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Yr.1984/collector's item

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"I play all styles of music, but this was my first album. It is a hybrid, a combination of 4 different styles of music incorporated into one. Classical/Jazz/Blues/and Rock, all with a southern flair."

Notables: 

"You have great musical ideas and you are a very talented cat. I think you are a promising contender!"

                  ---Ron Fair /west coast Public Relations

                      RCA Records

REFERENCES AND CREDITS:

https://www.discogs.com/Phil-Wilkinson-Rock-Roll/release/9075974

RATINGS/discogs.com/

https://www.discogs.com/sell/release/9075974

 

to be continued...

FEATURED APPEARANCES ON THE ALBUM---UPDATED 2021 by Phil Wilkinson

A COLLECTOR'S ITEM

Phil Wilkinson– Rock & Roll

Label:
Goldmeyn – PW 31256
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:
Released: 1984
Genre:
Style: Hybrid of ROCK/JAZZ/BLUES/and CLASSICAL
 

Tracklist

A1   Rock & Roll
A2   Struglin For My Life
A3   Journey Across The Sea
A4   I Wonder
B1   Goodtime
B2   It's All For Love
B3   Take My Love
B4   Find Yourself
B5   It Takes You To The Stars
 

Companies, etc.

Credits

  • *Bass – B.B. Cunningham Jr. (tracks: all except A4, B5), Robby Scharf (tracks: B5), Tim Shields (2) (tracks: A4)
  • Flute-on I WONDER--Bryan Savage of SHOT IN THE DARK
  • Drums – Chris Pedersen (3) (tracks: all except A3, A4), Steve Galpin (tracks: A4), Jack Muth* (tracks: A3)
  • Engineer – John HamptonRon Capone at Ardent Recording, in Memphis Tn.
  • Engineer,Recording and Mixed By – Ed DeLena at The Record Plant in Hollywood, California.
  • *Guitar, Vocals, Piano overdubs, Sound Producer and Written-By – Phil Wilkinson (5)
  • *Keyboards – Jerry Peters-Concert Pianist for THE MEMPHIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA/ Larry Raspberry and more...
  • Mixed By – Hutch (4)
  • Percussion – Steve Mergen
  • Producer – Bob Brown (45)Charlie King (10)Margaret Wilkinson Deliberto
  • Saxophone – *Dan McCurley of Beale Street legends-- THE MEMPHIS HORNS
  • Strings – The Memphis Symphony (tracks: (Players From))
  • Strings, Arranged By –* B.B. Cunningham (tracks: B5),*Jerry Peters (tracks: all except B5), John Graham (22) (tracks: B5)
  • B.B. Cunningham-String synthesizer on IT TAKES YOU TO THE STARS.
  • Grand Piano-Jerry Peters, piano over dubs on the title cut ROCK & ROLL by Phil Wilkinson and B.B. Cunningham.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

DEBUT: RECORD-RADIO-AIRTIME/ AND LIVE

A COLLECTOR'S ITEM

The Album was getting a lot of airplay on the radio so, Phil was approached and asked to debut a live version over the air. "We were aired live, by Jayne Chauvin(show-van) for WHMD RADIO in Hammond,  Louisiana.The town where I spent most of my childhood. There were 1000 copies in print and the next day after the  concert, it sold out!"

THE PHIL WILKINSON BAND--THE LIVE DEBUT PERFORMANCE OF THE ALBUM--"Here, myself and Chris Gomez did a twin harmony hammer on guitar lead solo together which led into the next song. The drummer, Ralph Stevens was barely 17."

Mike O' Rourke on Bass and Dale Black on Keys.

PHIL WILKINSON HAS HAD NOTABLE live and recorded PERFORMANCES WITH MANY. HERE ARE SOME.

B.B. Cunningham and Elvis
(photo-credit/Mike Holland).

