Category Archives: Rockabilly

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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Great Balls of Fire: Otis Blackwell; Jerry Lee Lewis; Sha Na Na

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider the song Great Balls of Fire. This is one of the classic ‘roots’ rock and roll songs. We will start with the original version by Otis Blackwell, who co-wrote the song. We … Continue reading

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When Will I Be Loved: The Everly Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, John Fogerty

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider the song When Will I Be Loved. This is a great rockabilly song written by Phil Everly and originally issued by the Everly Brothers. We will then discuss covers of that song … Continue reading

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That’ll Be The Day: Buddy Holly and the Crickets, the Everly Brothers, and Linda Ronstadt

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider That’ll Be The Day. This is a great ‘roots’ rock song from the 50s. We will review the original version by Buddy Holly and the Crickets, and covers of that song by … Continue reading

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