Did You Tell Me

Did You Tell Me

by Narvel FeltsNarvel Felts


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Narvel Felts, like many country music hit-makers of the '70s, caught the rockin' pneumonia in the '50s and recorded prodigiously in that genre before repairing to Nashville's Music Row. Did You Tell Me is one of two anthologies Bear Family has compiled to round up most of Felts' rock & roll recordings. The other, Memphis Days, contains Felts' indie label recordings from the early '60s, while Did You Tell Me reissues the cream of his rock & roll crop: the Sun, Mercury, Pink and MGM sides from the '50s. None of Felts' Sun recordings were issued when he cut them in 1957, but they have subsequently become a feature on rockabilly compilations the world over. "My Babe" and "Cry, Baby, Cry," in particular, are prime slices of Sun rockabilly, and Felts would go on to record a toned-down version of "Cry, Baby, Cry" and several other songs from his Sun sessions for Mercury later that year. Felts' Mercury recordings are more slick and controlled; some make use of a vocal chorus, and all are more suitable fare for teenagers at a sock hop than greasers at a juke joint. When the Mercury efforts failed to catch on with record buyers, Felts moved to the small Pink label where he made his finest recordings of the '50s, including his only national hit from the period, a cover of the Drifters' R&B hit "Honey Love." The Pink sides have more of a rockabilly flavor than the Mercury recordings, but rockabilly was no longer selling, so Felts' 1960 session for MGM (unreleased until now) found him warbling ballads to the strains of a string section. Over half of the material on Did You Tell Me went unreleased in its day, but the overall quality is higher than might be expected of an exercise in vault-clearing.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/05/1997
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127162205
catalogNumber: 16220
Rank: 144125

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Narvel Felts   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Chet Atkins   Rhythm Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar
Jordanaires   Choir, Chorus
Anita Kerr Singers   Choir, Chorus
Lightnin' Chance   Bass
Millie Kirkham   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Tuttle   Piano,Steel Guitar,Saxophone

Technical Credits

Gene Autry   Composer
Grady Martin   Tic Tac
Narvel Felts   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Illustrations
Jack Clement   Producer
Ray Harris   Producer
Fred Rose   Composer
Jim Vienneau   Producer
Ray Whitley   Composer
Howard Cockburn   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Trevor Cajiao   Reissue Producer,Illustrations
Robert Cloud   Producer
Sven T. Uhrmann   Artwork
David Carroll   Producer

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