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The shape of the ceiling, corrugated tiles, and the setup of the studio were augmented by "slap-back" tape echo which involved feeding the original signal from one tape machine through a second machine. According to Cowboy Jack Clement, who took over production duties from Sam Phillips, "There's two heads; one records, and one plays back.
The sound comes along and it's recorded on this head, and a split second later, it goes to the playback head. But you can take that and loop it to where it plays a split second after it was recorded and it flips right back into the record head.
Or, you can have a separate machine and do that. A comparison of rockabilly versions of country songs shows that while form, lyrics, chord progressions and arrangements are simplified and with sparser instrumentation, a fuller sound was achieved by more percussive playing—i.
Tempos were increased, texts are altered with deletions, additions, more intense, flamboyant loose singing, along with variation in melody from verse to verse.
The first wave of rockabilly fans in the United Kingdom were called Teddy Boys because they wore long, Edwardian -style frock coats , along with tight black drainpipe trousers and brothel creeper shoes. Another group in the s that were followers of rockabilly were the Ton-Up boys, who rode British motorcycles and would later be known as rockers in the early s. The rockers had adopted the classic greaser look of T-shirts , jeans, and leather jackets to go with their heavily slicked pompadour haircuts.
The rockers loved s rock and roll artists such as Gene Vincent , and some British rockabilly fans formed bands and played their own version of the music. The most notable of these bands was The Beatles. As the band became more professional and began playing in Hamburg, they took on the "Beatle" name inspired by Buddy Holly 's Crickets  and they adopted the black leather look of Gene Vincent.
Musically, they combined Holly's melodic songwriting sensibility with the rough rock and roll sound of Vincent and Carl Perkins. When The Beatles became worldwide stars, they released versions of three different Carl Perkins songs, more than any other songwriter outside the band, except Larry Williams , who also added three songs to their discography. Long after the band broke up, the members continued to show their interest in rockabilly. In , Lennon recorded an album called Rock 'n' Roll , featuring versions of rockabilly hits and a cover photo showing him in full Gene Vincent leather.
The Beatles were not the only British Invasion artists influenced by rockabilly. Even heavy guitar heroes such as Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page were influenced by rockabilly musicians. However, Presley never took them up on that offer. The Elvis "comeback" and acts such as Sha Na Na , Creedence Clearwater Revival , John Roman Jackson, Don McLean , Linda Ronstadt and the Everly Brothers , the film American Graffiti , the television show Happy Days and the Teddy Boy revival created curiosity about the real music of the s, particularly in England, where a rockabilly revival scene began to develop from the s in record collecting and clubs.
The group became a popular touring act in the UK and the US, leading to respectable album sales. Edmunds also nurtured and produced many younger artists who shared his love of rockabilly, most notably the Stray Cats. He recorded first with s guitar legend Link Wray and later with UK studio guitar veteran Chris Spedding and found borderline mainstream success.
Lead singer Lux Interior 's energetic and unpredictable live shows attracted a fervent cult audience. The Polecats played rockabilly with a punk sense of anarchy and helped revive the genre for a new generation in the early s.
The Stray Cats were the most commercially successful of the new rockabilly artists. Attracting little attention in New York, they flew to London in , where they had heard that there was an active rockabilly scene. Early shows were attended by the Rolling Stones and Dave Edmunds, who quickly ushered the boys into a recording studio.
They returned to the US, performing on the TV show Fridays with a message flashing across the screen that they had no record deal in the States. However, personal conflicts led the band to break up at the height of their popularity.
Brian Setzer went on to solo success working in both rockabilly and swing styles, while Rocker and Phantom continued to record in bands both together and singly. The group has reconvened several times to make new records or tours and continue to attract large audiences live, although record sales have never again approached their early '80s success. The Jime  entered the rockabilly scene in , when Vince Gordon formed his band.
The Jime  was a Danish Band. Not only was he the nerve of the band. Vince Gordon was the band. He composed nearly all its songs and hits. Vince Gordon also left his mark on the rockabilly scene in many ways. Vince Gordon had many different musicians in his band. The lifetime of the Jime ended with the dead of Vince Gordon in Shakin' Stevens was the biggest selling singles artist of the s in the UK and number two across Europe, outstripping Michael Jackson , Prince , and Bruce Springsteen.
