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Number 53

Prisonaires - Just Walkin' in the Rain (Sun Records 186 - 1953)

When you enter the Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, you are instantly aware of a sense of history. The emphasis may turn to Elvis Presley and the looming presence of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison, but also at some point to the earlier Doo Wop outfits that recorded at the little studio on Union Avenue. The Prisonaires were a doo wop vocal band formed in prison at the Tennessee State Penitentiary who Sam Phillips had especially transported under armed guard to record at his famed studios. Led by inmate Johnny Bragg who was serving a sentence for multiple rape, The Prisonaires made several recordings during their career, none more recognisable than this.