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Rick Nelson: Ricky Nelson: Now Ricky's Name Change Is Official!

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1962

'YOUNG WORLD' is probably the last disc by Ricky Nelson you'll see in the NME Charts – but don't panic. At 21 Ricky has no ...

Fats Domino: The Man Who Sang Rock Before Haley

Report by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, January 1963

HIS first million-seller was named after himself. Until last year he had more million-sellers than Elvis, who finally caught up with him after a hard ...

Johnny & The Hurricanes: Gaumont State Ballroom, Kilburn, London

Live Review by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, January 1963

HURRICANES IMPRESS ...

The Everly Brothers: Phil And Don Everly Put Up A Fight

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1963

NOBODY could say the fortunes of the Everly Brothers have been at their highest just lately, but the boys are determined to put up a ...

Chubby Checker: Dance Crazes? "They're Out" Says Chubby Checker

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, August 1963

CHUBBY CHECKER emerged from the bathroom in his London hotel. He'd showered and shaved. Light blue shirt, dark mohair slacks, open sandals. And a limp. ...

Lonnie Mack: The Instrumental Influence and Hit Star

Profile by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, August 1963

BEAT instrumentals are probably at a higher degree of popularity in the States than ever before. Discs like 'Wipeout', 'Tips Of My Fingers', 'Pipeline', 'Hot ...

Billy Fury, Dickie Pride, Joe Brown, Marty Wilde, The Tornados: Billy Fury, The Tornados, Joe Brown et al: ABC Cinema, Croydon

Live Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, October 1963

WHEN LARRY Parnes puts out a touring show, he puts out a big 'un. He slams in plenty of acts, plenty of variety, plenty of ...

Del Shannon on The British Scene

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, October 1963

PETER JONES TALKS TO DEL SHANNON AND GETS SOME INTERESTING VIEWS ...

Johnny Burnette: 'No Dance Discs From Me'

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, November 1963

THE MAN who has had many U.S. and British top 20 hits is over here again in Britain — and no-one seems to know anything ...

Billy Fury, The Tornados: It Took All Day — It Was Fantastic

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, November 1963

WE WANT BILLY! IS BILLY FURY SINGING THE SONGS HE LIKES TO SING ...

Duane Eddy, Little Richard, The Shirelles: Little Richard, Duane Eddy, The Shirelles: The Regal, Edmonton, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, November 1963

THE OPENING night of the Duane Eddy/Little Richard/Shirelles tour was a lot better than most people expected at the Regal Edmonton, 2nd performance on Saturday. ...

Chuck Berry: I Can't Wait To Meet My Friends In Britain

Interview by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, November 1963

THE RECORD MIRROR TELEPHONES CHUCK BERRY IN MISSOURI ...

Chuck Berry, Little Walter: Chuck Berry Tells Guy Stevens About 'How I Write My Songs'

Report and Interview by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, April 1964

MY FIRST MEETING with Chuck Berry proved to be as exciting and interesting as I had expected. I met him in the offices of Chess ...

Larry Williams: Heir To Little Richard

Profile by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, April 1964

IN OCTOBER 1958, Little Richard decided, in the words of the late Chuck Willis, to "Hang up his rock'n'roll shoes" and enter the Church. Many ...

Chuck Berry: Hammersmith Odeon, London, May 10th

Live Review by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, July 1964

THE LONG-AWAITED visit of Chuck Berry to these islands came reality when he opened his tour at the Finsbury Empire on May 9th; I caught ...

Chuck Berry, Graham Bond, The Moody Blues: Chuck Berry, Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organisation: Lewisham Odeon, London

Live Review by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, January 1965

Chuck goes down a bomb on R & B tour ...

Johnny Rivers Tries His Rhythm Here

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, February 1965

AFTER EIGHT years in and out of show business, Johnny Rivers has finally struck gold – In USA. During the last year he's been packing ...

Chuck Berry: Rock Lives!

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, March 1967

...especially it seems, at the Saville. Chuck Berry talks to RM's Norman Jopling for this in-depth interview ...

Chuck Berry: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, March 1967

Rockers Dominate Saville Again ...

Chuck Berry: Streatham Locarno, London

Live Review by Bill Millar, Soul Music Monthly, April 1967

I WOULD HAVE LIKED to have reviewed Chuck at the Savile Theatre, where initial audience reaction was such that his short-lived performance reached an all-time ...

Fats Domino & His Orchestra: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, May 1967

LEGENDS ARE built with comparative ease in the anonymity of a recording studio. And how easily such myths are destroyed in the harsh reality of ...

Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison: Roy Orbison's Own Rock History #1

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, December 1967

As told to Jim Delehant ...

Roy Orbison's Own Rock History #2

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, January 1968

THE MUSIC business is a little better now because there are more attractive deals for the artists. Some record companies offer 10% deals, where the ...

Roy Orbison's Own Rock History #3

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, February 1968

PRACTICALLY everything that's happening in music now, came from Memphis. I'd say it would have to be just chance because that's where the studios were, ...

Albert King, Big Joe Turner, Booker T & The MGs, The Box Tops, The Dells, Jackie Wilson, James Brown, Lou Rawls, Merrill Moore, Otis Redding: James Brown, Box Tops, Albert King, Otis Redding et al, Album Reviews

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, May 1968

Loads of R&B albums including Otis' great Dock Of The Bay LP ...

Elvis Presley: In TV-Film Show With Elvis!

Report by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, July 1968

On steps five feet from him ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis Takes Off Tiny Tim And Richard Harris

Report by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, July 1968

The continuing story of ELVIS and ANN MOSES (Editor of Tiger Beat) ...

Elvis Presley to Make Personal Appearances

Report by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, December 1968

ELVIS PRESLEY, with one eye to the increasing interest in old-style rock and the other to his decreasing income from movie roles, is making plans ...

Carl Perkins

Interview by Michael Lydon, Rolling Stone, December 1968

"IF IT WEREN'T FOR the rocks in its bed, the stream would have no song," said Carl Perkins with a comic dolefulness. He had just ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis (NBC Television Special)

Film/DVD Review by June Harris, New Musical Express, December 1968

Elvis television triumph ...

Buddy Holly, Buddy Knox: Buddy Holly and Buddy Knox: Texas Buddies

Discography by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, 1969

LIKE THE rest of society, pop music isn't fair. The most successful singers earn more than they know what to do with, and the majority ...

The Who: Born to Sing The Blues

Comment by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, June 1969

COLLECTORS of rhythm and blues music are doomed to perpetual frustration, as they witness one white singer after another plundering the culture they love. Occasionally, ...

Charlie Rich, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, Ronnie Hawkins: Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Charlie Rich and Ronnie Hawkins: Arkansas Rock Pile

Overview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, June 1969

ROCK AND roll was the victory of regional locality over the world, of precise beliefs over general theory, of particular feelings over universal philosophies. ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Schaefer Music Festival, Central Park, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1969

Jerry Lee Lewis Mixes Rock Styles In Schaefer Concert ...

Little Richard: Schaefer Music Festival, Central Park, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Post, August 1969

Little Richard Rouses Crowd At Central Park Rock Concert ...

MC5: Ronnie Hawkins: Ronnie Hawkins and Mr. Dynamo

Review by Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone, August 1969

RONNIE HAWKINS came down out of the Ozarks, and after gigging with Carl Perkins and Harold Jenkins (later Conway Twitty), he decided he wanted to ...

Elvis Presley: International Hotel, Las Vegas NV

Live Review by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, September 1969

SECOND LOOK AT ELVIS ...

