Chanteuse Rockabilly US née Opal Jean Ambergey, le 6 Mars 1925 à Neon (Kentucky). Jean Chapel est la soeur de Martha Carson (Irene Ambergey). A 13 ans, multi-instrumentiste (guitare, banjo, et mandoline), Jean se produit avec ses soeurs sous le nom des Sunshine Sisters. Puis elle joue en compagnie des Snearly Ranch Boys de Clyde Leopard et signe un contrat chez Sun Records en 1956 où un unique single verra le jour. Après Jean passe chez RCA (56-57),  Smash (63), Kapp et Crest Records. Elle a aussi utilisé les noms de Opal Jean, Jan Amber et Mattie O'Neal. Jean Chapel est décédée le 19 Août 1995.

Jean Chapel, born as Opal Jean Amburgey, left her Neon, KY, home at 13 to perform daily with her sisters in the Sunshine Sister Band at Lexington, KY's WLAP in 1938. Even at such a young age, Chapel's personality and star potential came shining through as she sang lead on most songs. She had started in the band at age 11, after her father sold some of his carpentry tools to buy her a banjo. At 15, she began writing songs and would record and publish more than 170 before her death in 1995, songs that were recorded by the likes of Rosemary Clooney, Dean Martin, Patsy Cline, Roy Rogers, and Eddy Arnold. In 1940, the sisters moved to Atlanta's WSB, which gave her the name "Mattie." In 1947, Amber married performer Floyd "Salty" Holmes and the two performed together for years at the Grand Ole Opry, on television, radio, and in concert. Amber recorded as Opal Jean in the early '50s and with her Sunshine Sisters. She became Jean Chapel in 1956 when she began recording rockabilly songs like "I Won't Be Rocking Tonight" with Sun Records, which called her the female Elvis Presley and even released her "Welcome to the Club" on the B-side of an Elvis single. Chapel divorced Holmes and moved to Nashville, where she concentrated on writing through the '60s. She became neighbors with Tammy Wynette, who began recording Chapel's songs and did a duo with her called "Crazy Me." Wynette was also briefly married to Chapel's brother. The Country Music Association named her song "To Get to You" one of the year's five best in 1973.

Talent : Vocals, Songwriter, Guitar, Banjo, Mandoline

Style musical : Rockabilly, Rock 'n' Roll

I WON'T BE ROCKIN' TONIGHT (1956) (Jean Chapel)

OO-BA LA BABY (1957) (Jean Chapel)

WAITING (1959) (Jean Amber)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10 20



07/1956 SP SUN 244 (US) Jean CHAPEL - Welcome To The Club / I Won't Be Rockin' Tonight
10/1956 SP RCA VICTOR 47-6681 (US) Jean CHAPEL - Welcome To The Club / I Won't Be Rockin' Tonight
04/1957 SP RCA VICTOR 47-6892 (US) Jean CHAPEL - Oo-Ba La Baby / I Had A Dream
04/1959 SP CLEFF-TONE CT-157/8 (US) Jean AMBER - The Little Martian / Waiting
1962 ? SP CREST 1100 (US) Jean CHAPEL - It Hurts Me / Turn Around And Walk Away
06/1963 SP SMASH S-1829 (US) Jean CHAPEL - Don't Let Go / Your Tender Love

Unissued Track

1956 ? SUN unissued - (Sun (England) LP 1023 (#11)) Welcome To The Club [alt. vers.]

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