Viva Las Vegas is proud and excited to bring you the Stars of Sun Rockabilly Show at VLV21! We have gathered together as many of the vintage Sun Records acts that we could and we hope to add to the list as we get closer to the event.
Here is just a taste of who you can expect to see and hear: Carl Mann will be doing his favorite hits such as “Mona Lisa” and “Pretend”. Hayden Thompson has recorded some of the best Sun Rockabilly tracks EVER and you can bet we will hear “Fairlane Rock” and “Love My Baby”. We also have Narvel Felts, who actually lives on a street named after him. We are looking forward to hearing “You Dont Care”. “There'll Be No More Crying the Blues” is another one of the Sun rockabilly classics by Alton & Jimmy and they are definitely part of the show. Sonny Burgess was booked for this show but as I am sure you know, he recently passed away. His backing band, The Pacers, will be doing a tribute to Sonny, who has a ton of great rockabilly tracks. He will surely be missed. Johnny Powers and Rudy Grayzell came to Sun Records a little bit later and they recorded great tracks such as, “With Your Love, With Your Kiss” (JP) and “Judy” (RG).
LISTEN TO CARL MANN: https://youtu.be/ZDqBIzbNt10
LISTEN TO JOHNNY POWERS: https://youtu.be/N0V3hxK-a5kLEFT TO RIGHT: CARL MANN, HAYDEN THOMPSON, NARVEL FELTS, JOHNNY POWERS AND RUDY GRAYZELL SONNY BURGESS WITH THE PACERS
This show will also include 2 of the Sun drummers from the 1950's. Jimmy van Eaton has played on so many great songs by acts like these; Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Lee Riley, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and many more. He has a lot of great hits to choose from! WS Holland played with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and The Million Dollar Quartet so he equally has a long list of songs he can play.
If you are a huge rockabilly fan, you won’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime show of Sun Records legends at Viva Las Vegas #21 in April- be sure you buy your High Roller passes before they sell out!
One of the last discoveries on Sam Phillips' legendary Sun label, piano player Carl Mann was best known for his rockabilly reworking of the Nat "King" Cole pop standard "Mona Lisa." That million-selling hit positioned him as something of a softer, smoother Jerry Lee Lewis, possessed of a crooner's instincts and a velvety vibrato. Unfortunately, Mann was never able to land another hit on the level of "Mona Lisa," despite waxing a fair amount of high-quality rock & roll. Like many early rock vets, he eventually moved into country music when the rockabilly market dried up, but never successfully established himself in that arena, and gradually drifted out of music.
Carl Mann was born in Huntingdon, TN, on August 22, 1942. He grew up in a strongly rural area, where his family ran a lumber business, and fell in love with country music as a child. He began singing in church at age nine and soon moved on to performing country songs at area talent contests. He learned guitar at age ten, and piano at 13, by which time he'd already become a regular on local radio. He also formed a band with several other young musicians, and soon took an interest in the R&B and rockabilly records that some of his DJ friends played on the radio, especially those of Elvis Presley. In 1957, Mann successfully auditioned for the Jaxon label and cut his debut single, "Gonna Rock and Roll Tonight" b/w "Rockin' Love"; those sides marked his first collaborations with guitarist Eddie Bush, who would become an important member of Mann's band, and assisted him on his rearrangement of "Mona Lisa." Mann cut several more unreleased sides for Jaxon over the next year, and caught a break when Carl Perkins' drummer Bill "Fluke" Holland offered to become his manager. Holland brought Mann to Sun Records in 1959, and Sam Phillips signed him to a three-year deal. Mann cut his take on "Mona Lisa" early that year, and while Phillips wasn't keen on releasing it as a single, Conway Twitty heard the demo tape and quickly cut his own version, which began climbing the charts. Phillips hurriedly issued Mann's, which battled Twitty's all the way up the pop charts. Both hit the Top 30, and while they tended to cancel each other out in terms of placement, Mann's wound up selling over a million copies; and he wasn't even 17 years old.