Sha Na Na: Sha-Na-Na: Sha-Na-Na (Buddah)

Review by Lenny Kaye, Fusion, November 1969

SHA-NA-NA has a cute stage show. They come out, dressed fit to kill in an assortment of gold lamé, black pants, white socks, t-shirts, etc., ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: The Start of It All

Comment by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, 1970

I PLAYED 'Great Balls Of Fire' to some college students last week. And while it played, and while they listened, I closed my eyes and ...

Elvis Presley: International Showroom, Las Vegas

Live Review by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, February 1970

KING ELVIS RULES VEGAS AGAIN. New songs and old in his act after his first night including 'Proud Mary', 'Walk A Mile In My Shoes', ...

Charlie Rich, Jerry Lee Lewis: Jerry Lee Lewis: Live At The International, Las Vegas; Charlie Rich: Boss Man

Review by Charlie Gillett, Rolling Stone, February 1970

BOTH PIANO-PLAYING singers who started out singing rock and roll with Sam Phillips in Memphis and who have since moved into country and western, Jerry ...

Elvis Presley: Wagging His Tail In Las Vegas

Live Review by David Dalton, Rolling Stone, February 1970

ELVIS WAS SUPERNATURAL, his own resurrection, at the Showroom Internationale in Las Vegas last August. ...

Gene Vincent: Gene Vincent’s Greatest (Capitol); I’m Back And I’m Proud (Dandelion) and more

Review by Simon Frith, Rolling Stone, March 1970

GENE VINCENT was the most tortured of the Fifties rock stars. I only saw him in concert once and that was weird. He was in ...

Gene Vincent, Sir Douglas Quintet: Gene Vincent: He Sounded Like Maybe He Was Testifying

Report by Todd Everett, Rolling Stone, March 1970

THE MUSICIANS had all arrived and were standing patiently by the door at two o'clock, Sunday afternoon, March 8th. Three were official members of the ...

Ronnie Hawkins: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, March 1970

Ronnie Hawkins on Fillmore Bill – Arkansan Shares Program With Stone the Crows ...

Jimmy Page, Screaming Lord Sutch: Screaming Lord Sutch: Heavy Friends Help The Lord's Comeback

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, April 1970

LORD SUTCH is back! The perennial rocker has come screaming back on the rock scene, after two years of abdication in America, through the help ...

Little Richard, Child Of God

Interview by David Dalton, Rolling Stone, May 1970

I DIDN'T GET to see Little Richard at the Atlantic City Pop Festival where he followed Janis Joplin and revived his own legend, but when ...

Bo Diddley (1970)

Interview by Michael Lydon, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1970

When Bo's not being a boxer, truck driver, gunslinger, lumberjack etc. he's being A Man - a husband and father, dealing with life in the USA. The Gunslinger tells Michael Lydon of record company rip-offs, dealin' with the po-lice and the very meaning of life itself.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts (plus introduction), total file sizes: 72.4meg, total interview length: 1h 20' 01" sound quality: **

Little Richard: The Rill Thing

Review by Joel Selvin, Rolling Stone, September 1970

AS INCREDIBLE AS IT may seem, Little Richard is as great as he says he is. His new album, the first in three years, is ...

Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Elvis Presley: Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup: No Payment For My Elvis Songs Says Crudup

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, February 1971

SIXTY-FIVE year old blues-man Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, whose songs 'That's Alright Mama' and 'My Baby Left Me' were hits for Elvis Presley back in ...

Hank Williams and Honky Tonk

Overview by Martin Hawkins, Record Mirror, May 1971

MUCH HAS been written recently about the influence of Sam Phillips' Memphis Sun label on rock 'n' roll, especially since its British releases of recent ...

Around The Rock Roots

Comment by Martin Hawkins, Record Mirror, July 1971

"DID YOU EVER HEAR A TENOR SAX, SWINGING LIKE A RUSTY AXE?" ...

Gene Vincent

Obituary by Mick Farren, International Times, October 1971

GENE VINCENT, after years of illhealth and injury, died this week of a perforated ulcer. ...

Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry: What Have They Done To My Roots, Ma? Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley

Comment by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, October 1971

WHEN JOHN LENNON ended a recent epistle to Mailbag with a line saying "LP Winner: I’d like Chuck Berry, please," he wasn’t joking. Modern rock ...

Little Richard: King Of Rock 'n' Roll/Various Artists: This Is How It All Began

Review by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, December 1971

PERHAPS IT'S just that I'm a bit too fussy, but basically I don't like going to see live gigs of the artists I admire. Too ...

The Everly Brothers: Growing Apart

Report and Interview by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, 1972

PHIL IS THE fastidious one. Don was happy to stay at another motel with a northern draught sweeping its gallery and cows grazing round the ...

British Rock 'n' Soul

Overview by Bill Millar, Record Mirror, January 1972

THERE'S A HOT SEAT in my house. Right by the record player. Victims are required to sit in it and hazard a guess at the ...

Billy Preston, Chuck Berry, Pink Floyd, Slade: Chuck Berry, Pink Floyd, Billy Preston, Slade: Locarno Ballroom, Coventry

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, February 1972

ONE OF THE MOST ADVENTUROUS BILLS EVER ...

Chuck Berry: Berry Magic

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, February 1972

RON WOOD would have swept the floor of Pye's No. 2 studio as he boogied round during the Chuck Berry super-session during Saturday. He saw ...

The Everly Brothers: Back In Favour

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, May 1972

JUST WHEN we were getting used to thinking of the Everly Brothers as a monument to a distant era they come up with Stories We ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: The Killer Rocks On

Review by Lester Bangs, Rolling Stone, June 1972

THERE'S NOT TOO MANY of those greasy rockers still hanging around from their '50s heydaze good for much more than playing 50 tank towns a ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: The Killer Rocks On

Review by Dave Marsh, Creem, July 1972

YOU CAN TELL this one is special from the beginning. The strings come in, but all of a sudden, there's an insistent, pounding drum driving ...

Little Richard: The Georgia Peach

Report and Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, August 1972

OOOWEE, Lawd knows it was a bad night's work. According to the divine plan, the Wembley crowd should have been blowing kisses at the Georgia ...

Bo Diddley: Hey! Bo Diddley: The Man Whose Sexuality Was Too Much For America

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, August 1972

Diddley Freak Charles Shaar Murray, in the presence of the main man... ...

Buddy Holly: A Rock & Roll Collection

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, September 1972

I DON'T LIKE to be made a fool of. Last January the folks at Decca told me of their plans for an elaborate Buddy Holly ...

Rock and Roll Revival: Richard Nader's Lament

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, November 1972

UNLESS YOU'VE actually heard it, you just can't appreciate how strange phonetically and otherwise, it sounds to hear a nasal 'Mr. Didduly. Telephone for Mr. ...

Little Richard: A Bizarre Interview With The Amazing, Self-Styled King Of Rock 'N' Roll

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, November 1972

HE CALLS HIMSELF the Georgia Peach, the Bronze Liberace and the King of Rock and Roll. Little Richard calls himself a lot of things. Some ...

Elvis Presley: The Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan

Live Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, December 1972

I'M GETTING pretty sick of all this talk about what a gross Tom Jones imitation Elvis has become. Baby fat and other people’s songs, indeed. ...

Rick Nelson: You're Not A Kid Anymore!

Retrospective and Interview by Todd Everett, Phonograph Record, December 1972

ROCK AND ROLL was here to stay. We knew it in 1957, and Danny and the Juniors put it into song in 1958. But what ...

Chuck Berry: Green's Playhouse, Glasgow

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, January 1973

TONY STEWART REPORTS FROM GLASGOW OH THE FIRST BERRY CONCERT ...

Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore: Scotty Moore: The Man Who Launched A Thousand Licks

Interview by Norman Jopling, New Musical Express, January 1973

PEOPLE AROUND at the time Elvis first made it claim that guitarist Scotty Moore was the musician most responsible for "The Elvis Presley Sound". Moore ...

Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids, Fumble: Fumble and Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids

Review by Greg Shaw, Music World, February 1973

THE ROCK & roll revival is sure getting to be a pain in the ass. That's a tough admission for me to make, as I ...

Chuck Berry: Go Chuck Baby Go

Report and Interview by Charlie Gillett, New Musical Express, February 1973

CHUCK BERRY. To a fan, the name sparks off a warm smile. After that depending on how old he or she is, the first song ...

Chuck Berry part 2: How Many Comebacks?

Interview by Charlie Gillett, New Musical Express, February 1973

AS WE TALKED, Berry looked over a copy of Golden Decade Vol. 2 and ran his eye down the sleeve discography, commenting on some of ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: London Sessions (Mercury).

Review by Charlie Gillett, New Musical Express, March 1973

IN SOME ways, it hardly matters what this record sounds like. It's the idea that counts. If everything works out more or less to plan, ...

Chuck Berry's Influence on the UK R & B Scene

Essay by John Pidgeon, Let It Rock, April 1973

'DING-A-LING' gave Chuck Berry his only British No 1 seventeen years after his first record release, 'Maybellene'. He had five Top Ten hits in the ...

Ruben and the Jets: Ruben & The Jets: For Real! (Mercury)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Music World, June 1973

AS DEBUTS GO, this is a competently performed, surely inoffensive first try, but it's not the oldies revamp its title implies. The problem is, it's ...

Charlie Feathers: The Minit-Stop

Report by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, July 1973

SO THERE WE were in Memphis, at the rock writers' convention. First morning there I was awakened by a phone call, "Hey, Charlie Feathers is ...

Bo Diddley: The London Sessions (Chess)

Review by Bob Fisher, Cream, September 1973

AFTER THE release of Golden Decade and Got Another Bag Of Tricks, which really put Bo in perspective, Chess undo all their sterling work by ...

Dale Hawkins: Oh Suzie: The Best Of Dale Hawkins

Review by Bob Fisher, Cream, September 1973

YET ANOTHER priceless bargain from Phonogram. The way in which the rock and roll collectors are being catered for this year is excellent, Polydor have ...

Brenda Lee: Mmmmm…Sweet Nuthin's

Interview by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, October 1973

WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA, Monday: "To make the most of the things you were born with...Think Big." ...

Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids

Profile and Interview by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, December 1973

YOU MIGHT FIND this hard to believe, but if it wasn't for a fifth of whiskey Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids probably wouldn't be ...

Bo Diddley

Book Excerpt by Michael Lydon, Boogie Lightning (Da Capo), 1974

Everything I know I taught myself.– Bo Diddley ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: The Killer Staggers On

Report by John Morthland, Creem, March 1974

THE MAN from Mercury is nervous, very nervous. You can see it easily enough as he paces around Steve Cropper's TMI Studios in Memphis. Up ...

Texas Rock & Roll Spectacular!

Overview by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, March 1974

WHILE THE AUSTIN scene is the current focus of national attention on Texas, we mustn't forget how truly vast that state is, both in size ...

Elvis Presley: Revolt Into Style

Essay by Michael Gray, Melody Maker, March 1974

ELVIS PRESLEY. The giant among giants, and yet also that strange kind of comic-book hero, Mr Reverso Man. ...

Elvis Presley, The Sweet Inspirations: Elvis Presley, the Sweet Inspirations: Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Steven Rosen, Sounds, June 1974

PERHAPS AMERICA'S two most important musical artists took to the roads recently. Bob Dylan blazed a crosscountry tour which left followers and non-believers alike a ...

Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps: The Bop That Just Won't Stop

Review by Gene Sculatti, Zoo World, August 1974

FOR THE MOST PART, the continuing "rock 'n roll revival" phenomenon we've been witnessing these past 5 years is a pretty shabby affair. What with ...

Charlie Feathers

Retrospective by Martin Hawkins, Country Music People, October 1974

Martin Hawkins looks at the career of a little known but much in demand artiste by record collectors ...

Buddy Holly: Legend

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, October 1974

IF YOU WANTED to be crass you could say that the main features that made Buddy Holly a legend were that, first, he was the ...

Fumble, Rock Bottom: King's Road Theatre, London

Live Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, December 1974

ON SUNDAY, at the ratty end of Chelsea, the King's Road Theatre opened its doors for a double bill of rock'n'roll; pretty disastrous it was ...

Buddy Holly: Never Mind The Lubbocks, Here’s Buddy Holly & The Crickets : 20 Greatest Hits

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 1975

THE ROCK and roll of the ‘50s produced three incomparable all-rounders equally adept and influential as signers, composers and guitarists. ...

Carl Perkins

Retrospective by Martin Hawkins, Let It Rock, February 1975

And when I hear that double-eagle guitar Makes me think of Carl Perkins when he was a star,Makes me think I spent some of my ...

Elvis Presley: The Promised Land

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, February 1975

IT HAS ALWAYS been accepted as an article of faith by ladies and gentlemen in the critical profession that Elvis Presley is not dead. ...

Chuck Berry: Chuck Has Been Leaving The Stage For 20 Years

Report by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, March 1975

They weren't complaining – they were awestruck ...

Eddie Cochran: The Very Best of Eddie Cochran (15th Anniversary Album)

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, June 1975

I SUPPOSE WITH Showaddywaddy up in the singles chart with 'Three Steps to Heaven', and the 17-year-old version of 'C'mon Everybody' once again bubbling under ...

Little Richard: Lewisham Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, July 1975

THE DEBUT DATE of Little Richard's UK tour at the half empty Lewisham Odeon was little short of a disaster. Possibly the person least to ...

Duane Eddy: Bailey's, Leicester

Live Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, September 1975

YET ANOTHER rock 'n' roll legend is stalking the stages of the club circuit and on July 14 he trod the stage of Bailey's, Leicester. ...

Buddy Holly: The Legend Lives On

Retrospective by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1975

"DEAR BUDDY, I have several records of yours and my favourite is 'Oh Boy'. Please send me a picture with your autograph." With the constant ...

The Crickets: Back In Style

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, October 1975

BUDDY HOLLY SO overshadowed The Crickets that one tends to forget that they went on to produce some very creditable work on their own after ...

Elvis Presley: Pictures Of Elvis

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, December 1975

THERE CAN BE little doubt that the Elvis Presley Sun collection was a compilation of some of his finest work. ...

Bill Haley: A Piece of Gold in my Pocket

Profile by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, 1976

CLOSE TO his 50th birthday, Bill Haley seems to be in excellent repair. ...

Chuck Berry: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, 1976

IT IS MORE than 20 years since the world first laid startled eyes on a young man with a crouching gait and a skinny guitar ...

The Everly Brothers: Songs Our Daddy Taught Us

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, March 1976

IN A QUIET sort of way, 1975 saw an Everly Brothers revival of sorts. Warner Brothers released their magnificent Walk Right Back With The Everlys, ...

Fats Domino: New Victoria Theatre, London

Live Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, April 1976

WHAT CAN I do? What can I say? How exactly can I prostrate myself? I guess there's no excuse for a rock critic who goes ...

Elvis Presley: Long Beach Arena, Los Angeles

Live Review by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, May 1976

DESPITE MEDICAL PROBLEMS Elvis Presley's show at the Long Beach Arena proved that he still has the voice and romantic quality that established him as ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis: Well, Bless-uh Muh Soul, What's-uh Wrong With Me?

Essay by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, May 1976

WHEN AN artist hasn't produced anything of note for something like 14 years, the world begins to judge him on just about anything but his ...

