Chanteur US, Jimmy Wages a enregistré, après des démos à la Sun Records, un single à la fin des années cinquante pour Tombigbee Records. Il est décédé en 1999.
In a genre jammed full of artists who made one brilliant record and vanished into the mists of obscurity, rockabilly singer Jimmy Wages may be one of the most fascinating of all of them. Following his fellow Tupelo, Mississippi musicians the Miller Sisters up to Memphis, he landed a session in 1956 with Sun Records. Like many of his contemporaries, he wrote his own material, but unlike them, he didn't play an instrument. He was accompanied on his 706 Union Avenue recordings by stalwart Sun players like J.M. Van Eaton on drums and Ray Harris on lead guitar. Produced by Jack Clement (who also utilized Wages' string bass player Jesse Carter, acoustic guitar and steel guitar on Wages' sessions), the music from Wages' lone brush with fame is Southern music in the extreme -- full of quasi-religious images and tales of recrimination that were at total odds with the sunnier, "gonna bop tonight" lyrics of the rockabilly tunes that were actually seeing release on Sun. Sam Phillips was hot to release "Mad Man" from these sessions, but Clement reportedly talked him out of it, sensing that nothing from the sessions had true commercial appeal. The session remained unreleased until some 25 years later, when the music of Jimmy Wages was finally heard by the worldwide rockabilly community and lauded as raw genius. Wages record fed again for Hi Records and Sun producer Stan Kesler, but never saw an actual release on any of his material until his Sun material was reissued. Jimmy Wages died in 1999.
Talents : Vocals
Style musical : Rockabilly
MAD MAN (195?) (Sun unissued)
Years in activity :
|195?||SP TOM BIG BEE 102 (US)||Jimmy WAGES & The TUNE MATES - Biggest Man Around / Right In The Middle|
|1957||SUN unissued - (AVI CD 5003 (#21) / Charly CD 8118 (#9) / Disky CD 5201 (#21) / Lucky CD 801 (#20) / Sun (England) LP 1026 (#6))||Heartbreakin' Love|
|1957||SUN unissued - (AVI CD 5003 (#22) / Bear Family CD 16210 (#5) / Charly CD 713 (#60) / Charly CD 8274-2 (#11) / Charly CD 8317 (#2) / Charly CD 8352 (#6) / Disky CD 05 (#52) / Disky CD 5203 (#52) / Emusic/Charly MP 11312766 (#6) / Sun (England) LP 1026 (#7))||(Take Me From This) Garden Of Evil|
|195?||SUN unissued - (AVI CD 5003 (#19) / Bear Family CD 16311 (#27) / Charly CD 36 (#20) / Charly CD 713 (#37) / Charly CD 8099 (#7) / Club LP 001 (#8) / Disky CD 03 (#31) / Disky CD 250542 (#44) / Dressed To Kill/BMG CD 66 (#13) / J!mco CD 89194 (#23) / Lucky CD 802 (#12) / Music Club CD 024 (#20) / Presto CD 3 (#11) / Select CD 586 (#18) / Smith & Co. CD 2440 (#67) / Sun CD 024 (#20) / Sun 10 801 (#8) / Sun (England) 10 501 (#10) / Vladimir Twist LP 6903 (#13))||Mad Man|
|195?||SUN unissued - (AVI CD 5003 (#20) / Bear Family CD 16210 (#20) / Charly CD 713 (#50) / Charly CD 8236 (#9) / Charly LP 30147 (#12) / Disky CD 03 (#45) / Rhino CD 73346 (#85) / Sun (England) 10 501 (#8) / Sun (England) LP 1010 [1st] (#12))||Miss Pearl|
|195?||Tape fragment - (Bear Family CD 16405 (#34))||Unknown tape fragment|
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