In 1974, Mann attempted a comeback singing straight country material; he issued several singles over the next few years on ABC and Dot, but they didn't fit in with the slick countrypolitan records then dominating the charts. In 1977, Mann got an offer from the Dutch label Rockhouse to record for European audiences; he issued a couple of albums on that label, 1978's half-live/half-studio Gonna Rock'n'Roll Tonight and 1981's In Rockabilly Country. Mann toured periodically during the '80s, returning to Europe every so often, and finally retired to concentrate on the family logging business. He still resides in Huntingdon, TN.
PHOTO ABOVE FROM VLV #17
Portions of Article Reposted from AllMusic and written by Steve Huey. See full article here: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/carl-mann-mn0000161182/biography
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VLV: Let’s start with the obvious: How did you discover Pin-up and get started in contests?
M.S.: I first discovered pinup… hmmm back in 2011. I had just moved to Dunedin in little old New Zealand and decided to follow a good friend of mine, Delia Nerva, to her Burlesque class to give it a go and make some new friends. It was great – I found a whole bunch of likeminded individuals who shared my love of vintage, thrift shopping and classic hair styles inspired by the 40’s - 60’s. At this point in my life, it greatly helped me with my confidence to delve further into the styles, wear more eye catching pieces, and stop giving two-cahoots what others thought about my appearance.
VLV: How did you feel before your first competition? How did it go?
M.S.: My first competition (and one of only two I had entered prior to Miss VLV Pin-up) was Miss 1950s classic pinup, in 2012. The actual pageant was a ‘sign up on the day’ style pageant and it was out of town. I, again, had just moved to a new city so thought it might be a nice opportunity to meet some people involved in the scene in my general area. I was so freaked out the morning before the competition I had to get friend to help me tease my hair. But I was committed – I love my vintage, so got out the cutest 1950s number which had been waiting in my closet for a year without being worn, my grandmas faux fur stole and purse and a good old pair of op shopped shoes, and drove the 1 hour to the competition. The scariest part for me is never being on the actual stage, it is always the buildup and the waiting for the results. But I was super duper lucky and took away the title along with meeting some super lovely ladies.
VLV: Who are your favorite photographers to work with?
M.S.: Well I work very closely with a photographer in New Zealand called Tony McKay Studios. Tony is a perfectionist, very humble and very good at what he does. I also like how he will work with you to help achieve YOUR vision – which from someone who tries to strive away from what is expected, is also essential.
VLV: Which photographers do you dream of working with?
M.S.: Hmmmm this is a hard one. I like to have a very diverse portfolio, in a hope of showcasing the many different sides to me… so I don’t dream of any SPECIFIC photographer as per say, more I dream of working with photographers who have out of the ordinary styles, showcase me in a different light, or can showcase something you never expected to be your new favorite image!
VLV: Who are your main inspirations?
M.S.: My main inspiration in life is my grandma; she taught me everything I know - from empathy, to how to be a lady, all the way through to the importance of having a strong work ethic. She is my number one supporter and I guess, fan (with the laminated newspaper clippings to prove it), and is always so so so excited to hear me going out into the world and living an out of the ordinary (extraordinary) life.
VLV: Got any big pin-up goals?
M.S.: Honestly, my number one goal is to get out into the community – hopefully be invited to events so I can continue meeting like-minded individuals, AND see different festivals and events across the globe. If I can spread a little happiness at the same time then (smacks lips) Perfect! I also like showing I am a real human and am just as crazy and weird in real life as people hear hahaha
VLV: What is your favorite virgin or alcoholic cocktail?
M.S.: I’m a Mojito kinda gal – there is something about the mix of flavours which create a little modern madness ;)
VLV: How long have you been attending Viva Las Vegas and what is your favorite/interesting memory from the event?
M.S.: 2017 was my first year – so of course it was pretty memorable:D My most interesting moment hmmmmmm – would to have been when we were waiting to get into the markets and I got my husband to hold my 1940s Japanese collapsible bamboo bag like Simba from the lion kings opening credits (to which he sang the song much to the amusement of the growing crowd) to protect it from being squished haha Otherwise seeing Wanda Jackson IRL was pretty fantastic – o o o and standing with the other ladies at the pin up pageant; I still keep in touch with a number of them which showcase how the pageant can bring the community together.
VLV: What made you decide to enter the Pin-up competition at Viva Las Vegas #20? Have you entered before?
