns 'n' Roses lead guitarist) covered Ronnie's "Up Jumped The Devil" (Just Rockin'
and Rollin'/Upstart/Rounder Records). Playing The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Willie
Nelson's Annual 4th of July Picnic and Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender made an exciting 1998
touring year for The Blonde Bomber. A new recording, More Bad Habits, was completed in Maine
in October of 1998 (his first recording in the US since the 1960's) and was released on March
16, 1999 on Yep Roc Records and distributed by RedEye Music in the US and vinyl by NoHit
Records in England. The release coincided with the beginning of his 1999 touring year making
each stop in each city a "CD Release Party" and included a second appearance on "Late Night
with Conan O'Brien" in July as well as a performance at Lincoln Center. Four cuts off the
latest CD were picked to appear in two different motion pictures, most notably a picture
entitled Simpatico, starring Nick Nolte, Jeff Bridges, Sharon Stone, Albert Finney and
other notables, released in December of 1999. As the year 2000 begins, Dawson plans to
concentrate primarily on festivals and play very few club dates. This will also be his last year to
tour playing Rockabilly, except for very special performances. He has decided to retire from that
genre and concentrate his effort on other projects that have become dear to his heart. Dawson
still proves that his live performances begin where all other performers finish! After all --
Ronnie doesn't run 10 miles a day and live on a concoction of carrot, apple and spinach juice for nothing! ... 2000,
Our beloved Ronnie Dawson is gone now. Ronnie passed on Tuesday, September 31, 2003 at 4:30 p.m. in Dallas,
Texas after battling the cancer that had ravaged his soft palate, tongue, throat and lungs since 2001. Ronnie's
appearance at last spring's 2nd Annual Lone Star Rod & Kustom Round Up was to be his last stage performance.
At the time, we all knew that it might be. Tears flowed freely from every eye around the stage, especially
at the end of Ronnie's set when he had an emotional group hug with his band (Tjarko Jeen, Shaun Young,
Kevin Smith, and Lisa Pankratz). Still, we continued to hope & pray that we could be a part of that magic
one more time. Shortly after the Round Up, Ronnie entered an experimental gene therapy program that
had an encouraging remission/recovery rate. Unfortunately there were other complications of the
primary diagnosis of cancer, including an arterial wall that burst in his tongue in August creating
a near fatal situation.
There will never be another like Ronnie Dawson. He attributed his energy and his glow of good
health to the fact that he ran 10 miles a day several days a week, nourished his body with fresh
vegetable juices and didn't use tobacco, alcohol or drugs. He led the proverbial clean life. And what
an attitude! The positive energy that went into each and every show was amazing. And he would
perform with the same joy and enthusiasm whether there were 10 people or 10,000 people.
When asked why he worked so hard on stage to a small crowd, he said, "There might be someone out there
that's never heard me before." He wanted to make sure that everyone got the best he had to give. They
could leave knowing what Ronnie was all about; and he was all about quality, and dignity, and respect,
and an unending love and appreciation for life and for his loved ones. With this tribute we hope to
give some of that back.
The Continental Club Austin/Houston
"Conquering the world one city at a time"
Buddy Holly Featured on XM Satellite Radio
WednesdayİFeb. 3rd (the 45th anniversary of the day the music died) the 50's on 5 presents a 3 hour
Buddy Holly Special 10amİEastern. One only encore performance Sunday Feb.İ8th atİ7pm Eastern Time, 4pm Pacific.
Keith Richards, Graham Nash, Maria Elana Holly, Phil Everly, DickİClark, Ed Sullivan,İand more.
Over 50 Buddy Holly songs
Actual news reports of the plane crash that took Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper & Ritchie Valens.
Experts, musicologists, and plain ol' rock & roll fans remember the day the music died!
Contact: Pat.Clarke@xmradio.com - XM Satellite Radio, 1500 Eckington Place NE,
Washington, DC 20002 - 202-380-4484
BMI's 3 Million Airplay Award to "Last Kiss"
BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) Nashvilleİhas announced that "Last Kiss" (The Cavaliers) recorded at Accurate
Sound Studio (now Thrifty Nickel)İin San Angelo in 1964 is being moved up to a BMI 3 Million Airplay Award
(one million airplaysİis equivalent to 5.7 years of continuous play). This putsİ"Last Kiss"İin the company
ofİsome heavyweightsİlike "And I Love Her" The Beatles, "Bye Bye Love" The Everlys, "Classical Gas"
Mason Williams (Abilene), "El Paso" Marty Robbins, "Hey Jude" The Beatles, "Islands In The Stream" Kenney
Rogers &İDolly, "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" Rolling Stones, "Tennessee Waltz", "That'll Be The Day" Theİ
Crickets, "Your Cheatin' Heart" Hank Williams, "You Got It" Roy Orbison (Odessa), "Where Did Our Love Go"
The Supremes, "Tie A Yellow Ribbon" Tony Orlando, "Summertime Blues" Eddy Cochran, "Summer Breeze"
Seals & Crofts (Cisco/Sidney), "The Heart Of The Matter" The Eagles, "Strange On The Shore" Acker Bilk,
"Oh Lonesome Me" Don Gibson, "My Way" Frank Sinatra, "My Sweet Lord" George Harrison, "Love Me Tender"
Elvis Presley, "Layla" Eric Clapton, "I Write The Songs" Barry Manilow, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" Elton
John, "Good Vibrations" Beach Boys, "Alone Again (Naturally)" Gilbert O'Sullivan, "Imagine" John Lennon,
"King Of The Road" Roger Miller, "My Eyes Adored You" 4 Seasonsİetc.İ
"Rock with The Pirates"
"Ray and Dave" have set up a new website ...
"Rock with The Pirates".
The Piratesİwere founded in the late 50s / early 60's as a backing band to the late Johnny Kidd.
Well, the line up continues and 40 years on Mick Green, Johnny Spence and Frank Farley are still belting out
their R&B/R&R to audiences of all ages. In March they're off to Melksham and in July they're headlining an
open air festival in Finland.
