Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Flyin' Saucer Rock & Roll !

In the 50's Billy Lee Riley recorded Flying Saucer Rock and Roll which was his first hit record. Recording at Sun Studio's in Memphis, Tennessee, Riley ended up backing up many of the performers who came through the door to do session work at Sun. His guitar and harmonica work was called into play for any performer without a band. Joining him during these sessions were Roland James and J.M. Van Eaton. These three formed a group called the Little Green Men, the name drawn from Riley first hit. Riley recorded for a number of labels in a variety of styles, especially effective with blues. Though never commercially successful, Riley's Sun recordings of "Flying Saucer Rock 'n' Roll" (1956) and "Red Hot" (1957) remain landmarks of the genre.

Billy Lee Riley - Flying Saucer Rock And Roll

Billy Lee Riley - Red Hot


Blogger Dan Phillips said...

Billy Lee can STILL tear it up. He performs around Memphis from time to time and probably in Europe, too. He's also done the Ponderosa Stomp shows in New Orleans. So, if you ever get a chance, he is worth catching. A very nice guy, too, should you get a chance to talk.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Brownie said...

Ya gotta love those chicks with the bedtime lipstick . .

10:04 AM  

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