> Whole Lotta Shakin´Goin´On
ABOUT DING DONG
A diehard lover of authentic Rock’n’Roll music, Ding Dong (real name Alain Pourquier) was France’s leading Rock’n’Roll dee-jay in the early
Eighties when he produced an acclaimed series of 10” albums for Charly Records compiled from recordings made for Sam Phillips’
legendary Sun label. Ding Dong then launched into another series of 12” albums for Charly, following the same formula that had been so
successful in the 10” series.
For both series he made visits to the hallowed Sun vaults in Memphis, Tennessee, where he listened to countless tapes, working his way
through 1,228 outtake tape boxes and in the process selecting the best quality masters he could find. After listening to more than 11,000
tracks during February and March of 1983 and identifying a whole stack of unissued sides, he brought the master tapes back to England,
where he embarked upon an amazing one-man re-issue program. Not only did he master all the recordings, he designed the sleeve artwork
and wrote the sleeve notes. His excellent contacts amongst record collectors around the world enabled him to come up with a whole stack of
rare artists’ shots to use for the album artworks.
The resulting albums, both various artists compilations and solo major artists, have over the years acquired iconic status and are now much
sought after by fans of the ground-breaking Sun sound. Now lovingly restored, selected titles are being presented in their full original glory for
today’s vinyl buyers. They will be essential purchases not only for Ding Dong’s fans seeking replacements for their worn-out original copies,
but also for today’s younger buyers discovering this exciting music for the first time.
ABOUT THIS ALBUM
· Jerry Lee Lewis never lacked self confidence. When asked who played on one of his sessions, he replied “I played on it,
that’s all you need to know!” When the Million Dollar Quartet recordings took place in December 1956, Jerry Lee was not
slow to push himself forward.
· Jerry Lee recorded prolifically at Sun, turning his attention to a wide variety of source material. From the r&b of Drinkin’
Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee to the pop of Singing The Blues, he encompassed a whole variety of musical genres adapting them
to his own unique interpretations.
· All the sides on this album were recorded during a three month period during the first part of 1957, before he had his first
hit with Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.
· Apart from the two sides which made up his second single for Sun, all the tracks on this album remained in the can until
Shelby Singleton purchased the Sun catalogue.
· Traditional country songs featured on this album include Hand Me Down My Walking Cane, Deep Elem Blues, The
Crawdad Song and Old Time Religion.
· The sleeve notes by Ding Dong give a vivid snapshot of Jerry Lee’s activities during the period of the recordings on this
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