Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Warren Smith

I've always had a soft spot for rockabilly and Warren Smith is a prime example of one it's best exponants as these four tracks demonstrate.
Living in Stepney back in the 70's and 80's I used to frequent the local Brick Lane market and discovered a rich seam in genres that I had not heard much of before. Ska and reggae to start with and then rockabilly and r&b. Encouraged by DJ's such as John Peel and Charlie Gillett I found music from further afield - Africa, India and the Far East. It made me realise that music is a universal language and each country has a something interesting to offer.

Part of one side of an LP on the Harvest label that came out in 1978. A concert at the Rainbow Theatre in London U.K. on April 30th 1977. Four Rock'n Roll legends including Charlie Feathers, Buddy Knox and Jack Scott. Here are the 4 tracks by Warren Smith-

1. Ubangi Stomp
2. Rock 'n' Roll Ruby
3. Blue Suede Shoes
4. I'm Movin' On

The sleevenotes by Geoff Barker say-

" Warren Smith is rightly introduced on the record as "The guy we've waited twenty years to see". Born in Mississippi in 1933, he was one of the many young rockabilly singers recorded by Sam Philips In Memphis, Tennessee for his legendary Sun record label. While the labels stars ( Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash) were making it in a big way, there were a host of others laying down some equally innovative recordings. Warren Smith's first single issude in March 1956, was a Johnny Cash song - Rock 'N' Roll Ruby. This sold well around the Memphis area, and the follow-up Ubangi Stomp became a rockabilly standard, first coming to the attention of Britsih audiences via Jerry Lee Lewis's first album."


C.J.Duffy said...

Totally new to me. Sounds interesting though. Nothing like a bit of Rockabilly just ask Mark E Smith!

wastedpapiers said...

Yes, The Fall were a great rockabilly band of sorts I guess - certainly influenced by some of that stuff. Would be interesting to see what Mark E. Smith has in his record collection!

C.J.Duffy said...

If it is half as interesting as your collection I would be keen to look at it!