You gotta like the second and third tier rockabilly dudes. They had to do whatever it took to stand out from the crowd, particularly after Elvis broke. They accentuated all sorts of stuff. Maybe a little more hiccupy in the vocals, a crazier guitar solo, bashing the drums a little harder, you know, all the things that would make someone stand out. But radio stations back then, as now, didn't go for the crazier shit, not unless listeners demanded it. And if listeners never heard it in the first place, there's the catch. Outside of regional recognition from people that happen to see them at local shows, they really didn't stand much of a chance. Thankfully latter day fiends unearth it, collect it, reissue it, and brag about having a vinyl copy that no one else does.
Benny Joy is one of those guys. Ten or twenty years ago, you and I wouldn't stand a chance of ever hearing his stuff. But now, oh boy, does his brand of exaggerate-abilly sound good.
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Benny Joy - Little Red Book mp3 at Rocky 52 Dig the one word chorus.
Benny Joy - Money Money mp3 at Rocky 52 Dig the one word song.
Benny Joy - Crash the Party mp3 at Rocky 52
Benny Joy - Button Nose mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Benny Joy - Steady With Betty mp3 at Rocky 52
Benny Joy - I'm Gonna Move mp3 at Rocky 52
Benny Joy bio at Black Cat Rockabilly
Benny Joy records available at Norton Records