In The Shadow Of Sun: Memphis Area R&B and Rock & Roll

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 14 Jul 2014

"a 101-track treat for all lovers of Memphis music...the whole set is a delight...another essential purchase for lovers of 1950s Memphis music" Now Dig This     ***** Dynamite Magazine

"Dave Penny has done a fine job in unlocking an obscure yet thrilling scene...a secret library of suprises" Vintage Rock

"Almost four hours of great music with superb sound...a fabulous collection of rockabilly, hillbilly, blues and R&B" Roots & Rhythm

"Offers an unusually worthwhile selection of rare tracks...enough to make every rock'n'roll fan smile" Record Collector

CAT No: FVTD200UPC TEXT: 5055311002002

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Compiled and annotated by R&B and rock & roll authority Dave Penny, the 3CD set In The Shadow Of Sun is a mighty 101-track survey of the rockin’ records released on indie labels in Memphis and environs in the wake of the success of Sun Records

By 1950, the population of Memphis had increased to 400,000 residents and the time was ripe to test the waters for home-grown independent record labels to cater to the local population and, more importantly, to provide the area’s semi-professional artists with an outlet for their creativity without the need to travel to Nashville, Chicago or further. Duke Records was formed in 1952 by David J. Mattis, but was soon subsumed by Houston’s Peacock Records. Sam Phillips’ first joint-venture with his friend, DJ Dewey Phillips, had stiffed after just one release in 1950, persuading him to spend the next few years leasing his local recordings to established West Coast and mid-west labels. His subsequent success with Sun Records in 1953, however, would break the curse of Memphis and open the floodgates to dozens of other would-be Sams intent on finding their own local heroes.

Early entrants in the Memphis indie stakes included David Mattis, returning with the Starmaker imprint, while two West Coast operations, Ekko and Modern, both opened Memphis outlets (the latter creating the dedicated Meteor label). In their wake came OJ, Von (based over the state line in Mississippi), Peak, the cheekily-titled Moon, House of Sound, Atomic, Jaxon, Sure, Lu, Hill Crest, Hornet, Benton, Sky (another Mississippi label), Erwin, Katche, Kay, Crystal, Cathey, Hut, F&L, Rita, Skipper, Stomper Time, Blues Boy Kingdom (formed by B.B. King), Kim and Ardent (which would enjoy considerable when reactivated in 1966).

If most of those labels are hardly household names, then it’s no surprise that with a few exceptions, like Joe Hill Louis, Johnny Burnette, Little Milton, Carl Mann, Roosevelt Sykes, Wink Martindale, Willie Mitchell and Charlie Feathers, the artists are equally obscure, which is precisely why their releases have come to be treasured by successive generations of collectors, and why In The Shadow Of Sun will be welcomed with open arms by lovers of rhythm and rock!



  1. All Shook Out (Moohah)
  2. Tennessee Woman (Fention Robinson with The Dukes)
  3. Act Like You Love Me (Hayden Thompson and His Southern Melody Boys
  4. I’ve Seen It All (Curley Griffin)
  5. Talking Off The Wall (Eddie Bond)
  6. All Messed Up (Jess Hooper and The Daydreamers)
  7. Oh Darling (Lloyd McCullough and The Driftin’ Hillbillies)
  8. Want To Be Wanted Blues (Aubrey Cagle)
  9. Jack Pot (Joe Hill Louis, as Chicago Sunny Boy)
  10. A Gal Named Joe (Mac Sales and The Esquire Trio)
  11. You’re Undecided (Johnny Burnette)
  12. You Gotta Play Fair (Curley Griffin)
  13. Charcoal Suit (Brad Suggs with The Swingsters)
  14. Lonesome Rhythm Blues (Wayne McGinnis with The Swing Teens)
  15. High Steppin’ (Dale Vaughn and The Starnotes)
  16. Love Makes A Fool (Every Day) (Eddie Bond)
  17. Got Rockin’ On My Mind (Curley Griffin)
  18. Let’s Boogie Baby (Little Milton with Playmates Of Rhythm)
  19. Candy (Moohah)
  20. Glamour Girl (Joe Hill Louis, as Little Joe)
  21. I Feel The Blues Coming On (Hayden Thompson and His Southern Melody Boys)
  22. Sleepy Time Blues (Jess Hooper and The Daydreamers)
  23. Go Mule Go (Johnny Burnette)
  24. Watch That Girl (Lloyd McCullough and The Driftin’ Hillbillies)
  25. Bop, Baby, Bop (Brad Suggs with The Swingsters)
  26. Real Cool (Aubrey Cagle)
  27. Rock, Roll And Rhythm (Wayne McGinnis with The Swing Teens)
  28. Gotta Whip This Bear (Curley Griffin)
  29. Latch On To Your Baby (Jimmy Lamberth with The Saxons)
  30. Lizzie (The Del Rios with The Bearcats)
  31. Rock Bottom Blues (Curley Griffin)
  32. Sputnik Baby (Roosevelt Sykes)
  33. How Can You Be Mean To Me (Dale Vaughn and The Starnotes)


