Who was/is JIMMY PRITCHETT ? - CDs, Vinyl LPs, DVD and more
JIMMY PRITCHETT is featured in one of the few pieces of video to survive from Sun’s early days. One by one, the Riley band (Roland Janes, Jimmy Wilson, and J.M. Van Eaton) come out of the studio, along with Jack Clement, Sam, and Bill Justis. Jimmy Pritchett comes out too. Pritchett worked with the Snearly Ranch gang in West Memphis, and when Stan Kesler started up Crystal Records with the money of bottling don Drew Canale behind him, he signed Jimmy. Stan told Bo Berglind that he intended to record the session with Jimmy at WHBQ, but the equipment malfunctioned so he asked Sam Phillips if he could hold the session at Sun. Usually, Sam refused to let the studio out for custom work, but he agreed to let Stan use it. Stan believes that the personnel comprised Johnny Bernero on drums (although J.M. Van Eaton recalls playing on the session), Billy Riley on guitar, Smokey Joe on piano, Jan Ledbetter on bass, and Hank Byers on guitar. Van Eaton reported that Pritchett had died several years ago.
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