Chuck Berry, 49, Denies Knowledge of the Previous 48

Interview by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, May 1976

Chuck (Crazy Legs) Berry, top ten contender for the title "King of rock and roll", has been referred to as the greatest black folk poet ...

Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Sha Na Na: Sha Na Na: Madison Square Garden Rock & Roll Spectacular, New York City

Live Review by Steve Turner, New Musical Express, November 1976

THERE ARE some memories we have which are straightforward memories, but then there are other memories which are more like memories of memories and we're ...

Dale Hawkins

Retrospective by Bill Millar, New Kommotion, 1977

HE DIDN'T LOOK like one of rock 'n' roll's crucial stars. Small, wiry, nervous even. The spotty face on the cover of his first album ...

The Darts, Jerry Lee Lewis: Jerry Lee Lewis/The Darts: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, March 1977

"WANKER" "RUBBISH", "R o c k 'n' ROLLL!!!!!" screamed the frustrated bopper just behind my right eardrum. He wasn't the only one. A distinct rumble ...

Dave Edmunds: Get It (Swan Song)

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, April 1977

FOR SOME TIME NOW, Dave Edmunds has been nearly legendary. He started as the minor league guitar king of Love Sculpture's 'Sabre Dance' fame, then ...

Chuck Berry: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, May 1977

THERE'S NO BETTER indication of the pervasive and thorough influence of Chuck Berry than the fact that he could go almost anywhere and the chances ...

Elvis Presley: The King is Dead

Obituary by Philip Norman, Times, The, August 1977

ELVIS PRESLEY will be remembered as the first and the greatest exponent of Rock and Roll music, whose recordings of 'Blue Suede Shoes', 'Hound Dog' ...

Elvis Presley

Obituary by Martin Hawkins, Country Music Review, October 1977

WHILE NOT wishing to add to the enormous number of narratives, eulogies and gutter press 'exposes' which have appeared in print in recent weeks, it ...

Link Wray, Robert Gordon: Robert Gordon & Link Wray: Robert Gordon with Link Wray; Various Artists: Don't You Step On My Blue Suede Shoes

Review by John Tobler, ZigZag, October 1977

THERE'S MORE similarity between these two albums than the fact that they've both got 'Red Hot' on 'em. They're the opposite ends of the rockabilly ...

Link Wray, Robert Gordon: Robert Gordon and Link Wray: Robert Gordon with Link Wray

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, October 1977

ROBERT GORDON with Link Wray recaptures the one elusive quality so often missing from music of the '70s: feeling. This is trickier than it seems ...

Link Wray, Robert Gordon: Robert Gordon: Robert Gordon With Link Wray

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1977

FOR SOME odd reason Private Stock don't want you to know that Robert Gordon used to be with those CBGB specials Tuff Darts. Richard Robinson ...

Mac Curtis: A History of Mac Curtis

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Millar, New Kommotion, 1978

ONE THING YOU should know straight away. It might look like it, but Mac Curtis, one of the better-known and best remembered rockabilly singers, ...

Link Wray, Robert Gordon: Robert Gordon with Link Wray: A Modern Elvis And The Missing Link

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1978

LINK WRAY finishes off his instrumental street opera, 'Rumble', with an amphetamine-psychosis, note-tumbling-after-note run worthy of any guitar army hero, clambers up from his bent-knee, ...

Whirlwind: Blowing Up A Storm

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, March 1978

IN THEIR infinite wisdom, Chiswick first pressed five-sixths of this rocking package on a 10-inch album. ...

The Darts: Gaumont Cinema, Southampton

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, May 1978

CLIFF WHITE CRIPPLES THE STARS! (No. 3 in an exciting, if tasteless, new series) ...

Matchbox

Profile and Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, September 1978

AS MENTIONED in fab Zigzag 85, this is a feature of their very own concerning Matchbox, who I dubbed the best British rock 'n' roll ...

Mac Curtis, Matchbox: St. Helier Arms, Carshalton

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, September 1978

TIME HAS seldom dealt lightly with '50s rock'n'rollers. Be they the white country-based variety or the black R 'n 'B guys, the majority of survivors ...

Duane Eddy, Jerry Lee Lewis: Jerry Lee Lewis, Duane Eddy: Live in Margate

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, November 1978

WHEN A promoter carts a journalist and photographer off to the opening night of a European tour he obviously wants to get a suitably rave ...

Mack Allen Smith: The Last Of The Great Unknowns

Profile by Martin Hawkins, Melody Maker, January 1979

MARTIN HAWKINS searched the Mississippi delta and found Mack Allen Smith ...

Conway Twitty: Rockabilly Brought On Conway's Country Success

Retrospective by Martin Hawkins, Country Music People, April 1979

ONCE, on a visit to America, I ate a cheeseburger in a Twitty Burger fast-food restaurant. The owner of this restaurant chain was Conway Twitty, ...

Bill Haley: The Guardian Of Rock 'N' Roll

Profile and Interview by Martin Hawkins, Melody Maker, April 1979

MARCH 1979, and rock king Bill Haley's in town, almost a quarter of a century since he recorded 'Rock Around The Clock', and 22 years ...

Robert Gordon: Changing Style

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, May 1979

Robert Gordon: The Roxy, Los Angeles ...

Sleepy LaBeef: Rockabilly's Tower Of Power

Profile and Interview by Martin Hawkins, Melody Maker, May 1979

IF WALT DISNEY had decided to make an animated cartoon of the rock 'n' roll story he would have needed a rockabilly character, and I ...

The Cramps: Tales Of American Gothick

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, June 1979

THE TITLE OF the film escapes me, but the scene itself has remained indelibly stained on my brainplate for all of nine years. A strange ...

Billy Lee Riley: Red Hot Riley

Profile and Interview by Martin Hawkins, Melody Maker, July 1979

The volcanic music of Billy Lee Riley never quite erupted; Martin Hawkins tells how the talent remains hot. ...

Alex Chilton, The Cramps, Tav Falco's Panther Burns: The Cramps' Big Break

Report and Interview by Andy Schwartz, New York Rocker, September 1979

"Give Me Memphis, Tennessee..." ...

Shakin' Stevens: Legend (EMI)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, September 1979

ROGER SCOTT, Britain's only disc-jockey (no, that's not a misprint – it's a fact) put this into what they call "heavy rotation" last week. It ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: The Gospel According to Jerry Lee

Interview by Nick Tosches, Country Music, October 1979

DRESSED LIKE A side-street gambler from the days when chrome was chrome, Jerry Lee Lewis sits in the dressing-room of the Palomino Club, holding loosely ...

Buddy Holly: The Complete Buddy Holly

Review by Bill Millar, Melody Maker, December 1979

NO PROBLEM here. Charly’s compendium of Ronnie Hawkins Toronto out-takes isn’t released until next month (I checked) and, however might the music, their oft-reissued Jerry ...

Charlie Gracie: Amazing Gracie

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Millar, New Kommotion, 1980

BY THE TIME I got into rock'n'roll, Charlie Gracie was already a folk memory dimly recalled from a performance on Stars From Blackpool and a ...

Eddie Cochran: 20th Anniversary Album (Liberty)**

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1980

PHIL SPECTOR, for one, is of the opinion that Colonel Parker used to hypnotise Elvis into singing rhinoceros shit like 'Viva Las Vegas' and 'Girls ...

The Cramps: Songs The Lord Taught Us (IRS)

Review by Richard Grabel, New York Rocker, September 1980

TO TRASH THE trashiest, that was the Cramps' initial challenge to the burgeoning punk scene. Lux Interior threw down the gauntlet in 'Garbage Man', snarling ...

The Stray Cats: On The Tiles With The Stray Cats

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, December 1980

Your storyteller: MARK COOPER (MA, DFC, VD and Private Bar) ...

