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My 100 Favorite Rockabilly Records
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SavoyBG
2020-03-06 04:22:04 UTC
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Here are my 100 favorite rockabilly records. I know that Roger will disagree with a few of these being rockabilly, and there's a couple of things that he sees as rockabilly that I disagree with (My Baby Left Me - Elvis, for example). We do both agree that Jerry Lee is NOT rockabilly. I see some Gene Vincent and some Eddie Cochran records as rockabilly, and I don't think that Roger does. Frankly I don't see much difference between some Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps records and the Johnny Burnette Trio.


001 ¦ Honey Hush ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
002 ¦ Good Rocking Tonight ¦ Elvis Presley - 54
003 ¦ Matchbox ¦ Carl Perkins - 57
004 ¦ The Train Kept A'Rollin' ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
005 ¦ All Mama's Children ¦ Carl Perkins - 56
006 ¦ One Hand Loose ¦ Charlie Feathers - 56
007 ¦ All By Myself ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
008 ¦ I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone ¦ Elvis Presley - 55
009 ¦ I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine ¦ Elvis Presley - 54
010 ¦ Gone, Gone, Gone ¦ Carl Perkins - 55
011 ¦ Dixie Fried ¦ Carl Perkins - 56
012 ¦ Blue Moon Of Kentucky ¦ Elvis Presley - 54
013 ¦ Blue Suede Shoes ¦ Carl Perkins - 56
014 ¦ Bottle To The Baby ¦ Charlie Feathers - 56
015 ¦ Tear It Up ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
016 ¦ Lonesome Train ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
017 ¦ Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On ¦ Roy Hall - 55
018 ¦ You're My Big Baby Now ¦ Roy Moss - 55
019 ¦ That Ain't Nothing But Right ¦ Mac Curtis - 56
020 ¦ You're A Heartbreaker ¦ Elvis Presley - 55
021 ¦ We Were Both Wrong ¦ Dave Edmunds - 79
022 ¦ Baby Loves Him ¦ Wanda Jackson - 57
023 ¦ Tired And Sleepy ¦ Cochran Brothers - 56
024 ¦ Two Timin' Woman ¦ Jack Scott - 57
025 ¦ The Way I Walk ¦ Jack Scott - 58
026 ¦ Go Go Go ¦ Roy Orbison - 56
027 ¦ Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee, Drinking Wine ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
028 ¦ Long Gone Lonesome Blues ¦ Marty Robbins - 56
029 ¦ Skinny Jim (with piano) ¦ Eddie Cochran - 56
030 ¦ Boppin' The Blues ¦ Carl Perkins - 56
031 ¦ Rock Around With Ollie Vee (LP version) ¦ Buddy Holly
032 ¦ Flip Flop Mama ¦ Eddie Bond - 56
033 ¦ That's My Reward ¦ Billy Wallace - 56
034 ¦ What You Want ¦ Mac Curtis - 58
035 ¦ Flyin' Saucers Rock And Roll ¦ Billy Riley - 57
036 ¦ Sweet Love On My Mind ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
037 ¦ Ooby Dooby ¦ Roy Orbison - 56
038 ¦ Be-Bop-A-Lula ¦ Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps - 56
039 ¦ Jive After Five ¦ Carl Perkins - 58
040 ¦ Pink Pegged Slacks ¦ Eddie Cochran - 62
041 ¦ Make Like A Rock And Roll ¦ Don Woody - 56
042 ¦ Stutterin' Papa ¦ Buck Griffin - 56
043 ¦ Hepcat Boogie ¦ Fletcher Hanna with Red "Joe" Raynor and His Ozark Playboys - 56
044 ¦ Red Hot ¦ Robert Gordon with Link Wray - 77
