The following blog is taken from an article I wrote in the March 15, 2004 issue of Wadi Magazine. Wadi was a Bi-weekly free magazine in my hometown of Richmond, Va. We can hardly keep anything like this going for too long here, and this magazine was short-lived. However, I had a blast as one of two music journalists for the magazine!
In 2004, I worked for a free bi-weekly magazine in Richmond, VA called Wadi. I was one of two music journalists, and I mainly covered the history of rockabilly and country music in my hometown. The following is an article I wrote from April 5, 2004 on one of the first female rockabillies, Virginia’s own Janis Martin. Some information has been updated. Enjoy!
In this episode, I take a look at Elvis’ famed “Sun Sessions”, and discuss his influences. This video is for educational purposes. I do not own the rights to the clips used in this episode. This episode is protected under the fair use law.
A favorite show of mine growing up, and one that I really wish would come out on DVD, is the short-lived 1990 ABC series Elvis-Good Rockin’ Tonight. It only lasted for 10 episodes with three unaired episodes, and was later edited into one long, (4 hours) film Elvis: The Early Years. It follows a young Elvis from his days in Tupelo to the end of his days at Sun Records. The series stared Michael St Gerard, (Link in the original Hairspray), Jesse Dabson, Blake Gibbons, and Millie Perkins, (The Diary Of Anne Frank). I’m posting this here because I always hear people say “well, they’ve made Walk The Line, and Ray, why has there never been a production on par with those two for Elvis? Well, there has! This is Elvis: Good Rockin’ Tonight!
As Billy Joel once sang only the Good die young. At 21 years old, rock star Eddie Cochran was unfairly taken from us in the late evening of Saturday, April 16, 1960 while on a UK tour. He left behind such rock & roll classics as “Summertime Blues” and “C’mon Everybody”. He influenced such musicians as The Beatles, The Who, The Sex Pistols, and Brian Setzer. Cochran’s death was the final nail in coffin of the early rock & roll era. Little Richard had left music to become a preacher, Chuck Berry violated the Mann Act and was sent to prison, Elvis had been drafted, scandal had ruined the career of Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper had died in a plane crash. Following Eddie’s demise we were left for a time with teen idols that had good looks but not much else. Then The Beatles saved us all! What may not be understood about Eddie Cochran’s final tour was that perhaps Eddie had more influence on the next wave of rock & roll then we give him credit for.
In this episode, I take a look at where Rock & Roll was born. SUN RECORDS! (Please note: this is a tribute and made for educational purposes. Fair use is a limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work. In United States copyright law, fair use is a doctrine that permits limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holders.)