Liberty Records was founded in 1955 on the US West Coast as an independent label specializing in film music. In its
first year, singer Julie London delivered the fledgling label a smash hit with Cry Me A River, and a year later legendary
pianist and film composer Henry Mancini signed with Liberty. However, he left the label in 1958 and spent the next 20
years working for RCA Records.
Liberty Records offered a wide range of musical styles and produced – to the astonishment of many rockabilly and rock
’n’ roll fans – a number of excellent recordings. Eddie Cochran was the best-known and most successful rock singer on
Liberty, with hits such as Sittin’ in the Balcony (1957), Summertime Blues and C’mon Everybody, followed by Johnny
Burnette and Bobby Vee, who joined Liberty in 1960 and recorded Suzie Baby.
Moving to the well-known corporate address on Sunset Boulevard in 1958, Liberty established Freedom, an extremely
short-lived secondary label that did not survive through 1959.
For the 38th issue in our renowned ’That’ll Fat Git It!” CD series, we’ve compiled 37 recordings from the extensive
Liberty/Freedom catalog and had Bill Dahl comment on them in extensive liner notes. We’ve gone in search of the best
accessible sources and taken the utmost care in re-mastering to release the most comprehensive and highest quality
compilation to date, featuring the most rocking tracks from the Liberty catalog.