Jimmie John: Solid Rock (1959)

 |   |  <1 min read

Jimmie John: Solid Rock (1959)

Rockabilly is a genre that seems to enjoy the fact that it doesn't change or grow, develop or move too far from a simple template of a backbeat and the invitation to dance.

It is shamelessly self-referential (in truth it just borrows or steals from itself) and back in the early Fifties when it emerged it didn't take it too long to establish some fundamental principles. Then Elvis -- and others -- arrived and laid down a short, sharp and refined version which was widely adopted.

A lot of rockabilly songs are also shamelessly "country" and here Jimmie John, with his almost hit, comes off the country boy taking his country girl to a dance in town, plays on the whole "dig" and "rock" thing, exaggerates his yokel vocal, and of course of the bass voice coming in was a useful gimmick.

But the real interest here lies in the very cool if brief guitar, banjo and fiddle solos at the mid-point. If you hadn't already got it, this was rockabilly straight from the hills. Two minutes of funny dance music -- with a banjo on speed.

This comes from the collection The Rarest Rockabilly Album in the World Ever!

For more oddities, one-offs or songs with an interesting backstory use the RSS feed for daily updates, and check the massive back-catalogue at From the Vaults.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

Little Eva: The Trouble With Boys (1963)

Little Eva: The Trouble With Boys (1963)

When Little Eva died in 2003, most obituaries got in the story that she had been Gerry Goffin and Carole King's babysitter and, inspired by her odd dancing style, they penned The Locomotion for... > Read more

The London Symphony Orchestra: Hey Joe (1979)

The London Symphony Orchestra: Hey Joe (1979)

It has always seemed very popular to create orchestral versions of rock songs. Way back Arthur Fiedler and his Boston Pops Orchestra played Beatles' songs, The London Symphony Orchestra released a... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists; 100 Hits, 80s

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists; 100 Hits, 80s

Yes, it's easy to tick off who isn't represented among these 100 hits of the decade that discovered synths -- Prince, Madonna, Bowie, every decent hip-hop act, the paisley underground bands,... > Read more

10 UNUSUAL ECM ALBUMS OF THE EIGHTIES I OWN (2019): But there's no pattern to the pattern . . .

10 UNUSUAL ECM ALBUMS OF THE EIGHTIES I OWN (2019): But there's no pattern to the pattern . . .

When Manfred Eicher founded his record label ECM (Editions of Contemporary Music) in 1969 it was, he told Elsewhere in a 1992 interview, with a view to recording jazz at the same high quality... > Read more