IN THE CAN : FEBRUARY 1957
February 1, 1957 : LOUIS PRIMA completes the recording of the LP "Call Of the
Wildest" (Capitol T 836) with "The Pump Song" and "Autumn Leaves". The latter
is sung by Keely Smith and also issued as a single (Capitol 3820) in October.
Produced by Voyle Gilmore at the Capitol Tower in Hollywood.
February 1, 1957 : THE DIAMONDS record four tracks at Universal Recording
Studios in Chicago. A cover of the Gladiolas' "Little Darlin'" will give them
their biggest hit (# 2). It is coupled with "Faithful And True" for release on
Mercury 71060 (February 8). The other two tracks are "Oh How I Wish" (Mercury
71165, August) and "My Dog Likes Your Dog" (a track for the group's first LP, called
"The Diamonds" (Mercury MG 20309, May 29).
The Diamonds are : Dave Somerville, John Felton, Evan Fisher and Mike Douglas.
Arranged and conducted by David Carroll.
February 5, 1957 : PIANO RED does an evening session at New York's RCA Victor
Studio. "Rock Baby"/"Wild Fire" is released on RCA 6856 in March and "Please
Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" on RCA 6953 in June. The fourth track,
"Teach Me To Forget" stays in the vaults until it is rescued by Bear Family
in 1993 (4-CD box "The Doctor's In!", BCD 15685).
Musicians : Willie Perryman (Piano Red) (vocals / piano) ; Skeeter Best, Kenny
Burrell, Leroy Kirkland (guitars) ; Milt Hinton (bass) ; Gus Johnson (drums).
Plus a 4-piece vocal backing group.
Produced by Brad McCuen.
February 7, 1957 : In New York City, MICKEY AND SYLVIA record their next 45,
"There Ought To Be A Law"/"Dearest" (Vik 0267, March). "Too Much Weight" is an
LP track (Vik LP 1102). A new version of "Two Shadows On My Window" (already
recorded in October 1956) has never been issued.
Personnel : Mickey Baker (vocals / guitar) ; Sylvia Vanderpool (vocals / guitar) ;
Ernie Hayes (piano) ; Abie Baker (bass) ; Panama Francis (drums) ; Ray Baretto
February 7, 1957 : JIM REEVES records "Four Walls"/"I Know And You Know" (RCA
6874, late March), which will become his first pop hit (and the second biggest
hit of his career). "Look Behind You" and "The Gods Were Angry With Me" are EP
tracks (RCA EPA 4062) and "Honey Won't You Please Come Home" will be included
on the LP "He'll Have To Go" in 1960 (RCA LPM 2223).
Personnel : Chet Atkins (guitar, producer) ; Bob Moore (bass) ; Floyd Cramer
(piano) ; Farris Coursey (drums) ; The Jordanaires (vocal chorus).
Location : RCA Victor Studio, Nashville.
February 8, 1957 : Five-track session for SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON (Rice Miller),
in Chicago. Leonard Chess selects "Fattening Frogs For Snakes"/"I Don't Know"
for single release (Checker 864, late May). "Like Wolf" and "This Is My Apartment"
stay in the can until 1975, when they are issued on the LP "One Way Out" (Chess
CHV-417). "Hurts Me So Much" will see its first release on Sonny's album "Don't
Make A Mistake" (Blues Ball LP 2004) in 1979.
Personnel : Sonny Boy Williamson II (vocals / harmonica) ; Robert Lockwood, Jr.,
Luther Tucker (guitars) ; Willie Dixon (bass) ; Fred Below (drums).
Saturday, February 9, 1957 : LaVERN BAKER lays down three tracks that will
appear on three different singles : "The Game Of Love" (Atlantic 1136, April),
"Humpty Dumpty Heart" (Atlantic 1150, July) and "Learning To Love" (Atlantic
1176, February 1958).