This site is for all fans of The Pirates - Mick Green, Johnny Spence & Frank Farley -
the greatest live R'n'R / R'n'B band in the world and
is completely independent and non-profit making. It is recognized by The Pirates and
has input from them and their management - hopefully with lots more to come. Contact:
Ray aka "The Big Bloke" and Dave "rockthecoinrightintotheslot".
Bo's "Love is Strange" in GRAMMY Hall of Fame
Mickey & Sylvia's 1956 recording of BO DIDDLEY's classic song "Love Is Strange" was yesterday (January 14, 2004)
inducted into the Recording Academy's GRAMMY Hall of Fame as a recording of lasting qualitative or historical
significance. Inductees are selected annually by a special member committee of eminent and knowledgeable
professionals from all branches of the recording arts.
"Love Is Strange" has been covered by many other performers over the years, including Sir Paul McCartney &
Wings, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, Cheech & Chong, Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton, Nancy Sinatra &
Lee Hazlewood and Sonny & Cher and has featured in many hit movie soundtracks, including "Dirty
Dancing", "Mermaids" and Martin Scorsese's "Casino".
"Love Is Strange" is now the second BO DIDDLEY song to have been inducted into the prestigious GRAMMY Hall
of Fame. His 1955 recording of his song "Bo Diddley" was inducted in January 1998.
Courtesy: David Blakey, Webmaster, BO DIDDLEY-The Originator -
Shakin' With The Angels RIP: Eddy Seacrest
Melvin Edward Seacrist, Sr. died on Monday, January 5, 2004 at 10:39 AM after a 4 month illness.
He was best known by rockin' music fans as Eddy Seacrest who recorded the wonderful "Shakin' With A
Flavor / Down By The River" for Lloyd Price's short-lived KRC Records label.
An obituary is posted at WVGAZETTE.COM, the Charleston (WV) Gazette website (See below for copy of obit).
Eddie had a total of two 45rpm record releases, on K&C and KRC records (where he was produced by
none other than Lloyd Price!). He also had his own Television show for many years in Charleston, West
Virginia on WCHS-TV. It was quite a popular show and very legendary among locals who are old
enough to remember it. After giving up the rockabilly life, he became a Baptist minister and
worked in the coal mines. He was a tipple operator at Cannelton Mines for several years before
retiring. My friend, Tim Truman, his nephew knew him very well - his family lived just over
the mountain from him and his son, Eddie Jr., and he were very close buddies and near-constant
companions during their high school years in the 1970's.
Eddie Sr. had a big, raw, fantastic voice and was one of the "blackest" sounding
white men ever to get in front of a mic. His whole band rocked-- and rocked hard.
Tim says the flipside of Eddy's best-known recording, "DOWN BY THE RIVER" is AMAZING -
very nicely produced and it just chugs along with this cool descending riff. Some great sax
work on it, plus some of the GREATEST GUITAR PLAYING I have ever heard - a real whammy-bar
workout on the Stratocaster.
Down by the River was written after Melvin's father died, I was told by his son.
Years ago, in the 70's, when Tim was at their house, he heard cassette copies of entire Rolling
Rockets performances that had been dubbed from old television station (WCHS, Charleston, WV)
kinescopes, taken from Uncle Eddie's old TV show. He has written to the television station
several times to see whether or not the Kinescopes still exist, but no archivist there has ever replied.
Eddie seldom talked about his "rock'n'roll" life with folks but since he knew Tim was a music fan and
guitarist who appreciated such "secular" things he'd often share stories with him about those days.
About 10 years ago he talked him into showing me his Rolling Rockets scrap book and it was a pretty fine experience.
Tim is searching for anyone who can help me locate copies of Uncle Eddie's singles - Shakin' With a
Flavor/Down by the River, etc. - that they wouldn't mind copying onto CDR or tape for him (Eddy's
guitarist was one of the hottest guitarists he'd ever heard. Hard to believe he was doing the things
he was doing with that Stratocaster whammy bar in 1958!) Very innovative. Eddie's guitarist's
playing was always very inspiring to Tim and he'd also like to locate JPEGs or photocopies of
any photos of Eddy performing with the Rolling Rockets. Anyone who has materials or if you
personally knew Eddy, contact me at
and I will forward the information.
Larry Shell, 1/5/04Mbr>
From the Charleston (WV) Gazette website
Melvin Edward Seacrist Melvin Edward Seacrist Sr., 70, of Montgomery entered into rest on Monday,
Jan. 5, 2004, in Charleston Area Medical Center Memorial Hospital.
Born Aug. 18, 1933, in Ward, he was the son of the late William Harvey and Mary Alice Hess Seacrist.
He was the pastor of the Reformed Baptist Church in Gallagher, W.Va.; a retired coal miner and tipple
operator from Cannelton Industries; and a member of the United Mine Workers of America.
During his youth he had been a television personality on the program, Pieces of Eight
and had been the leader of the singing group, Eddy Seacrist and the Rolling Rockets.
His survivors include his wife, Sarah Jane Jackson Seacrist; children, Melvin Edward Seacrist
Jr. of Falls View, Sarah Jane Barnabi of King George, Va., Marty William Seacrist of Charleston,
Thomas Garrett "T.G." Seacrist and Christopher Aaron Seacrist, both of Murfreesboro, Tenn.;
brother, Thomas Henry Seacrist of El Paso, Texas; niece, Wanda Lynn Leahy of Boston, Mass.;
seven grandchildren. Graveside services were held 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, in Holly Grove Cemetery at Holly Grove.
Elvis Documentary in the Works
(AP) RALEIGH, N.C. - Filmmaker Ken Vrana was marking the 69th anniversary of Elvis Presley's birth
by working on his own "Tribute." Vrana has traveled 250,000 miles over the past 3 1/2 years to collect
570 interviews for a
documentary about Presley, who died at his Graceland home in Memphis, Tenn., on Aug. 16, 1977.
As fans mark Presley's birthday, Vrana planned to edit his footage.
