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Hardrock Gunter

Though he doesn't get the same attention as other rock & roll pioneers, Hardrock Gunter was one of the earliest country boogie artists to start shifting the music into full-fledged rockabilly. A native of Birmingham, AL, he was born Sidney Louis Gunter Jr. in 1925, and earned his nickname when a car hood fell on his head with no noticeable effect, leading to the observation that it was as hard as a rock. An admirer of Hank Penny, Gunter formed his first band, the Hoot Owl Ramblers, at age 13, and also played talent shows under the name Goofy Sid. In 1939, he joined Happy Wilson's Golden River Boys, with whom he remained for several years; after Gunter and the other members served in World War II, they reorganized the band in 1946. Gunter began appearing on a local children's television show in 1949, and the following year he got a chance to record for the Bama label. His first release, 1950's "Birmingham Bounce," was tabbed by a small minority of critics as the first (or one of the first) rock & roll records, even prior to Jackie Brenston's "Rocket 88." It was covered by Red Foley for a hit, and recorded by the likes of Amos Milburn and Lionel Hampton as well.

Gunter signed with Foley's label, Decca, and his 1951 duet with Roberta Lee, "Sixty Minute Man," was one of the first country records to cross over to R&B audiences. He released several more singles on Decca through 1953, also working a couple of years as a DJ in Wheeling, WV. He went on to cut some material for MGM and Sun, the latter of which included some of his best-known singles -- "Gonna Dance All Night" b/w "Fallen Angel" (1954) and "Juke Box Help Me Find My Baby" (1956). The latter song originally appeared on a smaller label, but was leased and re-edited by Sam Phillips without success. Gunter recorded for several other labels during the late '50s and early '60s, including King, Emperor, Island, Starday, and Seeco, without much commercial success. He quit the music business in 1964 to run an insurance agency. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Hillbilly Boogie

Disc 1

1. Travelling Boogie

2. Freight Train Boogie

3. Streamliner Boogie

4. Pan American Boogie

5. Louisiana Boogie

6. Tennessee Boogie

7. Tennessee Boogie

8. Georgia Boogie

9. Texas Boogie

10. Mississippi Boogie

11. Oakie Boogie

12. Dixieland Boogie

13. Kentucky Waltz Boogie

14. Mobile Boogie

15. Colorado Boogie

16. Fort Worth Boogie

17. Waxahachie Boogie Woogie Dishwasher Boy

18. Del Rio Boogie

19. Downtown Boogie

21. North Pole Boogie

22. Three Way Boogie

23. Smokey Mountain Boogie

24. Humble Road Boogie

25. Peach Tree Street Boogie

Disc 2

1. I've Got The Boogie Blues

2. Pretty Baby Boogie

3. Slick Chick Boogie

4. Mother-In-Law Boogie

5. Mean Mama Boogie

6. Jesse James Boogie

7. Old MacDonald Boogie

8. Baby Buggie Boogie

9. George's Playhouse Boogie

10. Long Tom Boogie

11. Jack & Jill Boogie

12. Boogie Woogie Lou

14. Boogie Woogie Blues

15. Rip Ramsey Boogie

16. Richey Boogie

17. Porky's Boogie Woogie On Strings

18. T. Texas Boogie

19. Paper Boy Boogie

20. Cowboy Boogie

21. Lost John Boogie

22. Merle's Boogie Woogie

23. Bennie Hess Boogie

24. G.I. Boogie

Disc 3

1. Boogie Man Boogie

2. Boogie Woogie

3. Boog-Boog Boogie

4. Super Boogie Woogie

5. Boogie Woogie In The Village

6. Doin' The Boogie Woogie

7. Hillbilly Boogie

8. Boogie Barn Dance

9. Dream Band Boogie

10. Hayride Boogie

11. Boogie Woogie On A Saturday Night

13. Hillbilly Boogie

14. Green Tree Boogie

15. No Shoes Boogie

16. Shufflin' Shoes Boogie

17. Juke Box Boogie

18. Juke Box Boogie

19. Boogie Woogie Baby

20. Boogie Woogie Gal

21. Cornbread Boogie

22. Catfish Boogie

23. Goatburger Boogie

24. Sundown Boogie

25. Alarm Clock Boogie

Disc 4

1. Crazy About The Boogie

2. Crazy Boogie

3. Crazy Baby Boogie

4. Guitar Boogie

5. Mandolin Boogie

7. Piano Pete's Boogie

8. Banjo Boogie

9. Be Bop Boogie

10. Real Hot Boogie

11. Red Hot Boogie

12. Hula Boogie

13. The Shotgun Boogie

14. Hot Rod Shotgun Boogie #2

15. Doghouse Boogie

16. Dirty Boogie

17. Snake Dance Boogie

18. Rhumba Boogie

19. Hadacol Boogie

20. Playboy Boogie

21. Hesitation Boogie

22. New Broom Boogie

23. Hangman Boogie

24. Mule Boogie

25. I'm Too Old To Boogie Anymore

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Track List: The Sun Records Story

Disc 1

1. Cool Down Mama

2. Boogie In The Park

3. Howlin' Tom Cat

4. Highway Man

5. Juiced

7. Tiger Man

8. Love My Baby

9. Come Back Baby

10. Cotton Crop Blues

11. I'm Gonna Murder My Baby

12. Time Has Made A Change

13. Red Hot

15. Dark Muddy Bottom

16. Hello, Hello Baby

17. Listen To Me, Baby

18. Boogie Blues

20. Gonna Dance All Night

21. Don't Believe

22. Defrost Your Heart

23. Sure To Fall

24. Fool Proof

26. Jump Right Out Of This Jukebox

27. You're The Only Star In My Blue Heaven

28. Fool For Lovin' You

29. I'd Rather Be Safe Than Sorry

30. Come In Stranger

Disc 2

1. Rockin' Daddy

2. Crazy Arms

3. Mean Little Mama

4. Got Love If You Want It

5. Crawdad Song

6. Her Love Rubbed Off

7. Mad Man

8. Love My Baby

9. Miss Froggie

10. Pearly Lee

11. Deep Elem Blues

12. That Don't Move Me

14. Come On Little Mama

15. Rock With Me Baby

16. Fine Little Baby

17. Rockin' With My Baby

18. Baby That's Good

19. My Baby Don't Rock

20. Miss Pearl

21. That's Right

22. So Glad You're Mine

23. Willing And Ready

24. Shake Around

26. Judy

27. Good Rockin' Tonight

29. Tough, Tough, Tough

30. (Take Me From This) Garden Of Evil

31. Have Faith In My Love

Disc 3

2. Just Walkin' In The Rain

3. Bear Cat

4. Blue Suede Shoes

5. When It Rains It Pours

6. Mystery Train

7. Boppin' The Blues

8. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

9. Flyin' Saucer Rock 'n' Roll

10. I Walk The Line

11. Ooby Dooby

12. We Wanna Boogie

13. Dixie Fried

14. Great Balls Of Fire

15. Red Hot

16. Big River

17. Rock 'n' Roll Ruby

18. Breathless

19. Honey Don't

20. Red Headed Woman

21. Ballad Of A Teenage Queen

22. High School Confidential

23. Matchbox

24. Lonely Weekends

25. I'm Coming Home

26. Who Will The Next Fool Be?

27. What'd I Say

28. Guess Things Happen That Way

29. Raunchy

30. Mona Lisa

31. Whirlwind

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