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Billy Adams Rock Me Baby, The Sun Years Plus

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1-CD Digipak (4-plated) with 48-page booklet, 31 tracks. Playing time approx. 80 mns. -- A... more

Billy Adams: Rock Me Baby, The Sun Years Plus

1-CD Digipak (4-plated) with 48-page booklet, 31 tracks. Playing time approx. 80 mns. -- A wondrous CD reissue containing all the fabulous rocking R&B music Billy Adams made for Sun Records - and all the little-known sides he made for Home Of The Blues and Pixie Records! Adams led one of Memphis' best working bands from the turn of the '60s, captured here in its heyday by a number of local record labels! His band features prominent Memphis session players including Lee Adkins, Jesse Carter, and Russ Carlton! Here are all four of his Sun singles, three unissued alternative takes, and an astonishing 14 unissued songs recorded by Sam Phillips in the early 1960s, including the renowned versions of 'Betty And Dupree' and 'Rock Me Baby'! Plus: three very rare singles on the Home Of The Blues and Pixie labels and two previously unissued songs ! The booklet by Martin Hawkins brings together all that is known about Adams and his music from a myriad of sources, new and old! The booklet also contains rare photographs ! -- Billy Adams and his recording partner Bill Yates had as many or more singles issued on Sun Records as most of the major names associated with the label. The fact that they recorded in the early 1960s rather than the rockabilly '50s has tended to overshadow the music they made. That, and the fact that they were white musicians spearheading Sun's sporadic attempts to capture the soulful developments in black music and the blues tradition that were coming out of Hi, Stax, and other labels in Memphis and beyond. -- Billy Adams was a bandleader and organiser, a drummer of some note, and a very decent singer. Apart from his four Sun singles, this music is incredibly rare and a welcome addition to the picture of Memphis music at the turn of the '60s. There is a companion CD (BCD 17277) containing Bill Yates' part in the story. -- Note: There are other artists named Billy Adams in the Rock 'n' Roll history books, principally the guitarist from Kentucky who recorded for Quincy and Nau-Voo, but in Memphis, there was only one real Billy Adams.

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  • Interpret: Billy Adams

  • Album titlle: Rock Me Baby, The Sun Years Plus

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code AH
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  • EAN: 5397102171161

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Adams, Billy - Rock Me Baby, The Sun Years Plus CD 1
01 Had The Blues (Twist) Billy Adams
02 Looking For My Baby (Mary Ann) Billy Adams
03 Big M (instrumental) Billy Adams
04 My Happiness (instrumental) Billy Adams
05 Betty And Dupree Billy Adams
06 Got My Mojo Working Billy Adams
07 Trouble In Mind Billy Adams
08 Looking For Mary Ann Billy Adams
09 Reconsider Baby Billy Adams
10 Ruby Jane Billy Adams
11 Open The Door Richard Billy Adams
12 Rock Me Baby Billy Adams
13 Adam And Eve (In The Garden) Billy Adams
14 Dudley (The Do Right King) Billy Adams
15 Fee Bee (instrumental) Billy Adams
16 Memphis Twist Billy Adams
17 Send Me Some Lovin' (instrumental) Billy Adams
18 I'm Like Poison Ivy Billy Adams
19 Raining In My Heart Billy Adams
20 Love Me, Love Me, Cherry Billy Adams
21 Just Look Over Your Shoulder Billy Adams
22 Same Thing Billy Adams
23 Just Plain Hurt Billy Adams
24 'Til Your Memory Goes Away Billy Adams
25 Ruby Jane -2 Billy Adams
26 Trouble In Mind -2 Billy Adams
27 Reconsider Baby -2 Billy Adams
28 Love Me, Love Me, Cherry -2 Billy Adams
29 Big M -2 (instrumental) Billy Adams
30 Memphis Twist -2 Billy Adams
31 Billy's Jazz (instrumental) Billy Adams
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"Billy Adams"

Billy Adams

Billy Adams and his recording associate Bill Yates had more singles issued on Sun Records than many of the major names associated with the label. Because they recorded in the early 1960s rather than the rockabilly '50s their music has tended to be overshadowed by the soulful developments in black music and the blues tradition that were coming out of Hi, Stax, and other Memphis labels. Nevertheless, they were important white musicians spearheading Sun's part in the musical convergence in the city some years before the civil rights movement took hold. Adams and Yates frequently worked at the same clubs as the R&B bands of Willie Mitchell and Gene 'Bowlegs' Miller. Unlike the British beat groups who were invading white America with recycled versions of black music, Adams and Yates were part of Memphis's evolving musical scene, black and white.