Carl Perkins: 'Blue Suede Shoes'

Profile by Colin Escott, History of Rock, The, 1981

One song rocketed Carl Perkins to stardom ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: How The Devil's Music Possessed Jerry Lee Lewis

Retrospective by Nick Tosches, History of Rock, The, 1981

THERE HAVE been only two figures of mythic dimension in the history of rock'n'roll. First and foremost was Elvis Presley, the guileless star-god who rendered ...

In The Farms And On The Forecourts: The Short-Lived Heyday Of Rockabilly

Retrospective by Bill Millar, History of Rock, The, 1981

THE FIRST RECORDED example of rockabilly proper can be traced to the moment in July 1954 when Elvis Presley cut an old blues by Arthur ...

Rockabilly: Was this the purest style in rock?

Retrospective by Bill Millar, History of Rock, The, 1981

A DEFT, HARD-DRIVING BLEND of country, gospel and blues, rockabilly was performed mainly by white artists who traded legitimate country backgrounds for a short-lived but ...

The Sweetheart Years: The Dilemmas Of Sex And Romance In Fifties Rock

Essay by Cynthia Rose, History of Rock, The, 1981

The screen door slams/Mary's dress waves/Like a vision she dances across the porch/As the radio plays/Roy Orbison singin' for the lonely/That's me and I love ...

Rick Nelson: Lonesome Town Cheers Up

Interview by Susan Whitall, Creem, June 1981

Rick Nelson Goes Back On The Boards ...

Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis: The Million Dollar Quartet

Essay by Dave Marsh, Musician, June 1981

WE USUALLY think of Elvis Presley simply stepping into Sun Studios in Memphis, in answer to Sam Phillips' call, and walking out a few days ...

Robert Gordon Likes Pop

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, September 1981

ABUSIVE IS THE only word to describe the audience the last time Robert Gordon was in Detroit as part of a some-thought-smart/some-thought-not-so-smart double bill with ...

The Stray Cats: Gonna Ball (Arista)

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, November 1981

FOR A trio so preoccupied with a style summed up in a quiff. The Stray Cats can make a pretty mean music. With tough-baby roller ...

Buddy Knox

Retrospective by Bill Millar, History of Rock, The, 1982

TEX-MEX, A PHRASE commonly used to describe the rock’n’roll of such artists as Buddy Holly and Buddy Knox, has nothing whatever to do with Mexican ...

The Big Bopper: Big Bopper: The Singing Texas DJ Who Rocked Over The Airwaves

Retrospective by Martin Hawkins, History of Rock, The, February 1982

J.P. RICHARDSON, the self-styled 'Big Bopper', was one of the true characters of Southern rock'n'roll. ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Hellfire

Special Feature by Nick Tosches, Penthouse, March 1982

IT WAS 3 O'CLOCK in the morning and the master bedroom of Graceland was still. Elvis Presley lay in his blue cotton pajamas dreaming. ...

The Blasters: Blasters: The Blasters

Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, May 1982

PLAY IT on mono and it could be 1956, just play it once and you could find yourself buying a gross of Brylcreem, a shipment ...

The Stray Cats: Stray Cats: Cooneybilly

Live Review by Van Gosse, Village Voice, August 1982

Stray Cats: Roseland Ballroom, NYC ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis: The New Deal Origins of Rock 'n' Roll

Essay by Dave Marsh, Musician, December 1982

EACH YEAR, on August 16, the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, Memphis State University hosts a memorial service and seminar in his honor. ...

Roy Orbison: The One With The Glasses

Profile and Interview by Martin Hawkins, Country Music Extra, Spring 1982

ROY ORBISON has a classic Country-music pedigree. He was born in Texas, lives near Nashville and formed his first Country band while still in his ...

Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore: Scotty Moore

Book Excerpt by Stuart Grundy, John Tobler, 'The Guitar Greats' (BBC Books), 1983

THERE CAN BE few more graphic illustrations of the fact that rock'n'roll music is no longer some here-today-gone-tomorrow speck of lint in the wind than ...

The Meteors, The Morells: The Meteors: Wreckin’ Crew (I-D); The Morells: Shake And Push (Borrowed)

Review by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, 1983

LIKE THE bourbon and Benzedrine which fuelled it, rockabilly never really fades from popularity despite its repressive formula, but it often seems to suffer the ...

The Stray Cats: The Complete History Of The Stray Cats, Part One

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, January 1983

ROCKABILLY PROPER started and ended in Sam Phillips' Sun Studio in Memphis. It was a short-lived and vaguely-defined phenomenon, revolving around dirt-poor Southern white musicians ...

The Blasters: Non-Fiction (Slash)

Review by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, July 1983

OVER THE past three years, white American music’s been getting a real recharge from several California couples: John Doe and Exene Cervenka of X, Chip ...

The Stray Cats: Rant 'n Rave (Arista)

Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, September 1983

THAT BRIAN Setzer and his Stray Cats set out to become the perfectly sculpted and exquisitely meaningless rockstar icons of their dreams could never be ...

Robert "Bumps" Blackwell

Interview by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1983

Songwriter and producer 'Bumps' Blackwell looks back at his illustrious career in pop and R&B: on Sam Cooke and 'You Send Me', Specialty Records and the West Coast indie scene, and at great length about his major discovery Little Richard.

File format: mp3; file size: 41.3mb, interview length: 45' 08" sound quality: ****

Del Shannon (1983)

Interview by Ellen Sander, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1983

Te 'Runaway' man on the trials and tribulations of being a still-creative musician on the "oldies" circuit; songwriting; working with Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Dave Edmunds; and his insecurities and struggle with alcohol.

File format: mp3; file size: 50.5mb, interview length: 55' 11" sound quality: ***

The Stray Cats: Out Of The Litter Box & Into The Fire!

Interview by Karen Schlosberg, Creem, December 1983

WHAT HAPPENS when you try to domesticate the Stray Cats? ...

Roy Hall: Tracks of 'The Hound'

Profile by Martin Hawkins, Goldmine, March 1984

IF YOU think Commander Cody invented the country-boogie piano solo as a filler for his albums, then you never heard Roy Hall. This man was ...

The Cramps: Bubble Trouble

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, Face, The, July 1984

Back from the mystery plane, where they witnessed a host of gore movies and much else besides, THE CRAMPS have come to reclaim their followers from the ...

Little Richard speaks, part 1 (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1985

Little Richard on the demonic nature of Rock'n'Roll of which, nonetheless, he is King; on how he came out of the American South; on Otis Redding and much more. Hear him sing!

File format: mp3 File size: 26.3mb Interview length: 28 minutes 47 seconds Sound quality: ****

Little Richard speaks, part 2 (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1985

Mr Penniman on God, Gospel, Sex, Drugs & Rock'n'Roll. Phew!

File format: mp3 File size: 21.5mb Interview length: 23 minutes 30 seconds Sound quality: ****

Wanda Jackson (1985)

Interview by Ira Robbins, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1985

The erstwhile Fujiyama Mama talks about combining singing rock'n'roll with her deeply held religious beliefs; considers cover versions of her hits, and recording her recent rockabilly album in Sweden!

File format: mp3; file size: 18mb, interview length: 19' 38" sound quality: * (phoner)

The Cramps: Pet Cemetery

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, January 1986

HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD, Los Angeles, may well be the freakiest street in the Western World. ...

The Cramps: The Curse Of Elvis

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, February 1986

It's exploitation-a-go-go as THE CRAMPS surf back from the dead to keep a date with EDWIN POUNCEY in downtown Los Angeles. ...

