A great epitome of the Rock’n’Roll Revival was the Sun Sound show, which took place at the Rainbow Theater in London on April 30 and May 1, 1977. The poster organized by Graham Wood was made up of old American glories like Charlie Feathers, Warren Smith, Jack Scott and Buddy Knox … and if we add to all this that Crazy Cavan ‘n’ The Rhythm Rockers played as a supporting band, we have as a result an unprecedented show packed to the brim, which imposed the bases of the Rockabilly scene in the old continent.
In previous flyers Carl Perkins was listed as headliner, but I do not know why he ended up being replaced by Charlie Feathers, who crossed the pond for the first time and was greeted with a standing ovation from Teds from all over.
The album « Four Rock’n’Roll Legends » (Harvest SHSM 2024) picked up part of the show of these 4 giants, but much more recently Bear Family has rescued these memorable recordings with an impeccable CD reissue.
On the other hand, the live performance of Crazy Cavan ‘n’ The Rhythm Rockers ran different luck since Charly records, until then the label of the group, was responsible for collecting in the form of the LP « Live at the Rainbow » the incredible testimony of Cavan opening fire. As they only had 25 minutes of show, they completed the album with part of the live recordings of that concert they gave at Picketts Lock just one year before.
The magnitude of that event was a highlight for both Welsh and American stars. Those albums and photos that Cavan and his cronies had seen so many times at « Breathless » Dan Coffey’s house had taken shape and they were there, sharing the stage with them!
Nobody left his amazement. Charlie Feathers, for example, was so accustomed to playing in small slums in Memphis that when he came on stage he was so impressed by the size of the theater and with that energetic audience that he threatened to return home. Something similar happened with Warren Smith.
The Rainbow theater did nothing but open the doors for other legends of the 50’s to prove the great popularity they enjoyed in Europe and nothing was ever the same again … .ROCKABILLY LIVES!