Nancy Sinatra, Billy Strange (middle) and Lee Hazlewood in 2003.
Today Billy Strange celebrates his 80th birthday in Nashville, TN. Here’s a video interview with Billy Strange I did. He talks about working with The Beach Boys, Nat King Cole, Phil Spector and Nancy Sinatra.
Billy Strange helped the Beach Boys, Elvis, Frank and Nancy Sinatra and many others to make hits.
He was a number one studio guitarist in the music studios of Hollywood in the 1950s and 1960s. You can hear his guitar on songs like “Surfin’ U.S.A.”, “Sloop John B.” and countless other Beach Boys and surf songs. He’s also famous for playing the haunting guitar on “Bang Bang”, the song that was used by Quentin Tarantino in “Kill Bill”. His arranging skills made songs like “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'”, “Some Velvet Morning” and “Something Stupid” immortal.
The history of eyeglasses and rock and roll has to be written yet. Consider this random photo collection as a modest starting point. Scroll down and indulge yourself in rocking eyeglasses!
Buddy Holly, The-Father-Of-Rock-and-Roll-Horn-Rimmed-Eyeglasses (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Roy Orbison comes very close to Buddy Holly with his eyeglasses (Photo by John Waterman/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Watch out Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, Rockabilly legend Jody Reynolds wears some nice horn-rimmed-eyeglasses, too!
Little Richard, King Of Sunglasses And Rock ‘n’ Roll (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The other King Of Rock And Roll: Elvis Presley with his wife Priscilla, showing off his fancy eyeglasses (Photo found at Silver Lining Opticians)
Janis Joplin (1969) knows: these glasses keep your eyes warm in winter (Photo by Stroud/Express/Getty Images)
Rock star John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono in 1980: Sometimes stars and sunglasses come in pairs (photo: David Mcgough, LIFE)
He ain’t no rock ‘n’ roller but he sure got fine glasses
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The rockabilly discography Rockin’ Country Style (RCS) is a hard labor of love. In 1979 Terry Gordon started working on it and it has been growing ever since.
Terry Gordon’s rockabilly discography concentrates on the years 1951 – 1964 and includes music that blends country, rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll. The meticulous discography include dates, label and numbers, label shots and sometimes music samples. It also links the original songs to compilations.
The database is very user friendly because you can access it through artists, labels, song titles, and chronological or geographical listing.
So, if you love rockabilly, check this site out. But be careful, it can be addictive.