M.S.: 2017 was my first year entering Miss VLV Pin-up. I had decided a few years prior I was going to enter the 20th anniversary competition but, over the course of the submission period had chickened out, built up courage and then chicken out again on multiple occasions. I finally entered after watching a TedX talk talking about how we need to teach woman to be brave – a subject which resonated with me – and to go out and to take chances! Which is exactly what I did!
VLV: What can we look forward to from you in the future?
M.S.: My goal is to get out further into the international community to meet people in real life and show people how cool all the cats are from NZ. Other than this you can expect the same old madness haha
VLV: Will we see you at VLV 21?
M.S.: You willlll! We already have our high roller passes – we couldn’t miss the sun records showcase and the pinup pageant.
VLV: Lastly- what tips do you have for those wanting to compete next year at VLV 21? What do wish you would have known?
M.S.: If you are even thinking about competing, then you should try! We all go through life surrounded by what if’s and shoulda coulda wouldas. Sometimes you just have to throw caution into the wind. AND if you are looking for a little confidence booster then buy yourself the Dr Zeuss book “oh the places you will go” – it shall provide you will all the courage you need. Also, side note, DO NOT be discouraged if you do not make it into the top 5. Have a strategy in place, just in case, and get your community (and friends/family) behind you – YOU CAN DO IT!
VLV: Any last words?
M.S.: As always; “today you are you, that is truer than true, there is no one else who is youer than you”. So go out into the world being confidently weird, seizing opportunity and living your life, as no one else is going to live it for you!
The goal of the contest is to find the pinup each year who exemplifies what it means to be a great pin-up in today’s modern world. We are looking for a pin-up who can carry herself in a crowd but who shines within it. She must be positive, professional, kind and compassionate. This contest is not one that is based solely on popularity or cosmetic appeal but one that includes inner beauty as well. Please read the information on rules and requirements carefully before applying.
After submissions close, a panel of judges will pick 5 finalists. The contestants will also vote on a contestant’s choice as one of the finalists. Then on January 7th we will round up the remaining 6 of 12 finalists through public voting.
Finalists will be chosen on their bio entry, hobbies, what sort of outside work they do in their communities and or various charities if any. It is NOT mandatory that any applicant be active in outside charities. It is just an idea to learn more about who you are and what you are passionate about.
No performance, song or dance necessary, just good ol fashion glamour, sophistication and poise.
Here is the schedule for submissions and announcements
Rules for Online Entry:
*All contestants MUST be 21 and over *Photos may not contain any nudity or be provocative of any kind *Finalists must have a public profile on Facebook or add Miss Rockwell (details to be emailed) *All contestants must follow the code of conduct (sent via email) *All contestants must apply with a professional photo image and sign a release for use
We encourage entries of all shapes and sizes, from anywhere in the globe! We look forward to reading all about you. Good Luck!!!
Rules for Online Voting: *You may not purchase votes, trade goods or services for votes or use bribery for votes *You may only vote one time per email address and IP address
We encourage organic likes. Please remember this is for fun. We want this to be a great experience for all involved.
**IMPORTANT NOTE. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY** In the submissions form there are notes letting you know the word limits per box. Do not go over the # or your Submission may not go through. There is a photo size limit. Each image should not be high resolution. They need to be web sized. Standard web image sizes are between 800px and 1000px or smaller. Do not go over as your application may not go through. Suggestion: Save all the information you enter in each box BEFORE hitting enter. This way if there is any issue you do not need to enter it over again. You can just cut and pace in each box. Submissions are typically approved within 1-3 days. If you do not see your submission you can email to follow up. email@example.com
A full list of contest rules will be sent directly to the finalists after they are chosen in and announced January.
At the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender Car Show the Finalists will be voted on by the attendees at the car show. Voting will take place by placing a raffle ticket in the container of the Pin-Up that you, the Viva Las Vegas Attendees would like to vote for. The voting station will be located next to the Viva Las Vegas Merch booth at the Sort This Out Cellars booth. We will close voting at 2pm. The attendees will be asked to judge the finalists based on:
Overall Styling Presentation
At the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender All finalists will receive a gift bag courtesy of our sponsors as well as entry into Viva Las Vegas #22!-Photo Steve Prue
This is a competition in which top burlesque dancers compete for the title Miss Viva Las Vegas. The best dancer is one that represents the spirit of Viva Las Vegas, and the sexy and glamorous art of the striptease. Regarded as one of the top burlesque titles in the world today, Miss Viva Las Vegas is an edge-of-your-seat burlesque competition held in the flashiest city in America!