045 ¦ Sweet Rockin' Mama ¦ Hi-Tombs - 60
046 ¦ Red Hot ¦ Billy Riley - 57
047 ¦ Burning The Wind ¦ Billy Wallace - 56
048 ¦ You Nearly Lose Your Mind ¦ Roy Moss - 55
049 ¦ Your Baby Blue Eyes ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
050 ¦ Baby Let's Play House ¦ Elvis Presley - 55
051 ¦ Rock This Town ¦ Stray Cats - 81
052 ¦ Woman Love ¦ Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps - 56
053 ¦ Rock The Joint ¦ Bill Haley with the Saddlemen - 52
054 ¦ Honey Don't ¦ Carl Perkins - 56
055 ¦ Just Because ¦ Elvis Presley - 56
056 ¦ Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby ¦ Carl Perkins - 58
057 ¦ That's All Right ¦ Elvis Presley - 54
058 ¦ Rock Billy Boogie ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
059 ¦ Dance To The Bop ¦ Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps - 57
060 ¦ You Can Do No Wrong ¦ Carl Perkins - 57
061 ¦ Come On Let's Go ¦ Ritchie Valens - 58
062 ¦ That's Right ¦ Carl Perkins - 57
063 ¦ Your True Love ¦ Carl Perkins - 57
064 ¦ Milkcow Blues Boogie ¦ Elvis Presley - 55
065 ¦ Tennessee Toddy ¦ Marty Robbins - 55
066 ¦ Morse Code ¦ Don Woody - 56
067 ¦ Fujiama Mama ¦ Wanda Jackson - 57
068 ¦ I Ain't Gonna Waste My Time ¦ Wiley Barkdull - 58
069 ¦ Black Slacks ¦ Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones - 57
070 ¦ Rockin' Rollin' Stone ¦ Andy Starr - 56
071 ¦ Diggin' The Boogie ¦ Roy Hall - 56
072 ¦ Three Alley Cats ¦ Roy Hall - 56
073 ¦ Respectfully Miss Brooks ¦ Marty Robbins - 56
074 ¦ Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad ¦ Wanda Jackson - 56
075 ¦ Sag, Drag And Fall ¦ Sid King and the Five Strings - 55
076 ¦ Baby She's Gone ¦ Jack Scott - 57
077 ¦ Five Days, Five Days ¦ Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps - 57
078 ¦ You Ain't Treatin' Me Right ¦ Mac Curtis - 56
079 ¦ Mean Woman Blues ¦ Warren Phillips and the Rockets - 69
080 ¦ Everybody's Rockin' But Me ¦ Jack Turner - 56
081 ¦ Down At Big Mama's House ¦ Rex Hale and the Rhythm Masters - 56
082 ¦ Latch On ¦ Cochran Brothers - 56
083 ¦ Drugstore Rock And Roll ¦ Janis Martin - 56
084 ¦ Rock And Roll Ruby ¦ Warren Smith - 56
085 ¦ Hip Shakin' Mama ¦ Jack Cochran - 56
086 ¦ Get With It ¦ Charlie Feathers - 56
087 ¦ Flying Saucer Rock And Roll ¦ Robert Gordon with Link Wray - 77
088 ¦ Grandaddy's Rockin' ¦ Mac Curtis - 56
089 ¦ Everybody's Loving My Baby ¦ Charlie Feathers - 56
090 ¦ Don't Be Gone Long ¦ Bob Doss - 56
091 ¦ Red Headed Woman ¦ Sonny Burgess - 56
092 ¦ Twenty Flight Rock ¦ Eddie Cochran - 57
093 ¦ Honey Bop ¦ Wanda Jackson - 58
094 ¦ Jackson Dog ¦ Larry Brinkley - 62
095 ¦ Pretty Mama ¦ Marty Robbins - 55
096 ¦ Mean Mistreatin' Baby ¦ Billy Wallace - 56
097 ¦ Blue Days, Black Nights ¦ Buddy Holly - 56
098 ¦ Mean Mama Blues ¦ Marty Robbins - 55
099 ¦ Oh Baby Babe ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
100 ¦ Mystery Train ¦ Elvis Presley - 55
SavoyBG
2020-03-06 05:00:10 UTC
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Oops, one small mistake on the list. I should have had "Race With The Devil" rather than "Five Days, Five Days, which I don't think is rockabilly. Here is the corrected list.


