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Willis, Hal

Real name Leonald Francis Gauthier. Born 1933 in Rouyn, Quebec, Canada. Moved to Nashville in 1958.

References:

  • Official website
  • Feature article and sessionography in issue 63 (1997) of Rockin' Fifties.

Original Releases

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Date & Source Label & Number Title & "As By" Name Matrix Comps
1956/Nov. 10
Bb pop rev.
Atlantic (N.Y.)  1114  [78] No rating My Pink Cadillac
Hal Willis
   
    No rating Bop-A-Dee Bop-A-Doo
Hal Willis
   
1956/Nov. 10
Bb pop rev.
Atlantic (N.Y.) 45-1114  [45] Pertinent My Pink Cadillac
Hal Willis
Label shot
(from Bear Family CD 16289)
A-2025 Bullet Bear Family CD 16289 (#24)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16721 (#1)
Bullet Bop CD 006 (#29)
Bullet Buffalo Bop CD 55093 (#27)
Bullet Cadillac LP 1958 (#4)
Bullet Chief CD 1156513 [2nd] (#3)
Bullet Cruisin' LP 58344 (#1)
Bullet Fantastic Voyage CD 173 (#56)
Bullet Fed CD 09 (#5)
Bullet Folkline CD 424 (#7)
Bullet Lucky CD 812 (#21)
Bullet Mustang CD 1 (#25)
Bullet Not Now Music CD 504 (#10)
Bullet Presto CD [HR&C] (#41)
Bullet Presto CD 2 (#45)
Bullet Proper CD 122 (#50)
Bullet Rhino CD 73346 (#74)
    Pertinent Bop-A-Dee Bop-A-Doo
Hal Willis
Label shot
(from Collector CD 4432)
A-2024 Bullet Bear Family CD 16721 (#15)
Bullet Bop CD 006 (#4)
Bullet Club LP 009 (#3)
Bullet Collector LP 2303 (#10)
Bullet Collector CD 4432 (#31)
Bullet Cruisin' LP 58344 (#16)
Bullet Proper CD 122 (#63)
Bullet Vladimir Twist LP 6910 (#7)
1958/Mar. or later
(est.)
Top Hit Tunes (N.J.) TH-15-1-X45 [45 EP] No rating At The Hop
Hal Willis And The Woodchuckers
Label shot
BBB  
    No rating Rock And Roll Music
Hollis Harbison
BBB  
    No rating Chances Are
Keith Textor
BBB  
    No rating Buzz, Buzz, Buzz
Hollis Harbison
BBB  
    No rating Wake Up Little Susie
The Woodchuckers
Label shot
A  
    No rating Jailhouse Rock
Jimmy Helms
A  
    No rating Happy, Happy Birthday, Baby
Dottie Evans With The Hi-Fi's
A  
 
 
Top Hit Tunes (N.J.) TH-16-1-X45 [45 EP] No rating I'll Come Running Back To You
Curtis Smith
Label shot
AA  
    No rating The Joker
Curtis Smith
AA  
    No rating Peggy Sue
Hal Willis
AA  
    No rating Raunchy
Enoch Light And His Orch.
AA  
    No rating The Story Of My Life
Jim Richards
Label shot
BB  
    No rating Could This Be Magic
Curtis Smith
BB  
    No rating Great Balls Of Fire
Hal Willis
BB  
    No rating Melodie D'Amour
The Hi-Fi's
BB  
1958/Mar. or later
(est.)
Top Hit Tunes (N.J.) TH-16-2  [78 EP] No rating Why Don't They Understand
Loren Becker & The Hi-Fi's
Label shot
B  
    No rating Wild Is The Wind
Loren Becker With Enoch Light, His Orch. & Chorus
B  
    No rating At The Hop
Hal Willis And The Woodchuckers
B Bullet Collector CD 4511 (#2)
    No rating Till
Enoch Light And His Orch.
A  
    No rating Liechtensteiner Polka
The Hi-Fi's
A  
    No rating The Story Of My Life
Jim Richards
A  
1958/Mar. or later
(est.)
Top Hit Tunes (N.J.) TH-16-2-X45 [45 EP] No rating Why Don't They Understand
Loren Becker And The Hi-Fi's
   
    No rating Wild Is The Wind
Loren Becker With Enoch Light, His Orch. And Chorus
   
    No rating At The Hop
Hal Willis And The Woodchuckers
   
    No rating Till
Enoch Light And His Orch.
   
