Warren Smith
Rockabilly Legend

Rockabilly Legend




'Probably the best pure singer for country music I’ve ever heard. ' SAM PHILLIPS

The best of his Sun recordings including the hugely influential 'Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache'. 

Despite registering a regional No.1 hit with his first Sun release in 1956, Warren Smith was one of several Sun artists whose careers suffered when Sam Phillips chose to focus his attention almost exclusively on the then up-and-coming Jerry Lee Lewis.  Indeed, Smith's version of 'Rock'n'Roll Ruby', penned by labelmate Johnny Cash, went on to outsell the debut releases of Elvis Presley, Cash and Carl Perkins.

Written by Roy Orbison, Smith's third 45rpm, 'So Long, I'm Gone', became his biggest Sun single, peaking at US Pop No.74.  Although he continued to record some top notch Rockabilly, including the unreleased gem 'Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache' - later a massive hit on the European rock'n'roll scene and now deemed a classic, sensing his future lay in Country music, in late '58 Smith delivered his final Sun cut 'Sweet, Sweet Girl', which Billboard pronounced "ultra commercial". 

Relocating to the West Coast in 1959, Smith signed to Liberty Records where he enjoyed a sustained run of Top 50 Country singles into the mid-60s.  This compilation shines a light on an artist whose talent was manifest from the start but for whom commercial success would prove to be a slow burn.

  1. Rock’n’Roll Ruby
  2. I’d Rather Be Safe Than Sorry
  3. Black Jack David
  4. Ubangi Stomp
  5. Tell Me Who
  6. Tonight Will Be The Last Night
  7. The Darkest Cloud
  8. So Long, I’m Gone
  9. Who Took My Baby
  10. Miss Froggie
  11. Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache
  12. Stop The World
  13. Got Love If You Want It
  14. I Fell In Love
  15. Dear John [studio talk & master]
  16. Hank Snow Medley
  17. Do I Love You
  18. Uranium Rock
  19. Goodbye Mr. Love
  20. Sweet Sweet Girl [studio talk & master]
  21. I Couldn’t Take The Chance
  22. I Like Your Kind Of Love
  23. Uranium Rock [alt.]
  24. Goodbye Mr Love [alt.]
  25. Stop The World [alt.]
  26. Rock ‘n’ Roll Ruby [alt.]
  27. So Long, I’m Gone [alt.]
  28. Old Lonesome Feeling [incomplete]
  29. My Hanging Day
  30. Sweet Sweet Girl [alt.]


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