The term Rockabilly, created in the 70s, did never appeal to me although there are heeps of wild tunes worth listening that I like to define Pre-Garag as they were fueled by the same spirit of the teenage Garage bands that would follow later. So what you’ll hear here is the first 5 parts in a brand new series.
If you take the Rockabilly pot and sort out unlikely instruments like banjos, fiddles and steel guitars, send the doo wop combos back to the street corners and the hillbillies go out chasing chicken in the hen house and lock all crooners and their dowawa boys in the pit: What remains is glorious Garage sounds. Just listen to the guitar instros in the middle of the tracks and you’ll admit no one of the later Garage bands would do it better.
The piano is fine but no boogiewoogie and honky tonk, give me that smashing RnR piano, hit it!
And put a pick up on your acustic guitar mate, to make it sound loud and modern.
In the end, both pre garage and teenage Garage bands followedf the same club of heroes picking from Chuck B, Bo D, Buddy H, Gene V, Eddie C and Roy O in the same measure. What stuns me tho is the difference of age: While in the 6os average band member age was porbably teeange 18+,the bands and musicians you will hear on my collection (from 1958 to‘64) seem to be much older guys up to 40 and 50yo , if you look at the few band pics. At any rate, they all deliver the same kicking sounds 60s Garage afficionados are greeding for. Here you get some wild ravers more and I still don’t understand how the bands succeeded in creating such wicked sounds even with poor instrumentation. Must be the same spark of PRIMITIVE Garage.
PS: I’m sure there will be more installments to my new series, so wait for more Pre-Garage!
Acorn Sisters - Real Gone - US, OH
Argons - Do The Dog - US, KN
Becky & Montclaires - Then You Know It Must Be Love - US, ?
Bel-Airs - Just Treat Me Right - US, ?
Belvederes - He's A Square - US, IL
Benny Barnes & Echoes - You Gotta Pay - US, ?
Benny England - Eloping - US, IL
Benny Ketchum - I Don't Want - US, AK
Bill Berry - I Feel Thunder - US, IL
Billy & Mickey - Uh - Mmm - US, PA
Billy Adams& Rock - A - Teens - You Gotta Have A Duck Tail - US, OH
Billy Ledbetter - Stealing Hubcaps - US, LA
Blue Angels w/ Little Boo - Yea Yea Miss Ann - US, IN
Bob & Bandits - I'm Gonna Stop Cryin' - US, MI
Bob Ackoff - Come Dance With Me - US, NY
Bob Bristol - Humpty Dumpty - US, ?
Bobby Brown - Please Please Baby - US, AK
Bobby Comstock & Counts - Sunny - US, NY
Bobby Mizzell & Lee Wayne - Same Thing - US, AL
Bonnievilles - I'm Walking The Dog - US, OH
Buddy & Hearts - Thirty Days - US, LA
Burrie Manso & Bonnievilles - My Woman - US, WV
Carl & Norman - Shooting For The Moon - US, DC
Catalinas - Speechless - US, TX
Champs - The Shoddy Shoddy - US, CA
Chuck Forest - Pretty Little Woman - US, IL
Chuck Rio & Individuals - Cell Block #9 - US, CA
Clearance Howard & Renegades - She's Not Here Anymore - US, OH
Confuscious - Confuscious Say - US, TN
Cookie Roberts - Draggin' The Drive - Inn's - US, TX
Cris Kevin & Comics - Here He Comes, There They Go - US, DC
Danny & Galaxies - If You Want To Be My Baby - US, MI
Danny & Nitro - Notes - International Whirl - US, MI
Dappa Smith - China Doll - US, FL
Dave Diddlie Day - Blue Moon Baby - US,PA
Deans - Humpty Dumpty - US, ?
