Page 3 — Smoochy with the Sun
the cover of their album “Old Time Rock 'N Roll.”
Jerry Lee is pictured
on the lower left.
The Sun Rhythm Section was made up of down-home veterans of the 1950s Memphis
music scene associated with Sun Record Company. The Sun Rhythm Section was formed in 1986 to participate in the Tennessee
program at the Smithsonian Festival of American Folk Life. They toured America
Europe on several occasions, celebrating their roots of
The group consisted of Sonny
Burgess, who was known for his Sun recordings
“Red Headed Woman” and “We Wanna Boogie.” Paul Burlison
played guitar for the Rock-N-Roll Trio. Silver-haired Marcus Van Story was the foxy grandpa of the group, singing and
playing rhythm guitar, harmonica, and standup bass. Mild-mannered bassman Stan Kessler
actually been involved in making some of the more explosive music to come out of
Sun Studios. He wrote five songs for Elvis. Pianist
and singer Jerry Lee “Smoochy” Smith has been credited with being instrumental in creating the Memphis
Pumping Piano sound. He was a member of the Mar-Keys and was a cowriter on their
“Last Night.” D. J. Fontana (who replaced Jimmy Van Eaton) is the man who kept the beat for Elvis during much of
his early and midcareer, playing on dozens of hits and personal appearances. They were all session players on the Sun Record
group no longer exists.
Pictured above in 1991,
left to right:
Paul Burlison, D. J. Fontana, Stan
Kesler, Marcus Vanstory, Smoochy Smith, and Sonny Burgess
Smoochy is on the lower left.
Sun Rhythm Section performing at Vanderbilt
University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Top left: Sonny Burgess, D. J. Fontana, Jerry Lee
“Smoochy” Smith, Paul Burlison
Bottom left: Marcus VanStory, Al Cocorochio, and Stan Kessler
The Sun Rhythm Section
performing at the famous Bal Tabarin
in Downham, Bromley, Kent, England
May 11, 1989
The next group of pictures were also made on this
trip to England, at a performance in the village of Hemsby on the east coast of
England 130 miles from London. Hemsby Rock'n'Roll Weekenders are a 5-day major
music event taking place twice a year in May and October. Hemsby is known as the
world's first and only Rock'n'Roll village, a real trip back to the 1950's.
Hemsby also boasts the biggest fifties marketplace for clothes, records, and
furniture, which is a major attraction of the event.
Many original American Rock 'n' Roll stars from
the 50's have made their European debuts at Hemsby. Performers such as La Vern
Baker, Andy Anderson, Rudy 'Tutti' Grayzell, Don and Dewey, The Sun Rhythm
Section, Tracey Pendarvis, The Collins Kids, Richard Berry, Curtis Gordon,
Vernon Taylor, Chan Romero, Ruth Brown, Pat Cupp, Jack Earls, Hardrock Gunter
and Mickey Lee Lane. Hemsby is the only place in Europe where you can see the
original American Doowop groups.
All Photo Gallery Pages
Photo Gallery—The Early Years
Jerry Lee with the Mar-Keys
Jerry Lee with the Sun Rhythm Section
Page 4: Jerry Lee—Miscellaneous
Page 5: Jerry Lee
Southern Music Studio