Personnel : Sam Taylor (tenor sax) ; Budd Johnson (baritone sax) ; Dick Hyman
(piano) ; George Barnes (guitar) ; Al Caiola (banjo) ; Phil Kraus (xylophone) ;
Lloyd Trotman (bass) ; Joe Marshall (drums) ; Unknown (vocal group). Arranged
and directed by Quincy Jones. Produced by Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler in
New York City.
February 10, 1957 : MAC CURTIS does a four-track session at the Cliff Herring
Studio in Fort Worth, Texas. "I'll Be Gentle"/"Say So" is chosen for the next
single (King 5059, June). "Goosebumps" (take 2) sees its first release on Polydor
2310293 (LP "Rockabilly Kings : Charlie Feathers & Mac Curtis") in 1974. Take 1 of
this song will be released on Charly CD 264 (CD "Blue Jean Heart") in 1991, along
with the title song of that CD, also from this session.
Personnel : Mac Curtis (vocals / acoustic guitar) ; Jay Brinkley (lead guitar) ;
Kenny Cobb (bass) ; Bill Simmons (piano) ; Bill Peck (drums).
Produced by Louis Innes.
February 11, 1957 : ROY BROWN's third Imperial session yields four tracks.
"Diddy-Y-Diddy-O" ends up on the B-side of the previously recorded "Let the Four
Winds Blow" (Imperial 5439, April) and "Slow Down Little Eva" is released on
Imperial 5469 in October. "I'm In Love" and "Crying Over You" are held in the can
until 1995, when they appear on the CD "Roy Brown : The Complete Imperial Masters"
(Capitol 7243 83174324) in the Capitol Blues Collection.
Backing by : Justin Adams (guitar) ; Frank Fields (bass) ; Edward Frank (piano) ;
Charles 'Hungry' Williams (drums). Produced by Dave Bartholomew at Cosimo's
Studio in New Orleans.
February 11, 1957 : PAT BOONE records one of his better numbers, "Why Baby Why"
(Dot 15545, February 13). Also laid down at this session is the gospel single
"(There'll Be) Peace In the Valley"/"He'll Understand And Say Well Done" (Dot
15584, May 8).
Personnel : Howard Roberts, Jack Marshall (guitars) ; Justin Gordon (sax) ; Milt
Adelstein (piano) ; Buddy Bundock (bass) ; Dick Shanahan (drums) ; Unknown
Arranged and conducted by Billy Vaughn. Produced by Randy Wood at Radio
Recorders in Hollywood.
February 12, 1957 : SKEETS McDONALD records four tracks at the Capitol Tower
in Hollywood, from 10:30 until 14:00 hours. "Keep Her Off Your Mind"/"I Am Music"
becomes the next single (Capitol 3679, April) and "Welcome Home" the one after
that (Capitol 3741, June). "I Can't Hold A Memory In My Arms" is first issued on
Bear Family BFX 15195 (LP "Don't Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes") in 1986.
Backing by : Joe Maphis, Buck Owens (guitars) ; Ralph Mooney (steel guitar) ;
Bud Dooley (bass) ; Pee Wee Adams (drums) ; Jelly Sanders (fiddle).
Produced by Ken Nelson.
February 12 or 15, 1957 : During a three-hour session THE COASTERS record four
tracks at Master Recorders in Hollywood : both sides of their new single,
"Searchin'"/"Young Blood" (Atco 6087, April) will make the Top 10, not only
R&B, but also pop. "Sweet Georgia Brown" is a B-side later in the year (Atco 6104,
November) and "Lola" a track for the groups's first album ("The Coasters", Atco LP
33-101, also November).
Personnel : Carl Gardner, Billy Guy, Young Jessie, Bobby Nunn (vocals) ; Adolph
Jacobs, Barney Kessel (guitars) ; Ralph Hamilton (bass) ; Gil Bernal (tenor sax) ;
Mike Stoller (piano, arranger) ; Jessie Sailes (drums) ; Joe Olivera (percussion).
Produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
February 13, 1957 : SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS does a four-track session in New York
City. "You Made Me Love You"/"Darling, Please Forgive Me" is chosen as the next
single (OKeh 7084, April). "Yellow Coat" and "Hong Kong" will be included on Jay's
LP "At Home With Screamin' Jay Hawkins" (Epic LP 3448, April 1958).
Personnel : Jay Hawkins (vocals) ; Billy Mure (guitar) ; Lloyd Trotman (bass) ;
Moe Wechsler (piano) ; Sam Taylor (tenor sax) ; Heywood Henry (baritone sax) ;
Gus Johnson (drums) ; Unknown (organ).
Arranged and conducted by Leroy Kirkland.
February 13, 1957 : In New York City, CLYDE McPHATTER covers "Just To Hold My
Hand", originally done by Big Boy Miles on Specialty. It is released on Atlantic
1133 in April, coupled with "No Matter What", also from this session. A third
track, "You'll Be There", becomes the B-side of "Rock And Cry" (Atlantic 1158,
Arranged and directed by Ray Ellis. Produced by Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler.
February 13-14, 1957 : TERRY NOLAND is at Norman Petty Studio in Clovis, NM.
"Ten Little Women" will become his first release (Brunswick 55010, May 27). "The
World's A Rockin'", "Heartless Woman" and a first version of "Hypnotized" stay on
the shelf until 1990, when Bear Family includes them on Terry's CD "Hypnotized"
(BCD 15428). A second version of "Hypnotized" is recorded on February 20 and
this becomes the reverse of "Ten Little Women".
Personnel : Terry Noland (vocals / rhythm guitar) ; Harold Meeks (lead guitar) ;
The Picks (Bill Pickering, John Pickering, Bob Lapham) (backing vocals) ; more
details unknown. Produced by Norman Petty.
(Possibly) February 14, 1957 : DALE HAWKINS waxes his second single, "Susie-Q"/
"Don't Treat Me This Way" (Checker 863, April), at KWKH Studio in Shreveport,
Louisiana. "Susie-Q" was previously attempted in 1956, but this version stayed in
the can for decades.
Personnel : Dale Hawkins (vocals / guitar) ; James Burton (guitar) ; Sonny Trammell
(bass) ; Ronnie Lewis (drums) ; Unknown (backing vocals).
Produced by Stan Lewis.
February 15, 1957 : WEBB PIERCE is at Bradley Studio in Nashville to record his
new single, "Honky Tonk Song"/"Someday" (Decca 30255, March 11).
Personnel : Hank Garland, Harold Bradley (guitars) ; Sonny Burnette (steel guitar) ;
Lightnin' Chance (bass) ; Owen Bradley (piano, producer) ; Tommy Jackson, Dale
Potter, Jack Kay (fiddles) ; Buddy Harman (drums) ; The Jordanaires (vocal group).
February 16, 1957 : RONNIE SELF is now signed to Columbia and does his first
session for the label. "Big Fool"/"Flame Of Love" is selected for single release
(Columbia 40875, April). "Black Night Blues" is saved from oblivion by Bear Family
in 1990 (CD "Bop-A-Lena", BCD 15436).
Personnel : Ronnie Self (vocals / guitar) ; Grady Martin, Hank Garland (guitars) ;
Floyd Cramer (piano) ; Lightnin' Chance (bass) ; Buddy Harman (drums).
Produced by Don Law at Bradley Studio in Nashville.
February 16, 1957 : DICK PENNER has his only solo session for the Sun label.
The Wade and Dick single "Bop Bop Baby" has already been recorded, but not yet
released at this time. "Cindy Lou"/"Your Honey Love" will become Dick's sole Sun
single in the USA (Sun 282, November 3). Two other songs from this session,
"Fine Little Baby" and "Move Baby Move" turn up on a French single in the mid-1970s
(Sun 615) and "Someday Baby" is finally released in 1995, on the CD "Unissued Sun
Masters" (Charly CPCD 8137).
Personnel includes Don Gilliland on guitar ; more details unknown.
Produced by Sam Phillips in Memphis.