The Cramps: A Date With Elvis

Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, February 1986

THE CRAMPS' rampant gurning and soft-focus sleaze has been shaped into an institution of sorts. Transcending and fusing tribal instincts – goth's dumb brooding and ...

Little Richard: This Man Invented Rock'n'roll

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, October 1986

Little Richard was wearing make-up and singing pervy songs and shocking audiences before Prince or Sid Vicious or Martin Degville were even born. "I'm a living legend!" ...

Little Richard: "I Am The Rill Thang!"

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, December 1986

GOOD GOSH A-MIGHTY...it's Little Richard. A little fuller in the face, a little thicker in the waist, but there he is in a Mayfair Hotel ...

Cliff Richard

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, November 1987

CLIFF IS PERPLEXED. He is attempting to curl his upper lip into a smouldering sneer but the flesh is not willing. "I can't do it." ...

Little Richard (1987)

Interview by Roy Trakin, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1987

Little Richard, on the 'phone, talks about race, religion, Good Works, the original giants of rock'n'roll, and Prince and Michael Jackson

File format: mp3 File size: 20.3mb Interview length: 22 minutes 13 seconds Sound quality: **

Gene Vincent: Born To Be A Rolling Stone (Topline Records)

Review by Tom Graves, Rock & Roll Disc, December 1987

TO SEE JUST how far a former great rock and roller can sink, check out the 12 pieces of aural excrement that comprise Gene Vincent's ...

Chuck Berry: Who The Hell Does Chuck Berry Think He Is?

Report and Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, May 1988

They called him The Inventor Of Rock 'n' Roll. And this, apparently, gave him the right to ride roughshod over all of them for 30 ...

Roy Orbison: The Big O 1936-1988

Obituary by Mark Cooper, Observer, The, December 1988

Chubby and shaded, Roy Orbison made a generation weep in pleasurable misery, says MARK COOPER ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Goodness Gracious

Interview by Gavin Martin, Spin, June 1989

If Elvis was rock's first celebrity, Jerry Lee Lewis, born in hellfire, was its first S.O.B. On the eve of Great Balls of Fire, a ...

Carl Perkins: Born To Rock

Review by Tom Graves, Rock & Roll Disc, July 1989

BORN TO ROCK, the first album from rockabilly legend Carl Perkins in quite some time, is a respectable if not an especially remarkable work. ...

Dion (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1989

New York great Dion DiMucci talks about the golden years, the sound of NYC, and addiction and recovery.

File format: mp3; file size: 33.8mb, interview length: 36' 57" sound quality: ***

Jerry Lee Lewis: Live At the Star Club (Bear Family)

Review by Tom Graves, Rock & Roll Disc, November 1989

WHAT IS IT about Jerry Lee Lewis that so fascinates us and makes us love a character so inherently unlovable? He only had a handful ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Unfazed

Review by Mat Snow, Q, December 1989

Ten fingers, 88 keys, 569 days – the rise and fall of Jerry Lee Lewis. ...

Little Richard: The Specialty Sessions

Review by Andy Gill, Q, February 1990

THOUGH HE RECORDED for several other labels in his career, the few years that Little Richard spent with Art Rupe's Specialty Records were to provide ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Who The Hell Does Jerry Lee Lewis Think He Is?

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, February 1990

The Killer is at large again, the firebrand ivory-thumper with the legendarily short fuse. And 30 years of bankruptcy, busts, mayhem-making and messy divorce have ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Killer: The Mercury Years

Review by Nick Tosches, Spin, March 1990

I'M SITTING there in Dennis Quaid's house, this white thing on La Sombra, last spring, a few months before that stiff Great Balls of Fire ...

Bill Justis: Raunchy By Choice

Retrospective by Colin Escott, Goldmine, June 1990

THE ONSLAUGHT of rock 'n' roll and its impact on the music scene brought forth some strange new converts. Few stranger than Bill Justis. Few ...

Wanda Jackson: Rockin' in the Country (Rhino)

Review by Tom Graves, Rock & Roll Disc, August 1990

THE PROBLEM WITH Wanda Jackson is her conviction, or more precisely her lack of it. She was a died-in-the-wool country weeper until she met ...

Ronnie Hawkins: The Best of Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks (Rhino)

Review by Tom Graves, Rock & Roll Disc, September 1990

I’M CONVINCED that Ronnie Hawkins’ name has been kept alive in rock literature for over 30 years, not because of anything he actually did ...

Various Artists: The Sun Story Vols 1 & 2

Review by Johnny Black, Q, February 1991

Sun compiled. Historic and musically satisfying – even without Elvis. ...

Bill Haley & His Comets: The Decca Years And More

Review by Jeff Tamarkin, Goldmine, April 1991

TO A CONTEMPORARY listener already mystified by '50s rock 'n' roll. Bill Haley might be the greatest mystery of all. Elvis's success is easy to ...

Bill Haley: Indisputably The First

Retrospective by Colin Escott, Goldmine, April 1991

It was, as writer Nick Tosches observed, "one of the first instances of a white boy really getting down to the art of hep." ...

Little Richard: Bumps Blackwell and Little Richard: 'Tutti Frutti'

Interview by John Pidgeon, Record Hunter, May 1991

Written by: Dorothy La Bostrie and Richard PennimanProduced by: Bumps BlackwellRecorded in: New Orleans in September 1955 ...

The Band, Ronnie Hawkins: Ronnie Hawkins (1991)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1991

The Hawk recalls rockin' out of Canada with his teenage Hawks - road stories, show business sharks and wild times, taking in Roulette's Morris Levy, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and, of course, ex-Hawks The Band.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 81mb, total interview length: 1h 18' 25" sound quality: ***

Charlie Feathers: He Forgot To Remember To Forget

Interview by Robert Gordon, Q, November 1991

THE REBEL INN is on Highway 78, once a major thoroughfare linking Mississippi cottonland to the delta's big city of Memphis. The old motel's neon ...

Elvis Presley: The King Of Rock'n'Roll: The Complete '50s Masters

Review by Mat Snow, Q, August 1992

FROM US postage stamps to academic treatises like Greil Marcus's Dead Elvis which ponders how a rock singer ends up as apple-pie as Abe Lincoln, ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis - The 50s

Review by Mark Sinker, Wire, The, September 1992

PERHAPS THE most unexpected thing about RCA/BMG's Presley-project is how unexpected so much of it is. ...

The Everly Brothers: Walk Right Back: The Everly Brothers On Warner Bros.

Sleevenotes by Colin Escott, Warner Bros., September 1993

SUPPOSEDLY, it was the richest deal in the history of the record business when it was announced in November 1959. ...

Billy Fury: Halfway to Paradise

Book Excerpt by Mick Houghton, 'Love is the Drug' (Penguin Books), 1994

BILLY FURY, Britain's only authentic rock'n'roll singer, wrote most of his own material but had his most outstanding commercial success with big ballads like 'Halfway ...

Cliff Richard in Conversation

Interview by Dave Thompson, unpublished, 1994

TELL US HOW you became Cliff Richard… ...

Duane Eddy: Twangin' from Phoenix to L.A. (Bear Family)

Sleevenotes by Colin Escott, Bear Family Records, 1994

LET'S NOT TALK about guitarists who can play circles around other guitarists, or about which famous picker influenced which other famous picker. ...

Chuck Berry: The Poet of Rock'nRoll (Charly)

Review by David Sinclair, Q, September 1994

A colossally influential talent in his prime and a painful embarrassment in his decline, Chuck Berry has bequeathed a musical legacy that is like the ...

Billy Fury: Breaking Down The Walls Of Heartache

Retrospective by Bob Stanley, MOJO, February 1995

"There's only ever been two English rock 'n' roll singers – Johnny Rotten and Billy Fury." – Ian Dury, 1978 ...