"Officially, we've completed the interviews," he says. "Unofficially, I still have a wish list of about a
dozen 'big' people like Paul McCartney I'll continue to chase, to insert later if I can get them."
He plans to release "Tribute" as an 11-hour DVD box set, with a companion coffee-table book. It's not
a profit-making venture: Vrana has spent $280,000 on the project so far and says any proceeds will go to charity.
Vrana wasn't much of an Elvis aficionado when he was working on another documentary called "The Fans,"
about devoted followers of NASCAR (news - web sites), professional wrestling, college basketball and
Presley. But the Elvis fans' stories stood out as worthy of their own film.
The cast of interview subjects eventually stretched well beyond fans, from Presley's old girlfriends
and bandmates to other music legends such as Bill Monroe and B.B. King.
"Tribute" is being financed by Vrana's wife, Lisa, who's a marketing specialist and his film editor.
"My wife was saying, 'If we don't sell this, it will be one of the most expensive home movies of all time,'" he said.
Alvin Stardust: '50s Rock 'n' Roll Tour
Hi, My name is David Harness and I am the webmaster for Alvin Stardust offical website
Alvin is doing a '50s R&R tour in the spring. Below is Alvin.s message
"The Christmas tour was a dream come true for me. It is a little acorn that is growing nicely. We
are already talking with double the amount of theatres for next year. I am very excited about the
Spring '50s tour. Again we are starting small but with a hope for bigger possibilities. Any help you
can give us to get the message out to "real" Rock and Roll/Rockabilly fans, will be gratefully received.
It will be something like the "Birth of Rock n' Roll" tour I did about five years ago. But we never
followed through on that one. The thing I like best is that I can relive all the best times o
f my childhood music. Great memories of meeting so many of my heros like Buddy, Chuck,
Bill Haley, Billy Fury,Marty and Joe and loads more. But specially Eddie and Gene. To sing
Be Bop a Lula with Gene with Eddie on Guitar is all I ever needed to do to for life.
I nearly got to Elvis. My biggest regret. But nine outa ten aint bad. I'm thinking of taking
my first accoustic guitar on tour with me. It's not really playable but it is signed
by all the above rockers and John,Paul, George and Ringo. Might be interesting for
some of you Rockers. I will be doing the songs the way we did 'em first time around.
Small guitar amps, honky tonk piano, no big p.a. systems or lights, just the real
Mc'Coy, in the raw, in ya face, 50's R.n'R. I aim to try to stick to only songs from between '53 and '59.
No West End Actors and Dancers (No Offence, I love ya really)I just want this to be real.
Not dressed up. You know what I mean!" - Cheers Alvin.
.Alvin grew up with the 50 rock & roll era and had the pleasure of singing with Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent,
Eddie Cochran, etc., and hes hoping to recreate the authentic sound of the 50's.
In 1996, Alvin and his band recorded a liveİRock'n'Roll album at Ronnie
Scott's. Ever since then, Alvin has always yearned to play a UK tour
performing the music he was raised on; the music that forms the foundation of what we listen to today.
This is Alvin Stardust as you've never seen him before, with a stripped down Rock'n'Rollİ
show, performing songs made famous by the likes of Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Gene
Vincent and Buddy Holly. For fans of authentic 50's Rock'n'Roll, this is a must-see show.
5İ- Huntingdon Hall, Worcester - 01905 611427
18 - The Assembly Rooms, Tamworth - 01827 709618
19 - Town Hall, Sutton Coldfield - 0121 464 8990
27 - Town Hall, Stourbridge - 01384 812960
3 - The Roses Theatre,İTewkesburyİ-01684 295074
15 - Music Hall, Shrewsbury - 01743 281281
16 - The Palace Theatre, Redditch - 01527 65203
18 - The Palace Theatre, Newark -01636 655755
23 - The Prince Of Wales Theatre, Cannock - 01543 578762
30 - The Angel, Woodbridge - 01394 420272
Elvis Now Officially Best Selling Solo Artist In U.S. History
MEMPHIS, Jan 8, 2004 - With a large crowd of fans gathering to celebrate Elvis Presley's birthday,
RCA Records/BMG Strategic Marketing Group with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
announced at a ceremony on the grounds of Graceland Mansion this morning that Elvis Presley now
stands as the best selling solo artist in U.S. history.
In August 2002 the Elvis Presley catalog finally passed the previously elusive 100 million sales
mark and now 15 albums were either certified for the first time or upgraded which propelled him
forward to a new cumulative album sales total of 117.5 million.
In all, Elvis Presley has received 97 Gold Records, 55 of which have been certified Platinum, and 25
have gone on to multi-Platinum status. His highest certified album is "Elvis' Christmas Album"
which has been certified for the sale of more than seven million copies.
Elvis has also received more Gold and Platinum singles than any artist in history with 51
Gold singles, 27 of which have been certified Platinum with seven being certified multi-Platinum.
"Reverend Al Green, Sandi Patty, Frances Preston and the Late
Vestal Goodman to be Inducted into Gospel Music Hall of Fame
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 6 - The Gospel Music Association (GMA) will induct Reverend Al Green, Sandi Patty,
Frances W. Preston and the recently deceased Vestal Goodman into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
The four music industry greats will be honored at a special Hall of Fame Awards show on February 11, 2004
in Nashville, announced John W. Styll, president of the GMA.
"The newest inductees for the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame exemplify the great diversity and history
of Christian and gospel music," said Styll. "Their contributions to our culture have had a profound and
lasting impact and will be forever remembered by this honor."
The GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame was established in 1971 and has inducted 125 members since
its inception, including Elvis Presley, Mahalia Jackson, Amy Grant, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Andrae Crouch,
Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Oak Ridge Boys, Petra, Bill and Gloria Gaither, the Rambos, Thomas A. Dorsey,
the Fairfield Four, Billy Graham and the Jordanaires.
