Recorded at the Goldband Records studio, released by record store owner George Kourey as Kourey#711, it becomes a regional hit. Picked up by Mercury Records, it sells over 1 million. Mercury pays Phillips $6800 and keeps the rest. (*) In 2007 he’s inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame (*). (*)
Despite little US radio play (college FM is just taking off) it will rise to US#28 (UK#3), their highest chart. Pete Townshend calls it ‘an uncanny masterpiece’.
Unusually good 50s rock soundtrack album