Sid King & The Five Strings

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: rockabilly 50s boppin hillbilly rock & roll Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s


Sidney Erwin, 1936, Denton, Texas, USA. King was one of the foremost rockabilly singers of the 50s. As a teenager he formed the Western Melodymakers, which became Sid King And The Five Strings when he signed to Starday in 1954. Among the group’s earliest recordings was ‘Who Put The Turtle In Myrtle’s Girdle’, but after joining Columbia, King concentrated on more hard rocking material. Recording in Dallas, he released a version of Roy Orbison’s ‘Ooby Dooby’ in 1955 but though King’s record was issued first, Orbison himself had the hit. He also recorded ‘Sag, Drag And Fall’ as well as versions of R&B hits including ‘Drinking Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee’.

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