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There's nothing wilder in Fifties music than Sonny Burgess's Sun recordings. The complete story... more

Sonny Burgess: Classic Recordings 1956-59 (2-CD)

There's nothing wilder in Fifties music than Sonny Burgess's Sun recordings. The complete story is here in 54 incredible rafter shakin', barn burnin' cuts. Several of the original singles have been transferred from newly discovered master tapes for the first time, and we've even unearthed some previously unissued performances that had eluded previous researchers. Songs include 'We Wanna Boogie', 'Red Headed Woman', 'Ain't Got A Thing', 'Fannie Brown', 'My Bucket's Got A Hole In It', and 'Mama Loochie'...... Rare photos from Sonny's personal collection round out the set. - (BEAR FAMILY) 2-CD (57 tracks) & 32 page booklet.

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  • Interpret: Sonny Burgess

  • Album titlle: Classic Recordings 1956-59 (2-CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code BH
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4000127155252

  • weight in Kg 0.21
Burgess, Sonny - Classic Recordings 1956-59 (2-CD) CD 1
01 We Wanna Boogie Sonny Burgess
02 Red Headed Woman Sonny Burgess
03 The Prisoner's Song Sonny Burgess
04 We Wanna Boogie Sonny Burgess
05 Red Headed Woman Sonny Burgess
06 The Prisoner's Song Sonny Burgess
07 All Night Long Sonny Burgess
08 Life's Too Short To Live Sonny Burgess
09 Restless Sonny Burgess
10 Ain't Got A Thing Sonny Burgess
11 Daddy Blues Sonny Burgess
12 Fannie Brown Sonny Burgess
13 Ain't Gonna Do It Sonny Burgess
14 Daddy Blues Sonny Burgess
15 Fannie Brown Sonny Burgess
16 You Sonny Burgess
17 One Broken Heart Sonny Burgess
18 Ain't Gonna Do It Sonny Burgess
19 Hand Me Down My Walking Cane Sonny Burgess
20 Please Listen To Me Sonny Burgess
21 Gone Sonny Burgess
22 Please Listen To Me Sonny Burgess
23 My Babe Sonny Burgess
24 My Bucket's Got A Whole In It Sonny Burgess
25 Sweet Misery Sonny Burgess
26 Whatcha Gonna Do Sonny Burgess
27 My Bucket's Got A Whole In It Sonny Burgess
Burgess, Sonny - Classic Recordings 1956-59 (2-CD) CD 2
01 My Bucket's Got A Hole In It Sonny Burgess
02 Sweet Misery Sonny Burgess
03 Oh Mama! Sonny Burgess
04 Truckin' Down The Avenue Sonny Burgess
05 So Glad You're Mine-1 Sonny Burgess
06 What'cha Gonna Do Sonny Burgess
07 Feelin' Good Sonny Burgess
08 2 So Glad You're Mine
09 One Night Sonny Burgess
10 Always Will Sonny Burgess
11 Little Town Baby Sonny Burgess
12 You're Not The One For Me Sonny Burgess
13 MrBlues Sonny Burgess
14 Find My Baby For Me Sonny Burgess
15 Tomorrow Night Sonny Burgess
16 Tomorrow Never Comes Sonny Burgess
17 Sweet Jenny Sonny Burgess
18 So Soon Sonny Burgess
19 Mama Loochie 1 Sonny Burgess
20 Mama Loochie 2 Sonny Burgess
21 Itchy Sonny Burgess
22 Thunderbird Sonny Burgess
23 A Kiss Goodnite Sonny Burgess
24 Sadie's Back In Town Sonny Burgess
25 Smoochin' Jill Sonny Burgess
26 A Kiss Goodnite Sonny Burgess
27 My Baby Loves Me Sonny Burgess
Sonny Burgess: The Classic Recordings 1956-1959 Out to the dancehall Cut a little rug We're... more
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Sonny Burgess: The Classic Recordings 1956-1959

Out to the dancehall
Cut a little rug
We're runnin' like wildfire
And hittin' that jug..

A cursory listen to some of Sonny Burgess's records suggests a life lived close to the edge - nights spent playing gin mills followed by drunken chases down dirt roads, firing off bottle rockets and puking over the neighbour's car at dawn. In person, though, Burgess is a somewhat shy and self-effacing family man. The occasional comment will hint at more turbulent waters but he hasn't lived the life one might anticipate from some of his lyrics, which is just as well, otherwise there might not be a Sonny Burgess to talk to. When Sun's crop of rockabilly singers forsook the shaking music they usually reverted back to their first love - country music.

Sonny Burgess was the exception. His passion was Rhythm & Blues. He had a true R&B voice like a tenor sax in full cry. It was short on subtlety and delicate shadings - but a magnificent rock & roll instrument. Soon after he quit the music business, Burgess took a salesman's job in a store, and still talks with enthusiasm of an old black guy who used to bring in his guitar, and play loping Jimmy Reed riffs. Sonny would sit and jam with him. Perhaps a blues album is the great Sonny Burgess album that has yet to be made. Born near Newport, Arkansas on May 28, 1931, Albert ‘Sonny' Burgess grew up on a farm, and developed his musical tastes listening to the Grand Ole Opry and the Memphis country stations, taking in R&B from WLAC in Nashville and WDIA in Memphis along the way.

