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sonny burgess



Digipak CD

Released: 6th Aug 2021


Albert Austin Burgess ‐ in short 'Sonny' ‐ was an icon and a crowd favorite for generations of Rockabilly fans worldwide.

Active in the music scene for decades, Sonny exuded the energy and playfulness of the early rockers like no other.... just like when it all began... We Wanna Boogie!  Bear Family delivers the first cross‐label CD compilation of Sonny Burgess' recordings from the fifties to the new millennium!  Including his outstanding Nashville recordings from the Moondog Studios.  Legendary New England sessions with Dave Alvin of The Blasters and others.  Most importantly, Sonny's terrific version of My Heart Is Achin' For You, a chart hit for Rosie Flores, written by James Intveld.  Top‐notch rockabilly numbers from his Chicago‐produced album with top Windy City musicians.  And of course Spellbound ‐ the rare US studio version recorded in Arkansas, now on CD for the first time.  Plus the essential original masters for Sun Records including rare alternate versions.  Finally as a bonus track a rare US Live recording with Larry 'Honey Bun' Donn (late 1950s/early '60s) ‐ with the pure energy of the Pioneer rocker  Liner Notes by UK expert and researcher Martin Hawkins. 

Long overdue ‐ and now finally compiled and released by Bear Family: the comprehensive tribute to a great pioneer of rock 'n' roll, Sonny Burgess. He came into the world May 28, 1929 as Albert Austin Burgess in Little Rock, Arkansas, and remained active well into the new millennium. His studio career as an independent artist began in the 1950s with Sun Records in Memphis and took him across the U.S. to Nashville, Chicago, Arkansas and New England over the next fifty years. Our CD compilation is not content with reissuing his early Sun rockers. We've culled the best numbers from that era, some in excellent alternate versions, from the Sun archives. But we continue Sonny's story with, among other things, the outstanding recordings featuring Dave Alvin of the Blasters, and and and ... Throughout his life, Sonny Burgess was synonymous with the power of rockabilly and rock 'n' roll; he became an icon for several generations of rockabilly fans worldwide. With our CD album you can go on an exciting time travel through several rock eras. We Wanna Boogie!



  1. Big Black Cadillac
  2. Lookin' Out For Number One
  3. I Don't Dig It
  4. My Heart Is Achin' For You
  5. Stuck Up
  6. Automatic Woman
  7. Enough Of You
  8. Didn't Know Love At All
  9. Spellbound
  10. Leave Your Lovin' At Home
  11. Catbird Seat
  12. I Used To Cry Mercy
  13. Down The Road
  14. Rock On Mars
  15. Sadie's Back In Town
  16. Ain't Got A Thing
  17. Daddy Blues (alt. 3)
  18. We Wanna Boogie
  19. Ain't Gonna Do It (alt. 2)
  20. Fanny Brown (alt. 1)
  21. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It (alt. 2)
  22. Feelin' Good
  23. Red Headed Woman
  24. The Prisoner's Song (alt. 1)
  25. Gone
  26. Truckin' Down The Avenue
  27. Little Town Baby
  28. Tomorrow Night
  29. Swingin' (instrumental)