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1-CD digipac - 39-page booklet - 35 tracks Reissued by popular demand is the 'Radio... more

Narvel Felts & Jerry Mercer: 1956 Radio Rockabillies (CD)

1-CD digipac - 39-page booklet - 35 tracks

Reissued by popular demand is the 'Radio Rockabillies' material recorded by Jerry Mercer and his band, the Rhythm and Blues Boys, in 1956 for a local radio show in Malden, Missouri. Jerry's band included a certain NARVEL FELTS who would go on to record at SUN and MERCURY before achieving stardom in the South in the 1960s and then international renown as a major country music entertainer in the 1970s.

Tapes found at Jerry's house in 1986 were used on the original vinyl album in 1988 and the extended CD in 1997, both issued first time round by ROCKSTAR RECORDS in the UK. The late Bob Jones mastered the original tapes and did a wonderful job to preserve these 1956 recordings for posterity.

Now in 2017, RWA (RICHARD WEIZE ARCHIVES) is proud to reissue the CD that has long been unavailable. This new presentation includes fresh artwork and updated biography. Narvel handles the vocals on a bunch of then current rock 'n' roll and rockabilly favourites including Woman Love, Go, Go, Go, Heartbreak Hotel, Mystery Train and Blue Suede Shoes. Jerry takes over for Jack And Jill Boogie, Seven Nights To Rock, Boogie Woogie Country Girl, Gone Gone Gone and Lawdy Miss Clawdy.

Band members Leon Barnett and J.W. Grubbs get in on the act with Kansas City Blues and Corrine Corrina. So return with us now to those thrilling days of 1956. Narvel Felts and Jerry Mercer ? The Radio Rockabillies sing again!

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Felts, Narvel - 1956 Radio Rockabillies (CD) CD 1
01 Theme & Introductions
02 Lawdy Miss Clawdy Jerry Mercer
03 Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blues (Instrumental) Jerry Mercer
04 Bonaparte's Retreat Leon Barnett
05 Gone Gone Gone Jerry Mercer
06 A Boogie (Instrumental) Jerry Mercer
07 Closing Theme Jerry Mercer
08 Theme & Introduction Jerry Mercer
09 Boogie Woogie Country Girl Jerry Mercer
10 Blue Suede Shoes Narvel Felts
11 Lawdy Miss Clawdy Jerry Mercer
12 Mystery Train Narvel Felts
13 My Baby Left Me Jerry Mercer
14 In The Mood (Instrumental) Jerry Mercer
15 Seven Nights To Rock Jerry Mercer
16 Go Go Go Narvel Felts
17 Merle's Boogie Woogie Leon Barnett
18 All Mama's Children Jerry Mercer
19 Tommy Dorsey Boogie (Instrumental) Jerry Mercer
20 Hound Dog Narvel Felts
21 Closing Theme Narvel Felts
22 Theme & Introduction Narvel Felts
23 Jack & Jill Boogie Jerry Mercer
24 Heartbreak Hotel Narvel Felts
25 A Boogie (Instrumental) Narvel Felts
26 Kansas City Blue Leon Barnett
27 Gone Gone Gone Jerry Mercer
28 Maybellene Narvel Felts
29 Corrine Corrina JW Grubbs
30 Seven Nights To Rock Jerry Mercer
31 There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight (Instrumental) Jerry Mercer
32 Woman Love Narvel Felts
33 Dixie Fried Jerry Mercer
34 Georgia Steel Guitar (Instrumental Jerry Mercer
35 Closing Theme Jerry Mercer
NARVEL FELTS DID YOU TELL ME When I was thirteen years old we still lived in Arkansas and... more
"Narvel Felts & Jerry Mercer"

NARVEL FELTS

DID YOU TELL ME

When I was thirteen years old we still lived in Arkansas and I traded my BB gun for a beat up Gene Autry guitar that was held together with a Prince Albert tobacco can and some bailing wire. A year later, when I was fourteen, we had moved to Missouri and I picked cotton and ordered a new one from Sears & Roebuck for $15.98. Then in early 1956, I was seventeen at the time, I entered a high school talent contest at Bernie, Missouri. I sang Baby Let's Play House and when they wanted an encore there was a new song I had heard a few times by Carl Perkins, called Blue Suede Shoes. By chance there was a disk jockey in the audience that night from KDEX radio in Dexter, Missouri - his name was Weldon Grimsley, and the next day I was sitting at home listening to the radio, and they said "if Narvel Felts is listening please contact KDEX immediately". I ran outside and told my daddy what they had said on the radio. It was cold winter time and he had the water drained out of the radiator of his 1946 International truck. He put water in the truck and drove me eight miles up the gravel road to Bernie to the nearest phone, and I called KDEX an they said "bring your guitar and come on." I took J. W. Grubbs with me and they gave us a little Saturday afternoon radio show, live.

A little while after that, on March 24, 1956, I ran across Jerry Mercer one night at the Fourway Inn in Dudley, Missouri. He got me up to sing and invited me to come to Pop Schmitzer's, near Malden, the next night and sit in with him some more and this led to a regular job in Jerry Mercer's band along about the spring of 1956. We played a lot of the local clubs in south-east Missouri, north-east Arkansas and some in Illinois and played a package show that summer with Roy Orbison when  Ooby Dooby  was his current record and Go Go Go  the  B-side of it. Eddie Bond and The Stompers were also on the show and Eddie 's record on Mercury at the time was I Got A Woman and Rockin ' Daddy.