Vestal Goodman, known affectionately as the "Queen of Gospel Music" died Dec. 27 at age of 74 from
complications of the flu. Goodman was notified in early December of her induction. A founding member of
the Happy Goodman Family, Goodman was the first artist to receive a Female Vocalist of the Year Dove
Award in 1969 and has won multiple Dove and Grammy Awards since then.
"I still remember many years ago the call I received asking me if I would be interested in helping
to start an organization called The Gospel Music Association. How proud I am of all the diversified styles
of music and all the people that gospel music has reached for Christ," said Goodman when notified of her
induction. "Today I'm so very honored and humbled that the GMA has selected me to be inducted in the Hall of Fame."
Al Green formed his first gospel group at the age of nine in Forest City, Ark., and has been singing the
gospel ever since. In 1976, when Green was at the peak of his popularity, he bought a church in
Memphis, Tenn., and became an ordained pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle. Throughout the '80s he
released a series of gospel albums on Word/Myrrh. From 1981-89, Green won seven gospel Grammy
Awards. Green was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. In 2002, the National Recording
Academy's National Trustees bestowed the 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award to Green on the 44th
Annual Grammy Awards Show.
With 39 Dove Awards and five Grammy Awards to her credit, Sandi Patty is the most awarded female artist
in the history of contemporary Christian music. Her 23 albums have sold more than 11 million units,
including three Platinum- and five Gold-certified albums. Recipient of the Dove Award for Female
Vocalist of the Year a record 11 times, her career has spanned more than two decades as she has
taken her music to very corner of the world.
The GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame event will be held on February 11 at Trinity Music City in Hendersonville,
Tenn. at 7 p.m. 2002 inductee Pat thingye will host the show which is being taped as a one-hour special for
TBN. Airdate for that special is not yet scheduled.
Founded in 1964, the 4,500-member Gospel Music Association ( www.gospelmusic.org ) is dedicated to
exposing, promoting and celebrating the gospel through music. The GMA represents all styles of gospel
music including contemporary pop, rock, urban gospel, praise & worship, Southern gospel, country
and children's gospel music. The GMA produces the Dove Awards(TM), which recognizes achievement
in all genres of gospel music ..."
Jake Hess, 76, Dies After Illness
COLUMBUS, GA., Jan. 5, 2004 ã Jake Hess, a four-time Grammy winner who sang with some of the premier
quartets in gospel music and influenced the career of Elvis Presley, died early yesterday. He was 76.
Mr. Hess, whose career spanned more than 60 years, died in East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Ala.
A resident of Columbus since 1993, he had suffered a heart attack Dec. 16.
Mr. Hess is best known to contemporary audiences as a regular member of "Bill Gaither's Homecoming
Friends," a series of videos, CDs and concerts.
Mr. Hess joined The John Daniel Quartet in 1943. He reached stardom with The Statesmen Quartet. He
was founder of The Imperials and sang with The Masters V. Each of these groups is enshrined in the
Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame, as is Mr. Hess. He is also in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
In the late 1960s his health forced him to leave the Imperials, and he began working with television
personality Eddie Hill. Mr. Hess was host of several gospel music programs in Nashville, including
Heaven's Jubilee on Sunday mornings and Old Time Singing Convention at noon weekdays. A Tennessean
article at that time noted that "many farmers in the Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky and
North Alabama areas time their lunch hour to be at the house during the 'Jake Hess Show,' as it is generally called."
Among Mr. Hess' fans was Elvis Presley. Peter Guralnick, author of a two-volume biography of
Presley, said the singer always wanted to emulate the voices of Mr. Hess and crooner Roy Hamilton.
"They were such virtuosos," Guralnick said. "Each had a voice that Elvis never felt he could fully
emulate. What he did seek to do was to emulate the feeling they had in their singing."
As a teen, Presley was a regular at Statesmen concerts. Later, Mr. Hess was a backup singer on several
of Presley's Grammy-winning albums. When Presley died in 1977, Mr. Hess sang at his funeral, as
he had at the funeral of country legend Hank Williams in 1953.
Mr. Hess, born on Christmas Eve 1927 in Mount Pisgah, Ala., was the youngest of 12.
His wife, Joyce, died in 2000. He is survived by a daughter, Becky Buck, of Columbus; two sons, Chris
Hess of Columbus and Jake Hess Jr. of Murfreesboro; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandson,
as well as one sister, Oma Dee. - Courtesy: TENNESSEAN.COM
R.I.P.: Dick of "Dick and Dee Dee"
Saturday, December 27, 2003
Early this morning, my beloved husband Dick, my soul-mate, my lover, my best
friend, my life, passed away at UCLA Medical Center. Had he survived, the
quality of life that would have been his would have tortured him. He would have
likely spent the rest of his days in a "Rest Home" and would most likely not
have walked, spoken or understood. He said to me on many occasions that he
could not imagine anyone choosing such an existence. I cannot believe this
nightmare that I find myself living and I am searching and praying for the strength
to deal with this assignment moment by moment. As you know, Dick and I were
"joined at the hip."
For those of you who I have not heard from or communicated with in these past
weeks, I will give you a brief synopsis of what happened that caused this
tragedy. On December 10th Dick decided to go up on our roof to check a storm
drain. We argued over his going up on the roof constantly, but he would always
out shout me by singing Jimmy Jone's "Handy Man."
He apparently set the ladder up on the side of the garage to go up on to the
roof from our driveway. The ladder either collapsed or tipped over and he
fell on his head. It was only moments before he was discovered (I did not hear
him on the roof and then the doorbell rang with a woman screaming that there
was a man lying and bleeding on the driveway and at the same time she had 911 on
the phone). He was taken to UCLA, underwent emergency brain surgery,
followed by a surgery to remove his Spleen. He also had a collapsed lung.
And, now he is gone. How can this be?
Anecdotes of Classic Country Music
Artists, Writers and Musicians
"Gabby" has justİreleased a new book written about a classic country music radio legend in north Florida
known as Gabby from WGWD radio. The book is titled Gabby's Gold: Anecdotes of Classic Country Music
Artists, Writers and Musicians. More information is available on the website
Gabby has been involved in the country music music business for over forty years and shares with the readers
the history of the classic country music era, from the late nineteen fifties through the eighties and even today.
