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Friday, 24 May 2013

Rusty York born 24 May 1935



Rusty York (born May 24, 1935 in Harlan, Kentucky) is an American musician and member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Rusty York achieved Hall of Fame status with his Rockabilly song "Sugaree." The rockabilly phase was a minor success, but by the 1960s, York had returned to bluegrass and country. He also began to cultivate an interest in the business end of country and in 1961 started building a studio in his garage. By the early '70s York had retired from performing to concentrate on his Jewel Records imprint/studio full-time. Jewel continued to operate out of Cincinnati throughout the 1980s and '90s, and into the 21st century.

At a young age Rusty's father bought him a guitar and taught him the one chord he knew; but for the most part young York was self-taught. He listened to the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday nights and to the Mid-Day Merry-Go-Round and Cas Walker programs from Knoxville radio. A 1951 concert appearance by Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys
inspired the already musically curious York, who, after moving to Cincinnati, bought a five-string banjo and began to play out. His first collaborator was Willard Hale, and the duo gigged locally with acts like Jimmie Skinner and Hylo Brown. 

When Elvis Presley broke in 1957, York decided that an update in sound was necessary. He and Hale cut a version of Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue" for King, which led to York's teaming with vocalist Bonnie Lou in a rockabilly project. 1959 saw the recording of two of York's most rollicking numbers, "Red Rooster" and "Sugaree." 



The rockabilly phase was a minor success, but by the 1960s, York had returned to bluegrass and country. He also began to cultivate an interest in the business end of country and in 1961 started building a studio in his garage. 

By the early '70s York had retired from performing to concentrate on his Jewel Records imprint/studio full-time. Jewel continued to operate out of Cincinnati throughout the 1980s and '90s, and into the 21st century.


York continues to play music and remains friends with many of the other artists with whom he has risen to fame. After selling the Jewel Recording Studio in 2008, (the family's long-time recording studio since 1961) Rusty and his family have recently relocated from Southern Ohio to the State of Florida. (Info Wikipedia)


Eddie Drake and Rusty York playing guitar together for the 1st time. When Rusty owned Jewel Studios, Eddie was a studio musician.

2 comments:

boppinbob said...


For Chess Rockabillies go here:

http://www50.zippyshare.com/v/21352882/file.html

01 Tall Dark Handsome Man - Bobby Sisco
02 Susie Q - Dale Hawkins
03 Cool Off Baby - Billy Barrix
04 True Love - Larry Diamond
05 Sweet Talk - Rusty York
06 Save It - Mel Robbins
07 Why Did You Leave - Lou Josie
08 Just Go Wild Over Rock & Roll - Bobby Dean
09 Roses Are Blooming - Silvatones
10 Pardon Mr Gordon - Rod Bernard
11 Sugaree - Rusty York
12 Jet Tone Boogie - Jet Tones
13 Rock Yea - Del Saint & The Devils
14 Go Go Go - Bobby Sisco
15 Vacation's Over - Lou Josie
16 Are You With Me - Mel Robbins
17 All Night Long - Johnny Fuller
18 Nothing Shaking (But The Leaves On The Tress) - Eddie Fontaine
19 Love Me - Jimmy Lee & Wayne Walker
20 Look Out Mabel - G.L. Crockett
21 The Shape You Left Me In - Gene Simmons

zephyr said...

Thanks Bob Rusty is so versatile with his singing,it was interesting to hear what they said aboutthe guitars on the video many artists are known by sound of their guitars I think and many have them built as to their liking.