001 ¦ Honey Hush ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
002 ¦ Good Rocking Tonight ¦ Elvis Presley - 54
003 ¦ Matchbox ¦ Carl Perkins - 57
004 ¦ The Train Kept A'Rollin' ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
005 ¦ All Mama's Children ¦ Carl Perkins - 56
006 ¦ One Hand Loose ¦ Charlie Feathers - 56
007 ¦ All By Myself ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
008 ¦ I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone ¦ Elvis Presley - 55
009 ¦ I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine ¦ Elvis Presley - 54
010 ¦ Gone, Gone, Gone ¦ Carl Perkins - 55
011 ¦ Dixie Fried ¦ Carl Perkins - 56
012 ¦ Blue Moon Of Kentucky ¦ Elvis Presley - 54
013 ¦ Blue Suede Shoes ¦ Carl Perkins - 56
014 ¦ Bottle To The Baby ¦ Charlie Feathers - 56
015 ¦ Tear It Up ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
016 ¦ Lonesome Train ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
017 ¦ Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On ¦ Roy Hall - 55
018 ¦ You're My Big Baby Now ¦ Roy Moss - 55
019 ¦ That Ain't Nothing But Right ¦ Mac Curtis - 56
020 ¦ You're A Heartbreaker ¦ Elvis Presley - 55
021 ¦ We Were Both Wrong ¦ Dave Edmunds - 79
022 ¦ Baby Loves Him ¦ Wanda Jackson - 57
023 ¦ Tired And Sleepy ¦ Cochran Brothers - 56
024 ¦ Two Timin' Woman ¦ Jack Scott - 57
025 ¦ The Way I Walk ¦ Jack Scott - 58
026 ¦ Go Go Go ¦ Roy Orbison - 56
027 ¦ Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee, Drinking Wine ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
028 ¦ Long Gone Lonesome Blues ¦ Marty Robbins - 56
029 ¦ Skinny Jim (with piano) ¦ Eddie Cochran - 56
030 ¦ Boppin' The Blues ¦ Carl Perkins - 56
031 ¦ Rock Around With Ollie Vee (LP version) ¦ Buddy Holly
032 ¦ Flip Flop Mama ¦ Eddie Bond - 56
033 ¦ That's My Reward ¦ Billy Wallace - 56
034 ¦ What You Want ¦ Mac Curtis - 58
035 ¦ Flyin' Saucers Rock And Roll ¦ Billy Riley - 57
036 ¦ Sweet Love On My Mind ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
037 ¦ Ooby Dooby ¦ Roy Orbison - 56
038 ¦ Be-Bop-A-Lula ¦ Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps - 56
039 ¦ Jive After Five ¦ Carl Perkins - 58
040 ¦ Pink Pegged Slacks ¦ Eddie Cochran - 62
041 ¦ Make Like A Rock And Roll ¦ Don Woody - 56
042 ¦ Stutterin' Papa ¦ Buck Griffin - 56
043 ¦ Hepcat Boogie ¦ Fletcher Hanna with Red "Joe" Raynor and His Ozark Playboys - 56
044 ¦ Red Hot ¦ Robert Gordon with Link Wray - 77
045 ¦ Sweet Rockin' Mama ¦ Hi-Tombs - 60
046 ¦ Red Hot ¦ Billy Riley - 57
047 ¦ Burning The Wind ¦ Billy Wallace - 56
048 ¦ You Nearly Lose Your Mind ¦ Roy Moss - 55
049 ¦ Your Baby Blue Eyes ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
050 ¦ Baby Let's Play House ¦ Elvis Presley - 55
051 ¦ Rock This Town ¦ Stray Cats - 81
052 ¦ Woman Love ¦ Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps - 56
053 ¦ Rock The Joint ¦ Bill Haley with the Saddlemen - 52
054 ¦ Honey Don't ¦ Carl Perkins - 56
055 ¦ Just Because ¦ Elvis Presley - 56
056 ¦ Race With The Devil ¦ Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps - 56
057 ¦ Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby ¦ Carl Perkins - 58
058 ¦ That's All Right ¦ Elvis Presley - 54
059 ¦ Rock Billy Boogie ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
060 ¦ Dance To The Bop ¦ Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps - 57
