The Rockabilly Legends: “They Called It Rockabilly Long Before They Called It Rock and Roll”
For the first time in print, here’s the inside story of how Rockabilly and Fifties Rock and Roll changed a culture worldwide – and music forever. In five brief, glorious years, a handful of young, animated performers set the entertainment world on its ear. The Rockabilly Legends: They Called It Rockabilly Long Before They Called It Rock and Roll celebrates the creation of the raw, driving sound that continues to influence and inspire singers, songwriters, musicians and recording artists of Pop, Country and Rock and Roll.
This unique volume – part tribute, part first-person recollection – provides a complete picture of the 1950s birth of Rock and Roll. It features hundreds of original rare and collectable photos, including photos of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Ray Orbison, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and others. There are candid interviews with music legends and passionate personal reflections. This collectable must-read is co-written by best-selling author, Steve Halliday and performer lead singer Naylor, who replaced Buddy Holly in the Crickets, is a survivor of the music’s roughly 1954-1963 heyday. His perspective begins with Elvis, especially the King’s January 5-7, 1955 swing through west Texas, during which, on successive nights, Naylor, Holly and Roy Orbison saw him –and were forever changed.”
The book includes a one-hour DVD sampler, Tribute to the Rockabilly Legends, specially edited for this book from both The Rockabilly Legends: A Tribute to My Friends documentary and the broadcast program titled the same as the book. This DVD will immerse the reader in those heady days from 1954 through 1959 when a new, high-energy sound and spirit instantly captured the hearts of music fans around the world.
Hardcover, 288 pages, 11” x 8-1/2” oblong coffee table book