Gabby is a humorous southern gentleman and has had personal working experiences with country music artists,
writers and musicians and shares anecdotes and tidbits about them.İİHe lives to promote classic country
music and keep its heritage alive in today's country rock scene.
He interviewed many of the classic country stars, writers and promoters and include a long chapter on some of
their experiences throughout their successful careers.
The reader will find the book educational and humorous, and will surely take a stroll down memory lane as he/she
reads the manyİtidbits that are little or unknown.
Dave "Six Days on the Road" Dudley R.I.P.
DANBURY, WIS, December 23, 2003 - Dave Dudley passed away yesterday afternoon.
He had a massive Coronary. He died in Dave Dudleywhere he lived, Danbury Wisc.
Dave was 75 years old.
Dave Dudley (born David Darwin Pedruska, May 3, 1928, Spencer, WI) is the father of truck driving country music.
With his 1963 song "Six Days on the Road," he founded a new genre of country music ã a variation of honky
tonk and rock-inflected country that concentrated lyrically on the lifestyles of truck drivers. Dudley had a
string of Top 15 singles that ran through the '60s, while he continued to have Top 40 hits well into the '70s,
establishing himself as one of the most popular singers of his era.
At the age of 11, Dudley's father gave him a guitar, but he had his heart set on being a baseball player.
Throughout his teenage years he played ball, becoming a member of the Gainesville Owls as a young adult.
However, his career was cut short by an arm injury. Following his retirement from baseball,
he became a DJ at a local Texas station, where he would sometimes play along with the songs
on the air. The station owner encouraged to become a performer, and Dudley followed the advice.
Dudley moved to Idaho in the early '50s, where he formed the Dave Dudley Trio, which didn't
have much success in its seven years together. In 1960, following the breakup of the trio, he
moved to Minneapolis, where formed a group called the Country Gentlemen, which quickly
built up a dedicated following. His career was thrown off track in December of 1960,
when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver as he was packing his guitar into his car. After
several months, he was recovered and managed to secure a record deal with Vee Records.
His first single, "Maybe I Do," was minor hit in the fall of 1961 and was followed by
another minor hit, "Under Cover of the Night," the following year on Jubilee Records.
In the summer of 1963, he had his breakthrough hit, "Six Days on the Road," which was released on Golden
Wing. The song became a massive success, peaking at number two on the country charts and making the pop
Top 40. That same year, he signed with Mercury Records, releasing his first single for the label, "Last
Day in the Mines," by the end of the year. Throughout the '60s, he had a long string of truck driving
singles, including "Truck Drivin' Son-of-a-Gun," "Trucker's Prayer," "Anything Leaving Town
Today," "There Ain't No Easy Run," and "Two Six Packs Away." By the end of the decade, he was
also making conservative, good-old-boy anthems as well.
During the early '70s, he had several hits ã notably the 1971 Top Ten singles "Comin' Down" and "Fly
Away Again" ã but by the beginning of the '80s, he was no longer a presence on the charts. His
last hit single was 1980's "Rolaids, Doan's Pills and Preparation H." During the '80s and '90s,
Dudley didn't record much, but he remained a popular concert draw. And truck drivers still loved him ã
the Teamsters Union awarded him an honorary, solid-gold membership card.
by Stephen Thomas Erlewine - courtesy TWANGTOWNUSA.COM
The "Butterfly Guys"
12/12/2003 - Charlie Gracie and Andy Williams reunited at the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pa.
where Andyİheadlined his legendary Christmas concert. Andy invited Charlie and his family to the show.
The two enjoyed a reunion backstage after many years. Charlie holds an original copy of Andy's cover
version on the Cadence label, while Andy clasps the original version by Charlie on Philaelphia's
famous Cameo Label. Both performers reached the coveted Number One position on the
Billboard Charts in 1957 - a rarity in pop music history. Both versions sold well over a
million copies each! Charlie and Andy are old friends and actuallyİappeared together onİ
two tv shows back in the 50s. Charlie and Andy delighted several backstage visitors -
including Jerry Green President, of Collectibles Records whenİthey sang a few bars of "Butterfly!"İ
The '50s & '60s in Living Colour (UK)
Episode One - All Shook Up - ITV1 29 December
Episode Two - Home Sweet Home - ITV1 30 December
Episode Three - The Open Road - ITV1 31 December
UK - Three one-hour programmes stripped on ITV1 across three consecutive days post-Christmas week.
This major new three-part series taps into popular nostalgia around Christmas 2003 by taking a fresh
and entertaining look at the social revolution of the 50s and 60s. It uncovers spectacular and long forgotten
colour archive film from all over the country, vividly bringing to life a groundbreaking era that until now
has usually been seen in black and white.
This series is the latest in ITV1's hugely popular colour archive history documentaries. It is the first all
colour history covering the age of austerity, through to the never-had-it-so-good years and the swinging sixties.
The 50s and 60s were twenty years that changed all our lives, watershed years in modern British history.
The series retraces the nation's journey from rationing to rock În' roll, from military service to the mini-skirt.
For those who lived through these momentous decades it will bring it all back Òin glorious technicolour.
Those too young to remember will see it as it's never been seen on TV before.
Colour television wasn't introduced until the late sixties. For most of the 50s and 60s most news items
and documentaries were black and white. Colour film was still seen as an exciting novelty. It was described
as "living colour". But there was far more shot in colour than has previously been thought.
The series draws on a great array of early colour films, some of them buried for almost half a century.
It includes beautifully shot documentaries, home movies, newsreels, advertisements and feature films of the period.
This colour footage is interwoven with memorable stories of everyday life, told by an extraordinary
cast of characters. Baby boomers and their parents relive the hopes and fears of the 50s and 60s.
