Only one record came from the session plus one from the backing team Chastain and Huffman with the single credited to Jody Chastain. Both Album) impress me though. They show a distinct change from both the Meteor and King periods with Jungle Fever boasting a minor key with switches to major, and a near latin rhythm plus two guitars duetting on lead — the sort of thing Link Wray might have tried. Quite a way from basic rockabilly. There he recorded Dinky John, a cautionary tale of little boys and real guns.
Coffey got our man back into recording and further tracks appeared via various small studios. A few saw release and many found their way onto comps — the Rare And Unissued Recordings series is a good source. Coming out in on the Philwood label, this was a remarkable throwback to the mid fifties.
Charlie cuts back on vocal effects and instead adopts a high and lonesome sound. As most rock historians will know there was an upsurge in interest in rockabilly in the UK and mainline Europe in the seventies. Our Mr Feathers was one of the four with son Bubba on lead guitar. This was one for which Charlie shares writing credits with Stan Kesler. Regardless of that I guess this has to go do down as a personal favourite. The 14 tracks were roughly evenly split between old Feathers reruns — but not the more obvious ones — and covers, with the latter ranging from Woody Guthrie to George Jones with Elvis and Jerry Lee somewhere in between.
I like this set and would put on record my thanks to Thom Jurek whose positive review in AllMusic pointed me in the right direction. My last selection overall also comes from the Charlie Feathers album. It tracks right back to single 2 — Charlie visiting the distant past again — and the new version could almost be a different song. No more comment from me, just take a listen to Defrost Your Heart flipside of A Wedding Gown Of Whitefirst the version and then the one from Charlie Feathers died on the 29th of August, of complications from a stroke induced coma.
Could he ever have been a big star in both sales and critical terms? The answer to the first, in my view is no. His performances were simply too unusual and, in the main, too rough to be acceptable. With the rockabilly label attached to him he was also not likely to find favour with the alt-country audience. In critical terms he certainly has fans though in putting this Toppermost together I was a little disappointed to Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Charlie Feathers - Rockabilly Rhythm!
(Vinyl a relative lack of reviews from amateur critics on Amazon. Rockabilly was always a strange phenomenon. Far more constrained in range than either of its forebears, blues and country music, but with an appeal to successive generations. In part that must be down to the presence of a very tiny handful of performers who transcended the genre and made mincemeat of those constraints.
Presley was one, albeit far to briefly. I have no doubt that future music historians will see rockabilly as folk music and Charlie as part of that old weird America to borrow a phrase from Greil. I have to add though, that, as in so many other cases, no single comp will give you everything you want. Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Charlie Feathers - Rockabilly Rhythm! (Vinyl first one to take the challenge really seriously was issued as recently as on the small Revenant label; Get With It: The Essential Recordings This 2 CD, 42 tracks set, did a very good job, covering much of the released and unreleased work of the period.
The more dedicated Charlie Feathers fan might have already invested in the 3 volume Rare And Unissued Recordings series released separately on Norton in The true Feathers fan will already own the Rockabilly Kings album which was originally issued on vinyl in the UK in It included all 8 Feathers King tracks plus another 8 from Mac Curtis from the same label. The Live In London album is very good. It was recorded at the Hibernian Club in London on 9th September Indeed an in form Charlie now gets a generous eight tracks.
Throw in the fact that you also get Warren Smith, Jack Scott and the relatively lightweight Buddy Knox for your money and this represents a pretty good investment, LP.
Feathers died in the late 90s, but he leaves behind an enduring testament to his particular brilliance as a frighteningly intense singer and canny songwriter. I like most music, but those old country and rock songs get to me most. I try to bring a little of that feel into my songs. Our hero showed a notable propensity for such practices particularly in his middle years. It had a massive 22 tracks including the Sun releases and many of the singles from all those tiny labels mainly in and around Memphis.