Cliff Richard, The Shadows: Move it! The Butch Rock 'n' Roll Explosion

Retrospective by Jon Savage, MOJO, February 1995

FOR MOST PEOPLE OF 40 AND UNDER, British pop begins with The Beatles: this is the view that has been encouraged by rock writers ever ...

El Vez: Greetings From Graciasland: El Vez

Report and Interview by Paul Gorman, MOJO, May 1995

TAKE A LIBERAL DOSE of Chicano consciousness and apply it to fully-realised musical pastiche, and what do you have? El Vez, the Mexican Elvis, no ...

Elvis Presley: Long Live The King!

Overview by Johnny Black, Q, June 1995

Most insist that Elvis Presley died on August 16 1977. Yet some say that not only is The Memphis Flash alive, but that they've seen ...

James Burton: Play It, James!

Book Excerpt by Colin Escott, 'Tattooed on their Tongues' (Schirmer), 1996

JAMES BURTON CRADLES a dark red 1953 Telecaster. The finish is cracked in a few places and the fretboard is worn, but it's got ...

Buddy Holly: Maria Elena Holly

Interview by Philip Norman, Daily Express, 1996

MARIA ELENA Holly was robbed of her shy, brilliant young husband by an Iowa snowstorm almost 42 years ago. But she believes he has never ...

Elvis Presley: Sweet Movements Of A Hillbilly Hellion

Essay by Robert Gordon, Cleveland Ballet Company (official program), 1996

THERE ARE CINDER block joints you can still go to in Memphis, wooden shacks in Mississippi, places that are out of the way and not ...

Carl Perkins with David McGee: Go, Cat, Go! – The Life and Times of Carl Perkins, The King of Rockabilly

Book Review by Tom Graves, Washington Post, The, June 1996

RECORD PRODUCER Sam Phillips, who owned the tiny Sun record label in Memphis, has been hounded for years by journalists and biographers about his decision ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: New Daisy Theater, Memphis

Live Review by Robert Gordon, MOJO, December 1996

JERRY LEE LEWIS turned 61 and his seventh wife, Kerrie, threw him a party on Beale Street in his adopted hometown of Memphis. But Beale ...

Bo Diddley: His Best: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection

Sleevenotes by Don Snowden, Chess/MCA Records, 1997

TO PARAPHRASE the titles of two of the 20 Bo Diddley nuggets contained on His Best: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection , you can't judge ...

Link Wray (1997)

Interview by Steve Roeser, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1997

The lost prophet of heavy metal remembers his early days, his legendary hit 'Rumble', being ripped-off by his own brother and keepin' on rockin'.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 47.9mb, total interview length: 52' 19" sound quality: * (phone interview)

Don Everly, The Everly Brothers: An Everly Brother In Winter: Walkin' Right Back with Don Everly

Retrospective and Interview by Colin Escott, 'Tattoed on their Tongues' (Schirmer), 1998

WHEN ROCK 'N' ROLL ARRIVED, it triggered a three-alarm anxiety attack in Nashville. Many hoped that they would wake up one morning to find it ...

Eddie Cochran: Somethin' Else - The Fine Lookin' Hits of Eddie Cochran

Sleevenotes by Colin Escott, Razor & Tie Records, 1998

EDDIE COCHRAN was truly Somethin' Else. He had the look. He had the talent. He had the attitude. He played guitar - really played guitar. ...

Jimmy Bowen and Jim Jerome: Rough Mix (Simon & Schuster)

Book Review by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, January 1998

JIMMY BOWEN is the music-biz sharpie who made Nashville's country industry what it is today -- a multi-billion-dollar-generating machine. For that, he's both loved and ...

Carl Perkins, 1932-1998

Obituary by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, February 1998

CATS ARE SUPPOSED to have nine lives. Rockabilly cat Carl Perkins had at least three. The first got spent in '56. As Perkins was driving to ...

Dale Hawkins: Rockabilly Hipster Dale Hawkins Returns

Report and Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, October 1998

DALE HAWKINS'S FIRST HIT launched two of the greatest careers in rootsy American rock. But not without a left-field nudge from famed record producer Jerry ...

Gene Vincent: A Record Collector's Guide To Gene Vincent

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, 1999

IT WAS IAN DURY, himself the creator of some of the greatest records of his era, who hit the nail on the head, in one ...

Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley: Hey Conductor You Must: Rock'n'Roll Iconoclasm In America

Essay by Richard Riegel, Loose Palace, Spring 2000

2006 Author's note: I wrote the following piece in the summer of 1993 on assignment for Rob O'Connor's Throat Culture magazine, after I had suggested ...

The Crickets: In Style with the Crickets

Sleevenotes by Colin Escott, Bear Family Records, 2001

IT WASN'T AN ORIGINAL name; there was another group called the Crickets that had dented the Rhythm 'n' Blues charts a few years earlier, but ...

Gene Vincent, Jeff Beck: Last Night A Record Changed My Life: Jeff Beck on Gene Vincent And The Blue Caps (Capitol, 1957)

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, March 2001

"I FIRST HEARD IT sitting in an armchair in our living room. 1957. I was 12. My sister Annetta, who's four years older, had bought ...

Johnny Burnette

Sleevenotes by Colin Escott, 'Rockbilly Boogie' (Bear Family), 2002

IT'S STRANGE, THE TRICKS that history plays. Johnny Burnette, now dead almost forty years, would never have guessed that his legendary status would not be ...

The Blasters: Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings

Sleevenotes by Don Snowden, Rhino Records, 2002

CRUNCH THE NUMBERS, run the marketing templates and when you get down to it, it just doesn't compute that the six-year life span of the ...

Jerry Lee Lewis

Guide by Fred Dellar, MOJO, May 2002

A PERFORMER who personifies rock'n'roll, Louisiana's Jerry Lee is 'The Killer' – the wildman of the piano and the provider of a zillion headlines. ...

Elvis Presley: Today Tomorrow & Forever

Review by Mark Paytress, MOJO, July 2002

LET'S BE honest: this, once again, is Elvis Presley '56-'77 squeezed into five exhilarating, and at times exasperating hours. There are two major differences this ...

Elvis Presley: He Made Old Men's Blues Sound Young: Remembering Elvis

Comment by Michael Gray, Daily Telegraph, August 2002

WE REMEMBER his ignominious end, and the cavalcade of white Cadillacs driving through Memphis for his funeral 25 years ago this month, but mostly the ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis 30 # 1 Hits (RCA)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Blender, Fall 2002

The King is gone, but he's not forgotten: Thirty classics from the best singer who ever lived. Period. ...

Don & Dewey: Dewey Terry 1937-2003

Obituary by Phast Phreddie Patterson, Rock's Backpages, May 2003

ROCK’N’ROLL PIONEER Dewey Terry (65) died of a brain tumor on May 11 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He had been ...

Rank and File: Twangbearers

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, August 2003

IN THE early ’80s, some called Rank and File "cowpunks" – others called them just plain revolutionary. ...

Elvis Presley: Sam Phillips: Rock'n'Roll Evangelist

Obituary by Andria Lisle, MOJO, September 2003

For Sam Phillips rock'n'roll was a religion And, boy, did he spread the gospel. ...

The Cramps: Basic Instinct

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Holdship, MOJO, September 2003

For the last 30 years The Cramps have remained the wildest rock'n'roll double act on the planet, a potent cocktail of lewd rockabilly, primeval fuzz ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis: The First Sun Sessions

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, January 2004

IT WAS A QUIET WEEK in Memphis. Monday, January 4, 1954. Everyone easing into the new year. Nobody paid any attention when, around lunchtime, a ...