061 ¦ You Can Do No Wrong ¦ Carl Perkins - 57
062 ¦ Come On Let's Go ¦ Ritchie Valens - 58
063 ¦ That's Right ¦ Carl Perkins - 57
064 ¦ Your True Love ¦ Carl Perkins - 57
065 ¦ Milkcow Blues Boogie ¦ Elvis Presley - 55
066 ¦ Tennessee Toddy ¦ Marty Robbins - 55
067 ¦ Morse Code ¦ Don Woody - 56
068 ¦ Fujiama Mama ¦ Wanda Jackson - 57
069 ¦ I Ain't Gonna Waste My Time ¦ Wiley Barkdull - 58
070 ¦ Black Slacks ¦ Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones - 57
071 ¦ Rockin' Rollin' Stone ¦ Andy Starr - 56
072 ¦ Diggin' The Boogie ¦ Roy Hall - 56
073 ¦ Three Alley Cats ¦ Roy Hall - 56
074 ¦ Respectfully Miss Brooks ¦ Marty Robbins - 56
075 ¦ Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad ¦ Wanda Jackson - 56
076 ¦ Sag, Drag And Fall ¦ Sid King and the Five Strings - 55
077 ¦ Baby She's Gone ¦ Jack Scott - 57
078 ¦ You Ain't Treatin' Me Right ¦ Mac Curtis - 56
079 ¦ Mean Woman Blues ¦ Warren Phillips and the Rockets - 69
080 ¦ Everybody's Rockin' But Me ¦ Jack Turner - 56
081 ¦ Down At Big Mama's House ¦ Rex Hale and the Rhythm Masters - 56
082 ¦ Latch On ¦ Cochran Brothers - 56
083 ¦ Drugstore Rock And Roll ¦ Janis Martin - 56
084 ¦ Rock And Roll Ruby ¦ Warren Smith - 56
085 ¦ Hip Shakin' Mama ¦ Jack Cochran - 56
086 ¦ Get With It ¦ Charlie Feathers - 56
087 ¦ Flying Saucer Rock And Roll ¦ Robert Gordon with Link Wray - 77
088 ¦ Grandaddy's Rockin' ¦ Mac Curtis - 56
089 ¦ Everybody's Loving My Baby ¦ Charlie Feathers - 56
090 ¦ Don't Be Gone Long ¦ Bob Doss - 56
091 ¦ Red Headed Woman ¦ Sonny Burgess - 56
092 ¦ Twenty Flight Rock ¦ Eddie Cochran - 57
093 ¦ Honey Bop ¦ Wanda Jackson - 58
094 ¦ Jackson Dog ¦ Larry Brinkley - 62
095 ¦ Pretty Mama ¦ Marty Robbins - 55
096 ¦ Mean Mistreatin' Baby ¦ Billy Wallace - 56
097 ¦ Blue Days, Black Nights ¦ Buddy Holly - 56
098 ¦ Mean Mama Blues ¦ Marty Robbins - 55
099 ¦ Oh Baby Babe ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
100 ¦ Mystery Train ¦ Elvis Presley - 55
DianeE
2020-03-06 13:12:14 UTC
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If you got rid of the 70s and 80s records you'd have room for some
authentic rockabilly. Not that I don't *like* those records, just that
you're excluding some real stuff from the list. And putting "Mystery
Train" by Elvis *last*???!?!?!?!
SavoyBG
2020-03-06 15:14:33 UTC
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Post by DianeE
If you got rid of the 70s and 80s records you'd have room for some
authentic rockabilly. Not that I don't *like* those records, just that
you're excluding some real stuff from the list. And putting "Mystery
Train" by Elvis *last*???!?!?!?!
"Mystery Train" is the only record on the list that did not make my all time top 1000.
Dean F.
2020-03-06 05:11:51 UTC
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Your #4 is my #1. And we both have the same #2 pick.
Roger Ford
2020-03-06 08:54:27 UTC
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Here are my 100 favorite rockabilly records. I know that Roger will disagre=
e with a few of these being rockabilly, and there's a couple of things that=
he sees as rockabilly that I disagree with (My Baby Left Me - Elvis, for e=
xample). We do both agree that Jerry Lee is NOT rockabilly. I see some Gene=
Vincent and some Eddie Cochran records as rockabilly, and I don't think th=
