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Bill Black, along with Scotty Moore and D. J. Fontana, provided the musical framework for all of Elvis Presley’s early classic rock ‘n’ roll hits, right through to when the King went into the US Army for overseas service. Considering the dramatic impact of Elvis on the world of popular music, it is surprising that the men who shared his success have been such shadowy figures. It seems that the spotlight shining on Elvis was so strong that it cast a shadow over his musical cohorts. There has been no shortage of recordings by Bill Black and his combo, yet the enigma continues because, while the music is familiar enough. Born 17th September 1926 – Memphis, Tennessee Died 21st October 1965 – Memphis, Tennessee
The Bill Black Combo could be heard on many Elvis Presley recordings Little Queenie was a mod anthem . The Bill Black Combo: LITTLE QUEENIE (1964) This Instrumental is a version of Chuck Berry‘s hit. This was a frequently played instrumental at the Wheel. And many years later also became a hit on the Northern Soul scene: Kev Roberts puts it at 150.
SMOKIE Pt2. (1959) – Instrumental.Also recorded by Bill Doggett in 1960
White Silver Sands – 1960Firm favourites at the Manchester Soul clubs in the 1960’s; Bill Black’s Combo could be heard on many Elvis Presley recordings. Hi Records USA CD SLEEVE NOTES BILL BLACK’S COMBO
Wikipedia: Bill Black Combo
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