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(2002/ROLLERCOASTER) 24 tracks 1956-2002. Gatefold ecopac with 16 page booklet. Two long-time...more

Sonny West: Sweet Rockin' Rock Ola Ruby (CD)

(2002/ROLLERCOASTER) 24 tracks 1956-2002. Gatefold ecopac with 16 page booklet.

Two long-time rockabilly hop favourites kick off this, Sonny West's first album. Straight from the original Norman Petty Studios masters, Sonny's 1956 Clovis recordings have never sounded better. We've added his other 50s and 60s recordings and the CD is rounded out with some new recordings recently completed by Sonny. Sweet & Rockin!

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  • Interpret: Sonny West

  • Album titlle: Sweet Rockin' Rock Ola Ruby (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label ROLLERCOASTER

  • Preiscode VCD6
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 5012814030505

  • weight in Kg 0.1
West, Sonny - Sweet Rockin' Rock Ola Ruby (CD) CD 1
01Sweet Rockin' BabySonny West
02Rock-Ola RubySonny West
03All My Love (Oh Boy)Sonny West
04Rave OnSonny West
05Call On CupidSonny West
06DreamboatSonny West
07Baby Bessie LeeSonny West
08Doll BritchesSonny West
09Londa Loves A Hula HoopSonny West
10Love DeniedSonny West
11Pretty Little GirlSonny West
12Wasted Days And Wasted NightsSonny West
13Maybe You're The OneSonny West
14Evening StarSonny West
15Sugar HillSonny West
16RideSonny West
17Oh BoySonny West
18Dire NeedSonny West
19The Rave Is GoneSonny West
20Cast Iron ArmSonny West
21A Bad CaseSonny West
22Big City WomanSonny West
23Sweet DreamsSonny West
24I've Had ItSonny West
SONNY WEST Joe aka Sonee aka Sonnee aka Sonny West was from Buddy Holly's hometown of Lubbock,... more
"Sonny West"

SONNY WEST

Joe aka Sonee aka Sonnee aka Sonny West was from Buddy Holly's hometown of Lubbock, Texas (born June 30, 1937), but he grew up homesteading in New Mexico, Texas, and California. "We've all heard stories of poor people being sharecroppers," he told Marc Bristol, "but my dad must have been a rung lower on the ladder." Along the way, Sonny acquired a guitar, learned a few chords, assembled a band, and gigged around west Texas. He drove to Memphis to audition for Sun, but Sam Phillips wouldn't even let him unpack his guitar, saying he had more artists than he could handle.

A few months later, in the summer of 1956, Sonny went to Buddy Holly's producer, Norman Petty, with Rock-Ola Ruby (a sort-of follow-up to Warren Smith's Rock 'n' Roll Ruby), and Petty issued it on Nor-Va-Jak Records. In the spring of '57, Sonny met Bill Tilghman. "I was driving through Levelland," he told Marc Bristol, "and here comes this guy walking out in the middle of the street calling me. He had some papers in his hip pocket and said he'd written some songs. He was tall and skinny, like a bean pole, with a slight limp from a car accident. Before I could answer him, he was humming some tune and doing a shuffle with his feet. He was in the zone I was in, and had a great desire to write." Tilghman and West cooperated first on Oh Boy, a song that ended up in the hands of Buddy Holly, of course.

Later, they worked up another song based on an exclamation, Rave On! Tilghman told John Goldrosen that he based it on the line "Rave on, children, I'm with you" in Carl Perkins' Dixie Fried. Sonny cut it with Trini Lopez's band, the Big Beats, in November 1957 (November 5, per John Ingman). As Sonny explained to John Stafford, "Norman Petty had contacted Jerry Wexler and told him of his idea for me and the Big Beats to record together. Wexler didn't like the idea, but owing to Norman's recent successes, he decided to try it. I didn't like the idea, either, but I felt I had to go with it." The session was done in Clovis, and Atlantic purchased the master on January 10, 1958. Wexler flew to Clovis to collect the tape, and released it in mid-February.

"I guess if my record would've sold, Buddy probably wouldn't have recorded it," Sonny told Derek Glenister,"but he and Norman liked the song and had a session lined up and needed some new material." Holly actually recorded Rave On! before Sonny's version was issued, although his record wasn't released until April 20. Holly's record wasn't even much of a hit in the USA (#37 in 'Billboard'), but Rave On! together with Oh Boy have probably funded Sonny's retirement. Wexler had an option on more Sonny West records, but didn't exercise it, and three years passed before Sonny recorded again.

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Tracklist
West, Sonny - Sweet Rockin' Rock Ola Ruby (CD) CD 1
01 Sweet Rockin' Baby
02 Rock-Ola Ruby
03 All My Love (Oh Boy)
04 Rave On
05 Call On Cupid
06 Dreamboat
07 Baby Bessie Lee
08 Doll Britches
09 Londa Loves A Hula Hoop
10 Love Denied
11 Pretty Little Girl
12 Wasted Days And Wasted Nights
13 Maybe You're The One
14 Evening Star
15 Sugar Hill
16 Ride
17 Oh Boy
18 Dire Need
19 The Rave Is Gone
20 Cast Iron Arm
21 A Bad Case
22 Big City Woman
23 Sweet Dreams
24 I've Had It