Personnel: Leroy Tukes, Beverly "Guitar" Watkins (vocals, guitar); D. Hudson, Jr., Andrew L. Goodrich (vocals, saxophone); Grady Martin (vocals, organ); L. Lawson, Bobby Lee Tuggle (vocals, drums); William A. Glover, Daniel W. Andrews, Jr., Charles Holloway, Jr., Samuel M. Williams, Howard "Long John" Hobbs, Christine Spencer (vocals); Albert White, Mary Osborne, Rene Hall (guitar); Little Johnny Williams, Albert J. "Budd" Sr. Johnson, Charlie O'Kane, Alonzo Buddy Lucas, Big Al Sears (saxophone); L. Johnson (alto saxophone); Elliot Lawrence (piano); Gus Johnson , William R. Green, W. Patrick Harper, J. Allen Williams, Jr., Marty Wilson, March Maxey, Jr., Charlie Smith (drums).
Audio Mixer: Mark Wilder.
Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
Recording information: Atlanta, GA (07/25/1950-03/08/1966); Bradley Film & Recording, Nashville, TN (07/25/1950-03/08/1966); Columbia Studio, Nashville, TN (07/25/1950-03/08/1966); Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA (07/25/1950-03/08/1966); Methodist Television Radio & Film Commission, Nashville (07/25/1950-03/08/1966); RCA Victor Studio 1, New York, NY (07/25/1950-03/08/1966); Recording Studios, Inc., Chicago, IL (07/25/1950-03/08/1966); WGST, Atlanta, GA (07/25/1950-03/08/1966).
Illustrators: R.A. Andreas; Victor Pearlin.
Photographers: R.A. Andreas; Victor Pearlin.
Rock & roll didn't just happen--it evolved from assorted strands and streams of music over a period of time. Circa 1950, the pianist and singer Willie Perryman adopted the name Piano Red and proceeded to pound those 88s with his combination of boogie-woogie and stomping rhythm & blues. While he didn't exactly set the world ablaze, Red made some fine records in the early 1950s and early `60s (when he took yet another moniker, Dr. Feelgood), garnered a few hits, and inspired rockers-to-be Little Richard and Carl Perkins. For those devotees of the foundations of rock and R&B, ROCKS is gold.