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(Fnac Music) 19 tracks Singer, author, composer, harmonica player, drummer, bass player and... more

Billy Lee Riley: Collection Rock Originals Vol.10 (CD)

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Singer, author, composer, harmonica player, drummer, bass player and guitar player - sorry/bit! - Billy Lee Riley was born on October 5, 1933 in Pocahontas, Arkansas, of Indian descent. After a stay in the army he moved to Memphis and was hired by the Sun label in 1956.

Sam Phillips, the boss, notices his talents as a multi-instrumentalist, and regularly asks him to participate in recording sessions. You can hear Billy behind Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich or Barbara Pittman. Yet it was thanks to "flying Saucer Rock And Roll" and "Red Hot", two rock classics that Robert Gordon, Sleepy LaBeef and others would later sing, that his name became part of rock history. "Red Hot" is a song he borrows from black singer Billy The Kid Emerson.

The success of "Elying Saucer Rock And Roll", on which Jerry Lee Lewis plays the piano, led him to name his orchestra The Little Green Men. In 62, Billy Lee left Memphis, and Sun, for Hollywood where he continued his career. Yet these are his first recordings, "Saucer" and "Red Hot", but also "Trouble Round" (just wonderful!), "Rock With Me", "Pearly Lee", etc., which remain in everyone's mind as irrefutable proof of his talent.

-Jean William Thoury

Riley, Billy Lee - Collection Rock Originals Vol.10 (CD) 1
01 Red Hot
02 Fliying Saucer Rock'n'roll
03 Trouble Bound
04 Let's Talk About Us
05 Rock With Me Baby
06 I Want You Baby
07 She's My Baby
08 Baby Please Don't Go
09 Corne Back Baby
10 Got Your Water Boiling
11 Open The Door Richard
12 Betty And Dupree
13 Sweet William
14 Pearly Lee
15 No Name Girl
16 Wouldn't You Now?
17 Searchin'
18 Swanee River Rock
19 Down By The Riverside
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Billy Lee Riley

Kay attracted an answer disc, Wendy Dawn's John, in which Kay hears the record and comes home to live happily ever after. Instead, here’s Kay in Memphis. In Billy Riley's former lives, he'd been a radio hillbilly singer in Arkansas, a rockabilly singer on the original Sun label (in fact, just possibly the best rockabilly singer on any label), a blues man (his Lightnin' Leon single fooled the compilers of the original Blues Records discography), and a club-a-go-go singer. He'd been an artist, backing musician, label owner, and producer. Some of his tracks had appeared on a Bo Diddley album, and he'd recorded under more pseudonyms and for more labels than anyone besides John Lee Hooker. In 1967, an album he recorded for his own Mojo label was acquired by Stax Records in Memphis. Riley was in Atlanta at the time but decided that Memphis was happening again.

Stan Kesler, known to Riley from his first go-round in Memphis, was running the Sounds of Memphis studio and that's where Riley recorded Kay with a sharp-tip funk groove. He resituated the song in Memphis aka Soul City USA, so the line about Ft. Campbell (the military base north of Nashville where Jimi Hendrix served), was gone. The gulf between Memphis and Nashville was never more evident. Riley's rhythm track was created by Kesler's in-house group: guitarist Charlie Freeman, bassist Tommy McClure, drummer Sammy Creason, and Jim Dickinson on keyboards. The wah-wah guitarist could be Riley himself. All the musicians were white, but this was funk from the ground up.

On the label, Kay was credited to Riley’s Libra Productions. Riley played Kay for Sam Phillips, who said it was Riley's finest record. "Sam suggested I play it for Shelby Singleton who had just bought all the old Sun masters and had formed the Sun International label," Riley said later. "I did all the arranging and I had part of the Memphis Symphony, the Memphis Horns. I had the cream of the crop on that one. Shelby bought the record and gave me a job as producer and moved me to Fort Walton Beach, Florida to produce in his studio there." Singleton licensed it on June 17, 1969, a couple of weeks before he officially bought Sun from Phillips. Soon after Riley left for Florida, Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records whisked Kesler's studio group away to Criteria Studios in Miami, and Kesler himself left for Nashville. Once again, everybody was leaving town. Riley grew disillusioned, but lived to enjoy late acclaim for his early records. He died on August 2, 2009.  COLIN ESCOTT

 

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Tracklist
Riley, Billy Lee - Collection Rock Originals Vol.10 (CD) 1
01 Red Hot
02 Fliying Saucer Rock'n'roll
03 Trouble Bound
04 Let's Talk About Us
05 Rock With Me Baby
06 I Want You Baby
07 She's My Baby
08 Baby Please Don't Go
09 Corne Back Baby
10 Got Your Water Boiling
11 Open The Door Richard
12 Betty And Dupree
13 Sweet William
14 Pearly Lee
15 No Name Girl
16 Wouldn't You Now?
17 Searchin'
18 Swanee River Rock
19 Down By The Riverside