May 2, 2012
Roy Orbison was a respected rockabilly artist with the Sun label but with little commercial success. His only chart hit was “Ooby Dooby,” which reached number 59 during 1956.
During the early 1960s he signed with the Monument label for whom he would compile one of the better catalogs of music of the decade.
His break-out hit was his second single release for the label, “Only The Lonely.” It was classic Orbison as it featured his operetic voice and lyrics of heartbreak. It first reached the chart June 6, 1960, and peaked at number two on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
“Only The Lonely” was his first hit and there were a lot more to follow.
March 11, 2012
Elvis in early Sun label rockabilly mode. “Baby Let’s Play House” received some national attention as it made it to number five on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Country Chart.
IT was another example of Elvis setting the stage for the early formation of rock ‘n’ roll, which would shortly follow. His Sun label material was some of the most influential in rock history as no one had quite done it like him before.
January 9, 2012
Elvis Presley released five singles for the legendary Sun Label before his contract was sold to RCA.
“Mystery Train” was the fifth single released during September of 1955. It reached number 11 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Country & Western Chart.
It was an up-tempo rockabilly track that would look ahead to some of his rock material during the last half of the 1950s.
The original Sun Label release is one of music’s most collectable 45’s bringing in the neighborhood of $2500 for a nice copy.
August 31, 2011
Dickey Lee has had three phases to his career. He is best remembered as a pop singer who produced such songs of anguish as “Patches” and “Laurie” during the early to mid-1960s. He would go on to become a country artist who charted 29 singles.
What people forget was he started as a rockabilly artist on the legendary Sun label, which was the home of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee lewis and others.
He signed with the label during 1957 and I’m sort of amazed he had a release issued as a 78. I am assuming it was also issued as a 45 as 78’s were on the way out at the time.
“Good Lovin'” did not receive any chart action and his time with Sun was brief. Still, it was a part of some of the best music of his career.
July 26, 2011
Dickey Lee began his career during 1957 as a rockabilly singer for the legendary Sun Label. He charted 29 country singles between 1971-1982. It was the time in between that made him a star and produced his most memorable song.
He released “Patches,” August 26, 1962. It became his biggest Pop hit reaching number eight on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
It was a ballad about love and death that seemed to be popular during the early 1960s. It seems a little dated today but for better or worse, it remains one of the recognizable songs of the pre-Beatles era.
January 21, 2011
Elvis Presley’s music has been released over and over again down through the years.
This single reissued two of his early Sun Label songs, “Good Rockin’ Tonight” and “I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine.” The original releases are difficult and very expensive to find so 45 collectors usually have to make do with reissues similar to this one.
What makes this release so nice is the picture sleeve which catches a young Elvis.
July 22, 2010
“Ooby Dooby” was Roy Orbison’s only chart hit for the Sun Label. It reached number 59 during the summer of 1959. It was actually a re-recording of the song which was originally released by him in 1956 on the Je-Wel label which is an extremely rare 45.
Orbison was still basically a rockabilly singer at this point in his career. The voice is instantly recognizable but his sound is still in its developmental stage.
There is always something nice and comforting about these old Sun 45’s. The label was a training ground for such artists as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
It was also the beginning of Roy Orbison’s career which would lead to The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.