"I am immensely honored to have had B.B. play on my debut album more than any words can say."
--- Phil Wilkinson

"I did both live and recorded performances with B.B. (pictured on the right) I will never forget." Phil Wilkinson

BEALE STREET LEGEND BB.CUNNINGHAM AND THE HOMBRES Live-at world renowned BLUES ALLEY in Memphis Tennessee--Known for their number 1 hit in Memphis Tennesee, LET IT ALL HANG OUT. "B.B. is a Memphis legend you can see him listed as a Beale Street Legend. " played live with him and The Hombres on Blues Alley. He loved my modification with Blues-Rock guitar on LET IT ALL HANG OUT and harmony vocals, much better than the original. Right there on stage afterwards he asked me to do a remake of the song with him, like we had just done. This sparked the idea of calling it LET IT ALL HANG OUT AGAIN. He would later record and release. But, I landed a deal with a company in California who foot the bill for a couple weeks at the Record Plant in Hollywood for me to finish recording my album out there. Part of the deal was they set me up with a place to live and a car and etc... and wanted me to stay in LA and put together a band to promote there. I called it--MYTH. We played the west coast." 

At 14 B.B. was the youngest musician allowed to register with the Memphis Musician Union. (See  Pic on right) The producer Sam Phillips asked B.B. to play percussion at Sun Records for a song called..."I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine," for Elvis Presly. 

Read the article here:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/545920786071516643/

B.B's Bio and more pictures here:

https://www.google.com/search?q=B.B.+Cunningham+Jr.&sxsrf=ALeKk00yjSdeCyoZKlQwaNiCtoS6mPBSYg:1620169322055&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=Bq0zqBBB2p3-2M%252Cm0oPY6ZhzhP9WM%252C%252Fm%252F01wpk4l&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kTK6OYqcV0NSXC6qJ5do0c10VGp7w&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjGwaqHkbHwAhX7HzQIHU7wAiQQ_B16BAgWEAE#imgrc=Bq0zqBBB2p3-2M

 

RECORDINGS:-Phil has recorded with Beale Street Legends B.B. Cunningham Jr. and Gene Chrisman for production of ORIS MAYES T.V. show and B.B.'s song NEW HALL, and a session with Beale Street Legend- MEMPHIS HORNS at SOUNDS OF MEMPHIS recording studio and ROCK & ROLL(ALBUM) by Phil Wilkinson at ARDENT RECORDING in Memphis, and the song- IT TAKES YOU TO THE STARS and IT'S ALL FOR LOVE was all recorded at SOUNDS OF MEMPHIS and I KNOW YOU by DREAM STATE at SOUND TRAX In Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Original and unreleased recordings of Phil's second album MR. RECORD MAN --recording engineer was Butch Meyn at GOLD MEYN RECORDING in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. He also recorded with Mark Pinard on his song THOUSAND MILES AWAY/by Mark Pinard at STAR MOUNTAIN STUDIOS in Sonoma California. Phil also finished up with recordings on his ROCK & ROLL album and mixes with Ed Delena at THE RECORD PLANT in Hollywood.

*B.B. Cunningham Jr.-pianist, guitarist, bassist, producer--B.B. Played Bass predominently, but also He and Phil did some Piano overdubs together, on the ROCK & ROLL (album) for Phil Wilkinson.

 

HOT SAXIST AND FLUTIST PLAYED WITH AL STEWART and more...

Bryan Savage:
He is one of the hottest players of both flute and sax today. He has worked with the likes of NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND, AL STEWART, performed on Steve Martin's number 1 hit 'KING TUT," and many more...see his bio listed on the left.

