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on 1 July 2011
By the time the first listings of Sun singles appeared in the U K there were many unknown names.One of them was Randy & the Radiants the 3rd time this name had been used-Jim Su & the Radiants from the Cuca label of Wisconsin had long gone and more recently the Radiats on the Chess label had become Maurice & Mac.So they had no problem using a name which had never been registered but to be on the safe side added the name of the singer Randy (Haspell)
This was Sun's last shout but they couldn't compete with the British Invasion or even wanted to do-the band was handled by one of Sam Philips' sons who was more aware of the Beatles,Stones and Kinks.But the British had learned at the fountain of Sun and what they took to America was only different because of the accents.The Dave Clark 5 actually had the classic lineup of sax,keyboards and guitars and one of their hits is on this collection amongs original songs by the band and a few vintage Sun ones.Thus the Radiants were America's answer to the Dave Clark 5 though never came to anything other than regional success for a band whose first single had been a cover of Dick & Dee Dee's The Mountain's High then 3 years old.
Memphis sold more by a couple of later bands-the Gentrys and the Box Tops.And when Sun was bought out to become Sun International there was an album by the Gentrys on the label.
Randy & the Radiants never made an album-this is a compilation licensed to the Big Beat label of Ace in the U K.
The sleeve trumpets that the Radiants "beat the British at their own game" but hardly when there were no Top 100 hits but as a superb blend of Anglicized rockabilly with Searchers/Mersey beats harmonies this is as good as the Beau Brummels
America wants the Radiants they have to buy from us
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