New News for this year’s competition: We will no longer be employing the applause-o-meter and instead going with a panel of judges who are well respected and knowledgeable about burlesque. This panel of esteemed judges will be made public prior to the event.
Submissions started on September 1st, 2017. When Submissions close on December 16th, our panel of burlesque experts will choose the first 4 finalists. The competitors will choose 1 more. Those 5 will be announced on January 4th at which point the rest of the competitors will be online for public voting starting January 5th to choose the other 5 finalists. Public voting ends on January 31st and finalists will be announced on February 2nd! These 10 finalists will advance to the gorgeous stage of The Orleans Showroom and compete to become Miss Viva Las Vegas #21!
Frankie Fictitious won the Burlesque Competition at Viva Las Vegas #20 in 2017 and since then has been winning titles all over the US! We asked her some questions about her background in burlesque as well as for some advice for those looking to compete in the future. Of course we also wanted to know her favorite drink! Read on and get to know Frankie Fictitious!
M.S. Let’s start with the obvious: How did you discover burlesque and get into performing?
F.F. I’ve always been drawn to all things vintage whether it be lifestyle, fashion, or music. Naturally that led me to see Dita Von Teese. When I saw her Swarovski encrusted costumes on stage I knew that’s where I wanted to be! I then sought out Fishnet Follies Classic Burlesque Revue in Oakland, CA and took classes.
M.S. How did you feel before your first show? How did it go?
F.F. Before my first performance, oh my I was so nervous. I kept asking myself “What did I get myself into?”. Soon enough my music started, my muscle memory took over, and it was over before knew it! I couldn’t tell you what I did up there, my adrenaline just took over. All I know is exiting the stage I had an overwhelming feeling of joy and I was ready to do it again! I still get those same nerves to this day, but a little nerves are a good thing that keeps us excited about what we are doing.
M.S. Tell us about your first costume.
F.F. My very first burlesque costume was based off of 1920s under bits, it was all gold fringe with not a single rhinestone on it.
M.S. Who are your main inspirations?
F.F. My biggest inspirations are Dita Von Teese, Katy Perry, Lou Lou D’vil and fashion designer Guo Pei.
M.S. Got any big burlesque goals?
F.F. My goal as a burlesque performer is to be able to travel and share my art with the world.
M.S. What is your favorite virgin or alcoholic cocktail?
F.F. Pops Rumpopo
M.S. How long have you been attending Viva Las Vegas and what is your favorite/interesting memory from the event?
F.F. This is my third year attending Viva Las Vegas. My favorite part about the event is being able to get to know so many awesome people!
M.S. Now, You competed in the Viva Las Vegas Burlesque Competition before. What made you decide to submit to again? How did you choose your act this time?
F.F. I competed in the Viva Las Vegas Burlesque Competition in 2016, that year I received the lowest amount of applause from the “applause-o-meter”, my ego was shot after that. I was feeling a little discouraged and I didn’t think I would submit again, but after remembering how many wonderful people I met the previous year I figured I would try again and see what happens. To my surprise I made it through the online voting portion! I honestly did not expect to win, I was just going there to have a good time. I chose an act that felt true to me. My “DRAGON LADY” act was inspired by all the Asian exotic dancers that came before me, many of whom I’ve had the pleasure of performing with and for. In this act I blend this classic Asian element with my love for rock ’n roll.
M.S. Any hints to drop about your step down performance in 2018? What can we look forward to?
F.F. All I can say about my step down performance is, be ready for a Wild Ride ;)
M.S. Lastly- what tips do you have for those wanting to compete next year at VLV 21? What do wish you would have known?
F.F. My advice for those competing next year: I think the most important part about performing is to have fun and enjoy yourself. When you’re having fun on stage that energy carries into the audience and they can feel your presence.
M.S. Any last words?
