This footage very well may be the evidence why I am... the way I am. My parents had impeccable taste in music. A FB friend [the ridiculously talented Marc Campbell of Nails fame] posted this song and immediately I remembered how much my dad loved it and all of Billy Lee Riley's stuff... I liked to dance with my Grandmother to this. Bless!
A man of the south, Billy Lee Riley was the son of a sharecropper and learned to play the guitar from folks [read: poorly treated black folks] working on the farm. He headed to Memphis, where he recorded with Sun, however... not unlike many of the best of the best, was poorly represented so sales were slow. In the music business, naturally, that means zip, nada, zero promotion.
and he, yes,
Left the Building.....
HERE begins an ongoing series of song lists that will attempt to create, restore, retrieve, amplify, or defy the traditional rock 'n' roll canon. Most of these creations don't really "exist" (whatever that means anymore in a free-floating universe of whathaveyou).
In addition, the series will dig up lost (often demeaned) albums that have been denied their position in the established rock-crit canon.
Please keep in mind that I will NOT be sharing MP3s or any downloadable material. Just like I had to do, you will have to seek this stuff out yourself. (It's not that I'm selfish--I fear the dreaded, albeit friendly, Web Sheriff.)
Below is a list of songs, all from The Beatles' Live at the BBC collection from 1994. I swear to its repeated playability, which will be the primary criteria for creating or digging up a new contender for the canon.
Rock & Roll!!!! or The Beatles Sing the Oldies But Goldiest
1) I Got a Woman
2) Soldier of Love
4) Sweet Little Sixteen
5) I Just Don't Understand
6) The Hippy Hippy Shake
7) To Know Her Is To Love Her
8) Some Other Guy
9) I Got to Find My Baby
10) So How Come (No One Loves Me)
11) Crying, Waiting, Hoping
12) A Shot of Rhythm and Blues
13) Lonesome Tears in My Eyes
14) I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)