at Roger does. Frankly I don't see much difference between some Gene Vincen=
t and the Blue Caps records and the Johnny Burnette Trio.=20
001 Š Honey Hush Š Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
My #1 has always been Elvis' "Baby Let's Play House" which seems to be
the template for a lot of rockabilly that followed
004 Š The Train Kept A'Rollin' Š Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
But the Trio would almost certainly get my #1 pick for best rockabilly
double sider with the above coupling...........
006 Š One Hand Loose Š Charlie Feathers - 56
.......tho Charlie's "One Hand Loose"/"Bottle To The Baby" would run
it close
008 Š I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone Š Elvis Presley - 55
The original slow "My Baby's Gone" version of this was one of the
first 50's r&r boots in this country
013 Š Blue Suede Shoes Š Carl Perkins - 56
Rockabilly climbs high in the charts and puts Sun Records on the map.
And b/w "Honey Don't" another absolute TOP FLIGHT double sider!!
016 Š Lonesome Train Š Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
One of the highspots of the "Rock Rock Rock" movie was seeing the Trio
perform---well lip sync----this one
017 Š Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On Š Roy Hall - 55
Jerry Lee's version is so VERY definitive that all other versions
(even Maybelle's) tend to pale in comparison. Hall's watery version
really wilts
019 Š That Ain't Nothing But Right Š Mac Curtis - 56
I'd put his "Grandaddy's Rockin'" as my favorite by him
021 Š We Were Both Wrong Š Dave Edmunds - 79
WTF???
023 Š Tired And Sleepy Š Cochran Brothers - 56
I have never warmed to this one. Not rockabilly in my book dunno what
you'd call it....country novelty?
031 Š Rock Around With Ollie Vee (LP version) Š Buddy Holly
This LP version is easily the best version and was a Brunswick single
over in this country
042 Š Stutterin' Papa Š Buck Griffin - 56
Just sold Henry's repro on this one yesterday
048 Š You Nearly Lose Your Mind Š Roy Moss - 55
My favorite side of this single. Still remember finding my copy of
this in Ray Avery's on first ever US visit
050 Š Baby Let's Play House Š Elvis Presley - 55
IMO the BEST rockabilly single ever!!
069 Š Black Slacks Š Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones - 57
Definitely not RAB to me---and one I've always disliked
078 Š You Ain't Treatin' Me Right Š Mac Curtis - 56
The only one of his King singles to get released here (on Parlophone)
and today stands as one of the very rarest UK singles of the 50's that
is valued in four figures.....
082 Š Latch On Š Cochran Brothers - 56
.....but that Mac Curtis STILL does not approach Ron Hargrave's MGM
version of "Latch On" which is usually presented as the RAREST of all
American rock & roll singles released here in the 50's. Only SIX
copies are known to exist and its value currently stands at ca.
3,000GBP. Its a totally dire record IMO,the Cochran Brothers earlier
version is better but I really don't care for either
085 Š Hip Shakin' Mama Š Jack Cochran - 56
Sold a repro on this too in the last few days
092 Š Twenty Flight Rock Š Eddie Cochran - 57
The US Liberty single on this is real limp compared to the different
MUCH better more intense UK London single released here (same as the
movie version)



