Personalities | Bill Black Combo | Roots of Rock

(Instrumental group, 1958–65)

Bassist Black helped create the rockabilly sound on Elvis Presley’s Sun recordings and in the singer’s live performances from 1954–58 with guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana. Ironically, Black became better known commercially through a string of instrumental hits with The Bill Black Combo, a group he formed after leaving Presley in a dispute over wages. The Combo’s hits included ‘Smokie’, ‘White Silver Sands’ and ‘Josephine’. Black died of a brain tumour in 1965.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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