Vinyl EP 7" - Sleazy Records
Label: Sleazy Records
Format: Vinyl EP 7"
Artist: Barbara Pittman
Title: Sentimental Fool
Style: Rock'n'Roll, Rockabilly
A1. Sentimental Fool (Rockabilly version)
A2. I'll Never Let You Go
B1. Everlasting Love
B2. Sentimental Fool (Western Bop version)
Info: Barbara Pittman was just 18 years old when she made her first official session for Sun Records, although she had previously made some demos in which she demonstrated that, despite her youth, she had a hard and raspy voice that suited perfect for rockabilly.
Although young Barbara grew up in Elvis’ neighbourhood before he began his recording career, and both families were friends, she wasn’t another ‘female answer to Elvis’. Barbara had her own raw and bluesy style, built on chasing boys around Beale Street in Memphis since her earliest childhood.
Two versions of one of her best songs at Sun have been included in this EP, which was never released in its day. SENTIMENTAL FOOL was originally recorded in their first official session in April '56, but the take included here, the rockabilly version, was probably recorded in a previous session and shows a much harsher guitar feelin’. The second version is a demo, in a style much closer to Elvis ‘54 Sun recordings.
Side B opens with EVERLASTING LOVE, a song that appeared on her third single for Sun, in 1958, being the only song included here that was originally released. The EP is completed with a song that his good friend Elvis also performed for Sun, the western ballad I’LL NEVER YOU GO, originally recorded by Jimmy Wakely. Barbara recorded it as demo, backed just by two guitars.