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Death ballads

Postby GoogaMooga » 23 Mar 2024, 07:09


The two hit wonder, Jody Reynolds, warrants your attention if you are serious about rockabilly, that is, if you dig deeper than the usual suspects. Jody scored a million-seller with "Endless Sleep" in 1958, an early forerunner of the so-called death ballads of the 1960s, songs like "Tell Laura I Love Her" and "Teen Angel".

Jody Reynolds is a best-kept secret, for aside from his two big hits, he cut a string of dark and brooding songs that evoked teen angst and high melodrama. But it was the death ballad and the second hit, "Fire of Love", that got him inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. And there he sits, for all time.
"When the desert comes, people will be sad; just as Cannery Row was sad when all the pilchards were caught and canned and eaten." - John Steinbeck

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