Chanteuse Rockabillly US née le 26 Avril 1938 à Memphis (Tennessee). Barbara Pittman se présente à l'âge de 12 ans à la Sun Records de Memphis (Tennessee), sans succès. Persévérante, elle se perfectionne et en 1956, enregistre un premier single à la Sun. Barbara, Vocalsiste complète, pouvait chanter du Rock 'n' Roll, de la Country Music, du Jazz et des ballades avec une aisance stupéfiante. Elle est décédée le 29 Octobre 2005.

Barbara Pittman's claim to fame is that she was the only female artist signed to Sam Phillips' Sun Records -- other women recorded for the label, but only Pittman was given a contract. That alone would secure her place as a footnote in music history, but Pittman also cut one exalted rockabilly classic during her Sun years: "I Need a Man." Pittman was one of 12 children born to a family in Memphis, TN, in 1943. Her mother was acquainted with Gladys Presley, and Pittman attended the same school as Elvis. Pittman harbored musical ambitions from an early age, and approached Sun Records before she was even a teenager. When she was turned away because of her age, the dauntless Pittman found work with a local band (thanks to a recommendation by Elvis, Pittman says) before touring with western star Lash Larou in 1955. Returning to Memphis in 1956, Pittman began singing with Clyde Leoppard's Snearly Ranch Boys and found work as a demo singer for Stan Kesler, who hoped that her acquaintance with Presley would give a boost to a song he had earmarked for the popular rock & roller. The resulting demo of "Playing for Keeps" convinced Presley to record the song and brought Pittman to the attention of Sam Phillips. She cut the classic "I Need a Man" backed by members of Leoppard's band. The record was unsuccessful, but Pittman appeared on Sun package tours and continued to make recordings for Sun, many of which were not released. When other labels expressed an interest in Pittman in 1957, Phillips retaliated by offering her a contract, making her the only female artist to be honored thusly. Phillips let her choose whether she wanted to record for Sun or his new Phillips International subsidiary, and Pittman selected the latter because she thought it had a more attractive label design. She recorded several sessions with Sun players like Billy Lee Riley and Bill Justis, but her recordings ranged from teen-oriented pop to bluesy balladry, with little of the rockabilly and rock & roll for which she later would be celebrated. A one-off single with the vocal group the Sunrays also failed, and Pittman released her final Phillips single in 1960. Several radio stations deemed the flip-side, "Eleventh Commandment," blasphemous and banned it from airplay, further crippling an already doomed record. Pittman left Phillips International for Del-Fi, but no recordings were issued. Throughout the '60s she performed on cruise ships and military bases, and sang on the soundtracks of motorcycle movies such as Wild Wheels and Wild Angels. In the '70s she married, and with the rockabilly revival her reputation grew as her Sun recordings were reissued on compilation albums. In 1983 she formed a band in Houston, TX, and played at European rockabilly festivals. Pittman's legacy is built upon three or four essential tracks, but the squandered opportunities surrounding this husky-voiced singer are nearly as fascinating as the records she made.

http://www.rockabillyhall.com/BarbaraPittman.html

http://www.rockabilly.nl/artists/bpittman.htm

Talents : Singer

Style musical : Rockabilly, Rock 'n' Roll, Traditional Country

https://youtu.be/lM1hH1S1KeA

I NEED A MAN (1956)

No Matter Who's To Blame (1956)

Sentimental Fool (1956) (unissued)

I'm Getting Better All The Time (1957)

Everlasting Love (1958)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

10/1956 SP SUN 253 (US) Barbara PITMAN - I Need A Man / No Matter Who's To Blame
11/1957 SP PHILLIPS INTERNATIONAL 3518 (US) I'm Getting Better All The Time / Two Young Fools In Love
04/1958 SP SUN 293 (US) The SUN RAYS (feat. Barbara PITTMAN) - The Lonely Hours / Love Is A Stranger
07/1958 SP PHILLIPS INTERNATIONAL 3527 (US) Barbara PITTMAN with The Bill JUSTIS Orchestra - Everlasting Love / Cold Cold Heart
04/1960 SP PHILLIPS INTERNATIONAL 3553 (US) Barbara PITTMAN with Gene LOWERY SINGERS - Handsome Man / Eleventh Commandment
1966 SP TOWER 268 (US) The VISITORS (feat. Barbara PITTMAN) - Theme From The Wild Angels / Is It Them Or Me?
1967 SP MANHATTAN 810 (US) The 13TH COMMITTEE (feat. Barbara PITTMAN) - She La La / You Really Got A Hold On Me
197? SP SUN GOLDEN SERIES #60 (US) I'm Getting Better All The Time / Two Young Fools In Love