F.F. Don’t let negative people or energy knock you down. Work hard, stay positive and true to yourself, it will pay off in the end.
Check out Frankie's website at https://www.frankiefictitious.com/
Top Photo and Last photo By Shannon Brooke. Crown and Sash Photo by Gina Barbara
Photo Credit: Rolling Stone Magazine
The following article is from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee page. He was inducted in 1994. See the original article here: https://www.rockhall.com/inductees/duane-eddy
According to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, He is “One of the earliest guitar heroes” and “put the twang in Rock and Roll”.
““Twang” is a reverberating, bass-heavy guitar sound boasted by primitive studio wizardry. Concocted by Eddy and producer Lee Hazlewood in 1957, twang came to represent the sound of revved-up hot rods and an echo of the Wild West on the frontier of rock and roll. Eddy obtained his trademark sound by picking on the low strings of a Chet Atkins-model Gretsch 6120 hollowbody guitar, turning up the tremolo and running the signal through an echo chamber.
Behind the mighty sound of twang, Eddy became the most successful instrumentalist in rock history, charting fifteen Top Forty singles in the late Fifties and early Sixties. He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. No less an authority than John Fogerty has declared, “Duane Eddy was the front guy, the first rock and roll guitar god.” Eddy’s influence is widespread in rock and roll. A twangy guitar drove Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” and twang echoes in the work of the Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Dave Edmunds, Chris Isaak and many more.
Eddy was born in Corning, New York, in 1938. While in his early teens he moved with his family to Phoenix, where a demo tape found its way to the hands of Hazlewood, then a local disk jockey. Together, they hit upon a magic formula centered upon Eddy’s unique playing style, which involved picking single-note melodies on the low strings. Eddy took pains to compose strong, dramatic melodies and to vary his style. Elements of country, jazz and gospel found its way into his instrumentals, which bore evocative titles like “Cannonball,” “Rebel Rouser” and “Forty Miles of Bad Road.” On record, he was backed by such esteemed session musicians as saxophonist Steve Douglas and keyboardist Larry Knectel. The Sharps provided background vocals and rebel yells.
Eddy’s album titles typically punned on the word twang: The “Twangs” the “Thang” (1960), Twistin’ and Twangin’ (1962), “Twangin’” Up a Storm! (1963). His first album, Have ‘Twangy’ Guitar – Will Travel, was a bonafide rock and roll milestone. It charted for 82 weeks, launched five instrumental hits, and was one of the first rock and roll albums released in stereo. In 1999, it was reissued on CD in a 40th anniversary addition with extra tracks.
In the early Sixties, Eddy had much success providing theme songs for movies (“Because They’re Young,” “Pepe”) and TV shows (“Peter Gun,” “The Ballad of Palladin”). He also demonstrated his breadth by recording material in a more countrified vein (“Twang” a Country Song), cutting an album of surf music (Surfin’ With Duane Eddy) and even covering Bob Dylan’s songs in an instrumental vein (Duane Eddy Does Bob Dylan). Still, the hit streak ended abruptly in 1963, as Eddy became another casualty of the Beatles and the British Invasion bands.
While the glory years of 1958 to 1963 are long gone, the sound of Duane Eddy’s guitar has reverberated through the decades. Ironically, George Harrison and Paul McCartney were big fans of Eddy’s and, he recorded with both of them in later years. Eddy was recruited to play on McCartney’s “Rockestra Theme” in 1987, and Harrison played on Eddy’s self-titled comeback album from 1987, which also featured James Burton, Ry Cooder, Steve Cropper (of Booker T. & the M.G.’s), John Fogerty and David Lindley. Eddy’s mid-Eighties comeback began some club dates in L.A. and brief West Coast tour with Ry Cooder in 1983. In 1986, the British avant-garde instrumental outfit Art of Noise recruited Eddy to perform on a remake of “Peter Gunn,” which became a Top Ten hit in Britain (and just missed the U.S. Top Forty).”
Inductee: Duane Eddy (guitar; born April 26, 1938)”Source: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
STARS OF SUN ROCKABILLY SHOW in The Arena Carl Mann, Narvel Felts, Hayden Thompson, Alton & Jimmy, Johnny Powers, Rudy Grayzell, WS Holland, Jimmy Van Eaton.
