Sun Label Album Discography, Part 1:
The Original Albums

by David Edwards and Mike Callahan
Last update: September 5, 2009





The original incarnation of Sun Records issued a total of twelve albums, seven of which were by Johnny Cash. Of the remaining five, two were by Jerry Lee Lewis, one each by Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins, and one was a various artists compilation. All were issued in mono only, although reissues sometimes had a stereo designation on the cover with a mono record inside.

The Sun label was yellow with brown printing. "SUN" above the center hole with alternating yellow and light brown rays coming from the center hole and fanning out to the top 1/3 of the label behind it. Around the perimeter of label are music notes. At the bottom of the label is a yellow "MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE" in a brown curvilinear oval. Below this is "A PRODUCT OF SUN RECORD CO., INC. - MEMPHIS, TENN.".


We would appreciate any additions or corrections to this discography. Just send them to us via e-mail. Both Sides Now Publications is an information web page. We are not a catalog, nor can we provide the records listed below. We have no association with Sun Records, which is currently owned by Shelby Singleton. Should you want to contact Sun, or should you be interested in acquiring albums listed in this discography (which are all out of print), we suggest you see our Frequently Asked Questions page and follow the instructions found there. This story and discography are copyright 1997, 1999, 2009 by Mike Callahan.



SUN ALBUM DISCOGRAPHY


Cover


Number - Title - Artist - [Release Date] Contents



Sun LP 1220 Series:

LP-1220 - Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar - Johnny Cash [1956] The original cover for this album has a light blue background. Half of the guitar and "CASH" are orange, and the other half of his guitar is blue. "HOT" in the title is orange and "BLUE" is in blue. Original covers are laminated and shiny. Rock Island Line/I Heard That Lonesome Whistle/Country Boy/If The Good Lord's Willing/Cry! Cry! Cry!/Remember Me//So Doggone Lonesome/I Was There When It Happened/I Walk The Line/Wreck Of The Old 97/Folsom Prison Blues/Doing My Time

LP-1220 - Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar - Johnny Cash [1961] Second cover has the light blue background replaced with white. Half of the guitar and "CASH" are yellow, and the other half of his guitar is white. "HOT" in the title is yellow and "BLUE" is in white. Covers have a dull finish, i.e, they are not laminated. Some later issues have a "stereo" designation on the top of the jacket, but the record is mono. Rock Island Line/I Heard That Lonesome Whistle/Country Boy/If The Good Lord's Willing/Cry! Cry! Cry!/Remember Me//So Doggone Lonesome/I Was There When It Happened/I Walk The Line/Wreck Of The Old 97/Folsom Prison Blues/Doing My Time

LP-1225 - Dance Album of Carl Perkins - Carl Perkins [1957] Cover is red, white and blue with a picture of Carl Perkins and a drawing of two blue shoes. Released in Great Britain as The Dance Album/Blue Suede Shoes on London HA-S 2202, a copy of which, by a glance at the titles, was probably owned by one of the Beatles, since they did several of the songs. Blue Suede Shoes/Movie Magg/Sure To Fall/Gone Gone Gone/Honey Don't/Only You//Tennessee/Wrong Yo Yo/Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby/Matchbox/Your True Love/Boppin' The Blues

LP-1225 - Teen Beat: The Best of Carl Perkins - Carl Perkins [1961] This album is a reissue of Dance Album of Carl Perkins with a new cover and title. Photos of teenagers dancing in the letters of "TEEN BEAT". Blue Suede Shoes/Movie Magg/Sure To Fall/Gone Gone Gone/Honey Don't/Only You//Tennessee/Wrong Yo Yo/Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby/Matchbox/Your True Love/Boppin' The Blues

SLP-1230 - Jerry Lee Lewis - Jerry Lee Lewis [1958] Don't Be Cruel/Goodnight Irene/Put Me Down/It All Depends/Ubangi Stomp/Crazy Arms//Jambalaya/Fools Like Me/High School Confidential/When The Saints Go Marching In/Matchbox/It'll Be Me

SLP-1235 - Johnny Cash Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous - Johnny Cash [12/58] Ballad Of A Teenage Queen/There You Go/I Walk The Line/Don't Make Me Go/Guess Things Happen That Way/Train Of Love//The Ways Of A Woman In Love/Next In Line/You're The Nearest Thing To Heaven/I Can't Help It/Home Of The Blues/Big River

SLP-1240 - Greatest! - Johnny Cash [11/59] Good-Bye Little Darlin'/I Just Thought You'd Like To Know/You Tell Me/Just About Time/I Forgot To Remember To Forget/Katy Too//Thanks A Lot/Luther's Boogie/You Win Again/Hey Good Lookin'/I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You/Get Rhythm

SLP-1245 - Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams - Johnny Cash [1960] I Can't Help It/You Win Again/Hey Good Lookin'/I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You/Next In Line/Straight A's In Love//Folsom Prison Blues/Give My Love To Rose/I Walk The Line/I Love You Because/Come In Stranger/Mean Eyed Cat

SLP-1250 - Sun's Gold Hits, Volume 1 - Various Artists [1960] Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On - Jerry Lee Lewis/I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash/Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins/You Win Again - Jerry Lee Lewis/Mona Lisa - Carl Mann/Lonely Weekends - Charlie Rich//Raunchy - Bill Justis/Guess Things Happen That Way - Johnny Cash/Breathless - Jerry Lee Lewis/Stay - Charlie Rich/I'm Coming Home - Carl Mann/Boppin' The Blues - Carl Perkins

SLP-1255 - Now Here's Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash [1961] Also released as T-90678 by Capitol Record Club. Later issues have a "stereo" designation on the top of the jacket, but the record is mono. Sugartime/Down The Street To 301/Life Goes On/Port Of Lonely Hearts/Cry Cry Cry/My Treasure//Oh Lonesome Me/So Doggone Lonesome/You're The Nearest Thing To Heaven/Story Of A Broken Heart/Hey Porter/Home Of The Blues

SLP-1260 - Roy Orbison at the Rock House - Roy Orbison [1961] This Kind Of Love/Devil Doll/You're My Baby/Tryin' To Get To You/It's Too Late/Rock House//You're Gonna Cry/I Never Knew/Sweet And Easy To Love/Mean Little Mama/Ooby Dooby/Problem Child

SLP-1265 - Jerry Lee's Greatest! - Jerry Lee Lewis [1961] Money/As Long As I Live/Country Music/Frankie And Johnny/Home/Hello Hello Baby//Let's Talk About Us/What'd I Say/Breakup/Great Balls Of Fire/Cold Cold Heart/Hello Josephine

SLP-1270 - All Aboard the Blue Train with Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash [1963] Also issued as Capitol Record Club edition DT-91458 in electronic stereo. Blue Train/There You Go/Train Of Love/Good-Bye Little Darling/I Heard That Lonesome Whistle/Come In Stranger//Rock Island Line/Give My Love To Rose/Hey Porter/Folsom Prison Blues/The Wreck Of The Old 97/So Doggone Lonesome

SLP-1275 - Original Sun Sound of Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash [1965] Released in Great Britian as London HA-S 8220. Always Alone/Country Boy/Goodnight Irene/Wide Open Road/Thanks A Lot/Big River//Belshazzar/Born To Lose/New Mexico/I Forgot To Remember To Forget/Two Timin' Woman/Story Of A Broken Heart





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