Dee Dee Dorety - Billy Billy - US, CA
Deltones - First Man On The Moon - US, IL
Dennis Hunt & Hunters - A Story Untold - US, KS
Dennis Wheeler - Rock Bottom -
Dewey Guy & Fabulous Six - Can't Stand To Be Alone - US, FL
Dick Bush - Hollywood Party - US, CA
Dick Dale - Jessie Pearl - US, CA
Don Bowman - T.V. Commercials - US, CA
Don Cole - Lie Detector Machine - US, AZ
Don Cole - Saturday Nite Party Time - US, AZ
Don Wright - Mary Mary - CAN
Dorse Lewis - Mexican Twist - US, WV
Doug Bowles Rhubarbs - Cadillac Cutie - US, AL
Dreamers - Rock And Roll Baby - US, MN
Dusters - She's Mine - US, ME
Earl Sink - Little Susie Parker - US, TX
Earl Sink - Look for me - US, TX
Eddie Carl & Emblems - Little Willie Wampum - US, OH
Elvis Presley & Jordanaires - A Little Less Conversation - US, TN
Fannom Patrick & Footnote - Eva - US, KY
Frank Hudson - Fade Away - US, NM
Franklin Brothers - So Real - US, NC
Fred Farrah & Hitch - Hikers - Settle Down - US, MI
Galaxies - My Tattle Tale - US, MI
Gary Faulkner & Hightowers - Everybody Wants To Know - US, CA
Gene McKown & Tune Twisters - Rock - A - Billy Rhythm - US, MO
George Fleming - I'm Gonna Tell On You - US, TX
Glen Goza & Damangos - Goshamody Whatabody - US, TX
Hi - Liters - Dance Me To Death - US, NC
Ivan - That'll Be Alright - US, TX
Jack Roubik & T-J's - Live It Up - US, WI
Jay Gallagher - Crazy Legs - US, OH
Jay Hammond & D.J.’s - I'm An Ape - US, KY
Jerry Demar - Cross Eyed Alley Cat - US, AZ
Jesse & James - GI Rock - US, ?
Jesse & James - Number Please - US, ?
Jet Tones - Henry - US, OH
Jim Climer & his Merri - Macs - Little Twister - US, AK
Jim Foster & Kountry Kut - Ups - Rag Roof Roadster - US, MS
Jimmy Wayne & Galaxies - You Shake Me - US, MI / KY
John & Judy - Hideout - US, CA
John Paul Jones - The Wahoo - US, CA
Johnny Duffett - Just Give Me Your Heart - US, NY
Johnny Edwards & White Caps - Why'd You Leave Me - US, WI
Johnny Gentry - Memphis, Rave On, Tennessee - US, TN
Johnny Powers w/ Band of Stan Getz & Tom Cats - Long Blond Hair, Red Rose Lip - US, MI
Johnny Powers w/ Band of Stan Getz & Tom Cats - Rock Rock - US, MI
Johnny Ray Harris - Cajun Weekend - US, LA
Johnny Royal - Lover Boy - US, CA
Johnny Treble - Sure Fire Bet - US,?
Jojo Smith - Find This Woman - US, ?
Shane Kai - Ray - Trashman's Blues -
Keith Anderson - Hot Guitars - US, WV
Kenny & Moe - I Want To Love You - US, OH
Lamar Morris - The Fugitive - US, KY
Larry & Dixie Davis - Gonna Live It Up - US, CA
Larry Donn - Honey - Bun - US, AK
Leadsmen - My Baby´s Gone - US, PA
Lefty & Leadsmen - Shy Guy - US, PA
Lenny Davis - Satan's Got You - US, TN / OH
Leroy Van Dyke w/ Merry Melodie Singers - The Life You Offered Me - US, MO
Lloyd Arnold & Rockin’ Drifters - Hangout - US, TN
Lou Josie - Time's A Wastin' - US, OH
Mickey Gilley - Drive In Movie - US, LA
Mike Brewer & Galaxies - I'm All Through With You - US, IL
Pat & Dee - Gee Whiz - US, TX
Pinky & Jim Jenkins - Got Something For You Baby - US, OH
Peter Colombo - Mighty John Glenn - US, NY
Randell Karber - Back To School - US, TX
Randy Lee - Tell Me - US. CA
Ray Coleman & Skyrockets - Rock Chicken Rock - US, PA
Rebelaires w/ Sammy Smith - Alaska Rock - US, GA
Rhythm Addicts - Hey! Whatcha Say Babe! - US, KY
Richard Moreland - Let Me In - US, TX
Rod Little Trio - Sweet Lookin Mama - US, IN
Ronnie Dee - Action Packed - US, TX
Rudy Thacker’s String Busters w/ Larry Dale - White Lightning - US, WV
Runabouts - The Prom - us, tn
Sabres - Hot Rod Kelly - US, GA
Sal Mure - Desire - US, ?
Sal Mure - Morse Code - US, ?
Scott Miller - I Got School - US, NY
Searchers - Wow - Wow Baby - US, CA
Skeet Richardson & Vibratones - To My Baby - US, MN
Star-Fires - She's Long And Tall - US, MA
Sugar Beat - Johnny B. Goode - US, ?
Tam Duffill - Cooly Dooly - US, TN
Terry Daly & Nu-Tones - You Don't Bug Me - US, NY
Terry Noland - Crazy Dream - US, NM
Tommy Collins - Black Cat - US, TN
Toni - I Want You To Be My Baby - US, KY
Troyce Key - Watch Your Mouth - US, CA
Twisters - Mean Mean Woman - US,?
Velvets - Wild Little Willie - US, TX
Volk Brothers - The Walk - US, WA
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