Category Archives: Rockabilly

Rave On: Sonny West: Buddy Holly & the Crickets; John Mellencamp

Hello there! This week we will discuss the great rockabilly song Rave On. We will first review the original song co-written by Sonny West. Next we will discuss the best-known cover of this song by Buddy Holly & the Crickets, … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Cruel: Elvis Presley; Jerry Lee Lewis; Cheap Trick.

Hello there! This week we will discuss the song Don’t Be Cruel, a great rockabilly song written by Otis Blackwell and originally performed by Elvis Presley. We will then review covers of this song by Jerry Lee Lewis and by … Continue reading

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Walk of Life: Dire Straits; Shooter Jennings; Brad Paisley

Hello there! This week’s blog entry is Walk of Life. This is a lovely, bouncy rock ‘n roll song composed by Mark Knopfler. We will start with a brief review of the career of his group Dire Straits. We will … Continue reading

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Jailhouse Rock: Elvis Presley; Queen; ZZ Top

Hello there! This is the fourth installment in our new feature: “Tim’s Cover Story Goes To The Movies.” Here we discuss a famous song that makes an important contribution to a movie. We also review the artist(s) who performed the … Continue reading

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Long Tall Sally: Little Richard; Elvis Presley; The Beatles

Hello there! Our song this week is Long Tall Sally. This is a great ‘roots’ R&B song. We will review the original version by Little Richard. We will then discuss a cover version by Elvis, and a second cover by … Continue reading

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Blue Moon of Kentucky: Bill Monroe; Elvis Presley; Patsy Cline

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider the song Blue Moon of Kentucky. This is an important ‘roots’ bluegrass song, originally recorded in the 1940s. We will start with the original song by Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys. … Continue reading

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Heartbreak Hotel: Elvis Presley; Hoyt Axton; Willie Nelson & Leon Russell

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider the song Heartbreak Hotel. This was not only Elvis Presley’s first #1 record, but it is one of the most important rockabilly tunes. We will start with the original song by Elvis, … Continue reading

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