Monday, January 21, 2008

Billy Strange !

As Mrs Frost always says : « With Rev. Frost, it’s la fiesta everyday »

William E. Strange teamed up with Mac Davis to write several hit songs for Elvis including "A Little Less Conversation", and "Memories" and he wrote "Limbo Rock" for Chubby Checker.
He has also recorded many of The James Bond movie themes for GNP Crescendo Records and he has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame for his pioneering contribution to the genre !
He was also recently inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame.

Strange played guitar on numerous Beach Boys hit's including "Sloop John B" and on the "Pet Sounds" album.
He has also played guitar for Nancy Sinatra, Jan & Dean, The Ventures, Willie Nelson, The Everly Brothers, Wanda Jackson, Randy Newman and Nat King Cole among others !
AND He also has arranged and conducted for Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Elvis…
How about that ?

Billy Strange :
* Theme From The Munsters *
* Walk Don't Run '64 *
* Hava Tequila *


Blogger fhb said...

W"Have you heard about the Billy Strange doll? You wind him up and he takes over the session..." :-)

Thanks for pointing him out, Rev.



9:52 PM  
Anonymous buzz said...

These are some pretty wild recordings. The cover of THE MONSTERS goes off in an odd direction before coming back to 1313 Mockingbird Lane and "Walk Don't Run '64" has a cool 007 take on the material.

It is SOOOO good to have you back, Rev!

11:04 PM  
Blogger Scurvy said...

Man, I love this stuff!

1:54 AM  
Anonymous What do you get when you mix Mai-Tais and Margaritas? Too drunk to blog! said...

Bro, Talk about Strange, it was Strange not havin' you around, and we were short on Billy too. Rock A Billy, that is!

6:53 AM  
Blogger Testify said...

"This is the part of the song were Billy Strange raised his hand and asked if he could leave the room..." He arranged Lee Hazlewood's very special world too.Lets not forget Lee!
Also like to add my voice to the cheery Welcome Back Rev chorus.

10:35 AM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Thanks !
Hey my dear Billies, your comments are quite strange right?
This is said too....

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Lost & Sound said...

I think the arranging skills of Billy Strange were essential for the success of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood.

Listen for example to the great opening of "Some Velvet Morning". And don't forget that he also did the arranging for "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'".

He didn't write "Limbo Rock" for Chubby Checker, by the way. "Limbo Rock" was an instrumental first, that Billy Strang wrote in 5 minutes because a friend challenged him. The lyrics were added later by someone else.

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Bill E Rocker said...

welcome back Its great to have you on board again!

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey y'all. Feel free to come and chat with Billy on his website. He checks in almost daily.

Josh Shipley (Billy Strange Music Admin)

9:30 AM  

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