FIRST SUN AWARDS
PRESENTED DURING ROCKABILLY FEST 2002
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
INTERNATIONAL ROCK-A-BILLY HALL OF FAME
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 Jacksons Garden Plaza Hotel.
In addition to the
presentation by the Halls Henry Harrison, John Lomax, III, of BMI was on hand to
highlight Joe Melsons work.. Noted was
the fact that recordings of Melsons 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
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 Haleys original
Comets were on hand to mark their 50th Anniversary. Though one member had worked with Bill Haley in
the 1940s, the Comets that hit with Rock Around the Clock and much more,
came together in 1952.
NEW ALBUMS BEING
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 Records 50th
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