Despite his popularity in Europe, he never became popular in the US. In , his greatest hits album topped the charts in England. They achieved critical acclaim and a following in America but never managed a major hit.
They held a strong appeal for listeners who were tired of the commercially oriented MTV-style synthpop and glam metal bands that dominated radio play during this time period, but none of these musicians became major stars. In , Neil Young recorded a rockabilly album titled Everybody's Rockin'. The album was not a commercial success [ citation needed ] and Young was involved in a widely publicized legal fight with Geffen Records who sued him for making a record that didn't sound "like a Neil Young record".
While not true rockabilly, many contemporary indie pop , blues rock , and country rock groups from the US, like Kings of Leon , Black Keys , Blackfoot , and the White Stripes ,  were heavily influenced by rockabilly. Morrissey adopted a rockabilly style during the early s, being largely influenced by his guitarists Boz Boorer and Alain Whyte and working with former Fairground Attraction bass-guitarist and songwriter Mark E.
Irish rockabilly artist Imelda May has been partly responsible for a resurgence of European interest in the genre, scoring three successive number one albums in Ireland, with two of those also reaching the top ten in the UK charts. Drake Bell , a pop rock singer-songwriter and actor, revived rockabilly with his album, Ready Steady Go! The album peaked at on the Billboard and sold over 2, copies in its first week of release.
The album received positive reviews from critics. Neo-rockabilly UK band Restless , played neo-rockabilly from the early 80s. The style was to mix any popular music to a rockabilly set up, drums, slap bass and guitar. This was followed by many other artists at the time in London. Today, bands like Lower The Tone are more aligned to neo-rockabilly that suits popular music venues instead of the dedicated rockabilly clubs that expect only original rockabilly.
The original Rockabilly Hall of Fame was established by Bob Timmers on March 21, , to present early rock and roll history and information relative to the original artists and personalities involved in this pioneering American music genre. It is headquartered in Nashville. Media related to Rockabilly at Wikimedia Commons.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the genre of music. For wrestler formerly known as Rockabilly, see Monty Sopp. For the popular song, see Rock-a-Billy song. Early style of rock and roll music.
Rock and roll country Bluegrass rhythm and blues. Guitar double bass drums piano singing. Psychobilly gothabilly Hillbilly. At a trial with strong racist overtones, he was sentenced to three years in jail. So now rock'n'roll was morally bankrupt and commercially discredited in equal proportions. It would not, of course, be kept down. Their managers followed Colonel Parker's pattern, demonstrating a lack of faith in the music's power to endure.
Within months of scoring their first hits, Cliff and Marty could be found appearing in Christmas pantomimes. In Presley's absence, the mood of the music had begun to change. The Twist and Phil Spector's Wall of Sound were on the horizon: great pop music, but built on the contrivance of spontaneity. Something of the original spirit was kept alive by Eddie Cochran's Summertime Blues and the Everly Brothers' Bird Dog, but gradually the music was being repossessed by the professionals who had been pushed aside by the first wave of rock'n'roll.
Not that this was necessarily bad news. Some of Presley's finest pre-army records, including Hound Dog and Baby I Don't Care, had been written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, a pair of smart young Los Angelenos who mastered the art of creating black music for a white audience. After Presley's return, the gifted team of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman gave him a series of funky r'n'b-inflected pop songs, including the pairing of His Latest Flame and Little Sister, perhaps the greatest two-sided single in pop history.
They symbolised the success with which the New York song factories of the Brill Building and Broadway, created to feed the public's appetite for musical theatre, were in the process of adapting themselves to the new teen culture.Great compilation put together by Bill Millar with many highlights from the original rockabilly era. The Bill Allen and Sammy Gowans tracks stand out for me from a very well-chosen line-up. This comp was remade at the other end of the '80s () as 'Cat Talk - The Best of Imperial Rockabilly' which contains most (all?) of these tracks plus.