Chanteur Rockabilly US né Homer Raymond Harris, le 7 Septembre 1927 à Mantachie (Mississippi), Ray Harris fit une carrière fulgurante et nous laisse deux singles chez Sun Records en 1956 et 57. Par la suite, Ray s'est consacré à la production, travaillant avec différents studios de Memphis (Tennessee). Il est décédé le 13 Novembre 2003.

US Rockabilly singer born Homer Raymond Harris, September 7, 1927 in Mantachie (Mississippi). In the history of Sun Records, Ray Harris is but a minor footnote. He only saw two singles released on the little yellow label, but his inclusion in any rock history book is based on the fact that both of those records just happen to some of the greatest and rawest rockabilly ever recorded at Sun or anywhere else in the 1950s. Born in Mississippi, Harris started out as a straight ahead country singer before hearing Elvis Presley and surmising that he could be doing the same thing and reaping every bit of the same share of the rewards. He moved up to Memphis and armed with little more than a burning desire to make it in the record business, put together a small combo with an eye on recording for Sam Phillips and being on Sun Records. The two singles he recorded, "Come On Little Mama" and "Greenback Dollar Watch & Chain" both did brisk local sales but were both too ultimately raw to be heard on radio stations North of the Mason-Dixon line. After playing lead guitar on a few stray sessions at the Sun studio (he can be heard on Jimmy Wages' sessions), Harris defected to the other side of the glass, becoming a successful producer for Hi Records in the late 1950s and early '60s. He died November 13, 2003.

http://www.rockabillyhall.com/RayHarris.html

Talents : Singer, Guitar, Producer

Style musical : Rockabilly, Traditional Country

COME ON LITTLE MAMA (1956)

WHERE 'D YOU STAY LAST NITE ? (1956)

GREENBACK DOLLAR, WATCH AND CHAIN (1957)

FOOLISH HEARTS (1957)

LONELY WOLF (1957) (unissued)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t. & Singles

10/1956 78 t. & SP SUN 254 (US) Come On Little Mama / Where 'd You Stay Last Nite ?
08/1957 78 t. & SP SUN 272 (US) Greenback Dollar, Watch And Chain / Foolish Hearts
2001 SP NORTON / SUN JUKEBOX SERIES 847 (US) Come On Little Mama (alternative take) / Take Me To That Place (Jack EARLS)
2001 SP NORTON / SUN JUKEBOX SERIES 853 (US) Lonely Wolf / That's The Way I Feel (Jimmy PRITCHETT)

Unissued tracks

1956 SUN unissued - (Bear Family CD 16311 (#12) / Boot 10 706/2 (#1)) Come On Little Mama [alt. vers.]
1957 SUN unissued - (Bear Family CD 16405 (#4) / Bopcat LP 200 (#6) / Charly CD 8317 (#1) / J!mco CD 89193 (#7) / Sun (England) CD 9 (#7) / Sun (England) LP 1025 (#7)) Greenback Dollar, Watch And Chain [alt. vers.]
1957 SUN unissued - (AVI CD 5003 (#12) / Bear Family CD 16210 (#21) / Charly LP 2015 (#2) / Charly CD 8236 (#3) / Charly LP 30105 (#2) / Charly LP 30138 (#13) / Disky CD 06 (#36) / Sun (England) 10 509 (#7) / Vladimir Twist LP 6903 (#14)) Lonely Wolf
1957 SUN unissued - (AVI CD 5003 (#10) / Charly CD 8118 (#8) / Disky CD 04 (#35) / Sun (England) LP 1026 (#5)) Love Dumb Baby
195? SUN unissued - (White Label LP 8801 (#9)) I'm Winning Now

Album

2003 CD RAY HARRIS PRODUCTIONS (US) RAW-N-ROCKIN' - Raw-n-Rockin' / Come On Little Mama / Gettin' Good At Gettin' Over You / Rockin' Tonight / My Baby's Gone South On Me / Greenback Dollar / Missing In Action / Another Breakdown / Mississippi Dream / He's My Rock

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