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19 WARREN SMITH UBANGI STOMP

Record Label Sun

Released 1956

Warren Smith was a country crooner who discovered his inner rockabilly rebel on his two most acclaimed Sun sides – the Johnny Cash-penned Rock’n’Roll Ruby and the outrageous Ubangi Stomp. The slightly questionable jungle-inspired lyrics – ‘Well I rocked through Africa and rolled off the ship and seen them natives doin’ an odd lookin’ skip’ – would raise eyebrows today, but only made for an exotic vibe back in the ’50s. Warren left Sun and was following his true calling by 1959, regularly hitting the country charts. Unfortunately his career faltered and addiction to liquor and pills, not to mention an 18-month prison sentence for armed robbery, hindered later progress. Happily he battled through to enjoy the first years of the rockabilly renaissance.

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Vintage Rock: Winter issue 2011 features: 50 Greatest Rockabilly tracks - Prepare yourself for the greatest party tape in history with our essential cuts. The Roots of Rock’n’Roll - The definitive lowdown on how it all began The stars - Fantastic features on Elvis, Hank Marvin, Jet Harris, Carl Perkins, Ike Turner and many more Rockabilly Hair - Tope stylist Mr Ducktail tells all, ably assisted by Levi and Bernie Dexter All Mama’s Children - News, reviews and events for the incorrigibly beat-minded