SUN Records: Jack Earls

Jack Earls:

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Videos:
Tear it Up/ Hemsby 2007/
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Slow down with the Ragtime Ranglers/
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Sun Record:
240 Jack Earls and the Jimbos Slow Down
A Fool For Lovin’ You
1956

Jack Earls (b. Aug. 23, 1932, Woodbury, Tennessee) is an American Country and Rockabilly singer.

Jack grew up on a farm in Manchester, Tennessee in a family of seven children. He sang as a child and began playing guitar at 16.

At 17 he moved to Memphis and formed his first band there in 1949.

In 1950, he married and quickly had children; his music-making was temporarily sidelined.

In 1954, he formed a new band featuring guitarist Johnny Black (Bill Black’s brother). This band recorded a demo at Sam Phillips’s recording studio in mid-1955, “A Fool For Lovin’ You” (written by Earls himself). Phillips expressed interest but told him he’d need to find a new backing band.

Earls had Black move to upright bass, and Warren Gregory took up lead guitar; Danny Wahlquist joined on drums. Their next recording session for Phillips resulted in the songs “Slow Down” and “Hey Jim”. Phillips released “Slow Down” on his own Sun Records under the name Jim Earls & the Jimbos, and the song became a regional hit, though Earls was unable to tour behind the record due to family obligations.

Slow Down

Earls recorded several further songs for Sun, but none of them were released until many years later.

Earls’s contract with Sun expired in January 1957, and despite being contacted by Meteor and King, Earls declined to record, though he did occasionally perform in Memphis until he and his family moved to Detroit in 1963.

He worked for Chrysler on an assembly line for several years, and recorded a few further singles in the 1970s for Olympic Records, none of which attracted attention.  In the 1990s, Earls noted the growing interest in rockabilly in Europe, and traveled to England, where he became a star on the country revival circuit. Subsequently his output was re-released on Bear Family Records, and he toured Europe and America into the 2000s.

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One response to “SUN Records: Jack Earls

  1. Lon DeBrabant

    I worked with Jack as a truck driver at casens car hauling co. and also at Chrysler transportation co. driving truck. I have lost track of Jack and would sure like to see him. I know he had some heavy back problems and I’m not sure how he is doing. If You could contact him and forward my email address to him I would surley be happy. Thankyou.

    Sincerily,
    Lon DeBrabant
    42264 Bayberry
    Clinton Twp. Mi.
    Cell 586 243 5587

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