February 17, 1957 : Second session for THE STRIKES, again at the Clifford Herring
Studio in Fort Worth, Texas. "Rockin'"/"I Don't Want To Cry Over You" is released on
Imperial 5446 in June. The third track from this session, "My Poor Heart" will first
appear on the LP "Imperial Rockabillies, Vol. 3" (United Artists UAG 30312) in 1980.
Personnel : Willie Jacobs (lead vocals) ; Paul Kunz (bass vocals) ; Ken Scott (tenor
vocals / rhythm guitar) ; Albert Cornelius (electric guitar) ; Don Alexander (bass) ;
Walter Parsons (drums). Produced by Joe Leonard.
February 18, 1957 : FREDDIE BELL and the Bell Boys do one of their last sessions,
in New York City. "Hey There You"/"Take the First Train Out Of Town" is chosen for
single release (Mercury 71075, March 7). These tracks are also released on the LP
"Rock 'n' Roll … All Flavors" (Mercury MG 20289, October 23), as are "Voo Doo" and
"Teach You To Rock" from this same session.
Personnel : Freddie Bell (vocals) ; Mickey Baker (guitar) ; Frankie Brent (vocals /
guitar / bass) ; Jack Kane (tenor sax) ; Jerry Mayo (trumpet) ; Russ Conti (piano) ;
Chick Kenney (drums).
February 18, 1957 : MERRILL MOORE has his last vocal session for Capitol, at the
Capitol Tower in Hollywood. Two singles are the result : "Barrelhouse Bessie" b/w
"Tuck Me To Sleep In My Old 'Tucky Home" (Capitol 3721, May) and "Buttermilk Baby"
b/w "Nursery Rhyme Blues" (Capitol 3788, September).
Personnel : Merrill Moore (vocals / piano) ; Jimmy Bryant (electric guitar) ; Speedy
West (steel guitar) ; Roy Lanham (rhythm guitar) ; Red Wooten (bass) ; Roy Harte
(drums). Produced by Ken Nelson.
February 18-19, 1957 : SHIRLEY AND LEE pay another visit to Cosimo Studio in New
Orleans. Selected for the next single is "I Want To Dance"/"Marry Me" (Aladdin
3369, March). "Don't You Know I Love You" is also released as a single (Aladdin
3380, May). The fourth track, "Before I Go", is first issued on a United Artists
album (LP 069) in 1973. Probably produced by Dave Bartholomew.
February 19, 1957 : BOBBY MITCHELL records material for two singles in New Orleans.
"I Would Like To Know"/"You Always Hurt the One You Love" becomes his next single
(Imperial 5440, April). "Sixty-four Hours"/"I Love To Hold You" is shelved until
May 1958 for release on Imperial 5511.
Musicians : Justin Adams (guitar) ; Frank Fields (bass) ; Lee Allen (tenor sax) ;
Edward Frank (piano) ; Charles 'Hungry' Williams (drums).
February 19, 1957 : In the week that his "Party Doll" enters the Billboard charts,
BUDDY KNOX records "Don't Make Me Cry", which will be used as the B-side of his
second Roulette single (4009), "Rock Your Little Baby To Sleep" (released in April).
It is a split session with JIMMY BOWEN, who lays down "I Trusted You" (Roulette 4010,
April) and the LP track "Aching Hearts" (Roulette LP 25004).
Backing by the Rhythm Orchids : Donny Lanier (lead guitar) ; George Barnes (guitar) ;
Dave Alldred (drums) ; Unknown (bass). Location : New York City.
February 19, 1957 : Three-track session for THE PLATTERS, in New York City. "My Dream"
is chosen as the A-side for their next single (Mercury 71093, April 4). "You're Making
A Mistake" is another A-side, but has to wait more than a year for its release
(Mercury 71320, May 7, 1958). "Lie Low" is held in the can until November 1961, for
release on the LP "Encores" (Wing MGW 12112).