In fact the only stuff that was really missing was the King material. I guess I lucked in there. I managed not to mention in my main text that Charlie recorded quite a lot of material at home — remember he did pick up studio expertise in the Sun days — and was in the habit of selling such CDs at gigs. Charlie Feathers — Charlie Feathers — Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
Charlie Feathers discography. Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Charlie Feathers - Rockabilly Rhythm! (Vinyl Feathers biography Apple Music. Dave Stephens had a long career in IT — programming, consultancy, management etc. Also in the autumn ofPerkins wrote " Blue Suede Shoes "  after seeing a dancer get angry with his date for scuffing up his shoes.
In the United States, it reached number 1 on Billboard magazine's country music chart the only number 1 success he would have and number 2 on the Billboard Best Sellers popular music chart. On March 17, Perkins became the first country artist to reach number 3 on the rhythm and blues charts.
In the United Kingdomthe song reached number 10 on the British charts. It was the first record by a Sun artist to sell a million copies. John Lennon sang lead on the song when the Beatles performed it, before it was given to Ringo Starr to sing. Lennon also performed the song on the Lost Lennon Tapes. After hitting the back of a pickup truck, their car went into a ditch containing about a foot of water, and Perkins was left lying face down in Movie Magg - Various - Dont You Step. A Tribute To Carl Perkins water.
Drummer Holland rolled Perkins over, saving him from drowning. He had sustained three fractured vertebrae in his neck, a severe concussion, a broken collar bone, and lacerations all over his body in the crash. Perkins remained unconscious for an entire day. Fontanathe members of Elvis's band, visited Perkins on their way to New York to appear with Presley the next day. Fontana recalled Perkins saying, "Of all the people, I looked up and there you guys are. You looked like a bunch of angels coming to see me.
A week later, Perkins was given a telegram from Presley which had arrived on March 23wishing him a speedy recovery. It also reached number 2 on the Billboard pop and country charts. By mid-April, more than one million copies of "Blue Suede Shoes" had been sold. On April 3, while still recuperating in Jackson, Perkins watched Presley perform "Blue Suede Shoes" on his first appearance on The Milton Berle Showwhich was his third performance of the song on national television.
Although his version became more famous than Perkins's, it reached only as high as number 20 on the Billboard pop chart. Perkins returned to live performances on April 21,beginning with an appearance in Beaumont, Texaswith the "Big D Jamboree" tour. When Perkins and the group entered the stage in Columbia, South Carolinahe was appalled to see a teenager with a bleeding chin pressed against the stage by the crowd.
During the first guitar intermission of "Honey Don't" they were waved offstage and into a vacant dressing room behind a double line of police officers. Perkins was quoted as saying, "It was dangerous. Lot of kids got hurt.
There was a lot of rioting going on, just crazy, man! The music drove 'em insane. A full grandstand and one thousand people stood in a heavy rain to hear Perkins and Briggs at the Brockton Fair in Massachusetts. The day it was recorded, Elvis Presley visited the studio. Perkins, Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash who left early spent more than an hour singing gospel, country and rhythm-and-blues songs while a tape rolled.
Neither side made it onto the charts. Berry assured him that they had remained much more popular in Britain since the s than they had in the United States and that there would be large crowds of fans at every show.
The Animals backed the two performers. On the last night of the tour, Perkins attended a party where he sat on the floor sharing stories, playing Movie Magg - Various - Dont You Step. Ringo Starr asked if he could record "Honey Don't". Perkins answered, "Man, go ahead, have at it. While on tour with the Johnny Cash troupe inPerkins went on a four-day drinking binge.
With the urging of Cash, he opened a show in San Diego, Californiaby playing four songs after seeing "four or five of me in the mirror" and while being able to see "nothin' but a blur". After drinking yet another pint of whiskey, he passed out on the tour bus. By morning he started hallucinating "big spiders, and Stress Test - Micropoint - Exit Mankind, huge, and they were gonna step on me". The bus was parked on a beach at the ocean. He was tempted by Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Charlie Feathers - Rockabilly Rhythm!
(Vinyl another pint of whiskey that he had hidden. He took the bottle with him onto the beach and fell on his knees and said, "Lord. Your email address will not be published. Perkins had written the song at the age of thirteen. Now won't you let me take you to the show so I can hold your hand.
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