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Long overdue – and now finally compiled and released by Bear Family: the comprehensive tribute to a great pioneer of rock ’n’ roll, Sonny Burgess.
He came into the world May 28, 1929 as Albert Austin Burgess in Little Rock, Arkansas, and remained active well into the new millennium.
His studio career as an independent artist began in the 1950s with Sun Records in Memphis and took him across the U.S. to Nashville, Chicago, Arkansas and New England over the next fifty years.

Our CD compilation is not content with reissuing his early Sun rockers. We’ve culled the best numbers from that era, some in excellent alternate versions, from the Sun archives. But we continue Sonny’s story with, among other things, the outstanding recordings featuring Dave Alvin of the Blasters, and and and … Throughout his life, Sonny Burgess was synonymous with the power of rockabilly and rock ’n’ roll; he became an icon for several generations of rockabilly fans worldwide. With our CD album you can go on an exciting time travel through several rock eras. We Wanna Boogie!

Burgess Sonny - Rocks (CD)


1-CD (Digipak) with 36-page booklet, 29 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min.

– Albert Austin Burgess – in short ’Sonny’ – was an icon and a crowd favorite for generations of Rockabilly fans worldwide. Active in the music scene for decades, Sonny exuded the energy and playfulness of the early rockers like no other…. just like when it all began… We Wanna Boogie!

– Bear Family delivers the first cross-label CD compilation of Sonny Burgess’ recordings from the fifties to the new millennium! Including his outstanding Nashville recordings from the Moondog Studios. Legendary New England sessions with Dave Alvin of The Blasters and others.

– Most importantly, Sonny’s terrific version of My Heart Is Achin’ For You, a chart hit for Rosie Flores, written by James Intveld.
– Top-notch rockabilly numbers from his Chicago-produced album with top Windy City musicians. And of course Spellbound – the rare US studio version recorded in Arkansas, now on CD for the first time.

Plus the essential original masters for Sun Records including rare alternate versions.

Finally as a bonus track a rare US Live recording with Larry ’Honey Bun’ Donn (late 1950s/early ’60s) – with the pure energy of the Pioneer rocker

Liner Notes by Martin Hawkins

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Additional information

Weight 0,1 kg
Dimensions 14,2 × 12,5 × 1 cm
Tuotekoodi BCD17629
Tuottaja Bear Family Records
Vuosi 2021

01 Big Black Cadillac
02 Lookin’ Out For Number One
03 I Don’t Dig It
04 My Heart Is Achin’ For You
05 Stuck Up
06 Automatic Woman
07 Enough Of You
08 Didn’t Know Love At All
09 Spellbound
10 Leav Your Lovin’ At Home
11 Catbird Seat
12 I Used To Cry Mercy
13 Down The Road
14 Rock On Mars
15 Sadie’s Back In Town
16 Ain’t Got A Thing
17 Daddy Blues (alt. 3)
18 We Wanna Boogie
19 Ain’t Gonna Do It (alt. 2)
20 Fanny Brown (alt. 1)
21 My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It (alt. 2)
22 Feelin’ Good
23 Red Headed Woman
24 The Prisoner’s Song (alt. 1)
25 Gone
26 Truckin’ Down The Avenue
27 Little Town Baby
28 Tomorrow Night
29 Swingin’ (instrumental)

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