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West, Sonny

Real name Joe West. Born 1937 in Lubbock, Texas. Based in Farmington, N.M., in 1956.

References:

  • Feature article and sessionography in issue 21 (1979) of New Kommotion.
  • Article in issue 159 (1996) of Now Dig This.
  • Article in issue 308 (2008) of Now Dig This.
  • Article in issue 307 (2008) of Now Dig This.
  • Feature interview in issue 126 (2011) of American Music.

Original Releases

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Date & Source Label & Number Title & "As By" Name Matrix Comps
1956/Sept. 15
Bb ad or art.
Nor-Va-Jak (N.M.) 45WA1956 
(pressed by RCA)
Pertinent Label shot Song sample Rock-Ola Ruby — Sonee West G8OW-7083 Bullet Ace CD 699 (#3)
Bullet Boppin' Buick LP 1959 (#9)
Bullet Buffalo Bop CD 55094 (#17)
Bullet Castle Pulse CD 355 (#13)
Bullet Chief CD 1156504 (#2)
Bullet Club PR LP 004 (#15)
Bullet Flesh Den CD 6901 (#1)
Bullet Golden Stars CD 5374 (#35)
Bullet Lost Gold CD 5998 (#29)
Bullet Not Now Music CD 375 (#48)
Bullet Proper CD 122 (#20)
Bullet Rollercoaster CD 3050 (#2)
Bullet Sleazy CD 02 (#12)
Bullet Smith & Co. CD 1125 (#54)
Bullet Yeaah! CD 14 (#29)
    Pertinent Label shot Song sample Sweet Rockin' Baby — Sonee West G8OW-7082 Bullet Ace CD 699 (#4)
Bullet Bop CD 010 (#29)
Bullet Boppin' Buick LP 1959 (#13)
Bullet Buffalo Bop CD 55046 (#15)
Bullet Chief CD 1156503 (#24)
Bullet Lost Gold CD 5998 (#7)
Bullet Luxel CD 7105 (#1)
Bullet MSIF CD 2001 (#10)
Bullet Not Now Music CD 346 (#11)
Bullet Proper CD 122 (#29)
Bullet Rhino CD 70741 (#10)
Bullet Rhino CD 73346 (#62)
Bullet Rollercoaster CD 200 (#12)
Bullet Rollercoaster CD 3050 (#1)
Bullet Yeaah! CD 14 (#7)
1958/Feb. 17
Bb pop rev.
Atlantic (N.Y.) 45-1174  Pertinent Label shot Song sample Rave On! — Sonny West A 2899 Bullet Bear Family CD 16721 (#22)
Bullet Cat CD 1036 (#23)
Bullet Classics CD 725 (#3)
Bullet Cruisin' LP 58344 (#7)
Bullet Rock & Country LP 1020 (#13)
Bullet Rollercoaster CD 3050 (#4)
    Pertinent Label shot Song sample Call On Cupid — Sonny West A 2898 Bullet Rollercoaster CD 3050 (#5)
1961/Sept.
(Bb est.)
Band Box (Colo.)  276 
(pressed by Capitol)
No rating Label shot Wasted Days And Wasted Nights — Sonny West LB-2885 Bullet Rollercoaster CD 3050 (#12)
    No rating Label shot Maybe You're The One — Sonny West LB-2886 Bullet Rollercoaster CD 3050 (#13)
Unissued Tracks
 
 
[unissued]  uniss.  No rating All My Love (Oh Boy) — Sonny West   Bullet Rollercoaster CD 3050 (#3)
    No rating Dreamboat — Sonny West   Bullet Rollercoaster CD 3050 (#6)
 
 
[unissued]  uniss.  No rating Baby Bessie Lee — Sonny West   Bullet Rollercoaster CD 3050 (#7)
    No rating Doll Britches — Sonny West   Bullet Rollercoaster CD 3050 (#8)
    No rating Linda Loves A Hula Hoop — Sonny West   Bullet Rollercoaster CD 3050 (#9)
 
 
[unissued]  uniss.  No rating Love Denied — Sonny West   Bullet Rollercoaster CD 3050 (#10)
    No rating Pretty Little Girl — Sonny West   Bullet Rollercoaster CD 3050 (#11)

Collector-Oriented Compilation LPs and CDs Containing Tracks

1981Cruisin' (England) 58344LPRed Hot Rockabillies
1985Boppin' Buick LP 1959LPBoppin' Buick
1988Rock & Country (Sweden) 1020LPThe Buddy Holly Sound
1991Chief (Netherlands) CCD 1156503CDUltra Rare Rockabilly's, Vol. 3
Rhino (United States) R2 70741CDRock This Town: Rockabilly Hits, Vol. 1
1992Chief (Netherlands) CCD 1156504CDUltra Rare Rockabilly's, Vol. 4
Flesh Den (England) 6901CDRock 'N' Roll Orgy, Vol. 1
MSIF (Japan) 2001CDRoots Of Stray Cats, Vol. 1
1994Cat (Netherlands) 1036CDCalling All Rock 'N' Roll Collectors, Vol. 4
1995Club PR (Spain) PRLP- 004LPPure Rockabilly, Vol. 4
1996Buffalo Bop (Germany) Bb-CD 55046CDShakin' Time
1999Ace (England) CDCHD 699CDWest Texas Bop
Lost Gold (United States) LGR 5998CDOriginal Historic Rockabilly Classics, Vol. 3
Rollercoaster (England) RCCD 200CDNow Dig This: A Whole Lotta Roller Coaster Rockers
2000Buffalo Bop (Germany) Bb-CD 55094CDJukebox Rock
2001Golden Stars GSS 5374CDRockin' Hepcat Rockabilly
2002Rollercoaster (England) RCCD 3050CDSweet Rockin' Rock-ola Ruby / Sonny West
2006Rhino (United States) R2 73346CDRockin' Bones: '50s Punk & Rockabilly
2007Proper (England) PROPERBOX 122CDClassic Rockabilly
Sleazy RAB 02CDRockabilly Race: 25 Pure Rockabilly Tracks, Vol. 2
Smith & Co. (Netherlands) SCCD 1125CDGreat Rockabilly: Just About As Good As It Gets!
2010Classics (Sweden) CD 725CDThe Holly Sound
Not Now Music NOT2CD 346CDReal Raw Rockabilly
Not Now Music NOT2CD 375CDRed Hot Rockabilly
year?Bear Family (Germany) BCD 16721CDThat'll Flat Git It, Vol. 21 (Atlantic)
Bop BOP- 010CDSaturday Night On Bop Street, Vol. 10
Castle Pulse (England) PBXCD 355CDRock Baby Rock It: Record Hop Rock And Roll
Luxel MAS 7105CDRockabilly Hoodlums, v. 5
Yeaah! (England) 14CDRockabilly Rarities, Vol. 3


Acknowledgments:  CMF Library, Scott Cheesebrew, Udo Frank, Tom Lincoln, Mike Perkins


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