"By Jerry Naylor and Steve Halliday
Hal-Leonard Corporation; $35
This coffee table book is the latest in a series of multimedia projects that have been produced by Jerry Naylor, who in 1960 followed Buddy Holly as the lead singer of the Crickets. Among the stories in The Rockabilly Legends is the one about a 1955 Elvis Presley tour through Texas that kick-started the careers of countless musicians, including Naylor, Holly, Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings.
Along with the aforementioned artists, The Rockabilly Legends also looks at the lives and careers of other pioneers in the genre, including Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich and Buddy Knox. Two prominent “behind-the-scenes” individuals, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips and Tillman Franks, talent coordinator for the Louisiana Hayride radio program, are also featured in this 278-page book
For anyone who wants to know where rock and roll really began, The Rockabilly Legends is a good place to start.