Good Rockin’ Tonight: Red Hot Rockabilly

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 1 Jul 2009



CAT No: FVTD017UPC TEXT: 5055311000176

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“They called it Rockabilly long before they called it Rock’n’Roll…” so sings the undisputed Queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson on her 2006 album Remember Elvis. And whilst the Hillbilly Cat was undeniably the genre’s most famous protagonist, the exciting fusion of white Country music and black Rhythm & Blues that erupted across the US in the mid-50s made household names of many, and produced a wealth of recordings rarely equalled for unbridled energy and wild rebellion.

The Rockabilly revival which took hold in the 1970s found a new audience for this music which endures to this day, making stars of the more obscure exponents twenty years after the event. Raw, rough and ready, Rockabilly paved the way for Pop music as we know it. If the South was the birthplace of Rockabilly, then Sun Records in Memphis was its cradle. In the wake of Elvis Presley, hopefuls flocked to the tiny independent from all over the southern US and beyond, keen to replicate his success. With groundbreaking producer Sam Phillips at the controls, Sun was undoubtedly the epicentre of this new music and helped launch the careers of Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison, to name but three.

However, following Elvis’ breakthrough and subsequent move to RCA for an unprecedented $35,000, other indies and major labels alike were determined to get in on the act. At a time when music was not only divided along racial lines but also by age and local tastes, in some eyes Rockabilly represented pure menace, the anthem of denim-clad juvenile delinquents. When it did manage to break out of its regional confines, it threatened to undermine the nation’s youth with its lascivious lyrics and dangerous rhythms, driven by a chunking, percussive bass and pared down, primitive sound. Even so, there was no shortage of eager beavers willing to commit to wax, often with varying degrees of commercial success. Jockeying for position alongside the newcomers were the old hands, established artists sensing a career boost as “moon, June, spoon” lyrics and corny Country twang began to pall. From across the gamut, this carefully compiled set offers a sizzling selection of some of the finest Rockabilly recordings from the period 1954-58.

Alongside the household names sit the more obscure, and whilst their stars may not have burned for long, they burned no less brightly thanks to records that are now regarded as classics. Including genre-defining cuts from the likes of proto-punks the Johnny Burnette Trio, Janis Martin ‘The Female Elvis’, Billy Riley, Charlie Feathers, Ronnie Self, and Bob Luman, as well as lesser-heard gems, this is Rockabilly at its red hot rockin’est best.



  1. Good Rockin' Tonight (Elvis Presley Scotty & Bill)
  2. Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins)
  3. Ooby Dooby (Roy Orbison & The Teen Kings)
  4. Cat Talk (Lew Williams)
  5. Slow Down Brother (Ferlin Huskey & His Hush Puppies)
  6. Ruby Pearl (Jackie Lee Cochran with Jimmy Pruett At The Piano)
  7. Rockin' Daddy (Eddie Bond & The Stompers)
  8. Will You, Willyum (Janis Martin)
  9. Duck Tail (Joe Clay)
  10. Rock 'n' Roll Ruby (Johnny Carroll & His Hot Rocks)
  11. Be Bop Baby (Autry Inman)
  12. The Train Kept A-Rollin' (Johnny Burnette Trio (Johnny, Dorsey & Paul))
  13. Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad (Wanda Jackson)
  14. Teenage Boogie (Webb Pierce)
  15. Bop Cat Bop (Simon Crum)
  16. Heart Breakin' Mama (Skeets McDonald)
  17. Ubangi Stomp (Warren Smith)
  18. Slow Down (Jack Earls & The Jimbos)
  19. One Hand Loose (Charlie Feathers with Jody & Jerry)
  20. We Wanna Boogie (Sonny Burgess)
  21. I Need A Man (Barbara Pittman)
  22. Come On Little Mama (Ray Harris)
  23. Flyin' Saucers Rock 'n' Roll (Billy Riley & His Little Green Men)
  24. Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On (Jerry Lee Lewis)


  1. Great Balls Of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano)
  2. Red Hot (Billy Riley & The Little Green Men)
  3. Cool Down Mame (The Farmer Boys)
  4. Dixie Fried (Carl Perkins)
  5. It Would Be A Doggone Lie (Autry Inman)
  6. Ten Cats Down (The Miller Sisters)
  7. Baby Let's Play House (Elvis Presley Scotty & Bill)
  8. Love My Baby (Hayden Thompson)
  9. Mama Don't You Think I Know (Jackie Lee Cochran with Jimmy Pruett At The Piano)
  10. Sixteen Chicks (Joe Clay)
  11. Rockhouse (Roy Orbison & The Teen Kings)
  12. BIGELOW 6-200 (Brenda Lee (as Little Brenda Lee))
  13. Crazy Baby (Gene Maltais with The Anita Kerr Singers)
  14. Miss Froggie (Warren Smith)
  15. Ain't Got A Thing (Sonny Burgess)
  16. Ten Little Women (Terry Noland)
  17. Lonesome Train (The Johnny Burnette Trio)
  18. Love Bug Crawl (Jimmy Edwards)
  19. Cool Love (Wanda Jackson)
  20. Two-Timin' Woman (Jack Scott)
  21. Two-Timin' Woman (Jack Scott)
  22. All The Time (Sleepy LaBeef)
  23. Greenback Dollar, Watch And Chain (Ray Harris)
  24. Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache (Bob Luman)
  25. All Right, Baby (Janis Martin)
  26. Cast Iron Arm (Peanuts Wilson)


  1. Rock Billy Boogie (Johnny Burnette)
  2. Bop-A-Lena (Ronnie Self)
  3. Leroy (Jack Scott)
  4. Everybody's Movin' (Glen Glenn)
  5. Matchbox (Carl Perkins)
  6. I’ve Got Love If You Want It (Warren Smith)
  7. I Got A Rocket In My Pocket (Jimmy Lloyd)
  8. High School Confidential (Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano)
  9. She's Mine (Johnnie Strickland)
  10. Little Jonah (Rock On Your Steel Guitar) (Brenda Lee)
  11. Right Behind You Baby (Ray Smith)
  12. Bang Bang (Janis Martin & Her Boyfriends)
  13. Speed Crazy (Slick Slavin)
  14. Try Me (Bob Luman)
  15. Mean Mean Man (Wanda Jackson)
  16. Sweet Woman (Edwin Bruce)
  17. Sunglasses After Dark (Dwight Pullen)
  18. I Wanna Bop (Billy Harlan)
  19. I Done Told You (Gene Simmons)
  20. Quicksand Love (Macy "Skip" Skipper)
  21. Buddy (Jackie Dee)
  22. Whistle Bait (Lorrie & Larry Colllins)
  23. Baby Please Don’t Go (Billy Riley & The Little Green Men)
  24. Mystery Train (Elvis Presley Scotty & Bill)
  25. Rock-A-Bye Baby Rock (Connie Dycus)