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70 Years of The Sun Sound Volume 01

Rockstar Records Limited, Cork, Ireland


Sister labels:

Rhythm Bomb Records – Koko-Mojo Records – Atomicat Records

Pan American Records – Richard Weize Archives

Album: 70 Years of The Sun Sound Volume 01

Sub-Title: The Rockers

Label: Atomicat (ACCD113)

Songs: Thirty

Compilation/ re-issue Producer: Mark Armstrong

Artwork: Urban Zotel

Mastering: The Studio That Time Forgot, El Paso Texas

Filed under: Rockabilly, Rock ‘n’ Roll

Atomicat Records “Often imitated, never duplicated”

“Rockin’ & Boppin’ Memphis Style.”


“Atomicat Records (ACCD113) 70 Years of The  Sun Sound Volume 01 is the first tribute to Florence, Alabama-bred Samuel (Sam) Cornelius Phillips. The album looks at his labels; Sun, Flip, and Phillips International, with the spotlight being shone upon the Southern-bred Caucasian rockers.”

On 3 January 1950, Phillips opened the Memphis Recording Service at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, and two years later in February 1952, the Sun Record Company was formed. In the summer of 1958, Phillips brought property on 639 Madison Avenue in Memphis a few blocks from his old studio because the original studio outgrew its Union Avenue location. The Sam Phillips Recording Service 639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee,  opened in 1960. Phillips in 1961 through to 1964 opened a studio in Nashville located in the Cumberland Lodge building.

Atomicat  (ACCD113) 70 Years Of The  Sun Sound Volume 01 “The Rockers” looks at the 70-year history of Phillips labels. The album by design does not feature the household names which are catered for on numerous other compilations. The album looks at the artists who had often one release or faded from public view but left behind a musical legacy. The album is in chronological year order from 1954 through to 1963, with the recordings shuffled around to balance the sound and style, and the concept is focused upon titles released on 78 and 45 RPM and includes some album tracks.

The Atomicat spotlight is shone upon the Caucasian rockers who gained a release on one of Phillips labels. This is done in two aspects, firstly the Hillbillies which includes;  Earl Peterson, Boogie Blues, the incomparable  Hardrock Gunter solo with the western swing influenced Gonna Dance All Night, and with The Rhythm Rockers, Fiddle Bop (both of which were buy-in recordings), and Charlie Feathers countrified rocker Peepin’ Eyes. The new kids in the studio the rockabillies; Carl Perkins and his ode to love Movie Magg, Hayden Thompson covering the blues rocker Love My Baby (see KM-CD-154 Volume 02 for the original version), Johnny Carroll recorded in Texas, That’s The Way I Love, and Phillips bought the master, rock ‘n’ rollers, Wade and Dick perky  Bop Bop Baby is a hot potato, Edwin Bruce’s Rock Boppin’ Baby featured Dickey Lee on the session and  Dickey Lee and The Collegiates provide Good Lovin’. Piano ponders Ray Smith and Charlie Rich add depth of sound with, Right Behind You Baby and Gonna Be Waitin’ (both written by Rich) respectively, and Bobby Wood’s ultra-rare Everybody’s Searching gives a taster for the varied male offering. The ladies who add lustre to the show are; the Miller Sisters with two upbeat titles, Someday You Will Pay (with Charlie Feathers on spoons) and their club-classic Ten Cats Down, Jean Chapel is unlucky in love, Welcome To The Club and Barbara Pittman has a trio of titles, I Need A Man, Everlasting Love, and Handsome Man.

The series is compiled by Dee Jay Mark Armstrong and designed by artist and musician Urban Zotel, and the Atomicat-sound is achieved by our mastering team at The Studio That Time Forgot, El Paso Texas. The album is ideal for Dee Jays to fill the dance floor with, and for home listening or while cruising around.  All that remains is to say, “crank up the volume and dig these musical gems.

Our albums have; stunning design, sleeve notes, songs mastered for the best possible sound. The disc is housed in an attractively designed cardboard sleeve, specially designed to avoid the use of plastic and be environmentally friendly. You are listening to music from the past and preserving the future! Atomicat Records “Often imitated, never duplicated”

Dee Jay Mark Armstrong  Bühl, Germany


Atomicat (ACCD113) 70 Years of The  Sun Sound Volume 01 The Rockers

01 Earl Peterson Boogie Blues (Peterson) Sun 197 – 1954

02 Hardrock Gunter Gonna Dance All Night  (Gunter) Sun 201 – 1954

03 Carl Perkins  Movie Magg (Perkins) Flip 501 – 1955

04 Charlie Feathers Peepin’ Eyes  (Feathers) Flip/ Sun 503 – 1955

05 Miller Sisters Someday You Will Pay (Miller) Flip/ Sun 504 – 1955

06 Smokey Joe with The Clyde Leoppard Band Listen To Me Baby  (Kesler, Baugh) Flip/ Sun 228 – 1955

07 Jean Chapel Welcome To The Club  (Axton) Sun 244 – 1956

08 The Rhythm Rockers Fiddle Bop (Gunter) Sun 248 – 1956

09 The Miller Sisters Ten Cats Down  (Cantrell, Claunch) Sun 255 – 1956

10 Barbara Pittman  I Need A Man  (Kesler) Sun 253 – 1956

11 Wade And Dick The College Kids Bop Bop Baby (Moore, Penner) Sun 269 – 1957

12 Edwin Bruce Rock Boppin’ Baby  (Bruce) Sun 276 – 1957

13 Dickey Lee and The Collegiates Good Lovin’ (Kirkland, Taylor, Jesmet) Sun 280 – 1957

14 Hayden Thompson Love My Baby  (Parker) Phillips International 3517 – 1957

15 Johnny Carroll That’s The Way I Love (Carroll) Phillips International 3520 – 1957

16 Tommy Blake and The Rhythm Rebels Lordy Hoody (Blake, Hall, Adams) Sun 278 – 1957

17 Ray Smith Right Behind You Baby ( Rich) Sun 298 – 1958

18 Edwin Bruce Sweet Woman (Bruce) Sun 292 – 1958

19 Carl McVoy Tootsie (Cantrell, Claunch) Phillips International 3526 – 1958

20 Barbara Pittman with The Bill Justis Orchestra Everlasting Love (Kesler) Phillips International 3527 – 1958

21 Edwin Howard More Pretty Girls Than One (Howard) Phillips International 3540 – 1959

22 Alton And Jimmy No More Crying The Blues (Harrell, Lott) Sun 323 – 1959

23 Jerry McGill and The Topcoats Lovestruck (Barton) Sun 326 – 1959

24 Barbara Pittman Handsome Man (Rich) Phillips International 3553 – 1960

25 Charlie Rich with Gene Lowery Singers Gonna Be Waitin’ (Rich) Phillips International 3560 – 1960

26 Carl Mann Baby I Don’t Care (Bush) Phillips International LP 1960 – 1960

27 Bobby Wood Everybody’s Searching (Davidson) Sun 369 – 1961

28 Harold Dorman Uncle Jonah’s Place (Dorman) Sun 370 – 1961

29 Jerry Lee Lewis Sweet Little Sixteen (Berry) Sun 379 – 1962

30 David Houston Miss Brown (Carter) Phillips International 3583 – 1963