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Subject: Eddie Cash, RIP

Dan D.
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Date Posted: Tue September 27, 2016 17:24:21

Eddie Cash R.I.P.
Posted Sept. 22, 2016 - I am sorry to let you know about the passing of Edward "Eddie" Cash on September 16, 2016 after a short battle with cancer. Eddie who was born on February 28, 1941 in Memphis, TN, grew up in Memphis and was a proud graduate of the Treadwell High "Eagles" and started his musical career as a teenager in 1956 being influenced by Carl Perkins. In February 1958, he recorded two unissued (then) sides at Sun backed by Billy Riley's band and, next, the fabulous "Doin' All Right" for "Peak" released in November 1958. The songs were published by Lan - Den Publishing with "Lan" standing for Lansky Brothers who owned the record label with some other investors. The following year, or early 1960, another release followed on "Peak", before Eddie had releases on Todd and Roulette. Eddie was backed on many early performances by Billy Weir (formely with Harold Jenkins), Martin Willis, Reggie Young but also Scotty Moore and Bill Black. "Doin' All Right" is one of the best rockin' tunes recorded in Memphis. Billy Weir who is pallbearer for the funeral held today considered Eddie to be a outstanding entertainer, but he never was able to nail the right song that could have given him the recognition.
Like many other foot soldiers, Eddie Cash, should have done better but "Peak" was a too small organization even if Eddie's first release get some action as far as Chicago. These investors probably new nothing about the business and distribution. Music is a tough business. ""Todd" was handled by the much experimented Paul Cohen and had strong connection with Randy Wood (Dot Records) but that record label never took off. The "Todd" sides were recorded at Fernwood studio in March 1960 and leased. The sides issued on Roulette 4380 in 1961 were just demos recorded in Chicago in 1960 and leased. "Roulette" was a bigger label but handled by the mob and was not wasting time and money to promote newcomers. There's a great article in issue 70 (1996) of American Music Magazine.
Eddie's first record will stay as a definitive "classic" rockin' wax.

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