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RWC
2020-03-07 08:29:21 UTC
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Post by SavoyBG
Here are my 100 favorite rockabilly records.
001 ¦ Honey Hush ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
002 ¦ Good Rocking Tonight ¦ Elvis Presley - 54
003 ¦ Matchbox ¦ Carl Perkins - 57
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Doesn't need me to say that this is yet another useful and classic *reference*
listing (for both neophytes *and* established fans of a genre) from SavoyBG.

Thanks, Bruce.

Frankly, the ranking is a guide of sorts, but more important is the simple
exposure (implicit promotion) of the individual records listed.

Of course, fans of the genre will have some personal faves not on this "mostly
well known" list of rockabilly records.

Here are some of mine, some well known, some a bit obscure::

Wes Voight - I Want A Lover [DeLuxe 6180] - 1958

Hank Mizell - Jungle Rock [King 5236] - Aug 1959

Al Sweatt with Johnnie Cole & The Valantines - I Hate Myself {Al Sweatt} [Keen
289^OP-528-C; b-side] - 1958

Al Urban - Gonna Be Better Times (Sarg 158-45, Texas) - 1958

Donna Dameron - Bopper 486609 (Dart 113) - 1959

Charlie Gore & Louis Innis - (You Aint Nothin' But A Female) Hound Dog (King
1212) - 1954

Hayden Thompson - One Broken Heart [Phillips Int 3517] - 1957

(for variety's sake, a pleasant juvenile led rockabilly record)
The Newton Rascals - Rascal Boogie - demo recorded 09-1954

Brenda Darling - Rockin' Lady [Big J 701] - ????

Miller Brothers - Local Choo Choo [????] - 1956

Jimmy 'Frenchy' Dee w. Mickey Gilley on piano - I Ain't Givin' Up Nothin'
{Price, Logan} [Scope 103^75-510;;Houston] - 1959

T. Texas Tyler - Guitar Boogie Woogie - 1948 (Instro)

The Phaetons - I Love My Baby {Bernie Mangini} [Vin 1015^S-343] - June 1959

Wayne Williams And The Sure Shots - Red Hot Mama {Wayne Williams} [Sure
1001^;;Jackson TN] - 1958

Johnny Ray Harris - Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Ray unissued, Shreveport) - c.1959

The Town Three featuring Wes Voight - Midnight Blues [DeLuxe 6176] - 1958

Cecil McNabb Jr - Clock Tickin' Rhythm (King 5116) - Mar 1958

Terry Clements & The Tune Tones - She's My Baby Doll (unissued) - 1961

The Fabulous Silvertones - Hey, Sally Mae [West Coast 453-B] - 1960

Happy Wainwright - Juke Box Rock (unreleased) - c.1957

Donnie White - Your Kind Of Lovin' [King 5122] - Mar 1958.mp3

Doug Harden with The Desert Suns - Dig That Ford [Liberty Bell 9006] - 1956
(strong piano)

Wilburn Brothers - Oo Bop Sha Boom

Randy Stevens - There Goes My Heart - c.1959 (unique vocal)

Freddie Caddell - At The Rockhouse [Ardent A-12-001!2, Tenn.] - 1959

The Marlins - Saw Mill Run [Scotty 818-A] (Instro)

Al Ferrier & The Boppin' Billies - What Is This Thing Called Love [Goldband
G-1072] - c.1958
DianeE
2020-03-07 12:40:24 UTC
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Of course, fans of the genre will have some personal faves not on this "mostly
well known" list of rockabilly records.
Wayne Williams And The Sure Shots - Red Hot Mama {Wayne Williams} [Sure
1001^;;Jackson TN] - 1958
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