Introduction Part 1 The Smoother Side of Town 1. Roy Orbison: Starlight Lit My Lonesomeness 2. Perry Como: RIP 3. Patti Page: Oklahoma Blues Part 2 Fabor A Scam for Every Occasion 4. Jim Reeves: Say "Yes" to Rugs 5. Mitch Torok: When Mexican Joe Gave up the Rhumba 6. Ned Miller: From a Jack to a King Part 3 Town Hall Party 7. Skeets McDonald: You Oughta See Grandma 8. Wynn Stewart: Not Such a Pretty World 9. Wanda Jackson: Did She or Didn't She? 10. The Collins Kids: Brokenhearted Ricky Part 4 Memphis Sun Records, June 1957 11. Sonny Burgess: The Wild Man at 70 12. Ed Bruce: Mammas Don't Let Your Rock Boppin' Babies Grow up to Be Cowboys 13. Onie Wheeler Onie's Unlikely Bop (3188) Part 5 Postscript 14. Vernon Oxford: Too Country for Country (5761) Index
Colin Escott lives outside of Nashville, TN. He is the author of Tattooed on Their Tongues: Journeys through the Backrooms of American Music and Hank Williams: The Biography, and coauthor of Hank Williams: Snapshots from the Lost Highway, and Good Rockin' Tonight: The Sun Records Story. He has annotated over 500 recordings, and has won numerous awards for his writing, including a Grammy for historic documentation and an Lifetime Achievement Award from the ARSC (Association for Recorded Sound Collections), a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving the history of recorded sound.