Hardrock Gunter and Band

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Hardrock Gunter and Band


Fan-made photo of Sidney Louie "Hardrock" Gunter (1925-2013) and his band, onstage at the Santa Fe Ranch. The Birmingham, Alabama-born country musician got his start in the 1930s as a member of the Hoot Owl Ramblers and, then, Happy Wilson's Golden River Boys. His first two singles on the Bama record label -- "Birmingham Bounce" and "Gonna Dance All Night," both released in 1950 -- are regarded today as important precursors to the rock and roll sound.

These photos and others in our archive were taken by a fan at Shorty Long's Santa Fe Ranch, a country music venue near Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1953.


“Hardrock Gunter and Band,” Southern Music Research Center, accessed June 13, 2024, http://southernmusicresearch.org/items/show/1270.