October 30, 2013
Roland Janes, 1933-2013
While he may not have had as much public acknowledgement as he deserved, Roland Janes was a key part in the foundation of the Rock ‘n’ Roll genre in the 50s. He was a studio musician, playing guitar on many of the Jerry Lee Lewis and other Sun rock sessions. He was a touring musician, playing guitar with Jerry Lee in the peaks and valleys early on in his career. The stress of the road eventually drove him to working mainly in recording studios. He eventually built his own, Sonic Recording, with the same mentality as Sun Studio. There, he helped usher in the garage rock era in Memphis.
Roland eventually tired of running a studio all by himself, and re-joined the Phillips family in 1982. He’s been there just about every day since. Last week, Roland left this world, leaving his legacy to live on.
Read more: Commercial Appeal (Memphis)