Sonny Burgess did his hitch the Army, and returned to Newport with the thought of a career in baseball, or -failing that- farming. He worked for a spell in a box factory, and slowly put together a semi-pro band that went under several names and through several incarnations, eventually calling themselves the Moonlighters. He was back working on the farm when, as he put it, "farming started interfering with my music." In an early version of the group, Sonny Burgess was the guitarist, Paul Whaley handled the vocals in a Hank Thompson style, Kern Kennedy played piano, Russ Smith was on drums, Johnny Ray Hubbard played bass, and Bob Armstrong handled the accordion. After Whaley went back to California, Sonny Burgess took over the vocals, and Armstrong eventally quit.

There was no shortage of venues because Newport in Jackson County permitted liquor to be sold but was surrounded by dry counties; hence a number of nightclubs out of proportion with Newport's population. They played local nightspots like the Silver Moon, Bob King's and Mike's club. They often played at King's on Friday night; Saturday night belonged to Punky Coldwell, a saxophonist who led a racially mixed jazz dance band. When Elvis Presley came to the Silver Moon Club in October 1955, Sonny Burgess organised the supporting act, and put together Newport's version of a supergroup combining some of Punky's men and the Moonlighters. According to Sonny Burgess, Elvis tried to hire Punky and Kern Kennedy that night to flesh out the meagre sound of Scotty and Bill.

Also, according to Sonny Burgess, Elvis got the idea to record One Night from the Pacers, who often performed it as much as five times a night. For his part, Elvis's contribution to Sonny Burgess's career was to implant the idea of going to record at Sun. At some point early in 1956, the Moonlighters went to Sun for an audition. Sam Phillips told them that they needed a fuller sound so Burgess joined forces with Jack Nance and Joe Lewis who had another local band. It was Lewis who came up with the name 'Pacers' for the new group, copping it from the Pacer airplane. Both Smith and Nance played drums so Nance (who was a music major in college) switched to his other instrument, trumpet. Sonny Burgess had originally wanted a saxophone player to emulate Punky Coldwell, but he figured that the trumpet gave the Pacers a little different sound. On May 2, 1956 Burgess drove back to Memphis. Phillips was impressed with the revamped line-up and cut their debut single that afternoon.

We Wanna Boogie and Red Headed Woman stand among the rawest recordings released during the first flowering of rock ‘n’ roll. The lyrics were almost unintelligible (although they repay close attention with some very funny couplets), and the instrumentation teetered on the edge of atonality. It was a record that sported an air of total abandon, sounding as if it had been created under the heavy burden of alcohol, although Sonny Burgess remembers that everyone was stone cold sober, and nervous to the point of apprehension. Despite being almost unmarketable according to established precepts, Red Headed Woman reportedly sold over 90,000 copies. It did especially well in Boston, although Burgess was unaware of that fact until Nance and Lewis toured there a few years later with Conway Twitty. At that time the Pacers were managed by Gerald Grojean, the assistant manager of a local radio station, KNBY.

On one of their early trips to Memphis, the Pacers went to see Bob Neal, who held the promise of broader horizons and promised to get them on tour with Presley. "We come back home," remembered Sonny Burgess, “and about a year later we hadn't heard nothing so we went back and saw him again. He said that Gerry Grojean had got on the phone crying, saying ‘You can't take them away from me'. Bob said he didn't need all that crap and told Gerry he could keep us." Grojean, who knew little more about the business than the Pacers themselves had no idea how to expose the group outside Newport during a critical stage in their career.

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Tracklist
Burgess, Sonny - Classic Recordings 1956-59 (2-CD) CD 1
01 We Wanna Boogie
02 Red Headed Woman
03 The Prisoner's Song
04 We Wanna Boogie
05 Red Headed Woman
06 The Prisoner's Song
07 All Night Long
08 Life's Too Short To Live
09 Restless
10 Ain't Got A Thing
11 Daddy Blues
12 Fannie Brown
13 Ain't Gonna Do It
14 Daddy Blues
15 Fannie Brown
16 You
17 One Broken Heart
18 Ain't Gonna Do It
19 Hand Me Down My Walking Cane
20 Please Listen To Me
21 Gone
22 Please Listen To Me
23 My Babe
24 My Bucket's Got A Whole In It
25 Sweet Misery
26 Whatcha Gonna Do
27 My Bucket's Got A Whole In It
Burgess, Sonny - Classic Recordings 1956-59 (2-CD) CD 2
01 My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
02 Sweet Misery
03 Oh Mama!
04 Truckin' Down The Avenue
05 So Glad You're Mine-1
06 What'cha Gonna Do
07 Feelin' Good
08 2
09 One Night
10 Always Will
11 Little Town Baby
12 You're Not The One For Me
13 MrBlues
14 Find My Baby For Me
15 Tomorrow Night
16 Tomorrow Never Comes
17 Sweet Jenny
18 So Soon
19 Mama Loochie 1
20 Mama Loochie 2
21 Itchy
22 Thunderbird
23 A Kiss Goodnite
24 Sadie's Back In Town
25 Smoochin' Jill
26 A Kiss Goodnite
27 My Baby Loves Me