Charlie Rich !
To be clear, Charlie Rich willfully bended genres, fusing country, jazz, blues, gospel, rockabilly, and soul.
Sounds familiar ? Well, forget what you know 'cos he was the man.
Rich began his professional musical career while he was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in the early '50s. While he was stationed in Oklahoma, he formed a group called the Velvetones (not the same one posted last year), which played jazz and blues.
Sam Phillips (oh, him again ?) rejected the demos Rich recorded, claiming they were too jazzy. After absorbing some Jerry Lee Lewis records a friend gave him, Rich returned to Sun quickly and became a regular session musician for the label in 1958, playing and/or singing on records by Lewis, Johnny Cash, Justis, Warren Smith, Billy Lee Riley, Carl Mann, and Ray Smith.
He was also writing songs, including "Break Up" for Lewis, "The Ways of a Woman in Love" for Cash, and "I'm Comin' Home" for Mann, which was later cut by Presley. Throughout 1959, he recorded a number of songs at Sun, though only a handful were actually released. BUT, to be correct, Sam Phillips (who ?) called him the most talented performer he ever worked with.
Great growling voice that could sing the blues, gospel and twist them into his own sound which I just call MUSIC 'cause, hell, that's what it is.
Charlie Rich - Big Man
Charlie Rich - Midnite Blues
Charlie Rich - Who Will the Next Fool Be