Posted by Reggie Young on February 19, 1998 at 12:17:45:
In Reply to: Reggie...Q's posted by KEN on February 18, 1998 at 20:07:32:
: Man I know this is a sick hero worship request....but there's a LOT of newcomers to this BB, and I would really like to to hear (see) your discogrophy again (I know you did it before....) I know it will trip out a lot of the new folks here...and maybe we could ask some specific questions about the recordings and all. Any objections? Hey, if some little kid walked up and asked...you would. Just think of this deal as 600 little kids!
Ken.....Ok, this is for the kids. Luckily I saved the post from October so I can just get some of the information from there. First a correction from the "About Waylons Tele" post that I made earlier. I joined the union in 1955 and that makes me a professional musician for 43 years, not 45 as I said in the post. Don't laugh...when you get to be my age, two years can be a lifetime.
I started playing guitar in Memphis in the early '50s. In 1955, I was in a rockabilly band (Eddie Bond and the Stompers) and we had a small hit called, "Rockin Daddy". We toured 1956 with Carl Perkins, Cash, and Roy Orbison. In 1958, I worked with Johnny Horton on the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport.
1959-I helped form the Bill Black Combo. Bill was Elvis' bass player in the early years. We were an instrumental band and voted #1 in Billboard for 60-61-62. We were the opening act for the Beatles on their 1964 thirty day tour of the U.S.
1963 to 66- I worked at Royal Recording Studio (Hi Records) in Memphis. Mostly instrumentals with Willie Mitchell, Ace Cannon, and Bill Black. From 1967 to 72, I was at American Studios in Memphis. During this time our little studio band cut 119 (so I've been told) chart records. All top 40 and R&B. Just a few of these are: Elvis: "In the Ghetto" "Suspicious Minds" "Kentucky Rain" etc.....The Box Tops: "Cry Like a Baby" (I played sitar on that one) etc.....B.J.Thomas: "Hooked on a Feeling" (sitar on that also) etc.....Dusty Springfield: "Son of a Preacher Man" from "Dusty in Memphis" album. Joe Tex: "Skinny Leggs" etc.....Wilson Pickett: "I'm in Love" "Midnight Mover" etc.....King Curtis: "Memphis Soul Stew" etc.....Neil Diamond: "Sweet Caroline" "Holly Holy" "Brother Loves Traveling Salvation Show" etc.....Danny O'Keefe: "Good Time Charlie" etc....Anyway, that's just a few of the many hits that I played on while at American Studios.
I moved to Nashville in 1972. I have no idea how many records that I've played on from '72 till now. It's a bunch. Here's just a few.....Jimmy Buffett: "Come Monday," "A Sailor Looks at 40," (my favorite Buffett song). I've been on six Buffett albums. Dobie Gray: "Drift Away," "Loving arms," etc.....J.J.Cale: "Cocaine," etc.....Merle Haggard: "That's The Way Love Goes," "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink," etc.....Willie Nelson: "Always On My Mind" etc.....Willie and Haggard: "Poncho and Lefty". Waylon Jennings: "Lukenbach Texas," etc.....Kenny Rogers: "Lucille," etc.....Hank Jr. "Family Traditions," etc.....Reba McEntire: "Little Rock," "Whoever's in New England," etc.....George Strait: (10 Albums) Travis Tritt: "Any More," "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" etc.....Conway Twitty/Sam Moore: "Rainy Night in Georgia" (Conway's last record from the Rythm, Country and Blues album.)
I could keep going, but all this me, me, me, stuff is about to make me sick. I still work on a lot of sessions and occasionally Bill Hullett and I show up on the same recording date, and when that happens, it's always a fun day. I figure I'll wear out about the same time that my ole Tele does. Now back to the important stuff....the TDP.