” Rockabilly Rebel ” is by Matchbox, the British Rockabilly band formed in Middlesex, England in 1971. The song was written by the group member, Steve Bloomfield.
Steve was able to play almost any stringed instrument, before joining Matchbox he worked as a session musician for Pye records and played on several of 70s group Mungo Jerry’s hit singles.
Matchbox got their name from the Carl Perkins song of the same name; Carl recorded the song in December 1956 which became a hit in 1957. The Beatles later covered it.
Production for the single was by Peter Collins. Peter is an English record producer, arranger and audio engineer. He has worked with artists including Gary Moore, Bon Jovi, Tracey Ullman, Alice Cooper and Air Supply.
” Rockabilly Rebel ” was released in 1979 by record label Magnet and taken from the group’s album, Matchbox. The song took Steve Bloomfield roughly two days to write, although the idea for the song had been with him for about a month.
Rockabilly is one of the earliest forms of rock and roll. The music dates back to the early 50s in the US which was more popular in the Southern States.
It took influences from different music styles like Country and rhythm and blues and combined them. The term Rockabilly comes from rock ‘n’ roll and Hillbilly, which country music was more widely known as Hillbilly in the 1940s and 50’s.
In an interview with the website mrwilliamswiki.wikispaces.com, group member Gordon Scott explained about the inspiration for the song ” It was about the young kids that were coming to see Matchbox back in the late 1970s that did not want to be Teddy Boys or Rockers as they thought them to be too old. So they called themselves Rockabilly Rebels to be someone different on the rock ‘n’ roll scene. ”
” Rockabilly Rebel ” was a commercial success for Matchbox. The song reached Number One in New Zealand and spent sixteen weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, the single entered the UK Singles Chart on the 3rd of November 1979 and reached a peak of number eighteen. It spent two weeks in the Top Twenty and a total of twelve weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 18
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Switzerland 9, Germany 17, Austria 12, Ireland 21
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