Label: Smash Records - SRS 67036 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo • Country: Australia • Genre: Rock •
Bill Justis didn't start with a desire to be a rock and roller, but when he found himself in the same room every day with some of rock's originators, he began to get the hang of it and move in that direction. The fact that the room was the recording studio at Union Avenue in Memphis, his home town, had a lot to do with it.
A saxophonist and trumpet player in high school, he had performed in jazz groups during college. Inat the age of 30, he was hired by Sam Phillips at Sun Records as musical director, producing and arranging new artists in addition to established acts Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and others. When the inevitable urge came to make a record of his own, the result was an instrumental, "Raunchy," the fourth single released on Sun's subsidiary label Phillips International in the fall of The artist credit on the record could just as easily have been Bill Justis and Sid Manker and probably should have.
The two had written the song together at first calling it "Backwoods" and the primary instruments on the session were saxophone played by Justis and guitar played by Manker on the lower frets with a reverb-injected, rocking sound. The song took off in November having to deal with two competing versions, both quick on the draw and aiming to have the biggest hit. It worked out okay for all three: by the end of the Justis Flash (Original Mix) - Various - House Extended DJ Versions Vol.
3 had risen to number two on Do It Rat Now - Bill Justis - Bill Justis Featuring Tamoure Billboard charts, a slightly faster-pitched but similar version by Ernie Freeman went almost as high, and a big band-style cover by Billy Vaughn made the top Cash Box magazine often combined more than one artist on a single chart position in those days, and the Justis and Freeman records ended up sharing two weeks at number one.
While proceeding with his producing and arranging duties, Justis Do It Rat Now - Bill Justis - Bill Justis Featuring Tamoure on further singles with Manker.
The follow-up was "College Man" in the spring of '58 mostly instrumental, it began with the chant 'rah, rah, rah rah rah, we hate college, ha ha ha' and ended with an altered chorus of 'hail to dear old alma mater'. The tune was a throwback to the stronger Perrier Citron - UZEB - Uzeb Club of a few decades earlier, but had a nice run, hitting top Four more singles were released throughsome written in collaboration with Ace Cannon of Bill Black's Combo or Steve Cropper who around was beginning his long association with Stax Records, located in Memphis just two miles from the Sun Studiosthough none of them went anywhere.
Charlie Rich played piano on some of the Justis sessions and the two wrote songs together, a highlight being the Johnny Cash hit "The Ways of a Woman in Love" in ' Bill also played sax on some of the Rich recordings previous to his breakthrough smash "Lonely Weekends," which launched the future "Silver Fox" on a successful career in rock and, later, country music. Dealing with Phillips's mood swings became a challenge for Justis, particularly when the hits started coming less often for the company.
By some accounts he Do It Rat Now - Bill Justis - Bill Justis Featuring Tamoure fired, by others he walked out. Either way, he bounced around in and '60 working sessions for the Judd label and his own short-lived operation Play Me Records, sold to NRC in early where he had one instrumental single release, the non-hit "Boogie Woogie Rock. A later contract with Smash Records provided more steady employment.
Justis went behind the scenes and stayed there for the remainder of his career, producing and arranging music for a variety of pop, rock and country acts. A creative goal was reached in the '70s when the opportunity to score film soundtracks presented itself; the first was for a horror B-picture, Dear Dead Delilah starring Agnes Moorehead.
Later assignments took a turn for the better: he composed the scores for a pair of hit Burt Reynolds movies, the blockbuster Smokey and the Bandit and Hooper the following year.
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