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Benny Joy

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Music Style Rockabilly

Profile:Active: '50s, '60s
Representative Albums: "The Benny Joy Story 1957-61: Crash the Party
Biography:
Benny Joy was not a talent on the order of top rockabilly stars, but he had more going for him than a lot of the obscure singers in the style that have been rediscovered and championed by collectors. The Tampa guitarist and vocalist cut a few rare singles in the late '50s that didn't get anywhere, although he was represented for a time by Platters manager Buck Ram and did some recording in Nashville with session musicians like saxophonist Boots Randolph, guitarist Hank Garland, and drummer Buddy Harman. Although rockabilly was calming down by the late '50s, Joy seemed in no mood to settle down himself, and on numerous sides he sounds like he's about to shout-sing himself hoarse. Joy wrote most of his material, and although he was derivative of such bigger cats as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, and others, on his better tracks he projected a straight-to-the-heart-of-the-matter exuberance along the lines of (although, again, not as good as) Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent. Joy was also one of the relatively few minor rock artists to tour Europe in the late '50s -- he did so twice, in fact. After parting with Ram, Joy recorded for Decca without success and in the 1960s became a country songwriter, supplying some material for Stonewall Jackson. Like many obscure rockabilly acts, Joy enjoyed renewed appreciation in England after British collectors discovered his work, particularly for his 1958 single "Crash the Party." ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

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Music Style:Rockabilly

Profile:
Benny Joy was born in Georgia in 1935, but his family moved to Tampa, Florida six years later. Like most budding rockabilly artists, Benny got his start playing C&W, but his true obsession was with R&B. It was at a Tampa high school that Benny formed his first band in 1951, pairing up with Tennessee transplant “Big” John Taylor. Big John was a wild rockabilly guitarist who effortlessly coaxed dark and moody textures from his Stratocaster.

Together, they recorded some of the most menacing echo-drenched rockabilly and pre-surf instrumentals ever committed to wax biscuit.

The duo pounded out masterpieces like Wild Wild Lover, Crash The Party, Spin The Bottle, Hey High School Baby, Rollin To The Jukebox Rock, but failed to land a hit outside their home state.Benny Joy retired from performing in the 60’s, but remained active as a songwriter, penning Ray Smith’s Sun cut “Hey Boss Man” along with tunes for Mel Tillis, Marty Robbins, and Stonewall Jackson.

Benny Joy passed away in 1988. His semi-obscure recordings for the Tri-Dec and Antler labels still rank as some of the finest rockabilly music ever recorded.

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Music Style:Rock n Roll

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Music Style:Rock n Roll

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Artist Recording Company Track number Chart Position Release Date     
             
Crash The Party      
Little Red Book          
Miss Bobby Sox          
Spin The Bottle          
Hey High School Baby          
Steady With Betty          
Ittie Bittie Everything          
Rollin' To The Jukebox Rock          
Kiss Me          
I'm Gonna Move          
Button Nose          
Bundle Of Love          
In Study Hall          
Rebel Rock          
Gossip, Gossip, Gossip          
I'll Never Have The One I Love          
Cutie Pie          
A Dream, A Hope And A Love          
Come Back          
Stompin'          
She Cried For Me          
Dearest Darling          
Don't Boo Hoo Mary Lou          
Hold My Hand          
Wild Wild Lover          
Money Money          
Hey High School Baby          
Crash The Party        
             
             

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References: The Sound of the City ( The Rise of Rock and Roll ) by Charlie Gillett, A Brief history of Rock n Roll by Nick Johnstone, web links www.wikipedia.com www.discogs.com www.spotify.com www.last.fm copyright david crowfoot 2009, 2010.