Ronnies vs. Johnnies
White-people music has never been iller than rockabilly. Unless you count Charlie Feathers's claim that if it had drums, it wasn't "real" rockabilly, there were no rules at all, just the sound of amphetamine-crazed hicks howling into the Southern night. Every song on Rhino's four-CD box set is another bullet through the idea that the '50s were boring. Even today, radio DJs wouldn't go near the orgasmic female howls of John & Jackie's "Little Girl." And the song that gives the box its title and bookends itwith competing versions by Ronnie Dawson and Elroy Dietzelis utterly berserk, talking about nailing the singer's bones to the wall so he'll be some kind of martyr to rockin'. There's just too much madness in this box to contain in mere sentences, so going at the thing Tale of the Tapestyle will have to do:
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