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Tommy Blake Koolit - The Sun Years, Plus

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1-CD-Album with 36-page booklet, 27 tracks. Playing time approx. 65 mns. Tommy Blake 's rare... more

Tommy Blake: Koolit - The Sun Years, Plus

1-CD-Album with 36-page booklet, 27 tracks. Playing time approx. 65 mns.

Tommy Blake's rare original Sun singles plus his equally rare recordings for Buddy, RCA, Recco, and unissued Sun recordings. Plus, Tommy Blake's ultra rare demos of Cool Alligator and I'll Be Free.
In all, Tommy Blake's complete recordings from the golden era, 1956-1959.

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  • Interpret: Tommy Blake

  • Album titlle: Koolit - The Sun Years, Plus

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code AH
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4000127167972

  • weight in Kg 0.115
Blake, Tommy - Koolit - The Sun Years, Plus CD 1
01 Flat Foot Sam
02 Honky Tonk Mind (The Woman I Need)
03 Koolit
04 Freedom
05 All Night Long
06 Shake Around
07 I Dig You Baby
08 Ballad Of A Broken Heart
09 You Better Believe It
10 Mister Hoody
11 Sweetie Pie
12 Diesel Truck
13 Shake Around
14 I Dig You Baby
15 $ F--olding Money $
16 Window Of My Heart
17 You Better Believe It
18 Shake Around
19 Chuckie
20 If I'm A Fool
21 Lordy Hoody
22 You Better Believe It
23 Little Lovelight
24 Cool Alligator
25 I Still Love You
26 My Alice Faye
27 I'll Be Free
28 You Better Believe It
29 The Hanging Judge
Tommy Blake TOMMY BLAKE's life was a How-Not-To-Do-It manual. He angered Chet Atkins,... more
"Tommy Blake"

Tommy Blake

TOMMY BLAKE's life was a How-Not-To-Do-It manual. He angered Chet Atkins, changed names and aliases as often as he changed his socks, sold songs, then sold them again, drank, pilled, and beat up his wives. Thomas LeVan Givens was born in Dallas on September 14, 1931. He was jailed for rape while still in his teens, worked as a dee-jay in Shreveport and Ruston, Louisiana, and then landed a spot on the Louisiana Hayride.

He got on RCA, but gave his best song, Honky Tonk Mind, to Johnny Horton a week before the session. Chet Atkins then threw him off the label, and Blake landed at Sun's doorstep. There were two Sun sessions in 1957 and 1958. You Better Believe It dates from March 16, 1958 and features Roland Janes and Sid Manker on guitars, Stan Kesler on bass, J.M. Van Eaton on drums, and Jimmy Wilson on piano. It might have been one side of Blake's third Sun single, had there been such a thing. Blake moved on, now often calling himself Van Givens. He hooked up with Bill McCall at 4-Star Records, and sold him songs. He hung around George Jones' cowriter, Darrell Edwards, and sold more songs (including Tender Years).

He and Carl Belew reportedly wrote Lonely Street and Am I That Easy To Forget, but Blake had sold his share by the time they appeared. He kept a little photo of himself and Elvis by his bedside wherever he went as a reminder of what should have been. His second wife, Samantha, shot him to death on Christmas Eve 1985, during a drunken brawl under the Christmas tree.

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Various - That'll Flat Git It! Vol.16 Rockabilly From The Vaults Of SUN Records

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A+ 'Sun' Rocker

All his 'Sun', 'Buddy' 'RCA' and 'Reeco' Rockers! The best version of 'Flat Foot Sam' ever done in music history! Ass-kicking Rockabilly stuff!

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Tracklist
Blake, Tommy - Koolit - The Sun Years, Plus CD 1
01 Flat Foot Sam
02 Honky Tonk Mind (The Woman I Need)
03 Koolit
04 Freedom
05 All Night Long
06 Shake Around
07 I Dig You Baby
08 Ballad Of A Broken Heart
09 You Better Believe It
10 Mister Hoody
11 Sweetie Pie
12 Diesel Truck
13 Shake Around
14 I Dig You Baby
15 $ F--olding Money $
16 Window Of My Heart
17 You Better Believe It
18 Shake Around
19 Chuckie
20 If I'm A Fool
21 Lordy Hoody
22 You Better Believe It
23 Little Lovelight
24 Cool Alligator
25 I Still Love You
26 My Alice Faye
27 I'll Be Free
28 You Better Believe It
29 The Hanging Judge