The Platters are : Tony Williams, David Lynch, Zola Taylor, Herb Reed and Paul Robi.
February 20, 1957 : FATS DOMINO records three instrumental tracks at Cosimo Recording
Studio in New Orleans. "As Time Goes By" is included on the album "This Is Fats"
(Imperial LP 9040, August). "Town Talk" and "Twistin' the Spots" (a sax-led version
of "Please Don't Leave Me") stay on the shelf until February 1962, when they appear
on the album "Twistin' the Stomp" (Imperial LP 9170).
Personnel : Fats Domino (piano) ; Ernest McLean (guitar) ; Frank Fields (bass) ;
Lee Allen, Herb Hardesty (tenor saxes) ; 'Frog' Joseph (trombone) ; Cornelius Coleman
(drums) ; Dave Bartholomew (producer, possibly trumpet).
February 20, 1957 : DEL REEVES makes his debut as a recording artist. All four tracks
from this session will be released, on two singles. "One Life To Live"/"There’ll Be
Other Times" will be released on Capitol 3692 in April. "Love, Love, Love"/"You’re Not
the Changing Kind" comes out in October on Capitol 3819.
Personnel : Del Reeves (vocals / guitar) ; Chester Smith (second vocal on "One Life To
Live" and "Love, Love, Love") ; Buck Owens (lead guitar) ; Grover Jackson (guitar) ;
Skeets McDonald (bass) ; Jim Pierce (piano) ; Red Sylva (fiddle) ; Hank Stallings
Produced by Ken Nelson at the Capitol Tower in Hollywood.
February 21, 1957 : The last session by THE FARMER BOYS results in two singles :
"Flash, Crash and Thunder"/"Someone To Love" (Capitol 3732, June) and "Yearning,
Burning Heart"/"No One" (Capitol 3827, October).
Personnel : Bobby Adamson (lead vocals) ; Woody Wayne Murray (lead vocals / harmony
vocals) ; Gene Breeden (electric guitar) ; Buck Owens (rhythm guitar) ; Norman Hamlet
(steel guitar) ; Bud Mills (bass) ; Jelly Sanders (fiddle) ; Richard Stokes (drums).
Produced by Ken Nelson at the Capitol Tower in Hollywood.
February 21, 1957 : Two days after their previous session, THE PLATTERS are back in
the studio to record four tracks for the LP "The Flying Platters" (Mercury MG 20298,
May 15) : "No Power On Earth", "Darktown Strutters Ball", "You Are Too Beautiful" and
"Mean To Me". The first three tracks (plus "Sweet Sixteen") will also be issued on
an EP (Mercury EP 1-3353, May 15), also called "The Flying Platters".
Location : New York City.
February 23-24, 1957 : Still in Hollywood after filming 'Loving You', ELVIS PRESLEY
returns to Radio Recorders studio over this weekend. The main business of the two-day
session is to get a single release cut of the title track "Loving You" (RCA 7000,
June 11). "Don't Leave Me Now" and "True Love" are tracks for the "Loving You" LP (RCA
LPM 1515). "I Beg Of You" will be issued as the flip of "Don't" (RCA 7150, January 7,
1958). A cleaned-up version of "One Night" will eventually be released in October 1958
(RCA 7410, October 23, 1958). "I Need You So" is the fourth track for the EP "Just For
You" (RCA EPA 4041, August 21). The seventh track, "When It Rains, It Really Pours"
will remain in the vaults until the release of the album "Elvis For Everyone" (RCA LPM
3450, August, 1965).
Personnel : Elvis Presley (vocals / rhythm guitar) ; Scotty Moore (guitar) ; Bill
Black (bass) ; D.J. Fontana (drums) ; Dudley Brooks (piano) ; The Jordanaires
(vocal group). Produced by Steve Sholes.
