Sunday, October 27, 2013

R.I.P.: Roland Janes

The hits he played on numbered in the dozens; the records he produced totaled in the hundreds; the sessions he engineered ran into the thousands. But there is no real way to tally, measure or quantify the tremendous impact Roland Janes had on Memphis music, or the lives of those he touched in his 80 years. Janes died Friday October 25, 2013.

Janes became the house guitarist at famed Sun Records in 1956, a position he would hold for seven years.  His guitar can be heard on the majority of tracks cut by Jerry Lee Lewis, including Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On and High School Confidential, along with other Sun artists like Charlie Rich and Sonny Burgess. He also was a member of Billy Lee Riley's Little Green Men. MORE HERE

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