Catch That Rockabilly Fever: Personal Stories of Life on the Road and in the Studio

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McFarland, Feb 12, 2015 - Music - 265 pages
Rockabilly, a musical designation coined by Billboard magazine in the mid–1950s, is a rambunctious rhythmic style combining the liveliest elements of country, gospel, and rhythm and blues. Popularized by such performers as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Ricky Nelson, rockabilly has been a major influence on the music of Bob Dylan, the Beatles and Bruce Springsteen (among many others). This book captures the essence of life on the road and in the recording studio through interviews with many of rockabilly’s foremost artists. Among those sharing their experiences are Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis of the Crickets, Sonny Burgess, Wanda Jackson, Glen Glenn, the Collins Kids, Charlie Gracie and Deke Dickerson. Also included are several rare publicity photos.
 

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Contents

Introduction
5
ONE SUN LEGENDS
11
Ray Smith
18
Dickey Lee
27
Carl Mann
36
Johnny Powers
42
TWO LOUISIANA HAYRIDE STARS
52
Maddox Brothers and Rose
64
SIX ROCKABILLY PIONEERS
142
Narvel Felts
148
Laura Lee Perkins
157
Charlie Gracie
168
SEVEN ROCKABILLY REVIVALISTS
174
Josie Kreuzer
182
High Noon
193
Tex Rubinowitz
199

Elvis Presley
70
THREE ARKANSAS ROCKABILLIES
78
Bobby Lee Trammell
86
FOUR TEXAS ROCKABILLIES
95
Sonny West
102
Gene Summers
107
HuelynDuvall
115
The Collins Kids
129
EIGHT TODAYS SENSATIONS
205
Carl Sonny Leyland
213
Ruby Ann
220
Buddy and Suzy Dughi
227
Cole
235
Bibliography
247
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Journalist Sheree Homer ran her own music magazine, Rockabilly Revue, for two years. Since 2006, she has contributed articles to various publications, including Blue Suede News. She lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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