  1. Dateless Night (Allen Page and The Deltones)
  2. Rockin’ Love (Carl Mann and The Kool Kats)
  3. Come Here Mama (Lynn Pratt and His Rhythm Cats)
  4. Miss Fannie Brown (Chester Guydon and Band)
  5. Sugar Tree (Allen Page)
  6. Do You Care (Wailin’ Bill Dell and The Bachelors)
  7. Tom Dooley Rock and Roll (Curtis Hobock)
  8. Outa Tune (The Big Four)
  9. Red Headed Woman (Lynn Pratt with Jubilaires Quartet)
  10. Dig Me A Crazy Record (Charles Senns)
  11. That Long Black Train (Franklin Stewart and The Stewart Brothers)
  12. Rock The Bop (Jimmie Martin Combo feat. Ramsey Kearney)
  13. Leopard Man (Joe Wallace and Al Woody’s Owls)
  14. Honeysuckle (Allen Page and The Crowns with The Moon Beams)
  15. Mad Witch (Dave Gardner)
  16. Rhythm Guitar (Carl Miller)
  17. The Whole Town’s Talking (Curtis Hobock and The Stardusters)
  18. I Fell (Barney Burcham with The Moon Beams)
  19. You Gotta Help Me Some (Chester Guydon and Band)
  20. They’re Learning (Lynn Pratt and His Rhythm Cats)
  21. Love’s Got Me Thinkin’ (Wink Martindale)
  22. Oh! Baby (Allen Page with Sandy and Sue and The Big Four)
  23. Red Bobby Socks (Jimmie Martin Combo feat. Ramsey Kearney)
  24. China Rock (Curtis Hobock)
  25. You Gotta Be Loose (Wailin’ Bill Dell and The Bachelors)
  26. All Keyed Up (The Big Four)
  27. Love Is My Business (Dave Gardner)
  28. The Saints (Carne Pitrello)
  29. Gonna Rock And Roll Tonight (Carl Mann and The Kool Kats)
  30. Gee Whiz Liz (Charles Senns)
  31. Tom Cat Boogie (Lynn Pratt)
  32. She’s The One That’s Got It (Allen Page)
  33. Love Broke Loose (Wink Martindale)


  1. Hang Out (Lloyd Arnold)
  2. Jody’s Beat (Jody Chastain)
  3. Nothing On My Mind (Jimmy Pritchett)
  4. Rag Mop (The Four Kings with The Willie Mitchell Orchestra)
  5. Bad Bad Boy (Bobby Lollar with Pete Beaver’s Band)
  6. Gotta Big Fat Mama (Freddie Caddell and The Twirls)
  7. I Love My Baby (Billy Wayne)
  8. Witchapoo (Frank Cathey)
  9. Come On Home (Eddie Cash and The Cashiers)
  10. Red Hot Mama (Wayne Williams and The Sure Shots)
  11. Flying Saucer Rocket (Ferrell Duncan and His Rockers)
  12. Lizzie Lou (Willie Mitchell Orchestra feat. Billy Taylor)
  13. Mop Bop Boogie (Wilbur Steinberg Orchestra)
  14. Hop, Skip And Jump (Bobby Roberts and The Bad Habits)
  15. Rockin’ At The Zoo (Tommy Hawk)
  16. Big Sandy (Bobby Roberts with Highpockets’ Delta Rockets)
  17. Train Whistle Boogie (Charles Dean and The Rondells)
  18. My My (Jody Chastain)
  19. Standing In Your Window (Hoyt Johnson and The Four Recorders)
  20. Monkey Love (Larry Kennon)
  21. Jungle Fever (Charlie Feathers)
  22. At The Rockhouse (Freddie Caddell and The Twirls)
  23. I Want To Walk With You (Paul Little)
  24. Wasting My Time (Willie Mitchell Orchestra feat. Billy Taylor)
  25. My Rock And Roll Daddy (Jerry Grimes)
  26. Boogie Beat (Levi Seabury and His Band)
  27. Hey Juanita (The Five Stars with Milliard Lee and Orchestra)
  28. Little Susie (Ferrell Duncan and His Rockers)
  29. Jumping This Morning (Tippo Lite’s All Stars)
  30. Land Of Promises (Eddie Cash and The Cashiers)
  31. She’s My Woman (Bobby Roberts with Highpockets’ Delta Rockets)
  32. Walking And Strolling (Billy Wayne)
  33. Juke Box Mama (Merdell Floyd)
  34. Cravin’ (Bobby Roberts and The Bad Habits)
  35. I Thought About Living (Tommy Hawk)