|Rockin' In The Desert, Bob Morritt
Book: Canaan-Star Publishing
In the early days of recording in Arizona. Phoenix was isolated from National record distribution. Local musicians that wanted to record, had to drive out to the West Coast. In the mid-1950's this all changed when Floyd Ramsey set up Audio-Recorders of Arizona in Phoenix, followed by Lee Hazlewood's early VIV studio which he sold to Loy Clingman and Buddy Wheeler, from which emenated many strong Chart contenders, some made by Donnie Owens that made the National charts. Later Loy Clingman (who was also a schoolteacher), recorded many groups on his "Indie" labels from his "Garage" studio, operated out of his house. Due to the low pressing numbers and popularity of these records, they are highly sort after by record collectors and one day, many will reach the same 'price range' of ancient curios.
The "Teen Years" heralded in the "Pop Music" era and this was augmented by local Country music which mutated into a new form of music known as "Rockabilly". Within this environment many local musicians rose to national and international fame, such as Duane Eddy, Sanford Clark and Lee Hazlewood. This book is an attempt to explain the process and evolution of recording and the work of those who were directly involved in putting Arizona "on the map". the recording engineers, singers, musicians, record producers and composers.
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1st edition (October 22, 2012)
Photo: Bob Morritt with a 1958 Gibson Les Paul 'Sudance' guitar at the rear Stage Door of 'The Palce' on Whiskey Row, in Prescott, Arizona. An old place that dated back to the 'Wild West' where Bat Masterson had been.
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