They tell how post-war prosperity brought new homes, new foods, all mod cons, motoring for the
masses and perhaps most shocking of all- the teenager. There was a spirit of change and a mood
of optimism. Life seemed to be getting better. Britain changed from a land that was bleak, war
torn and economically depressed. It became more affluent, confident and colourful than ever before.
Things would never be the same again.
EPISODE ONE. ALL SHOOK UP looks at the birth of the modern teenager. Britain became the epicentre
of a huge explosion of youthful freedom. This was the era of the Generation Gap. Rock În' roll, Teddy
Boys, Mods, mini skirts and the Pill changed our world forever.
EPISODE TWO. HOME SWEET HOME explores the transformation of home and family life.
Greater prosperity brought a housing revolution. There were all mod cons, new foods and the rise
of home ownership. The new housewife was expected to be a domestic goddess. But many wanted more.
In the sixties they began to rebel.
EPISODE THREE. THE OPEN ROAD is an affectionate portrait of road and rail journeys from a bygone age of
transport. It tells the story of our love affair with the car. In the 50s and 60s car ownership came within
the reach of the majority of families. There was a terrible increase in road accidents. But there was no
going back to public transport. The nation loved the new freedom and independence it had tasted.
The series is made by Steve Humphries and history specialists Testimony Films. It is the second Testimony
series for ITV1. In 2001 they made Some Liked It Hot, the story of the British on holiday. It achieved
ratings of around 6 million making it the most popular social history series on any channel in that
year. Amongst the previous award-winning Testimony series made by Humphries are A Secret World
of Sex (BBC2), Green and Pleasant Land (Channel 4) and Veterans: Last Survivors of the Great War (BBC1).
The book of the series - 'The Fifties and Sixties - A Lifestyle Revolution' is published by Boxtree
at £18.99. Review copies are available from Testimony (tel. 0117 925 8589) and may be used as
source material for a feature as long as the book is credited.
RED HOT IN MEMPHIS
Several Sun Record Label Graduates Continue to do Sam Proud
By Bill Ellis, Commercial Apeal, December 6, 2003 - Golden-eared producer Sam Phillips may have left us this year but a number of those he recorded for his Sun
record label and studio continue to make music, much of it with the same unpretentious spirit, fun and
unique touch they had as unbridled rockabilly youths nearly 50 years ago.
Early rock paragon Billy Lee Riley has reveled more than once in his blues side (found on the
exceptional albums Hot Damn! from 1997 and 1999's Shade Tree Blues). Now he digs his Arkansas
boots into rockabilly's other influence, country music. On Hillbilly Rockin' Man (Reba Records, 3-1/2 stars),
Riley sounds just as home in the honky tonk as he does in the cottonfields. Backed by a great old-fashioned
country ensemble named the Cuttin' Crew (who milk the twin fiddles and steel guitar for all they're worth),
Riley shows off his time-honed vocals, where every heartache gets the right inflection, and honestly
drawn tunes such as self-penned classics in the making "The Song Writer," the gorgeous "Little Piece
of Bottom Land" and drinking epic "The Bottle." Be sure to hear a part of Mr. Red Hot you probably
didn't know was there.
Riley's crazed Sun peer Sonny Burgess stays happily in hepcat land for his just-like-yesterday set
with the Pacers, Back to Sun Records (self-released, 3 stars). Accompanied by an equally hot rock
and country band (including original Pacer Kern Kennedy on keyboards), Burgess kicks the dust off
a loaded 20 tracks that wildly range from Sun covers of Johnny Cash's "Get Rhythm" and "Red
Cadillac and a Black Moustache" by Warren Smith to an unexpected reading of Bill Monroe's "Jerusalem
Ridge" and a fevered "Money (That's What I Want)." There's even renditions of both "Orange Blossom
Special" and "Summertime" - now that's old-school versatility for you. Burgess, who finds his
fountain of youth on the final number, "Pacer's Rock," pulls it all off with the same exuberance
he had back in the '50s.
It sure does my heart good whenever I hear the sweet-natured guitar prowess of late Rock & Roll Trio legend
Paul Burlison, who died in September. That's why fans will want Rock-A-Billy Country (self-released,
3 stars), an album by the same-named group, Burlison's last. Joining the "Train Kept-A Rollin'" pioneer
for this carefree Sun-recorded set is his onetime Sun Rhythm Section peer, pianist Jerry Lee 'Smoochy'
Smith (who never played more beautifully than at Burlison's funeral though he sails along here as well).
On board too is Carl Perkins/Johnny Cash beat man W. S. 'Fluke' Holland - who cuts loose on the cool
closer "Drum Time" - as well as veteran musician pals Kim Curtis, C. W. Gatlin and J. T. Morgan.
It's a mighty fine ensemble, one that can tackle the blues in "Sweet, Sweet Angel," straight-ahead
country in the amusing "Bubba Can Dance" and rockabilly greatness in a telling reading of the Rock
& Roll Trio's "Lonesome Tears in My Eyes." Extra kudos to Sun studio pro/hot guitarist James Lott
for documenting this and most of the aforementioned Burgess disc.
Smoochy Smith also lets the ivories (and artillery) fly on his instrumental album Bombs Over
Baghdad (self-released, 3 stars). On the title cut, bursting bombs sound over Smith's minor-chord
romp of an original, which he says he wrote years ago, though I'd like to think he got some inspired
jamming while watching CNN footage of the Iraqi War - the same goes for his novelty bit of
exotica, "Arabian Moon." Elsewhere, the Sun virtuoso phrases a tune as only he can on such
numbers as the great "Piano Shaking Blues" and a song that says it all, "Smoochy Plays the
Boogie." Some synthesizer-heavy tracks, such as "Mexico," won't be for every taste, though
Smith's skilled playfulness on the 88s comes through no matter the setting.
Red Hot is a review column of local and regional recordings. Send CDs to Bill Ellis, The Commercial Appeal,
495 Union Ave., Memphis, Tenn., 38103.
Snubbed Crickets Won't Play at Holly Tribute
11/27/03 - John Soeder, Cleveland Plain Dealer Pop Music Critic -
Play a gig for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? That'll be the day when they die.