BRYAN SAVAGE-Saxist and flutist for Al Stewart and Shot in the dark. (Al Stewart is best known for his hit-YEAR OF THE CAT). Bryan also played sax on commediant Steve Martin's hit 'King Tut'.  He played flute on  'I WONDER' on the ROCK & ROLL album by Phil Wilkinson pictured at the top of the page. "We recorded that one song at Sound Recorders in Kansas City. It was Bryan on flute,  Steve Galpin on drums, Tim Shields on bass and my self on vocal and acoustic twelve string. I later added strings arranged by Jerry Peters, performed by string players of the 1978 Memphis Symphony Orchestra(recorded at Ardent Recording in Memphis). More on Bryan here:

BIO: https://www.bryansavage.com/bio

 https://www.discogs.com/artist/579336-Bryan-Savage   or   get more insight to who he is-- at: 

https://www.bryansavage.com/

** "To my regret, my publicist did not include credit for Bryan who played flute on the song I WONDER-on the  above listed album  ROCK & ROLL. It left me stunned. But it had already been in print when I found out. I respect Bryan more than I can say, not just his excellent musicianship, but also as a genuine person. I don't think I met too many like him.To his credit--he deserves so well...his performance on the song was outstanding. In fact it is my desire to have him do a re-cut of the song his way and use it on one of his new albums. As well as I am considering releasing it as a single giving him featured credit."--- Phil Wilkinson

 

ONE STEP BEYOND in 1977

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Phil Wilkinson, his mother Maggie, niece Kristin and David Allen Coe

 DAVID ALLEN COE--Live in concert with Phil Wilkinson and ONE STEP BEYOND,  fronted for David Allen Coe and WENDELL ADKINS

"We also played as a featured act at The Strawberry Festival, in Southeast Louisiana. The crowd was humongous. And they got down and partied with us at this concert. Although I must admit we were not...as good as we would become later. Our best concert performance, another huge crowd, was with David Allen Coe."

AT THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL--"With only half of my face showing, I was reluctant to post this picture. But unfortunately, we did not get any others. I'm in the foreground and my best friend in life is playing bass standing directly behind me. Below is a current picture of him and one of me, as we are re-uniting to make an attempt at putting a three piece Blues-Rock band together. Right now I am re-training my music ear the best I can. And the more musical instruments being played together, the harder it is for me to hear the music clear enough. I only have a minimal trace of nerve hearing only, and only in my left ear. So we are trying different ways to set up the sound to hopefully get it clearer with electronics so I can hear the chord changes. Right now each chord sounds the same. But I can distinguish between each single note. Three instruments (3-piece band) would be easier for my nerve hearing to hopefully hear clear enough. William is working the sound to help me try to hear it better. We intend on using clear thick plastic (or plexiglass) wall between me and the other musicians to seperate the sound. That and monitors at a careful volume I think will help! But it has been 30 plus years since I played in a band.

WILLIAM SMITH

PHIL WILKINSON

Names with asters* are BEALE STREET LEGENDS

 

BURNING SPEAR: When Burning Spear began his 1st North American Tour he started in Houston Texas. The warm up band did not have a percussionist, and shared the same rehearsal studio with Phil's band called OUT OF THE BLUE, and asked Phil to play percussion for them to front for BURNING SPEAR. Having played numerous instruments including percussion Phil agreed to warm up the crowd. So he found himself backstage with Burning Spear eating fine quisine Jamaican Island style seafood and partying with him. He went on to play percussion for the warm up act. (continued...)

ONE STEP BEYOND-(to be continued...)

OTHER LIVE BAND PERFORMANCES WERE WITH: (to becontinued...)

 RECORDINGS:-with *B.B. Cunningham Jr. and *Gene Chrisman for production of *ORIS MAYES T.V. show, B.B.'s song NEW HALL at SOUNDS OF MEMPHIS recording studio and ROCK & ROLL(ALBUM) by Phil Wilkinson at ARDENT RECORDING in Memphis, and at SOUNDS OF MEMPHIS and I KNOW YOU by DREAM STATE at SOUND TRAX In Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Original and unreleased recordings of Phil's second album MR. RECORD MAN, recording engineer-- Butch Meyn at GOLD MEYN RECORDING. He also recorded with Mark Pinard on his song THOUSAND MILES AWAY/by Mark Pinard at STAR MOUNTAIN STUDIOS in Sonoma California. Phil also did recordings on ROCK & ROLL album and mixes with Ed Delena at THE RECORD PLANT in Hollywood. 

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