I love Rockabilly! I think I have always loved it, but didn’t really learn about it until I moved to Memphis. I lived only a couple of miles from Sun Studio, where Rockabilly (and Rock n Roll) was born. Other than Elvis Presley, my favorite Rockabilly artists are Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Smith, Charlie Rich, Billy Lee Riley, Sonny Burgess, Carl Perkins, Warren Smith, Buddy Holly, and Bill Haley. You haven’t heard of some of these folks, google them – you won’t be sorry. And if you haven’t heard of Sun Studio in Memphis, google that too. Sun is where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and many others all got their start. In fact, on a cold December night back in 1956 all four of those soon to be big names gather together for an impromtu jam session that was later dubbed ‘The Million Dollar Quartet.’ Luckily the owner, Sam Phillips, had the good sense to record it, and it is available today on cd. If you are ever in Memphis, a visit to Sun Studio is a must! And if you like rockabilly as much as I do, then stop in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, TN – about an hour from Memphis. I’ve been fortunate to have seen Billy Lee Riley, Sonny Burgess and Jerry Lee Lewis perform live. Billy performed up until he died a couple of years ago and even in their 70s Jerry Lee Lewis and Sonny Burgess are still rocking.
This blog post is part of my A to Z April Challenge about ‘My Music’ – music I love from A to Z. Thanks for stopping by. I am also blogging the A to Z Challenge on my other blog On the Road with U2 about ‘My U2′ – what I love about U2 from A to Z.