Unissued Tracks

1956 SUN unissued - (Charly CD 8319 (#18)) No Matter Who's To Blame [alt. vers. 1]
1956 SUN unissued - (Charly CD 8319 (#23)) No Matter Who's To Blame [alt. vers. 2]
1956 SUN unissued - (AVI CD 5019 (#4) / Bear Family LP 15359 (#10) / Bear Family CD 16311 (#7) / Charly CD 36 (#9) / Charly CD 345 (#32) / Charly CD 8182 (#7) / Charly CD 8319 (#3) / Disky CD 03 (#22) / El Toro CD 1013 (#4) / Folkline CD 162 (#4) / J!mco CD 89194 (#14) / Rockhouse LP 8307 (#1) / Sun (England) CD 33 (#16) / Sun (England) LP 1021 (#2)) Sentimental Fool
1956 SUN unissued - (Bear Family LP 15359 (#13) / Charly CD 8319 (#15)) Sentimental Fool [alt. vers. 1]
1956 SUN unissued - (Bear Family LP 15359 (#18) / Charly CD 8319 (#25) / Sun (England) LP 1023 (#6)) Sentimental Fool [alt. vers. 2]
1956 SUN unissued - (Bear Family LP 15359 (#11) / Charly CD 8182 (#20) / Charly CD 8319 (#4) / Sun (England) LP 1023 (#14)) Voice Of A Fool
1957 PHILLIPS INTERNATIONAL unissued - (Bear Family LP 15359 (#12) / Charly CD 8319 (#19)) I'm Getting Better All The Time [alt. vers. 1]
1957 PHILLIPS INTERNATIONAL unissued - (Bear Family LP 15359 (#16) / Charly CD 8319 (#22)) I'm Getting Better All The Time [alt. vers. 2]
1957 PHILLIPS INTERNATIONAL unissued - (Charly CD 8319 (#24)) I'm Getting Better All The Time [alt. vers. 3]
1957 PHILLIPS INTERNATIONAL unissued - (Charly CD 8319 (#27)) I'm Getting Better All The Time [alt. vers. 4]
1957 PHILLIPS INTERNATIONAL unissued - (Bear Family LP 15359 (#15) / Charly CD 8319 (#7)) Take My Sympathy [vers. 1]
1957 PHILLIPS INTERNATIONAL unissued - (Charly CD 8319 (#21)) Two Young Fools In Love [alt. vers.]
195? PHILLIPS INTERNATIONAL unissued - (SAAR CD 41008 (#21)) Ain't Got A Thing
195? PHILLIPS INTERNATIONAL unissued - (Charly CD 8319 (#16)) Cold Cold Heart [alt. vers.]
195? PHILLIPS INTERNATIONAL unissued - (Charly CD 8319 (#17)) Everlasting Love [alt. vers.]
195? PHILLIPS INTERNATIONAL unissued - (Bear Family LP 15359 (#9) / Charly CD 8182 (#21) / Charly CD 8319 (#12) / Rockhouse LP 8307 (#7)) Just One Day

Need Information

19?? Need info - (Bear Family LP 15359 (#17) / Charly CD 8319 (#26)) I Forgot To Remember To Forget
19?? Need info - (Bear Family LP 15359 (#19) / Magnum Force LP 056 (#12)) I'll Never Let You Go
19?? Need info - (Charly CD 8319 (#14)) The Lonely Hours
19?? Need info - (Bear Family LP 15359 (#14) / Charly CD 8319 (#13)) Love Is A Stranger
19?? Need info - (Charly CD 8319 (#20)) Take My Sympathy [vers. 2]

Albums

1983 LP 12" ROCKHOUSE LPM 8307 (NL) THE ORIGINAL SUN SIDES - Sentimental Fool / I'm Getting Better All The Time / Handsome Man / I Need A Man / Everlasting Love / Cold Cold Heart / Just One Day / Two Young Fools In Love / 11th Commandment / No Matter Who's To Blame
1987 LP 12" MAGNUM FORCE MFLP 050 (UK) TEXAS BOOGIE - RECORDED LIVE IN HOUSTON - Diggin' The Boogie / You're Undecided / Everlasting Love / I'm Getting Better All The Time / Money Honey / Right Behind You Baby / Honey Hush / Trying To Get To You / Big Boss Man / I Need A Man / Long Tall Sally (avec Sonny FISHER) / Rockin' Daddy (avec Sonny FISHER)
1989 LP 12" BEAR FAMILY BFX 15359 (GER) I NEED A MAN - I Need A Man / No Matter Who's To Blame / I'm Getting Better All The Time / Two Young Fools In Love / Everlasting Love / Cold Cold Heart / Handsome Man / The Eleventh Commandment / Just One Day / Sentimental Fool / Voice Of A Fool / I'm Getting Better All The Time (alt.) / Sentimental Fool (alt.) / Love Is A Stranger (The SUNRAYS) / Take My Sympathy (prev. unissued) / I'm Getting Better All The Time (alt.) / I Forgot To Remember To Forget (prev. unissued) / Sentimental Fool (alt.) / I'll Never Let You Go (prev. unissued 1955 demo)
02/1998 CD CHARLY CPCD-8319 (UK)
GETTING BETTER ALL THE  TIME - I Need A Man / No Matter Who's To Blame / Sentimental Fool (1) / Voice Of A Fool / Two Young Fools In Love / I'm Getting Better All The Time / Take My Sympathy (1) / Cold, Cold, Heart / Everlasting Love / Eleventh Commandment / Handsome Man / Just One Day / Love Is Stranger ( With The Sunrays ) / Lonely Hours ( with The Sunrays ) / Sentimental Fool (2) / Cold, Cold, Heart (1) / Everlasting Love (1) / No Matter Who's To Blame (1) / I'm Getting Better All The Time (demo) / Take My Sympathy (demo) / Two Young Fools In Love ( demo) / I'm Getting Better All The Time ( demo) / No Matter Who's To Blame / I'm Getting Better All The Time (2) / Sentimental Fool (3) / I Forgot To Remember To Forget / I'm Getting Better All The Time (3)

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