Elvis Presley: 2nd To None

Review by Gillian G. Gaar, Goldmine, January 2004

THE UNDERLYING theme of 2nd To None, the 'sequel' to 2002's wildly successful 30 #1 Hits, is a bit hard to pin down. #1 Hits ...

Buddy Holly: The Lost Boy

Retrospective by Greil Marcus, MOJO, October 2004

Buddy Holly was an ordinary Joe in the wild world of '50s rock'n'roll. But, says Greil Marcus, his magical songs and early, tragic death have ...

Gene Vincent: Primitive Texas Rockabilly & Honky Tonk: Gene Vincent Cut Our Songs

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2004

Not quite the Crossroads Robert Johnson had in mind… ...

Al Kooper: Al’s Big Deal/Unclaimed Freight

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, February 2005

Unsung hero's anthology of solo work and collaborations ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Natural Born Killer: Jerry Lee Lewis

Profile by Robert Gordon, Playboy, February 2005

IT'S A DECEMBER NIGHT and despite the chill, Jerry Lee Lewis wears flip flops, green and blue plaid pajama bottoms, and a loose nylon jacket ...

Bill Haley: Jim Dawson: Rock Around the Clock - The Record that Started the Rock Revolution

Book Review by Steven R Rosen, Denver Post, June 2005

DID HOLLYWOOD create rock 'n' roll? That sounds like a strange, ridiculous and even offensive question to anyone who likes rock and all its musical ...

Yesterday Once More: Digging the Fifties Revival in the 1970s

Retrospective by Gene Sculatti, Scram, 2006

ANY GOOD STUDENT of pop-music history knows what happened in the 1970s: The broken bricks from the aesthetic street-fights of the '60s were scooped up ...

Elvis Presley: Rediscovering the joy in the sad story of Elvis

Retrospective by Philip Norman, Daily Telegraph, May 2006

NO POP ICON ever came to a sadder or less regal end than the once gorgeous, gaudy "King" of rock 'n' roll, Elvis Presley. When ...

Buddy Holly, John Lennon: Learning The Game: How John Lennon Learned to Stop Worrying and Love His Inner Geek

Essay by Tim Riley, Rock's Backpages, November 2006

LONG BEFORE "POST-MODERN" became pure jargon, Buddy Holly put quotes around his "normalcy" to disarm rock machismo. ...

Wanda Jackson: Hard-Headed Woman

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Record Collector, February 2007

WANDA JACKSON was the original Riot Grrrl. In the late '50s, she shook, rattled and roared next to Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and boyfriend ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Last Wild Man Of Rock 'N Roll Standing

Profile and Interview by Robert Sandall, Sunday Times, February 2007

The six wives, the shootings, the arrests, the addictions – Jerry Lee Lewis was the original wild man of rock'n'roll. And at 71, he still ...

Bill Haley and His Comets: 'Rock Around The Clock'

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, backonthetracks.com, July 2007

12 April 1954: At Decca Records' Pythian Temple Studio, New York City, Bill Haley and His Comets record 'Rock Around The Clock' and 'Thirteen Women'. ...

Gene Vincent: Born To Be A Rollin' Stone The Challenge Sessions 1966-68

Sleevenotes by Tim Tooher, Rev-Ola Records, July 2007

SOMETIMES THE BEST things in life are the simplest things. Gene Vincent kept things simple. He had no airs and graces. No pretensions. He sang ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis At 72

Comment by Jonh Ingham, mog.com, August 2007

EVERY YEAR a bunch of new noisy kids will tell you rock and roll is a young man's game. At 72 and still The King, ...

Chuck Berry: Hail, Hail, Chuck Berry!

Essay by Jonh Ingham, Jonh Ingham's Blog, October 2007

"If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry."– John Lennon ...

Bobby Darin: Bobby Rocks

Sleevenotes by Todd Everett, Bear Family Records, 2008

THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME – the list of performers, not the museum in Cleveland – has often generated its share of controversy; ...

Bo Diddley

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, June 2008

American pioneer of rock'n'roll who influenced the Beatles and the Rolling Stones ...

Buddy Holly: Down the Line: Buddy Holly

Retrospective by Mark Kemp, Texas Music, January 2009

WHEN THE FIRST gentle notes ring from Buddy Holly's acoustic guitar on his cover of Mickey & Sylvia's 'Dearest', you could swear it was recorded ...

Buddy Holly: Why Buddy Holly will never fade away

Retrospective by Philip Norman, Daily Telegraph, January 2009

ON A BASIS OF simply counting heads, rock music surpasses even film as the 20th century's most influential art form. By that reckoning, there is ...

The Cramps: Lux Interior

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, February 2009

Co-founder of the Cramps, exponents of trash culture and 'psychobilly' music ...

Freddy Cannon:
Boom Boom Rock 'n' Roll: The Best of Freddy Cannon (Shout Factory)


Review by Steven R Rosen, blurtonline, February 2009

HERE'S THE MOST amazing music-trivia factoid in a long time, courtesy of the liner notes to Boom Boom 24-song greatest-hits collection: Mick Jagger acknowledges he ...

Bobby Charles, the Inventor of Swamp Pop and Songwriter Supreme

Obituary by John Broven, Now Dig This, February 2010

WITH ROCK 'N' roll exploding in austerity-ridden England in the mid-1950s, there was one hip phrase that stood out from the rest: "See you later ...

Alvin Stardust

Interview by Johnny Black, Music Week, April 2010

NECESSITY, THEY say, is the mother of invention, and no-one knows that better than Alvin Stardust. ...

Bobby Charles: 'See You Later Alligator': Bobby Charles and the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll in South Louisiana, with Harry Simoneaux

Retrospective and Interview by John Broven, Now Dig This, July 2010

WHEN BOBBY Charles recorded 'Later Alligator' for Chess at Cosimo Matassa's J. & M. Studio in New Orleans in autumn 1955, he was not only ...

Brenda Lee: Brenda Lee Rocks

Sleevenotes by Todd Everett, Bear Family Records, 2011

PAT BOONE, WHO GOT HIS START before rock and roll was invented, remarked in 2008 that he had issues with the fact that he hadn't ...

Elvis Presley, Orion: Not Elvis, BUT….

Retrospective by Gary Pig Gold, Rock's Backpages, August 2012

FIRST, THERE WAS you-know-who. Or at least up until thirty-five years ago there was. ...

Rick Nelson: Ricky Nelson: Tragic Teen Idol And Rockabilly Tearaway

Profile by David Burke, Vintage Rock, Summer 2012

FOR SOMEONE who, in his pomp between 1957 and 1963, was almost as big as Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson appeared neither comfortable with or conscious ...

Larry Williams: That Larry Williams (Real Gone Music)

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Real Gone Music, 2013

IT'S NOT JUST because he has such a common name. A quick Google search turns up a Larry Williams who's "an American author and commodity ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: A Ride In A Limo With The Killer

Interview by Jim Sullivan, JimSullivanInk.com, September 2013

N.B. This interview is taken from a 1985 story originally printed in the Boston Globe and later syndicated in other US papers, as well as ...

Rock 'n' Roll Never Forgets

Retrospective by Jim Esposito, Classic Rock, September 2013

IN THE FUTURE the 1960s will be remembered as another Renaissance, an aesthetic revolution when art flourished. Only this time instead of white marble sculptures ...

Bill Haley

Retrospective by David Burke, Vintage Rock, Summer 2013

BILL HALEY was an unlikely pioneer of the rock'n'roll revolution. Even in his pomp he looked like your dad. ...

Johnny Horton

Retrospective by David Burke, Vintage Rock, 2014

THE ANNALS OF rock 'n' roll are littered with tragic narratives of lives cut short in their prime, whether it be Eddie Cochran's death in ...

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