Chanteur Rockabilly US né en 1935 à Clarksdale (Mississippi). Andy Anderson forma son premier groupe au collège, puis il tournera sur les campus universitaires où il sera remarqué par Johnny Angle, un jeune producteur de disques. Ils formeront le label Century Limited Records où Andy gravera d'excellents titres. Comme beaucoup de chanteurs, Andy Anderson a tenté sa chance à la Sun Records, sans succès, y laissant quelques démos. Il a aussi enregistré pour Kapp (57), Felsted (58), Cardon (58), Apollo (59), Century Limited (60), Hermitage (61), Scott (62), Howdy (62 ?), Cougar (63 ?) et Nu-Star Records (63 ?).
The tale of
Andy Anderson is one of the great "could have been" epics in the history of rock
and roll. The state of Mississippi honors him as a rockabilly legend, and a new
spate of record producers, researchers and just plain fans in each generation
have repeatedly prevented the man from retiring from music. His many decisions
to quit were never based on a full belly or feeling of satisfaction; rather, his
career is full of bad luck, frustrations and worse, Anderson even lopping off
one of his fingers in a tragic accident. While this is hardly a pleasant event
for a guitarist, other events overshadow the accidental amputation with their
own incredible pall of career morbidity. Anderson's original band was called The
Rolling Stones—well before Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the lads got together.
This original Rolling Stones even released
some of the first rock records in England in the mid '50s. Anderson and his Rolling Stones also cut an album for Sun records in the early days, but that album was never released, seeing as how the label manager had already outspent his budget putting out sessions by artists that went ahead and got much more famous than Anderson, such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Charlie Rich.
Anderson had the exact same influences as all of these early rock and rockabilly stars. As a teenager he grew up listening to Mississippi's delta blues as well as the Grand Ole Opry country and western broadcasts. Anderson's mother seems to have passed along a great deal of musical talent. She played piano and sang and encouraged her son's high school band efforts. These early combos involved musicians that continued playing with the guitarist through his career, including his cousin and loyal sidekick Billy Anderson on piano. He also hooked up with drummer Jimmy Giles in high school, the trio gigging at fraternity parties on campus. In the early '50s the group took over territory in the college itself as the boys began practicing in the privacy of their new dormitory homes. Players such as Joe Tubb, "Cuz" Covington, Bobby Lyon, James Aldridge and Roy Estes were all part of this scene, and all left an imprint on the state's early rock scene.
Anderson called the group The Rolling Stones based on their hours of driving from gig to gig. By 1956, the group had signed a management contract with two business professionals, Jimmy Ammons from one of many independent labels to call itself Delta and Mabel McQueen, who had made a fortune with the product Pine-Sol. Sam Phillips at Sun in Memphis was the next business honcho to become involved. Jack Clement engineered the recordings Anderson and the Rolling Stones did for Sun—none it released at the time. Although Anderson was not fond of claiming that he could have been another Elvis Presley, he did share the same voice coach, Zelma Lee Whitfield. In 1957, Anderson signed a new contract with several Nashville publishing agents, and had a new group featuring pianist Sammy Martina and drummer Jimmy Whitehead. The Felsted label, a subsidiary of London recorded the tunes "Johnny Valentine" and "I-I-I Love You", the former an Anderson original. Like many rockers of this period, the group arrived at the studio to find out none of the members would be allowed to play on the record. Andy Anderson was allowed to sing, but the instrumental back-up was strictly Nashville pro: Hank Garland on lead guitar, Buddy Harmon on drums, Bobby Moore on bass and the Jordanaires. This was still considered a rock and roll record, and as such was one of the first introduced to the overseas market. Nonetheless, it provides absolutely no indication of what this band really sounded like.
The frustrated band went on its own to cut "You Shake a Me Up" and "The Way She Smiled" at a little Nashville studio, one of the songs written by Anderson and Tubb in their car outside when they pulled up and realized they had neglected to prepare a "B" side for the projected single. Both this independent production and the earlier single distributed by London did well, but shake-ups in record company management prevented the group from realizing any benefit.
In 1959, another Andersonbiographical event occurs that would tempt the producers of television soap operas. The artist's nightmarish relationship with his father intervenes in his career, prompting Anderson to abandon his band and career entirely in order to head back to Mississippi and run the family plantation. Howard "B.B." Boone took over the frontman position in the Rolling Stones Anderson got home, only to find his father had changed his mind and was ready to throw him out again.
Anderson relocated in Jackson and began licking his wounds. He started up a new group called The Dawnbreakers by night and ran a wholesale electrical supply company by day. "Tough Tough Tough" and "Gimme a Curly Lock of Your Hair" was a regional rockabilly hit, leading to four other releases and a series of tours through 1965. The following year Anderson switched courses completely, moving to Los Angeles and beginning an acting career. He was also involved as a song co-writer with the group The Association, and eventually began working with a management company that signed bands such as The Seeds, Canned Heat and Jefferson Airplane. In the early '70s Anderson returned to Mississippi and a tax audit, neither a pleasant experience. In 1974 a new relationship with songwriter J.J. Hettinger signalled the next creative period, the pair cutting tracks under the name of The Eagle and the Hawk.
The duo moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1975and started up the Aerie label. In 1976 Anderson lost his middle finger in an accident with a hydraulic lift. Anderson's resulting depression grounded The Eagle and the Hawk permanently.