Sunday, February 24 (and into the early hours of February 25), 1957 : BUDDY HOLLY
does his first session for Norman Petty in Clovis, New Mexico. After recording "I'm
Looking For Someone To Love", Buddy wants to have another go at "That'll Be the Day",
previously tried at Decca. However, a clause in Buddy's contract precludes him from
re-recording material (issued or unissued) he has already recorded for Decca, for a
period of five years. To get around this clause, it is decided to promote the recor-
dings under the name of The Crickets. The tape will eventually find its way to Bob
Thiele, A&R director at Coral Records in New York and will be released on May 27 as
Personnel : Buddy Holly (vocals / lead guitar) ; Larry Welborn (string bass) ; Jerry
Allison (drums) ; Niki Sullivan, Gary Tollett, Ramona Tollett (backing vocals).
February 24, 1957 : WARNER MACK (real name Warner MacPherson) does his first recording
session for Decca in Nashville. "Is It Wrong (For Loving You" c/w "Baby Squeeze Me"
(Decca 30301, April 29) starts as a country hit (#9, staying on the charts for 9
months) but in July it also enters the pop charts, reaching #61. "Your Fool" and
"Lonesome For You Now" will be used for a future single (Decca 30645, May 19, 1958).
Personnel : Warner Mack (vocals) ; Harold Bradley, Hank Garland and Grady Martin
(guitars) ; Don Helms (steel guitar) ; Bob Moore (bass) ; Farris Coursey (drums) ;
unknown (fiddle) ; Owen Bradley (piano) ; possibly The Jordanaires (vocal group).
Produced by Owen Bradley.
February 25, 1957 : LARRY WILLIAMS makes his debut as a recording artist, at Master
Recorders in Hollywood. A cover of Lloyd Price's "Just Because" becomes the A-side,
with "Let Me Tell You Baby" on the reverse. Released on Specialty 597 in March.
Personnel : Larry Williams (vocals / piano) ; John Anderson (trumpet) ; Jewell Grant
(baritone sax) ; Plas Johnson (tenor sax) ; Irving Ashby (guitar) ; Ralph Hamilton
(bass) ; Willard McDaniel (piano) ; Edward J. Hall (drums).
Produced by Art Rupe.
February 25, 1957 : In Nashville (RCA Victor Studio) DON GIBSON waxes his next two
singles : "I Love You Still"/"I Can't Leave" (RCA 6860, March) and "Sittin' Here
Cryin'"/"Everytime Turns Out For the Best" (RCA 6942, June).
Personnel : Don Gibson (vocals / guitar) ; Chet Atkins (guitar, producer) ; Luke
Brandon (rhythm guitar) ; Summie Hendrick (steel guitar) ; Junior Huskey (bass) ;
Tommy Jackson, Tommy Vaden (fiddles) ; Walter Lenk (drums).
February 25, 1957 : BOB LUMAN, freshly signed to Imperial, does his first session
for the label. "All Night Long" becomes his first ever release, on Imperial 8311 in
July. "Amarillo Blues" is shelved until 1988, when it appears on the UK album
"Try Me" (Rockstar LP 1015).
Musicians : Bob Luman (vocals / guitar) ; James Burton (guitar) ; James Kirkland
(bass) ; Butch White (drums) ; unknown (piano).
Location : Sellers Co., Dallas, Texas.
February 25, 1957 : HANK BALLARD and the Midnighters record their next single,
"In the Doorway Crying"/"E Basta Cosi" (Federal 12293, April). A first attempt at
"Let 'em Roll" was rejected at the time, but is now available on the Hank Ballard
Bear Family 5-CD set from 2009. The group will return to the song in May.
Personnel : Hank Ballard (lead vocals) ; Lawson Smith (baritone vocals) ; Henry
Booth (tenor vocals) ; Sonny Woods (bass vocals) ; Cal Green (guitar) ; Joe Hunter
(piano) ; Alphonse Strother (tenor sax) ; Jewell Grant (baritone sax) ; Pat Patterson
(trumpet) ; Clarence Fisher (bass) ; George DeHart (drums).
Produced by Ralph Bass at Master Recorders in Hollywood.
