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Willis, Hal

Real name Leonald Francis Gauthier. Born 1933 in Rouyn, Quebec, Canada. Moved to Nashville in 1958.

References:

  • Official website
  • Feature article and sessionography in issue 63 (1997) of Rockin' Fifties.

Original Releases

Date & Source Label & Number Title & "As By" Name Matrix Comps
1956/Nov. 10
Bb pop rev.
Atlantic (N.Y.) 45-1114 
Auction history
Pertinent Label shot Song sample My Pink Cadillac — Hal Willis A-2025 Bullet Bear Family CD 16289 (#24)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16721 (#1)
Bullet Bop CD 006 (#29)
Bullet Buffalo Bop CD 55093 (#27)
Bullet Cadillac LP 1958 (#4)
Bullet Chief CD 1156513 [2nd] (#3)
Bullet Cruisin' LP 58344 (#1)
Bullet Fed CD 09 (#5)
Bullet Folkline CD 424 (#7)
Bullet Lucky CD 812 (#21)
Bullet Mustang CD 1 (#25)
Bullet Presto CD 2 (#45)
Bullet Proper CD 122 (#50)
Bullet Rhino CD 73346 (#74)
    Pertinent Label shot Song sample Bop-A-Dee Bop-A-Doo — Hal Willis A-2024 Bullet Bear Family CD 16721 (#15)
Bullet Bop CD 006 (#4)
Bullet Club LP 009 (#3)
Bullet Collector LP 2303 (#10)
Bullet Collector CD 4432 (#31)
Bullet Cruisin' LP 58344 (#16)
Bullet Proper CD 122 (#63)
Bullet Vladimir Twist LP 6910 (#7)
1958/Mar. or later
(est.)
Top Hit Tunes (N.J.) TH-15-1-X45
Auction history
No rating Label shot At The Hop — Hal Willis And The Woodchuckers BBB  
    No rating Rock And Roll Music — Hollis Harbison BBB  
    No rating Chances Are — Keith Textor BBB  
    No rating Buzz, Buzz, Buzz — Hollis Harbison BBB  
    No rating Label shot Wake Up Little Susie — The Woodchuckers A  
    No rating Jailhouse Rock — Jimmy Helms A  
    No rating Happy, Happy Birthday, Baby — Dottie Evans With The Hi-Fi's A  
 
 
Top Hit Tunes (N.J.) TH-16-X45
Auction history
No rating I'll Come Running Back To You — Curtis Smith AA  
    No rating The Joker — Curtis Smith AA  
    No rating Label shot Peggy Sue — Hal Willis AA  
    No rating Raunchy — Enoch Light And His Orch. AA  
    No rating The Story Of My Life — Jim Richards BB  
    No rating Could This Be Magic — Curtis Smith BB  
    No rating Label shot Great Balls Of Fire — Hal Willis BB  
    No rating Melodie D'Amour — The Hi-Fi's BB  
1958/Mar. or later
(est.)
Top Hit Tunes (N.J.) TH-16-2
Auction history
No rating Why Don't They Understand — Loren Becker And The Hi-Fi's B  
    No rating Wild Is The Wind — Loren Becker With Enoch Light, His Orch. And Chorus B  
    No rating Label shot At The Hop — Hal Willis And The Woodchuckers B Bullet Collector CD 4511 (#2)
    No rating Till — Enoch Light And His Orch.    
    No rating Liechtensteiner Polka — The Hi-Fi's    
    No rating The Story Of My Life — Jim Richards    
1958/Mar.
(est.)
Top Hit Tunes (N.J.) TH-17-2-X45
Auction history
No rating Label shot Why Don't They Understand — Loren Becker And The Hi-Fi's B  
    No rating Wild Is The Wind — Loren Becker With Enoch Light, His Orch. And Chorus B  
    No rating At The Hop — Hal Willis And The Woodchuckers B  
    No rating Label shot Short Shorts — The Zig Zags AA  
    No rating Tequila — The Profiles AA  
    No rating The Walk — Hollis Harbison AA  
    No rating Good Golly, Miss Molly — Hollis Harbison AA  
1958/Mar. or later
(est.)
Top Hit Tunes (N.J.) TH-18-2
Auction history
No rating You Are My Destiny — Jerry Duane    
    No rating Ballad Of A Teen Age Queen — Hal Willis    
    No rating Short Shorts — The Zig Zags    
    No rating Witchcraft — Loren Becker With Enoch Light, His Orch. And Chorus    
    No rating Seven Hills Of Rome — Enoch Light And His Orch.    
    No rating Get A Job — Curtis Smith    
1958/Apr. or later
(est.)
Top Hit Tunes (N.J.) TH-19-2
Auction history
No rating Maybe Baby — The Songsters B  
    No rating Label shot Stairway Of Love — Hal Willis B  
    No rating Are You Sincere — Johnny Roland B  
1958/Feb. 17
Bb c&w rev.
Athens (Tenn.)  704 
Auction history
No rating Label shot Crazy Little Mama — Hal Willis YW 16066  
    No rating Label shot Walkin Dream — Hal Willis YW 16064  
1958/Nov.
(Bb est.)
Decca (N.Y.) 9-30768 
Auction history
No rating I'm Gonna Hitch My Hotrod To A Star — Hal Willis 105,738  
    No rating Only The Tender Young Hearts — Hal Willis 105,739  
1959/July 27
Bb pop rev.
Decca (N.Y.) 9-30949 
Auction history
Pertinent Label shot Song sample Poor Little Jimmie — Hal Willis 107,706  
    Non-pertinent Label shot That's The Way It Goes — Hal Willis 107,707+ Bullet Classics CD 738 (#15)

Collector-Oriented Compilation LPs and CDs Containing Tracks

1975Collector (Netherlands) CLS 2303LPSuper Rock And Roll, Part C
1981Cadillac (Germany) 1958LPBoppin' Cadillac
Cruisin' (England) 58344LPRed Hot Rockabillies
1993Club (England) 009LPGrab This And Dance, Vol. 9
1996Collector (Netherlands) CLCD 4432CDEarly Canadian Rockers, Vol. 3
1997Chief (Netherlands) CCD 1156513 [2nd]CDUltra Rare Rockabilly's, Vol. 13
Lucky (England) CDLR 812CDRockabilly Gold, Vol. 12
Vladimir Twist VTR 6910LPLike Nothing Your Ears Have Ever Heard, Vol. 10
1999Bear Family (Germany) BCD 16289CDShakin' Up North: Canadian Rockabilly, Vol. 1
2000Buffalo Bop (Germany) Bb-CD 55093CDRockin' Cadillac
2003Presto Vol. 2CDBig Bad Rockabilly Boppers, Vol. 2
2006Rhino (United States) 73346CDRockin' Bones: '50s Punk & Rockabilly
2007Proper (England) PROPERBOX 122CDClassic Rockabilly
2012Classics (Sweden) 738CDCruisin' Country, Vol. 3
year?Bear Family (Germany) BCD 16721CDThat'll Flat Git It, Vol. 21 (Atlantic)
Bop BOP- 006CDSaturday Night On Bop Street, Vol. 6
Collector (Netherlands) CLCD 4511CDRock & Roll Covers - Hot Steamy Lovers, Vol. 3
Fed (Norway) 09CDThe Fed Story, Vol. 9
Folkline (England) 274- 424CDHod-Rod Rockabilly
Mustang MUST 1CDScratchin' On My Screen


Acknowledgments:  CMF Library, Michel Coste, Marc Coulavin, Bill Davis, Udo Frank, Peter Grendysa, Don Stilton


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