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The Cats Behind the Scene
welcomes you to an inside view of history being made in Jackson, Tn.
     
Jackson, Tennessee is located halfway between Memphis (a hotbed for early rock and roll, R&B, and blues) & Nashville (home of country music and birthplace of hillbilly music).
     Jackson is adjacent to I-40 ( Music Highway ) one of the most traveled highways in the United States.
 

FIRST SUN AWARDS PRESENTED DURING ROCKABILLY FEST 2002

Jackson – A special event occurred Thursday, August 8, 2002, with a special banquet highlighting the Golden Anniversary of Sun Records. 

Attended by many notables in Memphis music plus fans from around the world, the banquet was highlighted by the presentations of the Sun Awards by Shelby Singleton and the “Sam-Sun” Award presented by Sam Phillips. 

Shelby Singleton, who designed the special medallions and crystal awards highlighted with the recipients’ names and the Sun logo, used the evening to recognize a diversity of individuals who had contributed to rockabilly and early rock-and-roll. click to continue 


JOE MELSON INDUCTED INTO JACKSON’S
INTERNATIONAL ROCK-A-BILLY HALL OF FAME

Jackson – Songwriter Joe Melson (“Only the Lonely”), known for his work with Roy Orbison, became the most recent inductee to the International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame in Jackson.  The induction came during the Golden Anniversary of Sun Records banquet at Jackson’s Garden Plaza Hotel. 

In addition to the presentation by the Hall’s Henry Harrison, John Lomax, III, of BMI was on hand to highlight Joe Melson’s work..  Noted was the fact that recordings of Melson’s songs had received over 15 million confirmed airplays in the United States alone. 

Melson in his comments noted not only special career moments and the evolution of the Roy Orbison sound, but also the emotional attachment with people.  Melson said that when he loved and expressed it in music the audience did too, sharing those life moments and emotions.  And when our heart broke their hearts did too, either by sharing their own heartbreak in our music or feeling our heartbreak through our the songs.  

A new special section of the International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame on Church Street in downtown Jackson showcases the career of Joe Melson.


 HALL OF FAME NIGHT FOR THE COMETS, SONNY BURGESS AND
THE PACERS, WINK MARTINDALE AND ALEX WARD

Jackson – The actual Hall of Fame certificates were presented in Jackson, August 8, to some special members of the International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame.  Bill Haley’s original Comets were on hand to mark their 50th Anniversary.  Though one member had worked with Bill Haley in the 1940’s, the Comets that hit with “Rock Around the Clock” and much more, came together in 1952.        click to continue


 NEW ALBUMS BEING RELEASED

From West Tennessee to Nashville to New York City there are new albums featuring rockabilly being released.  

Sam Phillips and Shelby Singleton just returned to Tennessee from New York City where they attended multiple events announcing a new BMG Heritage label release marking Sun Record’s 50th Anniversary. 
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  To find out about what's happening at the Rockabilly Hall of Fame  visit - click here or visit   rockabillyhall.org

  10-0-C In Studio For New Rockabilly CD

West Tennessee – The multi-talented group, 10-0-C, has been in the studio all this month preparing their first all rockabilly CD. The yet untitled album will consist of twelve "all time rockabilly classics."
     According to bassist Keith Sasser, the session is about 70% completed with the band targeting a release date around July 4.
     After the recording sessions are completed, 10-0-C will return to an active performance schedule including:

August 17 – Graceland – Elvis Week – Memphis, TN – 10:30 p.m.
August 31 – Fur, Fin & Feather Fest – Middleton, TN
September 28 – River Fest (Opening for Bellamy Brothers) – New Albany, MS
Full information on the band is available at www.10oc.com                                 

 

 

                                       
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