February 25, 1957 : GUITAR SLIM (Eddie Jones) records his new single in New York
City : "It Hurts To Love Someone"/"If I Should Lose You" (Atco 6097, April).
Unissued from this session is "That's Somethin' Else".
Produced by Herb Abramson.
February 26, 1957 : JIMMY DONLEY's recording career gets off to a great start
with the single "Come Along"/"Kickin' My Hound Around" (Decca 30308, June 3).
"Baby How Long" is released in December on Decca 30519. The fourth track
from this session, "Child Love" is first released 53 years later, on Jimmy's CD
"The Shape You Left Me In" (Bear Family BCD 16534), in 2010.
Personnel : Hank Garland (lead guitar) ; Harold Bradley (bass guitar) ; Bob Moore
(bass) ; Grady Martin (vibes) ; Glenn Tubb (organ / piano) ; Prof Carpenter (sax) ;
Frank Duke, Lloyd Swetman (drums) ; The Anita Kerr Singers (vocal chorus).
Produced by Owen Bradley at Bradley Studio in Nashville.
February 26-27, 1957 : At the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood, SONNY JAMES
records "First Date, First Kiss, First Love" and "Speak To Me" for his next single
(Capitol 3674, April), "Actions Speak Louder Than Words" is selected for the EP
"First Date, First Kiss, First Love" (Capitol EAP-1-861), while "Baby You Melt My
Heart" will stay on the shelf until the release of the Bear Family CD boxset
"Young Love - The Complete Recordings 1952-1962" (BCD 16373, 2002).
Personnel : Sonny James (vocals); Bob Bain and Buck Owens (guitars) ; Rolly Bundock
(bass); Roy Harte (drums).
Producer is, as usual, Ken Nelson.
February 28, 1957 : THE BOBBETTES, a female quintet aged 11-13, record four of
their own songs in New York City, scoring a Top 10 hit in the process. "Mr. Lee"/
"Look At the Stars" is released in June on Atlantic 1144. The unsuccessful follow-
up "Speedy"/"Come-A Come-A" (Atlantic 1159) will follow in November.
Produced by Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler.
February 28 1957 : WANDA JACKSON starts a two-day session with two tracks for her
next single, "Cool Love"/"Did You Miss Me", for release on Capitol 3764 (August).
"Cool Love" will also be used as the B-side of "Let's Have A Party" (Capitol 4397)
in June 1960.
Personnel : J.W. Marshall and Buck Owens (guitars) ; Rollie Bundock (bass) ;
Merrill Moore (piano) ; Jelly Sanders (fiddle) ; Roy Harte (drums).
Produced by Ken Nelson at the Capitol Tower in Hollywood.
February 1957, unknown date : At the Sun studio in Memphis, JERRY LEE LEWIS records
his breakthrough single, "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"/"It'll Be Me" (Sun 267,
April 15). An alternate version of "It'll Be Me" is used as the closing track of
Jerry's first LP "Jerry Lee Lewis" (Sun LP 1230, May 1958).
"Old Pal Of Yesterday" and "Pumpin' Piano Rock", also recorded in February, but
probably not at the same session, are first released on the LP "Rockin' And Free"
(Sun 6467029) in 1974.
Musicians : Jerry Lee Lewis (vocals / piano) ; Roland Janes (guitar) : Jimmy Van
Eaton (drums). Produced by Sam Phillips and Jack Clement.
February 1957, unknown date : WARREN SMITH is in the Sun studio in Memphis to
record his next single, "So Long I'm Gone"/"Miss Froggie" (Sun 268, April 15). It
will prove to be his only pop hit, peaking at # 72 in Billboard in June.
Musicians : Warren Smith (vocals / guitar) ; Al Hopson (guitar) ; Marcus Van Story
(bass) ; Jimmy Wilson (piano) ; Jimmie Lott (drums).
Produced by Sam Phillips and Jack Clement.
With thanks to Steve Walker, Mike Thompson, Peter Stoller and Henk Gorter.
Additions and corrections welcome.
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