Sonny Burgess was booked to be part of this show but we are sorry to say he passed away last weekend. He will be missed and we will never forget his performances. Thank you Sonny for some of the greatest rockabilly ever recorded.
The Eldorados, Roddy Jackson, Mike Waggoner, Norman Fox & The Robroys
HOT BOOGIE CHILLUN Exclusive Show!!!!
Robert Gordon, Big Sandy & The Flyrite Boys, The Delta Bombers, The Rhythm Shakers,
FROM THE UK – Paul Ansell’s No. 9, Carlos & The Bandidos, Sonny West, Phil Haley & The Comments, Jackson Sloane & The Rhythm Tones, The Black Kat Boppers, AJ Wade & The Tennessee Three, The Sureshots, Craig Shaw, The Danny McVey Trio, The Neutronz, Lady Luck Lexy & The Riverside Boys, Miss Mary & The Mr Rights.
FROM INDONESIA – The Hydrant
FROM FRANCE – Jake Calypso and his Red Hot, Barny & The Rhythm All Stars
FROM GERMANY – Marc Valentine, The Booze Bombs
FROM MEXICO – Nicotyna
FROM AUSTRALIA – Cherry Divine
FROM SPAIN – Matt & The Peabody Ducks, The Kabooms
FROM CANADA – The Greasemarks, The Millwinders,
FROM RUSSIA – Nadine & The Lovers
FROM SWEDEN – Lily Locksmith
FROM CHILE – Richie & The Richmen
And even more from the USA: (in no particular order) Archie Lee Hooker, The Centuries, The Starjays, The Outlaw Daddies, Justin Curtis, Pachuco Jose Y Los Diamantes, Phat Cat Swinger, Jimmy Dale & The Beltline, Lil Mo & The Dynaflos, Michael Hurtt’s Haunted Hearts, The Rayford Brothers, Shanda & The Howlers, The Hi-Q’s, Ambur Rockwell, Rockin Rick & The Rhythm Wranglers, Little Lesley & The Bloodshots, Rod & The Tone Masters, Rumble King, Ted Stevens & The Doo-Shots, The Twilight Drifters, Amy Griffin, Mack Stevens, Rip Masters, The Frantic Rockers, The Margraves, Shaun Young and The 3 Ringers, Lil Mo & The Unholy Four, The Stardust Ramblers, The Hot Shot Drifters, Jesse & The Rock’nRoll Three, The Red Arrows.
BANDS - Big Sandy & The Rhythm Busters, Omar Romero, Luis & The Wildfires, Gizzelle, Eddie Clendening, Eddie & The Scorpions, Stomping Riff Raffs – Japan, The Delta Bombers – (Special guest), The Rhythm Shakers – (Special guest), Terrorsaurs – UK, Bebo & The Goodtime Boys, Texas Steve, Dustin Chance & The Allnighters, Los Killer Tones – Mexico, The Hi-boys – Australia, Savage Breed, The Shadowmen, Stephanie, The Desperados, Pachuco Jose, Josh Hi-Fi & The Rhythm Kings, TJ Mayes, The Nighttimes, Will & The Hi-Rollers, The Devil Winds, Mary Simich, Los Blancos, Roy Dee & The Spitfires – Portugal, The Downbeats, Lil’ Sal & The Wildtones – Holland, The Deadly Spirits, Sonny West – UK, Elvis Cantu, Mozzy Dee, Jerry Cochran and the Salt Flat Trio, Alex Vargas.
DJ’s - Jive Bomber – Texas, Jimmy Guntrip – UK, Old Rebel 82 – Germany, Hi-Tone – LA. Juke Joint Jenni – OK, Chuy – LA, Nova – LA, Greg Belson – LA, Bebo – LA
Is the VLV Pool Party one of the highlights of the weekend for you? Do you enter the swimsuit competition every year or look forward to the competition as the big finale of your weekend? Well, not only are we expanding the pool area by AT LEAST 50%, we’re also adding MORE BARS, MORE FOOD and going until 10 PM each night!
So get your poolside wardrobes, pool accessories, coozies and noodles ready!All photos by Charles Cojnacki