Billy Adams was the bandleader and organiser, a drummer of some note, and a decent singer. Bill Yates was less organised, a pianist of some note, and a really good singer in a range of styles. Often he played as part of Adams' band, but he would regularly disappear to follow other opportunities.

This CD collects together all the 45 rpm singles made by Billy Adams for the Sun and Home Of The Blues labels together with unissued titles and fascinating alternative versions of his songs. Here too is his rare single on the Pixie label. Apart from his four Sun singles, this music is incredibly rare and a welcome addition to the picture of Memphis music at the turn of the '60s. There is a companion CD ('Blues Like Midnight,' BCD 17277) containing Bill Yates' part in the story.

Note: There are other artists named Billy Adams in the rock & roll history books, principally a guitarist from Kentucky who recorded for Quincy and Nau-Voo and who has appeared in rocking revival shows at home and abroad. But, in Memphis music, there was only ever one Billy Adams.

Billy Wayne Adams was born on 9 June 1937 near Corinth, Mississippi where his family farmed and where Billy would probably have farmed too if an interest in music hadn't taken him away from ploughing with mules and fishing in the lakes. His father was Robert Chester Adams (1909-82) and his mother Anna Leona Essary Adams (1909-88).

Billy had taken an early interest in music but he was around 16 years old when he started to study music seriously and to play the mandolin in little local country groups. He later told Jane Sanderson from the Memphis Press-Scimitar that he picked up music just by playing, adding, "Oh, I had a few lessons from time to time, but they didn't amount to much."  Nevertheless, they amounted to enough for Billy's music to offend his father who wanted help on the farm, and in 1953 Adams left home to settle in Memphis with relatives. Memphis guitarist Ronald Smith said, "I first knew of Billy Adams when we were both at South Side High School and he lived near me in the Whitehaven neighbourhood. He was a tall ... guy, real likeable. He was a little older and he played drums in the High School band." Before long, Adams was out of school andworking for $37.50 in an auto parts store. The 1956 City Directory lists him as a mechanic at Pure's Automotive at 383 Monroe Avenue, and living at 1041 Philadelphia Street just north of Whitehaven. He had been playing with hillbilly musicians whenever he could, featuring on mandolin in a band called the Rhythm Playboys: "I played that kind of music until 1955 and then I started playing drums when rock & roll came out" he told Sanderson.

Memphis guitarist and producer Roland Janes remembered Adams from that time: "Billy was a long, lanky guy. When I first met him he was playing mandolin and singing and he started doing an Elvis Presley-type act. Then he started playing the drums. I used to see him at 'Doc' McQueen's house. That was J. P. McQueen who worked as a banker, but he wanted to be a songwriter and a musician and he had tape recorders in his house where musicians would all go to jam and try out things." McQueen had a swing band at Charles Foren's Hide-A-Way Club in Memphis and also tried forming a small rock 'n' roll group at one point. Billy Adams got himself involved in all these ventures and then started gigging with other groups. For a time he played with Charlie Feathers, and between 1958 and 1960 Adams worked off and on as a touring road drummer with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Patsy Cline. In particular, he worked in Las Vegas with Carl Perkins, an experience that would stand him in good stead when he developed his own showband in Memphis clubs.

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Tracklist
Adams, Billy - Rock Me Baby, The Sun Years Plus CD 1
01 Had The Blues (Twist)
02 Looking For My Baby (Mary Ann)
03 Big M (instrumental)
04 My Happiness (instrumental)
05 Betty And Dupree
06 Got My Mojo Working
07 Trouble In Mind
08 Looking For Mary Ann
09 Reconsider Baby
10 Ruby Jane
11 Open The Door Richard
12 Rock Me Baby
13 Adam And Eve (In The Garden)
14 Dudley (The Do Right King)
15 Fee Bee (instrumental)
16 Memphis Twist
17 Send Me Some Lovin' (instrumental)
18 I'm Like Poison Ivy
19 Raining In My Heart
20 Love Me, Love Me, Cherry
21 Just Look Over Your Shoulder
22 Same Thing
23 Just Plain Hurt
24 'Til Your Memory Goes Away
25 Ruby Jane -2
26 Trouble In Mind -2
27 Reconsider Baby -2
28 Love Me, Love Me, Cherry -2
29 Big M -2 (instrumental)
30 Memphis Twist -2
31 Billy's Jazz (instrumental)