Rusty York

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Rusty York
Birth name Charles Edward York
Born (1935-05-24)May 24, 1935
Harlan, Kentucky, United States
Died January 26, 2014(2014-01-26) (aged 78)
Redington Shores, Florida, United States
Genres Bluegrass, country, rockabilly
Occupations Musician, guitarist, singer, songwriter
Years active 1950s–2014
Labels Starday, King, Chess, Jewel

Rusty York (May 24, 1935 - January 26, 2014)[1] was an American musician and member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Rusty York achieved Hall of Fame status with his Rockabilly song "Sugaree." The rockabilly phase was a minor success, but by the 1960s, York had returned to bluegrass and country. He also began to cultivate an interest in the business end of country and in 1961 started building a recording studio in his garage. By the early 1970s York had retired from performing to concentrate on his Jewel Records imprint/studio full-time. Jewel continued to operate out of Cincinnati throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and into the 21st century.

Biography[edit]

Charles Edward York was born in Harlan, Kentucky, United States.[2] At a young age Rusty's father bought him a guitar and taught him the one chord he knew; but for the most part young York was self-taught. He listened to the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday nights and to the Mid-Day Merry-Go-Round and Cas Walker programs from Knoxville radio. A 1951 concert appearance by Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys inspired the already musically curious York, who, after moving to Cincinnati, bought a five-string banjo and began to play out. His first collaborator was Willard Hale, and the duo gigged locally with acts like Jimmie Skinner and Hylo Brown. When Elvis Presley broke in 1957, York decided that an update in sound was necessary. He and Hale cut a version of Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue" for King, which led to York's teaming with vocalist Bonnie Lou in a rockabilly project. 1959 saw the recording of two of York's most rollicking numbers, "Red Rooster" and "Sugaree." The rockabilly phase was a minor success, but by the 1960s, York had returned to bluegrass and country. He also began to cultivate an interest in the business end of country and in 1961 started building a studio in his garage. By the early 1970s, York had retired from performing to concentrate on his Jewel Records imprint/studio full-time. Jewel continued to operate out of Cincinnati throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and into the 21st century.

York continued to play music and remained friends with many of the other artists with whom he has risen to fame. After selling the Jewel Recording Studio in 2008, (the family's long-time recording studio since 1961) York and his family relocated from Southern Ohio to the Florida.

He died on January 26, 2014, in Redington Shores, Florida, aged 78.[2]

Discography[edit]

  • 1960 - Rust York and the Kentucky Mountain Boys
  • 1968 - Sings Like Crazy
  • 1973 - Dueling Banjos
  • 1981 - Rock 'n' Memories
  • 2001 - Early Bluegrass
  • 2004 - Rusty Rocks

Musical contributions[edit]

  • "Shake 'Em Up Baby"
  • "Peggy Sue"
  • "Sugaree"
  • "Red Rooster"
  • "The Lock On Your Heart"
  • "Don't Do It"
  • "Sadie-Mae"
  • "Margaret Ann"
  • "That's What I Need"
  • "Just Like You"
  • "Love Struck"
  • "Goodnight [!!] Cincinnati, Goodmorning [!!] Tennessee"
  • "Tore Up Over You"
  • "Tremblin'"
  • "I Might Just Walk Right Back Again"
  • "Sally Was A Good Old Girl"
  • "Big Man, Big House"
  • "Crazy"
  • "Sing The Girls A Song, Bill"

References[edit]

  • Artist Direct (2006)[3]
  • The Rockabilly Hall Of Fame (2006)[4]
  1. ^ "Country Music, Rockabilly & Hillbilly: Rusty York R.I.P". Hillbillycountry.blogspot.de. 2014-01-28. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  2. ^ a b "January to June 2014". The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  3. ^ "Rusty York @ARTISTdirect". Artistdirect.com. 1935-05-24. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  4. ^ "Rusty York". Rockabillyhall.com. Retrieved 2014-02-05.