    No rating Liechtensteiner Polka
The Hi-Fi's
   
    No rating Story Of My Life
Jim Richards
   
1958/Mar.
(est.)
Top Hit Tunes (N.J.) TH-17-2-X45 [45 EP] No rating Why Don't They Understand
Loren Becker And The Hi-Fi's
Label shot
B  
    No rating Wild Is The Wind
Loren Becker With Enoch Light, His Orch. And Chorus
B  
    No rating At The Hop
Hal Willis And The Woodchuckers
B  
    No rating Short Shorts
The Zig Zags
Label shot
AA  
    No rating Tequila
The Profiles
AA  
    No rating The Walk
Hollis Harbison
AA  
    No rating Good Golly, Miss Molly
Hollis Harbison
AA  
1958/Mar. or later
(est.)
Top Hit Tunes (N.J.) TH-18-2  [45 EP] No rating You Are My Destiny
Jerry Duane With Enoch Light Orch. & Chorus
Label shot
   
    No rating Ballad Of A Teen Age Queen
Hal Willis
   
    No rating Short Shorts
The Zig Zags
   
    No rating Witchcraft
Loren Becker With Enoch Light, His Orch. And Chorus
   
    No rating Seven Hills Of Rome
Enoch Light And His Orch.
   
    No rating Get A Job
Curtis Smith
   
1958/Apr. or later
(est.)
Top Hit Tunes (N.J.) TH-19-2  [45 EP] No rating Maybe Baby
The Songsters
B  
    No rating Stairway Of Love
Hal Willis
Label shot
B  
    No rating Are You Sincere
Johnny Roland
B  
    No rating [unknown title]
Hal Willis
   
    No rating [unknown title]
Hal Willis
   
    No rating [unknown title]
Hal Willis
   
1958/Feb. 17
Bb c&w rev.
Athens (Tenn.)  704  [45] No rating Crazy Little Mama
Hal Willis
Label shot
(from 45)
YW 16066  
    No rating Walkin Dream
Hal Willis
Label shot
(from 45)
YW 16064  
1958/Nov.
(Bb est.)
Decca (N.Y.) 9-30768  [45] No rating I'm Gonna Hitch My Hotrod To A Star
Hal Willis
Label shot
105,738  
    No rating Only The Tender Young Hearts
Hal Willis
Label shot
105,739+  
1959/July 27
Bb pop rev.
Decca (N.Y.) 9-30949  [45] Pertinent Poor Little Jimmie
Hal Willis
Label shot
(from 45)
107,706  
    Non-pertinent That's The Way It Goes
Hal Willis
Label shot
107,707+ Bullet Classics CD 738 (#15)

Collector-Oriented Compilation LPs and CDs Containing Tracks

1975Collector (Netherlands) CLS 2303LPSuper Rock And Roll, Part C
1981Cadillac (Germany) 1958LPBoppin' Cadillac
Cruisin' (England) 58344LPRed Hot Rockabillies
1993Club (Spain) 009LPGrab This And Dance, Vol. 9
1996Collector (Netherlands) CLCD 4432CDEarly Canadian Rockers, Vol. 3
1997Chief (Netherlands) CCD 1156513 [2nd]CDUltra Rare Rockabilly's, Vol. 13
Lucky (England) CDLR 812CDRockabilly Gold, Vol. 12
Vladimir Twist VTR 6910LPLike Nothing Your Ears Have Ever Heard, Vol. 10
1999Bear Family (Germany) BCD 16289CDShakin' Up North: Canadian Rockabilly, Vol. 1
2000Buffalo Bop (Germany) Bb-CD 55093CDRockin' Cadillac
2003Presto Vol. 2CDBig Bad Rockabilly Boppers, Vol. 2
2006Rhino (United States) R2 73346CDRockin' Bones: '50s Punk & Rockabilly
2007Proper (England) PROPERBOX 122CDClassic Rockabilly
2012Classics (Sweden) 738CDCruisin' Country, Vol. 3
2013Fantastic Voyage (England) FVTD 173CDRockin' Bones
Not Now Music NOT2CD 504CDHot Rod Rockabilly
year?Bear Family (Germany) BCD 16721CDThat'll Flat Git It, Vol. 21 (Atlantic)
Bop BOP- 006CDSaturday Night On Bop Street, Vol. 6
Collector (Netherlands) CLCD 4511CDRock & Roll Covers - Hot Steamy Lovers, Vol. 3
Fed (Sweden) 09CDThe Fed Story, Vol. 9
Folkline (England) 274- 424CDHod-Rod Rockabilly
Mustang MUST 1CDScratchin' On My Screen
Presto [HR&C]CDHot Rods & Cadillacs


Acknowledgments:  CMF Library, Scott Cheesebrew, Michel Coste, Marc Coulavin, Bill Davis, Udo Frank, Peter Grendysa, Mike Smyth, Don Stilton


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