April 17, 2017 Records of the Day

red-hotflyin-saucers-rock-n-rollBilly Lee Riley was perched on the brink of stardom in 1957 with “(My Gal is) Red Hot” when Sam Phillips, the man who discovered Elvis, switched his promotional money and input away from Billy Lee in favor of “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis, leaving Billy Lee Riley lost among the lesser-known singers on the Sun label. Still, Billy Lee is much admired by rockers everywhere. His two best known 45s, “Red Hot” and “Flyin Saucers Rock and Roll,” can each fetch $100.00 today.

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