Radio producer Don Filletti managed to track down Anderson in the early '80s, leading to new reissue and recording projects with the German label Bison Bop. By 1983 the once-retired Anderson was now working around Taos with local musicians. Once again what seemed like an important recording opportunity fizzled when a producer for United Artists began working on a Nashville demo with Anderson but then lost his position with the label, leaving four finished songs in limbo. The Bison Bop releases were circulating, however, and the British Charley label came up with reissues of the Sun recordings. This was followed by more releases on Red Lighting, Sun Jay and Go Cat Go—all foreign labels. Overseas, Anderson seems to be considered one of the important innovators in early rock and roll, but remains pretty much unknown in the United States outside of Mississippi. At least, when people think of the Rolling Stones, they don't think about this guy.
Talents : Singer, Guitar, Songwriter
Style : Rockabilly, Rock 'n' Roll
SHAKE ME UP
GIMME LOCK A YOUR HAIR (1960)
CHOP SUEY (1960) (Dawnbreakers)
TOUGH TOUGH TOUGH (1960)
Years in activity :
|08/1957||SP KAPP 193 (US)||Beautiful Week End / Sight Seeing|
|02/1958||SP FELSTED 45-8508 (US)||Andy ANDERSON & the ROLLING STONES - Johnny Valentine / I-I-I Love You|
|1958||SP CARDON 1000 (US)||ANDY & The MANHATTANS - Tell Her Yourself / Double Mirror Wrap Around Shades|
|05/1959||SP APOLLO 535-45 (US)||You Shake Me Up / The Way She Smiled|
|01/1960||SP CENTURY LTD 45-600 (US)||The DAWNBREAKERS - Deep In My Heart / Chop Suey|
|05/1960||SP CENTURY LTD 45-601 (US)||Andy ANDERSON & The DAWNBREAKERS - Gimme Lock A Your Hair / Tough Tough Tough|
|10/1960||SP CENTURY LTD 45-602/3 (US)||Andy ANDERSON & The DAWNBREAKERS - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry Over You / Promise Me|
|1962||SP HERMITAGE 821 (US)||Andy ANDERSON & The DAWNBREAKERS - All By Myself / Tall Oak Tree|
|196?||SP HOWDY 1014 (US)||Stauback To Person / Girl Called Chris Evert|
|196?||SP COUGAR 504 (US)||Say Goodbye To Donna / We Were Happy|
|196?||SP COUGAR 505 (US)||So Long I'm Gone / Sad Notes|
|196?||SP NU-STAR 1033 (US)||Loverstruck / ?|
|1956||Unissued||I Got Me A Woman|
|1956||Unissued||I Love You|
|1956||Unissued||Johnny Valentine [alt. vers. 3]|
|1956||Unissued||Rock 'N' Roll Medley : Rip It Up - Ready Teddy - Long Tall Sally|
|1956||Sun unissued||Johnny Valentine [alt. vers. 1]|
|1956||Sun unissued||Johnny Valentine [alt. vers. 2]|
|1956||Sun unissued||Tough Tough Tough [alt. vers.]|
|1959||Unissued||How Long, How True, 'Til Then|
|1959||Unissued||Please Forgive Me|
|1959||Unissued||They Call It The Blues|
|1960||Century Ltd||Promise Me [alt. vers.]|
|1964||Unissued||All By Myself [alt. vers.]|
|1964||Unissued||I Missed A Lot In You|
|1964||Unissued||Stuck On You|
|1964||Unissued||Tall Oak Tree [alt. vers.]|
|1964||Unissued||Without Your Love|
|1983||LP 12" BISON BOP BP-LP 2032 (GER)||
The Bop That Never Stopped - Volume 28 - Andy ANDERSON : You Shake Me Up / Gimme Lock A Yo Hair / Tough Tough Tough / I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Cry Over You / Deep In The Heart Of Texas Rock (instr.) / Promise Me / Steve CARL& The JAGS : Stone Cold Mama / Blacksmith Blues / You're For Me / Lonely Road / Curfew / 18 Year Old Blues
|1988||CD UNION PACIFIC UP006 (UK)||ONE MAN'S ROCK AND ROLL - Johnny Valentine / You A Shake Me Up/ The Way She Smiled / Tough Tough Tough / Gimme Lock A Yo Hair / Chop Suey / Mustang Kid / Big Game Hunter / Sad Notes / Promise Me / Sit Right Down / Cry Over You|
|12/2003||CD BUFFALO BOP 55161 (GER)||TOUGH TOUGH TOUGH - Johnny Valentine / I Got Me A Woman / Rock 'n' Roll Medley : Rip It Up - Ready Teddy - Long Tall Sally / I Love You / Johnny Valentine (Fast) / Tough Tough Tough / Johnny Valentine (Slow) / I-I-I Love You / Johnny Valentine / You Shake Me Up / The Way She Smiled / Please Forgive Me / They Call It The Blues / Promise Me / How Long, How True, Till Then / Chop Suey / Deep In The Heart Of Texas Rock / Tough Tough Tough / Gimme Lock A Yo Hair / I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Cry Over You / Promise Me / Without Your Love / Mustang Kid / Stuck on You / My Babe / All By Myself / Tall Oak Tree / I Missed A Lot In You / Say Goodbye To Donna / We Were Happy / So Long I'm Gone / Sad Notes|
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