Charly Records Presents Sun Rockabilly Legends Series Volume 3!
By the end of 1957, the rockabilly heyday of Sun Records was virtually over. Ray Smith's importance to the legacy of the label is that his first Sun session in January 1958 heralded the new era of rock 'n' roll. Despite recording a string of excellent rocking singles for Sun, commercial success eluded Smith. A year after a series of outstanding concert performances in the UK and Holland during 1978, Smith died tragically as a result of a shooting accident on November 29, 1979.
Released on the legendary Sun Records label Charly, Shake Around includes "So Young," "Rockin' Bandit" and "Break Up," which he recorded several months before label-mate and friend Jerry Lee Lewis' made it a hit single. The 10-track set has been newly-remastered from the original tapes and comes pressed on audiophile-quality 10-inch vinyl. The LP also contains definitive career-spanning sleeve notes by Adam Komorowski and the first 1,000 copies will be released on limited edition colored vinyl.
The Sun Rockabilly Legends Series is produced by Sun Entertainment Corporation president John A. Singleton and Charly Records founder Jean-Luc Young.
"Nobody wanted recognition more than Ray. He was totally wrapped up in what he was doing. There was never a dry thread on him after a show!" - Sam Phillips