During 1956 from the spring until about mid December I worked with Jerry Mercer and I would play the slap bass when he was singing and he would play it when I was singing. We would trade and both of us played. I would play rhythm guitar when I sang and he would play rhythm guitar when he sang. During this period of time we did that show with Roy Orbison and Eddie Bond at Dexter, Missouri, and within a couple of weeks after that show I wound up with an audition with Sun Records. Calvin Richardson, who was my manager and a Dexter music store owner at the time, told me that Roy was going to help him get an appointment at Sun for me, so Leon Barnett and I drove down in my Chevrolet to Sun. It was very hot summer-time, probably August or early September, when we auditioned for Jack Clement. Jack told us to write some more songs, bring the whole band back. However, we did not wind up doing that until early 1957. In the meantime, in December of 1956, Jerry Mercer got married and decided to quit the music business. The band now became 'Narvel Felts and the Rockets'.


#On my Sun recordings Jack Clement was the producer. We went in with the band, the first time was in January 1957 when we did five songs, then we came back for an

other session i

n April. I had felt like there were three sessions but the Sun session book doesn't confirm that. They say that the following session was in early April of 1957 and it would probably have been the one that produced My Babe. I remember at the first session Roy Orbison was in the control room with Jack Clement. Conway Twitty was still Harold Jenkins and had a chair pulled up by my microphone in the studio, listening to me. I had met Jerry Lee Lewis at Taylor's cafe next door that morning, and Johnny Cash came in at the front office and watched us for a little while that day. I remember that at the session when I recorded My Babe, I said the line, "when she's hot, there ain't no coolin,'“ I remember Jack Clement and Roy Orbison had their heads popping around, looking at each other kind of in surprise when I said that, like it was a sort of shocking line at that time.

After I'd finished the last session at Sun, Jack Clement said  "well think we've got a record here. It may take about a year to get around to releasing it because we've got so many in front of you." At the session when Conway Twitty was also there, Roy Orbison called Conway and myself off in a corner, and said, "Boys, if I were you, I would look elsewhere for a label. That's what I'm going to do when my contract's up, because Sam's not interested in me, he's not interested in you, he's not even interested in Perkins. He's only interested in Cash and this new kid, Jerry Lee Lewis."

In early March of 1957, I was playing the Fox Theatre in St. Louis and Fred Varney, who had some connections with Mercury Records in Chicago, wanted to take us to Chicago to audition for Mercury. At that time I still was recording for Sun. We were at the Fox Theatre playing, I believe it was probably three shows a day, possibly more, with the movie 'Rock Pretty Baby'. We did not go to Chicago at that time, but a little later, after we had done the other session for Sun and Jack had said, it would be a year before they could release anything. I was doing another tour of theatres in Illinois and we were playing in Lichfield, Illinois, I believe two nights off in between, Fred Varney came by again. He had had a man named Cliff Mantle book those theatres and they were kind of partners in the business. Fred had a printing company in St. Louis. He offered again to take us to Chicago and this time we took him up on it.

He took us to 35 East Wacker Drive, just walked in the Mercury offices with us and the band, so the people were saying "what are you doin', bringing a band in here like this...? " Anyway, they finally decided to listen to us and so we brought the equipment up and sat in the office with no microphone, and Art Talmadge walked over and stood near me where he could hear my voice over the band. I was kind of singing in his ear. We did a couple of songs and he said send them on down to Universal Studios to record. We went down that afternoon and recorded until probably midnight after taking supper break, and wound up recording ten songs. Within a month my first record Kiss-A-Me Baby and Foolish Thoughts  was on the market. I believe it was the 10th ofJune, 1957.

The band that I recorded with at Mercury was still the same that was on my Sun sessions. Also a piano player named Chuck Stacy worked some of the songs on the Chicago session with us. The line-up was myself doing vocals and rhythm guitar, Leon Barnett on lead guitar, J. W. Grubbs on bass, Bob Taylor on drums and Jerry Tuttle playing steel guitar and saxophone; in fact later on that year we recorded an instrumental that featured Jerry on saxophone, called Rocket Ride. That record came out and really started getting some action, this was early '58. The story goes that Art Talmadge heard a radio station in Chicago play Rocket Ride on a slow speed and it sounded like a stroll record to him, and they had a hit at the time with the Diamonds’ The Stroll, and so he slowed it down, and it was re-issued very quickly as Rocket Ride Stroll. That was actually a re-recording and I believe it was Sil Austin and the Orchestra who recorded Rocket Ride Stroll and they issued it under my name. The original Rocket Ride was just us, the Rockets. We did that at RCA Studio B in Nashville in October of 1957, featuring Jerry Tuttle on saxophone...

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Felts, Narvel - 1956 Radio Rockabillies (CD) CD 1
01 Theme & Introductions
02 Lawdy Miss Clawdy
03 Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blues (Instrumental)
04 Bonaparte's Retreat
05 Gone Gone Gone
06 A Boogie (Instrumental)
07 Closing Theme
08 Theme & Introduction
09 Boogie Woogie Country Girl
10 Blue Suede Shoes
11 Lawdy Miss Clawdy
12 Mystery Train
13 My Baby Left Me
14 In The Mood (Instrumental)
15 Seven Nights To Rock
16 Go Go Go
17 Merle's Boogie Woogie
18 All Mama's Children
19 Tommy Dorsey Boogie (Instrumental)
20 Hound Dog
21 Closing Theme
22 Theme & Introduction
23 Jack & Jill Boogie
24 Heartbreak Hotel
25 A Boogie (Instrumental)
26 Kansas City Blue
27 Gone Gone Gone
28 Maybellene
29 Corrine Corrina
30 Seven Nights To Rock
31 There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight (Instrumental)
32 Woman Love
33 Dixie Fried
34 Georgia Steel Guitar (Instrumental
35 Closing Theme