When the rock hall honors Buddy Holly next week, members of his old band, the Crickets, want nothing to do with it.
"We won't be coming," said singer- guitarist Sonny Curtis. "We got a bad feeling about the Hall of Fame."
Holly is the toast of the rock hall's eighth annual American Music Masters series, culminating with a
sold-out tribute concert Dec. 6 at the Cleveland Play House. On the all-star bill are John Mellencamp,
Marshall Crenshaw, Nanci Griffith and others. The Crickets will be conspicuous by their absence - and by choice.
Holly was one of the first 10 performers inducted into the rock hall in 1986. But the Crickets were not enshrined a
long with him. Now they're not about to go out of their way for the rock hall.
In separate phone interviews from their homes in Tennessee, Curtis and drummer Jerry "J.I." Allison said the
snub 17 years ago bugged them. Adding insult to injury, the Crickets were not even invited to the ceremony when
Holly was inducted, they said.
"We thought it was tacky on their part," Curtis said.
"It was really a blow, since we all started out together," Allison said. "We started as a group, like the Beatles."
Allison co-wrote some of Holly's best-known songs, including the breakthrough No. 1 smash "That'll Be the Day" and
the Top 5 hit "Peggy Sue." The latter tune originally was titled "Cindy Lou." It was rechristened later in honor
of Allison's girlfriend.
When Holly went to the top of the charts in 1957, the Crickets included Allison, bass player Joe B. Mauldin and
guitarist Niki Sullivan, who quit later the same year. Allison, Mauldin and Curtis still perform as the Crickets.
Glen Hardin, who played with the group in the 1960s before joining Elvis Presley's band, occasionally sits in on keyboards.
They were courted for the American Music Masters event.
"The Crickets were our first choice for a house band, given their historical significance," said Todd
Mesek, the rock hall's director of marketing and communications. "No other band would've been more appropriate."
But the Crickets rebuffed the rock hall. "We don't participate in any of their activities," said Curtis, 66.
The house band for the tribute concert will feature at least one of Holly's former musical sidekicks, guitarist
Tommy Allsup. He played on Holly's last tour. Allison, 64, said the Crickets are on friendly terms with Allsup as
well as Holly's widow, Maria Elena Holly, who also is coming to Cleveland for the festivities.
Maria Elena is disappointed the Crickets will not be there.
"It would've been wonderful if they would've been part of this," she said. "The Hall of Fame felt Buddy was
the one to be inducted. I have no idea why [the rock hall] did not include them."
Suzan Evans, executive director of the Hall of
Fame Foundation in New York City, declined to comment on why the Crickets were not inducted with Holly.
A nominating committee decides whose names get on the rock hall ballot on a case-by-case basis, after
gauging the merits of the musicians, according to Evans.
Each inductee receives two complimentary tickets to the ceremony.
"I would not be surprised if [the Crickets] were not invited if they weren't being inducted," Evans said. "I don't
recall any of them asking to purchase tickets. They would not have been turned down if they wanted to attend."
Evans did not rule out the possibility of inducting the Crickets in the future.
The Crickets belong in the rock hall, said Bill Griggs, founder of the Buddy Holly Memorial Society and publisher
of Rockin' 50s magazine. He'll be among the Holly experts speaking at the American Music Masters
conference Dec. 6 at Case Western Reserve University.
The band contributed "tremendously" to Holly's success, Griggs said.
Holly and the Crickets parted ways in 1958. The group continued recording and performing after Holly died
the following year at the age of 22. He was killed along with J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Ritchie
Valens in a plane crash near Mason City, Iowa.
Curtis wonders if the Hall of Fame blacklisted the band after he made a speech in the 1980s in favor of
putting the not-yet-built rock hall in Nashville.
"I have no idea what the deal was," Curtis said. "But I don't lie awake at night grieving about it.
I honestly don't feel I belong in there as much as Joe B. and J.I. To me, J.I. is one of the most
innovative rock 'n' roll drummers who ever came along. His Peggy Sue' lick was just amazing.
I wasn't in the group when they released That'll Be the Day' and those things. So I could accept it if they wouldn't
want to induct me. But I feel badly for Joe B. and J.I."
After playing on some of Holly's early recordings, Curtis joined the Crickets in 1958. He went on to
pen numerous hits, including "I Fought the Law," recorded by the Bobby Fuller Four and the Clash.
Curtis also wrote and sang "Love Is All Around," the theme song of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."
Allison had a solo hit in 1958 with "Real Wild Child," recorded under the pseudonym Ivan and featuring Holly on guitar.
"It sounds like sour grapes, but . . . who decides who's famous here?" Allison said. "I was really put
off when [the rock hall] inducted Buddy Holly and didn't invite us. "Buddy was my best friend, you know?"
Iowa's Pioneer Music Musem
Anita, Iowa - In 1976, when the non-profit (501(c)3) association, National Traditional Country Music Assn., was formed,
one of the objectives in their long range planning, was to create a Pioneer Music Museum that would house artifacts
and "memories" of how music evolved in the State of Iowa. It took some time, and some doing, but thatİeventually
happened.İİIt took 29 years, and is not only surviving, but growing.
The first Pioneer Music Museum, was located on the second and third floors of a restored opera house in Walnut,
Iowa. According to the NTCMA president, Bob Everhart, "We tried really hard to make our musuem work in Walnut,
after all, that small town is Antique City, USA. But it just didn't work at all. We had it on the second and
third floors, and everytime a tour bus came, we lost more than half of the elderly because they wouldn't,
or couldn't climb the stairs. Even regular visitors refused to climb the stairs. Installation of an elevator
was not financially feasible. We functioned in Walnut forİseveral yearsİbut eventually had to find a more
workable and profitable location. We put the opera house in Walnut up for sale, and purchased street level
property in Anita, Iowa, a small rural town mid-way between Omaha and Des Moines, just off Interstate-80.
