Bill Justis

Genres: Comedy Instrumental Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": rock and roll rockabilly instrumental oldies 60s american classic rock composer 3 stars 50s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s
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Biography

14 October 1927, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, d. 15 July 1982, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Justis was a saxophonist, arranger and producer who created ‘Raunchy’, one of the classic rock ‘n’ roll instrumentals (and, coincidentally, the first song that George Harrison learned to play). He grew up in Memphis playing jazz and dance band music before joining Sam Phillips’ Sun Records in 1957 as musical director. Phillips liked a tune called ‘Backwoods’, composed by Justis and guitarist Sid Manker, but renamed it ‘Raunchy’. It was issued as a single and Justis’ own honking saxophone solo made it a million-seller. Cover versions by Billy Vaughn and Ernie Freeman also sold well, while there were later recordings by the Shadows and Duane Eddy. Later singles such as ‘College Man’ and ‘Flea Circus’ (written by Steve Cropper) were unsuccessful and Justis concentrated on his arrangements for Sun artists. His most...

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