We're right next door to the Lake Anita State Park. İIt was the smartest thing we've ever done. Not only
has the museum thrived, we have been able to add "America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame,"İ
as part of the display,İand "America's Old Time Fiddler's Hall of Fame," too! This has expanded our museum
offerings considerably, and made the museum itself more attractive to visitors. It's a very unique 'memory
experience' with none other like it in the State of Iowa,İor perhaps the entire midwest. The original pioneer
music, and the performers of 'down-home' music, have been solidly preserved and honored at this museum.
We need to expand. We're running out of room now, and toİmake our Anita museum larger, we need to sell
our opera house in Walnut. We'd like to add "state of the art" sound with special presentations of Iowa's
many music cultures that came with the settling pioneers. Iowa is a peculiar state that did not
discriminate against nationalistic music fervor and has maintained these many musical art forms through
the years through festivals and special musical presentations. We'd like to keep all of that alive in one
The Pioneer Music Museum and Halls of Fame are open Memorial Day through Labor Day annually, and by
special appointment. More information is available from the National Traditional Country Music Assn., at
712-762-4363 or e-mailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org They have a website at
Johnny Cash Box Set Released: "Unearthed"
A sprawling five-disc Johnny Cash box set arrived Nov. 25 from
American Recordings/Lost Highway. Dubbed "Unearthed," the set
features 79 songs, 64 of them previously unreleased and produced by
Rick Rubin during the late country great's sessions for his
four "American Recordings" albums released between 1994 and 2002.
The first three discs feature such finds as solo acoustic versions
of "Long Black Veil" and "Flesh and Blood," and covers of Steve
Earle's "Devil's Right Hand," Roy Orbison's "Down the Line" and the
Neil Young songs "Heart of Gold" and "Pocahontas."
Discs two and three boast several duets, some with old friends and
others with newer acquaintances. On the veteran side, Cash's former
Sun Records labelmate Carl Perkins joins him for a run through the
familiar "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man" while his bandmate in the
Highwaymen, Willie Nelson, shows up on "Like a Soldier." Glen
Campbell sings with Cash on "Gentle on My Mind."
Skewing away from his contemporaries, late Clash lead singer Joe
Strummer joins Cash on a version of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song"
and Tom Petty appears on "The Running Kind." Fiona Apple also
sings "Father and Son" with him and Nick Cave joins in on "Cindy."
Of the Strummer duet, Rubin told Billboard.com, "When we were
recording [Cash's 2002 album] 'The Man Comes Around,' Joe was coming
every day, because he loved Johnny Cash, and he just happened to be
in L.A. on vacation. He actually extended his trip a week longer just
to come every day and be around Johnny."
A solo version of "Redemption Song" also appears on Strummer's new
album, "Streetcore" (Hellcat/Epitaph). "Originally, the song was
supposed to be a duet, and we recorded it as a duet. But, just in
case, both Johnny and Joe sang the whole song several times," Rubin
explained, noting that the track was nearly complete ("It wasn't
mixed, but most of the overdubs were there") before Strummer died
suddenly in December.
The fourth "Unearthed" disc is subtitled "My Mother's Hymn Book," and
is comprised of 15 songs from a book of hymns Cash's mother read to
him as a child. Via solo acoustic performances, the deeply spiritual
artist revisits such songs as "I Shall Not Be Moved," "Do Lord," "If
We Never Meet Again This Side of Heaven" and "In the Sweet By and By."
The final disc is a "best of" representation of the four albums Cash
released with Rubin at the helm: 1994's "American Recordings,"
1996's "Unchained," 2000's "American III: Solitary Man" and last
year's "American IV: The Man Comes Around."
"Unearthed" will also include a 104-page clothbound book including a
track-by-track discussion by Cash, Rubin and others. Also featured is
one of Cash's final interviews, in which he and Rubin talk about the
body of work they created.
Here is the "Cash Unearthed" track list:
Disc I - Who's Gonna Cry
"Long Black Veil"
"Flesh and Blood"
"Just the Other Side of Nowhere"
"If I Give My Soul"
"Understand Your Man"
"Banks of the Ohio"
"Two Timin' Woman"
"Old Chunk of Coal"
"I'm Going to Memphis"
"Waiting for a Train"
"Casey's Last Ride"
"No Earthly Good"
"The Fourth Man in the Fire"
"Dark as a Dungeon"
"Down There by the Train"
Disc II - Trouble in Mind:
"I'm a Drifter" (Version 1)
"Trouble In Mind"
"Down the Line"
"I'm Moving On"
"As Long as the Green Grass Shall Grow"
"Heart of Gold"
"The Running Kind" (w/Tom Petty)
"Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby"
"Brown-Eyed Handsome Man" (w/Carl Perkins)
"'T' for Texas"
"Devil's Right Hand"
"I'm a Drifter" (Version 2)
"Like a Soldier" (w/Willie Nelson)
""Drive On" (alternate lyrics)
"Bird on a Wire" (live w/orchestra)
Disc III - Redemption Songs
"A Singer of Songs"
"The L & N Don't Stop Here Anymore"
"Redemption Song" (w/Joe Strummer)
"Father and Son" (w/Fiona Apple)
"Chattanooga Sugar Babe"
"He Stopped Loving Her Today"
"Cindy" (w/Nick Cave)
"Gentle on My Mind" (w/Glen Campbell)
"You Are My Sunshine"
"You'll Never Walk Alone"
"The Man Comes Around" (early take)
Disc IV - My Mother's Hymn Book
"Where We'll Never Grow Old"
"I Shall Not Be Moved"
"I Am a Pilgrim"
"When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder"
"If We Never Meet Again This Side of Heaven"
"I'll Fly Away"
"Where the Soul of a Man Never Dies"
"Let the Lower Lights Be Burning"
"When He Reached Down"
"In the Sweet By and By"
"I'm Bound for the Promised Land"
"In the Garden"
"Softly and Tenderly"
"Just As I Am"
Disc V - Best of Cash on American
"Bird on a Wire"
"The One Rose"
"I Hung My Head"
"The Man Comes Around"
"We'll Meet Again"